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Author Interview: ‘Playing Deep’ by Amanda Love

Play Series Book 1

About the Book:

After five years, Tyler has returned to his hometown – and to Jenna, the woman he left behind. He’s pretty sure she still hates him for the way he left – no note, no goodbye – just there one day and gone the next. But there are reasons he had to leave, why he had no choice but to let her go. The scars of his past run deep, and he knows that a man like him can never truly be worthy of the love of a woman as sweet and pure as Jenna.

When Tyler left, Jenna was devastated, and for five years she’s tried to forget him, to move on with her life and forget the feel of his mouth on hers, his hands on her body. But now he’s been pulled back to his hometown by tragic circumstances, bringing with him all the feelings she’s tried so hard to bury.

Will the past continue to keep them apart, or can they both find the courage to move on with their lives? Together.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am a fun-loving, coffee-drinking, chocolate-loving UK-based author of Romance, YA & NA novels. I’ve loved all things literary since I was a young girl and was reading and writing before I went to school. I wrote poems and short stories from a young age but didn’t have the courage or confidence to share my work until a few years ago, when I wrote my first book, Playing Deep, Book 1 of The Play Series.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Favourite place – yep. My recliner chair in my lounge with my Chromebook! Favourite time – nope. Just whenever the creative juices are flowing. My family say I become glassy-eyed and non-responsive once I’m immersed in my writing – oops!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Life. Experience. I always try to really put myself ‘inside’ the minds of my characters, to ‘feel’ what they are feeling so that what flows onto the page is a real and authentic as possible.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Both! I have a rough outline, but invariably, things do change. If a scene/chapter isn’t flowing as I’m writing it, then that’s usually a good sign that I’m not moving in the right direction, and usually my cue to change things up a bit.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I currently have 6 Romance/Steamy love stories. The first 5 books are part of The Play Series, steamy romances with each book focusing on a different couple, but there is an ongoing thread running through all the books. My 6th book, Molly’s Choice is a contemporary romance, the first of The Choices series and I am currently writing my 7th & 8th Books, which are YA, titled Flawless and Flawed, both of which will be released later this year.

I’ve always loved the romance genre, and love to create strong, female characters and their rugged, sexy male counterparts.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Ooh! Chris Hemsworth (the delectable Thor) and…um…sorry, lost my train of thought there for a minute – what was the question? Oh, yes! With ME as the heroine. What? Somebody famous? Sheesh, ok then, Margot Robbie, Ashley Benson, Liam Hemsworth (are you seeing the theme here?) Hugh Jackman (got to get him in there somewhere!), Elizabeth Olsen and Rebel Wilson (for the laughs – love her).

7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?

Oddly, not as much as I’d like as I’m usually busy writing. But favourite authors include Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, M Leighton, Abbie Glines and Karin Slaughter

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Just one? Na ah! No can do. I love different books for different moods, so…basically I’m a book whore – I’ll read whatever tickles my pickle at the time.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write for yourself. Don’t write to become ‘famous’. Write what you want to write, not what you think you ‘ought’ to write. Immerse yourself in your characters and give them a real voice.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.kazlowe124.wixsite.com/website

Facebook – www.facebook.com/a.love124

Amazon page: www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071NCSXV8

 

About the Author:

I am a fun-loving, young-at-heart, chocolate-loving, coffee-drinking, forty-something, mother-of-two with a cat called Monty, who has a moustache. Yep. A Kitler cat !

I’ve been writing since I was a young girl, poems, ditties, short stories, songs, and now romance books with a hefty dollop of steamy sex and young adult books with a twist.

If you like what I do, please get in touch and leave a review – I would love to hear from you.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Matters of the Heart’ by D.S. Pais

About the Book:

Kate had a boyfriend for two long years and the relationship was growing steadily, but to nowhere. A chance job interview lands Kate to the workplace where she meets a Casanova who leads a double life. But fate draws them together in a sort of karmic connection and their lives get intertwined.

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Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I had to travel a distance to get to work daily and that’s when I thought I could utilize my travel time for enhancing my creativity. However, I have honed the passion for writing since childhood when I used to keep writing short poems. If it hadn’t been for the distance to work I wouldn’t have really gotten a chance to explore writing!

2. Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Nowadays, I usually write when I get some time after work in the evenings. I sit at my desktop and write. My writing time gets divided when I am at home between my dedication towards my family and Pilates exercises. But I do get enough time over the weekends to dedicate towards my passion for writing.

3. Where do your ideas come from?

I get into the character’s shoes, be it virtual or an actual person that existed. I feel the person and the circumstances around him/her and by the end of the book I would have known more about the person. Exploring a character gives me the ideas and I enjoy the creation process.

4. Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

This depends on how my writing has evolved over a span of time. For the earlier books that I wrote in 2017 and 2018, until “Matters of the Heart” and “An Unlikely Christmas”, the story came out in its own spontaneity. However, when I wrote “The METHOD”, I drafted out an outline and then filled up the gaps in between with my very own experiences and also from the point of view of a few mentors. For my next book on a warrior princess, I have done my part of research and come out with a story line which is pounding my head. Many times I create a character from scratch and I like to explore the unknown.

5. What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I would like to categorize my books into Fiction, Self-Help and Poetry. I am drawn towards strong characters and those that exhibit intelligence, humility and honour.

6. What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

For my latest book which will be released is about a warrior princess, the actress that I have in mind to enact the scenes is Deepika Padukone and the male protagonist would be Brad Pitt. For Matters Of The Heart, it will be Alia Bhatt and Hrithik Roshan. For An Unlikely Christmas, it will be Asin and Tiger Shroff.

7. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I read a lot, at least one to two novels a month. There is so much creativity that each author brings to life that I can’t say who is my favourite though. My favourite authors have been Stephen King, Ayn Rand, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho, Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, not necessarily in this order.

8. What book/s are you reading at present?

I am currently reading “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright.

9. What is your favourite book and why?

I have read most or all of the books of Ayn Rand, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho and Agatha Christie. They bring out the best of characters and are genuine page turners. When I read their books, I feel like finishing the book and then carry out other important tasks! Earlier, I used to go for what an author brings to the table and thus read all books of the same author. Nowadays, I see if the story given in the back cover fascinates me and if it does, I pick up and read, no matter who the author is!

10. What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write from the heart. If your heart is in what you write, the words will pave way naturally; then, it just won’t require additional effort.

11. What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I am media shy. So not very open to Social Media Sites.

But you could take a dig on me at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DSPais

Amazon: www.amazon.com/D.S.-Pais/e/B078GFBFCC

 

About the Author:

 

D.S.Pais is a Best-Selling Author in Amazon Australia and United States for fiction books, self-help books and poems. She has 12 books to her credit.

Her works are:

Fiction: Rescue, Diane, Tiene , Rescue Book 2: Giselle, Matters of the Heart and An Unlikely Christmas

Self – Help: You Can Lose Weight Just Like Me- from 85kg to 68 kg- A Real Life Story, How to Identify My Greatest Passion in Life, A PRAGMATIC Method to face repeated failures and The Method

Poetry: Poems Book 1, Poems Book 2

Upcoming Book: A Fiction book scheduled for release in February, 2019. However, it will be published on Amazon at a later date.

 

Selection of other titles by D.S. Pais:

I wasn’t like this before. I was way too different. But gradually I learnt The METHOD and applied it to my life and reaped the benefits and will continuously keep getting the benefits. It has now become a part of me. Actually wasn’t aware that I was following The METHOD. But now I am aware since I have been practicing for at least five years and so thought of writing it down.
My mind opened to opportunities, which earlier I was afraid to give even a second thought and this brought changes in my career, which I will detail it in the book.

I wanted to lose weight and I lost seventeen kilograms of weight about five years ago and I attribute this to The METHOD.
When I wasn’t getting where I wanted to be, I was too pessimistic, but now I know that I will reach there as I have learnt so much using The METHOD.

The mind gets clear and the bumps in the thought process get smoothened.

I wasn’t in the habit of exercising; now exercising every day has become habitual.

I was giving up easily, but now I have learnt the art of perseverance and practicing The METHOD allows me to take failures in good spirits.

I have only presented a handful of benefits. There are many more to come in future.
It’s often said that if you have something that you cherish, it will grow in abundance only if it is being shared and that’s the reason I am sharing how I use The METHOD.

Its mind blowing and the transformation takes place like a journey within your mind and you feel a complete dimensional shift towards one dream that will become yours. The METHOD.

This is a Self Help Book which contains the 12 rules of life and influences success habits; time management and goal setting skills which you may already be using and The METHOD helps materialize your New Year Resolutions. Hope this is useful to you!

A shy dancer steals her heart, but she remains in oblivion. Her actions show that she cares for him, but her mind is not willing to accept. She has changed his personality since the time they have met. The story unfolds with the two of them being at the same place, she not believing in love and he falling apart from her due to her own indifference. What happens next?

Peace prevailed despite on-going wars only in this remote city. Will serenity be restored in the chapel that has been flourishing peacefully perpetually. Will Zulu destroy the city or are there patrons in the city who can fight him back. Read on.

This book has 9 poems to ponder. It is mostly about love, life and our imaginations and takes us away from reality. The work is abstract and is free for multi-interpretations.

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Author Interview: ‘The Line Between’ by Tosca Lee

About the Book:

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life–until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom–and what–to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

The first time I ever blurted out the words “I want to write a novel” I was home for spring break my freshman year in college (this is 1989 for those counting ;). I was telling my dad how I loved that a great book was like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns. And then I blurted it out: I want to write a novel.

That day, my dad made me a deal: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller that summer, if I spent the summer writing that novel and treated it like a job.

Today, 30 years later as I finish my 12th to-be-published novel, the dream is different. I still want to build roller coasters, but the reason has changed. Because I’ve lost track of the readers who have told me, sometimes through tears, how important novels have been during trying times in their lives: during a difficult marriage, while caring for an ailing parent, in the midst of illness, recovery, or psychological challenges. When they couldn’t work, felt alone, or otherwise simply needed to escape, if only an hour at a time.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I write in the upper level of the old, original farmhouse where I live in the country. It’s hot in the summer and cold in winter!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

In 2017, soon after Firstborn released, I met with my publisher in New York to talk about what was next. I had a short list of favourite story concepts—the idea of a cult escapee starting over and a pandemic rising from the permafrost among six or seven others. My publisher said, “I like both of those. I think you should put them together!”

It worked out strangely well! I wish I could take credit for the combination, but it was my publisher’s idea.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I’ve learned that I have to outline—or else face several rewrites.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

This book—and the two before it—are thrillers. I love the concepts, the characters, and the pacing that is the hallmark of a thriller!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

So I’m probably weird, but I never think of my novels in terms of celebrity casts. Even though I currently have several novels in development for television, this is the hardest thing for me to answer!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

It just depends on what’s happening and whether I’m on deadline. I probably don’t have favorite authors so much as favorite books I’ve returned to throughout my life. Interview With the Vampire, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mists of Avalon, Bird by Bird, and On Writing.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

A World Lit Only By Fire

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is very hard, but The Mists of Avalon is a long-time (30+ years) favorite of mine.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

My number #1 rule of writing is: Write like no one is ever going to read it. Why? Because then you aren’t watering down anything with fear about what anyone will think. My #2 rule is: finish your article/essay/memoir/book. It’s the thing that separates those who want to make a career of it from those who actually do. Those who do it as a career finish—again and again. Also, surround yourself with the people you need: other writers to take this journey with you. Mentors, advocates, and encouragers who will remind you not to take everything so seriously. My husband is this person to me—the one, who reminds me, when it seems like everything is falling apart, to have fun. Because writing is a lot of work. If you’re not having fun, your reader won’t either. And then what’s the point?

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.toscalee.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorToscaLee

Twitter: @ToscaLee

Instagram: www.instagram.com/toscalee

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/toscalee

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/427839.Tosca_Lee

 

About the Author:

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels including THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. A SINGLE LIGHT, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to THE LINE BETWEEN, releases September 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

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Author Interview: ‘Rise of Light Series’ by H.M Gooden

About the Series:

Dream of Darkness

(Rise of Light Series Book 1)

Tired of moving yet again, Cat McLean finds herself in the town of Valleyview when her dad is transferred to a new job. Along with her older sister Vanessa, she must find a way to fit into another new school for what feels like the millionth time. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, shortly after their move, Cat and Vanessa are involved in a near-fatal car accident. Waking to find that she has the ability to see auras and to heal others, Cat is horrified to also discover an ancient evil that means to destroy her new home. Cat must join forces with her sister and a new friend to defeat it, or die in the attempt. Will she learn how to harness her new powers before the darkness comes for them? Or will she succumb to the darkness she fears?

 

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Excerpt from Dream of Darkness

The girls finished lunch without any attention from other students, other than an occasional glance. As they walked back to the office, Cat tried to avoid catching anyone’s eye, wishing again that she was more outgoing or had a thicker skin. Vanessa stopped abruptly and Cat had to pull up short to avoid running into her.

“How’s the first day working out?”

A boy Cat didn’t know smiled at them and she felt herself color involuntarily.

Damn it!

“So far so good!” Vanessa chirped.

The boy flashed another smile, and be damned if his hair didn’t appear to ripple when he moved. He looked like a movie star, with his dark blond hair, dimples and grey eyes. He was probably about six feet tall, slightly taller than Cat, and well built. He looked directly at Cat, giving another blinding, toothy smile.

“We haven’t met, but I guess you must be Catherine. It’s not every day we get new students. I’m Declan Boyer. I’m in History with your sister.”

Cat found herself feeling uncomfortable, but not because of his good looks. A weird, cold, and empty sensation washed over her. It felt completely out of place in the bright hallway, standing next to a guy who could be a homecoming hero.

“Hey, nice to meet you, too. It’s Cat. Um, people call me Cat, generally.” She managed to croak out her reply, wincing at how dumb she must sound.

Vanessa immediately noticed she was off and came to her rescue.

“Hey, Declan, do you know who we’d talk to about a track or running team? Cat was on the team back home before we moved and wants to try out here.”

He nodded. “Of course! You want to talk to Ms. Fisk. She’s the Art and Music teacher, but doubles as the cross-country coach. There aren’t a lot of teachers here, I mean, the school only has 300 students from grade nine to twelve, so a lot of the teachers double as coaches.” He looked at his watch. “I have a few minutes, I’d be happy to take you to her office.”

Cat followed behind Vanessa and Declan, trying to figure out what felt so off. It was more than her usual discomfort with new people. This felt bigger and she knew she needed to listen to the feeling. It reminded her of the time she’d gone swimming with Vanessa and some of the neighbourhood kids. She’d refused to jump off the dock into the water when she was dared, walking out instead because of a weird feeling she’d had telling her not to do it. The next kid who’d jumped had hit a broken board and torn their leg badly. She had the same cold, dark feeling now that she’d had while wading in the water that day. Something about this beautiful guy made her as scared as she’d been back then.

“And here you go!” said Declan, bowing and waving his arm as though producing a rabbit out of a hat. “Ms. Fisk, in person.”

A short and powerfully built Asian woman in her mid-forties smiled at him.

“Oh, Declan, always the charmer!” she said, as she fluttered and preened at his attention.

Declan smiled suavely, turning back to Cat. “I hope you find what you need. I’m on my way to a quick drama club meeting before lunch is over.”

Vanessa straightened up, looking interested in something for the first time. Declan noticed and extended the invite to her.

“We’re planning the show for the annual spring review.  It’s going to be a big one this year. We could use more players, if you’re interested in joining us.”

Vanessa looked at Cat with excitement. “Do you want to come?”

Cat shook her head. “You go ahead. I’ll be busy here for awhile. I’ll meet you outside after school, at the parking lot doors.”

Vanessa smiled and gave a quick ‘see ya’ wave, before turning and following Declan down the hall without looking back.

Cat watched them walk away, still feeling an odd sense of unease, turning to see Ms. Fisk watching Declan walk away fondly. Ms. Fisk switched her attention to Cat, giving her a friendly once over.

“So, what brings you here today? Are you a budding artiste, looking for extra work perhaps? A musician? What can I help you with today, my dear?”

Cat smiled, finding the friendly warmth from the teacher relaxing after the oddness that had come with meeting Declan.

“Sorry, no. I’m not the artist in my family. But I’d heard you were the person to talk to about a cross-country or distance running club? I was on the track and cross-country team at my last school. I’d like to continue here, unless I missed try-outs, or whatever.” Cat felt calm asking this teacher, warming to her open and attentive face.

Ms. Fisk smiled, regretfully. “Well, the track team is done until spring, but we do have cross-country into November, depending on weather. It isn’t a very large group, so there’s no need for try-outs. I can introduce you to the other students at the next practice on Wednesday and you can consider yourself officially a part of the team now, if you want. The last actual meet is in a couple of weeks.”

Cat took down the rest of the information on a corner of a notebook, promising to be at the practice. Maybe she’d get a chance to talk to someone outside of class in an environment she was comfortable in. Feeling more optimistic than before, Cat checked her schedule and headed to her next class, English. Apparently they were learning Shakespeare, according to the titles on her book list. She sighed again, and prayed to whoever listened to high school students. Please spare me from a group read along…

 

 What people are saying:

The plot of H. M. Gooden’s novel is fun, but the best part of the book is the relationship between the two sisters. There’s a little jealousy and a period of great guilt, but mostly there’s love and support shared between both girls. When Gooden throws in Evelyn, a mutual friend with powers of her own, the picture is complete and the girls are ready to take on the evil threatening their world.

Steve Lindahl — Author of Under a Warped Cross, Hopatcong Vision Quest, White Horse Regressions, and Motherless Soul

 

“Dream of Darkness” by H.M. Gooden is a YA (and up) fantasy with elements of both the paranormal and the faerie world. Two teenage sisters-Cat and Vanessa discover they have powers and must learn to use them quickly when a dark menace threatens their new hometown. A delightful tale of friendship, sisterly love and good triumphing over evil. I’d heard a bit about this book and author and wanted to give it a go. The “out-of-body” experience in the hospital is described so eloquently and passionately that it alone is worth the price of admission. I wasn’t disappointed.

David W. Thompson — Author of Sister Witch and His Father’s Blood

 

The Stone Dragon

(Rise of Light Series Book 2)

Cat has finally settled into her new town and is happy with her life just the way it is. Until the day that her friend Evelyn shows up on her front step, with a recurring nightmare that began after they defeated Declan. A dark stranger surrounded by fire and destruction tortures her every night, and in order to help her, Cat must discover the truth about the dark man and his origins. This time, they must face a much older evil on new ground. With the addition of a new ally, the girls will stand against the darkness together. Will they be victorious, or will they fall to his power the way so many others have?

 

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 What people are saying:

This book is the second of the series. I found it very easy and fun to read, and the story is a real page-turner. Anyone with an imagination and a wee glimmer of intellect will really enjoy this.

Harold Lamont — Amazon Review

 

As an avid YA fantasy reader, I’ve always enjoyed strong female protagonists with relatable challenges and intriguing plot twists. Gooden delivers in her second installment in this series where her prose pulls you into the world of young teenage characters who are just starting back at school after a lazy summer break, hoping for a reprieve after facing the evil Declan at the end of their previous year. New dreams and visions foretell that they need to focus on improving the control of their powers together and prepare for a new enemy.

The characters are all likable and remind me of old friends from my high school days (if only we had powers). Looking forward to the next book!

Jessica Goeller — Amazon Review

 

A compelling and suspenseful read from start to finish. I enjoyed every aspect of these characters and the insightful plot. will definitely read this author again!

Melissa Franckowiak — Goodreads Review

 

The Phoenix and The Witch

(Rise of Light Series Book 3)

Fresh from their triumph against Dub in San Francisco, the girls are content to return to their normal lives, unaware that their fight against the darkness is not over.

Although they succeeded in destroying their previous adversaries, another threat has risen in a far away country. This time, they must travel to Edinburgh to confront the darkest of all evils.

The origin.

As the conclusion to this trilogy, this adventure will set the course for everything in their lives and they will learn that even their friends may not be what they seem.

Will they succeed in fighting back the dark or will they be left irrevocably changed?

 

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 What people are saying:

The Phoenix and the Witch is another fun story involving our favorite characters Cat and her best friend, Evelyn. This time their adventure takes them across the pond to England and Scotland. Not only does this adventure open their eyes to the magic all around them, it also brings them closer together to face another challenge against the darkness. Their personal magic is stronger than ever, allowing them to feel confident in their ability to win this epic battle, yet the fear of failure looms as the days pass. I especially liked how the girls all get along so well, wanting to help one another in life, love, and magic. This is a really great YA adventure with fun elements of magic, transformation, and cooperation.

Amy B — Amazon Review

 

Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any better, H.M. Gooden brings more to the table in the form of a new character, Zahara…strong, loving and amazing! The girls must again face a new evil while joining together not only as friends, but joining their powers. Surprises and trials are around every corner and the character development is outstanding. These are a group of girls that you wish were your best friends, by your side as you face the trials in your life. Never wavering, they have each others backs and don’t back down from the challenges that they are destined to face.

Amanda — Amazon Review

 

Dragons are Forever

(Rise of Light Series Book 4)

Mai has everything. Friends, a job, and a loving boyfriend. But just when life is perfect, he pops the question. Suddenly, everything changes. Once Jake declares his undying love, their journey of discovery begins. Swept up in a sea of adventure, Mai will travel to Norway to meet the most dreaded creatures in the world-the inlaws. Along the way, Mai will battle all manner of supernatural creatures to get to the altar, only to find that this is just the beginning. Life as she knows it will never be the same.

 

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 What people are saying:

Great book I enjoyed reading the story of water dragons and I would like to see what happens next in their adventure I won’t give to much away but I am curious about the children.

Jerry Connellysr — Amazon Review

 

The story has lots of action and adventure in the early part and ends more focused on family. I liked the sweetness to the relationship between them. They have a genuine bond and respect one another. Her meeting his family starts them on a new path.

 It is well written and the author lets both of them narrate part of the story which I prefer. The other characters are well developed too and add to the richness of the story.

L Levine — Amazon Review

 

This is such a great book! I would suggest reading the rise of light series so you have a little bit more background. Jake and Mai’s story of love adventure and friendship is so sweet. Watching them grow as a family and havong outings will keep you entertained and wanting more. Can’t wait to see whats in store for the rest of the girls and the family!

Allie Eggers — Amazon Review

 

The Raven and The Witch Hunter

(Rise of Light Series Book 5)

Vanessa lives a charmed life as the rising star in a hit new TV series. She has family and friends that love her, as well as the secret perk of having air magic and being able to turn into a raven and fly away if things get stressful. But when her best friend moves away and a mysterious woman enters her life warning her of impending danger, her perfect life takes an unexpected turn. Not only is Vanessa confronted with the very real threat of someone trying to kill her, but her own emotions will become inexplicably tangled. What is it about this Witch Hunter that breaks every rule Vanessa has for herself? And what the heck is she supposed to do about it?

 

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 What people are saying:

This was a very touching story in what seems to be a potentially great series. You can’t go wrong with romance when it is done like this. The healing that happens in this story while again saving people is amazing. Love to read more with Vanessa and Emma Jane.

Coneja — Amazon Review

 

What a fun book! Ms. Gooden has added an exciting and romantic new addition to her magical series. Though Vanessa isn’t my favourite character, I truly enjoyed her interaction with Emma Jane. The subject matter was covered with delicacy and correctness. Not to say the action, mystery, and a bit of a cliff-hanger ending didn’t blow me away. Honestly an excellent book and a quick read. ‘The Raven and The Witch Hunter’ keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you wanting more! Cheers to the next book in the series!

Fairestsky — Amazon Review

 

I really loved this book. The story is imaginative and I can’t wait to see if Vanessa and Emma find any other bad “girls” to catch while they figure out if there is a solution to their problem. And what a problem!

Meg Gruber — Amazon Review

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve always loved reading, and when I was in school I would start these horrible novels. I never considered writing a short story; it was always a horrible romance that morphed into a story where my main character had magic powers. When I went to university I dabbled with a few creative writing projects on the side as electives, but writing was left behind by my 6th year and I delved into the full time world of medicine.

It wasn’t until after my last child was born when I was up one night, at 1 or 2 or 3 am, the house was quiet and I was alone that I wondered if that was it. Was that the rest of my life? Work and kids and repeat ad nauseam?I was restless and trying to figure out what I was supposed to do that would enrich me and make me feel complete.

I had always wanted to write a book and I said well, it is time to do that now. I’m finished school, I’m finished having kids, and if I don’t start right this minute I’ll be another person still saying “one day” on my death bed- and I didn’t want that to happen.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I would love to write all day long. I’ve done that, once or twice when my husband has blessed me by telling me to leave and write. In that case, it’s usually a Starbucks somewhere nearby. Otherwise lately most of my writing is in my car on my way to and from work. I dictate my first draft, which I find wonderful, because I can talk almost as fast as my brain moves.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From everywhere. My first book sprang from a recurring stress- dream I used to have in my teens. But I take my ideas from my kids, work, things that strike me as funny or bizarre, people I see in Walmart, anything and anyone is fair game.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

It’s a little bit of both. My first book was definitely one that carried me away, but now I will loosely plot out where I want the story to go. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to dictate nearly as easily.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write what could be best considered ya paranormal, although the series I’m working on currently is a second world high fantasy YA. I’m drawn to the YA/NA genre because there is so much potential here. We are all in a state of becoming in our teens and early twenties, and learn so much about who we are during that time. Of course, when you add magic and the occasional romance in, you not only have the usual character development you’d expect from the young adult years but you have stories that I love.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Haha! My dream cast are all too old now, but if I could grab any teens from the 80s and 90s and 2000s I would have picked a teen Lisa Bonet for Evelyn, Marie Kondo for Mai (I know, not an actress technically) or Lucy Liu as a teenager. A teenage Katherine Zeta Jones for Vanessa, Lindsay Lohan as Cat (as the redhead, Mean Girls era) and Zahara would be Parminder Nagra from Bend it like Beckham.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read as much as I can, although writing has definitely cut that back to a few books a week. I love JK Rowling, have read most Stephen King novels (unless they are too scary!) James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Sherilyn Kenyon, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, and too many others to name

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

My bedside table has about 75 books on it and I’m no longer allowed to go into a bookstore (self imposed!) I have been watching Marie Kondo and this year is about decluttering my house and life, so I need to read and keep or get rid of. I can’t get rid of a book I’ve never read due to the possibilities 😉 I just finished a great ARC for a book called Shattered Echoes – I’d never heard of the author before and I may have to add them to my favourites list. I love finding new people to read! I’m also reading a Jayne Castle book, Siren song, and SJ Maas a Court of Thorns and Roses, as I’m sadly behind in her stuff and I know she’s huge in the genre right now.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I really can’t pick just one favorite, but there is a book that has stuck in my head for almost twenty years called Beggars in Spain. It was written by Nancy Kress and it is more sci-fi fantasy, but the genetics are frightening in the potential. What gets me the most is that although none of what she talked about in the book was possible then, it IS now…. and I wonder….

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Stop thinking. Write. Write every day, even if it’s a journal, a blog, or a short story. The more words you write the easier it will become until it’s a habit and as much a part of you as anything else you do. If you need a deadline or goal, sign up for the next nanowrimo wherever you are- it’s an online organization to help you get there, and it’s free. They have camps in April and July, and then the original Nanowrimo is in November.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can reach me at the following:

Website: www.hmgoodenauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HMGoodenAuthor

Facebook Group Page: www.facebook.com/groups/981341802029808

Twitter: @HMGooden

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17229510.H_M_Gooden

Instagram: 
www.instagram.com/hmgoodenauthor

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/h-m-gooden

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/H.-M.-Gooden/e/B078JXQZQR

 

About the Author:

H.M. Gooden has been scribbling on everything since she first learned how to hold a pencil. While often told that her handwriting was atrocious, she persisted, and upon discovering computers and learning how to type, she realized that she was no longer limited by her (admittedly) messy writing.

Unfortunately, life and work and family have conspired to make it only possible to write in the wee hours or at coffee shops, so most of her love of reading and writing are indulged at times when only vampires and insomniacs abound.

Beginning in October of 2017, her love of writing and the characters in the world she has created burst into public view in her first book, Dream of Darkness, which follows the adventures of a group of girls fighting evil with abilities that H. M. Gooden would love to have. As a result, 4 am has become even busier trying to find out what will happen to her paranormal buddies in the future, and book six, seven and eight are in the works.

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Author Interview: ‘Policy of Truth’ by Scarlett Holloway

Sacred Heart Continuum Book 1

About the Book:

Five years ago, Tamra “Durty” Simon’s life was falling apart, and she had a one-way ticket to six-feet under. And if it hadn’t been for the Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club swooping in, dusting her off, and transforming her into the badass biker she is today, she’d be taking a dirt nap. Now, she has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought.

Brett “Sting” Jackson is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him—not even the sexy, enticing female biker who makes him hard with a single look. Too bad he’s lying and keeping secrets from her. But the alternative could get her killed, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take.

It took Sting crashing into her life to make Durty realize there’s something else in this world she wants to ride as hard as her bike—too bad fate has other plans for them. When a rival club makes a move against the Angels, all hell breaks loose. Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed, and lies will be exposed. Because in the motorcycle world, lies may get you hurt, but the truth can get you killed.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

There’s not much to tell really lol. I am a massage therapist by day, cranky writer by night. I drink a ton of coffee, I love my cupcakes and glitter.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have this spot on my couch that has been nicknamed the ‘Bunny Hole’. It’s a space that it overrun by stuffed animals, fluffy blankets and pillows. That is my writing area. I usually write after my son goes to bed.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Where don’t they?? Mostly music triggers ideas, but then again…TV does, movies, honestly everything does.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I am a plotter. My stories are too complex to try and pants them. I use 3×5 cards and plot out the basic outline chapter by chapter, and then I have a plot wall covered in sticky notes for timelines.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I am a multi-genre author. I write in Romantic Suspense, Family Saga, Cozy PNR and Cozy Mystery – so far. Sky is the limit when it comes to what genre I will write in.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

That is a hard question. Policy of Truth is my latest and I had certain people in mind when I was character creating. Brett Michaels, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson—the list goes on.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Stephen King, Jackie Collins, Clive Barker, Sandra Brown.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

George R.R. Martin and his book Fire & Blood.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I think I’d have to say The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engle Randall. That was the book that turned my life around when it came to reading, and I think sparked the fire to start writing.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Never quit. Never write for fame or money. Always write for yourself.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.scarlettholloway.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thescarlettholloway

Twitter: @scarlettssong

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ascarlettssong

 

About the Author:

Growing up on the Central Coast, Scarlett Holloway always dreamed of seeing her name on the cover of a book and on the New York Times Best Seller List. What better way than to bring part of her past onto the pages of a novel, as well as writing about issues that women face on a daily basis? When she is not in her bunny hole writing, she is a massage therapist, trying to help people through therapeutic healing. Scarlett is hopelessly devoted to her husband, who she lovingly calls her plot bunny, and is active in her teenage son’s life.

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