Title: Path to a Healthy Mind & Body Author: Connie Rogers Pages: 216 pages Publisher: Eat Heal Thrive Release Date: November 21, 2015
Summary: As you begin down this path to a healthy mind & body, you’ll discover simple yet powerful steps with a plan to reduce the overload of stress, toxins and chemicals that are all interconnected with poor health. You will find ways to: Eliminate Depression, Increase Energy, Balance Hormones, Remove Toxic Exposures, Prevent Disease, Explore Beliefs and Lose Weight without Dieting. In simple terms: This book is a guide to living a long healthy life and that, simply put, is priceless!
Meet the Author: Connie Rogers is a Certified Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, Certified Cosmetologist, Researcher, Published Author, Reiki Master, Mother, Day Spa Owner for over 25 years, and Motivational Speaker for digestive, skin and hormonal health. An environmental toxin expert. Her first wake up call to health came in 1977 when an abundance of toxins almost killed her son. As a coach educator, she is passionate about expanding your awareness on what can be keeping you sick, fat, toxic, and depressed. Her philosophy is eat real, be real, stress less and make time for your personal health and wellness.
1. Who is your book for?
Anyone on the path to healthy non toxic-living for themselves and family and interested in learning more about simple solutions to stay naturally energized and healthy.
2. Does your book cover weight loss issues?
Yes, I go over that in- depth. Conventional diets don’t work. It’s never just about food that keeps the body holding onto weight. You have to get the whole picture. I teach what truly works- so you can get see and get results.
3. As a Health Coach -what is your philosophy?
My philosophy is eat real, be real, stress less and make time for your personal health and wellness. My holistic approach encompasses learning what pulls the strings on metabolic and endocrine-related powers.
4. What can confuse people about the foods we eat?
There are Myths & Misinformation standing in the way of our awareness of what health is. There are barriers we don’t necessarily see that can play a causative role in sickness, obesity and depression.
People get paid to misinform the public, such as “Find a way to eat healthy that includes junk food,” or Cheerios has all the protein you need in a cereal or bottled orange juice comes from mother nature. It’s hard to know what’s truth and what’s just marketing. Bottled juice is a blood sugar nightmare, and increases chances of inflammation and diabetes.
5. What is one simple ‘must have’ in a healthy lifestyle?
Self -care. Self -care means we find self -love important. When we include selflove and self- care in our day, we feel stronger and naturally make better decisions as to our reactions and to our relationships. All things are working first from the inside out- not from the outside in.
6. What makes your book unique?
I specialize in reducing symptoms of a toxic body causing common diseases. Drawing on my extensive knowledge and Certification of Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health, I am able to assist my clients to create a completely personalized roadmap to health, guiding them along the path of their own change.
7. What is the takeaway?
The real value is that you have your life, energy, mind and body back.
Title: Bed of Thornes Author: Angel L. Woodz Pages: 154 pages Publisher: Angel L. Woodz Release Date: October 31, 2015
Summary: Veronica Thorne is nearing her 30th birthday. An established painter who is quite comfortable financially, owning an art gallery in Dallas, TX. She has never questioned who she is and what she wants in life, until now. Veronica has an addiction, one that she is losing all control of.
Adrian, younger and open-minded, becomes a part of her mysterious world of secrets. Each of them swirling in unknown desire-filled paths, not knowing where their lives will lead from this. One afraid, the other wanting to embrace the beauty of what they consider darkness.
I got a chance to ‘sit down’ and chat with debut author Angel L. Woodz about her first novel ‘Bed of Thornes’.
1.Hello Angel. How are you today? Are you comfortable?
Hello! I am great! I’m as comfortable as can be at this time, thank you. 🙂
2. Why did you become an author?
I became an Author because of the passion I have for writing. I’ve had this passion since I was in Elementary. I always excelled in subjects that coincide with Reading and Writing. I would write poems and lyrics to songs constantly in my bedroom. I submitted one of my poems to a contest and it was published! I also wrote a short story when young that won an award in my school at the time. I began reading at a very young age and my love for it grew as I did. I became “addicted” to reading when I was a pre-teen and couldn’t get enough of it. I remember reading the entire sets of several series over just one summer one year and wanted more. My obsession with all things books never stopped, but it was somewhat put on hold once I became a mother. Needless to say, I had always wanted to create stories for others to enjoy, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally decided to go for my dream.
3. Tell us a bit about your writing process.
My writing process can be simple yet difficult at times, if that isn’t a contradiction for you. The process I use varies at times, depending on the story I’m writing and the mood I need to create. There’s times I listen to music of different genres or watch a certain movie with the emotion I’m trying to bring out in my writing. Other times I just need to be alone and for it to be quiet in my surroundings. I normally just write as I go rather than create any sort of lists or what have you like some writers do. I prefer to let the ideas flow naturally. However, that’s when it can sometimes become difficult. It’s just how I work though.
4. How long did it take to write Bed of Thornes?
It took 4 months to write. It would’ve probably taken less time, but being my first novel, I wasn’t prepared for what I’ve now learned. The next two will take much less time to release.
5. What inspired you to write ‘A Bed of Thornes’?
I was inspired to write Bed of Thornes shortly after deciding to officially begin writing… the story came to me almost instantly and the plots of the story just began to pour out… faster than I could write them. I knew right away that I wanted to specialize in the Romance genre, then it turned into multiple sub-genres that I am interested in, so I write more than just the genre of Bed of Thornes. The characters came to life as though they already existed prior to the start of me writing the book.
6. Describe the relationship between Veronica & Adrian.
The relationship between Veronica Thorne and Adrian Montez is quite complex. They seem perfect for one another as far as attraction and desires, but beyond that they are actually the opposite. Veronica is an independent and hard working woman that’s not looking for love. She dark secrets of sexual addiction and other hidden truths that she fears sharing with anyone, even Adrian. As a work-a-holic, she would rather be taking care of business and having her way with Adrian at every given time than anything else. Her control factor isn’t about controlling everything in life but definitely having control over her own life as well as sexually. Adrian is more laid-back and likes to enjoy life while still being a good worker and pursuing his passion as a singer. Younger than she, he is less experienced and new to the world of Veronica’s dirty mind. He doesn’t agree with strictly sexual the same as Veronica, he wants more out of it all.
7. Do you have a dreamcast?
8. What’s the message you wanted to get across?
The message I’m trying to get across with the story of Bed of Thornes is that we all fight battles, many of us have an addiction of some sort, and I want to let it be known that there’s nothing to be ashamed of and you are loved. I also wanted to show that not everything in life is roses, there are struggles and sometimes it’s us who is our own worst enemy… but there is hope for everyone’s story in life.
9. Can you give us a non-spoiler-y spoiler for the sequel?
That’s hilarious! All I can say is… you know the old saying, opposites attract. Well, it’s either true or it isn’t. Haha!! The sequel will be the answer to whether Veronica and Adrian will have a Happily Ever After or if they will end up proving that not all things are meant to be. Life doesn’t always have happy endings, but love may or may not prevail in this tale of lovers.
10. How can fans get in touch with you?
My links should be included, but overall fans can contact me by visiting my website: http://www.angellwoodz-authorqueen.com All of my social media links and a contact form are available on the site.
11. What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect an abundance of books published for as long as I’m capable. This is something I hope I’d never have to give up. Writing is all I know outside of spending time with my family. Upcoming releases with be Romance with the sub-genres of; Erotic, Comedy, Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal, Drama, etc. I hope to bring joy to even one person, that’s success if I can do at least that. I hope to provide reads for my fans for life. I love connecting with each of them!
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, Angel and stopping by.
Angel would like to mention that reviews on Amazon and goodreads are very appreciated.
You all are welcome to join us in celebration of Author Angel L. Woodz’ upcoming release on Nov. 30! There will be tons of fun giveaways, prizes, Author Takeovers, stalker links, & more! Hope to see you there, Thanks for the support!!
Hearts are fragile, and mine's been shattered before…
I have always thought of love in the abstract, never something to come true. My past has shown me time after time that those who are supposed to love you will only lead you to disappointment. Destiny, fate, chance…those are things that I never believed in.
A chance encounter with a distinct pair of blue eyes and a heart-melting smile challenges my knowledge of life and love.
Because there's something about this stranger that has me believing in the possibility of more…
As I fiddle with the clasp on my bag, I see out of the corner of my eye that someone takes the seat next to me on my left. Not wanting to invade the person’s space, I pull my bag over towards the right to give them more room. But as I look to the side, my eyes are drawn to the nicely tailored pair of gray slacks and designer shoes. I’m not sure how I know the pants are tailored, but I do. There’s just something about the material that says he didn’t buy them from JC Penney. I can’t help but admire his well put together attire and get confused when I feel my breathing start to speed up. My eyes roam over the slacks and the black sweater, causing heat to run through my system while noting that he obviously takes excellent care of himself. He has an athletic build, with his broad shoulders and lean muscular upper body. Even through his sweater I know that there is nothing but well defined sculpted muscles adorning his entire body.
My gaze slows as it passes over his chin, which is sporting some seriously sexy stubble, finally falling onto a pair of bright blue eyes looking intently at me. His face takes my breath away and it feels as if my heart has slowed its tempo. He has piercing blue eyes and dark hair that is styled like he just rolled out of bed. You know, that sexy way guys wear their hair that makes women turn into blabbering idiots. Chiseled cheekbones and a strong jaw complete the package. He screams yummy to my starving body. He appears to be in his late twenties or early thirties if I had to guess. I blink twice and then look back down at my bag, feeling shy and awkward all of a sudden.
“Is this seat taken?” he asks in his deep English-accented voice.
That voice. There is something about his voice that seems familiar to me. I know I’ve never met this man before in my life. I would most definitely remember meeting someone like him. I look up again into his kind eyes and he smiles at me, showing perfect white teeth. Oh my, the earth can swallow me up now.
“Um, no. No one’s sitting there. Well, you are now, I suppose.” Lame. Totally lame. Way to go, Tessa.
He gives a little chuckle, keeping the smile in place on his perfect face. I give him a slight returning smile and can feel my cheeks start to heat up. His eyes dance around my face and I swear I see something flash within them. Something familiar but I can’t quite figure out why.
He looks as if he’s about to say something, but the crackle of the speakers draw our attention to the airline desk attendant as she announces that our flight is ready to board. Kara is still talking on her phone but stands up with me as we make our way to the counter. I’m almost eager to get away from him, yet sad at the same time. The only comfort I can gather is he’s going to be on the same flight as me. The mystery man follows suit and stands a couple of people behind me in line. As we board the plane, Kara ends her call and then turns around to ask me where I am sitting.
“Aren’t we sitting together again?” I ask her.
“No. I wasn’t able to get us a seat next to each other. I’m in row three, how about you?”
“Oh well. Maybe you’ll get lucky and the person you’re sitting with is a mute. Or maybe they’ll just be some hot eye candy that you can talk to and start an illicit affair with,” Kara says, as she shrugs her shoulders.
“You’re so funny. You know I’ll have my nose stuck in my Kindle or I’ll be sleeping.” I laugh as I smirk at her. She gives me a grin back.
“If the person next to me doesn’t show you can sit by me. Deal?”
I make my way through the aisle and find my seat. Row six, seat A. No problem. I sit down and pull out my Kindle, getting it ready for the long flight across the Atlantic. I’m juggling the device in my lap as I bend down to stow my laptop bag when I notice that someone is occupying the seat next to me. I inwardly sigh. Of course, I’m not lucky enough to sit by myself. I glance over to my right and see a newly familiar pair of shoes. I slowly straighten my body back into an upright position. With a small lump forming in my throat, I turn my head and there he is, my mystery man, sitting next to me and flashing me a smile that causes my heart to stop yet again.
“Hello, we meet again,” he says in his sexy English accent.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always loved writing, even when I was younger. It started out as Sweet Valley High fanfic (because Jessica and Elizabeth couldn’t get into enough trouble on their own) and it kind of bloomed from there. I always had a story going about something that happened to me and I needed to get it off my chest. Or an idea would pop into my head and I would have to write it down before it was lost. In Seventh Grade, my teacher submitted a poem I wrote for a class to some national contest and I was one of the winners. They published it in an anthology of poems written by kids of various ages from across the country. I was extremely excited about that. Until recently I hadn’t written for fun in a while, due to life getting in the way. A couple years ago I had an idea pop into my head and soon enough, Tessa and Andrew’s story was born!
Who is your favorite author and why?
Tough question. I have lots of favorite authors that I fangirl over. I love Mia Sheridan’s writing with all my heart. Her stories are so real, so moving that I just can’t help but get lost in them. And I love the fact that they’re real people going through real struggles as they make their way through life. I could pick any of her books from my shelf, and yes I have them all signed, and just get lost in their world for a while.
Another author I love is Amy Bartol. She is an amazing writer. The way she creates her stories have me begging to be included in them. Both her Premonition series and Kricket series are some of my favorites. And I tell her that often!
Heather Lyons is another one of my favorites. The Collector’s Society series is fantastic. I love how she creates these pictures in my head as I read, making me see everything as if it’s a movie playing out in my thoughts. And her attention to detail and creating these characters that come to life amaze me. I recommend her books all the time simply because they’re some of the best out there.
And I’m sure this is only supposed to be one author but I can’t go without saying how much I love LB Simmons!! She is such an amazing writer and friend that I need to mention her. She has a gift with her words and pulls at your heart strings with so much ease that you can’t help but fall in love with her work. Plus she is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and I’m lucky enough to call her my friend!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I had several things I wanted to be. At first, I wanted to be a singer, which was an easy pick because that’s all I did growing up was sing. I always auditioned for the musicals and got the singing parts or was chosen to sing solos during the Christmas performances when I was younger. As I grew older, I wanted something more practical, so I decided that being a doctor sounded good. If you overlooked the fact that I’m squeamish about needles, I’m sure I would have made a fine doctor if I would have stayed focused and not changed my mind again. And now, as an adult, I’m still not sure what I want to be. But being a mom is definitely a full-time job (on top of my paying ones) and it is something that I get rewarded for daily.
Any advice you would give your younger self if you could?
Don’t rush to grow up. Enjoy being a kid for as long as you can.
Oh, and don’t drink beer at the house parties in college. You’ll just end up puking on the sidewalk because you don’t like beer.
Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
I think everyone who knows me will not be surprised by my answer. I have a (slight) obsession with Professor Gabriel O. Emerson. He is not my boyfriend, he is my husband and we are happily married! I don’t know what it is about him, but I fell in love with him instantly. Yes, he was an arrogant asshole at first, but man. When he romances a woman, he does it right! My list of BBF’s changes and updates as I read, but he has always remained my number one.
Fated to be Mine (Fated #2) – Releasing Oct 6, 2015
I've made a mistake…Can we find our way back?
They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, or that time heals all wounds. What they don't tell you is that it doesn't lessen the pain. I don't think those people have experienced a loss like this.
I left my heart in London, and I'm not sure I'll ever get it back.
But fate has a plan of her own. She keeps me guessing and hoping that not everything is as it seems.
Hearts can be shattered but can also be put back together. Especially when love doesn't give up on you, even if you think it has.
Jodie Larson is a wife and mother to four beautiful girls, making their home in northern Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior. When she isn’t running around to various activities or working her regular job, you can find her sitting in her favorite spot reading her new favorite book or camped out somewhere quiet trying to write her next manuscript. She’s addicted to reading (just ask her kids or husband) and loves talking books even more with her friends. She’s also a lover of all things romance and happily ever afters, whether in movies or in books, as shown in her extensive collection of both.
They hailed her “Liberty,” but she was free only to obey—or die.
Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.
Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome’s noblewomen.
When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire
to which they both owe allegiance. Knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name—and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.
FINGERS CRAMPING AND shoulders aching from having wielded the pitchfork all day, Rhyddes ferch Rudd tossed another load of hay onto the wagon. Sweat trickled down her back, making the lash marks sting. Marks inflicted by her father, Rudd, the day before because eighteen summers of anguish had goaded her into speaking her mind.
Physical pain couldn’t compare with the ache wringing her heart.
She slid a glance toward the author of her mood. He stood a few paces away, leaning upon his pitchfork’s handle in the loaded wagon’s shade to escape the July heat as he conversed with her oldest brother, Eoghan. She couldn’t discern their words, but their camaraderie spoke volumes her envy didn’t want to hear.
Her father’s gaze met hers, and he lowered his eyebrows. “Back to work, Rhyddes!” On Rudd’s lips, her name sounded like an insult.
In a sense, it was.
Her name in the Celtic tongue meant “freedom,” but the horse hitched to the hay wagon enjoyed more freedom than she did. Her tribe, the Votadini, had been conquered by the thieving Romans, who demanded provisions for their troops, fodder for their mounts, women for their beds, and coin to fill the purses of every Roman who wasn’t a soldier.
If those conditions weren’t bad enough, for all the kindness her father had demonstrated during her first two decades, Rhyddes may as well have been born a slave.
She scooped up more hay. Resentment-fired anger sent wisps flying everywhere, much of it sailing over the wagon rather than landing upon it.
“Hey, mind what you’re doing!”
Owen, her closest brother in age and in spirit, emerged from the wagon’s far side, hay prickling his hair and tunic like a porcupine. Rhyddes couldn’t suppress her laugh. “’Tis an improvement. Just wait till the village lasses see you.”
“Village lasses, hah!” Sporting a wicked grin, Owen snatched up a golden fistful, flung it at her, and dived for her legs.
They landed in the fragrant hay and began vying for the upper hand, cackling like a pair of witless hens. When Owen thought he’d prevailed, Rhyddes twisted and rolled from underneath him. Her fresh welts stung, but she refused to let that deter her. He lost his balance and fell backward. She pounced, planting a knee on his chest and pinning his wrists to the ground over his head.
Victory’s sweetness lasted but a moment. Fingers dug into her shoulders, and she felt herself hauled to her feet and spun around. Owen’s face contorted to chagrin as he scrambled up.
“Didn’t get enough of the lash yestermorn, eh, girl?” Rudd, his
broad hands clamped around her upper arms, gave her a teeth-rattling shake.
When she didn’t respond, he released her and rounded on Owen. “As for you—”
“Da, please, no!” Rhyddes stopped herself. Well she knew the futility of pleading with Rudd. Still, for Owen’s sake, she had to try. Her father’s scowl dared her to continue. She swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat. “’Twas not Owen’s fault. I—” Sweat freshened the sting on her back, and she winced. “The fault is naught but mine.”
“Aye, that I can well believe.” Rudd grasped each sibling by an arm and strode across the hayfield toward the family’s lodge. “Owen can watch you take his lashes as well as yours. We’ll see if that won’t mend his ways.” The thin linen of her ankle-length tunic failed to shield her from his fingers, which had to be leaving bruises. Rhyddes gritted her teeth. Rudd seemed disappointed. “I doubt anything in this world or the next will make you mend yours.”
“You don’t want me to change. You’d lose your excuse to beat me.” Sheer impertinence, she knew, but she no longer cared.
“I need no excuses, girl.”
The back of his hand collided with her cheek. Pain splintered into a thousand needles across her face. She reeled and dropped to her hands and knees, her hair obscuring her vision in a copper cascade. Hay pricked her palms. Owen would have helped her rise, but their father restrained him. Owen blistered the ground with his glare, not daring to direct it at Rudd for fear of earning the same punishment.
Not that Rhyddes could blame him.
Rudd yanked her up, cocked a fist… and froze. “Raiders!”
Rhyddes whirled about. Picts were charging from the north to converge upon their settlement, the battle cries growing louder under the merciless afternoon sun. One of the storage buildings had already been set ablaze, its roof thatch marring the sky with thick black smoke.
Rudd shed his shock and sprinted for the living compound, calling his children by name to help him defend their home: Eoghan, Ian, Bloeddwyn, Arden, Dinas, Gwydion, Owen.
Every child except Rhyddes.
She ran to the wagon, unhitched the horse, found her pitchfork, scrambled onto the animal’s back, and kicked him into a jolting canter. The stench of smoke strengthened with each stride. Her mount pinned back his ears and wrestled her for control of
the bit, but she bent the frightened horse to her will. She understood how he felt.
As they loped past the cow byre, a Pict leaped at them, knocking Rhyddes from the horse’s back. The ground jarred the pitchfork from her grasp. The horse galloped toward the pastures as Rhyddes fumbled for her dagger. Although her brothers had taught her how to wield it in a fight, until now she’d used it only to ease dying animals from this world.
But the accursed blade wouldn’t come free of the hilt.
Sword aloft, the Pict closed on her.
Time distorted, assaulting Rhyddes with her attacker’s every detail: lime-spiked hair, weird blue symbols smothering the face and arms, long sharp sword, ebony leather boots and leggings, breastplate tooled to fit female curves . . .
The warrior-woman’s sword began its descent.
From the corner of her eye Rhyddes saw her pitchfork. Grunting, she rolled toward it, praying to avoid her attacker’s blow.
Her left arm stung where the sword grazed it, but she snagged her pitchfork and scrambled to her feet. Unexpected eagerness flooded her veins.
As the Pict freed her weapon from where it had embedded in the ground, Rhyddes aimed the pitchfork and lunged. The tines hooked the warrior-woman’s sword, and Rhyddes twisted with all her strength. The Pict yelped as the sword ripped from her hand to go flying over the sty’s fence. Squealing in alarm, the sow lumbered for cover, trying to wedge her bulk under the trough.
With a savage scream, the warrior-woman whipped out a dagger and charged. Rhyddes reversed the pitchfork and jammed its butt into the Pict’s gut, under the breastplate’s bottom edge, robbing her of breath. She reversed it again and caught the raider under the chin with the pitchfork’s tines. As the woman staggered backward, flailing her arms and flashing the red punctures that marred her white neck, Rhyddes struck hard and knocked her down.
The warrior-woman looked heavier by at least two stone, but Rhyddes pinned her chest with her knee. She dropped the pitchfork and grasped her dagger, yanking it free. Grabbing a fistful of limed hair, she wrestled the woman’s head to one side to expose her neck.
The Pict bucked and twisted, trying to break Rhyddes’s grip. ’Twas not much different than wrestling a fever-mad calf.
Rhyddes’s deft slice ended the threat.
Blood spurted from the woman’s neck in sickening pulses.
Rhyddes stood, panting, her stomach churning with the magnitude of what she’d done. ’Twas no suffering animal she’d killed—and it could have been her lying there, pumping her lifeblood into the mud.
Bile seared her throat, making her gag. Pain lanced her stomach. Bent double, she retched out the remains of her morning meal, spattering the corpse.
After spitting out the last bitter mouthful and wiping her lips with the back of her hand, she drew a deep breath and straightened. As she turned a slow circle, her senses taking in the sights and sounds and stench of the devastation surrounding her, she wished she had not prevailed.
The news grew worse as she sprinted toward the lodge.
Of her seven brothers, the Picts had left Ian and Gwydion dead, her father and Owen wounded, the lodge and three outbuildings torched. She ran a fingertip over the crusted blood of her scratch, and she couldn’t suppress a surge of guilt.
Mayhap, she thought through the blinding tears as she ran to help what was left of her family, ’twould have been better had she died in the Pict’s stead.
The surviving raiders were galloping toward the tree line with half the cattle. The remaining stock lay stiffening in the fields, already attracting carrion birds.
Three days later, the disaster attracted scavengers of an altogether different sort.
I am Rhyddes ferch Rudd, which in your tongue means Freedom daughter of Red. The blood of ancient Celtic warriors flows in my veins, though I am a farmer’s daughter by the circumstance of my birth. My life spans much of the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, one of a very few men ever to claim that title who did not abuse his
power for personal gain—but I care not who rules and who dies in this gods-cursed empire.
More than anything—even more than my freedom—I yearn to be my lover Aquila’s equal. As a foreign slave in an empire where citizenship stands paramount, where an arena fighter such as I can only be considered the equal of other gladiators, actors, undertakers, and whores, this goal seems impossibly remote. Although Aquila is the son of a powerful Roman, he has declared that he would renounce his aristocratic status, wealth, and power for me, but I cannot in good conscience allow him to destroy himself on my account.
And yet the gods have granted the impossible to other mortals. I pray that I am worthy to receive such a boon from them, for surely divine assistance is the only way for Aquila and I to bridge the vast social chasm that separates us from enjoying a future together.
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from “the other Washington”) and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.
Would you spend ten days traveling the country with someone you despised if he promised to pay off your student loans?
Recent college graduate, Harper Leigh, can barely make ends meet working as the books editor for a new online entertainment magazine, Chatter. With $85,000 of student loan debt about to go into repayment, she has no idea how she’ll get by.
Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, Harper’s boss decides to embed her in the North American tour for the hot rock band, Always Rayne. Ten days on the road with the band for her to get an exclusive story. But Harper’s a homebody and the last thing she wants to do is go on the road with a rock band. And she definitely doesn’t want to spend ten days with the notorious bad boy and band front man, Nic Rayne.
When Nic proves to be too much for Harper to handle and she threatens to quit the assignment, Nic decides to sweeten the pot. If she stays with the tour for all ten days, he’ll pay off all of her student loan debt….but there’s one small catch.
Harper also has to sleep in his bed every night.
INTERVIEW 1. How did you get the idea for Always Rayne?
I found the cover on the cover artist’s website and it inspired me to write the story.
2. How long did it take to write?
About six weeks.
3. What was the hardest scene to write? The easiest?
The most difficult scenes for me are always sex scenes. I find it challenging to come up with unique ways to make sex acts sound fresh and interesting.
The easiest scenes to write for me are the ones with humor.
4. Describe the relationship between Nic and Harper.
Harper is the girl that Nic has been looking for his whole life…the only problem is that Harper starts out hating everything about him…until she really gets to know him.
5. Do you have a dream cast in mind for Always Rayne?
Nic Rayne (Young Gavin Rossdale)
Leo Donovan (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
Xander Donovan (Alex Pettyfer)
Harper Leigh (Sarah Hyland)
Brooke Rhodes (Jena Malone)
Raven Woods (Zoey Deutch)
6. Who designed the cover?
Viola Estrella from Estrella Cover Art.
7. Are you working on anything currently?
I have two more books to follow Always Rayne in the Always Sometimes Never series: Sometimes Brooke and Never Raven.
8. Who is your favorite author?
I love so many authors but one of my all-time favorites is Stieg Larsson, who wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
9. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer! 🙂
10. What’s the best way for readers to get in touch with you?
The Perfect Boyfriend picks up right where we left Reagan and Ian in The Boyfriend List.
As their friendship blossoms quickly into a steamy romance, Reagan and Ian have to learn to navigate their shifting relationship…and everything that entails. But their new found bliss doesn’t come without a few unexpected challenges.
In the midst of realizing just how sweet the romance can be between them, and all the benefits of their new dynamic, Reagan is informed that her ideal situation has changed. Not only will she need to begin taking on more classes to speed up her graduation date, but she’ll also have to start looking for a job to supplement her fading income. Meanwhile, Ian has chosen to pull out of school once his father is diagnosed with a terminal illness in order to help manage the family business and spend time with him while he still can. But he wrestles with the guilt of leaving Reagan behind, and the pressure of his new responsibilities.
As the two meet their new challenges head-on, they’ll be forced to discover whether or not they’re as compatible as lovers as they were as friends. With their focus pulled in so many directions, will they have what it takes to keep a long distance relationship alive? Can Ian prove that he’s still be the perfect boyfriend, or will they fold to statistics under the growing tensions of their lives? Throw in some manipulative exes, a new boss with an inflated ego, and a co-worker from hell and the two have a recipe for either a fairy tale ending, or a complete disaster.
The Perfect Boyfriend is a New Adult Romance about trust, love, and discovering the true depths of personal strength.
Formerly a freelance journalist, Novelle has found placement of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her writing to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She has launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.
In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Paranormal Fiction, Contemporary Women’s fiction, Chick Lit, and New Adult.
Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, summa cum laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you’re meant to be.
5 signed copies of The Boyfriend List (book #1 in the series)
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1. Who is your celeb crush?
You know, I’ve never really done the whole celeb crush thing. I’m different like that, I guess.
2. What qualities do you look for in a guy?
In a partner, I think I look for some of the same qualities that Reagan did – athletic, smart, funny, faithful – but that person needs to have passion too. Not just for me, but for life in general. Otherwise, what’s the whole point?
3. Do you think there is ever a good reason to be unfaithful to your partner?
I think this is a hard question to answer, because the human experience is so complex, and our dynamics so diverse. But what I’ve come to find in my own life is that I would much rather leave a relationship, no matter what the situation, then to cross into that unfaithful territory. But again, I think every experience is different and everyone has to decide what’s right for them in their situations.
4. What relationship advice can you give to readers?
Communicate with each other! Most of life’s difficulties can be solved if we would just communicate openly, honestly and calmly. And if the person you’re with doesn’t take your communication seriously, or as importantly as they should, then they aren’t the right one for you and it’s time to move on.
5. What message do you want to get across with The Perfect Boyfriend?
That life is hard and love isn’t always perfect, and sometimes our situations can get complicated. But that often times makes love even sweeter, and if we just give it a chance, we could find ourselves in a really beautiful romance.
Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.
But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed resolve and determination to do better … to be better … to be worthy. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.
Hope Over Fear can be read as a stand alone novel.
I slide on my jeans and set out to find Sara. When I reach the doorway of the living room, I see her leaning against the kitchen counter, lost in thought. She’s wearing my shirt, and damn if that doesn’t make my dick twitch. She doesn’t see me, so I take this opportunity to drink her in. The sun shines through her mussed wavy brown hair, and the faintest smile is playing on her lips. She lifts her fingers up to her lips and closes her eyes. A soft giggle escapes her, and I’m mesmerized. Watching her in this private moment, I feel it deep in my chest. So deep, I find myself rubbing my heart to ease the pressure.
Sara breaks out of her trance and reaches up into the cabinet to retrieve two coffee cups. When she lifts her arms, the bottom of my shirt raises up just enough to reveal a hint of her barely-there panties and the under curve of her delectable ass. God, this girl will be the death of me.
I quickly and silently walk up behind Sara, unable to wait another second before I touch her. I wrap my arm around her waist, the other arm around her chest, and gently lick up her neck until I reach her ear. Her body quickly jumps at my touch and then settles into a sultry shiver that runs the length of her body.
J.A. Derouen resides in South Louisiana where she lives with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed “The Professor”), and her furry friend, Scout. She has earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she’s not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women’s health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she’s never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.
1. Who designed the cover?
Regina from Mae I Design and Photography
2. What is the message you want to get across with Hope Over Fear?
Hope Over Fear is a story of love, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. Not only forgiving others, but also forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made. So many times in life, we look back with regret instead of appreciating that our choices, good or bad, have shaped us into who we are now.
3. Why did you want to become an author?
I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, practically inhaling books by the truckload. I’ve also spent my life honing the skill of daydreaming to an art form. Over the past few years, a fictitious town in Louisiana took root in my mind, complete with residents, pasts, and intertwining lives. They inundate my mind, never too far from my thoughts. Putting the story to paper has been cathartic, almost like a form of therapy. I’m not sure that it’s a want as much as a compulsion.
4. Which authors have inspired you?
If I’m being honest, I’d have to say my 9 year old son. Last year, he wrote a poem that won first place in the parish and eventually state Young Author’s Contest. At the ripe old age of 8, my son was a published author. The message of the poem centered on individuality and being exactly who you are. What an inspiring notion! And with those words, my little professor inspired me.
There are many authors that no matter what they write, I’m reading it. I don’t need to read a synopsis or look at any ratings because I love everything they write. To name a few: Kristen Ashley, Ella Frank, Colleen Hoover, Amy Harmon, Heidi McLaughlin, Mia Sheridan, and the list goes on.
5. Do you have any book signings in the future?
Hope Over Fear will only be released as an ebook at this time, so I don’t have any book signings scheduled. Should I release the book as a paperback at a later date, this could change.
7. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m having a hard time answering this question. I remember wanting to be a ballerina, but since I opted out of my recital due to stage fright, that may have been overly ambitious. At a loss, I asked my parents if they had any recollection. Their response? “I can’t remember you ever saying anything. You were always so in your head and you didn’t share much.” No truer words have ever been spoken.
8. What are your guilty pleasures?
Anything and everything sweet … I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity dessert eater. When gourmet cupcake shops started popping up on every corner, my jeans actually cried. True story.
9. What’s in your purse?
When I’m not writing, you can find me working at the local hospital as a nurse. I work 12-hour shifts, so my purse weighs about 15 pounds and is loaded down like CVS pharmacy. I’ve got a full manicure set, dental floss, motrin, eye drops, hair accessories, tubes and tubes of lipstick (that I never, ever wear), lotions, and, of course, $10 worth of quarters for vending machine runs. It should go without saying that I have a special compartment for my Kindle paperwhite. I never, ever go anywhere without my paperwhite.
10. If you got on a plane right now, where would you go?
I’ve been itching to take a trip in September, and by itching, I mean salivating. Since this is a dream trip, I can leave today, right? In September, there is a week span where Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the Kings of Leon are playing at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Sitting under the majestic Colorado sky while Grace Potter belts out “Stars”? Heaven on earth.
Deep underground, an ancient species of mystic healers exist: the malions. Their capabilities are endless. Their strength is colossal. But they are also being hunted and their numbers are dwindling.
One of them has just fallen in love with a human.
On the west coast of Canada, sixteen-year-old Melissa Lawrence’s life is about to take a turn for the worse. It could also be her saving grace.
She just can’t get caught.
Adolescence hasn’t been fun for Liss Lawrence. And after a year in Vancouver, when she’s finally adjusted to her new situation, a freak car accident sends her life spinning out of control and crashing into the world of the malions, a hidden race silently helping humanity from secret enclaves underground.
Liss’s knowledge of the malions endangers her family when Jaredsons Securities takes an interest in her accident. Few know the men of Jaredsons Securities, an international intelligence company specializing in missing persons cases, are actually the Vykhars, ancient malion enemies whose true purpose is the eradication of the malion race. The Vykhars will stop at nothing to discover if Liss is connected with the malions, and if they do, they will exploit her.
Perhaps more dangerous still are Liss’s growing feelings for Rion, a strong-willed malion scarred by his encounters with Vykhars and carrying a secret that could destroy their relationship. But Liss has a secret and scars of her own, and Rion’s fiercely protective nature threatens to tear them back open.
Can this pair of unlikely lovers survive the dangers of the Vykhars? And can their love survive their own misconceptions?
Miranda Rae Carter has lived in British Columbia, Canada, her whole life, and is a self-proclaimed home-bug. She spends most of her time doing what she loves, and that is being a mom and wife–and trying to master the art of cooking. The rest of her time is divided between looking in mouths and writing. For more information on Miranda and her malion novels, visit her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
1. How did you get the idea for Beneath the Surface?
I apologize ahead of time for the length of this answer, but it takes a bit of explaining. To be completely straightforward, I didn’t come up with the story, the story found me. I never believed, for the longest time, in fate; that things like this happen to people for a reason, but they really do. Here’s how it happened to me:
For years, I wrote strictly in a diary. Every thought, every feeling, every best and worst moment of my childhood went into those pages. I also jotted down poetry into a secret notebook as an adolescent, which I still have, loitering at the back of a drawer in my computer room. Though I wrote about the recurring nightmares of my childhood in my diary, it never occurred to me that there was actually a story behind the creature who chased me through the woods in my sleep. I remember how relieved I was when the recurring monstrous nightmare stopped as I grew into teenagehood, but then something else began to happen: the days where I felt overwhelmed, stressed, or most recently, when I became a new mother, I dreamt of running into the street, finding the nearest manhole and jumping into it to escape from whatever consumed me at the time. One night, the creature who used to chase me through the woods (who we now know as Rion, the hero of Beneath the Surface) was down there waiting for me. He was scarred and beastly, but I was older, so he didn’t scare me. Clearly, he was getting impatient, and must have felt that since he could never catch up with me, he needed to wait for me below, instead. I couldn’t escape with the lid closed above me, so I had no choice but to listen to what he had to say, after I realized he wasn’t going to rip my head off. Indeed, he did have something to say: “I need your help.”
From that night forward in February 2010, Rion would not shut up in my head. All of a sudden, the story was there, characters, plot and all, taking up what little space I had left for consumption during the day (which is not much, as all new moms know). The more time that passed, the more the story developed. A few months later, and with a little pressure from my mother-in-law (who has now since passed away), I sat down and began writing the first draft of Beneath the Surface.
2. How long did it take to write?
The very first draft of BTS took six months, and then another 3 months of self-editing before I sought Jessica Lowdon, my editor, for advice. At that point, there were unanswered questions and details that needed refining, so we both decided it was best to re-write, which took another me eight months. I was reading a lot about scene, structure, plot and story development, so the second draft took a little longer (not to mention I was busy with two toddlers).
3. What was the hardest scene to write? The easiest?
I have the most terrible time with beginnings. For BTS, I must have re-written the first chapter about 60 times. Seriously. Even when it was complete, I still took the first two chapters and combined them after some advice from my critique partners, before Jessica saw the first draft of the re-write. Writing beginnings is just not my strength, and I second guess myself like crazy about where the story should begin.
The easiest scenes for me to write are those with lots of description. I love using metaphors and it’s fun to get to scenes where I’m going to need them because I do something different every time. It really allows my creativity to pour out. In BTS, my favourite scene to write was chapter ten where Liss goes back to the accident scene. Lots of description and lots of metaphors.
4. What message do you want to get across with this novel?
For the most part, I just want people to enjoy being “taken away” for a while. The message I tried to portray was not to judge a person too quickly; walk a mile in someone’s shoes and look beneath the surface before you form an opinion. Be open-minded, follow your heart.
5. Do you have a dream cast in mind for Beneath the Surface?
When I started writing this novel, I always pictured Emma Watson as my Liss, with reddish/auburn hair. The other characters just have their own faces in my head, which don’t really resemble any actors. Mind you, I haven’t searched for any, either. I’m sure as people read it, they will form their own descriptions and dream cast members. I’d love to hear what other people see as their dream cast for BTS.
6. Who designed the cover?
Kim Killion from The Killion Group. I had the picture of what I wanted on the cover in my head, and she, along with her fabulous assistants, put it to screen. They are an amazing team!
7. Are you working on anything currently?
Yes, I am working on book two in this malion series, Beyond the Borders, where Liss and Rion’s story continues.
8. Who is your favorite author?
I have an ongoing author love affair with Ken Follett and his epic novels, but I absolutely adore Jennifer Donnelly and Kelly Creagh; their YA voices and writing never cease to amaze me.
9. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
To be honest, I really wanted to be in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I wanted to catch bad guys. When I graduated, my love of anatomy and health sciences lead me to dentistry, so I became a Certified Dental Assistant. I’m so glad I chose this path because helping bring back people’s smiles is the best feeling in the whole world. It also allows me to write at nighttime because I only work daytime hours.
10. What’s the best way for readers to get in touch with you?
Social media is the best way. Being a mom, I have a limited amount of time to be on the computer, so I’m only on Facebook and Twitter. I have a website, too, which I blog once a month (or every second month) to let people know what’s happening, but it’s all linked to Facebook and Twitter. I can also be reached by email at mirandaraecarter (at) gmail (dot) com.
Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?
For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.
Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.
Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.
a. Sommer Daniels with Perfect Pear Creative designed the actual cover but the image was taken by K. Keeton designs. I just love it – so beautiful.
2. Describe the relationship between Dylan and Conner.
a. Well, they’re not young adults or even really new adults so being that they’re in their late 20’s to early 30’s they’re definitely more established in life and their ways. I think the best way to describe the relationship is guarded. Dylan has suffered a tremendous loss and so has Conner, but both in very different ways. They want to move on, to be happy, but they both need a little help in getting there.
3. Who is your book boyfriend for Let Love Live: Dylan or Conner?
a. That’s like asking me to pick my favorite kid!! So not cool! But if I had to pick, it would have to be Dylan.
4. What was the toughest scene to write? The easiest?
a. Well, I don’t want to give anything away, so if you read Let Love Live (which you totally should because it’s awesome) you’ll know which scene was the most difficult. Dylan’s childhood was full of a lot of hate so trying to capture that, to wrap my head around the complete pointlessness of it all was really difficult. The easiest, the epilogue. Who doesn’t love a HEA.
5. How long did it take to complete Let Love Live?
a. Having just released book four, Let Love Be, in mid-March, I struggled a little bit in figuring out what I wanted to do next. I thought about doing a standalone, but then Dylan’s story came to mind. I think once I actually started writing his book, it took me about two months to complete the first draft.
6. Before this, the Love series featured M/F relationships. Why did you make the switch to M/M for this installment?
a. Dylan didn’t show up as a character until book two and he became a larger supporting character in Let Love Shine (3.5). It wasn’t so much that I made a switch, but more so that he is an integral character to the story who also happens to be gay. There’s no way he wouldn’t get his own book just because he was gay.
7. How many books have you written? Which one has been your favorite?
a. Including Let Love Live, I have written 5 full-length novels, a novella and a short story for a charity anthology. Considering
that I only started about a year ago, that’s a lot!
8. Do you hear from your readers often? How can they contact you?
a. I love hearing from readers. They usually reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter though when I get the occasional email from them, it really makes my day.
9. Which authors have influenced you?
a. I am a huge Carey Heywood fan – not just her writing, but her spirit and personality. Before I was a writer, I was (and continue to be) a huge reader. I absolutely love anything by Jasinda Wilder, Bella Andre, Ella Fox and I just recently discovered C.D. Reiss – ahmazing!!
10. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
a. I always wanted to be a teacher and I am! I never really thought about writing until more recently. I’ve always been a go-getter so once I put my mind to it, I can usually accomplish it (ß that sounds really cheesy, huh?).
TAKE – verb: to reach for and hold in one’s hands or get into one’s possession, power or control.
Logan Mitchell is a man who’s always been more than happy to take what he wants. It’s a philosophy that’s proven lucrative in both his business and personal life, and never was it more apparent than the night he laid eyes on Tate Morrison. After pulling out all the stops and convincing the sexy bartender to give him a try—he’s hooked.
Now, Logan finds himself in a predicament that demands more from him than a smart-ass answer and his innate ability to walk away when things get too deep.
He has a choice to make, and it’ll force him to do something he’s never done before—take a chance.
Tate Morrison knows all about taking a chance. He took the biggest one of his life the night he showed up at Logan’s apartment to explore his unexpected reaction to the man.
Ever since then, he’s thought about little else.
At first he was convinced his attraction was based solely on his body’s curiosity. But the more time he spends with the silver-tongued lawyer, the more Tate realizes that their physical chemistry is only the beginning.
He’s starting to catch a glimpse of what life with Logan would be like, and it’s one full of excitement and satisfaction—a far cry from what he had in the past with his soon to be ex-wife.
Each man will face their fears as they begin to understand the true meaning of give and take. Their feelings for one another will be tested, as will their very beliefs. But now that they’ve found love where they least expected it, will they be brave enough to reach out and take it?
“So what?” Logan challenged as he pulled his keys from his pocket.
“Excuse me. I’ll have you know I was driving this baby all through college and she still runs like a dream.”
Tate watched as Logan walked over to run his hand over the scratched-up tailgate, and he was amazed that he even made that look sexy. Like he was stroking a lover.
“And it’s a she, huh?”
Now around at the passenger’s side, Logan opened the door and looked at him over the bed of the truck. “Yeah. Jealous?”
Laughing, Tate walked over to where Logan stood with a hand on the door and kissed him slowly on the mouth.
“I’m jealous of anything you stroke like that.”
“Get in the truck, Tate.”
Logan stepped forward, crowding him back against the inside frame of the vehicle. “You’re not ready for the or else…”
AUTHOR INTERVIEW 1. Who designed that hot cover?
I did! I’m glad you think it’s hot. I certainly found it, eye catching.
2. Without any spoilers, what can you tell us about the sequel?
I can tell you that TAKE picks up directly after TRY ends. So no time has passed, we just get straight into it. I always had in mind that these books would be an intimate look at the beginning of Logan and Tate’s relationship from the moment they first meet, to everything in between.
So having said that, this book will be similar to the first and only run over a short period of time. This isn’t a series that spans years; it spans weeks, and months.
3. How have Logan and Tate changed between books 1 and 2?
I can’t say much, but I think you will see that they each have grown due to the difficult decisions and choices they have to make. It makes each of them question what they really want and if what they have is worth all the problems that come with it.
Logan has to face his past and why he is the way he is and Tate has to deal with his family and all the baggage that comes with that, including the ex-wife.
4. Who is your book boyfriend: Logan or Tate?
Hands down I am a Tate girl. There is something so fantastically honest about him. He’s stubborn and stands up for what he wants. He also has an uncanny knack for saying the right things…for the most part. He is the kind of man that is bold and brave but still allows his softer side out, with the right person.
5. What was the hardest scene to write? The easiest?
I can’t tell you that! Hardest involves Tate, easiest involves Logan…that’s all you get!
6. Describe your writing process.
My process consists of my first draft, which I have critiques chapter read to gauge the flow and feel of the book. Then after the draft is complete, they go back in and detail critique it.
Once I fix notes they have given me, the book then goes to the editor, I then go through edits, have a full beta read for final issues and then the book is finally released to bloggers as an ARC before it goes ‘LIVE’.
7. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
TAKE is my seventh book and I can’t pick! That’s like asking to pick my favorite child!
8. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Forget all the rules, and just write. Turn your brain off and get on the page what’s inside you. You can do it!
9. Do you hear from your readers often? What do they say? How can fans get in touch with you?
I do hear from them, and love chatting or emailing. Usually, they tell me that they have enjoyed the cough hot scenes and love stories I’ve created. I often hear that Blind Obsession or Veiled Innocence has made people cry or made their heart hurt, which thrills me because it shows they have really made a connection with my characters and what I’m trying to say.
People can contact me through my webpage, Facebook (where I have many groups and a street team) or Twitter.
10. Are reindeer better than people?
Reindeer! They help Santa!
Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, Try and her most recent novel Veiled Innocence.
The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.
Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband.