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My name is Nicole. I'm from Georgia. I really love reading! I've been reading all my life. I didn't always love it. My mom used to have a rule that I couldn't watch the movie before reading the book first. I hated it at first, but I'm glad she made that rule now!

Interview with Cheryllynn Dyess

Where do you get your inspiration?

My dreams and nightmares usually, but sometimes things just pop into my head.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

I have 15, so I’ll narrow down to the standalone and series. The Jein’s Journey Series was the first series I wrote (first of anything really). It is an inspirational story about how a young woman who was raised in a matriarchal society had to fight to be unique and accepted. Its in a world I built and nature and peace play a huge role in the story. My second series is The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn. Another young woman but this time she must accept who she is rather than others. Her world is turned upside down when she discovers magic is real and she is a very strong wielder of it.

Stand alones: *Born of The Veil came straight out of my nightmares – demons and ghosts along with immortals. The story starts out in Southeast Georgia and then moves all over the world.

*Bonded is my sweet fantasy romance between humans and sprites. Shae discovers she is one of the Forgotten and when she sees her first sprite she is almost instantly in love…

*Forgotten Soul is about a man who has lived a thousand lives but remembers none of them because it was a curse God put on him for disobeying him. He must regain his faith in order to get his memories back as well his admission into heaven. Only after being hired by a demon and falling in love with the man he works with, does things fall apart…or rather together.

*Multifaceted is a story about a sentient stone that can influence the humans around it and those that own it. It can see into the heart of man and gives man what they deserve.

*Little Measures is a small cookbook I threw together after my kid complained about not being able to figure out my recipes because…well, I don’t measure.

*The Shadow of the Mind’s Heart is a collection of poetry that spans over thirty years…it touches on every topic a young woman goes through in life, many of which are taboo to speak on.

What inspires you to write?

 Inspiration comes from many places. For me its like a craving, once I have it I have to finish the words to sate it.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

 Originally I only wrote as a teen, poems and short stories. When I met my husband he read my poems and asked why I wasn’t doing it for a living. So he made it so I could stay home and write and take care of the kids.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

 My first book, Calastan, was published via a publisher and it was a huge mistake but holding a book with your name on it, that has the words you wrote – there is no other feeling like it in the world.

What advice can you give future authors?

Write because you want to. Write what you want because that is what you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t write your best. After that … learn the industry and network!

What was the easiest book for you to write?

 I’m not really sure to be honest.

What was the hardest?

 Multifaceted was my hardest to date. I did a lot of research for that book and it took me nearly two years to finish.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

 Focus. There are a lot of interruptions in my day and that is stressful and you can loose your flow really quickly.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

 I detest marketing. It is not easy at all. It’s a lot of work. I took a year and a half off to learn marketing and lost a lot of money doing that. Now, I focus more on the writing and will entertain a few ads here and there.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

 Poetic and fluid. I love nature and description and it is reflected in my writing.

Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?

 Yes I have participated and No, I never make the goal. November is the worst month next to December to do that challenge. Holidays usually means family and lots of cooking. Family comes first so writing is never finished.

How supportive is your family of your books?

 Very. I’m blessed to have a loving family. I have a few kids who share everything I promote and one who buys all my books. My husband is my biggest supporter as he financially backs everything I do. Not saying all my family buys or shares my work, but a good enough portion does and I’m thankful.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

 No I haven’t. I am my biggest discouragement.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

 I have BETA readers, but that is it really.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Three or four, usually.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

 Not at this time, hoping for a future with that.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

 My biggest author crush is Edgar Allen Poe, hands down. His dark and twisted words opened me to accept my own. Everyone else falls in line behind him!

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

 I have a new series planned out about the elements and shifters. It will address real world problems with a fantasy foundation!

Where can we find you on social media?

Here are my links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cheryllynndyess

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheryllynndyess

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/cheryllynndyess

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

Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/c5z8w7

Website: http://www.cheryllynndyess.com

Bookbub: https://goo.gl/zqw1Xy

First Book Chat With Lannie Sheridan

How long did it take you to write your first book?

I worked on Shadows of the Past off and on for about 5 years.

What inspired you to start writing?

I honestly don’t remember. I’ve been writing since I was a child. Before I could even write I made up stories. My mom used to write them down for me.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

Probably 30ish. I used to print them and hand write notes and edits in them. I went over book 1 soooo many times. I wanted it to be perfect. Unfortunately by the time it was done I was so burned out I don’t want to work on the sequel for quite a while.

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

It was an amazing feeling. I’m not sure I can really describe how I felt holding the first printed copy of my book. I didn’t cry, but I was close to it.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

I feel like now I am closer to saying I know what I’m doing, not there yet. Not sure I’ll ever fully know what I’m doing, but I’m not confused and unsure like I was with the first one.

How many books have you published since then?

Just 1. I’m about halfway through writing book 3 and hope to have it finished and in the editing stage next year. Sadly my work is on hold at the moment as I’m moving.

Interview With Laura Hawks

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. Certain things I see or overhear just get me thinking about something that inspires a full story or a scene.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

Demon Trilogy: The journey of a stone from the moment it gets into a new guardians hands (who is also a werewolf) and the demon hunter who helps her protect the stone. The first book is her story, the second his where you also find out who has been manipulating the events to obtain the stone and the third is what the final conclusion to the stone and it’s protectors are.

Spirit Walker Series: Each book is a stand alone and each have Native American History and Culture, with each being a different tribe. The first “Shifter’s Hope” An Ojibwa is accused of a crime he doesn’t remember committing and has to clear his name or he and the woman he loves is put to death. “Shifter’s Pride” Is Commanche/Kiowa detectives who realize with modern technology that a series of murders which have been occurring since World War Two are becoming more prevalent and is one of their own. They need to catch the killer before he finds them or humans find him. “Shifter’s Journey” is a modern newspaper woman accidentally travels back in time and gets involved with the Cheyenne at the turn of the 20th Century. She becomes attracted to two different men in the past as she tries to find her way back to the future and uncovers the mysterious disappearances of the Harvey Girls.

Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms: Think Nancy Drew meets Sabrina the Witch with “Salem” being a reincarnated 1940’s private eye who is going to help solve the mysteries. The first is the intro of the characters, especially Mia, the 15 year old new witch and her familiar, Gumshoe, a Siamese cat.

Flaming Retribution: Serial Arsonist becomes an attempted murder as he goes after a romance writer and a male dancer who is also a volunteer fireman.

Ghost and the Grimoire: Civil War Confederate Ghost has to deal with a New York Yankee 150 years after his death when she moves into the home he occupies as part of an inheritance, starting a civil war within the house.

Egyptian Destiny: The Egyptian Goddess of Good and Judgement has her feather stolen and Anubis’ Commander in Chief of his Armies works with a modern Archeologist to recover the feather before the dead spill into the human realm and Chaos rules the world.

Snow White and the Seven Cannibals: A different take on Snow White with the dwarves not being very nice and the Prince being a Lion Shifter.

What inspires you to write?

The fans, being able to tell stories.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

By accident really. I run a role play group on Facebook and a couple of my members are published. A few years ago they asked me to be a part of an anthology because they liked my writing. Long story short, the publisher who was doing the anthology didn’t want my short story, but another published author showed her publisher the story and that publisher wanted it as a novel and I’ve not stopped since.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

2012 with Demon’s Kiss. Words can’t describe how I felt holding my first book in my hands. It was a huge accomplishment, a sense of validation, extreme excitement and a bit of being nervous that no one would like it.

What advice can you give future authors?

Don’t give up and finish writing whatever you are working on. It can’t be published if you feel it’s never done.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

Flaming Retribution… I went to see a Male Club in Las Vegas and when I left, the story sort of wrote itself.

What was the hardest?

The one I’m currently doing… the follow up of Flaming Retribution entitled Stalking the Stalker… I’m concerned this one is not as good as the other stuff I’ve written

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

Research. Since I want to make them as real as possible and include history and culture within my novels, research takes a lot of writing time.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

Very difficult. I’ve never been one to try and “sell” myself and my books are an extension of me. I always fear I’m being forceful where I’m not really wanted.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

I write in third person and hope to give the reader a feeling as if they are there watching as scenes unfold.

How supportive is your family of your books?

They were very supportive. Always having the first book printed, always wanting to know what I was currently working on, helping with title names or choosing a book cover. Unfortunately, I have no siblings, and my mother and aunts are all deceased, so I don’t have that support any longer. That has been the hardest thing to overcome and every day it’s a challenge to deal with.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

No. I’ve been lucky that way.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I do now. I just hired a PA to help and I use a couple of different promotions company when I have a new release to help get the word out.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Depends on the book. Usually three or four, then another after beta reads, the editors suggestions will be another one and then if there are anything in ARC’s comments I need to address… so I guess between 5-7.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Yes. I have one at this time. The Ghost and the Grimoire. I’d like to have others, but I think I want to do them myself, and just haven’t had the time.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

I enjoy books by

Agatha Christie.. favorite is And Then There Were None (For Mysteries)

Ed McBain… favorite is the 87th Precinct novels (For Crime/police books)

Graham Masterston… favorite is The Djinn (For Horror. The Djinn still sends shivers down my spine and I read it decades ago.

Sherrilyn (Used to be Kenyon) … Favorite is the Were-Hunter/Dark Hunter Series (For Paranormal Romance)

Kahilil Gibrahn: For insight and thoughts (Greatest Works I guess would be the one.)

O’Henry… I love his twisted short stories.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

Currently working on:

Stalking the Stalker: A Valley View Mystery… (Second in my Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Series)

                A famous actor arrives in Valley View and is harassed by his biggest fan. However, there are many secrets this fan is holding, some of which can destroy the actors reputation. How can he stop her from spreading what she knows? He doesn’t have to worry long when his stalker turns up dead.

Shifter’s Dance: Death at the PowWow (Fourth in the Spirit Walkers Mysteries/Suspense Series)

                Murder takes place when all the “gifted” bands of the Spirit Walker Tribes get together for a PowWow in South Dakota

Arien’s Tale: The MerMan and the Pirates (Second in the Shatter Fairytales Series)

                Think the Little Mermaid reversed meeting Pirates.

Gumshoe and the Deadly Quincera (Second in the YA Gumshoe Mysteries)

                Death at a Quincera celebration and more surprising details in Gumshoe’s background.

Where can we find you on social media?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraHawks/

Facebook Fan group: Hawks Flock : https://www.facebook.com/groups/508236979340885/

Website: AuthorLauraHawks.com

Twitter: @AuthorLHawks

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Hawks/e/B00ES5U35A?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1565199143&sr=8-2

First Book Chat With Amber Anthony

How long did it take you to write your first book?

In 2014, we wrote RISE in about four months. It published with a Canadian publisher, Forevermore. It was great until the publisher folded and we were treated kindly with our full rights back. 

It took us much longer to shop agents and publishing houses. On May 30th, 2017 after it was re-edited and given a new cover it was published as Blood Rising, because we had plot bunnies for books two and three.

What inspired you to start writing?

I traveled to London for a fan convention in 2009. I met an online friend in 2007 and we were due to travel Hampton Court and other London tourist spots. The morning after Hampton Court, I woke with a dream about an immortal, created by Henry VIII’s physicians. Nancy Reynolds had been a writer in the days of typewriters so we chatted about writing screenplays.

We wrote a dozen or so screenplays and after two women in their 50’s were invisible in Los Angeles, we decided to write romance novels.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

How many numbers are there??? Ha! 

Actually we write it. Let it sit 7-10 days. Edit it with Grammarly, send it to our Betas. Send it to our Developmental Editor and then finish it off with a 2-5 days simmering period. So, about seven?

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

Extremely proud of our working together to produce ‘the book’.  My collaborating Author, Nancy has mad skills and I was new at this. The book process keeps educating me and I feel more confident every week. My background had been in advertising sales so extended creativity like writing is exhilarating.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

I am breathing easier with each book. At first I sputtered like the asthmatic I am! Now we can go from the first words to formatting the paperbacks smoothly in a few months.

We were initially with a publisher who did not pay us. Our eBooks were not published as we approved them. We were anxious to get to that 1 year date to seize our print rights. 

Since September, 2018 I have formatted six paperbacks (our entire catalog) and worked with Nancy to write and publish Becoming Gabriel (10/2018)  Roman’s Revenge (07/2019.

How many books have you published since then? 

Five more published, with two actively being written and about 4 more in the preliminary stages.

4 paranormal erotic romances

1 contemporary urban romance 

1 action/adventure military romance.

We are working on the second book of the Action Adventure Series, Roman’s Rules as well as a PNR, Arise my Darling, about a man and women meeting on an astral plane. Their relationship is complicated and there is ghostly route to his rescuing her.  

These two should be published by the end of 2019.

Places to follow Amber Anthony:

https://www.facebook.com/WriteAmber/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17062164.Amber_Anthony

Author’s First Book Chat With Lily Wallis

How long did it take you to write your first book?

It ended up taking me about six months because I let it sit for weeks at a time when either life got in the way or I was at a loss for ideas. There were some days where I wondered if I would finish at all.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved telling stories and have a big imagination but didn’t know what to do with it really. The world of self-publishing has made it possible for many authors to get their voices heard.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

Zero drafts. I just write. Though I probably should make some kind of guideline to keep characters and timelines straight and avoid having to scroll back.

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

Accomplished and proud. But now comes the hard part, will people enjoy the story?

Links and Blurb

Ride or Die by Lily Wallis
🇺🇸 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHNQF2S/
🇬🇧 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SHNQF2S/
🇨🇦 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07SHNQF2S/
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Ride or Die, the ultimate bond, the unconditional act of being there for someone, no questions asked, having someone’s back no matter if they fail or succeed. Is it possible? Is it plausible?

What if the person becomes unrecognizable, or you feel yourself die in the process? Is there an invisible fine line, and if so, where do you draw it?

Brooke
Hawk is unlike anyone I’ve ever dated. For one, he’s a biker, a member of the Gates of Hell MC…but I don’t care.

Hawk
The women around me know how to handle it, handle me. Brooke is different, and I think that is what draws me to her.

Closing Survey (*Tears*)

How would you assess your reading overall?

I know there are many people who probably read multiple books. I may not have finished a book, but I made great progress! I’m very proud of my progress.
Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

I didn’t really have a strategy. I did have a schedule. However, I fell asleep during audiobook hours. I wound up making it work though! 🙂
What was your favorite snack?

Goldfish!!!!! Love them!
Wanna volunteer for our next event?

I would. I’d volunteer for all future events if I’m wanted!!!

How I did:

*Takedown Twenty: 69 Pages

*One Plus One: 79 Pages

*The Book Thief: 161 Pages

*Dear Maude (Audiobook): 293 Pages (So far. Listening to this until the VERY LAST MINUTE)

Total Pages: 602 Pages

Opening Survey (Dewey’s Readathon)

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today? And what time is it where you are?

I am reading from Georgia!!!! I’m a Southern Peach! I live on EST time. It’s currently 20:20.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m actually winging it this readathon. I’m still suffering from post book convention funk. I am starting The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I also plan to read a little bit of Taketown Twenty by Janet Evanovich and One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. My audiobook to start with is Dear Maude by Denise Liebig

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Oreos and Milk

4) Do you have a #reversereadathon plan of attack?

Taking advantage of the overnight hours to read read read!!!! (Oh wait I do that anyways)

5) Are you doing the readathon solo or with others?

Sadly, I’m doing it solo. I’d love to have people near me who I can read with. Besides my mom. I love her dearly but readathons are over her head a bit.