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.

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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

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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?

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.

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.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

So, I’m not sure how many of you participate in readathons. I do. I absolutely love them. It’s how I get my rush. Well those and reading sprints. But I’m getting off topic! There’s a fabulous readathon sponsored by Dewey’s . Instead of being held from 8 AM to 8 AM like it normally is, they are doing it from 8 PM to 8 PM. I’m excited for this, but I’m so nervous too. I haven’t even gotten a reading list together! Anybody else participating? If so, please let me know! Tell me what your TBR pile is and what you look most forward to. I know I’m looking forward to the reading and interaction the most! To those joining the readathon and to all my fellow book lovers, happy reading!!!!!


Hello! My name is Nicole. I prefer to go by Willow Star Serenity in the book world. I chose the name in 2014 and it’s stuck. Sadly, many other names I’ve chosen have not stuck. That’s okay though. I’ve recently discovered one that works great for me. Willow Writes And Reads. It suits me completely. This blog will be all about books and writing. I’ll post reviews, author interviews, book related content, and my writing. For the most part, there will be no set schedule. However, I will have some posts set for certain days as to not overload my blog on a certain subject too close together. I look forward to interacting with you all! Please feel free to leave your links and I’ll follow your blog as well!

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