New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your Winter Reading List | 2020

New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your Winter Reading List | 2020

New and exciting worlds await you thanks to some amazing new fantasy and sci-fi books hitting stores. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite picks for your winter reading list from authors T.L. Christianson, Herman Steuernagel, Tegan Abbott, Glynn Stewart, Nora Roberts, and Ian Douglas. Happy reading!


Over Easy

by T.L. Christianson

Release Date: November 25, 2020

The second book in The Dragon Born Academy Series by T.L. Christianson… I’ve finally accepted my place at the Dragonborn Academy, but my search into my mother’s shadowed past is still on. As I begin to piece together her life and the circumstances of her suspicious death, I can’t help but wonder if history is repeating itself… the similarities between us make me wonder if I’ll be the next victim? At least my friends, Olivia and Logan, have my back.

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Lies The Guardians Tell

by Herman Steuernagel

Release Date: December 1, 2020

The first book in the Lies of The Guardians Series by Herman Steuernagel… Sierra Runar’s future was supposed to be decided with one fateful test. But when she has a vision of a beautiful land, unlike anything inside the Sphere, the inquisitive teen must face the reality of the Guardians’ true intentions. And after Sierra seeks her council, a wise friend breaks protocol with a cryptic warning that the answers she seeks lie beyond their protected world, and she’s plunged into a deadly hunt for forbidden secrets.

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Legends that Bleed

by Tegan Abbott

Release Date: August 10, 2020

The first book in The Cerulean Queendom by Tegan Abbott… In the brutal, ever-changing world of the verdant rainforest, tensions have never been higher. As the four exotic races which inhabit it battle one another, the only chance for peace lies in the hands of one who has the power to change the course of history. With her unique blue hair and dual parentage, Syriel is half of two worlds, with no claim to either. With drive, passion, and the conviction to defend it, she’d be the perfect heir apparent to take her mother’s place as Grand Chancellor.

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Raven’s Course

by Glynn Stewart

Release Date: November 24, 2020

The third book in the Peacekeepers of Sol Series by Glynn Stewart… Amid the ruins of a fallen empire, humanity fights to secure the fates of once-enslaved worlds. Captain Henry Wong and Ambassador Sylvia Todorovich of the United Planets Alliance have mustered force and diplomacy alike to drive their former allies in the Kozun Hierarchy back from their invasion. With their superiors unwilling to fight a war this far from home, Todorovich leans on the Drifters, old allies of both the UPA and the Kozun, to broker a peace summit that could bring peace to a dozen worlds

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The Awakening

by Nora Roberts

Release Date: November 24, 2020

The first book in The Dragon Heart Legacy Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts… When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

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Stargods

by Ian Douglas

Release Date: December 1, 2020

The ninth book in the Star Carrier Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Ian Douglas… Having battled aliens to prove humanity’s worth as a star-faring species, Admiral Trevor Gray has a new mission: follow the directives of the super-AI Konstantin and lead the star carrier America on a mission through time and space to determine if humanity can truly transcend into Singularity… and avoid the pitfalls that have plagued so many of the aliens Earth has encountered since it gained faster-than-light travel.

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Your Winter Romance Reading List | 2020

Your Winter Romance Reading List | 2020

Winter is here and it’s the perfect season to grab some hot cocoa, curl up under a blanket, and read a new romance! Don’t miss our latest book recommendations for your winter reading list from bestselling authors Ashley Gee, Julie Scarlet, Marialisa deMora, Teri Wilson, J.S. Scott, Denise Grover Swank, and more. Enjoy your new books!


Raise Hell

by Ashley Gee

Release Date: November 30, 2020

Once upon a time, I was innocent — and then they destroyed me. Left me for dead. The boys of Havoc House don’t think I remember what they did to me. But they’re going to pay for all of it. People like to say that revenge is a dish best served cold. But it takes planning and patience to seek true vengeance when you’ve been wronged. And the best revenge takes time. You have to smile when you want to scream. Laugh, when you want to cry. Play nice, while you dream of going for the jugular. For that, you need boiling hot rage.

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Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls

by Julie Scarlet

Release Date: September 20, 2020

If you like big, hot alphas, then you’re in the right place! This collection from Julie Scarlet includes: Protecting Her Curves, Guarding Her Curves, Claiming Her Curves, David, Mike, Lee, Undeniable Curves, Unforgettable Curves, Forbidden Curves, Plus Size Curves, His Curvy Desire, His Curvy Attraction, and His Curvy Obsession.

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In Search of Solace

by MariaLisa deMora

Release Date: November 16, 2020

Pain and anguish dominated Myrtle’s life. Forced to take things into her own hands, she disappeared into the Kentucky mountains, shrouded in darkness with only the little she could squeeze inside a bag. Days—and hundreds of miles—later, in a different kind of tough spot, Myrt finds herself rescued by a woman who seems too good to be true. Ignoring Myrt’s bruising and desperation, Vanna offers both a place to stay and a hand up. Slowly settling into her new, charmed life, Myrt is rocked when a van rolls to a stop in the front drive and out steps a stranger.

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Christmas Actually

by Teri Wilson, Shirley Jump, Caro Carson, Stefanie London, Nancy Naigle, Lacey Baker, Lindsay Emory, Tif Marcelo, Victoria Schade, Sasha Summers, & Sariah Wilson

Release Date: December 1, 2020

Join eleven best-selling and award-winning authors under the mistletoe as they share bite-sized holiday romances celebrating the joy and romcom sweetness of the Christmas season! The collection includes: The Christmas Wedding Date, Gingerbread and Jingle Bells, A Merry Aussie Christmas, Mission: Merry Christmas, Christmas in Sweetland, The Matching Christmas Spirit, Christmas Eve at the USO, A Midnight Clear, Love Letters for Christmas, A Snow Maiden for Christmas, and A Merry Royal Layover.

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Tell Me You’re Mine

by J. S. Scott

Release Date: December 1, 2020

The first book in The British Billionaires Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.S. Scott… I am the type of woman who always plays it safe. In my professional life as a public relations “fixer”, and in my personal life, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Really, who needs the wild highs and the I-want-to-die-because-he-left-me lows of a relationship? At least, that’s what I thought…until I met him. Damian No-Last-Name-Given is sexy as sin, and I’d developed some kind of weird, instant attraction to him the moment he settled his chiseled body next to mine on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

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Better Luck Next Time

by Denise Grover Swank

Release Date: November 17, 2020

The second book in the Asheville Brewing Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Denise Grover Swank… Adalia Buchanan broke up with art, but it won’t break up with her. So she paints in secret, then destroys her work. Her mentor stole her art months ago, and she’ll never share her work again. After he sold his brewery, Finn Hamilton’s life was supposed to be on an upward trajectory. Instead, he’s lost his way. When he stumbles upon Adalia destroying her painting, two thoughts come to mind: one, she looks like a Valkyrie with blonde hair swinging and paint flying from her blade, and two, she’s talented. Very talented.

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Interview with Teri Wilson, One of the Authors of Christmas Actually

What can you tell us about your new release, Christmas Actually?

Christmas Actually is a collection of 11 all-new holiday romcom novellas by bestselling and award-winning authors. This project has been such a joy to work on this year. I love writing and being an author, but by its very nature, it can be a somewhat lonely profession. These past months, while we’ve all been spending time apart to keep our loved ones safe, working on a group project with authors I respect and admire so much has been a wonderful experience. I hope readers love what we’ve put together!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I grew up as an only child and spend loads of time reading. Books have always been very special to me and being an author has always been my dream career.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Whoa, this is a tough question! Some of my all-time favorites are Little Women, Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be Sophie Kinsella because she is one of my very favorite modern authors. Her books are hilarious, so I know we would have an amazing conversation, no matter what we talked about. I would probably beg her to let me co-write a book with her. Ha!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Seeing what started as just a glimmer of an idea turn into a fully realized book.

What is a typical day like for you?

I write a lot in the mornings. I like to get up early, have coffee while I watch about 30 minutes of Hallmark Channel and then get to work! Around lunch time I will usually take a break to walk my dogs around the neighborhood.

What scene from Christmas Actually was your favorite to write?

The novella I wrote for Christmas Actually is called A Merry Royal Layover and it’s kind of like Love Actually meets royal romance. I had so much fun with it, and it’s based on a real-life experience I had during a flight delay when I was stuck in a first-class airport lounge with someone who might or might not have been Prince Harry. I documented the entire layover on my Facebook page, and going back and reading those original posts and comments was a hoot. So the part of the story when the heroine first realizes she might be sitting next to a royal prince was definitely my favorite.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“You can’t win if you don’t enter.” This is a quote from my days of showing dogs, and it applies to all facets of life. You can’t reach your goals unless you do the work, put yourself out there and really go for it.

Teri Wilson is the author of Christmas Actually.

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Interview with T.L. Christianson, Author of Over Easy

What can you tell us about your new release, Over Easy?

Over Easy is an exciting, angsty young adult novel with dragons, a taboo romance, and mystery. It’s a coming of age book from Sydney’s point of view, a sixteen-year-old who’s grown up traveling the world with her father. When he’s injured in a motorbike accident, Sydney’s eyes are opened to real dragons, betrayal, and mystery. As she struggles to navigate this new world and sort enemies from allies, she’ll need to decide to become one of them or walk away for good. Over Easy is book 2 of The Dragon Born Academy – so spoilers are unavoidable – therefore, it’s best, to begin with, Cracked Open, book 1.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been a storyteller and voracious reader. I’ve written poems, songs, plays, and stories since I can remember, but my first real novel was written when I was sixteen. However, I never pursued publication until after my sister and author, Annabelle Anders (Martinez), pushed me off the publishing ledge. Ann would read bits of her stories and, in turn, ask me to read some of mine. With her help and not a little amount of persuasion, I finally sought publication, finished my first book Crimson, and the rest is history.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Oooh… this is a tough one. I’m a voracious reader, and when not writing, I read about a book a day.
1. The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey
2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
3. The Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead
4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
5. Contagion by Robin Cook

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Escaping reality – and hearing from readers whose lives have been helped by their little vacations into my books. Many of us have had the bad luck of being born into a broken society, broken home, or a broken body. If we can read, write, or even imagine, we can always find an escape and that is my favorite part of writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m an early bird. I get up, have coffee, and go for a hike near my home – this is crucial because I don’t function without exercise and fresh air. After that, I usually write or edit in my home office or, if it’s warm, in my back garden. After lunch, I’ll begin doing the ‘other’ author things such as touching base with my readers, social media and ads or other admin work.

What scene from Over Easy was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene to write was when Sydney met her biological father’s grandmother and her sister – or as I call them – the Babushka’s #1 and #2. These two women were written after my own Babushka/grandmother and her sister. They’re gone, but I love to relive their memory in the characters I write.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I have two quotes that I live by:

Vincit qui se Vincit. It’s Latin for ‘He conquers who conquers himself.’

Qui n’avance pas, recule. It’s French for ‘if one does not move forward, one is moving backward.”

T.L. Christianson is the author of the new book Over Easy.

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Interview with Julie Scarlet, Author of Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls

What can you tell us about your new release, Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls?

Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls is a boxset consisting of my 13 best selling books at a discounted price.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I read a lot of books. One day I wanted to give a shot at writing, I hated the first draft I wrote. Then two of my reader friends read my draft and suggested that I continue writing. Later my readers started giving me so much motivation that helped me continue to write.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I read books in different genres, so it’s super hard to list out the best 5. Here are my favorite 5 books that I enjoyed reading: Hideaway by Nora Roberts. City of lost souls by Cassandra Cale(I enjoyed the whole series). The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzzane Collins. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Nora Roberts. She is one of the best romance authors of all time. I would like to ask her how she comes up with so many ideas so quickly.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is my readers. I don’t know about other genres but my readers are so kind. There were countless times I wanted to give up but the support my readers showed kept me going. I’m grateful for each and every one of them.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a full-time job that takes most of my time. Whenever I get time, I sip my coffee and sit down to write my next book.

What scene from Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls was your favorite to write?

Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls is a collection of different books, so picking a scene is very difficult. If I had to pick one scene, it’s the confrontation scene in Protecting Her Curves. I did not expect I could write scenes like that until I wrote one.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

My motto is simple. You live only once, make sure to keep your bucket list empty all the time!

Julie Scarlet is the author of Forbidden Alphas and Curvy Girls.

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Interview with Gabriel Farago, Author of The Lost Symphony

What can you tell us about your new release, The Lost Symphony?

A murdered tsarina. A lost musical masterpiece. A stolen Russian icon. Can Jack honor a promise made a long time ago, and solve an age-old mystery?

When acclaimed Australian journalist and author Jack Rogan inherits an old music box with a curious letter hidden inside, he decides to investigate. As he delves deeper into a murky past of secrets and violence, he soon discovers that he’s not the only one interested in solving the puzzle. Frieda Malenkova, a ruthless art dealer, and Victor Sokolov, a Russian billionaire with a dark past, will stop at nothing to achieve their deep desires and foil Jack’s valiant struggle to uncover the truth. Joining forces with Mademoiselle Darrieux, a flamboyant Paris socialite, and Claude Dupree, a retired French police officer, Jack enters a dangerous world of unbridled ambition, murder and greed that threatens to destroy him. On a perilous journey that takes him deep into Russia, Jack follows a tortuous path of discovery, disappointment and betrayal that brings him face to face with his destiny. Will Jack unravel the hidden clues left behind by a desperate empress? Can he save the precious legacy of a genius before it’s too late, and return a holy icon revered by generations to where it belongs?

The Lost Symphony – book 6 in the Jack Rogan Mysteries – was an ambitious project, and I look forward with great anticipation to the feedback from my readers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love language and literature. Expressing yourself through writing is a wonderful, intellectual adventure. I was introduced to reading, especially the classics, at a young age by my grandfather, and I was hooked. Tolstoy’s War and Peace was one of my favorites, and I thought, perhaps one day … I can write something like that! Well, I’m still trying, but we must never stop dreaming!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Tolstoy’s War and Peace; Duma’s The Three Musketeers; Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific; Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express; Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls; Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

If I could have a ‘literary seance’ I would ask Alexandre Dumas and Agatha Christie to join the show. I would ask them about the best way to portray characters. To me, characters are the lifeblood of a good book, in my case a nail-biting thriller. Characters bring the storyline to life and are the most important tool an author can use to make a book a page-turner. If my seance should turn out to be a little ambitious, I would ask a fellow author, James Patterson, to the show, and ask him the same questions.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The intellectual challenge, and the adventure of it all. I always strive for elusive perfection in my writing, but alas, I suspect it will forever remain just that; elusive!

What is a typical day like for you?

Once I start writing a book, I have a relentless routine. I write every day, usually late at night – always while listening to music – and review what I’ve written the day before in the morning. I exercise a lot during the day. This involves long walks in the rainforest below our house in the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney. I live on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, which helps. I am a keen gardener, and work in our large garden during the day, thinking about my characters and the storyline. Once I return to my attic, I write all this down, and after dinner, the actual writing begins. There’s little time for sleep. But sleep is such a waste of time, isn’t it?

What scene from The Lost Symphony was your favorite to write?

This is a hard one, because the book is complex, and a big read of more than 500 pages. That said, on reflection, perhaps chapter 5 – The Seance St Petersburg: December 1894 -would be a good choice.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes. The best is yet to come!

Gabriel Farago is the author of the new book The Lost Symphony.

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Interview with MariaLisa deMora, Author of In Search of Solace

What can you tell us about your new release, In Search of Solace?

In Search of Solace is a crossover motorcycle club romance, setting up both conflict and cooperation between an established book series, the Rebel Wayfarers MC series, and a new upcoming series for the Freed Soldiers MC. The story itself follows a hurt/comfort theme, with the heroine slowly finding her feet after years of abuse. The hero isn’t looking for anything when he finds her, but the need that develops in him to make sure she’s cared for becomes overwhelming.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Honestly, I credit sleep deprivation for the role. I’ve been a reader since five-years-old, but never aspired to creative writing, just always enjoyed losing myself in the worlds my favorite authors created. Then I accepted a more complicated position at work, requiring significant commitment from me in terms of time, and when I hit a certain level of exhaustion any sleep I gained became filled with this brave, funny, and courageous chick. That dreaming turned to an outline, then splashing words on the page of my laptop, as I tried to get her and the characters she’d introduced to me, out of my head! That was Mica, the heroine of the first book I ever wrote.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Oh, I’m sure you won’t mind if I go over, because only FIVE books is really limiting. No? You want five? Argh … okay. In no certain order, they are: Wolfsong by TJ Klune; Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice; Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey; The Shining by Stephen King; Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Goosebumps at this one, truly! My first guest would be Jacqueline Carey, because I want to know everything that makes the woman tick! Her worlds are so rich and detailed, and I would love to hear the process she undertakes as she sets out to write one of her epic series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

This happened yesterday, actually. I’m busily writing along, and suddenly the next words that flow out of the keyboard aren’t what I’d imagined they’d be. That’s when the characters are so strong they take over, and I’m simply along for the ride. The ability to have the plotline changes surprise me, even as I’m writing it, that’s the true magic in this whole gig, man. LOVE it!

What is a typical day like for you?

So I mentioned a day job, which I still have. Right now that allows me to pour all the money the books make back into the books themselves. That money buys me excellent editing, a proficient proofreader, gorgeous image acquisitions for my covers, and an amazing narrator and producer for the audiobooks — all without going into debt.

What scene from In Search of Solace was your favorite to write?

Okay, my long-time readers are going to laugh. In Search of Solace began not because either the heroine or hero spoke to me, but because a long-time character, who is WELL known for being pushy and mouthy in my head, started pushing an idea for story arc advancement for himself. So for the first couple of weeks the manuscript was only known as “Gunny’s a pushy bastard” until the other characters firmed up in my head. Then good ole Gunny wasn’t quite satisfied, because he inserted himself into the story multiple times, twisting it where he wanted it to go. For me, the favorite scene is near the end of the book, a moment when Gunny piped up with “But what about the donkey” in my head, and I immediately wrote about a truck and trailer pulling into a driveway, and Gunny rushing out to lead this poor abandoned donkey into the yard, having adopted him without telling me, really. Then the donkey became the comic relief needed for the last few scenes. I do remember shouting at the computer, “Why is there a donkey in this scene?” Which in retrospect makes me both laugh aloud, and wonder for my sanity!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The gorgeous and talented Maya Angelou told us, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” In everything I do, all the things I touch and influence throughout my days and life, I’m always striving to do better.

MariaLisa deMora is the author of In Search of Solace.

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Interview with Tegan Abbott, Author of Legends that Bleed

What can you tell us about your new release, Legends that Bleed?

I’ve always loved insects and I wanted more people to think about their significance. I wanted to make a world that was bigger than each character, not just literally, but in their legacies. I also wanted to imagine a world without the technology of fire, and thus without metal. I wanted their world to be very different from ours.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It’s hard to answer because I wrote my first book just after I turned 18. I was not a good communicator, so I think I wanted to share some things with those close to me.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Reader, Servant Of The Empire, Liveship Traders Trilogy, Sabriel, Frankenstein.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The freedom. I’m in love with sharing different versions of our world. I love sharing ideas, but most of all, I love sharing points of view, and trying to see things from other people’s eyes.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t have typical days.

What scene from Legends that Bleed was your favorite to write?

I really loved writing any scene with an Aspect. They’re very particular about what they say, they chose their words carefully, which is a serious challenge.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Earl Wilson.

Tegan Abbott is the author of the new book Legends that Bleed.

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Interview with Herman Steuernagel, Author of Lies The Guardians Tell

What can you tell us about your new release, Lies The Guardians Tell?

Lies the Guardians Tell is a Young Adult Science Fiction novel with a touch of magic. It follows Sierra Runar, a teenage girl who lives behind a protected forcefield called the Sphere. An ancient artificial intelligence known as the Guardians have kept them safe from the outside world, which was made uninhabitable by the ancient wars. After one of her dearest friends is murdered, she’s sent on a quest to discover the truth about the Guardians and the history of humanity.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Writing has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. My parents read to me at a young age, and I remember being able to read as early as Kindergarten. I loved writing throughout school but I never believed that I had what it took to write a novel.

Last year, some friends of mine somehow convinced me to run a half-marathon. I had never run a day in my life, but I put in the work and dedication to accomplish my goal. Once it was over, I had so many people congratulating me on “knocking something off the bucket list”, to which I thought: “But that wasn’t on my bucket list!” It was then that I decided that if I could put that much effort and dedication into something I barely wanted to do, that I could do the same for something that I had always dreamed of doing.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

That is a tough one as there are so many good books out there.

1. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks – This was the first fantasy book that I had ever read, and I was immediately captivated by the world Brooks created. I was about 13 at the time, and I am still a fan of the series today.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – There is so much going on in this book that’s overlooked, and it’s really a shame that the movies, though really well done, couldn’t do it justice. I love the political dealings that come later in the series.

3. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan – Nothing captured my imagination more as a teenager than this series. The world that Jordan creates far surpasses almost any other world out there and I simply love the magic system of the One Power.

4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – This may be more about recency, but this is one of the best series I have read in awhile. One thing, that I believe, makes this book stand out is how Brown does an incredible job of ending chapters in a way that makes you compelled to keep reading. It’s a series that has cost me a fair number of hours of sleep.

5. 1984 by George Orwell – Having been an English major I have read a lot of classic literature. This is one that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I cannot think of a more influential book on dystopian literature, and though written over 70 years ago now, is still completely relevant.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be Brandon Sanderson. His writing and teaching have been very influential to me. I would ask him more about his writing process and the inspirations behind his work.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love seeing new worlds and new characters coming to life on the page. I love how characters often take on a life of their own, and do things that not even I expect. It feels cliché to say, but I am genuinely surprised when my characters react differently to how I had mapped out before putting a scene down on paper.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work full-time as a web designer so I set my own hours. I typically wake up at 5am, have my cup of coffee and get to work developing sites for clients. I’ll work until early afternoon, and then either run errands or work on my writing. Pre-COVID that meant enjoying a local coffee shop, but lately I just move from the desk to the couch for a change in mindset. I try to get in a walk, run, or just an hour of video games for a mental reset. I spend the evenings with my wife Nettie, or if I have the mental capacity to continue working on my writing or marketing.

What scene from Lies The Guardians Tell was your favorite to write?

Without giving too much away, there is a battle towards the end of the book that was a lot of fun to put together.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The only thing standing in the way of your dream is you.

Herman Steuernagel is the author of the new book Lies The Guardians Tell.

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Interview with J.S. Scott, Author of Tell Me You’re Mine

What can you tell us about your new release, Tell Me You’re Mine?

This is the first book in The British Billionaires series.  Damian Lancaster is always covering for his twin’s misadventures.  With their company’s reputation on the line he needs help to fix it.  Enter Nicole, PR fixer to the rescue.  Except her meeting with the board does not go as well as planned and she is on her way back to the US feeling as if she failed.

Unknown to her that the sexy British man sitting next to her on the flight is none other that Damian Lancaster.  Unfortunately, their first meeting is not a great start to a working relationship.

The book is full of my usual steamy, alpha male and a strong heroine that readers have come to love.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

When I was younger, I really loved fantasy, like A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia, and a little later, Lord of the Rings.  But I don’t think it was until I got into my teen years that I started writing my own stories that had a romance element after I started reading teen romance.  Granted, those early stories were horrific, but at least I knew it was my goal.

Romance has always been my go-to genre since I was a medical professional for many years, and I wanted to escape into a story that I knew was going to have a happily-ever-after.

When self-publishing was in its infancy, I decided to start putting my heart and my stories out there, and I was humbled by my success.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think the one thing I love most about writing romance is bringing a story to readers that they can enjoy and get swept by so they can escape everyday life for just a little while.

What is a typical day like for you?

Coffee first, I cannot function without my caffeine. Once I have a cup or three it is off to my office where I begin my day writing. With COVID-19 right now leaving the house is not an option so I spend my time handling business matters, writing, and giving my two German Shepherds as much love as they can take in one day. My poor husband rarely sees me until dinner time.

What scene from Tell Me You’re Mine was your favorite to write?

That would have to be the scene where they meet on the plane.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Not really a motto or quote, but I just live by being thoughtful and kind to those around us. I am a strong believer in lifting up other women and empowering them to follow their dreams and be who they really want to be.

J.S. Scott is the author of Tell Me You’re Mine.

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