Must-Read Fantasy Books | October 2020

Must-Read Fantasy Books | October 2020

Struggling to find a new fantasy novel to dive into? You’re in luck because we’ve just made a list of our favorite must-read fantasy books! Don’t miss the latest from Alisha Klapheke, Andrew Rivas, Mary E. Twomey, Terry Mancour, Jim Butcher, and Eva Chase. Enjoy your new fantasy reads!


Queens of Steel and Starlight

by Alisha Klapheke

Release Date: September 18, 2020

“The twists and turns keep me hanging on every page.”… You can now get the complete epic fantasy series, Queens of Steel and Starlight in one boxed set. The collection from bestselling author Alisha Klapheke includes: Waters of Salt and Sin, Fever of Sun and Soul, Plains of Sand and Steel, and Forest of Silver and Secrets.

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The Daughters of Despair

by Andrew Rivas

Release Date: August 10, 2020

The first book in The Hourglass Series by author Andrew Rivas… Princess Ruby of Spinal has been kidnapped and rumors are starting to spread like wildfire around the kingdom. Eyewitness accounts from a variety of sources, including Princess Ruby’s, soon reveal there are far more questions than answers. “An excellent, entertaining, non-traditional fantasy!”

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Sins of the Father

by Mary E. Twomey

Release Date: May 2, 2020

“The premise of this dystopian paranormal is unique and has you turning pages so you just can’t put it down!”… Get started in a new adventure from USA Today Bestselling Author Mary E. Twomey. Arianna’s life suddenly turns upside down when her father, the feared and revered mafia boss, finally gets caught in one of his many schemes and elects to send her to prison in his stead. The broken system was never more than a frustration to her, but now it has stolen her freedom.

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Arcanist

by Terry Mancour

Release Date: October 1, 2020

The twelfth book in the Spellmonger Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Terry Mancour… It can be a challenge being the most powerful wizard in the world. After defending his realm against the undead lord Gaja Katar, Count Minalan of the Magelaw faces a new threat in the spring… The Nemovort Shakathet leading the mighty hordes out of the Penumbra.

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Battle Ground

by Jim Butcher

Release Date: September 29, 2020

The 17th book in the Dresden Files Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jim Butcher… Harry has come up against terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders. But this time is different. He must now face a being much more powerful and dangerous.

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Dusk Avenger

by Eva Chase

Release Date: September 16, 2020

The third book in the Flirting with Monsters Urban Fantasy Series from author Eva Chase… The Company of Light were already on my bad side but now they have kidnapped one of my monstrous lovers and I’m ready to send the whole lot of them up in flames. The only problem is those flames aren’t playing nice. After a taste of freedom, my inner fire seems intent on having a full-on scorch party, that includes burning me up while I am burning down the bad guys.

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New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

Need some new mystery and thriller book recommendations for your fall reading list? We’ve got you covered with this list of some amazing new releases. Check out the latest from authors GP Hutchinson, Rimmy London, J. Beckett, Willow Rose, Ann Cleeves, and James Patterson. We hope you enjoy your new books!


Dead Ball

by GP Hutchinson

Release Date: July 9, 2020

The second book in the America’s Pastime Series by GP Hutchinson… Dead Ball begins in 1912 when St. Louise Cardinals pitcher Hal Gerecke unleashes a pitch that he will forever regret. The Boston Braves hitter Rube Wannamaker never caught sight of the incoming fastball and was left unconscious and bleeding. As weeks pass by, Rube is left in a permanent vegetative state. Hal abandons his career after the incident, but certain folks haven’t forgotten that fateful fastball and they are out for blood.

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Stranded at Poppyridge Cove

by Rimmy London

Release Date: September 25, 2020

The third book in the Seaside Inn Mystery Series by Rimmy London… Abby and Chase are thrilled when paranoid surgeon Jessie LeVan wants to rent the entire Inn at triple the cost. But, he demands absolute solitude, and one renter never got the message… Taylor is a corporate lawyer in desperate need of a break. Her week at Poppyridge Cove was a lifeline she couldn’t do without. So, when a bossy doctor insists she leaves, she refuses. But something is not quite right with the doctor and suddenly her vacation feels more like a trap.

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Island of Secrets

by J. Beckett

Release Date: September 29, 2020

The first book in the Expedition Inc Series by J. Beckett… Expedition Inc. is a team of explorers for hire. They are ready and willing to set out on an adventure. For the right price, that is. They hunt for treasure all over the world. Wherever a job takes them, that’s where Jason Kincaid and his crew go. When offered with a discovery of the century, how could they turn the job down? It turns out they are not the only ones with this particular job, and the race is on.

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Black Frost

by Willow Rose

Release Date: September 25, 2020

The 13th book in the Emma Frost Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… A young girl has disappeared from the park. When she turns up again the next morning in a different place on the island, people start talking. Was she drunk and doesn’t remember? Did she go home with a guy? Why is she insisting she doesn’t know? Emma Frost is fighting for Victor’s best friend, Skye, but then a guy falls into her arms and dies a few minutes later. It turns out he was frozen to death. When a young boy turns up to school frozen as well, Emma fears for her loved ones.

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The Darkest Evening

by Ann Cleeves

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The ninth book in the Vera Stanhope series by New York Times bestselling author Ann Cleeves… It is the first snowy night of winter and Detective Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. After missing a turn, she suddenly becomes lost and disorientated. She finds a car skidded off the side of the ride in front of her, so she stops to help. But she finds no driver in sight, but a toddler strapped in the back seat.

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The Coast-to-Coast Murders

by James Patterson

Release Date: September 21, 2020

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown, they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to. Their parents are public intellectuals, an Ivy League clinical psychologist and a renowned psychiatrist, and they brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. They were sheltered from the world’s harsh realities, which forced secrets upon them, secrets they keep at all costs.

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New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | October 2020

New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | October 2020

In the mood for some hot new contemporary romance books to add to your reading list? You’re in for a treat because we’ve made a list of some of our favorite new releases! Don’t miss the amazing new novels from C.C. Wood, Ava Ryan, L.J. Shen, A.L. Jackson, Layla Hagen, and Prescott Lane. Enjoy your new books!


Wild for You

by C.C. Wood

Release Date: September 21, 2020

The second book in the Crave Series By C.C. Wood… So, I have a little problem. I can’t fall in love. After my latest failed attempt, I needed a break. Not just from dating, but from my life. What better time to take a vacation. That is how I ended up visiting my best friend, Cam… And also how I found Ben Murphy. For the first time in my life, I find myself yearning for a man.

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The Billionaire’s Beauty

by Ava Ryan

Release Date: September 24, 2020

The second book in the Fairy Tale Billionaires Series by Ava Ryan… I am known as The Beast. Some might think I am a bully, but I am not here to make friends. I ruthlessly clawed my way to the top of the NYC real estate market. I don’t need friends… But then there’s my feisty executive assistant. She is my right-hand woman. We have an unspoken arrangement: she pretends I’m smarter than she is and I pretend not to notice how sexy she is.

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Playing with Fire

by L.J. Shen

Release Date: September 15, 2020

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are total opposites. She is the strange girl from the food truck and he is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan town. She is totally invisible to the world and he is the beloved bad boy. She is a reject and he is trouble. When West throws himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he will lead to a happily-ever-after or a tragic ending.

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Falling into You

by A.L. Jackson

Release Date: September 18, 2020

The new stand-alone romance from New York Times bestselling Author A.L. Jackson… Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world’s hottest new band. Lend your ear and he will steal your heart… Well, that can’t happen because he left his heart in his hometown years ago. He knows better than to go back but his sister’s wedding forces him. He should have known she would be there…

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One Beautiful Promise

by Layla Hagen

Release Date: September 26, 2020

It all started in Rome. I was meant to show Cole Winchester around the city as a favor to a friend. I knew about his reputation as a seductive charmer hellbent on bachelorhood. But I hadn’t prepared for him to get past my defenses. He was nothing like the serious businessman I imagined. He was also sinfully hot and way too flirty for my broken heart. But, it was just a vacation… I thought I’d never see him again.

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Ryder

by Prescott Lane

Release Date: September 24, 2020

The second book in the Merrick Brothers Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Prescott Lane… Ryder Merrick is a country music headliner and crowd pleaser… he’s also a legend in the bedroom. You know how your mother always warns you that it only takes one time? Well, I am proof of that. It was just one night with country music’s hottest star and I got knocked up. He promised it wasn’t just a one night stand. But I woke up alone.

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MUSES & MELODIES (Hush Note #3) by REBECCA YARROS

What a series! What a finale! Standing ovation!

‘Loving him was a force so strong there was nothing I could do to protect myself.’

Heartache, emotion, passion, angst, Rock star swagger and some serious swoon. These are just some of the things Rebecca Yarros served up in Muses & Melodies, and boy didn’t we just eat it up! Nixon certainly gave us some heart stopping moments. His pain was a raw, palpable beast and we felt every single piece of it. It was as though we were standing on the precipice with Nixon, hearts braced in nervous anticipation as we wondered if he would once again slide into oblivion. If only Nixon would believe the love that surrounded him from his band mates. This complicated man stole our hearts completely!

Rebecca Yarros beautifully blended forbidden romance, small town, rock star and angst into an edgy slow burn romance with some hate to love in the mix. With these elements, and the superb emotionally raw prose of this author it was bound to be a hit!

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Interview with J. Beckett, Author of Island of Secrets

What can you tell us about your new release, Island of Secrets?

I’ve always loved the pulpy action adventure thrillers. As a kid I devoured David Goleman’s Event Group Thrillers. I also really loved a very short lived Canadian show called Adventure Inc. (short like 1 season iirc) that featured a team of folks that were treasure hunters. It was fun to watch them explore the depths finding previously hidden things. I wanted to tap into a bit of that excitement.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I think there are two major factors. As a kid I wasn’t a huge reader, but my parents bribed me to read and write book reports with GI Joe figures. Once I got started I never stopped reading. The other factor was much later when I discovered David Eddings and Terry Brooks’ work. While I don’t write fantasy, my early reading was predominantly fantasy and really kindled my imagination.

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

Oh wow, tough one. I’ll cheat a little with series 🙂
1. The Shannara Chronicles – Terry Brooks
2. Omega Force – Joshua Dalzelle
3. Spinward Fringe – Randolph Lalonde
4. Wool – Hugh Howey
5. The Event group Thrillers – David Coleman

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

I think maybe Hugh Howey. I’d ask if he was surprised at the success of Wool. It was one of the first (that I recall) self-published things I read and I remember falling in love with his world. He was/is one of those ‘breakout’ success stories, but there’s always more to that, I’d love to talk to him about it.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love telling stories. I have since I was a kid. I always looked at assignments in school and if possible made them into stories even if that wasn’t the project.

What is a typical day like for you?

I try to write every day. My current day job is running my own indie conference company, so some days it’s all about that, but most I try to get a few words down. Much of my writing tends to be in the evening, often as I’m re-watching old sci-fi like Stargate SG1, Dark Matter, or Firefly.

What scene from Island of Secrets was your favorite to write?

I think the (Spoilers ahead) base. Exploring that and then subsequently destroying it. Creating a bit of history around it so it (at least to me) felt kind of plausible.

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

Not a John Wilker Original but I love “the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself”

It’s so easy these days to measure yourself against someone else regardless of if they’ve been on their path longer than you or if their path even similar to yours, etc. I try to keep my eye on the prize and not worry what other writers are doing.

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Interview with Rimmy London, Author of Stranded at Poppyridge Cove

What can you tell us about your new release, Stranded at Poppyridge Cove?

Stranded at Poppyridge Cove is book 3 in my Seaside Inn Mysteries, taking place at an incredible remodeled Inn along the Northern California coast. With shoreline on one side and redwood forests on the other, the setting is one of my absolute favorites! In this book, we follow Taylor and Jessie as they both try to find some peace and quiet at the Inn. But Jessie, a renowned surgeon, has some secrets to uncover, and Taylor, a stressed out corporate lawyer, just wants to find a way to relax. When they come together the goofy, creepy, and intense moments start rolling! It’s a lot of fun.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

In 2009 I started writing, but never with the idea that someone like me could actually publish. I’d always written stories and loved reading, but I wasn’t a scholar or a celebrity and in my mind, that’s what you needed to be. I was just me. But I couldn’t put it off anymore. So, I would sit and type out a story as fast as possible and when I was finished… I’d push delete! LOL. When I reached a story I couldn’t delete, I kept going and finished three books that are now the “Pulled Under” series, my most action packed romance.

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

I’ve loved so many different books! I have to mention Harry Potter first, because that world is genius and one of the best places for adventures and fun. My birthday is in July, and the last two books were released very close to my birthday. It was so much fun curling up and reading about Harry, Ron, and Hermione. My old friends. Aside from Harry Potter, I’ve LOVED Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson. I’d never read strictly romance, craving more of an adventurous plot than drama. But this book is the best romance ever written, you can’t convince me otherwise. It is pure gold! I’m rambling… other books I’ve loved are The Selection series by Kiera Cass and of course the Twilight Saga. I was completely enraptured by that story, setting everything else in my life aside to read it. It’s the only series I’ve ever gotten to the end of only to immediately grab the first book and start again. Yeah. It’s that good.

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? Oh boy, this is hard. I’d have to say Shannon Hale, and I can’t believe I didn’t mention her in the last question! Her book The Goose Girl is so perfect and satisfying, and her prose is incredible! Of all the books I’ve read, her prose is the only kind that made me stop and just sit, thinking about the way she’d uniquely and beautifully strung the words together. She has such exceptional talent, I’d love to chat with her.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is that I get to choose what the characters do! There are the rare occasions when reading that I find myself disappointed in which direction the story went, and I imagine what I would have like to see instead. Writing my own book means no more disappointment! I get to choose the direction. Of course, sometimes I have no idea where my characters are going, but they eventually figure it out. 😉

What is a typical day like for you?

Covid-19 has completely changed what a typical day looks like for me. Sigh. Last school year was the first time all my kids were going to be in school full time. So I was set to dedicate myself to a regular writing and publishing schedule. Fast forward and… a lot of my goals changed. My children will always be my number one priority, as I feel it’s a sacred duty and honor for me to teach and raise them. They are my gems. But I am still finding a little time each day to set aside for my career. My kids are very supportive and understand when I need a little time to myself, so it’s working out… just not quite like I’d expected. But that’s life for you. 🙂

What scene from Stranded at Poppyridge Cove was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene to write in Stranded at Poppyridge Cove was definitely the end. I love a happy ending that has you sighing with contentment. Ahhh, so good.

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

I’ve learned that I’m on a journey, and every step I take is important and can teach me lessons. Even the mistakes. I appreciate them and move ahead with more experience than before. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity!

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Interview with Ava Ryan, Author of The Billionaire’s Beauty

What can you tell us about your new release, The Billionaire’s Beauty?

The Billionaire’s Beauty is a modern and sexy take on Beauty and the Beast, with gruff alpha boss Griffin “The Beast” Black unwillingly falling for his feisty executive assistant Bellamy Forest. Office romance. One night stand. Enemies-ish to lovers. Emotional ups and downs. Happy ending. It’s got all the feels!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m reading Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s Finding Freedom about Harry and Meghan. Very engaging. I feel like a fly on the wall!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Easy. Don’t worry so much. Things usually work out.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Also easy. Reading or napping. I’d love to say eating, but that seems like a bad idea.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family. Giving my dogs and cats ear scritches. Traveling (when possible). Anything that makes me smile.

What scene from The Billionaire’s Beauty was your favorite to write?

I’m laughing as I write this. There’s a scene where Bellamy makes manicotti for dinner but Griffin behaves like a jackass in his ongoing efforts to keep her at an emotional arm’s length and makes her angry. I call it Manicotti-gate. You’ll see. 😉

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Interview with Alisha Klapheke, Author of Queens of Steel and Starlight

What can you tell us about your new release, Queens of Steel and Starlight?

Late medieval and early Renaissance history around the Mediterranean inspired this series as well as my obsession with the ocean and water magic. I love using history as a springboard for fiction and lacing it with magic and romance. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir will enjoy this fantasy series. Some say it’s Pirates of the Caribbean meets Lord of the Rings.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been a storyteller. I began by telling my young cousins tales during our summer vacations and it just grew from there! I have been inspired by Madeleine L’Engle and Kristin Cashore. I love their unique worlds and the realistic feel of their characters’ relationships.

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

What a tough question! If forced at swordpoint, I’d say Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Fire by Kristin Cashore, and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski.

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 Elizabeth Vaughn because I recently read her Warprize and am currently writing my own fantasy romance. It was remarkable.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Dreaming up new worlds and listening to my characters’ banter in my head.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t have a regular schedule because I run two small businesses. No schedule is my schedule! 🙂 I do try to write in the mornings generally and take a brain break for a moment in the afternoon along with a nice cup of tea.

What scene from Queens of Steel and Starlight was your favorite to write?

Oh wow. Hmm. Another toughie. The first that comes to mind is a spoiler from the last book where all the four books’ characters come together, but I’ll save that for the readers. The second is a simple scene. Kinneret, the main character from book one, dives into the sea with her best friend and secret love, Calev, as they search for an ancient treasure map. It has the beauty of the ocean, the thrill of the hunt, and subtle romantic tension. Really fun.

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

“The only thing that is constant is change.” ~Heraclitus

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Interview with Andrew Rivas, Author of The Daughters of Depair

What can you tell us about your new release, The Daughters of Despair?

The Daughters of Despair is a subversion of the damsel in distress trope told as an oral history. Princess Ruby is kidnapped, but as the rescue party sent after her encounters trouble on the road, she finds that sometimes a princess can only rely on herself. The world of Ember-I is a blend of fantasy and science-fiction, one that contains swords and bows and arrows but also machine-human hybrids from space. I had a lot of fun writing it and I think people will have a lot of fun reading it.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mom and Stephen King. Growing up, my mom was always reading, and she’s a big fan of Stephen King and had every one of his books. I always wondered why she was such a huge fan and at a certain age she let me go through her collection and I devoured his whole bibliography. I liked reading before that but after reading so much of his work I knew I wanted to be an author, and that’s all I’ve wanted ever since.

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

The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, by David Foster Wallace

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk

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

If the person can be living or dead, then I’d want to interview Hunter S. Thompson. I’d love to hear what he has to say about the current state of … everything. His takedowns of politicians are some of the funniest and most insightful things I’ve ever read.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Seeing something that was previously only in my head on the page. It’s like magic. And knowing that the world and characters I’ve created are being read by others, and now they exist in others’ minds as well … I still can’t believe it.

What is a typical day like for you?

Unfortunately, it isn’t very interesting. Self-publishing is a grind. I spend most of the morning alternating between working on new work and editing manuscripts I’ve finished but haven’t published yet. The afternoons are about soliciting reviews, planning promotions, trying (and failing) to establish a social media presence, and obsessively refreshing the pages that monitor my sales and reviews. Then whatever media I’m currently consuming at night to decompress.

What scene from The Daughters of Despair was your favorite to write?

The meeting of the Crown and the Five Families that occurs early in the book. It’s not the most action-packed scene but the whole thing is dripping with subtext and full of hints as to the future of the series. The people involved have decades of history with one another and it was fun to have to create a whole history for them that’s not necessarily shown in full during the scene. This is the only time in the series that they’re all in the same room, and I wanted readers to be able to look back at the scene two, three, four books down the line and say “Oh, so that’s why they said that.”

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

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” I always thought that it was Mr. Rogers who said this, but apparently he was quoting an author named Henry James.

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Interview with Mary E. Twomey, Author of Sins of the Father

What can you tell us about your new release, Sins of the Father?

It was inspired by watching Ava DuVernay’s “Thirteenth” documentary, which explored the loophole in the Thirteenth amendment, which allows for legalized slavery in the prison system.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I live mostly in my head, so fiction is a perfect fit for me.

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

I mean, all the Harry Potter books, obviously. I re-read “The Art of War” every year. “The Essential Confucius”. Simon Sinek’s “Infinite Game”. I’m in the middle of reading “Midnight Sun”, because of course I am.

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

If JK Rowling and I were in the same room together, it would be the most boring interview ever, because I would just sit there and sob like the fangirl I am, and she would awkwardly look at the camera and wonder if she was being pranked.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating new worlds. Solving real world problems with fiction.

What is a typical day like for you?

My three littles are doing virtual learning right now, so my day is filled with e-learning chaos. I write before they get up, then whenever I snatch a few minutes throughout the day. Then I write again at night, after they go to sleep. But mostly, my days are filled with my children.

What scene from Sins of the Father was your favorite to write?

When Adeline is in prison and has to sew the bras she modeled while she was a free woman, that scene is particularly powerful to me. When she realizes the slavery and strife that goes into the brand she promoted, that was a scene I’m most proud of.

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

All I can do is all I can do.” It’s simple, but in the middle of a pandemic, it holds true.

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