Literature & Fiction Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | 2021

Literature & Fiction Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | 2021

Does your New Year’s reading list need some intriguing literature & Fiction books? We’ve done all the searching for you and made a list of some of our favorites! Check out these amazing releases from bestselling authors J.K. Jones, Julia Kelly, Eley Williams, Torrey Peters, Robert Jones, Jr., and Melanie Benjamin. You can start reading these new literature & fiction Books right now!


Years of Silence

by J.K. Jones

Release Date: December 30, 2020

Billionaire Tycoon Zander Wright is no stranger to loneliness. However, what happens when his friend turned enemy comes back? Knowing Vadim is like dancing the space between heaven and hell. The ocean is an inch between ecstasy and misery. Like all things long since forgotten, young love always remains the most crippling of pain. Zander Wright is aware of this. He’s felt the fatal blow of being love-struck—bludgeoned violently over the head with the taste and feel of utopia in his arms and in his bed. Vadim Oblonsky will always be the one thing he wants, but can never have.

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The Last Garden in England

by Julia Kelly

Release Date: January 12, 2021

The new book from Julia Kelly, the bestselling author of The Light Over London and The Whispers of War… Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.

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The Liar’s Dictionary

by Eley Williams

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Peter Winceworth is a Victorian lexicographer. While toiling away at the letter S for Swansby’s multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary, his disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized.

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Detransition, Baby

by Torrey Peters

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. A child was the only thing missing. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern.

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The Prophets

by Robert Jones, Jr.

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Since the beginning, Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. This is the way it will be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man–a fellow slave–seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own.

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The Children’s Blizzard

by Melanie Benjamin

Release Date: January 12, 2021

The latest novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Aviator’s Wife… It was unusually mild the morning of January 12, 1888. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota Territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats, after a punishing cold spell. This left them totally unprepared when disaster struck.

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New Biography & Memoir Books For Your Reading List | January 2021

New Biography & Memoir Books For Your Reading List | January 2021

Do you need some new biography & memoir books to dive into this month? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve made a list of some of our latest reading list recommendations! Don’t miss the new books from Maria Trautman, Charlie Gilmour, Dan Morain, Clive Irving, Alexi Pappas, and Tana Amen. Enjoy your new biography & memoir books!


After All…

by Maria Trautman

Release Date: September 27, 2020

After All… is an inspiring memoir of one woman’s survival of childhood abuse and neglect. As a baby, Maria Trautman was abandoned at birth by her mother and raised by her adoring grandmother. But when her grandmother passed, she was sent to live with her cruel and cold-hearted mother. After years of emotional and physical attacks, she built up the courage to leave Portugal and emigrated to Canada to seek sanctuary with her aunt. But when her uncle continued the cycle of abuse, she feared it would never stop.

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Featherhood

by Charlie Gilmour

Release Date: January 5, 2021

“I loved every single page.” — Elton John… Featherhood is a moving memoir about a young man named Charlie Gilmour that saves a baby magpie that falls out of its nest and into his hands. By the time the creature develops shiny black feathers that inspire his name Benzene, the two have forged an unbreakable bond. While he cares for the bird, Charlie discovers his biological father, an eccentric poet named Heathcote Williams, is ill. He soon finds one of his poems that talks about a young jackdaw that captured his affection… Over time, Charlie unravels his fear about repeating the past and embraces the role of father himself.

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Kamala’s Way

by Dan Morain

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Kamala’s Way is a new biography about Kamala Harris, the first black woman to stand for Vice President. The book charts how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of the country’s most effective power players. While Kamala has not shared much about her life, Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Morain has been there from the start.

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The Last Queen

by Clive Irving

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Clive Irving’s new narrative biography The Last Queen probes the question of the British monarchy’s longevity. In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II finally appears to be at ease in the modern world, helped by the new generation of Windsors. But through Irving’s unique insight there emerges a more fragile institution, whose extraordinarily dutiful matriarch has managed to persevere with dignity, yet in doing so made a Faustian pact with the media.

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Bravey

by Alexi Pappas

Release Date: January 12, 2021

“Heartbreaking and hilarious.”—Mindy Kaling… When Alexi Pappas—Olympic athlete, actress, filmmaker, and writer—was four years old, her mother died by suicide. This drastically altered the course of Pappas’s life and set her on a search for female role models. When her father signed his daughter up for sports teams as a way to keep her busy, female athletes became the first women Pappas looked up to, and her Olympic dream was born.

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The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child

by Tana Amen

Release Date: January 5, 2021

“What a journey! With in-your-face honesty, Tana reveals how she was able to turn her pain into purpose. For anyone who has been faced with unspeakable loss, this message is so important.” – Jay Shetty… The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child follows Tana Amen as she shares her story of transformation. It follows along from growing up in poverty, a bullied latch-key kid raised on junk food, to becoming a world-renowned food and fitness expert.

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A VERY FRIENDLY VALENTINE’S DAY by KAYLEY LORING

Another winner from Kayley Loring! Check out our Review and Exclusive Excerpt! Be quick and grab this fabulously fun and flirty read for only 99c/77p!

'There's the flash of awareness, the darkness and the nothingness, and then there's just Birdie, calling me home.'

Well, weren't we just eagerly anticipating this book! After falling head over heels in love with A Very Bossy Christmas (one of our Top reads of 2020). We were suitably teased with Declan's brother, Hollywood actor Eddie's friendship with Birdie Beckett, the Archivist for the Getty, in and couldn't wait for this book! Once again, we've fallen in love with a Kayley Loring romance. A Very Friendly Valentine's Day, was a sweet, sexy, and very funny friends to lover's rom-com. A hot Hollywood actor and a beautiful, sweet nerdy girl. Talk about swoon, and we loved it!

There was so much to love about this story. The train trip provided the perfect vehicle (pardon the pun) for their relationship, the text messages between Eddie and Birdie were an absolute hoot, as was the banter between Eddie and his brother Declan and their Irish cousins. The comedic timing blended beautifully with the romance of the story and the passion provided many Kindle fanning moments.

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Must-Read Romance Novels | January 2021

Must-Read Romance Novels | January 2021

There have been some amazing new romance novels released this month, so we thought we’d make a list of some of our favorites so far. Don’t miss these hot releases from bestselling authors Esther E. Schmidt, Bella Klaus, Raine Miller, Penelope Bloom, Tracey Jerald, Rachel Van Dyken, and more. Enjoy your new romance books!


Broken Deeds MC: Second Generation #1

by Esther E. Schmidt

Release Date: January 12, 2021

The first book in a new series by USA Today Bestselling Author Esther E. Schmidt… Taking over as the President of Broken Deeds MC, claiming an old lady, getting married, becoming a father; Archer has hit life full throttle ever since he took the gavel from his father. Life at breakneck speed opens the door for possibilities and for a man in his position, this can quickly turn any incident into a life or death situation.

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Allure of the Vampire King

by Bella Klaus

Release Date: January 12, 2021

The first book in the Blood Fire Saga by Bella Klaus… I’m no one—just a magic-less woman who fled the supernatural world after being dumped and humiliated by the most powerful vampire in Britain. He made me a laughing stock , a cautionary tale. I had no choice but to leave. That was a long time ago. I got over the betrayal. Now, I’m on the mend. But when an assassin tracks me down to London, claiming that a deadly power thrums beneath my veins, only one person is strong enough to save my hide: Valentine Sargon—the Vampire King who stole my virginity and broke my heart.

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My Lord

by Raine Miller

Release Date: January 8, 2021

The second book in The Rothvale Legacy Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Raine Miller… A collection of paintings has complicated Lord Rothvale’s life in ways he could never imagine. Actually, make that a beautiful art specialist from the University of London responsible for the complications in his life. He’s sure about one thing though. Before Gabrielle Hargreave blew back into his sights on a stormy summer night, he never felt this good. She’s turned his world upside down, along with his wounded heart.

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Kiss Kiss Fang Fang

by Penelope Bloom

Release Date: January 6, 2021

I don’t usually fang and tell, but she earned an exception. The hapless woman who accidentally released me. The one who nearly got herself killed mere hours later. So I saved her, but my help came with a price. The only way to save her life was to bond her–to link us so powerfully we’d have to spend every waking hour together for the next few weeks. I was ready for the bond, but I wasn’t ready for her. Her impossible to crush perky outlook. Her big eyes that never seem to dim, no matter how far into my blackened soul they saw.

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Return by Sea

by Tracey Jerald

Release Date: January 11, 2021

The third book in the Glacier Adventure Series by Tracey Jerald… I lost my heart to a man who walked away without looking back. Over the years, I dealt with the hand life dealt me, slowly shutting down my soul. My heart, carefully protected by soft blankets, has been safely packed away. Until now. For twenty years, I’ve loved MMA fighter Nicholas Cain. He may be back but neither of us are the same people we were then. We’ve been polished, punished by life’s harshest seas.

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A Kiss For You

by Rachel Van Dyken, Staci Hart, T.M. Frazier, and K.A. Linde

Release Date: January 10, 2021

A Kiss for You is a collection of four romances, you’ll be glad you devoured. Over 800 pages and 4 standalone novels that readers can’t stop talking about.⁣ The four best-selling novels included are: ⁣The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken, Bad Penny by Staci Hart, King by T.M. Frazier, and The Wright Brother by K.A Linde.

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Interview with Marcus Abshire, Author of Dark Burn

What can you tell us about your new release, Dark Burn?

Dark Burn is an action-packed adventure featuring a MC with a checkered past, riding the line between darkness and doing what’s right.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I read constantly, for years I found a new author and read everything they wrote. One day I picked up a book from the library that was so bad I decided that I could do better. I wrote the first chapter of what is now REDEMPTION and sent it to my brother without any context. He thought it was something a famous author (I won’t name who) wrote, and I realized it wasn’t half bad.

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

I don’t have a top 5. I have read so many books that it would be hard for me to pick just 5.

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

I’d have a successful Indie author on and ask them what was their secret to success.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love losing myself in the story. There are times when I stop writing a certain scene or chapter and it feels as if I have surfaced from a deep dive, as if I have been in a different world and am waking up.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work full time, so usually it’s getting up, getting my butt to work then afterwards, if there is any energy or time left in the day… I try to write.

What scene from Dark Burn was your favorite to write?

The big finale. I love the huge conclusions, usually I make sure they have a lot of explosions, fighting and magic involved!

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

No motto, I just try to be productive, try to look on the bright side of things. Life’s a garden…dig it.

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Interview with Maria Trautman, Author of After All…

What can you tell us about your new release, After All…?

After All has been in the works for a few years after I uncovered the many diaries I wrote as a child due to the abuse in my mother’s care and later in my uncle’s house where the abuse continued.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

With my life experiences and lessons, I wanted to share them with the world. I would like to be an inspiration to every abused child, lessen their suffering and let them know that with faith, courage and perseverance, there is hope.

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

The Seat of the Soul
The Four Agreements
Lunch with Buddha
The Institution
Medical Medium

Just off the top of my head but there are so many more.

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

I would have Gary Zukav, the author of The Seat of your soul. I would want to know how he knows what he knows.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I like the fluidity of thought when the mind is engaged.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up thinking about writing, most times. My dates are usually planned ahead so after breakfast, I take the time to visit with my computer and write my thoughts down and do research for the advancement of After All…

What scene from After All… was your favorite to write?

When I first arrived in Canada. The relief, the euphoria and the hope.

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

“Prepare yourself for the harsh reality of this book. The raw anguish, the struggles and strife.

After All…

It just might be worth every heartbreaking moment”

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Interview with Bella Klaus, Author of Allure of the Vampire King

What can you tell us about your new release, Allure of the Vampire King?

Allure of the Vampire King is book one of the Blood Fire Saga, a paranormal romance series where supernaturals exist and live in a magically protected city. It combines action, heat, and plot twists.

Three years ago, Mera Griffin had to flee the Supernatural World after suffering a humiliating rejection from her Vampire King fiancé.

When she finally gets over the crushing heartbreak and decides to start dating again, her ex shows up in town, claiming that her life in danger. His solution is for her to move into a safe house with him, but she doesn’t trust him or the way he lusts after her blood.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love telling stories and have always wanted to write. Most of my inspiration comes from dreams. My mind tries to make sense of things I’ve seen during the day and often translates them into fantastic tales!

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

I love both contemporary literature and the classics, so it’s difficult to whittle the list down to five. These are the most memorable and have had the biggest impact:

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Dark Lover – JR Ward

Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

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

I would invite Mary Shelly and ask if she ever considered writing a story where Victor Frankenstein made a companion for his monster. That’s a story I’d love to read. Imagine waking up in a strange body with the monster claiming that he’s your mate?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The thrill of excitement I get when the main characters meet and I’ve got to write the sparks!

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m an early riser and I like to exercise first thing in the morning. After breakfast, I read through yesterday’s words and edit so that my brain is warmed up for the afternoon. My husband works from home, so we always break for lunch at the same time. After that, I continue writing for two or three hours. The end of the work day is reserved for catching up on admin, and the evenings are for relaxation and dinner.

What scene from Allure of the Vampire King was your favorite to write?

The ending. It’s pretty crazy and unexpected.

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

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Picasso.

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Interview with G J Ogden, Author of The Star Scavenger Series

What can you tell us about your new release, Star Scavenger: The Complete Series Books 1-5?

The Star Scavenger series follows Hudson Powell, an ace pilot and lost soul with a strong code of honor who unwittingly rekindles a deadly conflict with an ancient alien threat. Disillusioned with his job working for the corrupt Relic Guardian Force – a police force that protects alien wreck sites found across the galaxy – Hudson quits and enters the seductive world of relic hunting. Think Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider combined with the planet-hopping action of Firefly.

During his adventures, Hudson stumbles upon an ancient relic that awakens an alien killing machine that has been dormant for millennia. And now this entity aims to finish what it started and wipe out all corporeal life in the galaxy…

The five books in the series cover Hudson’s journey from reluctant RGF cop to hopeful savior of the human race, taking in numerous alien worlds in the process. It’s an action-packed series full of twists and turns and some obnoxious bad guys. One reader even quit the series because he was so angry that one particular character didn’t die in book one! All I’ll say is that the reader should have persisted to find out what happened to him…

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I don’t think it was one thing in particular. I’ve always loved science fiction and the idea of creating my own stories appealed to me from an early age. I used to do a lot of fantasy role-playing as a gamemaster, so I think that was my first experience of crafting stories and adventures for others to enjoy.

I’ve also always loved writing. I worked as a technology journalist and actually started writing my first novel almost twenty years ago, but gave up because – well, it’s hard, and life gets in the way. However, getting older gives you some perspective and I finally realized that writing books is what I’ve always wanted to do.

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

It’s a lot of classic science fiction, often with an apocalyptic angle. That might sound quite bleak, but I’ve always been drawn to the post-apocalyptic setting. There are hardships and dangers, but it’s a fresh start and a chance to do things differently. There’s hope and hope is a major theme in most of my books.

For example, I love On the Beach by Nevil Shute. It might have aged in the fifty years since it was first published, but its impact is undiminished. I am Legend is another of my favorites in the apocalyptic mould, though perhaps this is more along the line of Zombie Apocalypse, rather than sci-fi.

On the military sci-fi / space opera front (which is a lot of what I write), I think the Forever War by Joe Halderman is a must-read. My two favorite sci-fi books, however, are both by Alfred Bester. I flit between whether The Stars My Destination (Tiger Tiger) or The Demolished Man is my top, but at the time of writing it’s probably the latter. Both are amazing books that get better on re-reads.

Hudson Powell – the protagonist in The Star Scavenger Series – is named after Lincoln Powell, the Prefect of Police in The Demolished Man, though the characters share few similarities!

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

I’d love to talk to sci-fi authors new and old about where their ideas come from. So maybe Alfred Bester, since I’ve already mentioned him, but I’d love to ask the same question of a host of authors and see how their answers differ.

For me, a lot of the time, my ideas come while I’m out walking or quite often in the middle of the night. Sometimes I’ll wake up with the nugget of an idea, and I’ll have to grab my phone and email it to myself, otherwise I’ll forget and it will be lost.

For example, for one of my other series – The Contingency – it all came from an article I read about how lava tubes on other worlds could be large enough to house entire cities. I thought nothing of it at the time then woke up in the middle of the night with the story idea in my head! For Star Scavenger, it was a mash-up of all sorts of things that were floating around my head at the time, but the email I sent to myself (so I didn’t forget) had the subject line “space relic hunters”. In three words, that sums it up pretty well!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It sounds corny, but for me it is escapism. It’s like watching your favorite TV show, but you’re the writer and director, the star of the show and the villain. You can be evil and ruthless one moment, heroic and inspiring the next. It’s certainly harder than probably most people expect or realize, as it requires a lot of commitment, but it’s incredibly rewording and enjoyable too.

What is a typical day like for you?

I aim to write a chapter a day (roughly 2,000 words) every day. The only day in 2020 where I didn’t write was Christmas Day! The rest of my time is spent editing other works-in-progress and managing the admin and marketing side of publishing. I’m hybrid-published, so some books I publish and manage myself and some are published by a specialist Sci-Fi small press (Aethon Books).

If I get time in the evening, I’ll spend a little bit of time on Rimworld (amazing game!) and then watch an episode of whatever TV show / boxed set is flavor of the month. I wish I could forget what happened in season two of The Mandalorian so I can watch it and be surprised all over again!

What scene from Star Scavenger: The Complete Series Books 1-5 was your favorite to write?

That’s hard – it’s like asking which is your favorite child! I think there are moments in each book where I sat back after finishing a scene and just blew out a heavy sigh. Sometimes it’s because it’s a sad moment and sometimes because it’s a cathartic moment, where someone or something gets what’s coming to them.

I spend a lot of time building storylines through the books. They all spider off in different directions, but come together at the end. I love endings, even though they’re hard and bittersweet as a writer. In Star Scavenger the ending (as is often the case with my books) has elements of sadness, but also hope. Always hope. There can be sorrow, tragedy – planets literally exploding – but always there is hope. Hope is so powerful, especially in science fiction where the odds can seem insurmountable. The characters have to believe they can win the day, and the reader has to be along for the ride.

So the final scene in book five – The Last Revocater – where the heroes are all together on the cliffs above Alamere Falls outside San Francisco was very satisfying. I think in general the Star Scavenger series builds to a really satisfying end. Though I also love the cheeky little Epilogue. I think readers who make the five-book journey will enjoy that too!

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

I don’t, though my characters often do. Hudson Powell from the Star Scavenger series is a ‘by the book’ guy. He won’t break his code, even if that means leaving an enemy alive. Some people find that concept maddening, but it makes for a more interesting character. And, ultimately, as the series shows, you can be a ‘good guy’ and win the day, so long as you never give up hope.

So I’ll just steal John Cena’s motto and say my motto (or at least the motto of my stories) is, ‘Never Give Up’.

G J Ogden is the author of the new book Star Scavenger: The Complete Series Books 1-5

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Interview with J.K. Jones, Author of Years of Silence

What can you tell us about your new release, Years of Silence?

It’s raw. Gritty. An unapologetic story about a character coming to terms with himself. Zander Wright is formidable, reliant, also insecure, and downright belligerent. He is equal parts of the villain as he is the protagonist. Three friends, two lies, one truth. It’s not only the tagline of the story but exactly what it is about. What if your best friend was also your rival? What if that same friend is trying to kill you? This book is more of a psychological thriller than anything else, elements of floral horror and magical realism.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been writing since I was a child. Cliched I know, but to put things simply I’ve always been a writer. In High School I failed English three times, and in that failure, I was determined to do better—to be better. If I could pinpoint things back, I guess it would be when I was in night school, redoing an English course that I had failed. My new English teacher happened to be a Drama teacher, and he made the characters come alive for me in ways I never thought possible.

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

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Fall on your knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Heaven’s Officials Blessings Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

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

That’s a good one. Probably, Vladimir Nabokov. My first question would be: why doesn’t Humbert get a happy ending? Also, what inspired you to write such a provocative novel?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Nothing. I hate it. Just kidding! Everything. I love everything about writing. It takes a lot to sit down and write a full-length novel. Most people will never understand how much research it takes or even the struggle to get your book recognized. My favorite thing is creation. The idea that someone that be created from just a simple thought or idea, and brought to life seamlessly by my imagination.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day for me involves a warm, steaming cup of coffee. By then I feel much more human. Afterward, I usually work full time, which takes up most of my days.

What scene from Years of Silence was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene was honestly the ending. I love writing it because Zander finally came to terms with something he’s been struggling with his whole life. It was such a catharsis moment, for him and for me. I found there was so much beauty in that.

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

“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.” ― Nabokov Vladimi, Lolita

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Interview with Raine Miller, Author of My Lord

What can you tell us about your new release, My Lord?

It’s a contemporary erotic romance about a British Lord and government cabinet minister who has some really explosive chemistry with the American art conservationist who arrives at his country estate to evaluate his large collection of paintings. My Lord is book 2 of The Rothvale Legacy which centers around the incredible collection of art Lord Rothvale has recently inherited and needs an expert’s help in getting it sold and into museums where it can be appreciated. There’s some mystery, and a bit of intrigue, and a whole lot of romance. Fun fact: It’s been a six-years between the publication of book 1 and book 2.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mother, who is now gone, gave me a subscription to Writer’s Digest ten years ago.  I started reading the articles and was inspired to write my own romance.  I wanted to write the kind of book I would like to read myself.  She really encouraged me and was so proud of me when I made the New York Times with my fourth book.

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

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel, and Lover Unbound by JR Ward.

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

Jane Austen.  I’d ask her to tell us about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett’s wedding night!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being able to create fictional worlds in my head and then share those worlds and characters with my readers.  As if those characters are real people, and I guess that’s what makes it my favorite part of being a writer.  I believe that my characters are real people out in the world living their lives. I also love being able to have the ability to stop time.  Like my six-year gap between publishing book 1 and book 2 of Rothvale Legacy?  Only six seconds of time has passed in their story.  That’s some serious power right there.

What is a typical day like for you?

My children are grown so I don’t have to be up early to take them to school anymore, so I am not an early riser.  I get up around 10 ish and have my coffee or tea and start in on writing my latest, or other tasks that aren’t as fun like ads and social media and promo.  We take the dogs for a walk in the afternoon before it gets too windy or chilly and that helps break up the time being inside.  By about 5:00 ish I’m ready to put it away for the day and do dinner and usually watch Jeopardy and whatever show we’re watching at the moment.  Unless it’s hockey season.  Vegas Golden Knights games take precedence over anything else that’s happening.  I love my hockey.

What scene from My Lord was your favorite to write?

The final chapter or epilogue in a romance is my favorite usually.  I try to layer it heavily in beautiful imagery and make it memorable and swoony.  In My Lord, Ivan takes Gabrielle riding on the estate to visit a special place where she gets to “meet” two characters from my historical romance, The Muse.  I really enjoy tieing in little Easter Eggs from my historical books into my contemporary ones.

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

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Raine Miller is the author of the new book My Lord

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