LIGHT MY FIRE (Sex. Rock. Mafia #1) by JESSICA RUBEN

‘He isn’t beautiful or handsome. Nico is too rugged to be described with those words. He’s dangerous, chiselled and raw. He is physically everything a man should be. Tall, broad, and lethal.’

Light My Fire by Jessica Ruben had everything we love in a mafia romance. It was gritty, dark and bold. It was passionate and enticing. It also highlighted the realities of war and oppression, family, love and loyalty. It highlighted the work of freedom fighters.  It was brilliantly written and had that ultimate suave bad arse mafia boss we love so much, as well as a sweet but feisty heroine! The way in which this slow burn romance was written was on point. Especially to be able to build the foundation of love in childhood, which can so easily go wrong. Jessica Ruben managed to build a connection so early on which grows and matures naturally. We fell in love with falling in love.

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THE REALITY OF EVERYTHING (Flight & Glory Book 5) by REBECCA YARROS

‘She had a broken heart, and I had a kid whose heart I couldn’t risk.’

Wow! What a fabulous read! We loved this story of second chances with one of the most gorgeous book boyfriends you could meet! Single dad Jackson Montgomery swept us off our feet, with his patience, strength and understanding wooing us completely!

The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros was…well…everything! We fell in love with Jackson (how could we not) our hearts ached for Morgan and we were regaled with the antics of gorgeous five-year-old Finley Montgomery. We love books with children but have found some to be unbelievable with the child coming across anything but childlike. Not so with Finley, Rebecca Yarros wrote this little lady to perfection, and the love between Finley and her Coast Guard pilot Dad was beautiful, sweet and funny. As we said, perfection, and now we want to read all of this standalone series!

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Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | August 2020

Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | August 2020

Need some recommendations for your next literary fiction read? We’ve got you covered with some amazing new releases from bestselling authors Jenni Ogden, Christina Baker Kline, Margot Livesey, Ali Smith, Joanne DeMaio, and Danielle Steel. Happy reading!


The Moon is Missing

by Jenni Ogden

Release Date: August 25, 2020

The new novel from the bestselling author of A Drop in the Ocean… Georgia Grayson has perfected the art of being two people. She is a neurosurgeon on track to becoming the first female Director of Neurosurgery at a large London hospital but she is also a wife and mother. Home is her haven, with her husband Adam’s support, she copes with her occasional anxiety attacks. That is until her daughter demands to know more about Danny… Her mysterious biological father who died before she was born.

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The Exiles

by Christina Baker Kline

Release Date: August 25, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Orphan Train… Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. She knows that her child will be born on the months-long voyage to the distant land.

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The Boy in the Field

by Margot Livesey

Release Date: August 11, 2020

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy… One afternoon in 1999, Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan Lang discover a boy lying in a field, bloody and unconscious. The boy’s life is saved thanks to their intervention. In the aftermath, all three siblings are irrevocably changed.

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Summer

by Ali Smith

Release Date: August 25, 2020

The fourth book in the Seasonal Quartet Series from bestselling author Ali Smith… Sasha knows the world is in trouble. Her brother is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble… Meanwhile, the world is in meltdown and the real meltdown hasn’t even happened yet. This is a story about people on the brink of change.

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The Beach Cottag

by Joanne DeMaio

Release Date: August 15, 2020

The latest novel from New York Times Bestselling Author Joanne DeMaio… For Mack and Avery Martinelli, the summer is their oyster. They can spend all day on the beack, or not. They can cruise the dusty beach roads or never leave their deck. Every decision this week is theirs… Until it is not.

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Royal

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: August 18, 2020

The war rages during the summer of 1943. The King and Queen choose to quietly send their youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte, to live with a trusted noble family in the country. Despite her headstrong nature, the princess’s fragile health poses far too great a risk for her to remain in war-torn London.

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Must-Read Memoir Books | August 2020

Must-Read Memoir Books | August 2020

Does your reading list need some intriguing new memoir books? You’re in luck thanks to so many amazing new releases from authors Michael Sunset, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Lauren Akins, Rebekah Taussig, Molly Wizenberg, and Jay Parini. Enjoy your new books!


A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate

by Michael Sunset

Release Date: June 15, 2020

“Michael Sunset really puts narcissism in perspective on a really personal but relatable level.” In this new memoir, Michael Sunset details the way he was systematically manipulated by his ex-wife, her father, his mother, and sister to believe he had a mental illness. His ex-wife even worked to manipulate their mental health professionals and the family court system to obtain control of their finances and daughter in their divorce.

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The Erratics

by Vicki Laveau-Harvie

Release Date: August 25, 2020

“A searing, brilliantly-written memoir about a destructive and cunning mother; reads like a novel…” An award-winning memoir about two sisters that reckon with the decline and death of their outlandishly tyrannical mother and with the care of their psychologically terrorized father. Set against the natural world of the Canadian foothills, this memoir shatters precedents about grief, anger, and family trauma.

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Live in Love

by Lauren Akins

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Lauren Atkins never wanted to be in the spotlight, but being married to country music star Thomas Rhett changed that. After he wrote many songs about her, she was tossed into the role of one of America’s sweethearts. In this memoir, she shares details about the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star.

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Sitting Pretty

by Rebekah Taussig

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Tassig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous, inspirational, or angelic. But none of it felt right. As she got older, she longed for stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling. In Sitting Pretty, she highlights how disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another.

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The Fixed Stars

by Molly Wizenberg

Release Date: August 4, 2020

While serving on a jury at the age of 36, Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. After being married to a man for nearly a decade and the mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life. But something had changed inside her. Instead, she would discover the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we’d like to believe.

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Borges and Me

by Jay Parini

Release Date: August 18, 2020

In the year 1971, Jay Parini was an aspiring poet and graduate student. He was also in flight from being drafted in the Vietnam war. One day, his mentor, Alastair Reid, asked if he could play host to a visiting Latin American writer while he attended business in London. That writer turned out to be the blind and eccentric master of literary compression and metaphysics, Jorge Luise Borges.

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The Best New Romance Books For Your Reading List | August 2020

The Best New Romance Books For Your Reading List | August 2020

Are you in the mood for some new love stories? Don’t miss our latest recommendations for the best new romance books for your reading list! You’ll adore the latest books by Andrea Smith, Gina A. Jones, Genevieve Jack, Bridget Barton, Rachael Brownell, Lauren Blakely, and Colleen Hoover. Enjoy!


Wasted

by Andrea Smith and Gina A. Jones

Release Date: August 21, 2020

Emmett Jackson has the looks, sex appeal, and enough groupies to totally notch-out his bedpost. But a series of poor choices and toxic decisions have splintered his dreams for the future. All this happened when the band was finally gaining momentum… Stacie Coulter is infatuated with Emmett and his band Wasted. She mistakes a one-night stand as a declaration of love and is determined to continue her pursuit of him.

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The Dragon of Cecil Court

by Genevieve Jack

Release Date: August 25, 2020

The fifth book in The Treasure of Paragon Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Genevieve Jack… Before Nathaniel Clarke became the owner of an occult bookshop on Bookseller’s Row, he was a prince of the kingdom of Paragon. Now, this dragon shifter is the high priest of the Order of the Dragon. He has only ever had one weakness and he hasn’t seen her in a decade.

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How to Claim a Governess’s Heart

by Bridget Barton

Release Date: August 14, 2020

Bridget Thatcher was left destitute after her parents died, but she is determined that she will find happiness in her life. Not having any other choices, she becomes a governess to earn her living. It seems fortune smiled on her, as she was assigned to a little girl that quickly warms her broken heart. When the child’s parents die and she is tasked with taking the girl to her new and mysterious guardian. She can’t stop thinking about him but knows she must put love aside and stand by the little girl.

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Half Truths

by Rachael Brownell

Release Date: August 17, 2020

An All-American boy meets a broken girl at rehab. it could never possibly work… could it? Alex is Chicago royalty and Harley considers herself Las Vegas trash. He has been handed everything his entire life and she must scrape by to make ends meet. But their chemistry is undeniable and both long to break free from the stereotypes of their upbringing.

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A Guy Walks Into My Bar

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: August 19, 2020

The sexy standalone MM romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… There is one simple rule that all bartenders should follow: don’t go home with customers. That was easy for me to stick to… until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar.

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Heart Bones

by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: August 19, 2020

The only thing Beyah Grim’s parents gave her was life and a dismal last name. She carved her path all on her own and is now onto bigger and better things. With only two months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go in the interim. She is forced to reach out to her last resort…

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Interview with Genevieve Jack, Author of The Dragon of Cecil Court

What can you tell us about your new release,  The Dragon of Cecil Court?

Centuries ago, following a coup in their native realm of Paragon, eight royal dragon shifters fled to Earth to hide from the wrath of their murderous uncle. Over time and to reduce the possibility of detection, they spread out across Europe and the New World. The Treasure of Paragon series is a collection of stories about how each dragon finds their mates and their way home. Each book stands alone and tells the love story of one of the dragon siblings. Read in order, the series follows the siblings as they find each other again and reclaim their birthright.

The Dragon of Cecil Court follows Nathaniel and Clarissa’s story. When Clarissa’s voice fails her during a show in London, it’s an excuse to reconnect with ex-boyfriend and dragon Nathaniel, the man who remains her deepest regret. Nathaniel is reluctant to open old wounds but can’t refuse Clarissa’s plea for help or the passion her nearness awakens in him. Only as he closes in on breaking the curse, Nathaniel learns the cause of what ails her is tangled with the deadly Paragonian past he left behind.

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What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’d have to say my love of reading as a child. From my earliest memories, I recall thinking that writing fantasy novels would be the best job in the universe.

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

Ever? I couldn’t possible decide on just five individual books. But here are five recent series that are my favorites.

1. The Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews.
2. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
3. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
5. The Dark Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan

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

I am fascinated by Ilona Andrews, the penname for a husband and wife writing team. I’d love to have both of them on my show to ask about their writing process. I think it might be difficult to work closely with a spouse, but their work is brilliant and seamless.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the ability to share the characters in my head with others. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had stories playing inside my brain like movies in a theater built for one. And for a long time, I kept those stories to myself because I didn’t have on outlet for them. I wrote my first book while I was in nursing school and wasn’t sure anyone would ever read it. Those first supportive emails and reviews after publication were enough to hook me. There is absolutely no substitute for a fan discussing a malevolent queen, brooding hero, or sassy heroine of my creation as if they know them personally. The characters have always seemed real to me but it’s an amazing feeling when they become real to someone else.

What is a typical day like for you?

The magic starts with a cup of strong coffee. I’m a huge fan of the elixir of life. Afterward, I take care of my family and my dog, and usually start work around 9 am. Aside from breaks for lunch, dinner, and exercise, I usually work until around 9 pm. Work for me is a mixture of writing, editing, and/or publishing along with marketing my backlist. After 9, I’ll either spend time with family or read.

What scene from  The Dragon of Cecil Court was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene where Clarissa is walking in Nathaniel’s orchard and comes across an orange tree that she gave him for his birthday ten years before. Orange trees don’t normally survive outdoors in his climate, so she knows he’s tended it with magic over the years to make it thrive the way it has. It’s at that moment that she realizes that he may still have feelings for her and the exchange that follows is one of my favorites.

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

“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald

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Interview with Andrea Smith and Gina A. Jones, Authors of Wasted

What can you tell us about your new release, Wasted?

Andrea:

I am so excited about this book. First of all, it was so great to co-write this with one of my favorite authors, Gina A. Jones. Together, I feel as though we brought these characters to life. I could feel Emmett’s pain and indecision; Gina wrote Olivia perfectly, a young woman who feels as though she’s a nobody, and has built an emotional wall of protection. Emmett, much to Olivia’s surprise, dismantles that wall through no intended effort, it is truly a mating of the souls.

Gina:

Wasted is a story of dreams that come with heartaches, love that is forbidden, and a mystery hidden inside the drama.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Andrea:

I’ve always enjoyed writing and reading, but the real impetus behind my self-publishing was getting booted out of Corporate America in 2012. I cried for a solid week, and then began tapping away on my laptop as a means of distraction and therapy. Six weeks later, I had a 700+ pages novel! I had a lot to learn along the way, but being fired was a blessing in disguise!

Gina:

I think after listening to the audio of the Fifty Shades trilogy, I realized I wasn’t alone in my ideas and thoughts. I’ve always been a day dreamer and lived in my own head most of the time. Stories would fly around in my mind. This was when I decided to begin putting them down on paper. After I released my first trilogy, it was satisfying to have others read/hear my characters that lived inside me.

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

Andrea:

Shanna – by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss
Twilight Series – by Stephenie Meyer
Black Lies – by Alessandra Torre
Unteachable – by Leah Raeder
Love, Michael – by Gina A. Jones

Gina:

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reed: A very different concept for storytelling through interviews.
This Man trilogy by Jodie Ellen Malpas: Looking back, it was a bit cheeky but I fell in love with the love that Ava and Jesse had for each other.
The Life We Bury by Alan Eskens: A heartbreaking story connecting a dying man in prison and a young college student through an essay.
Room by Emma Donoghue: A story told through the eyes of a young boy who never knew there was a world outside the small shed he was born in.
You by Caroline Kepnes: All in all, I was always rooting for Joe Goldberg, even though it was wrong to kill people. How an author can make you feel that way!

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

Andrea:

My first guest would be Ruark Beauchamp, the MC from Shanna! And what I would ask him is . . . oh, I can’t tell you – it’s just soooo personal!!

Gina:

How novels with poor plot, lack of imagination and drama become so successful. But I realize it’s just another swamp.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Andrea:

When I get to the point in a book where the characters take over and I’m simply a vessel for their story.

Gina:

To let your imagination run wild with no limits, and then connecting the impossible to make everything plausible is the challenge I live for when writing. To write the unexpected.

What is a typical day like for you?

Andrea:

Hunched over my laptop tapping away, with reruns of Ally McBeal playing on my television!

Gina:

Coffee, yoga, run, write. I’m also a narrator, so there are days I’m locked inside a closet talking to myself.

What scene from Wasted was your favorite to write?

Andrea:

The scene where the band has their first live concert in Seattle after the successful release of their first album! Olivia is a nervous wreck, the guys are all like ‘no big deal.’ but it turns out to be a HUGE deal!

Gina:

With all books I write, it’s the bringing it home and connecting all the dots or red herrings in a story. With Wasted, it was Olivia’s discovery of who she really was and a life she missed.

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

Andrea:

In God, all things are possible.

Gina:

You don’t quit when you’re tired or scared. You quit when you finish the job.

Andrea Smith and Gina A Jones are the authors of the new book Wasted.

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Interview with Michael Sunset, Author of A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate

What can you tell us about your new release, A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate?

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate? The book is about my experience related to text book narcissistic abuse with my ex-spouse who I am currently coparenting with. It describes how a severe narcissist uses others to manipulate situations for personal gain and to hurt others without remorse. Through research and therapy, along with observing the text book behaviors I learned that there are Cluster B disorders in my family starting with my mother. I found it interesting that some members of my family would meet the criteria for one of these personality disorders and others don’t. It makes you wonder how much is genetic and how much is environmental. Regardless of the answer to that question my book details how to overcome severe gaslighting and smear campaigns from an ex-spouse and family members. My goal is to give readers the tools to persevere when it seems like everything is stacked against you.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading Jackson McKenzie’s book Psychopath Free and learning best from hearing other people’s experiences overcoming narcissistic abuse inspired me to write the book.

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

Psychopath Free, Will I Ever Be Free If You, Splitting, Stop Walking On Egg Shells, and Dangerous Personalities. These books helped me assess my situation and the people in them accurately before returning to court to modify my custody plan. They helped me identify personality disorders in my ex-spouse, members of her family, and members of my own family. This way I knew my ex-wife had a personality disorder before it was confirmed through a psychological evaluation process. These books helped me make the decision to push to have both of us psychologically evaluated.

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 Dr. Ramani Darvursala. I would ask her how she learned about Cluster B personality disorders and came to have such a passion for educating people about these disorders.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love writing because it’s therapeutic.

What is a typical day like for you?

Wake up at 6am, brush my teeth, shower, have a cup of coffee, and head to work to teach where I get to do what I love with great people. After work I relieve stress by working out, going for a jog, or taking my dog for a walk. On nice nights I will go out kayaking and watch the sunset. I like to read before bed or listen to a sleep meditation to wind down.

What scene from A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene was discussing going back to court with a high conflict lawyer where I was faced with many false accusations. I enjoyed writing about this because I knew it was coming and I stayed calm knowing this was a reflection of my ex-spouse’s behavior and had nothing to do with me. It was a sign of how far I came in regards to learning about facing a Narcissist in court. This allowed me to be prepared to defend against it. To me there is no better feeling than putting in hard work and getting positive results. I knew when I was writing it many others would be able to relate to this and if they are in the difficult process of continuing to face false accusations they can learn to respond better. It felt good to know this scene would benefit many others in similar situations. I’m learning others are already benefiting from reading scenes such as this.

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

I’ve learned to push myself to reach my goals knowing other people aren’t going to it for me. I’ve also learned not to doubt or limit myself. I had many limiting beliefs prior to writing the book. Now I focus on the end result of where I want to be instead of the obstacles that are preventing me from getting there. I focus on what I’m grateful for everyday and what I can give to others.

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Interview with Rachael Brownell, Author of Half Truths

What can you tell us about your new release, Half Truths?

Alex’s and Harley’s story is an emotional but witty slow-burn romance. Both of them are hiding who they really are from each other in the beginning and watching their relationship blossom and them grow as individuals is captivating.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write. It was the only way I felt I could express myself when I was growing up. After my son started Kindergarten I found an old book I had written and it was horrible. I felt the characters needed their HEA so I rewrote the book for fun and everything manifested after that.

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

This is hard because I’ve read so many amazing books. I’d have to say my favorite is Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. It breaks me every time. To round out my top five I’d say anything by Nora Roberts, The Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken, The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd, and the Dating Games series by TK Leigh. All fantastic authors but also amazing women in this industry.

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

Nora Roberts hands down. She’s had amazing success over her career and been an inspiration to me. I’d probably ask her something stupid because I’d be tongue-tied but I’d love to know how she first got started. What inspired her.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the “ah-ha” moments. The feeling I get when a story clicks. My characters don’t always play nice with me. The ‘voice’ can be either demanding or silent. So when they’re cooperating and things are flowing, it’s the best feeling in the world and I savor those moments.

What is a typical day like for you?

It starts between six and seven o’clock in the morning, depending on how late I was up the night before. I consume a copious amount of coffee while checking social media and going over my to-do list for the day. I’m lucky enough to have a personal assistant so I check in with her and then once I’m fully wired from all my coffee I jump in and start writing until I have to start cooking. With my son being home for virtual schooling this fall I know my day will change slightly but he’s self-sufficient so I’ll still be able to write until dinner time most days.

What scene from Half Truths was your favorite to write?

Harley’s son, Phoenix, is a big part of the story and any time I was able to write dialogue for him it made me smile. He’s the same age as my son and the stuff that comes out of a pre-teen boy’s mouth… let me just say it’s not always what you expect. There’s a specific scene where he calls Alex out for staring at Harley’s butt that will make you laugh.

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

You know, for me it’s all about waking up, putting a smile on my face, and doing my best every day. Some days are harder than others but there’s this sign I normally keep on my desk (it’s packed right now as we’re building a house and preparing to move) but it basically says something along the lines of “Smile on my face. Big girl panties pulled up. Bring on the day.”

Rachael Brownell is the author of the new book Half Truths.

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Interview with Ryan Armstrong, Author of Oleander: Memories Are Deleted in Space

What can you tell us about your new release, Oleander: Memories Are Deleted in Space?

There is interstellar travel that leads to the discovery of aliens. You will find artificial intelligence, corruption, and violence in the novel. Oleander has a strong female lead, Emily. The core of the novel is based in science which is explained to the reader. The central theme is: our loved ones create feelings inside us that never go away, that last forever, even when memory fails us or is stolen from us.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have loved reading since I was a kid. I’ve always written poetry, and I eventually wanted to write a novel. Oleander is my fifth book. The catalyst for me writing a novel came from being upset about a specific situation and wishing it had turned out differently. I realized in writing books that I get to determine how things turn out.

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

1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

I’d probably ask Cormac McCarthy onto the show. I would ask what he thinks is the greatest threat to human existence in the next fifty years.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Holding a finished paperback in my hand. I also love it when I hear from readers through reviews or emails.

What is a typical day like for you?

Lately? Write. And I help with the kids while caring for my wife, who is ill. She always comes first.

What scene from Oleander: Memories Are Deleted in Space was your favorite to write?

The epilogue, last scene. It’s short, but it captures the central theme of what the novel is trying to express.

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

I’m a Christian, but I write gritty fiction. Life isn’t clean, neither are my books. As a Christian, I try to be sacrificial and put others first. When I succeed at doing this, I find I’m happier. I often fall short.


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