MORENO’S: (Moreno Brothers) MORENO BROTHERS SEQUEL by ELIZABETH REYES

‘Not only was he Isa’s first choice – he was her only choice.’

Well, what can we say other than oh wow what a trip down memory lane! We fell in utter love with the Moreno brothers back in 2011 and remember this series with such love so it’s no surprise that when Elizabeth Reyes released Isabella and Alejandro’s story, which is where it all began, we were excited to revisit this memorable series and family.

From the onset, we knew that theirs was a soulmate romance that withstood the test of time and circumstance. They had to overcome so much in order to be together and live safely in the arms of one another, as they had wished for since childhood. Only a love of the truest, persevering and strongest form can withstand the test of time and separation.

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MORENO’S: (Moreno Brothers) MORENO BROTHERS SEQUEL by ELIZABETH REYES

Non-Fiction Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Non-Fiction Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Are you looking for a new biography, memoir, or self-help book for your New Year’s reading list? You’re bound to find a new favorite read in this list of new non-fiction books from authors Kristina Hermann, Andy Biersack, Laura Morton, Sharon Bonanno, Brent Gleeson, and John Thompson. Enjoy your new books!


Raised in a Bottle

by Kristina Hermann

Release Date: December 23, 2020

Growing up in a family with alcohol abuse can leave you significantly scarred as an adult. The addiction robbed you of a caring, nurturing, secure and playful childhood, forcing you to become an adult too early. A lack of attention and compassion stifled your ability to grow into a whole person. As an adult, you might experience personal and professional problems related to feelings of abandonment or loneliness, relationship problems, low self-esteem, unhealthy coping strategies, and lack of clear boundaries. If you have felt traumatized, anxious, and depressed throughout your life, this is the book for you.

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They Don’t Need to Understand

by Andy Biersack

Release Date: December 15, 2020

Before he was the charismatic singer of Black Veil Brides and an accomplished solo artist under the Andy Black moniker, he was Andrew Dennis Biersack, an imaginative and creative kid in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the impossible task of fitting in. With his trademark charm, clever wit, and insightful analysis, Biersack tells the story of his childhood and adolescence. The discovery of the artistic passions that would shape his life, and his decision to move to Hollywood after his 18th birthday to make his dreams come true, even when it meant living in his car to make it all a reality.

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Back on the Market

by Laura Morton

Release Date: December 29, 2020

Back on the Market is a Realtor’s guide to life, love, and dating and the multitude of challenges that come with it all. Holly Parker has sold 8 billion dollars of luxury real estate throughout her career as one of Manhattan’s most successful brokers. Through her humor and quick wit, she connects common real estate terms to everyday life, making Back on the Market a fun and unforgettable read.

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In Hindsight

by Sharon Bonanno

Release Date: December 15, 2020

Lisa and Sharon are sisters who grew up together in what appeared to be a typical suburban family. After their parents divorced, they lived with their mother in the same house throughout their childhoods and visited their father every other weekend. From the outside, everything looked fine. But by their twenties, their lives diverted radically. While Sharon moved into a career, started a family, and embarked on her adult life, Lisa tumbled in a downward spiral of lying, addiction, depression, and shame.

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Embrace the Suck

by Brent Gleeson

Release Date: December 22, 2020

During the brutal crucible of Navy SEAL training, instructors often tell students to “embrace the suck.” This phrase conveys the one lesson that is vital for any SEAL hopeful to learn: lean into the suffering and get comfortable being very uncomfortable. In this powerful, no-nonsense guide, Navy SEAL combat veteran turned leadership expert Brent Gleeson teaches you how to transform every area of your life–the Navy SEAL way.

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I Came As a Shadow

by John Thompson

Release Date: December 15, 2020

After three decades at the center of race and sports in America, the first Black head coach to win an NCAA championship makes the private public at last. Chockful of stories and moving beyond mere stats (and what stats! three Final Fours, four times national coach of the year, seven Big East championships, 97 percent graduation rate), Thompson’s book drives us through his childhood under Jim Crow segregation to our current moment of racial reckoning.

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Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Need some fantasy and sci-fi book recommendations for the New Year? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve rounded up some of the best new releases from bestselling authors Allen Ivers, Alexa Whitewolf, Dartanyan Johnson, Everly Frost, Neal Asher, and D.K. Holmberg. Happy reading!


The Dollfaces

by Allen Ivers

Release Date: December 23, 2020

Four women, kitted with military hardware and holographic masks, just hit a bank in broad daylight and made off with some cash – and a single deposit box… The Ministry Official tasked with catching these women knows he’s about to wade into the deep end when he connects the robbers to an estranged heiress of a criminal cartel. The young dilettante swims in the city’s urban club scene, reveling in its excesses. And along with a team of women as crazy as she is, she’s giving the criminal underworld a bit of its own medicine…

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Moonlight Rogues Boxset

by Alexa Whitewolf

Release Date: October 1, 2020

What happens when four alpha wolves land in one town, and a fairy godmother decides to play matchmaker? Chaos, of the best kind. Dominic Kosta never belonged – now he only wants Lucrezia. But can this human be the happily ever after he’s been yearning for? And can he protect her when the town comes under attack by mysterious forces?

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Crestahn Kingdom

by Dartanyan Johnson

Release Date: November 13, 2020

The first book in The Crystal of Life Series by Dartanyan Johnson… Princess Sha’ella returns home from the grandest assassins’ tournament to discover her kingdom is under attack. When the truth behind the assault unfolds, evidence reveals that her father along with the king of Crestahn has been plotting a coup against the ruler of the galaxy–and her mentor. Lendelam thought she could escape her past–where those who share her bloodline are blacklisted or murdered by the Beztiqi queen and the royal family.

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This Dark Wolf

by Everly Frost

Release Date: December 11, 2020

The first book in the Soul Bitten Shifter Series by Everly Frost… Cast out of my pack, I live in a supernatural safehouse filled with broken women. Other women come and go, but I remain. I’m waiting. For him. Tristan Masters—the ruthless alpha of the most vicious pack in the city. He fought for my life when my pack wanted to kill me. He saved me. I should be able to trust him. But I know better. Tristan Masters wants my wolf; my killer soul. When he’s ready, he will use me to destroy his enemies.

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Lockdown Tales

by Neal Asher

Release Date: December 15, 2020

Best-selling author Neal Asher was far from idle during the isolation of lockdown; he kept himself occupied in the best way possible: he wrote. And his imagination was clearly in overdrive. Five brand new novellas and novelettes and one novella reworked and expanded from a story first published in 2019. Together, they form Lockdown Tales, exploring the latter days of the Polity universe and beyond. What lies in wait for humanity after the Polity has gone?

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The Fates of Yoran

by D.K. Holmberg

Release Date: December 15, 2020

The third book in The Chain Breaker Series by D.K. Holmberg… After establishing an uneasy truce with the constables, Gavin has settled in Yoran to offer protection to his friends and the remaining magical element in the city. When a job reveals a dangerous new threat in the city, Gavin must take action. This time the target isn’t Gavin, but the city itself. Magic was banished a generation ago, but the Fates have returned. They bring a dark magic Gavin has never seen before—and might be helpless to control.

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Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | January 2021

Must-Read Literary Fiction Novels | January 2021

Looking to add some literary fiction novels to your New Year’s reading list? Make sure you pick up our latest must-read book recommendations. Start reading the latest from best selling authors Kay Bratt, Julie Morton, Megan Chance, Chelsea G. Summers, Connie Palmen, and Kristin Harper. Enjoy your new books!


A Welcome Misfortune

by Kay Bratt

Release Date: December 25, 2020

The first book in the Sworn Sisters Series by Kay Bratt… In 1867 an infant girl called Luli is born into a middle-class Chinese family on the mainland. Her fate is altered when instead of being put to the breast of her mother, her father declares her a misfortune and she is left at the famous Chaozhou wall where many parents and grandparents abandon their unwanted girls. But the child’s mother is desperate to save her and beseeches one of her sons to step in and deliver the baby to safety.

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Deadly Keyholes

by Julie Morton

Release Date: December 29, 2020

A cornered woman is a dangerous animal. Some in Julie Morton’s second novel, Deadly Keyholes, pay for this lesson with their lives. Miranda LaVelle, an abused, neglected child of the Roaring 20s Jazz Era, is rescued from poverty and probable death by her great aunt, Genevieve Woods. Genevieve’s gritty life in a wild, oil boomtown in South Arkansas is not suitable for a child, but there is no choice. To four-year-old Miranda, her new circumstances are more wonderful than she could have ever imagined.

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A Splendid Ruin

by Megan Chance

Release Date: January 1, 2021

The eve of destruction. After her mother’s death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn’t know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she’s welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle. Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion.

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A Certain Hunger

by Chelsea G. Summers

Release Date: December 8, 2020

Food critic Dorothy Daniels loves what she does. Discerning, meticulous, and very, very smart, Dorothy’s clear mastery of the culinary arts make it likely that she could, on any given night, whip up a more inspired dish than any one of the chefs she writes about. Dorothy loves sex as much as she loves food, and while she has struggled to find a long-term partner that can keep up with her, she makes the best of her single life, frequently traveling from Manhattan to Italy for a taste of both.

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Your Story, My Story

by Connie Palmen

Release Date: January 1, 2021

In 1963 Sylvia Plath took her own life in her London flat. Her death was the culmination of a brief, brilliant life lived in the shadow of clinical depression—a condition exacerbated by her tempestuous relationship with mercurial poet Ted Hughes. The ensuing years saw Plath rise to martyr status while Hughes was cast as the cause of her suicide, his infidelity at the heart of her demise.

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Aunt Ivy’s Cottage

by Kristin Harper

Release Date: December 7, 2020

All Zoey’s happiest childhood memories are of her great-aunt Ivy’s rickety cottage on Dune Island, snuggling up with hot chocolate and hearing Ivy’s stories about being married to a sea captain. Now, heartbroken from a breakup, Zoey escapes back to the island, but is shocked to find her elderly aunt’s spark fading. Worse, her cousin—next in line to inherit the house—is pushing Ivy to move into a nursing home.

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Interview with Alexa Whitewolf, Author of Moonlight Rogues Boxset

What can you tell us about your new release, Moonlight Rogues Boxset?

My Moonlight Rogues Boxset is a paranormal romance suspense collection of four full-length novels and four origin stories, wrapped up in a cute package! Each full-length novel follows one alpha wolf as he finds his mate and fights demons from his past, with an overarching plot across the entire series. Readers who love feisty females and sexy (but not overbearing!) alphas will fall in love with Dominic, Tristan, Finn and Lucas. And there’s more! Because while each wolf has his own romance, they also come from various parts of the world  All that culminates in a story packed with folklore and myths from all over – some from my home country, Romania! And the best part is, this boxset is part of an entire universe now with dragon shifters, gods & goddesses and even -gasp- vampires!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My love for writing started at a young age, when my grandma gave me my first ever duology of books, a Greek mythology collection. I was hooked on the gods and goddesses and the worlds the writer created. I didn’t know back then that I’d want to create my own worlds, that came later, when I ran out of things to devour as a reader. But I think that moment in my youth (I must’ve been around 6-7?) defined my appreciation for writing and authors in general, which led me eventually to my own journey of writing.

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

Ouff, that’s a hard one!! I love too many, that’s the problem, and in all genres. But best of the best? I’ll go by “these books I’ll reread over and over to the end of time” as my rating mechanism  To that effect…
– The Knights of Emerald by Canadian author Anne Robillard. I read the original series in French when I lived in Montreal and it’s outstanding!
– Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers – a childhood favorite of mine
– Alexandra Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo – an every-year-growing-up favorite of mine
– James Rollins’ Altar of Eden – I got to be a Rollins fan late (as in, about 2 years ago?) but I’ve since devoured everything I’ve come across from him, and he never disappoints! I adore his mix of science and history.
– Sharon Bolton’s Now You See Me – a fantastic thriller, first in a series that has kept me captivated over and over again!

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

Diana Gabaldon. I loved her Outlander series and I’m a huge fan of the show, so I’d love to pick her brain for how she came up with the story, what hurtles she’s overcome in writing it, and how much fun it’s been visiting Scotland since.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Losing myself to my characters. Whenever I write, they get into my head and for those days or hours, I live and breathe their lives and their experiences. George R.R. Martin said “A reader lives a thousand lives before he does. The man who never reads only lives once.” For me, I’m living those thousand lives plus an extra hundred with my characters. The other bit I love is that with each book I write, I learning something new about myself. Some books have helped me get through rough patches in life, and others have been journeys of self-discovery! It’s never a dull moment.

What is a typical day like for you?

Waking up and kissing my husband good morning and prepping his coffee for work is always first. We make it a point to have those little moments every day! My day doesn’t really start until I’ve had enough caffeine in me, then I usually lounge on the couch or sit at my desk and do some writing. It’s always first on my list of the day, no matter what else is going on, otherwise I get cranky! I call it wrungry – as in I’m hungry for writing and that makes me cranky  (it’s ok, no one else gets it either except my dogs!). After the writing is done, it’s time for doggie walking to clear my head before some day job business. After a few hours of that I tend to get the itch to write again, so I’ll usually do some writing sprints throughout the day, or redirect the attention to marketing. I always spend late afternoon/evening to work on editing contracts for my LIAS clients, then it’s more doggie walking, spending time with my husband, and relaxing with a Netflix show or reading. More often than not these days, I try to squeeze in some writing just before bed, too. I’ve always been a night owl and whatever word count I don’t get to through the day, I’ll wrap up at nighttime. It’s a crazy pace, but I make it a point to leave weekends free of any “to do” lists.

What scene from Moonlight Rogues Boxset was your favorite to write?

All the fights between Dominic and Lucas! They’re two of the wolves who butt heads the most, and something about their camaraderie (they may want to kill each other, but they still have each other’s back!) always makes me laugh. I think a lot of that has to do with Lucas and his personality. I understand him the most, out of all the wolves. Which is why most readers hate him in books 1-3, then they get to his book (Last to Love) and everything starts making sense, including his butthead attitude. So yeah, their fights were my favorite bit to write!

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

About a year ago on Instagram, I was randomly scrolling (I had a lot of free time) and came upon this quote: “My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” It rang so true to me, I printed it and have it on my office wall even now  I was raised with Carpe Diem as our family motto, but this was a version I felt and still feel much more connected with.

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Interview with Allen Ivers, Author of The Dollfaces

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

The Dollfaces is a little cyberpunk girl-gang revenge fantasy following four women as they try to take down a crime lord one bank heist at a time. Heavily inspired by Star Wars books and the videogame Payday, it originally started life as a screenplay my wife & I wrote together in Hollywood. Nearly seven years later, when I was fleshing out my Capital-verse books, my wife suggested I adapt The Dollfaces into a novela for my universe. And so we’d finally get to tell the action-heavy girl-power story we always wanted, with no limits like budget or which star had been cast as who. We could just go nuts. So instead of having to dull the edge for what fits production concerns, I got to have flying cars and gunfights on them, buildings that build themselves, a cityscape on an alien world, people walking on walls, and the unrequited yearning of young lovers. I got to write a power-trip for my friends and set a new wonderful colorful brick into my wider world, allowing the whole thing to be that much brighter.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I suppose I started very young, reading what my father was reading: Pournelle, Niven, Heinlein, with a dash of McCaffrey and Frank Herbert. Tom Clancy was a regular occurrence. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say the original fantasy epic, Lord of the Rings. So really? Tolkien. Mastery of world-building I still aspire to today.

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

Top 5 ever? I have to give it to, in no particular order:

· Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

· Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

· Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

· Legacy of Heorot by Jerry Pournelle & Larry Niven & Steven Barnes

· Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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 on my show would have to be the great Chuck Wendig, because it was his challenge on a blog post (or possibly Twitter?) that got me writing my first book in my adult life. I wrote just a paltry 300 words a day. For a year. And that was how I got my first novel. As for a question, I’d have to ask him about the role of an author marketing themselves, the brand that is the person, and does he think an author has a responsibility to keep themselves as squeaky clean as possible for the broadest possible audience–or if passionately generating a smaller one is better?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Wish fulfillment – 100%. I get to see worlds I dream of, impossible stunts and hideous monsters, beautiful people and horrible places, gleaming towers and shadowy depths. The heroes that struggle with both laser blasts and depression, alien monsters and their imposter syndrome, the responsibilities laid upon them by others and their own traumas. Writing, put simply, helps me exorcise real issues that I’m having, and share them with a community of people around the world who feel just like I do…who also happen to love spaceships, gunfights, and love triangles. Sort of like a group therapy that can also involve giant alien leather tank-puppies, if we want. Sky is the limit.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up late for most, around 730AM and get coffee and a muffin, settling up at my desk, where I bounce between writing emails and spreadsheets for my day job – and penning up the latest space battle in the margins. After a midday lunch, I usually try to snake time in my home recording studio working on the audiobooks, but as we get closer to the Holidays, it’s been difficult to find the free hours! My writing time that isn’t stolen minute by minute is usually after sunset, or on weekends, when I try to chase my monthly targets. I am fueled largely by coffee and spite these days.

What scene from The Dollfaces was your favorite to write?

My favorite had to be the first club scene. As I said before, I am jealous of good world-building and after doing so much research on Club, EDM and Rave culture, this was the first real test of the world. And it really gave me a chance to flex what I thought those scenes might grow into 200 years from now: what never changes, versus what is now unrecognizable? It also gave me a chance to play with perspective and point-of-view. What does he almost see, what does the reader pick out of the chaos that the character himself might miss?

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

“I do not fail—I succeed at finding what doesn’t work.” –comedian Christopher Titus, almost certainly paraphrasing Thomas Edison

When you try something wild and new, like publishing a book, you’re going to fall down. A lot. And people are going to tell you not to even take that swing, not to step up in the pocket or up to the batter’s box.

Now, you’re going to fail. You’re going to bruise yourself, break bones, cry yourself to sleep some nights. That’s part of the process of learning and growing and improving. Because after falling comes walking, and after that comes running, and somewhere along the way, you get good at it. And the people who shamed you for even trying? Now they’re all so impressed by how far you’ve come. It’s not even their fault — not all of them, anyway. Yeah, some people are just terrible, but most just can’t see what you’re chasing.

If you do see it, go get it. Don’t let them slow you down. They’re just a weight belt, helping you train. Get ready to break your nose bashing down that wall, because you will have to. You will fail over and over and over again…until the day you suddenly don’t. Don’t fear failure. “The greatest teacher, failure is.”

Allen Ivers is the author of the new book The Dollfaces

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Interview with Kay Bratt, Author of A Welcome Misfortune

What can you tell us about your new release, A Welcome Misfortune?

A Welcome Misfortune is a historical fiction piece that tells of the travesties many young Asian women faced long ago, as well as focuses on the subject of the first waves of the Chinese who make the difficult journey to begin their new lives in America.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always used my writing abilities to get through the ups and downs of life, so it was only natural that I would begin to share my work with others.

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

Of course, I’m a fan of Gone With the Wind, for the story itself as well as the backstory of how that book came to be.

The Snow Child by Eowny Ivey will always be in my top five books. That story grabbed me deep in my soul and left me longing to live within it’s pages.

A new one on the list this year is The School Mistress of Emerson Pass by Tess Thompson. I grabbed it when I was starting to close in on myself because of the virus and other upheaval of 2020, and getting engrossed in that story was like sinking in to a warmed blanket. Comforting and inviting.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is a long time favorite, and also the inspiration for me to write some of my historical fiction. That book is pure magic.

Another new one that comes to mind from 2020 is Dovetail by Karen McQuestion. It’s a dual-timeline story, which usually isn’t my favorite but this one is done in a way that when one chapter ends, it just naturally opens up in the next time period, seamlessly and mesmerizingly.

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

If I were the host of a literary talk show, my first desired guest would be Ernest Hemingway, but I’m sure it’s not that kind of show so I’d have to settle with inviting Danielle Steel. I’d love to know how the literary world was from the inside back when she started, opposed to how she thinks it is now. I’d also pick her brain about how she comes up with so many wonderful new stories to tell.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I can give every character a happily ever after if I choose.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days starts early with taking care of my three dogs. I am very into dog rescue and that’s why we’re known as the Bratt Pack. I chronicle a lot about the coming and going of different foster pups, etc.. on my social network. My smallest, Hazel Bea, and the other doggos have quite a social network following. Then I’m #ButtInSeat by 8.30 am or so and after I’ve checked email/messages, etc.. I work straight until about 2pm. Break for lunch/rest, and dinner, then back at it for several hours until sometimes nearly midnight. Between writing new words, marketing, and a million other tasks, there are never enough hours in the day.

What scene from A Welcome Misfortune was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in A Welcome Misfortune was probably the scene where a newborn infant girl is hung in a basket on a famous wall, where others are abandoned, too. At that point I had to decide what turn her life would take and what I chose would set the plot line for the whole book.

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

My quote for the last three decades is “It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been” by George Eliot. I come from a very tumultuous and modest background, but by hard work and tenacity, I’ve made something of myself.

Kay Bratt is the author of the new book A Welcome Misfortune

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Interview with Kristina Hermann, Author of Raised in a Bottle

What can you tell us about your new release, Raised in a Bottle?

I wrote ”Raised in a Bottle” to help people who grew up in families with addiction problems. I wanted to write about the issues that specifically affect them, and help them address the negative consequences of having been raised in such a family. I wrote it as a kind and loving and gentle book for adult children of alcoholics or of parents with other abuse problems.

Once a family member is addicted, all members of the family are affected. In most cases, the children are the only family members who cannot leave or escape. They have to live more or less unprotected from the consequences of the addiction. For children, growing up with addiction often equals going through life as a child, teenager and adult without adequate guidelines, compassion and protection.

I wrote the book as a self-help book, and based it on the most relevant up-to-date research within psychology using specific psychotherapeutic methods.

The reader will be able to recognize a number of emotional reactions and personality traits, which are the result of being raised in a home shaped by addiction. Exact descriptions make it easy for the reader to understand how circumstances shaped him or her. The reader may have thought that these were just personal quirks and not direct consequences of addiction problems at home.

Some of these consequences are:
• You are worried about having children
• You can be very hard on yourself and very critical of yourself
• You find it difficult to be kind to yourself and have self-compassion
• You are innately afraid of being abandoned
• Your overreact in situations in which you feel let down, disrespected or treated as if you are not important
• You find it difficult to be in a relationship
• You feel different from everyone else
• You feel lost and lonely even while in the company of others

The book also offers a thorough description of how children are forced to navigate a world of alcohol abuse and addiction and how that world shapes a child’s view of life. Various aspects of their lives and different stages of development are stunted by growing up with addiction. Oftentimes children in addicted families do not learn essential skills, be they practical or emotional. The book explains how to repair and continue developing life skills and how to grow emotionally. Because everything revolved around the addicted member of the household, the physical and mental wellbeing of the child was neglected.

Each chapter encourages the reader to understand him or herself better and to break free of unhealthy patterns of abuse.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Raised in a Bottle is my third book. I never thought that I would become an author. I wrote the book because I felt it was lacking. Numerous books about adult children of alcoholics have been published since the 1970s and 1980s and are aimed at people who grew up in a family shaped by addiction. However, I think many of them are dated. We know such much more about the subject now than we did then. Working with adult children of alcoholics since 2000, I never felt I was able to recommend a single book. I wanted a book that included all the necessary information, psychological help, practical exercises and explanations needed to help the reader break free of unhealthy patterns and defense mechanisms, which are a result of such a childhood.

Not being able to find such a book, I decided to write it myself.

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

Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Mentaliseringsboken by Per Wallroth, published in Swedish
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Vibriant Family by Kirsten Seidenfaden and Piet Draaby et al.

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 Dr. Joe Dispenza. I personally use and work with his meditations and breathing exercises. Furthermore, I am very interested in finding new and useful ways for my clients and readers to break free of traumas and defense mechanisms shaped by their upbringing. I would like to hear more about how we can improve the dynamic work between psychologists and psychotherapists and clients in order to improve the wellbeing of our clients.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the freedom write about subjects, exercises and theories, which I am interested in and which I find useful in my work. I love writing about the topics and exercises, which my clients say are most useful for them. I also love the challenges of writing concisely about complicated issues. I like that process of working, distilling the words and exercises. When it is successful, I feel great purpose and meaning. I also love the creative process of working with editors and translators in order to make the end result as clear and easily accessible as possible.

What is a typical day like for you?

Typically, I start my day with a one-hour meditation before breakfast. Then I have breakfast, go for a walk with my two dogs, and then go to work. I usually have about six sessions a day with clients. I have lunch with my colleagues and then return home. Most of my weekends I spend writing, working on my newsletters, blog posts, homepage and my next book.

What part of Raised in a Bottle did you most enjoy writing?

To be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed writing the entire book. However, I am particularly fond of the preface. I believe that it sums up the book: why I wanted to write it and publish it in English.

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

Yes. I believe it is important to feel well. I aim to do so myself, and I aim to help my clients feel well and comfortable in their lives. In my opinion that translates into being in touch with yourself and being in touch with your heart. It means being present, engaged and curious when you are together with other people. I want to be faithful to my values and what I believe in. I want to help others be that too. And I want to make a difference.

Kristina Hermann is the author of the new book Raised in a Bottle

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Interview with Dartanyan Johnson, Author of Crestahn Kingdom

What can you tell us about your new release, Crestahn Kingdom?

Crestahn Kingdom, the first in what will be a seven-book series, is a science fantasy novel that focuses on Princess Sha’ella, an assassin in training, whose father is part of a coup to take down the Sovereign—the ruler of the galaxy—and Gretig, the son of a portal maker, whose parents withheld vital secrets about their past—a past he discovers in bits and pieces after crossing paths with Sha’ella’s kingdom.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

An idea of a movie popped in my head one day in high school, and I started to write a script, right there in class, without having any idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I wanted to see my creation on the big screen. I honestly never saw myself becoming an author, but perhaps I’ve always been a writer.

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

Ever read? This is a hard one! There are a few that come to mind, though. Let’s see…

1.The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

2.Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz (It’s book 5 in his Orphan X series)

3.Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (book 5 in the Throne of Glass series)

4.The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

5.Columbus Day by Craig Alanson

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

My very first guest would probably be…Tracy Deonn, author of Legendborn. I’d ask her how hard it was to bring her main character’s emotions to life. Tracy started the book off with the death of a family member, pulling the reader into the story. From that point on, I was hooked.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, it’s seeing my ideas come to life, and enjoying the journey the characters take me on. It’s about zoning out of reality and creating my own world. There are characters I’ve written that were never supposed to be big parts of the storyline, that seemed to write themselves into relevancy.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since I’m still working a day job (night job actually), I’m at work for 12 to 13 hours a day. Every break, I try to write in my notebook. When I come home, I eat, shower, and type my manuscript. I go to sleep, wake up, and check the stats on my Amazon and Facebook ads. I learned early that writing a book is one thing, convincing somebody to actually read it is an adventure of its own. On the weekend, it’s type, type, type…video game break…type, type…family time…type.

What scene from Crestahn Kingdom was your favorite to write?

There is a fight that takes place between Princess Sha’ella and Gretig. She sees him fumbling with a wooden sword—practicing a few moves—and takes it upon herself to show him how a sword is properly wielded.

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

“You only live once. Make it count.”

Dartanyan Johnson is the author of the new book Crestahn Kingdom

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Interview with Julie Morton, Author of Deadly Keyholes

What can you tell us about your new release, Deadly Keyholes?

Deadly Keyholes is a domestic crime drama. Miranda LaVelle is an unwanted, bastard child born in the 1920s Jazz Age to a horribly neglectful mother and father. She would probably have died had it not been for her great aunt, Genevieve Woods, coming to her rescue. Genevieve’s life in a wild, gritty oil boomtown in South Arkansas is not suitable for a child, nor are her not-so-legal businesses. But, there is no choice. Their lives intertwine and unexpected discoveries are made. However, life is not easy and multiple murders haunt them. Deadly Keyholes is populated with strong women who will do whatever is necessary to protect those they love. They are my heroes.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mother. She taught me to read at a very early age and I was enthralled with the imaginary worlds to which I was transported. Later, I wanted to create those worlds.

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

1) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. What little girl doesn’t want to be Scout with Atticus for a daddy?
2) Fear of Flying, Erica Jong. It freed me of guilt.
3) Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry. These characters are so real they walk right off the page and talk to you.
4) Colony, Anne Rivers Siddons. Anything by her, actually.
5) Wish You Well, David Baldacci. Louisa Mae Cardinal is my kinda gal. She spoke to me at a time in life when I really needed her.

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

Fellow Arkansan, Maya Angelou, posthumously. Can you teach us how to find our voices, as you found yours?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The escapism. I am always fully engulfed in the characters and their stories.

What is a typical day like for you?

I live on a small, rural acreage so, it’s early to rise, take care of the animals and, in the spring and summer, tend my beloved gardens. My stories are character driven so I set aside time to sit quietly, look out the window at my woodlands, and allow them to tell me their stories. Then I write. It’s not a daily occurrence, but, on the days they choose to speak to me, it is exhilarating.

What scene from Deadly Keyholes was your favorite to write?

Giving Dee Dee her just deserts.

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

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man,” Shakespeare.

Julie Morton is the author of the new book Deadly Keyholes

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