New Thriller Books For Your Spring Reading List | 2021

New Thriller Books For Your Spring Reading List | 2021

Need to add a little excitement to your Spring reading list? You’ll love these exhilarating new thriller book releases from bestselling authors E.J. Liston, Adriane Leigh, Mike Omer, Fern Michaels, Janet Evanovich, and Laura Griffin. Enjoy your new books!


Kings and Killers

by E.J. Liston

Release Date: February 21, 2021

If you mess with a Devil, there will be hell to pay… Mike Monroe’s Marine Corps platoon are more than just fellow Devils. They’re family. Rowdy, tough, and tight-knit, despite their differences, they have each other’s backs no matter what. After all, they’ve trained together, fought together, killed together, and celebrated many a drunken night together. Nothing can come between them. Until a double date turns into an ambush, one with dire consequences for all involved. But who attacked them, and why?

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The Last Writer

by Adriane Leigh

Release Date: March 8, 2021

When amateur thriller writer Ryn Weaver is accepted for the prestigious Writer-in-Residence program at The New York Public Library, she never expected to stumble into a real-life mystery surrounding the famous children’s book, Lillies in the Cellar. Inspired by Yara and her twin Yarrow Thornberry’s eccentric upbringing raised behind the walls of the library, the siblings have long-buried their infamous literary past as Yara now mentors young authors to follow in the footsteps of her best-selling success.

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A Deadly Influence

by Mike Omer

Release Date: April 1, 2021

The first book in the Abby Mullen Thriller Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Mike Omer… Lieutenant Abby Mullen is no stranger to crisis. As the hostage negotiation instructor for the NYPD, she deals with worst-case scenarios every day. Nothing fazes her anymore. That all changes when she gets a call from Eden Fletcher, a fellow survivor of the infamous Wilcox cult. The two haven’t spoken since the night of a tragic, fiery massacre, when their paths diverged.

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No Way Out

by Fern Michaels

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Ellie Bowman barely remembers the incident that put her into a coma. When she awoke, filled with unease, all she knew for certain was that her boyfriend, Rick, was missing. She knew she needed to get away from her old life and recover in safety. With the proceeds of a video game she helped develop, Ellie starts over in rural Missouri, working from her cottage and trusting no one except her friend and business partner.

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The Bounty

by Janet Evanovich

Release Date: March 23, 2021

The seventh book in the Fox and O’Hare Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich… Straight as an arrow special agent Kate O’Hare and international criminal Nick Fox have brought down some of the biggest bad guys out there. But now they face their most dangerous foe yet—a vast, shadowy international organization known only as the Brotherhood.

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Flight

by Laura Griffin

Release Date: March 30, 2021

The second book in The Texas Murder Files Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Griffin… When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she’s decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren’t asleep—they’ve been murdered.

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Interview with Eileen Mueller, Author of Anakisha’s Dragon

What can you tell us about your new release, Anakisha’s Dragon?

Anakisha’s Dragon, Riders of Fire Dragon Masters book 1 arose because my readers often asked me about the nuggets of back story peppered throughout my Riders of Fire series. I developed the Riders of Fire Dragon Masters series to answer their questions and also satisfy my own curiosity!

It’s amazing how—even though I’ve woven the history of Dragon’s Real into my novels—the characters take on a life of their own when I tell their stories. I expected Anakisha to be feisty and strong, but I didn’t expect her to be gullible or naïve. I knew Yanir was gallant, but didn’t realize how compassionate or humble he’d turn out to be. And Will’s journey among pirates has surprised me most of all.

So, what’s the story actually about?

When Anakisha’s brother is murdered by a street gang, she joins the Night Wings, a local vigilante gang, and takes to the streets at night to avenge him. But the underbelly of Fieldhaven is rife with politics and deceit, and although Anakisha is good with a bow and a dagger, she’s not always the best judge of character.

And her plans definitely do not include a dragon.

Yanir has left behind his dubious beginnings and become the new King’s Rider. He sneaks into Fieldhaven on his onyx dragon, Syan, to uncover rumors of unrest in the south. Then he discovers a beautiful girl unconscious in an alley…

Will’s an opportunist, combing the Naobian market to feed his starving sister. Luck goes his way, until a fateful game in a dodgy tavern changes his life forever. He and his best friend wake on a ship, desperate, surrounded by bloodthirsty pirates, and armed only with Will’s gift of the gab.

But even Will can’t talk his way out of this one…

It’s been a whole heap of fun writing this story and my readers are enjoying it, too. I’m excited to kick off this fabulous new series which will appeal to readers of Eragon, Dragonriders of Pern, Dragon School and Brindle Dragon.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always told stories, and wrote a lot as a teen, but it wasn’t until a friend gave me her manuscript to read, that I knew I could write a book too. I wrote Ezaara in a year. At 223,000 words, Ezaara was as long as 2-3 books. I rewrote it eighteen times over nine years and finally published it in October 2018. Ezaara, book 1 in my Riders of Fire series won a Storylines New Zealand Notable Award, and so did Dragon Hero, book 2. The series has over 40 points of view, but my readers say it pulls together seamlessly. It’s so much fun writing about more than one main character and revealing all the hidden facets of their personalities. My readers enjoy getting to know cheeky rascals, stoic jaded dragon masters, marauding monsters, an evil genius and loyal dragon riders.

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

The Demon King in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima — I LOVE this story because Han Alistair, the crime lord has three identities: “Cuffs”, a tough street thug and ex gang leader, hustler and fighter; “Hunts Alone”, a respected youth in the upland tribes who wears special silver cuffs (no spoilers); and “Han”, the browbeaten son of an abusive laundress. Seeing these complex identities clash and unravel Han’s life is an amazing journey. A great mix of humor, action and emotion.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas — I love Celeana, the feisty, smart-mouthed assassin, and all of her cast and their adventures.

Dragonriders of Pern series — I grew up on these books and they fostered my love of dragons. When I decided to write my first novel, it was only natural that I turned to source of enjoyment I’d found as a teen between the pages of Anne McCaffrey’s novels—soaring through the sky on dragonback!

Brindle Dragon by Jada Fisher — I enjoyed this heartwarming series about a girl with a disability who fights back against tradition —and rides dragons, of course! Are you beginning to see a theme here?

Mystic and Rider, book 1 in The Twelve Houses series. I enjoy Sharron Shinn’s writing. She weaves complex characters and intricate plots seamlessly. I loved this saga and have reread it many times.

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

I’d like to chat with Anne McCaffrey and go “between” with her on a dragon to Pern. In return, I’d take her through a world gate into Dragons’ Realm so we could visit Ezaara and her Riders of Fire and soar on dragonback over the Northern Grande Alps.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the exhilaration I experience when I create characters I love with emotions that matter. Every story is about someone going through something real, so my stories enable readers to process their own emotions while they lose themselves in a great adventure and have fun. A mum from England wrote to me and told me that my books had helped her son get through lockdown. He’d wanted to give up and was feeling lousy, then he escaped to Dragon’ Realm and saw the characters going through such hardships and trials, and it helped him cope. Fiction is an important vehicle for helping us process what’s going on around us. I love being able to brighten my readers’ lives.

What is a typical day like for you?

Every day is different, and that’s what I love about my life. I sometimes walk all day, dictating my ideas, plots and stories. Dictation takes me to the beach, out to parks and through forests. I live in New Zealand and there are beaches within a 5-minute drive in three directions. Across from my home is “the town belt” a swathe of forest which runs around our city, so I often walk there, too. Sometimes I’m out for an hour, sometimes for six, while other days I’m at my computer, shaping that rough dictation into a story that sings.

On my plotting and planning days, I’m brainstorming with beta readers or my critique group — with lots of snacks!

When I launch a book, I throw an online party in my Facebook group, and hang out with my readers and other authors. I really enjoy people. Oh yeah, and I dress up with horns, dragon wings and a tail, and I have purple-and-rainbow hair, so that’s fun too. When I had a paperback launch, I brought in archers and sword fighters, and had a giant paper castle as a backdrop and an enormous map of Dragons’ Realm on the wall so people could hunt for missing treasure chests and win prizes.

What scene from Anakisha’s Dragon was your favorite to write?

I always love most of the scenes in my books, but this time, the ending made me exceptionally happy. By the end of a book, I find the conclusion writes itself. I love that sense of perfection when I’ve just written the last word in a novel and the world goes silent for a few moments while I contemplate what I’ve just completed and the message of hope that will be left with my readers.

A few moments later, life jumps right back at me and I’m off running again.

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

There are two mottos that characters in Anakisha’s Dragon mention. Giddi is a young mage who befriends Anakisha.

Giddi shook his head, his eyes fierce beneath his bushy eyebrows. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, Anakisha, it’s that even when you think there isn’t, there’s always a choice.”

Giddi’s perspective contrasts very strongly with Will, who often feels throughout Anakisha’s Dragon that he has no choice. This shapes his decisions, and not always in a good way.

Zaarusha queen of the dragons, also offers Anakisha some advice.

Zaarusha mind-melded. “If you don’t leave these events in the past, they’ll destroy your future. You can live life grieving for yesterday or you can put the past aside and live for what today has to offer. The future is bright, Anakisha. Seize it.”

I challenge everyone to live their lives to be themselves and to seize each day, looking forward to a brighter future. There will be difficulties, grief and heartbreak on the way, but if we reach out to others, we will emerge stronger.

Whatever makes you come alive, go and do it today. Because the world needs more people who feel alive. Laugh, live, love and cry. Be yourself, be true to who you are. And encourage others to do the same.


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Interview with Adriane Leigh, Author of The Last Writer

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

The Last Writer is the story of an ambitious young writer and a mystery surrounding a very famous children’s book from the past. The beautiful setting of The New York Public Library is the perfect backdrop for a chilling story about genius, madness, legacy, and ambition. I dove into this world and didn’t want to come up for air! I like to think that if Tim Burton and Stephen King made a movie together, it would look something like this.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I write to understand life. From an early age I had an obsessive desire to understand all sides of it. The who, the what, the how are questions that keep me writing to this day.

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

The Alchemist. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gone with the Wind. From Sand and Ash. All the Stephen King.

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

I’d like to say somebody romantic like F. Scott or Hemingway, but the truth is, I’d love to sit down with Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson! They’re wild and unexpected and refused to conform. They sought to report life authentically, if not chaotically in their art, and I appreciate that.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The unexpected way a story unfolds as I write is the most exciting thing for me. I work with a brief outline and almost every chapter a character or scene surprises me in some way.

What is a typical day like for you?

I jump out of bed with coffee on my mind. Pack school lunches and get the kids on the bus, spend a few minutes over coffee talking to the hubby about our upcoming day. Write. Coffee. Instagram. Write. Edit. Coffee. Repeat. I end the day with administrative things because they zap my brain the most. Then the kids are off the bus and we cook and listen to music and drink wine (the adults, not the kids) and then we go to bed early. My life is boring and I love it. I used to spend more time traveling for business and hosting events for readers and authors, I loved it but after six years it left me no time for writing. I finally have time to play with the demons in my head!

What scene from The Last Writer was your favorite to write?

When I originally wrote The Last Writer, I imagined the entire setting in the secret apartments of The New York Public Library. Instead, an isolated ancestral home on Shelter Island continued to call me and I realized there was much more to this story than at first glance. What unfolded as I wrote is a tale that weaves a modern story about a writer with the dramatic and sometimes horrific history of a rambling old mansion on Long Island and the cracks that fracture the famous family that live inside of it. It was equal parts chilling and beautiful to write the scenes at Usher House. In my mind it exists in real life and someday I want to visit.

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

Progress over identity is written on a sticky note above my desk (along with many more). I have a tendency to get wrapped up inside my own head, this grounds me to reality and keeps me forward-focused.

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Interview with EJ Liston, Author of Kings and Killers

What can you tell us about your new release, King and Killers?

Other than it’s the first book of a series (Scarlet and Gold Series), I wrote this debut novel of mine for the excitement of the plot, but more so and mainly for the characters. I devoted a good share of the novel to character development because I wanted potential readers to care about them. So much so to the point where they’d probably wished they’d actually known them and had friends like them.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always had an imagination. Since high school, I thought film school was the medium for it. I went through it, out in LA, but it wasn’t until halfway through it that it didn’t feel like the right challenge for me. It didn’t feel fulfilling. Then it hit me, “I’ve always been good at English Comp.,” so I began writing the first draft of my first book. Several drafts and years later, I’ve finally released it on Amazon.

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

The Stand by Stephen King, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The King of Torts by John Grisham, The Enemy by Lee Child, Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder.

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

Jesus Christ. If I could ask only one question, I would want to know how He and His Father created the universe. A follow up to that would be “Is the Big Bang Theory correct in how they made it?”. Maybe for a second or third, “Is there life out there other than mankind?”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating the dynamic between the characters. Also those times of “inspiration”. When you finally learn your own style of writing, it can be exhilarating.

What is a typical day like for you?

Writing generally about 6-8 hours a day. Working out. Keeping up my personal romantic life. Keep in touch with family and friends when I can.

What scene from King and Killers was your favorite to write?

Probably the jovial party scene at the end of the first chapter, and when Sanderson told his Mideast story to Nina and Michelle with Mike in attendance. I always get a kick out of those sorts of good-natured social exchanges between those characters.

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

“Writing that’s worth a damn and earns your time to read. For any legacy, that’s good enough for me.”

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Interview with L.A. Cotton, Author of Off-Limits

What can you tell us about your new release, Off Limits?

Off-Limits is an angsty coming of age sports romance about Lily Ford and Kaiden Thatcher. He’s a star football player and she’s the coach’s daughter… and one-hundred percent off-limits. But of course, like all good romance stories, the chemistry between them is undeniable.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m not actually a collector of paperbacks much these days – preferring to read on my Kindle App. I’m currently doing a re-read of Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

It’s okay to make mistakes. Don’t be too hard on yourself – live, laugh, love, and learn.

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

Working – I’m a bit of a workaholic.

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

I love writing and reading, and I’m so fortunate I get to do this full-time. I also love a trip to the movie theatre, and spending time with my family.

What scene from Off Limits was your favorite to write?

Ugh, so many. Their relationship starts off really innocent and it was amazing watch them grow together… all those first love flutters and feels. But if I had to choose just one, it’s when Kaiden persuades Lily to ride the virtual coaster simulator with him. SWOON!

 

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Interview with Davina Stone, Author of The Polly Principle

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

The Polly Principle is book 2 in The Laws of Love series, but it reads as a standalone. Polly Fletcher is a social worker by day and a party girl by night.  She appears feisty and confident, but she’s deeply insecure on the inside. Solo is a motor-bike riding beta hero who despite his insecurities, knows what he wants and stands true to his values. And while The Polly Principle is a fun read, it does touch on deeper issues such as mental health and facing how our past can stand in the way of happiness. Oh, did I mention it’s also a steamy read? The chemistry sizzles between Polly and Solo.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author. I was a very shy kid and books were a magical world I could escape into. Before I could write, I drew my stories.  So words were a miraculous addition to all my scribbled drawings of princesses. At twelve I wrote and illustrated a gothic novel, “Grandpapa’s Secret” that won a young writer’s prize. I still have that painstakingly handwritten book.

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

Must I really choose? Okay. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Where The Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens.

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

I know this sounds totally whacky but I’d ask William Shakespeare.  I mean seriously, how did the Bard write so many epic stories of passion, tragedy, comedy and love? My first question would be, “Hey Will, where did you get the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet?”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I write, everything else falls away. I am somewhat prone to anxiety, which is why I write romantic comedy. There is so much sadness in the world, it makes me happy to write stories that are a fun read and are guaranteed to end with a great big happy ever after. I hope my readers agree.

What is a typical day like for you?

Haphazard to be honest.  I am not a linear person, which means I make lists, lose them, write plot notes, lose them, wander off and water a few plants… How I have managed to publish two books in three months is a bit of a mystery. My brain only gets into a modicum of order after two strong coffees!

What scene from The Polly Principle was your favorite to write?

Eek! How can I answer without giving the game away?  I guess, when it all unravels between Polly and Solo. The black moment when it looks like their tender, fledgling relationship is about to blow apart. Luckily it’s a romance… so you know… love must triumph in the end.

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

We live in the moment.  So make sure it’s a good one!

Davina Stone is the author of the new book The Polly Principle

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Interview with Delta James, Author of Uncorked: Tangled Vines

What can you tell us about your new release, Uncorked: Tangled Vines?

Uncorked and the Tangled Vines series was written in response to readers who wanted to see more of the Wayward Mates world. While the storyline in that series had come to an end, I thought it might be interesting to revisit that world and create a new set of alphas and their mates. The series set in the vineyards that run all up and down the Pacific Coast and a threat from a group of humans known as Hunters.  Uncorked introduces readers to Damian Steele, the brooding Alpha of Sonoma and the Luna de Lobo Vineyard. Faced with an unprovoked attack on two of his people on foreign soil, Damian comes face-to-face with his fated mate, a woman he had never considered.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I suppose in a way my dad. It wasn’t so much that he urged me to become an author, but more than he encouraged me to follow my dreams… and not just follow them, but to work towards making them a reality. I like to think that if he were still alive, he’d be enjoying the hell out of my success.

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

First/Top—Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. It was the book my mother used to teach me to read. It instilled in me a deep love of reading, horses and wild things.

Airs Above the Ground – by Mary Stewart. When my friends were reading Nancy Drew and Donna Parker, I was reading Mary Stewart and figuring out how much I loved who done its

The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum, which opened up the world of spy novels and strong male AND female characters

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss—my first bodice ripper… read while I hid it from my mother when I was in middle school

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown a great primer on how to take your reader on a grand adventure set in the real world that people can see and touch. Even though I write mostly paranormal, I try to ground my world in reality, often using real places people can visit if they so choose.

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

Probably Dan Brown. I’d love to know where he gets his ideas, how he researches all he does and how he goes about crafting his novels. While I love the Robert Langdon books, I am just as fond of his others

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Sharing my characters and worlds with my readers and getting to take them on an adventure. But my favorite aspect is probably getting to talk and interact with my readers, answering questions, hearing what they think

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t set my alarm mostly because I never know when I’m going to go to sleep. If I’m writing and it’s going well, I keep writing until I get to a natural stopping place… sometimes writing more than twenty-four hours without stop

What scene from Uncorked: Tangled Vines was your favorite to write?

The sex scenes are always fun to write and also the hardest – trying to come up with new things and new ways to describe them is fun and stressful. The hardest was, without giving spoilers, was the car accident. The one that made me smile because it came so easily was the opening scene in the book as Damian is running along the beach and realizing he has a fated mate out there and that he just needs to find her

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

That’s the easiest question of the lot “Fortune Favors the Bold” – it was the one I lost somewhere along the way and the one I decided I wanted to adopt again, which led me to writing my first novel. The other is: The Devil whispered in my ear “you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm” Today, I whispered in the Devil’s ear, “I AM the storm”

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Interview with Bella King, Author of Triplets for the Russian Boss

What can you tell us about your new release, Triplets for the Russian Boss?

They say good things happen in threes, so I decided to amp up the stakes with three secret babies instead of one. It’s my first time managing so many, but I think our protagonist does a good job keeping them a secret from her Mafia baby daddy.
With Triplets for the Russian Boss, you can expect action, romance, lies, and new twists at every turn. I shrugged off a lot of expectations with a book like this, so it might not be for everyone, but if you like both your stakes and the heat high, you’ll enjoy it.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, ever since I was a kid. I was a big reader of thrillers back in high school, and I think I needed to reclaim some of that love when I started writing again many years later. My connection to writing is like a second chance romance!
My partner was and still is a huge inspiration to what I write.

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

I’ll always love Needful Things, by Stephen King. I think a lot of books stick with me because of nostalgia more than anything. For that reason, I’d also include the Robots in Time series by William F. Wu, and The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Also, Harry Potter…

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

I’m going to have to go back to Stephen King on this one and have him break down his book “On Writing”. I think hearing him go through it and explain the points would be very enlightening. He doesn’t use an outline when he writes, and neither do I, so I could learn from his process.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love having the freedom to write anything I want. Sure, you could be writing a romance, and romance has rules and a structure to follow, but in those confines there’s great freedom to take your characters anywhere in the world. I often place my heroine in interesting geographical locations. There are no limits when writing, and I find that very freeing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 10 AM because I’m not a huge fan of mornings. After consuming embarrassing amounts of caffeine, I’m sitting down at my desk to start work at around noon. Sometimes I’m making book covers, or improving marketing, but I almost always find time to write. That’s the most important part.
I typically leave work between 8PM and 10PM, then I eat dinner with my partner and sleep. Also, I work seven days a week unless I’m taking a break. I also spend a lot of time procrastinating on YouTube!

What scene from Triplets for the Russian Boss was your favorite to write?

The hot ones! Some of those scenes aren’t my typical spicy bedroom scenes, so it made things more interesting this time around. You’ll have to read it to know what I’m talking about…

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

The brave die only once, but a coward must die many times throughout their life.

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Interview with V. Bray, Author of Babchi

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

The book is loosely based on my grandmother’s experience during WWII. Her family was living a quiet life in a national forest in Poland when they were suddenly deported to a Siberian labor camp. I knew I wanted to share her story, but did not know how until I had sketched out a dozen different ideas. Two distinct voices emerged: Anna in the labor camp who later becomes Babchi and Katie her granddaughter. As a story told in two voices, I hope the contrast highlights the strength and love shared between a grandmother and her granddaughter.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was lucky to grow up in a family of readers. Books for both entertainment and learning were always lying around the house. As a child my parents were fine with me spending a weekend reading. It was great.

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

There are SO many more than five. But if I must:

1.    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

2.    The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

3.    Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

4.    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

5.    The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

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

I am ever surprised and delighted by Catherynne Valente’s writing from poetry to short stories to novels. I’d like to ask how she keeps inspired.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The first time you fall in love with the story you’re writing. There are no strings attached, no expectations, just you and the words.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a day job, but making writing a part of every day is important. Usually, I journal in the mornings and then after dinner put time into whichever writing project I’m working on.

What scene from Babchi was your favorite to write?

The moment when both characters, in their separate time arcs, realize they are free. For Anna it is after she is physically free from the labor camp. For the granddaughter, Katie, it’s after she breaks away from damaging relationships and beliefs.

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

Before I do anything, I try to ask, “Is this kind?” Compassion, understanding, and empathy are important.

V. Bray is the author of the new book Babchi

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The Story Behind Unleashed by the Moon by L.P. Dover

By L.P. Dover

The last time I wrote a blog post was about a year ago now. I read through it and was amazed at how things have changed since then. Covid was getting bad, and the world had shut down. We all had to learn to live life a new way. I wondered how I was ever going to get writing done with my kids at home. It turns out I didn’t get much written, but I DID get to spend more time with my family. My father’s cancer worsened, and I used that time to be with him as much as possible. He lost his battle six months ago, and I miss him every day. I’ve based so many characters off of him in my previous books, so when I go back through and read them, it’s like he’s still here with me.

It took me a couple of months after his death to find my groove again. Now that school is back in session, I’m continuing like I used to before the dreaded virus hit our country. Writing is an escape, and I made it my goal to get away from real life as much as possible. With that being said, I decided to write nothing but paranormal this year. About six years ago, I wrote a book called Turn of the Moon, the first novel in my Royal Shifters series. It was such a blast to write a sexy shifter romance. Not long after it was released, I published the second in the series. With so many other demands in my writing schedule, I had to stop with my PNR and move on to other things.

As luck would have it, I have no other obligations, and I can finally continue with the series. It’s been such a joy to dive back into my shifter world after six long years. Granted, I had to read through the first two books to get reacquainted with all of my characters, but it was a blast. I recently published the third book in the series, and now, I’m publishing the fourth, Unleashed by the Moon. IT IS MY FAVORITE! It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this level of excitement. Maybe it’s because I added in some MMA fighting. Think about it … shifters fighting for their mate? Talk about hot!

Okay, so here’s a little more about the story. My female heroine is Faith Storm, the last royal arctic female. (It turns out she’s not the last, but it’s a secret she keeps to herself to protect the others.) With her being a royal, any male she bonds with will get her power, ultimately making him a royal as well. As you can see, that right there would make any male want to seek her out, especially when it’s widely known she’s the last royal female. It just so happens there’s an alpha (Killian Vilkas) with a powerful witch who can help him get her. And by getting her, I mean to steal her away. Apparently, my shifters like to do that. (LOL) Killian hopes that one day the mating signs will appear between him and Faith. What he doesn’t know is that she’s already felt the bond with the alpha of the Great Plains pack, Tate Grayson. With so many males coming for Faith, she wanted to keep her bond with Tate a secret until they could consummate it on the full moon. If the others knew he was her mate, he’d have a target on his back.

Now that Killian has her in his grasp, he uses it to his advantage. He pits shifter against shifter in a deadly fighting tournament. The winner will get mating rights to Faith. He also makes the shifters pay to play, which puts a huge chunk of change in his pocket. Killian is determined to win, and he does everything he can to sabotage the other fighters. Will he beat Tate for the right to call Faith his mate? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. I can’t spoil it all for you!

 

L.P. Dover is the author of the new book Unleashed by the Moon

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