Interview with J. Beckett, Author of Island of Secrets

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

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

What or who inspired you to become an author?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

What is a typical day like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with Rimmy London, Author of Stranded at Poppyridge Cove

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

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

What or who inspired you to become an author?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

What is a typical day like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What books are currently on your nightstand?

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

What advice would you give your teenage self?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What or who inspired you to become an author?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

What is a typical day like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with Andrew Rivas, Author of The Daughters of Depair

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

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

What or who inspired you to become an author?

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

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

The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, by David Foster Wallace

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk

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

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

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

What is a typical day like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What or who inspired you to become an author?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating new worlds. Solving real world problems with fiction.

What is a typical day like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with C.C. Wood, Author of Wild For You

What can you tell us about your new release, Wild For You?

Wild for You is the second book in my latest small town romcom trilogy. The books can be read separately but they are even more fun when read in order.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Swing and Mishap by Tara Sivec, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, and The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s the thief of joy. And stop worrying so much about what other people think. They don’t have to live your life and what makes them happy probably won’t make you happy.

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

Either sleeping or playing with my daughter. Or reading.

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

My family, especially my daughter. She’s seven and one of the funniest, kindest, and smartest people I know.

What scene from Wild For You was your favorite to write?

Oh, definitely the scene between Sierra, Ben, and Gary. See, Gary is a raccoon that Sierra’s best friend, Cam, has been feeding since he was small, so he’s practically tame. However, he and Sierra love to hate each other. Ben thought she was exaggerating how much Gary the Evil Raccoon hates Sierra until they happen to see him in the backyard one afternoon. After that encounter, Ben is definitely a believer in Gary’s evil ways.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in September. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, romance, literary fiction, and thriller. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


To Tell You the Truth

by Gilly Macmillan

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The new release from the New York Times Bestselling Author of What She Saw… Lucy Harper has a talent for writing bestselling novels and it has given her fame, fortune, and millions of fans. It has also given her Dan, her needy and jealous husband whose own writing career has gone nowhere… Now Dan has vanished.

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The Book of Two Ways

by Jodi Picoult

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light… In a single moment, everything changes for Dawn Edelstein. While on a plane, the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. As she braces herself, thoughts flash through her mind. But they are not of her husband but a man she last saw fifteen years ago.

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Thanks for Last Night

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: September 15, 2020

I can give you three reasons why it is a bad idea to date the sexy, charming pro hockey star: 1. He is one of my closest friends. 2. All our friends are friends. 3. We both have wounds from past relationships… We are both single and it’s just safer for the heart to stay that way. But there’s no reason not to bid on him at the charity auction. Right?

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Mountain Laurel

by Lori Benton

Release Date: September 1, 2020

North Carolina, 1793. Ian Cameron has come to Mountain Laurel hoping to remake himself yet again-into his planter uncle’s heir. No matter how uneasily the role of slave owner rests upon his shoulders. Then he meets the beautiful and artistic Seona, who is enslaved to his kin. As his fascination turns to love, he can no longer be the man others wished him to be.

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To Love a Prince

by Rachel Hauck

Release Date: August 10, 2020

Daffodil Caron isn’t a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. She grew up as a playmate to royal princes of Perrigwynn Palace in the North Sea’s Lauchtenland, but when she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed. Fast forward eighteen years and she is now living a sweet, non-royal life. The last person on her mind is Gus, the price she once called her best mate.

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Irresistible in a Kilt

by Anna Durand

Release Date: August 22, 2020

The eighth book in the Hot Scotts Series by Anna Durand… I fell in love with Alex Thorne twelve years ago. But every word that comes out of his mouth is a half-truth, a con, or an evasion. Now I discovered my dream job at a university in America is his way of pulling me back into his world. But I won’t fall under the spell of the British Bastard again.

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The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The month of September was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of September. Happy reading!


One by One

by Ruth Ware

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new thriller from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key… Being snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there is a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire, and others to keep you company. Unless the company happens to be your eight coworkers… Each of which has something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

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Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove… Looking at real estate isn’t normally a life or death situation, but that is exactly what happens when a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house and takes a group of strangers hostage.

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Keep My Heart

by Lex Martin, Kennedy Ryan, Kennedy Fox, and Willow Winters

Release Date: September 6, 2020

The seventh book in the bestselling Top Shelf Romance Series… With over 800 pages of stories, Keep My Heart includes: Reckless by Lex Martin, Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, Travis & Viola Duet by Kennedy Fox, and Knocking Boots by Willow Winters.

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The Evening and the Morning

by Ken Follett

Release Date: September 15, 2020

The fourth book in the Kingsbridge Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Ken Follett… It is the year 997 CE, the end of the dark ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined.

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Retribution of the Damned

by Roderick Donald

Release Date: August 30, 2020

The fourth book in the Cait Lennox: Femme Fatale Series by Roderick Donald… Cait’s powers of insight and perception are pushed to the Max when Angie, a close friend of her father, unknowingly becomes involved with a ruthless international crime cartel in the US. Cait must go undercover and use her unique profiling skills to slowly piece together the lies, deception, and bitter rivalries of the Garibaldi mafia family.

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Shadows in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The 51st book in the In Death Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J. D. Robb… While examining a body in Washington State Park, Eve’s husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he’s known since his younger days on the streets in Dublin. A man who claims in his half brother… A man who kills for a living and burns with hatred for him.

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Engage at Dawn: First Contact

by Edward Hochsmann

Release Date: September 15, 2020

When Coast Guard Officer Ben Wyporek and his crew discover a drug-runner’s derelict boat with extensive damage, they are lead on a dangerous mission to locate a crashed alien vessel before a transnational criminal organization, known as 252 Syndicate, can find it. However, the crew finds itself ill-prepared to handle the mission.

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Piranesi

by Susanna Clarke

Release Date: September 15, 2020

“A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” Piranesi is the new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell… Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | September 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! September had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors James Patterson, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Elin Hilderbrand, Brandon Sanderson, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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