Interview with Dwai Lahiri, Author of The Mahāsiddha Field

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

The Mahāsiddha Field is the fruit of 9 years of effort which saw a few starts and stops due to life’s demands. The book is a mashup of multiple genres that are very dear to me — Sci-fi, Fantasy, Indian Mythology, Wuxia (The Chinese Martial hero stories) and Eastern Metaphysics.

It encompasses what I could call my life lessons over the past twenty years, which I hope I have been able to share with the readers in an entertaining manner.

As a person of Indian origin, I grew up on a staple and rich cultural diet based on Indian mythology — the stories of the Gods (Devas), Demons (Asuras) and the tales of their exploits, and how they interacted with the ‘mere mortals’. A very powerful motif that stayed with me from those stories (called Purānas and Itihāsa in Sanskrit and other Indian languages) was the role that the sages (Rishis) played in not just being the guides and teachers of all parties involved (Gods, Demons and Humans), but also as preceptors of the spiritual and metaphysical wisdom of the Indian civilization.

However, over the past three decades, that entire genre of what I call the wisdom traditions seems to have fallen on the wayside — discarded for what people consider a more ‘modern’ worldview. So as part of this book series, I have tried (and intend to continue) to re-imagine the world where these Asuras can come back, and what would befall humanity should such an event occur?

I have also tried to explore the sometimes clichéd topics such as ‘Good vs Evil’ through an Eastern metaphysical lens — Is there such a thing as Absolute Good and Absolute Evil? Can a thing of power become a force for Good or a force of Evil depending on who wields it?

But just to assuage potential readers’ fears about this book (and series) being too intensely cerebral, it really is about action and adventure, time travel, interdimensional portals and wuxia cultivation fantasy. It is about martial adventure, magic set in a dystopian futuristic world with technology gone awry in the wrong hands.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember having learnt to read — I devoured multiple series by Enid Blyton when I was in the first and second grade, and progressed on to reading what Indian kids of my generation would read — Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, various comic books and always the rich and exciting stories of Indian Mythology. My paternal grandfather was an author, actor, visual artist and poet and he encouraged and helped inculcate a love for literature in me. I would credit his influence as the primary one for my wanting to be an author.

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

My top five list would be as follows (not in any particular order) —

The River God by Wilbur Smith
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Don Juan and the Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda
Tripura Rahasya (meaning — The Mystery of the Three Worlds, a classic Indian metaphysical novel/text (originally in Sanskrit) — the translated version which I love is by Swami Ramananda Saraswati)

Of course my top 5 keep changing and it is next to impossible to pin books down in any hierarchy — they are all wonderful. All I really care about in a book is whether it can fully transport me into a world created by the author.

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

For a literary talk show, I’d love to have Neil Gaiman as my first guest. I am very curious about his interest in Norse Mythology and of course his book ‘The American Gods’. I would like to find out from him his process of research. How deep was his research into a book such as American Gods, and how much Artistic license did he take with the topics?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, the fun starts when I enter the writing ‘zone’ — ideas flow freely, and it is almost as though the story writes itself. Worlds come alive in the words, and something greater than the sum total of my intellect, the time I’ve put in and the words committed to the manuscript is brought to life. I guess that is the same for the creative process across media (as a ‘self-professed’ competent amateur musician, I can relate to that in composition/improvisation aspects in that medium too).

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a full time job in a software company, so my week days are spent in pretty mind-intensive work. After executing my duties towards my family, my evenings and weekends are spent in pursuing my passion for writing (not everyday unfortunately) and also trying to learn the business side of being an Indie Author.

What scene in The Mahāsiddha Field was your favorite to write?

I’ll try to do that without revealing the plot. In the final part of the book, there is a final battle between the protagonists and those who threaten humanity from across dimensions. This was especially fun to write as it involves elements of extremely high level internal martial arts and spiritual mastery.

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

The great Indian sage, Swami Vivekananda, who was instrumental in bringing Yoga and India’s perennial philosophy ‘Vedanta’ to the West, called us “children of immortal bliss”. If we understand the meaning of that compliment, we can live without fear of failure (or even success) and become the best version of ourselves. We as sentient beings, carry within us an indomitable and indestructible quality — our Consciousness, which when known in its true form, is the most powerful force in the universe. So in my life, I strive to forever remain a child of immortal bliss — and see the same blissful immortality of consciousness in all of existence.

Dwai Lahiri is the author of the new book The Mahāsiddha Field.

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Interview with John Reizer, Author of The Homecoming

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

My latest novella, The Homecoming, is a science fiction story that begins in the year 2036. The Earth faces a natural disaster that alters modern society. The world is thrown into chaos and becomes devoid of the most advanced technology. The United States, China, Russia, and other superpowers are quickly reduced in strength and prominence.

The survivors are determined not to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors as they methodically rebuild society from the ground up. A New World Government is created and runs the planet; it has outlawed the existence of sovereign countries and all acts of war.

As the global community enjoys world peace for the first time in Earth’s history, humans are suddenly contacted by an extraterrestrial race of beings called the Tresantarians. The alien species is mysteriously connected to the people of Earth and immediately offers humanity a fantastic gift. But there’s a catch, and the people of Earth are about to uncover a mind-bending secret about the extraterrestrials that will forever change the way humans view life, the Tresantarians, and most importantly themselves.

I wrote the basic template for The Homecoming back in 2011 and published it as a novelette titled, Tresantaras. In 2020, I rewrote the manuscript and developed it into its current version.

I think the story is unique because of the many underlying societal issues it addresses. Hopefully, the work entertains readers and makes them think about certain things they might otherwise never contemplate.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. 1984
3. Fahrenheit 451
4. The Giver
5. The Hunger Games

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t be nervous about taking chances in life. I used to be very shy and introverted as a teenager, and if I had it to do over again, there would be certain things in my earlier years that I would approach differently. You learn these valuable lessons as you progress through the journey of life. I think this bit of information would be the best advice that I could give to my teenage self.

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

If I had an extra seven-hours each week, I’d probably spend it working on stories or writing articles for my blog. It never seems like there’s enough time in a day to get these projects done. The extra time would certainly come in handy.

What makes your world go around?

I am a chiropractor who works three days a week in my private practice. On the days I am not seeing patients, I am writing, walking, and spending time with my wife and daughter. These are the people and things that make my life complete.

What scene in The Homecoming was your favorite to write?

The scenes I enjoyed writing the most in The Homecoming take place at the beginning of the book, the first three chapters. I believe they’re an integral part of the story, laying down the crucial background information that is quite essential to appreciate the more character-driven portions of the novella.

I have always enjoyed works of fiction crafted with the right balance of telling and showing. The appreciation I have for this writing style has undoubtedly influenced my writing and the way I design stories.

John Reizer is the author of the new book The Homecoming.

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Interview with Joanna Blake, author of Sweet and Vicious

What can you tell us about your new release, Sweet and Vicious?

Sweet and Vicious is a book I have been itching to write since Luck of the Devil, where the characters were first introduced. Antonio and his brother Vincent only played a minor part in that book, but they got stuck in my brain, demanding my attention. I’ve actually had the covers finished for both brothers for over a year! It is a sweet and dark romance, if that makes sense, thus the title!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I tend not to read in the genre I am working on so right now it’s To Best The Boys by Mary Weber and The Night Country, the sequel to the delicious Hazelwood by Melissa Albert. I recently finished the Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. I love girl power paranormal fantasy books!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

When I was a teenager I wrote my first romance novel. I did not finish it, however. I would tell her not to wait ten years to try again!

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

An hour? Probably doing all the admin stuff that slips when my creative juices are flowing, which is most of the time!

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

It is going to sound cheesy, but other than my loved ones, it really is my readers. Even after almost six years, I am still thrilled that people want to read my books!

What scene in Sweet and Vicious was your favorite to write?

This book was different for me because the wedding scene came in the middle, not the end. That was because they had no choice but to wed! I love writing wedding scenes and this one was no exception!

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The Story Behind Easy Reunion By Tracey Jerald

By Tracey Jerald

Behind a podium, I had just finished delivering the words to an emotional speech at a retreat. There was a pregnant pause before the room of people gave me thunderous applause.
My speech was about how I endured bullying for the better part of high school and college, how I came out the other side the person I am, the woman I am, and the love I found through it all.
Above all, I tried to impart upon my audience how I managed to keep the core of my heart whole enough to move on from the daily brutality of bullying to find who I was as an individual. And later, to find love.
That was fourteen years ago this May.
Despite the words I used to encourage others to find bravery within themselves, I have to admit it was an emotional challenge to accept returning to my hometown for my ten-year high school reunion years before. The very last thing I would call it was easy.
Flashforward to last fall. I was approached by Kristen Proby to write in the Boudreaux Universe for Lady Boss Press. My mind immediately played off the word “Easy.” What were some of the things I knew in my heart – aside from love – which weren’t “easy” in my life?
And clear as day, my mind brought me back to the moment when I crossed over the threshold of my high school reunion in a little black dress and heels. My heart began to tremble when I remembered making that first nervous circle around the room.
And that’s how Kelsey Kennedy was born. If you took her at her at face value, you’d imagine she’s a woman who has it all – looks, success, and inner fortitude. What you might not see are the scars she lives with, that she battles every time she looks in a mirror, or worse yet, every time she closes her eyes.
Rierson “Ry” Perrault is someone Kelsey began to trust; he captured her teenage heart when she started tutoring him in creative writing. And in the end, he humiliated her publicly. It’s haunted him, despite the time and distance since the last time he laid eyes on her.
When you first meet Kelsey and Ry, they’ve both arrived at their fifteen-year high school reunion. Each of them is bracing to see the other yet neither of them is ready.
Kelsey is shocked when Ry doesn’t recognize her. But when he doesn’t, she realizes that may be in her favor. She decides to fulfill her girlish fantasies by giving herself one night with the boy she never really got out of her mind before walking away.
The emotional connection between Kelsey and Ry follows them both back to New Orleans, Louisiana which is where they each happen to live. They run into each other a short time later, and with the masks off, a whole new relationship begins.
In a city filled with pure temptation, where all emotions are amplified, the barriers between Kelsey and Ry seem to disappear.
And as their relationship progresses, the lines that separate sinners from saints blur as the truth of what really happened in high school between Kelsey and Ry emerges. It changes the perspective of both of their pasts and directly impacts their present.
When I was done talking fourteen-years ago, I never expected to turn that speech into a book. I never expected my life to take the twists and turns it did. Not all of it has been easy, but every moment of loving has been worth it.
Love is never supposed to be easy. But every moment since that first high school reunion I went to has been worth it.

Tracey Jerald is the author of the new book Easy Reunion.

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Books To Read If You Like Fantasy & Science Fiction

Books To Read If You Like Fantasy & Science Fiction

Does your library need some new books full of exciting adventures and interesting worlds? Then you will love these fantastic new fantasy and science fiction book releases from bestselling authors John Reizer, Michelle Bryan, Dwai Lahiri, Ryan Kirk, Rysa Walker, Joseph Fink, and Jeffrey Cranor. Enjoy your new books!


The Homecoming

by John Reizer

The year is 2036 and Earth is facing a natural disaster that alters modern society. In a world now devoid of most advanced technology, the world’s superpowers are quickly reduced in strength and prominence. The survivors don’t want to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors, so begin to methodically rebuild society. A New World Government now runs the planet and has outlawed all acts of war and the existence of sovereign countries. For the first time in Earth’s history, there is peace. That is until they are contacted by an extraterrestrial race called the Tresantarians.

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The Lost Link

by Michelle Bryan

The first book in the Power of Fae series by USA Today Bestselling Author Michelle Bryan… Every night in my dreams I die. Add to that hallucinations of people I’ve never met and creatures that don’t exist. Needless to say, I struggle to let anyone it. People don’t tend to take well to weirdos that can’t differentiate between reality and illusion. But then everything changed the day a dragon attacked.

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The Mahāsiddha Field

by Dwai Lahiri

Find out what happens when seemingly unconnected individuals get drawn into a world of suspense and action, as mythology collides with the real world in the first book in The Mahāsiddha Series by Dwai Lahiri… Discover what happens when an unlikely adversary leaps out of the world of Indian mythology to challenge their beliefs, their sanity, and their courage.

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The Gate Beyond Oblivion

by Ryan Kirk

The first book in the Oblivion’s Gate series by Ryan Kirk… Brandt is one of the empire’s most skilled soldiers, so he is no stranger to combat. But he is left shattered when he and his fellow wolfblades fight a merciless warrior armed with impossible magic. As he searches for answers, he accidentally stumbles upon a secret war, one that could threaten the land he calls home.

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Now, Then, and Everywhen

by Rysa Walker

The first book in the Chronos Origins series by bestselling author Rysa Walker… What happens when two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century? History goes helter-skelter… but who which one of them broke the timeline? Was in Madison Grace from 2136 or Tyson Reyes from 2304. Regardless of who caused it, they must work together to prevent the past from being erased forever.

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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

The third book in the Welcome to Night Vale series by the creators of the hit podcast Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor… There is a faceless woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home in Night Vale. No one knows how she got there or where she came from. Until now… This new novel explores the history of the Faceless Old Woman in a series of eerie flashbacks. Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale and how she guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig.

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Must-Read Romance Novels | March 2020

Must-Read Romance Novels | March 2020

Romance lovers have been in luck this month with so many fantastic new love stories to dive into. No matter what type of romance you fancy, we think we’ve found a little of something for everyone with this list. Enjoy the latest from bestselling authors Mia Heintzelman, J.A. Owenby, Jessica Grayson, Willow Winters, Christi Caldwell, and J.R. Ward. Happy reading!


Mixed Match

by Mia Heintzelman

The second book in The All Mixed Up Series by bestselling author Mia Heintzelman… She used to be a badass knife-wielding chef, but nowadays, Sophia Kent is lucky if she can remember to put on a bra. After she moves to Portland and unpacks her things, she is happy there’s only one name on the title. Unfortunately, she’s greeted by a gorgeous messenger at the door with a document claiming she’s not the rightful owner.

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The Essence of You

by J.A. Owenby

Everything in my life was heading in the right direction. I had good friends, a good school, and a bright future ahead of me. That was until… One night. One Look. One guy. Just like that my nightmare and everything I was trying to forget comes roaring back. Layne Garrison was the bully who made my life hell in high school. Now he is here at the same college and I can’t shake him.

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The Edge of it All

by Jessica Grayson

The first book in the Mosauran series by bestselling author Jessica Grayson… I am a commander in the Terran Space Program. I never expected that I would wake up from cryosleep in a cage. I am grateful when a Mosauran dragon warrior rescues me… but I’m also wary. Soran is a Prince of the Empire. His species if one of the most feared in the galaxy. As we spend more time together I can’t help but feel myself being drawn to him in ways I don’t understand.

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Easy to Fall

by Willow Winters

The fourth book in the Hard to Love series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters… I was always on the highest high when I was with her. That’s why it was so easy to fall. Without her, I didn’t stand a chance. We were made for one another. The world kept trying to rip us apart but it failed. Until this. But I won’t stop fighting. Not until the very end.

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In Bed with the Earl

by Christi Caldwell

The first book in the Lost Lords of London series by Christi Caldwell… Willful reporter Verity Lovelace will stop at nothing to solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton. No clues run too deep for her, not even in the sewers of Lonon. That’s where she meets the happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North. It just so happens he is the lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that she has made Malcom front-page news, what will he make of her?

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The Sinner

by J.R. Ward

The 18th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by New York Times Bestselling author J.R. Ward… Syn has been keeping secrets from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He has a side hustle as a mercenary. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of a new enemy, but also that of a half-breed that may die during her transition.

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Books To Read If You Like Phillip Margolin

Books To Read If You Like Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin is a New York Times Bestselling Author of mystery and thriller novels. Some of his popular works include the Robin Lockwood, Amanda Jaffe, and Dana Cutler series. If you’ve been searching for some exciting new novels for your reading list, don’t miss these books to read if you like Phillip Margolin. Enjoy!


No Other Way

by Willow Rose

Release Date: March 25, 2020

The third book in the bestselling Harry Hunter Mystery series by Willow Rose… Three women set off on a road trip to Key West but only two of them returned. When asked what happened, their stories didn’t match. What are they hiding? Meanwhile, Detective Harry Hunter is in church on a Sunday morning when a teenager pulls out a gun shoots his own father. When more blood is shed, Harry starts to suspect that there is a dark secret buried in this town.

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Deceit: A Life Of Lies

by Mark Hopkins

Release Date: March 10, 2020

When a local prostitute, Tessie Johanan, is found brutally murdered in room 201 of the Red Cove Travel Inn, the small, sleepy town of Fleetham, Texas, turns into a hotbed of police activity. With no obvious motive, barely any clues, and even fewer suspects, Sheriff Robert Binder and Detective Alison Chaney are doing their best to solve this gruesome mystery. They call in criminal profiler Aaron Duncan to help identify the killer and evidence starts to build against “Little Sammy.”

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The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben

Release Date: March 17, 2020

Thirty years ago a feral boy named Wilde was found in the woods with no memory of his past. To this day he still doesn’t know where he comes from… and another child has gone missing. No one is taking the disappearance of Naomi Pine seriously, except for television criminal attorney, Hester Crimstein. When Hester asks Wilde to use his unique skills to help find her, he can’t ignore an outcast in trouble.

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The Last Odyssey

by James Rollins

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The 15th book in the Sigma Force Novels series by James Rollins… A group of climatologists and archaeologists have stumbled on a shocking find in the frozen tundras of Greenland… a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. In the ship, they find a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the bronze age. Inside the captain’s cabin, they also find a magnificent treasure: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe.

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A Conspiracy of Bones

by Kathy Reichs

Release Date: March 17, 2020

The 19th book in the New York Times Bestselling Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs… It is sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Temperance Brennan recovers from neurosurgery after her aneurysm. Now she battles nightmares, migraines and what she thinks are hallucinations of a series of text messages containing pictures of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. When an identified corpse shows up, she knows it was no hallucination.

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The Last Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The fourth book in the Milo Weaver series by New York Times Bestselling Author Olen Steinhauer… Milo Weaver is a reluctant CIA agent that thought he had finally put “tourists”-CIA-trained assassins-to bed. But ten years later, he finds himself hiding out in Western Sahara and being questioned by a young CIA analyst in relation to a series of suspicious deaths and terrorist chatter linked to him. The conversation is quickly interrupted as a new breed of tourists set out to kill them both.

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Interview with Ryan Kirk, Author of The Gate Beyond Oblivion

What can you tell us about your new release, The Gate Beyond Oblivion?

The Gate Beyond Oblivion is a book that I’ve been waiting to write for years. It’s an enormous world on the cusp of a magical revolution. The story follows an injured warrior and a young thief who find themselves trapped in the middle of a war that has been raging unseen for decades. United by tragedy they must race to uncover the secrets at the heart of their empire.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure I can point to any one inspiration. As a child and young man I consumed books from a wide variety of genres, from techno thrillers to science fiction and fantasy. Some of my earliest memories and keepsakes are these small (horrible) stories I wrote on the back of scrap paper my mother gave to me. They were essentially ridiculous action scenes copied from Saturday morning cartoons with perhaps a paragraph of exposition in between.

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

That’s a tough one. This list is certainly not inclusive:

The Count of Monte Cristo
Hyperion
Snow Crash
Ender’s Game
Deadhouse Gates

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

That’s actually pretty easy – I’m currently the host of a podcast called The Storied Lives Podcast. The author I’m most looking forward to interviewing is Fonda Lee. I want to know her process for creating a deep and rich family dynamic among her characters in the Green Bone Saga.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I’ll always love the first draft. There’s something magical about tackling the blank page and creating a world, characters, and stories. I’ve grown to love editing over the years, but the first draft will always be my favorite.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a full-time author and a work-from-home father with a young girl at home. I typically wake up pretty early (around 5 am) and write until the rest of the family is up (about 9). Then I put the work away and spend time with my three-year-old daughter. We’ll play and cook and read together until nap. Nap time gives me a little bit more time to do the administrative tasks of being a writer. After she wakes I put the work away for good and enjoy family time until bed.

What scene in The Gate Beyond Oblivion was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed the final conflicts at the end of the book, but because I want to avoid spoilers, there are a few near the beginning I really enjoyed. The thief, Alena, begins the story comfortably living at home with her family. The scenes between her and her father, in particular, were a joy to write. (As a new parent, I’m completely captivated by father-daughter relationships in all forms of storytelling). They have a strong, healthy relationship that was fun to put on the page.

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

Not particularly. I’ve been strongly influenced by Stoic philosophy, as well as a study of Zen over the years. I wouldn’t say I’m an adherent to either, but they’ve both shaped the way I look at the world.

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Interview with Mia Heintzelman, Author of Mixed Match

What can you tell us about your new release, Mixed Match?

Mixed Match is the second book in my All Mixed Up contemporary romance series. It follows Sophia Kent and Everett Monroe who fall in love while unknowingly fighting over a house that’s sentimental to them for different reasons. It’s a enemies to friends to lovers story.

Tag: Will this unsuited pair clash? Or is it a… Mixed Match

Here’s the blurb:

Sophia Kent used to be a badass knife-wielding chef. Nowadays, she’s lucky if she can remember to put on a bra. Between the move to Portland and unpacking boxes, she’s glad there’s only one name on the title. Unfortunately, at the door there’s a gorgeous messenger with a document claiming she’s not the rightful owner.

Dead-set on getting his grandmother’s house back, real estate investor Everett Monroe is determined to see the thief go down, even if he has to deliver the summons himself. Only, the beautiful mess at the door is charming, sexy—and nothing like the man whose family’s been feuding with Everett’s for generations.

He doesn’t know whether she’s a pawn or a player, and she doesn’t know he’s not just a messenger, so after a few “chance” meetings, when she enlists his help to find a location for her restaurant, he agrees. After all, in thirty days there’s going to be a hearing granting him ownership and she’ll be long gone. Except, somewhere between sunset mountain hikes, brilliantly lit musical bridges, and picturesque Japanese Gardens, a dangerous attraction weaves its way between the secrets and lies. Forced to confront the truth, Everett must ask himself what good a home is without the one you love to share it with.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I wrote a book in the third grade and immediately knew I wanted to write books. After I was advised against it by a family member, it took me until I was in college to realize the dream had never left me. I ended up with many careers including bank management, until I recently made the decision to take a leap of faith and write full-time.

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

Oh, man. Only five?
1. Long Shot – Kennedy Ryan
2. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
3. The Idea of You – Robinne Lee
4. Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
5. Coming of Age in Mississippi – Anne Moody

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

This would be an absolute dream. Definitely, Kennedy Ryan. Her books are amazing and such an organic, emotionally relevant level. I’d ask her how she embodies her characters so deeply and seamlessly. We don’t write the same type of books. Mine are modern, funny, pulse-racing contemporary romance experiences, but hers edge of on the side of human darkness while maintaining deep love. It’s amazing.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the question, “what if?” It’s taking some part of everyday life and twisting the emotions and characters to see what happens with a little tweak. I love creating characters, but the worlds and circumstances I drop them into are the most fun.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since the Corona virus and social distancing, my day is filled with finding creative ways to help my kids learn and exert energy while I write, edit, get social online, and prepare my newsletter content. When the house is finally calm, I read for me.

What scene in Mixed Match was your favorite to write?

I love meet-cutes. When Sophia and Everett meet, they’re technically enemies, but she doesn’t know it, so there’s instant attraction and all kinds of lovely, heated desire bouncing between them.

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

My favorite is “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream.” It’s about faith, timing, and putting in the hard work to realize goals and passions. For me, it’s about not only seizing the moment, but creating the moments that matter. Specifically, in my decision to write full-time.

Mia Heintzelman is the author of the new book Mixed Match.

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Interview with Mark Hopkins, Author of Deceit: A Life of Lies

What can you tell us about your new release, Deceit: A Life of Lies?

This book follows the investigation in a small texas town torn apart by a series of brutal murders. The lead detective and criminal profiler, both, are unable to determine if they have the correct man, or if the criminal is still on the run. There is a major twist in the book, which will throw off readers entirely, leading to the main, dramatic climax.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Many people have inspired me. Primarily my family and my third grade teacher. They all have instilled in me , over the years, the importance of literacy and utilizing my brain in its entirety.

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

First and foremost, Gone With The Wind. Followed by: Fahrenheit 451, Murder on Orient Express, In Cold Blood, Carrie

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

Stephen King. How do you keep your ideas flowing over the many years you’ve written?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating. The ability to create something from my brain that will, hopefully, be entertaining to every reader.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I am a nurse consultant, so I work until the evening hours. Then, once I’m home and work is sorted, I begin writing. I work best in the “wee” hours of the morning when everyone is asleep, and there’s total silence.

What scene in Deceit: A Life of Lies was your favorite to write?

The last chapter. I feel the entire book was very exciting and thrilling to write, but the last chapter was my favorite. It tied the entire piece together, and the ending twist made me want to read the book I’ve just written again and again.

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

From the words of my grandmother: “Anyone can be common, so be uncommon.”

Mark Hopkins is the author of the new book Deceit: A Life of Lies.

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