Interview with Sam Cheever, Author of Tea & Croakies

What can you tell us about your new release, Tea & Croakies?

Tea & Croakies is book one in a humorous paranormal cozy mystery series that’s based on a magical artifact librarian who has a Fae sidekick and a magical cat and frog. The book is filled with adventure, fun, and surprises, with magical creatures and a mystery to solve.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always felt the need to tell stories. I liked writing in different voices when I was in high school and one of my English teachers encouraged me to do something with my talent. That was probably the first time I believed I had something to offer with my writing.

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

For me, this list is extremely eclectic. I chose the five books below not because they’ve been celebrated for their literary merit, although a couple of them certainly have. The following books have inspired me as a writer. Some have fascinated me with their magic. Others have given me an appreciation for comedic timing. Some have shown me the beauty and music in a well-formed sentence, a well-described scene, and a well-drawn character. They each have their own strengths and I’ve appreciated and learned much from them.

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austin
One for the Money, Janet Evanovich

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

J.K. Rowling. I’d love to talk to her about her writing journey and why she went the way she did with the Harry potter series. The whole mood of the books changed so drastically from the first book to the last. It went far beyond normal character progression in my opinion.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are days when every word seems like slogging through deep snow on a blustery, overcast Winter day. And there are days when the words fall like soft rain over a verdant landscape. The good days are good for obvious reasons. But the bad days hold much more to be proud of. They prove to me that, when everything is working against me, I can still put words to paper. They offer proof that I’m in this thing called writing for the long haul. There’s comfort and encouragement in that knowledge.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work 7 days a week. I’m in my office by 4:00 AM and usually leave it around 3:00 PM. I try to get out of my desk every hour or so to take the dogs outside, do laundry or other chores. My goal every day is to write between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Once my daily goal is reached, the remainder of my day I spend replying to emails, updating my website and other administrative things, and planning and setting up promotions and marketing.

What scene in Tea & Croakies was your favorite to write?

This is a really tough question with this particular book. It was so much fun to write, from beginning to end. I have a lot of favorites. But, I guess my absolute favorite would be the following scene from the very beginning of the book:
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I’ve been told from an early age that magic wrangling is a science. Color me skeptical. It’s not that I don’t believe it’s a science. It’s that, for me, the whole process is really more of a hit or miss, try until you die proposition. It’s like I’m missing something that will make it easier. As if someone forgot to give me my magic wand when I reached my eighteenth birthday and came into my powers.
Or rather, my powers came into me. With a crash, thump, grab your rump kind of unexpectedness that left me hanging over the toilet horking and holding my head with both hands as it tried to split in two.
Even now, five years later, I still get the migraines. I wish I could say they’ve gotten easier over time. And maybe they have. But if you’re making a comparison between a tsunami and a level 5 hurricane, it’s really a distinction without a whole lot of difference for the people getting pounded by weather. Well, except one might kill you faster.
I’m thinking my shelf life might be a little bit longer these days, though I couldn’t prove it.
At the moment, with a thousand tiny gnomes wearing spiked golf shoes and using pickle forks as walking sticks dancing on my brain, I was thinking it might be preferable to die faster anyway.
The world suddenly erupted in a series of explosions which had a familiar cadence to them. I hid under my long, brown hair and fought my lids to get them to open. But they fought back, eventually snapping closed again as the explosions stopped and the door my intruder had been banging on swung slowly open. “Naida? Are you awake?”
All evidence to the contrary, I was, unfortunately, awake. I grunted something even I couldn’t decipher and my torturer took it as permission to come into my room.
“I closed up downstairs. Do you want me to make you some tea?”
My lips moved and more words nobody could understand eased through them. Fortunately, my loyal, if slightly annoying, assistant understood Migrainish Gibberish.
“I felt the magic arrive a few minutes ago, so I went ahead and closed up,” she cheerfully said as she picked up my teapot and proceeded to bang out the Star-Spangled Banner with it on my stovetop.
Not really, of course. But only because she wasn’t musically inclined and couldn’t recreate the Star-Spangled Banner if her life depended on it.
“Ugh!” I said, hoping she could interpret that single non-word as “Please try to be quieter. My head is killing me.”
Bang! “Oh say…” Crash “…can you see…” Clang “by the dawn’s early light…”
“Sebille!”
She jerked to a halt as I sat bolt upright in my bed, my blue eyes flying open with outrage. I immediately regretted the decision to move, my brain pulsing unhappily inside my head and the soldiers with pickle forks breaking into a rowdy rendition of the Irish Chicken Dance. “You’re killing me.”
True to form, my non-serious friend simply rolled her almost iridescent green eyes. “Drama much?”
I put my head into my hands and groaned. “Why do I bother?”
A steaming mug appeared in front of my face. The sweet, floral scent undulated toward my nostrils in a siren song I could not resist. Taking the mug, I sniffed first, letting the sweet deliciousness infuse my sinuses.
The headache eased a bit just from that sniff, and by the time I’d drained the mug a few minutes later, the pain was gone.
I sighed. “Are you sure you’re not a witch? Tea never works this well when I make it.”
Sebille dropped onto the edge of my bed. “You know I’m not a witch. I’m just tea-talented.”
I would have sighed but the extra air rushing through my system probably would have enraged the soldiers with pickle forks. “Thank you. I was working up the courage to make myself some when you assaulted my door.”
Sebille shook her head. “You always exaggerate so.”
I glowered at her. “And you have zero compassion.”
Shrugging, she tugged a strand of her bright red hair before tucking it behind a pointed ear. “That is unfortunately true.”
No remorse. Which, BTW, perfectly matched her lack of compassion.

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

I do. I love this quote from P.T. Barnum: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” It reflects my view of what I try to do perfectly.

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Interview with Christine Brae, Author of The Year I Left

What can you tell us about your new release, The Year I Left?

My new book, The Year I Left is the story about a woman who loses herself along the path of being a mother and a wife, and the journey she takes to find her way back.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I always loved to write. Five years ago, I experienced something so profound in my life, I decided to write about it with the hopes of letting others know that we are all held together by the same affairs of the heart. I was also encouraged to self-publish my first book by other indie authors who guided me and inspired me to share my words with others.

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

I grew up reading all kinds of books – it is so difficult to choose five of the best ones! I have to say that The Thornbirds by Colleen McCollough was the first book that had such an impact on me. Books by Stephen King were a staple during my growing up years. Anita Shreve’s The Last Time They Met and The Weight of Water are books I can read over and over again, and Tarryn Fisher’s The Opportunist impacted my life in so many ways. Paulo Coelho is amazing, anything he writes sings to my heart.

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

Another tough question! My writings have always been inspired by prose and poetry. Rumi, the Persian poet is such an enigma to me. Did he really exist? How did his words get so intense? What inspired him to write such beautiful, lyrical, insightful passages? Did he have one great love in his life and was he motivated by heartbreak? He wrote about the skies, the stars, the sun, the heavens – if he lived today, what would he be saying about how our world and how it has evolved?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a very demanding career – it involves making decisions and being surrounded by people who value my leadership and example. A typical day is never typical. I’m constantly putting out fires, attending meetings and giving 100% of myself and trying to make an impact. Of course, some days are full of accomplishments, others are not. But I get so excited at the start of each day – I am so blessed to have a job that I absolutely love.

What scene in The Year I Left was your favorite to write?

I can’t really give too much away – but The Year I Left has many soulful, emotional scenes – I can tell you that I cried while writing two particular ones involving Carin and Matias. This book was difficult to write because of the truth that is in every word. People who have read it may not believe it – but this book is based on true events. Which makes the emotion very real.

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

Aside from “never leave home without your eyebrows,” which my grandmother always told me (haha) – I really believe that living each day in gratitude helps me to always appreciate every single thing that’s been thrown my way – good or bad – everything I’ve gone through has made me who I am today. “Life is too short to be lived in regret.”

Christine Brae is the author of the new book The Year I Left.

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Interview with Melissa Erin Jackson, author of Pawsitively Poisonous

What can you tell us about your new release, Pawsitively Poisonous?

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first book in my cozy mystery series. The books are set in a town completely obsessed with cats, and the lead character is a witch named Amber. She keeps her witchy abilities a secret but uses her powers to craft unique items for her shop, The Quirky Whisker. Amber finds herself in a bit of trouble when her best friend is found poisoned, a vial from Amber’s shop in her hand. The town’s police chief—who has always been suspicious of her and her wares—puts her at the top of his short suspect list. She has to find a way to clear her name and also keep her abilities a secret.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m more of an audiobook junkie lately, so my night stand is a bit bare at the moment. The last two audiobooks I finished were Wilder Girls by Rory Power (A YA novel that has a lot of Jeff VanderMeer vibes), and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (adult psychological suspense). Not sure what’s up next—maybe a fantasy. I like to listen to a wide range of genres.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

“Try not to be so hard on yourself.” And I’d probably tell her to get into writing sooner. I didn’t get “seriously” into writing until I was a freshman in college. High school might have been easier if I’d had my stories to lose myself in.

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

Sleeping! Adults need to have scheduled midday naps like preschoolers. Ha.

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

About two years ago, I started going to OrangeTheory Fitness. It’s something I schedule into my week and force myself to go even when I’ve already had a hectic day. I dread it all day long, yet I’m always so happy once I’ve finished a class. It’s one of the few things I do that’s purely just for me. It’s a challenge every single time I go in there, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

What scene in Pawsitively Poisonous was your favorite to write?

I really loved writing all the scenes that involved Amber’s magically enhanced toys. The opening scene of her demonstrating a cat toy for a bunch of wide-eyed children was a scene that popped into my head fully formed before I ever started writing. I’m a big fan of Scarlet the flying dragon, too.

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Interview with Dianne Duvall, author of Death of Darkness

What can you tell us about your new release, Death of Darkness?

Death of Darkness is the latest book in my Immortal Guardians series, which features powerful preternatural heroes, strong heroines, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy, sweet, and laced with humor. (If you’re new to the series, don’t worry. Each novel and novella can be read as a stand-alone story. You’ll just know more about the secondary characters if you read them in order.)

Death of Darkness is also by far the most requested book of the series thus far because it revolves around Seth, the immensely powerful leader of the Immortal Guardians. Seth has led the immortals for thousands of years, guiding them, protecting them, and doing everything he can to help them find happiness in what can otherwise be a pretty dark existence. Together they have protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, and even defended military bases under attack. But spearheading all of this has kept Seth too busy to consider pursuing his own happiness.

Then he meets Leah… and everything changes. Leah sees Seth in a way no one else in the world does. She wants to erase the darkness that haunts him and replace it with love and laughter. Even when an enemy who is determined to watch the world burn threatens everything, Leah is determined to remain by Seth’s side and help him triumph over his nemesis and find long-deserved happiness.

I had a LOT of fun with these characters… as well as with the Immortal Guardians’ reactions to their austere, illustrious leader falling in love. There are moments that will make readers laugh out loud, and others that will make their jaws drop. I hope everyone who picks up a copy will enjoy the ride.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a voracious reader. In fact, one of my earliest memories from elementary school is of waiting eagerly for the Book Bus to visit. It came twice a month, first to deliver a brochure filled with the book covers and an order form, then to deliver cellophane wrapped stacks of lovely books I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Each story I eagerly devoured fired my imagination and sparked an intense desire to create my own. I started writing stories when I was around twelve or thirteen years old and have loved it ever since.

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

1—Stephen King’s ON WRITING. I am a huge admirer of Stephen King. I learn something new every time I read one of his books. And his fiction novels always fire my imagination and make me want to sit down and write for hours. So it didn’t surprise me at all when I loved ON WRITING, too.
2—Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST NIGHT. Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. This one really stood out. I loved the characters and the storytelling. It was a great introduction to an entertaining series.
3—Laurann Dohner’s FURY. This totally hooked me on Laurann’s New Species series. I’ve devoured every book in it since.
4—Karen Marie Moning’s THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER. The books in the Highlander series were among the first time travel romances I ever read. And I really enjoyed them. This one, The Immortal Highlander, was my favorite and one I return to often.
5—Stephen King’ THE STAND (Uncut). What can I say? Stephen King is a phenomenal writer. I think this was the first horror novel I ever read, and I absolutely loved it. In my opinion, it’s one of his best. I could read it again and again.

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

My online friends will not be at all surprised by my answer to this one: My first guest would be Stephen King. I would love to sit down with him and ask his opinion on some of the massive changes that have taken place in the publishing industry over the last decade.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is watching the stories that ramble around in my head unfold in their entirety. I’m what is known in the writing world as a pantser, not a plotter. In other words, I fly by the seat of my pants instead of outlining the plot in detail before I begin each book. I may have a general idea of where I’d like the story to begin and end, but the road in between is unpaved and simply unfolds as I write. I love the surprises that result.

Also, because I write series with ensemble casts, I like that I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters I create as soon as I finish their book. Those characters can go on to play crucial roles in future books in the series, so they continue to grow and expand and entertain me.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day will find me working on my current manuscript, promoting my latest release, and going over edits, copyedits, and proofs for my next release. Working on my current manuscript is my favorite of the three. I really do love to write. I also enjoy spending time in my Books Group on Facebook. It’s such a fun, positive place to “kick back and relax.” And I like to keep up with reader and author friends online.

What scene in Death of Darkness was your favorite to write?

There were so many favorite scenes in this one that it’s hard to choose. But I think the one that tops them all is the first time my Immortal Guardians crew meet Leah face to face. Their reactions to her and her responses to them made me laugh out loud.

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The Story Behind I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

By Ilsa Madden-Mills

Okay, I admit it…hate/love romances rock my world, and my newest release I Hate You delivers it deliciously. Smart enemies-to-lovers? Check. Second chance, sports romance with all the feels? Double check.

We have Blaze, star football hottie, who fights for the love of the brainy, slightly bad girl he dumped—at her own party in front of her friends. In his defense, he thought he was doing the right thing, but he has growing to do, yet isn’t that the best part, when a character grows and changes? It’s steamy and full of flirty banter, but underneath it’s an emotional, layered story about overcoming our pasts to get the love we all deserve.

Did I mention there’s a highly intelligent, foul-mouthed parrot named Vampire Bill—after True Blood, of course. “Get your a*s up and get me a cigarette,” might be his favorite saying. I snorted every time he offered up advice on Charisma’s love life—and her clothing selections.

The hero and heroine have original names, my favorite! Blaze is the charming, wide receiver from Mississippi and Charisma is the high-heel wearing, chess-playing New Yorker. Total opposites—but when they share a kiss—a white-hot inferno ignites and doesn’t let go.

I adored writing these deeply flawed characters. Blaze might be the hottest guy on campus, but because of his childhood, he doesn’t know what love really is. He’s a bad boy who’s broken, and these heroes always tug at my heart, seeing how they overcome their insecurities and get their HEA. Charisma, on the other hand, knows exactly what love is, but has rules when it comes to protecting her heart. Through it all, she hangs on to her badassery and never gives Blaze one inch. Dang, don’t you love a strong heroine?

Ma, Charisma’s meddling, Italian-American mother, is another favorite side character. I giggled in every scene she popped up, her advice to Charisma about “being a good Catholic girl” and “don’t end up with one of those Mississippi hillbillies” are priceless. And when she finally meets Blaze, the guy who never had a family, holy cow, have your tissues ready.

I Hate You is my 6th sports romance book, including my hockey romance Boyfriend Bargain. It’s easy to write about football when you have a true passion for it. I live in the South where football is life—from Friday night high school games to tailgating on Saturdays with your favorite college team. Go UT!

If you love angst, bad boys with heart, relatable, real heroines, and smart banter, check out I Hate You! It’s a complete standalone and will be live August 19 and available in Kindle Unlimited.

Ilsa Madden-Mills is the author of the new book I Hate You.

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The Story Behind Hard to Love by Willow Winters

By Willow Winters

There are some moments in stories where there is a turn in the way you feel about a couple. In a very – feel it deep down in your soul – type of way. It typically happens right after an event that essentially rips your heart out and forces you to hold on to hope. That hope comes when the characters choose love.

I wrote this scene for Hard to Love as one of the first in this manuscript because I needed to feel it from the very beginning knowing how intense this story was going to be. Here’s a little sneak peek at it, so you can know exactly what I’m talking about:

“Hey come here,” his voice is gentle. He’s always soft with me. This strong man with rough edges and a past that would frighten most… his tone caresses me. I can’t help it. I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
I crawl over to him, settling down in his lap. He’s so tall and his shoulders so much wider that it feels perfect here. He’s warm, and when I lay my cheek against his shoulder, peeking up at him and wondering, why me? Why did he pick me? He kisses me. Stopping my questioning, stopping the pain. It’s an immediate spike of heat. An immediate desire.
Does he feel it too? How it soothes every inch of me. How that lust turns to wildfire in my blood and nothing stands a chance in its path. With his fingers at my chin, he keeps me still while he breaks the kiss. When I open my eyes, feeling the forgotten beads of moisture in my lashes, he’s there, staring at me. His light blue eyes shine with devotion. It’s real. I know it’s real.
His cadence is rough when he tells me, “Let me make you feel better.”

Willow Winters is the author of the new book Hard to Love.

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Interview with Tanya E. Williams, Author of A Man Called Smith

What can you tell us about your new release, A Man Called Smith?

A Man Called Smith is an emotionally gripping historical family saga told from the perspective of two characters, a father and his daughter beginning in 1949. It is the third book in a three book series however the series can be read in any order as each book stands well on its own.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a story teller at heart. Growing up, despite my painfully slow reading practices, I enjoyed historical stories and epic sweeping tales such as Gone With The Wind. I loved getting lost in another time period and spent a great deal of time thinking about what life might have been like throughout history. I suppose it was the stories themselves that inspired me to become an author.

My first memory of entertaining myself by making up a story was when I was about five years old. I was playing at the grassy edge of an alfalfa field talking to the ever illusive crickets. I crouched along, weaving a story about the life of the crickets as I tried desperately to spot one. Of course, whenever I drew near to the sound of the cricket’s song, they would become silent and then the singing would begin again somewhere behind me, so back I would go, telling the story I was creating while I searched the tall grass for a cricket sighting. In the end, a quiet form of self entertainment developed and I have continued the practice of story telling ever since.

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

I tend to be a read it once kind of reader so if a book captures my attention to revisit it again either through memory or through an actual reread, then I know the book has captured me in a meaningful way. The following books have done that for me.

1) Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
2) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
3) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
4) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
5) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

Great question! There are many authors I would want to talk about characters, story telling, and craft with, but I have to say that I would probably want my first guest to be an avid reader such as Oprah or Reese Witherspoon as there is simply nothing better than connecting with another book enthusiast over the love of a good book. My first question would be the same as yours above, what are the top 5 best books you have ever read? And then I would have my pencil ready as my “to be read” list grew in spades in a matter of a few moments.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I enjoy pretty much every aspect of the writing process but my favorite is the excitement of the first spark of an idea. I love the rush of having an idea appear before me. Jotting down those first nuggets of inspiration is like planting a seed of hope. Those tiny fragments of an idea are what fuel me forward with every story.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day varies depending on what aspect of the writing process I am working with but it always begins with a cup of tea, a short meditation, and a “to do” list. I typically write in the morning. I prefer to do edits in the afternoon when the time comes and I enjoy both the change of pace and the move to the couch that editing brings. When I am deep in the writing phase, I block out a solid three to six hours of each day so I can hold the story line and the characters close to my heart as we move through the story together. If I am researching, I can be found at the library, watching a movie, taking a tour, walking the streets of the city I plan to write about and so much more. I go where the research takes me and it is a much loved aspect of writing historical fiction for me.

What scene in A Man Called Smith was your favorite to write?

So many of the scenes in A Man Called Smith are filled with deep emotion but my favorite one to write was the gathering coal scene. It is a dark scene for sure but it was the way it flowed out of me that makes it my favorite. It was as if I was watching a movie unfold before me and the words just magically landed on the page. I felt the chill in the house. I shook my head just like Jarred did and I shuddered along with Calla as she removed the rug. I desperately wanted to step in and stop Calla from going down the stairs and yet the words just continued to flow. It was both a chilling and exhilarating experience as a writer.

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

I try to live my life in a state of gratitude so my favorite quote is “there is always something to be grateful for, sometimes, you just have to dig a little to find it.”

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Interview with Dean F. Wilson, Author of The Call of Agon

What can you tell us about your new release, The Call of Agon?

It’s the first in an Epic Fantasy trilogy following the tale of a reluctant demigod tasked with keeping the Beast Agon imprisoned in the Underworld. It was my first published book and is now being republished, with the series enhanced and expanded, and now available in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance. Expect lyrical language, a unique and fully developed world, intriguing and powerful characters, and intense battles.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure it was a single event or person, but I started writing my first novel when I was around 11 years old. I was inspired by language itself, as well as immersive stories and worlds like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.

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

I find this often changes based on what I’m reading at the time, but a few that I think everyone should read are: The Lord of the Rings, Dune, Mort, The Dark Tower, and A Song of Ice & Fire. Right, some of these are technically series, but I don’t think you can just read one book of them! And, of course, I feel bad for leaving out so many other good books!

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

J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d probably ask about those pesky Blue Wizards.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting to create whole new worlds.

What is a typical day like for you?

There isn’t really one, per se, as I have the flexibility to work, play, or socialise when and how I want, which is both a blessing and a bane. Some times I get a lot of writing done, other times marketing, and other times the million other things I want or need to do.

What scene in The Call of Agon was your favorite to write?

That’s a difficult one, but possibly the initial battle at Larksong or the whole chapter in Idor-Hol.

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

Here’s one of my own: “There are always periodic opportunities to give up, while every single moment is an opportunity to persevere.”

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Interview with Gianna Gabriela, Author of Then There Was You

What can you tell us about your new release, Then There Was You?

Then There Was You is a collection of Single Parent stories. It features single moms and single dads who undergo struggles and ultimately find love. The collection has novels and novellas and the proceeds will be going to a non-profit that fights against family homelessness.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My inspiration for becoming an author arose from my inability to find myself in the characters I read. I’m a Latina with a first name, middle, and two last names, I have dark skin and curly hair and didn’t grow up reading characters that reminded me of me.

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

The best books I’ve ever read are all the ones Sarah Dessen has written. She’s my unicorn author. Aside from her, Tijan’s Antistepbrother and Natasha Preston’s Silence are my favorites.

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 Tijan and I’d ask if we’re getting more Caden Banks! He’s my forever book boyfriend.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is that I get to escape. I get to write the happily ever afters we constantly wait for in real life.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a full-time law student and when I’m not in school, during the summer, I’m a summer associate at a law firm. The days are pretty much researching, reading, and answering legal questions. Then, I get home and Netflix comes on. I write whenever I feel the desire to.

What scene in Then There Was You was your favorite to write?

I actually wrote a novella for Then There Was You and my favorite scene is the final one. Jointly though, the authors take us in a journey of emotions!

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

I have a motto but it’s unrelated to books. It’s about food. If I can’t eat what I want then what’s the point.

Gianna Gabriella is the author of the new book Then There Was You.

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New Historical Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

New Historical Fiction Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

Have you been searching for some new historical fiction books for your summer reading list? You are sure to find some new favorites in this list of enthralling new releases by bestselling authors Tanya E. Williams, Meredith Allard, Julianne Maclean, Elizabeth Macneal, Sharon Maas, and Debbie Rix. Enjoy your new books!


A Man Called Smith

by Tanya E. Williams

Release Date: August 13, 2019

South Dakota, 1949. John Smith is a WWII veteran that lost his wife during childbirth. Desperate to provide for his two children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage… Washington State, 1964. John’s daughter Calla is now 16 and yearns for a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. But when her stepmother takes her college money, her dreams crumble. John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home.

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Down Salem Way

by Meredith Allard

Release Date: June 25, 2019

In the year 1690, James Wentworth arrived in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his father John. He soon falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, Elizabeth Jones. While they were virtually strangers when they got married, their love quickly turned into a passion that transcended time. But something evil lurks down Salem Way. Can their love carry them through the madness surrounding them?

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A Fire Sparkling

by Julianne Maclean

Release Date: August 1, 2019

Gillian Gibbons was betrayed by the man she loves. After she flees to her family home for an escape, she soon finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer. Gillian is rattled by the discovery and is desperate to uncover the truth behind the photo.

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The Doll Factory

by Elizabeth Macneal

Release Date: August 13, 2019

In 1850s London, two people meet by happenstance in a crowd watching the Great Exhibition being erected in Hyde Park. It is a brief and forgettable moment for Iris but for Silas, this meeting is a new beginning. When she starts to model for Louis Frost, her world begins to expand beyond her wildest dreams. But she has no idea evil is waiting in the shadows.

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The Violin Maker’s Daughter

by Sharon Maas

Release Date: July 19, 2019

When the Nazis arrived in Colmar on November 1st, 1940, Joseph, a Jewish violin maker, assures his family that they will be fine. This was true, until one year later when they receive a knock on the door at midnight. On that night his eldest daughter Sarah’s world is turned upside down.

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The Secret Letter

by Debbie Rix

Release Date: July 22, 2019

1939. Magda is a thirteen-year-old that is devastated when her best friend is taken away and sent to a concentration camp. As the Nazi power grows, Magda realizes she is not like other German girls in her village. She hates the Hitler Youth and secretly joins The White Rose Movement.

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