New Romance Books to Read | December 17

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Lauren Blakely, P. Dangelico, Kayley Loring, Helena Halme, Lisa Renee Jones, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!

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Books To Read If You Like Marquita Valentine

Books To Read If You Like Marquita Valentine

Marquita Valentine is a New York Times Bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Some of her popular recent releases include the Kings of Castle Beach, Scored, and The Lawson Brothers series. Whether you like your romance steamy or sweet, we think you’ll find a new favorite in these books to read if you like Marquita Valentine. Enjoy!

Finding Jackson

by Anne Holster

Release Date: October 29, 2019

The year is 1977 and born-and-bred Jersey girl Annalise Keller has fallen in love for the first and last time. Keith “Ace” Fox wants to be a rock star and is everything a girl dreams of. They both fall hard for one another and decide to run off to California in search of their big break. But fate had other plans. After several years and three kids later, Ace has traded his guitar for a job at the post office and Anna is now a symbol for everything he has given up. Flash forward a decade and their youngest child, Jackson, is headed nowhere. But everything changes when he meets Leah.

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by Elin Peer

Release Date: December 7, 2019

The second book in the bestselling Cultivated series by Elin Peer… Everyone thinks I am a nice guy. They see a polished, non-threating, good guy. But they are wrong, that is what I want them to see. It distracts them from the darkness inside me. No one can know my secret… that I have a sick mind like my father, the infamous monster from the Red Manor Cult. But I can suppress my urges. That was until Jolene began working for me.

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The Golden Pecker

by Penelope Bloom

Release Date: December 8, 2019

I never wanted to tell Andi Wainwright who I was. I definitely never planned to meet her. I’ve done a good job of keeping my distance but then her grandfather’s death changes everything. I was his business partner and now my future is tangled up in his ridiculous will. Now I have to personally bring Andi to his club, The Golden Pecker, and show her a mysterious video. I might be in the dark about what’s going on but I do know that she is the enemy.

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Countdown to Christmas

by Betty Shreffler

Release Date: December 4, 2019

It was a simple bet. In the ten days leading to Christmas, I just have to avoid my roommate’s delightfully wrapped package. If I succeed, I get to collect my present-a generous stack of green bills. But things aren’t as easy as I thought. Every time he looks at me, my knees quake. When he takes his shirt off, my heart skips a beat. Then he tells me his secret… All he wants for Christmas is me.

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by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde

Release Date: December 9, 2019

Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She is now a world-class athlete but she has a debt to pay. Joshua North is a mercenary that is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is Bethany in his bed. But she does not surrender to his kiss. Joshua isn’t going to back down and knows it is going to be a sensual fight… to the death.

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The Guy on the Left

by Kate Stewart

Release Date: December 6, 2019

The second book in The Underdogs series by bestselling author Kate Stewart… It all started with a lie. A night of blurred lines between a teacher and a student. But I wasn’t her student and I have never been the man she thinks I am. Most people have no idea about the life I have lived but there isn’t a coed on the TGU campus who knows otherwise.

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The Story Behind The Golden Pecker by Penelope Bloom

By Penelope Bloom

I finished Anyone But Nick about four months ago and was faced with the wide open unknown. It’s always an exciting and daunting prospect to finish a series. It means coming up with a “brand” for your new books. New titles. New cover concepts. New characters, etc. As fun as all of that is, it’s scary, too. Every little decision could be one that ultimately comes back to bite you and tanks your series. No pressure!

A lot of my stories pop in my head with the meet-cute moment. I’ll have an image, like I did for Her Cherry. I saw William coming in her shop and “stealing her cherry.” That was pretty much all I had when I started writing the first chapter, but an exciting idea like that can really power the story for me.

This time, it came a little differently. I knew it had been forever since I’d dabbled in the world of BDSM, and I wondered what it would be like to write a BDSM book as a romantic comedy. And four months later, here we are.

The path from there to here wasn’t exactly smooth, so I thought it’d be fun to talk a little about the issues I ran into with getting this book off the ground.

The Cover and Title

Problem number one was that I originally planned to sort of “pitch” this series to Montlake. If they liked my pitch, it would mean a contract for another group of books I’d do with them. The part I didn’t realize is that Montlake can’t advertise BDSM books. Whoops.

I also didn’t realize Anyone But Rich and Anyone But Cade weren’t exactly going to be bestselling hits. I’ll probably make a post talking about that whole situation soon, too.

But my early drafts of titles and covers were all with the idea of pitching the series to Montlake. So I was trying to make more cute kinds of titles that were clean and wouldn’t create any advertising issues. One of my leading concepts was something like, “How to Tie Down Your Boss,” or, “How to Tie Down A Dickweed,” etc. The cover was just going to be a guy’s hands tied to the title by a tie on a white background. Very simple, very rom-com, bla bla.

Well, once I learned that the book I’d started writing wasn’t something Montlake could touch, even if they wanted to, my options opened up. I still remember showing my editor my cover (she’s usually my first critic with covers, and I’ve come to really trust her opinion). I was almost done with the hands being tied to the title and I basically presented it to her thinking she was going to congratulate me and tell me how talented I was.

Instead, she said the title was kind of “meh” and the cover wasn’t really working for her.

Womp womp. I didn’t exactly believe her that it was bad at first, but I was kind of driven to make something crazy just out of frustration. So I don’t even quite remember how the idea popped into my head, but I thought it would be wild to call the book, “The Golden Cock” and just have a golden rooster emblem on the cover. When I showed her the finished draft, she loved it. She said it reminded her of the kind of crazy that made His Banana so fun.

I kind of mulled it over, just like I had with His Banana. The title “The Golden Cock” was almost guaranteed to draw some unwanted attention from the watchful eye of Amazon. But I really liked how brash and in-your-face it was. It was fun, and I love fun things. I also didn’t really have another word for Cock that would’ve worked with the chicken image as I was brainstorming. I considered maybe just calling it “The Golden”, but it felt so safe and a little boring.

That was when it hit me. Pecker! No, it didn’t have quite the impact of “Cock”, but it was also about 99% less likely to get me banned from Amazon. So Pecker it was.

The cover itself went through 0 drafts once I had this concept. It was a rare case where the image in my head is pretty much exactly what I got on the cover on my first try. If only they could all be like that.

The Story

Ugh. I learned a very important lesson about writing books early in my career: editing is something you do once the book is finished. At all costs, avoid going backwards and making changes that will require re-writes and deletions when you’re still in the process of writing.

Basically, if you want to write a book every month or two, you really can’t afford to bounce around and re-write things. You’ve got to do your best on the first round, and then attack the finished manuscript in editor mode as much as you can once it’s all in place. That way, you’ll stop yourself from changing things that don’t absolutely need changed.

So, what did I do with this book? I jumped around like crazy. I constantly went back and re-imagined how I’d open the book up. I changed motivations, rules, personalities, even names.

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but books are complicated. If you’ve written 25 chapters and you decide to change something in chapter 2, you’re most likely creating a ripple effect. Just for fun, let me give a real example from this book:

I ended up changing the hero and heroine’s dynamic for the first few chapters, which meant I also had to axe some lines that didn’t fit with the new tone of their encounter.

One such axed line was the heroine (Andi) joking that she doesn’t usually cum until the second date.

No big deal, right? Except while I was carefully re-reading after making a bazillion changes, I noticed a line where the hero (Landon) and Andi are debating whether something qualifies as a date. This prompts him to make a reference in some way to the fact that she doesn’t cum until the first date and how he plans to challenge that, etc. THEN, that comment also leads the conversation down an entirely different path that I liked. So now I needed to find some other way to pivot the conversation naturally in that direction, delete the reference, etc.

And THEN even farther down the line there was a joke about how she doesn’t sign sex contracts until the third date, which didn’t make sense anymore. So that had to go, along with the conversation it led to.

Maybe it seems crazy that you wouldn’t remember all the spots you reference back to things in a story or build off of them as the author–but it all blurs together. So the only way to really be sure you’ve covered your tracks when you make a change is to re-read the entire story.

I wound up re-reading the entire story three times before sending it to my editor to scan for inconsistencies like that, and then another time when I got the edits back to make sure the additions I made didn’t make new problems.

My brain probably looks like a fried potato right about now.

The Good News

It’s done now, and I’m super happy with the finished product. I’m also relieved to finally be launching another self published book. It has been way, way too long, and I regret how I started shifting my focus to the world of traditional publishing so much.

Yes, I still want to take advantage of the opportunity to work with publishers if I get another chance, but I’m also not going to be so ready to jump off the self publishing train. This is part of who I am. All the marketing and hustling it takes outside of actually writing the book is how I’ve helped make a career for myself. Completely leaving it behind just wouldn’t feel right.

Oh, last thing! I probably won’t really go into talking about this anywhere else because it’s kind of awkward to bring up, but I’m going to give a test run to launching my books at the $3.99 price point instead of $0.99. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, it won’t impact you at all. Borrowing is still free.

The reasons behind the change could make for a post by themselves, so I may holster that one and save it for another day. The short version is that there is a growing feeling among authors that we can’t afford to keep giving away our books for pennies (we earn $0.33 per sale at $0.99). The last thing I’ll say on it is that the only reason $0.99 books are so common is because it’s essentially a marketing strategy. You are trading the monetary value of those sales for rank and hoping your gamble pays off. If it does, the book ranks high enough to gain organic traction and it can repay what you lost selling it for so little. If it doesn’t, you basically wrote, marketed, and planned an entire book for nothing. A higher price point lets your loyal base of readers enable you to have a living wage without feeling like you’re rolling the dice with every launch. In theory, at least!

Anyway, that’s all for now. I just mentioned two things I need to make posts about soon, so I will try to remember to get to those soon. Thanks for reading!

Penelope Bloom is the author of the new book The Golden Pecker.

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Interview with Anne Holster, author of Finding Jackson

What can you tell us about your new release, Finding Jackson?

When I started writing ‘Finding Jackson’ I had no idea where I was going with it. All I had in mind is that I thought it would be fun to write about a young girl experiencing love at first sight. I also thought it would be kinda cool if the object of her affection wasn’t at all a guy most would describe as ‘classically handsome’. So, from that, ‘Finding Jackson’ was born! Although the story starts out with the blossoming relationship between Jackson and Leah, there’s also a backstory and that backstory is Jackson’s past, a past that he doesn’t want Leah knowing anything about. The story is told from three different perspectives – Jackson, Leah and Jackson’s mother, Anna. Anna’s story is told in flashbacks and begins when she first meets Jackson’s dad, ‘Ace’. The book spans several decades and involves all around major character growth – some good and some not so good. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this…’Finding Jackson’ has it all – romance, heartbreak, betrayal and lastly…love, a real lasting, all consuming perfect love.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Anyone who writes a book – particularly a novel – is inevitably asked what their inspiration was. Of the many questions I have been asked as a fairly new writer, the most common are concerned with how the story came to me, how I created the characters and how I chose my setting. Like most writers, I was inspired in large part by the books I love – you know, the ones you can’t wait to get home and read? The ones that make you ignore a ringing phone or stay up hours past your bedtime, even if it means you’ll be tired for work the next day? For me those books include the Twilight and Fifty Shades series, and much of their allure lay in the unique qualities of their male leads – Edward Cullen and Christian Grey. So, in the nutshell, I guess I was inspired to become an author by my love of reading!

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

1. Thoughtless, S.C. Stephens
2. Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire
3. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James
4. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
5. How to Kill a Rock Star, Tiffanie DeBartolo

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I like the solitude of writing. I also consider myself to be an avid, conscientious reader which I think is important because it allows you to learn from the experts in terms of storyline, character development and realistic dialogue. The more you read, the more you learn and it teaches you what you can get away with as an author and what you can’t. I learned just as much from books I didn’t like as those I did.

I’ve so far stuck with writing within the new adult genre although I haven’t ruled out writing in another genre at some point in the future – mystery, perhaps? New adult is what I mainly read, though, and you know what they say – write what you love to read!

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day is similar to most – kids, work, making dinner, etc. – I’m not that complicated so, in turn, I keep my writing process pretty simple. I usually start out writing on my laptop in the evening and most nights I keep going until I run out of ideas. On some nights when the ideas are flowing, I could literally write for hours, but then there are those nights when I seem to develop a bad case of writer’s block and on those nights, I just turn in early. I always keep a pen and pad on my nightstand in case an idea comes to me out of the blue during the night – believe it or not, this happens quite often. Of course, there have been many a morning when I had quite a hard time deciphering what I’d written the night before!

What scene in Finding Jackson was your favorite to write?

There were a lot of scenes I loved writing in ‘Finding Jackson’ but I guess if I had to pinpoint one in particular it was the one where Jackson finds out the truth behind why his father became so bitter towards his mother and him and his siblings. It was a very moving scene.

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

My favorite quote is from Irish-born author Iris Murdoch and reads, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” It’s so true! It’s the little things that make life so special!

Anne Holster is the author of the new book Finding Jackson.

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Interview with Betty Shreffler, author of Countdown to Christmas

What can you tell us about your new release, Countdown to Christmas?

Countdown to Christmas is a naughty and nice, sweet and sexy, friends to lovers romance mixed with the spirit of the holiday season.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been a writer since I was 12 years old. Writing was an emotional escape for me and a way to cope through the hardest times. It still is to this day. I didn’t consider writing as a career option until my senior year of high school. My hobby transitioned to an aspiration when my creative writing teacher told me I had real talent and should pursue classes in college. In college, my major was not creative writing or English, but I did take courses as electives. I didn’t believe I was capable of becoming a published author. It was a dream that seemed out of reach. That is until I met a co-worker in the National Park Service who was traditionally published. Meeting her opened my eyes that it was possible. That fire that had always burned inside of me became a bold flame. Several years later, I published my first novel.

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

Oh wow! I’d like to be able to narrow my reads down to the top 5, but I’ve read so many amazing books in my 20+ years I’ve been reading, I can’t pick only 5. The ones that do come to mind are all in the sub-genre of romance. I’ve had a love for romance books since I first got my hands on Nora Roberts, Anne Rice, and regency romance books in my teens.

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

Nora Roberts. I’d ask if she ever worried about running out of plot ideas or worry about her writing becoming repetitive and what she did to combat those worries. I’d also ask what her writing moto was to keep her going in the times that being an author is the most challenging.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

1) Beginning a new book when the characters are fresh and the words can’t be typed fast enough. 2) Reaching the end and completing another novel. 3) The cover design. It’s another creative outlet and exciting to see your story turned into a book cover. 4) The first 5-star reviews that roll in after the book is published. 5) When readers message you to share that your story touched them emotionally or gave them a great escape.

What is a typical day like for you?

Every single day is different for me, which is what makes my job of being an author so fun. I do try to have somewhat of a routine and it consists of doing house chores and exercising at the gym or taking my dogs to the city park to walk the 1-mile trail in the morning. Afterward, I begin work in my office of either writing for the day or do author business activities. Friday is my social media day where I spend the day interacting with readers and fellow authors. In the evenings, I make dinner for me and my husband, then cuddle with my pups to watch TV or a movie with my husband. If I’m actively writing a story and the characters won’t stop talking in my head, I’ll sometimes go back to writing after my husband goes to bed.

What scene in Countdown to Christmas was your favorite to write?

The scenes I enjoyed the most were the intimacy scene between Jaxson and Sophia when they fully open up to one another and the scene where they have sex in their boss’s bathroom. That scene makes you smile and giggle.

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

(No dream is worth dreaming if it’s not lived in life.) It’s a quote I created, sign in books, and have in my office. It’s a reminder to pursue my dreams and never give up.

Betty Shreffler is the author of the new book Countdown to Christmas.

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Interview with Elin Peer, author of Atlas

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

Atlas is the second book in my new romantic suspense series called Cultivated. It’s a series for readers who love a great psychological drama and doesn’t mind some dark scenes before we reach the HEA.

As the oldest son of a monstrous cult leader, Atlas has dedicated his life to understanding mind-control. When he hires psychologist, Jolene Fisher, to help him research, she sees through his perfect façade to the troubled man behind. Atlas doesn’t like her poking around in his disturbed mind. It’s making it harder to suppress and control the dominant, hungry beast inside him that has its eye on Jolene.

Like all my books, Atlas is fast-paced, thought-provoking, and offers humor and a solid romance story at the core.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Because I write so many hours each day, I prefer to listen to audiobooks and podcasts instead of reading books. My passion is psychology, so I listen to all sorts of podcasts that relate to the human experience. Right now, I’m enjoying Russell Brand’s series of podcasts called Under the Skin.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

1: To never feel guilty about spending days and weeks reading. It wasn’t a waste of time as it turned out to be valuable research.

2: To set boundaries more kindly. As I matured, the wrong things I did to others haunted me more than what others did to me.

3: I would also tell her never to be afraid of stepping outside her comfort zone. It’s the only way to grow.

4: Oh, and one last thing; don’t change channel when your older brother is watching his favorite show. He’ll sit on you and fart in your face.

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

In nature, with the people that I love, talking about things that matter, and getting in some good laughs.

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

LOVE! My philosophy is LOVE. My religion is LOVE. I write about LOVE. I practice it with my family and friends every day. Sometimes love is a smile to a stranger, a compliment from the heart, a home-cooked meal shared with the people I hold dear, a walk&talk with a friend who needs a safe space to cry. I use the word love and give out big warm hugs every single day. My husband and two amazing daughters can testify that my priority in life is always LOVE!!

What scene in Atlas was your favorite to write?

Atlas has been at war with his sexuality for his entire adult life. In my favorite scene, he feels as if he has lost everything. It’s the emotional breakdown before the powerful breakthrough which was a satisfying moment that I loved to write.

There’s another scene that stands out to me as well.

To understand why Atlas is so disgusted by his dominant sexuality, and why he suppresses and hides it, I felt that it was essential to show a disturbing scene where his father uses smooth talking to overstep a young women’s boundaries. I take the emotional reactions from readers as a compliment. Fearless writing is about daring to go into the darkness and bring people back out in the light. I did it daily as a personal coach, and now I do it with my characters. When I read reviews telling about aha moments and healing through my books, I smile and feel that I’m doing what I’m supposed to. I’m showing that true love comes without judgment.

Elin Peer is the author of the new book Atlas

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New Romance Books to Read | December 10

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Skye Warren, Penelope Bloom, Elin Peer, Betty Shreffler, Anne Holster, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!

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Your Winter Romance Reading List | 2019

Your Winter Romance Reading List | 2019

Winter is here and what better way to warm up than with some hot new romance novels to curl up with! Whether you are interested in steamy, sweet, historical, or suspenseful, we’ve got something for everybody! Check out these amazing new books from Annabelle Anders, Krissy Daniels, Danica Winters, Scarlett Scott, Tijan, Kristen Callihan, and Samantha Young. Enjoy these new additions for your winter romance reading list!

Lady Be Good

by Annabelle Anders

Release Date: December 1, 2019

The fifth book in the Lord Love A Lady Series by bestselling author Annabelle Anders… Rose is a lady’s maid. But she is educated, opinionated, hard-headed, and impetuous. Roman Spencer is about to become one of England’s most powerful Earls. When they stumble upon each other at a Christmas House Party, this very mismatched pair find it hard to fight the smoldering attraction between them.

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Truck Stop Titan

by Krissy Daniels

Release Date: October 6, 2019

I believe in happily ever afters. So when my sister died and left behind a daughter, I knew I had to step up. So, I dumped my boyfriend and caught the first plane to Idaho. I was not prepared to be a single parent but that didn’t stop me. I also didn’t expect to have a fling with a grumpy stranger on my first night in Whisper Springs. Little did I know that this brooding bad-boy turned out to be my niece’s savior… and a dangerous criminal.

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Hidden Truth

by Danica Winters

Release Date: December 1, 2019

The first book in the new Stealth series by bestselling author Danica Winters… Rancher Trevor Martin has many dangerous secrets. What he doesn’t know is that his housekeeper, Sabrina Parker has just as many of her own. She is an undercover FBI agent that is investigating whether Trevor is a gunrunning terrorist. She has no idea that he is CIA. Soon, both of them living under the same roof becomes a liability. Their trust is uncertain but their attraction is undeniable.

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Earl of Every Sin

by Scarlett Scott

Release Date: November 18, 2019

The fourth book in the Sins and Scoundrels series by USA Today Bestselling Author Scarlett Scott… Alessandro, the half-Spanish Earl of Rayne has settled upon a marriage of convenience with Lady Catriona Hamilton. The terms are very clear: she produces an heir in exchange for her freedom. Alessandro is still haunted by a painful past and has no intention of a true marriage with his new wife or for remaining in England.

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by Tijan

Release Date: December 1, 2019

Stone Reeves was my neighbor. I have hated him since the sixth grade. He was gorgeous, charismatic, and the town’s football god. While I was invisible. He went to a Division 1 school for football and my father was fired by his father. His team won the National Championship and my mother died the same day. Now I am in Texas and just trying to pick up the pieces of my life. Stone is here. He is everywhere.

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by Kristen Callahan & Samantha Young

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Parker Brown needs a fake boyfriend. She thought her new job in renewable energy would mean she entered a world of progressive thinking. But it turns out her boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she has found the perfect candidate, Rhys Morgan.

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Interview with Krissy Daniels, author of Truck Stop Titan

What can you tell us about your new release, Truck Stop Titan?

Dane Reynolds is a criminal who wants to be free of the MC life. He stumbles upon a child prisoner and takes her to a rescue home for trafficked children. Dane forms a bond with the child, and eventually with her quirky aunt who has her own set of issues. As with all of the books in the series, Titan is a little dark, a little dirty, pulls at your heartstrings, and of course, wraps up the series with a satisfying HEA.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been in love with storytelling for as long as I could hold a pencil. Despite encouragement from teachers, family, and friends, I never considered making a career of writing. It wasn’t until my children were in school that I wrote my first novel. A few years back, I learned that a former high school classmate, Rebecca Zanetti had written a series. I was so excited, I bought and devoured all of her books. Then I reached out and said, “Hey, I wrote a book. What do I do now?” Becky was so gracious, thank God. She offered a ton of advice, then encouraged me to join RWA and my local chapter. I joined. A few months later, I signed my first contract.

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

That’s an impossible question to answer because I read so many books —mostly romance— and every couple of months, I have a new favorite. I do have a list of favorite series: In The Company Of Killers by J.A. Redmerski. The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. The Deliver Series by Pam Godwin. The Corruption Series by C.D. Reiss. The Sin Brother series by Rebecca Zanetti.

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

I won’t lie. This could never happen. I’ve met a couple of my favorite authors over the years and the moment I’m in their presence, I turn into a blubbering mess. That being said, I would ask J.R. Ward what she has against baby powder.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love this question. My favorite thing about writing is getting lost in the characters. Becoming someone else. Sweet and innocent. Dark and disturbing. Young or old. I get to live hundreds of crazy adventures through my characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

My life in a nutshell? Chaotic and boring. Work the day job to support my writing career. Come home. Herd the dogs. Take care of the household duties. Take care of the wifely duties *wink, wink*. My children are self sufficient, so there isn’t much parenting required of me anymore, but they still need attention. Squeeze in as much writing time as I can before I pass out.

What scene in Truck Stop Titan was your favorite to write?

The scene when Dane confesses his sins to James, unaware that Tango is listening. That scene wraps up unanswered questions from the long and volatile relationship between Dane, Tango, and Slade throughout the series.

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

After a couple of challenging years, my husband and I decided that “Fuck it” would be our new motto. Can I say that? If not, apologies. But it’s amazing how many situations (good or bad) those two words have gotten me into, or out of.

Krissy Daniels is the author of the new book Truck Stop Titan.

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Interview with Danica Winters, author of Hidden Truth

What can you tell us about your new release, Hidden Truth?

Hidden Truth was a work of the heart. My brothers were both in the military and with that came the warrior mentality. This was a way of bringing that world to readers in a different way; namely, through the world of black ops and military contractors.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I always loved to write, but I thought it was an impossible dream. At 18, I was diagnosed with cancer and I had a revelation that I wanted to contribute to the world and help others escape in any way I could. This led to writing for magazines, then short stories, and finally moving into my one true love—romance.

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

Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper
Steven Pressfield’s Warrior’s Ethos
Delia Owens Where the Crawdad’s Sing
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
Tara Westover’s Educated

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

One of my very favorite people in this industry is BJ Daniels. She is truly an inspiration. Once, when I was just starting out, she gave me the best advice any new writer can receive: “No matter what happens, just keep writing.”

This piece of advice changed my world. I didn’t use life, business, illness, kids, or anything else as an excuse. No matter how much I wanted to quit, I kept plugging away.

If I was to ask her anything, I would like to ask her what was her biggest lesson. She has written hundreds of books. I can only imagine what other gems of wisdom she has to bestow.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love to write, picking a single thing I enjoy is like picking a favorite child. This profession isn’t just about writing…being an author is a lifestyle. I go out and study what I choose to write about, I look for nuggets in daily life, I spend hundreds of hours studying psychology and human nature, then comes the creation, proposals, publishers, then the production, marketing, and hanging out with my AMAZING fans. I have a street team that other authors would jones for, seriously…they are the freaking coolest.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up, have a cup of coffee and then I get to work. I own Self-Publishing Services, so I have “a day job” of sorts…though it is all interconnected with my writing. Lately, I’ve also been working on a really cool event, a conference for writers, actors, and the public all about Special Operations (think military contractors and alphabet soup agencies).

Once I do my daily business, I then sit down and write between 1-3k words. Or, I work on marketing, reaching out to fans, or creating new ideas. Seriously, there is never a dull moment in my world, but I am so passionate about my books.

What scene in Hidden Truth was your favorite to write?

I love the prologue. I can’t tell you a whole lot, but it set up the entire series. Hidden Truth is the first book in the four-book STEALTH Series, but I just signed with Harlequin for six more in a continuing series called the STEALTH Surveillance Series. So, most of the characters will have cameos!

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

I have two:
Under promise, over deliver. This applies to everything. I want to blow people’s minds when the read my books, meet me, or work with me. I love to surprise!

And always keep the story moving forward. Again, applies to everything. Going back to BJ’s advice, even when life rears its ugly head, I think about this…And I keep on moving. This resilience is something you will always see in my characters and hopefully as readers finish my books, it is a feeling they can bring into their own lives.

Danica Winters is the author of the new book Hidden Truth.

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