Interview with Betti Rosewood, Author of Boys That Tease

What can you tell us about your new release, Boys That Tease?

It’s a story I’ve been working on for 6 months and I love the angsty, steamy book that came out of it! I’ve been toying with the idea of a bully with a heart of gold… and that’s exactly what the main character, Crispin, is like.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was lucky enough to realize I wanted to be an author the first day of school – it sounds ridiculous, but I remember sitting at my desk learning to write my name and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I had an amazing teacher who always encouraged me and believed in me. I don’t think I’d be here without her. Also, my parents are HUGE readers and they really instilled a love of reading in me.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

In no specific order: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, a bunch of books by K Webster (I can’t pick one, don’t make me), You by Caroline Kepnes & I loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I also ADORE Gillian Flynn.

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

I love this question! I would want to bring on indie authors and spotlight their books, because I think there are some truly amazing people in the indie industry, who are so very talented! People like LJ Shen, Jade West, Kitty Thomas and Ashley Jade are forever an inspiration. I would love to ask them all one question: What happens to the stories that never get written? The ideas they cast aside – do they have a story they want to tell but haven’t yet? Secrets intrigue me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Telling the story that only I know and sharing it with my readers. My favorite part are their responses, reviews and love for my stories.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up late, have a meeting with my manager AKA boyfriend and then spend the day chasing plot bunnies! I take out some time for reading as well as my pets (I have 2 cats and a Lab Retriever).

What scene in Boys That Tease was your favorite to write?

Oooh this might get steamy… My favorite scene to write was the first sex scene. Because I’d explored these characters for so long, I felt like it was so special. I felt every word in that scene.

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

Yes, something my father taught me – ‘Per aspera ad astra’, through hardships to the stars.

 

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Interview with Charlotte O’Shay, Author of Their No-Strings Affair

What can you tell us about your new release, Their No-Strings Affair?

This is a standalone third book in my City of Dreams series. It’s a steamy contemporary romance with two people who don’t believe in the myth of happily ever after deciding to embark on a month-long affair. Fate has other plans for them.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I don’t think I was inspired by anything or anyone. Like Gaga says, I was born that way. It’s like eye color. The desire to write was always there. I actually suppressed it for a long time like a guilty habit only writing at odd times because I knew it was a difficult path financially. I am a lawyer (non-practicing now). The desire to write never left me. Here I am writing romance and every writing day is a good day.

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

That’s tough. Like many people and especially writers, I always have a book in my hand. I adore romance but I love history and non-fiction. There are many, many romance authors, starting with classic Nora Roberts and including the delicious erotic romances of Tessa Bailey, whose books have pumped me up during hard times or just entertained me when I had a couple of hours to while away. Top 5 is impossible here’s Top 9

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Hamilton by Ron Chernow

1984 by George Orwell

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Darkness Visible by William Styron

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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

Stephen King, George RR Martin

I would ask them tedious questions about process and how their ideas come to them. I’m fascinated by thrillers and elaborate sagas and the minds capable of writing them. I love King’s book On Writing. I would ask them how they develop ideas into something concrete or if the story comes to them whole, and how do they channel ideas into narrative.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

This sounds weird but it’s a powerful feeling to have the spark of an idea for a story and ultimately see that idea, and the people you’ve created come to life.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t have a typical day. But a good day is a day I write all day long, 9-5. I set timers to keep myself on task, away from social media and remember things like making dinner. On a really perfect day I take an hour or so to walk along the Hudson River near our apartment.

What scene in Their No-Strings Affair was your favorite to write?

The black moment. When Jake leaves Honey and on Christmas Eve no less. They were both in so much pain.

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

One of my favorites is Never, never, never give up. That goes for careers and people anything one is striving toward. Another favorite is Albert Einstein’s quote where he said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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The Story Behind Accidental Knight by Nicole Snow

By Nicole Snow

Love and loss. Polar opposites. Beginning and end.

I’ve always been fascinated with how life’s deepest emotional time bombs can change people forever. That’s the premise of my latest marriage mistake book, when young Bella Reed walks into an inheritance she never expected – a billion dollar company, a sprawling ranch, a brilliant horse, and yes, a freaking husband.

Grandpa’s will was a little strange. It lists Drake Larkin as the man Bella needs to stay married to for the next six months to fully protect his legacy, plus the fate of the little town of Dallas, North Dakota.

Cue the hysterical laughter. The tears. The cursing, the screaming, and the heaping crush on a quiet, older beast of a man who only has a slightly better handle on this accidental marriage thing than she does.

Being the cruel shark of an author I am, Bella gets run through the gauntlet of human emotion. But so does Drake. He’s Mr. Broody incarnate, facing down demons from his past who become very wrapped up in the present. Claiming his make believe wife for good is just one more surprise he doesn’t need upending his life – until it’s the only thing that seems right.

I had a lot going on in my head when I set out to write this book. For one, I wanted a uniquely Snow way for two people to get accidentally married, and a proxy marriage by inheritance is just the insanity I needed.

More importantly, the raw emotion at the core of Drake and Bella’s slow burning heart-storm had to set them straight. It had to sort them. There’s nothing more electric and real in romance than throwing together two characters who are, in many ways, total opposites.

He’s too hungover on life. She’s barely begun to drink.

She’s been controlled. He’s done too much controlling.

The damsel in distress with a backbone. The knight who saves her by making her strong.

You get the idea.

Oh, and let’s talk about that horse. Edison isn’t just there for comic relief, he’s virtually the book’s second hero. The world’s wisest horse pulls Bella and Drake in the same direction as destiny itself – ever closer together with some major heartache along the way.

Life ain’t no cakewalk.

I’m lucky I’ve never been through the five alarm family drama Bella experiences, or the loss nagging Drake, or a beautifully accidental Happily Ever After, but I know one thing.

This book spoke to me like I hope it will you, dear readers. It tells me hearts can sometimes be just as stubborn as one wild, crazy horse.

Because once hearts decide what they really, truly want, they’ll suffer plenty to turn unthinkable mistakes into miracle love.

Saddle up with Accidental Knight today for an unforgettable ride into the hotness, suspense, and humor I consider my speciality.

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Interview with JB Michaels, author of The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series

What can you tell us about your new release, The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series?

There is a lot to say about the series! It is carefully constructed to entertain, enlighten, and thrill with a balanced mix of history, science fiction, magic, religion, and the supernatural! The first book introduces you to the ancient origin of The Order of St. Michael and then you rush headlong into the modern era to meet Bud, Maeve, and Ivy. There are many ways to describe the series and the books contain homages to classic Hollywood horror, so a unique way to describe them would be Monster Thrillers! Again, that is only one way to describe them the books are most definitely unique and above all entertaining. Like NewInBooks says, books are a force for good in the world. I think this series fits that description!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

The Pioneers by David McCullough, the Sean Wyatt Adventure series by Ernest Dempsey, and Thrawn by Timothy Zahn.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be the funniest, craziest guy in the room.

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

I would absolutely spend it talking to my Mom. She passed away last year after a tragic yet inspiring, five and a half year battle with Stage IV cancer. I count myself extremely fortunate to have had such an amazing human being in my life. She especially loved the third book in this set and was forever the champion of my work and dreams.

What makes your world go round?

Professionally, my students and writing of course! I get to share my love of history with Chicago’s incredible children during the day then dive headfirst into my imagination and write pulse-pounding thrillers by night.

Personally, my family is what keeps me going. My wife is the most incredible partner. We created the best person ever, our son. He is hilarious and just a great guy! Oh and very very adorable. I don’t care that I am that parent gushing over his kid. Ha!

What scene in The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series was your favorite to write?

I can’t just pick one book or scene!

I had an absolute blast writing “The Ancient Order” in general. I did a ton of research for that book! The final battle against a seemingly unbeatable and relentless enemy is some of my best work I feel.

In “The Order of St. Michael”, writing the Beauregard zombies scene was much fun and the scene is a good mix of character quirks, action, and horror.

Lastly, in “The Elixir” a monstrous rampage through downtown Chicago from the Willis Tower to Orchestra Hall to the Art Institute was so engaging and I can’t help but smile at how much fun it is.

JB Michaels is the author of the new collection The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series.

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The Story Behind Book’em Sadie by Danielle Norman

By Danielle Norman

When men hit their midlife crisis, they have a lot of options to choose from: girlfriend, sports car, hair plugs, you name it. But for women, the cliche’ isn’t as rampant. Me? When I hit fifty, I decided to learn how to ride a Harley. From the second, I turned the throttle, felt the wind in my face, and the sun beating on my back, I knew that this was a thrill ride I would never get tired of.

So what’s this have to do with my new series? It’s what started my entire journey of ideas for my romance writing. My first series, Iron Orchids is summed up as; A spa loving, Louboutin wearing, all ladies MC.

But shortly after learning to ride, I was on an overpass highway when lights and sirens broke through all of the traffic noise. Motorcycles as far as the eyes could see rode down the highway in a side by side formation, all riders were in uniform, from different agencies, different fields of law enforcement all over the state of Florida.

The sight was amazing until I realized what it was I was watching and then it was heart-wrenching. Every area of law enforcement sent an honor guard to pay their respect because what I was watching was a funeral procession. Earlier that week, one of our motorcycle deputies had been killed in the line of duty.

That’s when I decided to write a series based on Motorcycle deputies, but of course, I wanted mine to be women, strong women. Women who prove that you can do anything, have great friendships without being catty and still get the hot guy who can be alpha without being an alpha-hole.

All of this leads to Book ‘em Sadie, the first book in my new Iron Badges series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, it is a spin-off of my Iron Orchids, so you will see familiar faces appear.

Danielle Norman is the author of the new book Book’em Sadie.

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Interview with Alan Mulak, Author of Reboot

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

This is a tale about a man who chooses to leave it all behind and start over. My main character experiences the full range of emotions, from depression to love. I’d bet more than one reader could associate with this literary roller coaster as all of us, at one time or another, likely faced the tough decision to go or stay.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My wife, Ann. I have always written short stories and was first published in my twenties. But then life got in the way and I put my writing dreams aside until nine years ago when I retired from being a professional engineer. The very next day, I began writing. The novel, Reboot, was just an idea back then but thanks to the encouragement and support provided by my bride, it became a reality. Thank you, Ann!

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

In no particular order: Timeline by Crichton, The Harry Potter series by Rowling, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Lonesome Dove by McMurtry, Murder on the Orient Express by Christie.

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. First, I’d love to discuss the outline she had to create to compose such a complex tale. Next, I’d like to pick her brain regarding overcoming obstacles she must have encountered while writing the epic series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Telling stories of course! Once I get rolling, I can’t wait to jump out of bed and continue the tale I’ve started. For me, it’s a real kick.

What is a typical day like for you?

Typical day? I wish I had one! From a broad perspective, my somewhat typical day starts after the second cup of coffee and concludes when my characters call it quits for the day. But mostly. I write in fits and starts, and like the old reliable lawnmower, once I get started, I keep plugging away until it’s done.

What scene in Reboot was your favorite to write?

Here’s a bit of a spoiler alert: Rob’s fishing pal, Mike.

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

Yes. When it comes to writing, I believe we all have a story to tell. Just write it. There’s no such thing as a bad first draft. Living advice? Don’t waste a single day, and make sure those people you love know it.

 

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The Story Behind A Single Touch by W. Winters

By W. Winters

Memorable scenes are what make a book for me.

The moments when you feel EVERYTHING. The intensity of events stacking up against the characters, the feeling of loss or acceptance, watching and feeling like you’re RIGHT THERE as characters choose love, not knowing if they’ll be able to keep it forever. Those little moments through pages and pages of black and white make me fall in love with the book.

They’re also what I strive to write. Making every word count and each scene having a moment that grips you in a way that refuses to let go. I think that’s what makes reading worth it. Worth the hours we spend living someone else’s life. A piece of their story clings to you and feels relatable, it gives you hope or something more.

In the conclusion of the Irresistible Attraction series, A Single Touch, I needed to make sure several events happened that held such great emotion. Several scenes that illicit shock, which aids in memory development (I used to work in the Neuroscience field) but even more than that, scenes that left a lasting impression on readers. I needed these moments to make the books worth reading, worth writing, worth remembering and holding on to.

I know that it happened for me and now that A Single Touch is live, I’ll be holding my breath and hoping this story touches readers like it did me. It’s intense, suspenseful, heated in ways I’ve never explored before, and above all, a romance.

W. Winters is the author of the new book A Single Touch

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JANE DOE by VICTORIA HELEN STONE

5 brilliant stars!!!!

'I've never killed anyone. I'm not that kind of sociopath. But you never know. Desperate times…'

We’re always on the hunt for stories that offer something a little different, so if you’re like us and thrive on unique stories, then you MUST read Jane Doe. It was FANTASTIC! A suspenseful, wickedly amusing story with captivating mature writing that introduced us to a complex, funny and confounding character that is thirty-year-old, Jane Doe, a self-diagnosed sociopath with an acerbic wit and a vivid imagination. Jane Doe was one deliciously wicked and taunting tale we devoured from start to finish.  

Jane Doe is a brilliantly written, captivating, intriguing, wickedly funny and somewhat deliciously dark story of revenge. Nothing is off limits in Jane Doe. Trust us, you'll devour this book!

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THE RED ZONE by AMIE KNIGHT

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‘It was how a girl’s first kiss should be. Romantic. Devastating. Sweet.’

We absolutely love Amie Knight so we were not surprised when we fell in love with her latest story, a sweet and emotional second chance romance. The Red Zone is an addictive sports romance that has a wonderful balance of humour and the emotional after-effects of tragedy. Not only that, it has wonderful humanity and sibling love as well as the importance of friendship and love.

Not only did we love Scarlett, Lukas and sweet Ella. We also fell in love with Lukas’ teammate Mason and we’re intrigued as to just what is going on between Oliver and Hazel. Amie Knight proved once again why she’s an automatic one-click for the hopeless romantics like us and YOU! We call dibs on Lukas and you can have our red skittles…..

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Books To Read If You Like Willow Rose

Books To Read If You Like Willow Rose

Willow Rose is the bestselling author of over 60 mystery and thriller novels. She is best known for her popular Jack Ryder, Emma Frost, and Rebekka Franck series. If you’ve been on the lookout for some new additions for your mystery and thriller reading list, make sure you don’t miss these books to read if you like Willow Rose!


The Assistant

by Marni Mann

Release Date: May 21, 2019

I am married to my best friend and have two beautiful children. My life is perfect… Then my father got sick. Before I owned a successful company and now I have to stay at home with my family. Before my husband could rely on me to take care of everything but now I have to hire an assistant. Every part of my life can be summed up by these before and afters, but something also happened in the middle.

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Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

by Becki Willis

Release Date: June 1, 2019

The eighth book in the bestselling The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series by Becki Willis… Wedding preparations are underway but the aisle to the altar is getting rocky. The support of the community is humbling but their enthusiasm soon hijacks the wedding. Throw in a suspicious death, a needy widow friend, and an unscrupulous politician, and the path now seems littered with obstacles.

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Reboot

by Alan Mulak

Release Date: June 1, 2019

It was just a typical winter day in downtown Boston for Rob Santos. There was nothing out of the ordinary. His life was going great. He had a VP position at a Fortune 500 Firm, big salary, expensive house, and a great family. But he didn’t know that everything was about to change forever. By the end of the day he had lost everything. Now he has an opportunity to disappear and start a new life. And it worked. That was until his past showed up.

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Croft Murders

by Stephanie Parker McKean

Release Date: May 18, 2019

Someone is trying to kill Nora Scott and make it look like an accident. It’s the job of the Fog Busters to keep her alive. But it looks like that might be a little difficult. From a resurgence of a folktale about a washerwoman who foretells people’s deaths to the food that was poisoned, the Fog Busters attempts at protecting her keep getting thwarted. The deeper they dive into this mystery the more danger they find themselves in.

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Lying Next To Me

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Adam and Sophie are vacationing with their daughter in Washington State’s Hood Canal. It’s just the getaway they needed to unplug and to help their uneasy marriage. But then while Adam is out on the water he sees Sophie being abducted by a stranger. He is a hundred yards from the shore and can’t save her. Sophie isn’t seen again.

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The Sentence Is Death

by Anthony Horowitz

Release Date: May 28, 2019

From the bestselling author of Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder… “You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” These were the last words of celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce. He was found bludgeoned to death in his home with a bottle of wine. It was actually a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000. It was very strange considering he didn’t drink. Which of the man’s many enemies could have done this?

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