Interview with Esther E. Schmidt, Author of Broken Deeds MC: Second Generation #1

What can you tell us about your new release, Broken Deeds MC: Second Generation #1?

Broken Deeds MC handles cases the government can’t close; they take charge and won’t stop until justice is served. Archer just took over as the president of Broken Deeds MC and claimed his woman. Getting married, become parents, it’s a lot to balance for a young couple. This story is about facing their newly found rut and holding strong through every situation. About how life can easily take a turn, robbing them from moving forward and end dreams where new life barely started.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

At this moment there are two books on my nightstand. An early copy of “With This Ring” from Natasha Knight (an arranged Marriage Mafia Romance). And “Burning Dawn” from Gena Showalter, a paranormal romance I love to reread.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Ha. I have three teenage daughters who hardly ever listen to advice. But I guess I would say…Be fearless. Always follow your gut, even if you fail. Chin high, shoulders back, spine straight; life will always find a way to throw things at your feet but you have the strength to muddle through. Oh, and last, but not least…you can do, and learn, anything; as long as you want it.

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

Doing nothing. Relax. Every day is busy enough with work, kids, the house, pets, everything is time consuming so if I had an extra hour each day, I’d use it for myself…just to hit pause and breathe.

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

My kids, my dog, my iguana; family. They always seem to be able to put a smile on my face no matter what.

What scene from Broken Deeds MC: Second Generation #1 was your favorite to write?

The real-life parts. Mostly the part where Beatrice is having a bad day and runs into her friend. Life is messy, and it’s a good thing to have a brotherhood who have your back when you need it.

This story might be fiction and romance but it’s about reality. The struggle of a young couple trying to balance work, having kids, their relationship, all the ups and downs in life while trying to solve (crime) cases. Early reviews mention “this book feels real” and it really hits me in the heart how they experience exactly how I meant this story to be.


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The Story Behind Fables & Other Lies by Claire Contreras

By Claire Contreras

I’ve always had an overactive imagination. I was an only child for eight years, and had little friends up to that point, so I guess in a way my imagination was my salvation even before I began writing. All of my books are a testament to it, but none more than Fables & Other Lies, which is my most recent release. It’s difficult for me to classify this book. Is it a gothic romance? Is it folklore? Is it fantasy? I guess it’s all of those, or maybe none of those. The one thing I can say for certain is that it stemmed from Caribbean folklore.

My parents moved here from the Dominican Republic when I was just shy of three years old, so of course, I’ve always considered myself to be American above anything else. Still, my Dominican culture is thick and runs deep and there is no escaping it. From a young age, I’ve been listening to folklore from my birth country. My grandmother used to tell me a lot of these stories before bed each night. They all heeded some kind of warning of the occult, and I think they were meant to scare me into not doing anything outlandish, like go swimming after dark, or walking into the woods alone. Unfortunately for my grandmother, I’m a sucker for the macabre. I mean, I had Charles Addams comics pasted on my walls beside all of my JTT posters. My parents thought I was strange, to be sure, but they never outright said it, and when I started writing short stories about ghosts I think they were just glad I had something to do to pass the time.

From the folklore my grandmother used to tell me, I created worlds inside my head. Worlds filled with “what ifs”. I’m fascinated by the things that make us jump or turn the lights on, but I’m also enamored with the feeling of hope that love brings to our lives. When I was writing Fables & Other Lies, I revisited the folklore I’d heard as a child and laced it with a story about family, betrayal, loss, and an unexpected, yet unforgettable unconditional love. My grandmother passed away long ago, but I like to think that she’d be proud of this story and get a kick out of the fact that all of those spooky stories she used to tell me inspired it.

Claire Contreras is the author of the new book Fables & Other Lies.

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The Story Behind Return by Sea by Tracey Jerald

By Tracey Jerald

Emptiness.

Isolation.

Loneliness.

Sometimes such deep feelings can throw a kick hard to the soul. They can keep punching you, and punching you, even amid a room full of people. Sometimes they develop from something as a small as a kernel of darkness or they can surround you with the force of a Category 5 hurricane. They can come out of nowhere or you can pinpoint the exact moment the gloom descends upon you.

And there’s no way to stop it from occurring.

Death affects many people like that. Then again, these same emotions can be evoked by the pain caused by love.

In Return by Sea, MMA champion Nicholas Cain has spent his life on the edge of those emotions. Even with the men he calls his brothers, he’s kept himself at a wary distance, afraid to get too close. But more than with the men, there’s a single woman he persistently sabotages himself with – Maris Smith.

Maris is the last of her family after the death of her beloved brother, Jed. Although adored by her friends, there’s a weariness that’s settling deep inside her soul. All she wants to find is the one thing her brother wanted her to have – happiness.

Two broken souls fed by anger and heartache? You guessed it. It’s time to return to Alaska for the conclusion of the Glacier Adventure Series!

But in addition to being breathtakingly emotional and inspirational, this story is also enemies-to-lovers. Quite literally, Maris disdains Nick despite his celebrity status. Maybe because of it. Also, these two weren’t just apart mentally, but physically.

I definitely had my work cut out for me to help Nick and Maris fall in love. Misunderstandings, time, regret, all swirled together until I felt like I’d been tossed through a storm right along with them.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the idea of writing about a brotherhood of friends was sparked by my time at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack show in Ketchikan, Alaska. But the inspiration for Maris and Nick’s story actually came from some close friends. They taught me about something so life changing, it caused my eyes to open wide and my heart to clench around the emotional toll it takes to go through certain life events. So much so, the book is dedicated to the two of them.

Well, maybe not just the two of them.

I hope the final installment of the Glacier Adventure Series will wreck your soul and have you falling in love all at the same time. It can be read as a complete standalone, but you’re going to want to go back and grab the other stories to complete your understanding about the brotherhood that was started all those years ago.

Trust me. They’re lumberjacks. You need them in your life.

Tracey Jerald is the author of the new book Return by Sea

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 12

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Nick Petrie, P.J. Tracy, Emma Rous, Robert B. Parker, Patricia Cornwell, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | January 12

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 Rachel Van Dyken, Tracey Jerald, Penelope Bloom, Raine Miller, Bella Klaus, Esther E. Schmidt, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | January 12

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like J.K. Jones, Julia Kelly, Melanie Benjamin, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 12

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors G J Ogden, David Weber, Jon Justice, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Claire Contreras, Marcus Abshire, Michael Anderle, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | January 12

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Angie Thomas, Emma Lord, Mahogany L. Browne, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | January 12

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Maria Trautman, Dan Morain, Frank Figliuzzi, and many more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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SEA OF RUIN by PAM GODWIN

5 EPIC STARS! A book that will definitely be on our top reads for 2021!

‘He was the sea. Rough. Dangerous. Dependable. No matter how far he travelled or how long he stayed away, he always returned to me.’

An outstanding and epic tale, Sea of Ruin was stunning yet dark, passionate yet disturbing. A story we will think about in the days, even years to come and without question pick up again and again. Dipping into the backlist on our kindles has -without question- unearthed a jewel which consumed all our senses. It’s one of those books we bought on release day yet saved until the mood caught us, and we can without question say that this is why we are mood readers! It makes the reading experience that much more powerful and exciting! Captured from the first word until the last, we lived and breathed the sea, pirate life, love, heartbreak, and misfortune.

We cannot express the utter love we have for Sea of Ruin; it was incredible, it was more than we ever imagined. The vivid and emotive led depiction from Pam Godwin enthralled our senses as we fell in love with a historical pirate romance. We fell in love with the characters, we cried, we swooned, and it made us want to pick up a cutlass and board The Jade and sail into the deep waters. Searing chemistry, intense relationships, dramatic and dark we cannot recommend Sea of Ruin highly enough! You will go through hell and high waters, you will experience a poignant love affair so intense and soulful, you will feel despair and mortification, yet you will feel joy, hope, and magic too!

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