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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Books To Read If You Like Emily R. King

Books To Read If You Like Emily R. King

Emily R. King is the bestselling author of exciting fantasy novels. She is best known for her popular The Hundredth Queen series and has started a brand new adventure with The Evermore Chronicles. If you’re searching for your next favorite fantasy novel, check out these books to read if you like Emily R. King!


The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series Books 1-3

by JB Michaels

Release Date: May 1, 2019

The first three books in The Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thriller Series: The Ancient Order, The Order of St. Michael and The Elixir… From the modern streets of Chicago to the Druid Forests of Roman Britain, an inventor and a monk of the Order have teamed up to quell monsters, poltergeists, and evil humans.

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Siobhan’s Secret

by Nikki Broadwell

Release Date: April 15, 2019

Nothing is going right in Kat’s life. Her mother is dead and she has been kicked out on the street by her father. She has nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. She ends up at a women’s shelter when she can’t hold down a job. There she meets Cerridwen, a kind older woman. The same woman then appears in Kat’s dreams as the goddess of the underworld and the keeper of the magic cauldron of inspiration.

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Song of Mornius

by Diane E. Steinbach

Release Date: January 27, 2019

There are three things Gaelin Lavahl knows about himself. He is a murderer. He has never been down the mountain. And he can never be a hero. Despite this, the sleeping god in his magical staff knows better. Gaelin is the only one who can wield it and stop the cult that is destroying humanity. But he must first he must become the warrior he was meant to be.

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The Stiehl Assassin

by Terry Brooks

Release Date: May 28, 2019

The third book in The Fall of Shannara series by New York Times Bestselling Author Terry Brooks… The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands and they want all-out conquest. They need a new home but a peaceful coexistence is not something they understand. An advanced force has been assembled by princess Ajin but now the full Skaar army is on the march.

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The Water Ruptures

by D.K. Holmberg

Release Date: May 1, 2019

The Water Ruptures is the third book in the Elemental Academy series… The Disciples of the Draasin Lord have been defeated but there is a traitor. The Inquisitors have arrived and everyone is on edge. Tolan, with the help of the Keystone, has the ability to shape each of the elemental bonds. He finally feels like he belongs after passing testing to the second level of the academy. But he can’t shake that feeling his shaping is different.

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Oath Taker

by Audrey Grey

Release Date: May 23, 2019

The first book in the new Kingdom of Runes series… Haven Ashwood spends her days protecting the Prince of Penryth and her nights fighting monsters outside the castle walls. When a monster kidnaps Prince Bell, she has to ally with Archeron Halfbane to help rescue him. Her journey takes her deep into the domain of a vicious queen.

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Books To Read If You Like Claire Kingsley

Books To Read If You Like Claire Kingsley

Claire Kingsley is the bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedies. Some of her popular recent releases include Faking Ms. Right, The Miles Family series and the Bootleg Springs series. Whether you love sweet, steamy or funny, you’ll definitely find a new favorite in our list of books to read if you like Claire Kingsley.


She Wants More

by Sagan Morrow

Release Date: May 28, 2019

Helen is planning her dream wedding with the love of her life, Ben. But she soon starts wondering if an open relationship might not be such a bad thing after all. She knew about polyamory from her friends, but she never thought it was for her. But now she can’t stop fantasizing about their sexy wedding photographer. The only issue is that Ben isn’t on board and panics at the suggestion.

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My Heart to Give

by S.B. Alexander

Release Date: May 28, 2019

The third book in the popular Maxwell Family Saga… I am in love with Maiken Maxwell. Everything about him is perfect. His blond hair, his kissable lips, and the way he writes me poems. I have butterflies from his sweet words and how special he makes me feel. That was until one girl, one funeral and one disastrous moment. It shatters everything.

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Marriage For One

by Ella Maise

Release Date: May 8, 2019

Jack and I did everything backward. The first day we met in his office, he proposed to me. You would think a guy that looked like him would only ask the love of his life to marry him… Well, he asked me. A complete stranger. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You would think I would laugh in his face, call him insane, and walk away as quickly as possible. I did everything except the walking away part.

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Undeniable

by Melanie Harlow

Release Date: May 19, 2019

When we were just eleven, Oliver Ford Pemberton dared me to jump off a barn roof. He said I wouldn’t break anything. He lied. I wish I could say that was the last dare I’d accept from him, the last bet I made with him, the last time I’d trust him. But it wasn’t. All because he had the nerve to grow up and be gorgeous, charming, and sexy.

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Runaway Heir

by Ruth Cardello

Release Date: May 28, 2019

The Boston Westerly’s are finally reuniting for a wedding. It is the longtime wish for it matriarch. The youngest of the clan’s siblings, Nicolette, is yet to find love. Now her true parentage is in question and she feels like an outsider. Of course, the one guest she finds comfort in is her grandmother’s greatest enemy.

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The Perfect Boss

by Brenda Ford

Release Date: May 23, 2019

I have been a playboy all my life. That was until Tami Johnson. She is completely off-limits but my brother keeps trying to set us up. I don’t care about one night stands anymore. She is all I want. But she’s way too young and innocent… and my assistant. I’m the last guy she should be with but I’m the only one who will do anything for her.

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Interview with Marni Mann, Author of The Assistant

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

It’s a story you have to enter completely blind. It’s twisty, angsty, and … unexpected. The Assistant is one of the biggest mind f@cks you will ever read.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It wasn’t a person or situation that inspired me to write. It was a feeling I’ve had inside me for as long as I can remember. I can only describe it as an urge and writing fills it.

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

Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

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

Stephen King would be my first guest. For someone who has been in the industry as long as him, I’m positive I have at least a million questions I want to ask him, LOL.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love that there is no right or wrong answer. That’s the reason I struggle with math. In my world—in art—nothing has to equal.

What is a typical day like for you?

I tend to write really early in the morning until around lunch time or very late at night. Darkness helps and so does the quiet, even though I listen to music when I write. I spend at least half the day marketing, on social media, or doing administrative things. Two or three weeks before deadline, it’s typical to find me writing up to eighteen hours a day.

What scene in The Assistant was your favorite to write?

The epilogue was my favorite scene to write. It was the first scene of the book that came to me, and then the rest of the plot clicked into place.

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

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

 

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Interview with Diane E. Steinbach, Author of Song of Mornius

What can you tell us about your new release, Song of Mornius?

This is a book I started in my early thirties while I was involved in multiple writer workshops and trying to learn my craft. I had reached the point that I was starting to submit it as a finished piece to agents and publishers, but then my world fell apart. I had a lot of bad things happen all at once, and through the course of several years, I lost the story. My computer crashed, my laptop died, and I was simply too distracted and out of sorts to think about what I had on those computers that I needed to salvage. Then as I started rebuilding my life, I realized I no longer had most of the work I had put into this book. All I could find of Mornius was a few chapters on floppy disc, and a partial, printed version of a very early draft. I realized then that I needed to make a choice–either to recreate a digital version, or move on and write something else. I decided to spend a year rebuilding. I gathered what I could find from the earlier drafts and started over again. Now as a result, Mornius represents to me not just the journey of my characters in the story, but my journey and battles as well.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Stephen R. Donaldson was my inspiration. I loved his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant books (the first two trilogies). I love the reluctant hero approach to writing, the guy who needs to save the day but has a lot of internal conflicts that get in his way.

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

My top five books? Watership Down (Richard Adams), Dune (Frank Herbert), Lord of The Two Lands (Judith Tarr), The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel), Lady of the Glen (Jennifer Roberson)

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 have to be Samuel Clemens. He is family–my mother’s great uncle. I just think he was a fascinating man who would be awesome to meet.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I really enjoy world building, but I think my favorite thing about writing books is how the characters become real for me–to the point they take over. Caven Roth (in Song of Mornius) is a great example of this. He started out as a background character. But then he made it known he wanted more. And because I listened and paid attention, now the story is better because of it. I think the best part of writing is the adventure the writer gets to go on, not just the characters. People who think writing books is a lonely business, have not experienced a character getting in their head the way I have.

What is a typical day like for you?

I feed my cats first. (Yes, I am a crazy cat lady). I also feed my dog, Haley, and my snakes and tortoises. (I am a crazy small menagerie lady, too!) Then I make my coffee, grab a bagel or whatever, and sit down to write. I do not have a set number of pages I want to get through. I just write until I feel like stopping, whenever that might be. Since I have a full-time job driving for public transit (those big 60′ articulated buses!), I always make sure to give myself enough time before I leave for work to walk my dog, etc. Then while I’m on my break at work I often run through scenes in my head, or think about where I need to go next with my story. This way I have already done the groundwork when it comes time for me to write again.

What scene in Song of Mornius was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in Mornius? I have several. I think one of my favs is whenTerrek confronts Felrina and forces her to tell him how his brother died.

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

My motto; never give up, never surrender.

Diane E. Steinbach is the author of the new book Song of Mornius.

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