Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Splintered Crown (A Tankards and Heroes Novel) by Larry N. Martin

Title: The Splintered Crown
Series: A Tankards and Heroes Novel
Author: Larry N. Martin
Publisher:  SOL Publishing
Publication Date:  April 25th 2019
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure Quest
A medieval fantasy with a party of adventurers all ready to make a name for themselves and earn some gold.

Tankards and Heroes is set in the city of Kortufan, where spies, assassins, mercenaries, arms dealers, rebels, smugglers, and informants do dirty deals dirt cheap.

The Poxy Dragon is a rough bar outside the worst part of the medieval Silk Road. It takes serious courage just to walk into the place, not only from its reputation but because of the rough clientele, questionable food, awful beer, and abysmal hygiene. Lots of taverns in Kortufan are home to ruffians and illegal dealings, but the Poxy Dragon is the proving ground for heroes - with a cemetery out back for the ones who don’t make the cut.

Lady Leota, the resident demigoddess at the Poxy Dragon, sends would-be heroes to different realms on quests. Once committed, there is no turning back, and if they want their reward, every party member must return through the portal – dead or alive.

“As if this job could get worse,” Kieron Lucero muttered under his breath. His companion, Mitchell Calderon, grimaced in agreement.

“You there! Guards! Get into place and watch the cargo. I’m not paying you to gossip.” Alphonse, the overfed merchant who had hired them for this job, glared at them. “There are brigands in these woods. I need you to stay sharp!”

Kieron and Mitchell had worked lousy jobs before. Kieron’s military background, along with his impressive height and strong muscles, made him a natural sell-sword – despite having the face of an angel, curly brown hair, and blue eyes that won over the ladies.

Mitchell’s past was more brawler than soldier, but even those who didn’t guess that he was a wolf-shifter knew to keep their distance. They took one look at his muscular build, slate gray hair, and yellow eyes, and knew a predator when they saw it.

Jobs had been scarce, and money tight. Normally, Kieron and Mitchell could pick and choose. But lately, with the bad harvest and some unrest to the north, caravans and traveling merchants weren’t plentiful. He’d been too quick to agree to the job and let down the people depending on his judgment. There would be time to berate himself for his mistake later. They’d signed on without asking enough questions, and this is what it got them. Trouble.

Alphonse reminded Kieron of a slug, all the more so once he and Mitchell discovered what the cargo actually was.

People. They’d been hired by a fawking slaver.

Kieron’s molars ground together. As soon as he and Mitchell had found out, they’d made plans. But as Kieron knew well from his time in the army, things could—and did—go wrong, even with the best strategy. And what the two of them had dreamed up didn’t come close to being anyone’s “best” plan. On the other hand, it beat the shite out of the alternatives.

Aside from Kieron and Mitchell, their party included Alphonse, the wagon driver, two other guards who had probably been hired out of an alley behind a local tavern, and the hapless prisoners in the wagon. Alphonse, Kieron, and Mitchell rode their own mounts. The other guards either rode with the driver of the wagon or walked beside it.

Kieron had stolen a look inside and counted five men and women, likely bought from the debtor’s prison in Kortufan. The wagon that carried them was a big wooden box with a single, barred window. A heavy lock secured the door. Kieron had listened for the drag and clink of manacles, relieved when he only heard the shuffle of feet and low voices.

The Rhone Forest cut a swath across the kingdom of Trinadon, impossible for travelers to avoid. The steep Shahoran Mountains and the white-capped rapids of the mighty Tellgran River restricted the paths of the highways that cut through the forest.
Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat, and the new portal fantasy series, The Splintered Crown, A Tankards and Heroes novel. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel: New Templar Knights series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author (with Gail) of the Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack - Shadow Council series from Falstaff Books.

The Joy of Adventure
By Larry N. Martin
Today is a good day for an adventure. Retrieve a splinter of a broken crown from a dangerous realm and, if you survive, the reward is enough gold to set yourself up on a country estate, out of the squalid city, where you and your friends will never be hungry again. Sound like fun?

The Poxy Dragon tavern is a gateway to dangerous quests and amazing adventures, a proving ground for heroes. Demigoddess Leota sends would-be heroes on their way, offering them a chance to make their wishes come true—if they succeed and return. Those who don’t make it are buried in the cemetery behind the tavern.

The regulars in the Poxy Dragon take bets on the parties of adventurers, wagering on whether or not they’re likely to survive. But when Kieron and his found family of misfits show up to prove their worth and build a future for themselves, even Leota doesn’t know whether they can beat the creatures and challenges that await them. Welcome to a fast-paced medieval fantasy with a party of adventurers all ready to make a name for themselves and earn some gold.
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Book Blitz and Giveaway: After She Fell by Amber Laura

Title: After She Fell
Author: Amber Laura
Publication Date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She’s tried for years to convince herself that she isn’t in love with him. If it hasn’t worked, at least she’s managed to convince him of it, anyway.

A tragic love affair from her past had shattered Christina’s illusions of romance—it’d shattered her entire world, left her utterly broken and blamed. She’s fallen once before. She isn’t about to make the same mistake twice!

Jason Gordman is off-limits. Charming, playful, confident—he’s everything dangerous to her defenses. Worse yet, he’s the boss’s son. Hiding behind antagonism and indifference, Christina manages to keep him at a careful distance. That is, until one fateful night when she finds herself snowbound with him in a blizzard and she slips, allows herself one, forbidden kiss…

Struggling to reconcile her feelings, Christina is entirely unprepared for where that one stolen moment will lead her.

“You’ve got a bad image of men, don’t you? Who did that to you?”

A stark, angry silence swarmed around them in the wake of that soft charge. Gaping at Jason, Christina couldn’t find the words to speak.

“You think I was trying to manipulate you in some way?” He clicked his tongue against the back of his teeth. “Or that I was bored and figured you’d be an easy target?”
She felt her face twitch at the words, at their meanness.

He whistled, his face creasing with disappointment at her damning silence. “I see.” With a breath of air, he ran a hand through his hair again, only this time his fingers were weary with fatigue. “Wow. I thought you knew me better than that. I thought even you liked me more than that assessment would imply.”

“I threw myself at you. Shamelessly,” she muttered, her cheeks betraying her discomfort.

Jason nodded again knowingly. “Me…and someone from your past, right? And they threw that back in your face, didn’t they?”

She didn’t answer him.

“I’m surprised at you,” Jason confessed.

“At me?” She notched her chin up defensively.

“A cool, confident woman such as you are—”

“A defense mechanism, surely,” she returned.

Jason laughed at her ready response.

“On Easter, you said you’d always thought I hated you,” Christina reminded him. Those words, and the kiss they’d shared, slithered across her mind with near perfect detail.

“But you don’t hate me.”


“I’m confused.”

“I wanted you to think I hated you.”

“So I couldn’t use you.”

She reared her head back. “I didn’t say that.”

“But that’s why,” Jason confirmed, taking another, almost victorious step toward her. In response, Christina stumbled back in withdrawal, keeping the space carefully between them. “Because you think your only attraction is being, what was that word you used the other night?” Jason asked, but it was obvious he wasn’t actually expecting an answer. “Convenient?”

Christina’s shoulders drew back, her ears burning against the ugly accusation. “Stop it.” She held up a hand. “Just. I’ve had enough. You don’t know me so don’t you dare stand—”

“And whose fault is that?” he taunted her and, perhaps in spite of that raised hand warning him off, took an additional step in her direction.

“You want to know why I kissed you?” Jason asked, his question bringing him steadily nearer.

It was at that moment that Christina felt the whiteboard meet up against her back. In reaction, her hands pressed against the melamine surface behind her, the glass tray holding the markers biting against her lower back. Still, he didn’t stop walking, not until—

“What?” she managed weakly.

“You weren’t the only one, you know,” he whispered, his steps catching up to her at last. Leaning slightly forward, his body was close enough to promise contact without actually touching. His hands, however, he kept down at his sides, safely out of reach. “You weren’t the only one that first afternoon on my parents’ doorstep”—his lips twitched humorously—“those documents of Dad’s clutched in your arms.”

“What?” she whispered again, her body humming so loudly she could hardly take in his words.

“I thought you might have been the most gorgeous woman I’d ever seen,” he told her, his head dipping lower. “I still do.”

Her intake of breath was a rush of sound as his lips hung, slanted just above hers, so tantalizingly close. “And since we’re being honest, let me confess one other thing. I want to kiss you again.”

She made a whimpering sound low in her throat, her body stilling, imploring.

“But I’m not going to.”

Her gaze colliding with his, Christina’s eyes widened. “Wha—?”

“Not yet,” he continued, his nose brushing down to tickle against her own, the action softening the words.

“Not until you trust me,” he answered, breathing against her softly parted lips. “Not until you trust the reasons behind the action.”

Disappointment and frustration waged equally inside Christina. But when she would have broken free of his proximity, Jason only pressed closer, anticipating the move.

“When I do finally kiss you,” he assured her, one finger coming up to trace the edges of her mouth, “I promise you that you’ll think about it later, relive it when you’re alone.”

Against her will, Christina moaned at the contact, the words, the mesmerizing tease.

“Only that time, you won’t be wondering about the motives.”

Disoriented, Christina felt the unwelcome rush of air as Jason slowly pulled away from her body, giving her space at last. Her eyes clouded, her head slowly shaking with confusion. “I don’t…”

“I won’t make the same mistakes that he did.”


“The man from your past. The one you sometimes mistake for me.”


Amber Laura’s biography, also known as “Five Fun Facts about the Author”:

  1. As a writer, Amber Laura does her best daydreaming as a window-gazing passenger on long car rides.
  2. If there’s creamer, she’s drinking coffee. When she edits, there’s always creamer.
  3. A blogger, she also writes web fiction—(free stories updated chapter-by-chapter, week-by-week). Check it out at
  4. Psst! Her debut novel, Topaz and Lace, a contemporary romance set in a fictitious Texas town, got its start on that same blog.
  5. While she may physically reside in the beautiful country of Northern Minnesota, in her imagination, Amber Laura lives all over the world. She considers it one of the best perks to being a writer: easy, cheap travel. That and the oddball characters she meets along the way….
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Behind the Mask by Marianne Petit

Title: Behind the Mask
Author:  Marianne Petit
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: February 2nd 2015
Genre: Historical Romance 
Author Marianne Petit mixes true life experiences with fiction to create a suspenseful tale of intrigue and romance set in the early days of war-torn France.

In 1940's Paris, both rich and poor are thrust together, a mixed society struggling to survive. American born Yvette Matikunas, one of the privileged few, goes underground with a deathbed promise to her grandfather that has her roaming the streets of France with a dangerous message. She quickly learns that no one is who they seem to be and trust is a thing of the past.

Injured in battle while trying to save the life of one of his men, Colonial André Rinaldo is disillusioned by a shell-shocked country and a weak government. Persuaded to go underground and unite his fellow compatriots by forming resistance groups, he meets a beautiful blonde, whose determination to free France from foreign dictatorship is as strong as his.

In the middle of espionage and clandestine rendezvous, they form a partnership that deepens under the ever-present threat of arrest. But with America’s interest in the war building in the background all Americans are ordered to leave.

Will Yvette return to the States, or will André persuade her to stay and fight for love?

Lord in heaven, the minute André saw Yvette bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun like an angel in white, the sun shining on her hair like a halo, his anger vanished.

He glanced at her shoeless feet. She had changed in the months since they’d first met. Gone was the spoiled girl who cared more about her appearance than what happened around her, who had blinders on her eyes. Now, sat a woman whose beauty shined more brilliantly by her spirited passion to fight for justice; who, despite her fears, fought him on every step, though he tried to keep her safe. He didn’t want to fight. Didn’t want to feel… anything. But damned if he didn’t feel lonely after she’d walked out, despite a cellar full of people and noise.

“You can’t stop me from going. I know the time and the location.” Yvette looked very pleased with herself and he knew there would be no stopping her.

She wore her hair down and it curled, under resting on her collarbone. The tresses were held back from her face with two combs. He felt the urge to take the combs out and run his fingers through the golden mass, letting those silken strands run wild.

“And besides, how do we know the message isn’t rubbish. How well do you know Le Fleur?” Yvette’s question oozed with smoky jealousy.

Straight-faced, André hid his amusement and jab of pleasure as though he wasn’t in the least affected. “It’s not false.”

“How do you know? Can her story be verified?” she said indignantly, her polished red lips pursed.

The lively animation in her eyes lit a fire in his belly. She was positively radiant when jealous. Did those lips taste as luscious as they looked?

“You doubt me?” he asked a little more gruffly than he meant to. “Do you really believe I wouldn’t verify the information?”

“Well… I guess…” She shrugged. “No. You are quite efficient in your endeavors.” She crossed her arms in front of her chest and he remembered how it felt when those arms had been wrapped around him.

He casually stepped closer and she didn’t seem to mind. “Are you cold?’ he asked, despite the building heat he felt surging between them. Did she feel it? She did. She had to; or was it just his imagination, his foolish hope there was something tangible between them?

“I am fine. Thank you for the jacket.” She handed him a sketch of a young woman. “Have you seen her?”

Whatever was happening to him was happening to her. He noticed the flustered movement of her hand twirling a strand of hair in her fingers, the way her eyes darted from his face to the ground, into the air and her erratic breathing. Beneath the hesitance in her eyes, he saw desire, stirring in their depths, the same desire, stirring his body in ways that would be hard to suppress.

“No. Sorry,” he handed her the drawing, “Who is she?”

“My cousin.”

A cool breeze rustled the leaves and tossed a lock of her hair across her eye. He gently brushed the strand away, his fingers caressing her soft cheek, “You look beautiful tonight.”

“I… that is very kind of you to say.” She gnawed her bottom lip and he wanted to lean in and taste those tempting lips begging to be kissed.

“I only tell the truth.” She frowned and he figured she knew he’d told many fibs undercover, so he guessed he earned that. “Ok, so maybe I’ve spoken some mistruths when--”

“Well, occasionally you do fib.” She blushed with embarrassment. “But it’s understandable.”

So, he hadn’t lost his knack for reading a person, despite that his emotions were zinging like a ball on a string being hit with a bat. “I meant what I said. You look...” Her skin in the warm light seemed to shine. “... fabulous.”

A throbbing need seemed to resonate throughout his body. Did she have this effect on all men? An image of Géry came to mind and annoyance tightened his stance. Did she like kissing Géry? Will she like kissing me? André’s mouth thinned. He knew his thoughts were unreasonable, but his want for her was driving him crazy and denying his desires wasn’t going to make them go away. Maybe he’d just find out for himself.

His arm closed around her waist and before she could protest, he drew her toward him. Once I kiss her, it’ll be done. I can put her out of my mind. Once and for all. Her name fell from his lips moments before he kissed her. Her body melted against his, soft and curvy and he heard a small sigh of pleasure. Then her body stiffened, and she jerked away. Wide-eyed panic replaced the dreamy desire of moments ago.
Marianne Petit is a past President of the Long Island Chapter of the Romance Writers Of America. Her love of writing stems back to high school. She spent hours reading Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock and poetry. At the age of fifteen she wrote a short story for children, as well as numerous works of poetry. Her love of history stems from her father, Roger, a Frenchman, whose love of American history greatly influenced her writing interests .

She is a past President of the Melville Lions club, a service organization that raises money for the less fortunate - especially the sight and hearing impaired.

Newsday and several local newspapers have written articles on Ms. Petit and she was recently interviewed on TV for her time travel.

Marianne loves to ski, white water raft, horseback ride, and enjoys the theater. She lives on Long Island is happily married for over 30 years.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Paranormal Misdirection (Sasha Urban #5) by Dima Zales

Title: Paranormal Misdirection
Series: Sasha Urban #5
Author: Dima Zales
Publication Date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Urban Fantasy
With my seer powers finally under my control, I’m ready to plunge into the unknown to find my father.

He may have abandoned me, but I’ll go to the ends of the Otherlands to save him from his torment.

Only problem? With unexpected allies and even more surprising enemies, this rescue mission might be more than I bargained for.


Dima Zales is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career and moved to Palm Coast, Florida, where he currently resides.

Dima holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to writing The Sorcery Code series and Mind Dimensions series, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, is an international bestseller and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman's Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima's fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work on her website.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dark Reflections by Kelsey Ketch

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dark Reflections by Kelsey Ketch. This tour was organized by YA Bound Book Tours. On my stop, I have a great excerpt for you as well as TWO tour wide giveaways! Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour! Enjoy!
Title: Dark Reflections
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Publication Date: April 14th 2019
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Being possessed by a vampire sucks!

Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.

Sixteen dead . . .

However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.

Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.

Cole opens and closes the door to his room, which causes my body to freeze. I focus on nothing but the sound of silence that follows. I jump from my bed and run to the window to watch Cole march toward the cove. My heart leaps into my throat as I sense Rodney’s presence returning. The water from his drenched body dripping on the back of my ankle. A knot builds in my stomach. This will be Cole’s first time wandering beyond the grounds of the Victorian inn. Every Donor eventually does, but it always scares me that one of them might actual be stupid enough to try something drastic.

And I’m not kidding about rule number three.

I debate with myself if I should follow. My heart immediately says “yes,” but my mind knows better, keeping me frozen in place. I should leave him alone, I tell myself. Following him would only enforce the emotions I’ve been trying to fight the past several days. Yet, dread is eating away at my soul. Overpowered, I hesitantly reach for my things, my heart still wanting to react, when suddenly my stomach growls. Nikola’s ear twitches in response as he opens one sleepy eye, then stretches all four of his paws. Forgetting Rodney and Cole for a moment, I rub my belly gently. Once a Donor has been released from the wine shed, I basically lock myself up here in the apartment. That’s why I keep rice, soup, and a few basics in the apartment kitchen, but I do take a couple opportune moments to cook a real meal for myself downstairs. And with Cole off exploring the island, I’ll have the full kitchen all to myself. At least for a little bit. With that time, I can actually make something with leftovers, like Jamie’s and my most favorite creation: a Greek-Hawaiian pizza. My mouth starts to water at the thought, and I look out the window one last time. My fist squeezing the living daylights out of Stitch.

He’ll be all right, I tell myself.

Stuffing the little blue alien in my pocket with his head peeking out, I tie my hair back into a messy ponytail, place my graphite stick between my teeth, grab my sketchbook, and head for the back staircase. Nikola quickly follows, trotting next to my heels. When we get to the kitchen, I slap down my pad on the island counter, march to the refrigerator, and pull out the dough to sit. I reassure myself it shouldn’t take long. Despite having to let the dough sit, it really should only take an hour to prepare the pizza and cook it. Plenty of time if I still want to catch up with Cole and make sure he’s safe. Besides, if I portion the slices just right, I’ll be able to get eight meals out of the deal.

It’s well worth the risk.
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Legend Undone by Angie Day

Title: Legend Undone
Author: Angie Day
Publisher: Rahne Press
Publication Date: August 2nd 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance 
Readers are calling it "creative" and "engaging!"

Mara wasn’t just a Legend who survived on human energy, she used to be a dangerous Shadow who wielded more power than she wanted. When she discovered that Alec, the leader of the Shadows and her childhood love, held a dark secret about her past to keep her prisoner until he could use her against the humans, she ran.

As the first Legend to escape the Shadows alive, Mara must keep moving, hiding among the humans that every Legend learned to hate, while she searches to understand her past. Under the alias Kate, she meets Kylan and his way of life challenges everything she used to know. As she falls for Kylan, she finds clues about what happened before she became a Shadow.

But the closer she gets to an answer, the faster Alec can destroy everything she has grown to love.

Angie Day found her love of writing while in college where she studied psychology and eventually went on to a master’s degree. She noticed the need for romantic and fantastic adult stories that were still wholesome and clean. So, she took matters into her own hands. LEGEND UNDONE is her debut novel. When she’s not devouring the next book, she is spending time outdoors with her husband.

- Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I have a hard time narrowing down a favorite one. I love the villains of the story. I love their motivations and their complicated plans. I especially adore when I can sympathize with the reasons why they are doing what they do. When I can understand a villain, I just fall in love and I almost want them to win.

- What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I like writing. I am fascinated by starting my own business and I like change. This was definitely the right decision for me at this time in my life.

- A day in the life of the author?
I wake up, go to work, eat lunch, back to work, come home, write or read or spend time with my husband or love on my dog, eat dinner, wind down with reading or writing or Netflix or a good long walk, and then bed time. Do it all again the next day. Weekend in the life this author? Camping, paragliding, kayaking, game nights with friends, swimming, sun-bathing, remodeling the house, visit family, love on that precious dog, and anything else that pulls my attention that day.

- Advice they would give new authors?
Write if you love it. If writing is causing you stress or you dread going back and editing things, maybe find a new hobby. But if you love it, then go for it! Be prepared to rewrite so much and edit until your fingers hurt (literally). After you’re done with all that, get people to read it. Friends, family, Twitter followers, whoever you can get. The best way to find out how good you are or how close you are to publishing is to get feedback. And good luck!

- What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
Pantser for sure. I have a loose plot in my head and none of the details are fleshed out until I actually start to write.

- What makes a good story?
I think it’s a mix between good characters and a compelling plot.

- What are you currently reading?
I just finished the Grisha trilogy and I loved it. Right now, I am in the middle of Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, and I am surprisingly loving the characters.

- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think quitting too soon or shooting too far. Meaning, they start writing and it doesn’t come as easy as they imagined, so they give up. Or they start writing and get so excited about publishing that they start making their cover, picking the dream cast for their movie adaptation, and everything else that comes so many steps down the road. For now, just focus on the writing and then work on the next step later. That was what helped me focus long enough to actually finish this book.

- What is your writing Kryptonite?
I am totally obsessed for writing the relationships in the story. Platonic, friendship, and romance, everything. I love writing how people are connected to each other and how that connection will drive them to do things outside of their norm. I love reading it as well.

- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write a story that I want to read. If I find other readers that want to read the same thing, then that’s just icing on the cake. But honestly, these books are for me more than anyone else.

- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Buckle up, it’s gonna be a fun ride.

- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I wanted to make sure that it sounded accurate, and when I focused on them as a man, I struggled. When I focused on their story as a human being, it was a lot easier. I think sometimes we are a lot more similar than it seems.

- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. It just depends on how much time I have to devote to it. There are only so many things you can set aside to write a book before real life comes barging back in.

- Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes, but I don’t think it should stop you. If you can’t write in that story, go read a book instead or start another story. We all hit walls sometimes, but you can get up and move on to something else or you can keep banging your head against the brick until you split the mortar or your skull. Your choice.
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