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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Lilac James

Writer Wednesday, that time of week to connect readers to the authors penning your favorite stories!

Today let’s welcome Lilac James!

Lilac JamesWhat’s your favorite quote about writing?

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” (Samuel Johnson) And Lord knows, I’m all about pleasure.

What inspires you to write?

Being able to spend time enjoying all the naughty ideas and luscious men I think up.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, do you have a favorite, or one you feel like you could write about forever? Why?

Hmmm. Well, Bex is a contender, which is only fair since she keeps popping up at different sex clubs. Now that she has her own TV program at KINK-TV, she visits the clubs to see what’s goin’on. And I’ve grown very fond of Sex Ed. But really, a new man is such a treat. How can I resist?

Where would your dream vacation be, and why?

A deserted tropical beach with no dinosaurs or crazed killers/stalkers/kidnappers/terrorists, but with a selection of really, really hot guys—Special Forces, maybe?—to play with. Why? Why not?

Ha, I love that response! What project are you most excited for right now?

The next book, working title The Devil’s a Dom. At the Devil’s Den, Satan and Hecate may be doing things Bex can’t put on TV! (Work in progress)

What’s your favorite TV show on air?

Hmmm. I’m more a doer than a watcher, but…well, True Blood, maybe.

What books are you currently reading? Any recommendations?

In the Zone by Sierra Cartwright; Fool’s Gold by Jennifer Skully. They’re booth pretty darned good writers. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. And if I can find ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue—whooeee!

What’s your astrological sign?

Aries, a fire sign of course. Aries people are adventurous and outgoing. Of course. And dedicated to pursuing the thrill of the moment. Of course!

Us Aries do tend to dive into adventure. What’s your biggest pet peeve when reading a book? A certain type of character? A style of writing? Noticeable plotholes?

Pet peeve? Books about people who are so squeaky-clean, prim, and proper that they don’t have sex. Everyone who’s anyone knows that’s one of the best things in the world. But I also dislike books that have sex without any kind of relationship—one night stand, long-term marriage, I don’t care. I just want the people to have some bond as well as bondage.

Where can readers find you and your books?

I hang out at, and can be reached at

My books are available at, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, etc.

Lilac James has always been a day dreamer, and the scenarios usually feature really hot men.  She is unusually lucky in having untold numbers of gorgeous men to populate her days, and the world’s most wonderful husband when she’s not at the keyboard thinking up new stories.  No, she doesn’t write while wearing a Vicky’s Secret nightgown and sipping a glass of wine.  She enjoys herself anyway.


She’s tired of being a good girl. He’s the man who can help.

Bessie stepped out of the shower and stood in front of her bathroom mirror, rehearsing her approach to Milady’s Pleasure. “I’ve never seen a naked man before.”
No, that wouldn’t do.
“Show me a penis.” Ugh. She sounded—not even dominatrix-like. More desperate, and she’d do anything to keep her desperation from showing.
“Tonight I want…” Yes. Simple, direct, clear.
Tonight, she’d start.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Jessica Cale

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether tackling manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. So every Wednesday here, we tap into some of that wisdom and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Jessica Cale!

With so many quality quotes from different authors on the subject of writing, do you have a favorite?

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury

Where do you draw your inspiration to write?

It’s the characters, more than anything. My series, the Southwark Saga, has a lot of supporting characters outside of the hero and heroine of each book, and I think about them constantly–where they came from, what they want, what kind of adventures I’d like to send them on. Even relatively minor characters can take on lives of their own, and I like to see where they’re going to go. For example, in Tyburn, Alice Henshawe is a silent, thirteen-year-old barmaid. She appears again in Virtue’s Lady with a slightly larger part, and now she’s going to be the heroine of the third part of the series set several years into the future. This book was completely based on Alice, her insecurities, and my need to give her the happy ending she deserves.

Out of any character you’ve written, is there one that’s near and dear to you–that you feel like you could write about forever?

I have a lot of love for Tyburn’s heroine, Sally Green. She is a very strong character. I put her through more terrible things than a person should ever have to live through, and she’s very close to my heart. I’d like to check in with her periodically to make sure she’s still enjoying life and to see how she’s coping with all of her new responsibilities. She does appear again in Virtue’s Lady, and I have more plans for her for later in the series.

If you had the chance to go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I would love to go interrailing around Europe for a few months. I lived in the UK for several years and did some traveling then, but there’s still so much I want to see. I’d like to take my camera and a notebook and try to get lost!

What project are you most excited for right now?

Right now I’m finishing the third book of The Southwark Saga, tentatively titled The Long Way Home. This one is set six years after Virtue’s Lady ends, and follows barmaid Alice Henshawe as she gets lost in France and takes up some…erm…unusual employment. This has been a very challenging project because it has involved a lot of new research, and I’ve been up to the eyeballs in French history for the past year! The setting is about as far away from seventeenth century Southwark as possible, and all of the characters apart from Alice and Jack are new, and some of them are well-known historical figures. This book has been very hard to write, but I’m finally getting toward the end and I hope my readers will like it.

When you’re not writing, what TV do you watch? Do you have a favorite show on air?

Game of Thrones, hands down! My first degree was in Medieval History, so I love that for fantasy, it’s so close to the reality. The characters are complicated and well-developed and they really make it for me. No one’s really a hero, are they? I’ve read all of the books, so I’m excited to see how everything plays out.

What about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading the ARC of Vice by Rosanna Leo and it was fantastic. The heroine leads a support group for friends and family of people suffering from gambling addiction and the hero runs a string of casinos. It was emotionally engaging and very sexy, and I just loved it. My other favorite books from this year were probably A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels and What a Duke Wants by Amy Quinton–both outstanding new regency romances.

What’s your zodiac sign?

Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp!

Do you have any huge pet peeves that might make you put a book down?

I don’t like male characters to read like two-dimensional caricatures of “alpha males”. There has to be more to them than a six pack + something about them to make them “deep.” More than anything, though, I get frustrated when I read a book and I can’t picture what’s going on. I’ve read a lot of these over the past few years. I understand the need to be concise and to keep the pace consistent, but without details, all you have is a three-hundred page conversation. I want to see the houses, feel the clothes, and smell the coffee. I try to make up for this in my books as much as possible, even if the details are unpleasant!

Oh man, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the caricature alpha males! Now, where can readers find you and your books?

Tyburn and Virtue’s Lady are out now from Liquid Silver Books. They are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, All Romance E-Books, and Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.


From toiling for pennies to bare-knuckle boxing, a lady is prepared for every eventuality.

Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.

After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

Mark Virtue is trying to go straight. After years of robbing coaches and surviving on his wits, he knows it’s time to hang up his pistol and become the carpenter he was trained to be. He busies himself with finding work for his neighbors and improving his corner of Southwark as he tries to forget the girl who haunts his dreams. As a carpenter struggling to stay in work in the aftermath of The Fire, he knows Jane is unfathomably far beyond his reach, and there’s no use wishing for the impossible.

When Jane turns up in Southwark, Mark is furious. She has no way of understanding just how much danger she has put them in by running away. In spite of his growing feelings for her, he knows that Southwark is no place for a lady. Jane must set aside her lessons to learn a new set of rules if she is to make a life for herself in the crime-ridden slum. She will fight for her freedom and her life if that’s what it takes to prove to Mark—and to herself—that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Ember Leigh

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether it be writing manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. Every Wednesday we tap into some of that wisdom, and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Ember Leigh!

When it comes to writing, do you have any quotes on the subject that speak to you?

“Write to discover, not to wither.” This is a quote coined by one of my best friends and I. She is also an author and we spent our adolescence cooped up in editing meetings reading each other’s manuscripts, and groaning about the writing process. (Though really, 15 years later, I suppose we’re doing much the same.) We came up with this little nugget during our college years, when reflecting about the first-stage writing process, which includes a lot of question marks: who are my characters? Where is this story going? What will the theme be? Writing to discover is one of the most important stages of the creation process, since none of us comes to the page knowing the full story. As long as you don’t wither during the creative process, then you’re on the right track.

Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Everything around me. I’m not sure how inspiration works, or where it comes from, other than on the back of a Technicolor gilded unicorn who comes flying in and out of my brain without warning. It’s just something that’s been inside my body, within the nooks and crannies of my DNA, since conception. Life is fascinating.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you feel like you could write about forever?

Why? YES! My first NA novel, which is still in the editing stages, features two characters—Trent and Lucie—that I feel like I could write about for eons. That novel is part of a planned series, so luckily I WILL have the chance to revisit them in later installments, if only peripherally. But there’s something about the chemistry between them. I just love their story, I love their They are long-time best friends turned lovers, and although there was lots of confusion and hesitation, especially as they transition into real-life and adulthood, they are one of the strongest couples I’ve ever written.

If you could dart off anywhere for a dream vacation, where would you go?

I have been itching to get to either Hawaii or Bali (or preferably both) for a couple years now. On the other end of the spectrum, my partner and I are planning our honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park, hopefully for the fall of next year. So really I can’t pick one. The world is too big to only have one dream vacation!

What project are you the most excited for right now?

My travel-themed short story series! It’s my first foray into self-publishing, and it has been such a fun and creative journey. I’m releasing a new installment every month, and each short story features new characters, new locations, and new steamy adventures! I can’t wait to reveal all the destinations and sexy characters I have planned…*evil laughter* I love it so much because I love TRAVEL so much, so it combines my passions (international travel & writing) in a way that feels so organic and also titillating at the same time!

Do you have a favorite TV show on air?

Oh, boy, I’m not sure. I don’t watch television that much. But if I catch re-runs of something in the off-chance I’m watching TV, I always pick “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Office”.

What about books? Any recommendations?

I’m finishing up “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” by Kiran Desai (she wrote “The Inheritance of Loss”), which is a fiction book I picked up while traveling through India and has the lushest imagery I’ve read in a long while. I’m reading Osho’s book “Nowhere To Go But In”, which I also picked up while traveling India. It’s dense but fascinating.

And my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

Pisces and proud!

What’s your biggest pet peeve while you’re reading a book?

My pet peeves stem from a lack of editorial eye. Abuse of adverbs, too many tags or pronouns, things like that. Hiring an editor if self-publishing, or finding the right editor within a publishing house, is so important for the final product. Small things like that speak volumes, to me, about the quality of the work overall (and how serious the author is about their work).

Where can readers find you and your work?

Right now, my travel-themed short story series, Erotic Destinations, can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more. Later this year, my forthcoming novel, A New York Minute, will be available in most major outlets via The Wild Rose Press.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Chris Pavesic

It’s that time of week again, where we meet a new author! Learn about all the different approaches and methods of a motley assortment of talented individuals. This week, we’re welcoming Chris Pavesic, who kindly read and reviewed Stolen Petals on her blog!

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Since writers are known for their clever way with words, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

Jim Butcher wrote the following on his Goodreads blog, and it is advice that really stuck with me:

“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away. No one but you.” (

That’s powerful stuff. I love Jim Butcher! When you’re setting down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?


Seriously there is no simple answer to this one. Inspiration, motivation, a desire to write—whatever you call it—has to come from the person. It is totally on the writer. If you are not inspired, you really have to sit back and ask yourself why you are writing a book, short story, poem, etc.? Are you writing because you want to be rich and famous? This doesn’t happen often and the lack of success could drain your motivation. Are you writing because you love to write–because it is your favorite thing to do? Doing what you enjoy is pure inspiration in itself.

I wanted to be a writer literally before I could actual write. When I was a preschooler I would tell stories to my Grandmother, who obligingly copied them down for me. Writing is my lifelong dream. So I don’t have trouble finding inspiration because this is what I want to do.  Sure–there are days when it is frustrating, but I power through them because I want to write. I want to see something that springs from my imagination appear on a page so that others can enjoy it.

 But I cannot stress the coffee factor enough. 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that resonates with you, that you feel like you could write about forever?

Without a doubt my favorite is Devyn Du Chien from my first published novel, The Caelimane Operation. When I started writing, he was not going to be a main character. By the time I reached the end of the chapter where he was introduced, I had to go back and re-write it from his point of view. He was the most interesting character in the room. I hope my readers feel the same.

If you could travel anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Anywhere that I could go with my family and we could just hang around, visit, and do activities we enjoy would be a dream vacation. Time off is such a rarity for me that I’m pretty flexible in this regard.

Do you have a project in the works that you’re super excited about?

I have been have been working on a YA urban fantasy/dystopia novel based on a short story I wrote.  It actually features different characters, so no part of the short story will appear in the novel, but I really liked the story world that I created and want to expand on it.  I don’t have a title yet, but the short story was titled “The Revelation” so that might be a good working title. 

When you’re not writing, what’re your favorite TV shows are you checking out?

This type of question always causes a quandary for me because I pick one and then think “wait . . . what about this other one?” So I have to choose between Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead? Or Doctor Who? Or Game of Thrones? Going with the length of time I have watched the series as a tiebreaker, it will have to be Doctor Who.

(Just be glad you didn’t ask me my favorite author or book. There wouldn’t be any room left on your blog as I pondered the answer.)

How about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?

I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a mystery novel filled with a lot of humor. I would certainly recommend it.

What’s your astrological sign?

Pisces. (I had to look it up.)

Any huge pet peeves when you’re reading a book?

When I am reading a mystery novel, I like it when the writer “plays fair” with his/her readers and provides clues that allow a reader to solve the mystery. I do not like it when a detective solves a mystery by applying an obscure fact that no one could guess—some bit of information that the author did not present previously in the novel. This is one reason I like Agatha Christie’s mysteries. She provides the clues throughout the book that should make the solution obvious, but does it in such a way that I can never guess the outcome until the end.

Where can readers find your and your books?

You can find my books at

You can learn more about me at my blog or on Twitter @chrispavesic. 

I am on Goodreads and have a YouTube channel, On Writing with Chris Pavesic.

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Meet the Writer- Einar Mercer

One community that’s blossoming with talent is the steampunk one. Whether it be artists, musicians, writers, or any of the other talented creators that make inventions and crafts, this group of individuals has produced unparalleled creativity.

Today welcome Einar Mercer to the blog!

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What’s your favorite quote about writing?

Because so many quotes about writing are from writers, there are hundreds of excellent quotes and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. At the moment I am inspired by these two:

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” –Graham Greene

When you’re settling down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

People are fascinating and inspiring and while I know some writers develop a plot and then populate it with characters, almost everything I have ever written has begun with a person. There is a lot of beauty and tragedy in the world but there is something uniquely magnificent about the combination of mannerisms, language, physical features, worldviews, and emotional ranges that compose and person and distinguish them from others. Sometimes when it is a particularly potent combination I will immediately imagine them in another place, or another time, or how they would react to this opportunity or that obstacle- and a story begins.

With all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re attached enough to keep writing about?

Because of the way in which I fall in love with characters, asking which is my favorite is like asking a parent which child they like best- in my estimation there is always an answer, but they feel a little conflicted about it. I have written some colorful characters and some meaningful characters, some that reflect the best and worst parts of myself… it has been rumored that I have even created characters based on people I disliked for the sole purpose of killing them in novels!

My favorite character to date is probably Adelaide “Calamity” Sinclair, a main character in the first trilogy of my Gears & Gunfighters books. She represents the best in womankind to me, independent and practical, beautiful and vibrant, comfortable with her sexuality and dedicated to those she cares for.

If you could choose anywhere to go for a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I grew up on the northern Atlantic coast and have an abiding love for the rocky shores and frigid whitecaps of that region. If I could vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and spend my days at Odiorne Point writing followed by nights in the Coat of Arms Pub, that would be about as perfect as I can imagine.

Do you have any project you’re super excited about right now?

I am most excited to continue writing in my Gears & Gunfighters universe as it expands. My fourth book and the start of a new trilogy will be released at the end of July, and my fifth book is underway. I have eight more outlined, with some loose plans to write some novels in the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format and a role-playing game in the same setting. A fan has asked how I would feel about other authors writing short stories in the Gears & Gunfighters setting, so that may be on the horizon as well.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows you keep up with?

I am a big fan of Hell on Wheels and just finished Season 4, while Season 5 premieres on July 18th. It is a bit of an underdog on AMC with Walking Dead and Mad Men in the spotlight, but I am thoroughly addicted and looking forward to the final season.

Do you have any book recommendations to share?

I just picked up “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich, a work of Southern Outlaw fiction. Not normally a genre I read, I was impressed at his book launch party by the grit and noir of the first chapter and the breadth of his plot arc (the novel spans four generations of a family from the end of prohibition to modern day).

When people ask me to recommend a book, I invariably recommend “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I consider Oscar Wilde to be one of the finest writers of all time, and genuinely believe he was possessed of a uniquely deep understanding of the human condition.

Now the question I ask everyone–what’s your zodiac sign?

I am a classic Virgo.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book that might cause you to put it down?

I would like to preface my reply to this question by saying that completing a novel and sending it to print is a monumental accomplishment and worthy of recognition, and that my pet peeves are simply matters of preference rather than a comment on any author who falls victim to them- nothing can detract from the milestone that is fearlessly putting your story out into the world and giving it to others to do with what they will.

I do not care for fiction in which agenda overruns plot. If a character is anti-government, or focused on putting an end to bullying, or some other socially relevant cause, that is fine and perhaps even integral to the story. When that transitions to a sense that the author is using characters as props to drive their personal agenda to the reader, I lose interest immediately. I believe such objectives belong in the realm of non-fiction where the reader chooses to be informed on the subject, while such dialogues in fiction should be more subtle and collateral to falling in love with characters or plotlines.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My books are all available on Kindle and in paperback through (

Links to all of my books and social media presence can be found on my blog as well, at

If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia area, my friend David Hutchison is stocking my novels on the shelves of the Book Tavern on Broad Street, downtown. As a plug for his business, David owns and operates his bookstore with an incredible selection of new and used titles and proudly supports independent authors for events, one of the rare gems of the central Savannah River valley.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Paula Millhouse

It’s that time of week again, where we get to know more of the kickass talent out there! As someone who loves meeting people, particularly creative people, this post has been a joy, and I’ve found everyone’s answers fascinating!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse!

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What writing quote means the most to you?

Via the awesome Chuck Wendig: “Finish your shit.” While at first his words may sound crass, the truth is in the quote for writers. You started that story. Finish it. That’s the only way through. Writers write. End of discussion.

Ha, I love that! Couldn’t agree more. What about inspiration? Where do you draw it from?

Writing is my therapy, my way back to myself, a sort-of Zen meditation if you will. This crazy old world can challenge the best and the worst in us, and writing helps me diffuse. Temperance is a value I hold dear – the philosophy that we should take it for granted that people act for good despite their circumstances.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re so attached to that you could write stories about them forever?

My dragonlet Magnus is my favorite character. He’s young, and full of whimsy, and adventure with so much to learn about the world. He’s got this huge destiny, but he’s just this intelligent youngling thrown into an impossible situation. I think I could write about him discovering his world forever.

For those curious, we have a picture!

3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background
3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background

For many of us, we travel through our writing, but when it comes to real life vacations, do you have a dream one?

A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to visit the Greek Isles. The landscape there, and the history fascinates me. Not to mention the food, and the Ouzo! Second choice – Scotland.

Any projects you’re really excited to share with us?

Chalvaren Rising, my first professionally edited and produced Fantasy Romance novel with Boroughs Publishing Group. I blended the genres, and while traditional bookstores might have a hard time shelving the novel, it seems like the perfect marriage of story to me. Most fantasy books don’t have enough romance for me, and I find magic lacking in most straight romances. Hey, all those Hobbits and Elves and Dragons had to come from somewhere, right?

That sounds fantastic! Not going to lie, I’m intrigued–I feel the same way about blending fantasy and romance. When you’re taking a break from writing, what TV shows do you check out?

I gotta go with The Big Bang Theory. Just enough Geek there to make me smile, and the humor is huge – exactly what I need after a hard day at work. I’m a recovering Outlander. Honestly, I still haven’t decided if I’ll give Starz another chance next season after the last two episodes.

What about in the book-o-sphere?

I’m currently reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I enjoyed Marilyn Baxter’s Direct Deposit, a great contemporary. And I just picked up Solid Ground – the premise sounds perfect for my kind of story.

The Book of Life looked pretty intriguing–let me know how it is! And I hope you enjoy Solid Ground : ) Now to my favorite question–what’s your zodiac sign?

Aquarius. It’s true, I can never make up my mind, and as a character flaw, I’ll admit I can hold a grudge for over a year if you cross me. I’m working on that with respect to my goal of Temperance…

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

The heroine who’s too stupid to live. I know we’ve got to showcase internal conflict as writers, but nothing drives me battier than a woman who can’t make up her mind. I appreciate kick-ass heroines who harbor dark secrets and aren’t afraid to act on good instincts. I love to read about gals who know who/what they want, and go for it despite the odds.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find the Author here:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Boroughs Publishing Group / Pinterest

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The Dragonstone has returned. With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.


Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: L.P. Maxa

It’s that time of the week again–Wednesday when we meet new writers! There are a lot of writers out there, so how do you find the latest talent? By reading this weekly post!

FullSizeRenderToday let’s welcome L.P. Maxa!

What’s your favorite quote about writing?

I have two. The first is a little funny.

“I write though whether that helps me keep my sanity or makes me lose it I will never know.” –unknown

More soulful.

“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” -The Book Thief

I know everyone’s unique and draws their inspiration from different places and situations–how do you tap into yours?

EVERYTHING inspires me! Songs I hear, experiences I’ve had, people I know. Play Nice was inspired by one of my good friends, her brother is the drummer in an up and coming band. Their bond and love for each other is what gave me the original idea for the book. Of course, once I started writing it developed a mind of its own. Never Ever, which is currently on Kindle, was inspired by an actual yearly girls trip my girlfriends from college and I take. I’m toying around with another book right now that was inspired by a Miranda Lambert song I heard on Pandora. Pretty much anything can spark an idea in my brain.

Do you have a character of yours that you feel like you could write forever? One you absolutely love?

Hands down my favorite character is Taylor Hill, he is the male lead in Never Ever. I love him! He is cocky, funny, sarcastic and of course sexy and gorgeous. I enjoy writing him because he is super witty, but super sweet also. One of those perfect self-proclaimed players that just can’t help but fall for the girl.

Brice Huntington is a secondary character in Happy Place. That character is based loosely on someone I know and adore, so he was fun to write as well. So fun, in fact, that I think he might get his own book eventually.

Amidst this summer weather, the travel bug’s already bitten me–where would you take your dream vacation?

Every year my whole family goes down to Seaside, Florida. My parents are building a house there as we speak, I’m so excited! I absolutely LOVE it there. As soon as I take one step outside of the airport I breathe a sigh of relief. My novel Happy Place has some parts that take place there, that’s how much I enjoy being in Seaside. My husband and I actually got married on the beach down from my parent’s neighborhood. And last summer we took our daughter and it was the first time she saw the ocean. Plus, it’s not too far, I am the WORST flier. I hate to fly. But if I could get over my aversion to flight, Greece would be a really cool place to go. Oh! And Ireland, I have an EXTREME weakness for Irish accents.

What project are you most excited about right now?

Well, I am currently working on Play Fair, the second book in The Devil’s Share series. It’s going really well, which is a relief because it got off to a rocky start. So I’m pretty pumped to get that to my editor. Side note: Play Nice, book one will be released on July 2nd!! Also, a really good friend and I started writing a book together. It’s a lot more tragic and emotional than what I normally write so I’m excited for the challenge.

Do you have a favorite TV show you’re watching right now?

How can I possibly choose?! I was a HUGE Sons of Anarchy fan, so I’m still dealing with the loss of that show. But I am a Walking Dead (Norman Reedus) super fan as well. My friends think my crush on Norman Reedus is weird, but I’ve had a thing for him going back to the Boondock Saints days. (Told you I had a thing for Irish accents) I also really enjoy Nashville and The Originals. Oh, and I’m binge watching Justified on Amazon Prime right now too.

Oh man, I just started tearing through Sons of Anarchy on Netflix–so good. What about on your bookshelf? Anything awesome you’re reading?

I just read the first two books in the Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy. That series is a little more YA than I usually read, but I really enjoyed them. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, those are all good. The Indebted series by Pepper Winter is crazy dark, but I couldn’t put them down! As I was reading the first book, I kept thinking “Okay, I can’t read this, this is too weird.” But, I finished it. And then when the next one came out, I read that one too. I’m kind of addicted now.

And now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Capricorn. But, I was born like 4 weeks early, so technically I should be an Aquarius. I think I’m like an in between signs person. Is that a thing? If it is, then I am.

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

That’s easy. I cannot stand when a book doesn’t not have enough DIALOGUE! I want to read the characters interacting with each other. I get so bored reading about feelings and scenery. I try really hard in my books to let feeling come to light in the dialogue. Let the characters figure it out for themselves. When one person feels one way, but the other person never knows it, I lose my mind. I can’t deal with that. I like direct. Also, female characters like Anastasia Steele drive me crazy. “Oh you bought me a car? I can’t accept.” Of course you can. What chick is going to start sleeping with a sexy billionaire and then turn down extravagant gifts? Not this chick.

Where can your readers find you?

L.P. Maxa’s Amazon Page

Don’t miss out on the latest release–Play Nice, to be released with Boroughs Publishing Group on July 2nd!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Alanna Lucas

Being an author is hard work and there are so many spectacular books waiting to be discovered! That’s why we do this weekly catch up–so readers can get an insight into new authors to check out and discover what inspires them!

author picToday let’s welcome Alanna Lucas!

Previous authors have shed plenty of wisdom regarding the writing process–what’s your favorite quote?

I don’t have just one favorite quote, but one on my list is: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot & Write a lot.” – Stephen King

Where do you draw your writing inspiration?

The characters that live in my head and the desire to tell their story.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? One that you feel like you could write forever?

I love all my characters for different reasons, but one of my favorites is Artemisia from When We Dance. She is not your typical heroine and life with her (and her family) is never dull.

At this point of the year, a lot of people’s brains are drifting to vacation time–what’s your dream vacation spot?

I would love to go on an extended Grand Tour of Europe, immersing myself in the various cultures. What better way to research than to experience?

Like most writers, I’m sure you’ve got a project in the wings–what’s coming up for you?

I am working on the last book- Waltzing with the Earl- in the In His Arms series. Anthea Albryght has been a secondary character in two books and it is exciting to be able to finally share her story.

When you’re not writing, what TV show are you tuning into?

Top Gear UK

Any books to recommend? What’s on your reading agenda?

I am currently reading The Earl’s Enticement by Collette Cameron.

What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Virgo 🙂

Are there any pet peeves when you read a book that turn you off of it?

When the cover and blurb have nothing to do with what’s inside the book.

Where can readers find you and your books?

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Pippa Jay

Let’s celebrate all of the lovely writers out there working hard to provide you with wonderful stories to read! It’s not easy work in the slightest, and each Wednesday we’ll take some time to get to know the person behind the pen.

Today let’s welcome Pippa Jay!

487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n (640x640)nTo kick off things, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

It’s not really a writing quote as such but more a personal motto (and by coincidence the motto for a multi-author blog I belong to). Never give up – never surrender! Commander Quincy Taggart from Galaxy Quest.

I love Galaxy Quest! Now when you’re working on a story or coming up with something new, where do you get your inspiration from?

Pretty much everything. I mean, I’ve had inspiration for a space battle from a piece of paper hitting the windscreen of my car or funny dialogue from my kids. Mostly my inspiration comes from dreams, music, image sites like deviantart or stock image sites, books, TV and films, but really anything can spark it off. A complete YA dystopia story popped into my head while taking my daughter to her first music concert, sparked off by me watching the crowd file into the stadium and wondering what would be the best escape route in case of a zombie invasion. So yeah, literally anything.

When you’re working with characters for so long, it’s easy to get attached–just like real people! Do you have any you feel like you could write forever?

Ooo, I don’t like to pick favourites! Don’t tell the others, but I guess it would be Quin from Keir. She’s been with me the longest, starting out as a new companion in a Doctor Who story I wrote in 1990. She’s the character most like me, or the me I wanted to be as a teenager, and I have so many adventures with her in my head that I’ve yet to write down that sometimes I think I might explode! I certainly have enough that I could write about her probably for the rest of my life.

Coming up with all these different settings, you must have a place in mind you’d love to travel. Where would you go?

Right now hubs and I have been talking about a trip to Louisiana. He’s been reading a lot of books set there, and I wrote one I set in a made up Louisiana town, relying heavily on research and knowledgeable friends, since I’ve never actually been there. So now we both have a hankering to visit.

What’s the next big project in the works?

After Keir‘s release I’ll be working on the sequel – Keir’s Fall – and a side story set between the two. I’m hoping to have Keir’s Fall out by the end of the year, and the side story soon after. I’ve been promising the sequel forever – since Keir first released in May 2012 – but so many things happened to get in the way. My publisher rejected it, then another that took it on had to close before it was published. So it’s taken over three years to finally be able to deliver it to readers, so I’m really excited about that.

Any favorite shows on air?

Doctor Who. Without question.

Us Whovians are all around : ). What about on the book front? Any recommendations?

I’ve been really struggling to get in reading time in the past year, but five of my recent favourites have been Spark Rising by Kate Corcino (post apocalyptic), Inherit the Stars by Laurie A Green (SciFi romance), My Name is A’yen by Rachel Leigh Smith (SFR with quite a paranormal feel), Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau (f/f SFR), and Angel’s Keeping by Brantwijn Serrah (f/f angel erotica).

Now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo, though I always say I’m more like the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz than a typical Leo.

When you’re reading a book, are there any huge pet peeves that’ll cause you to put it down?

I cannot stand heroes portrayed as jerks unless they are redeemed or given a huge shake up really quickly. But the biggest thing that will get me dropping a book is repeated typos/grammar issues.

Where can readers find you and your books?

You can stalk me at my website, or at my blog, but without doubt my favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.


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A demon waiting to die…

An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.

Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. A science fiction romance novel previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012, Keir is a Readers Favorite Contest Awards Finalist 2012​, HOD RWA Aspen Gold finalist (3rd place)The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards semi-finalist, and a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award Best May to December Romance winner.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Liana Brooks

Another week and another writer to meet! What I’ve been loving so far with the answers different authors have given is how similar yet different they are. There’s a thread of unity, yet so many unique perspectives!

Today we welcome Liana Brooks!

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With all the thousands of quotes and advice on writing–what one stands out the most for you?

“Write dangerously.” Never be afraid to kill off a character or make the scene messy. Take risks with your writing. Write a new genre. Write a different kind of character. When you sit down to write, leave your fears somewhere else.

Where does inspiration hit you? Anything specific trigger it?

I’ve had a love affair with stories since I was a child. There were always books. There were always stories. I don’t know if I could go through my day and not start spinning things into a story, at this point it’s as natural as breathing. I see something, hear a phrase, feel a breeze and it becomes part of a story.

 That’s a terrible answer, isn’t it? Not at all scientific. I guess… Life inspires me. Other people inspire me. I’m a curious person, I want answers, and when I tell a story I can answer the eternal question of WHY and WHAT IF.

When you’re riding on that inspiration and creating characters, it’s easy to get attached. Do you have a favorite, or one you could write about forever?

That’s a hard one. When I’m writing a book I always think, “This is the one! I love this character. There will never be a fictional person as perfect as this person right here!” And inevitably there is. I’m an unfaithful author. A plot whore. I’ll chase any complex character that comes along.

 I did really enjoy writing Mac in THE DAY BEFORE, though. He’s broken and cynical, really at the end of his rope and fed up with life. He’s a fun character to write because he’s stopped caring what anyone thinks, and he really doesn’t care if he gets hurt. And he has a dark sense of humor. Anyone who can make jokes over corpses is fun to write. There’s no limits on him, and that’s a lot of fun.

 Sam, by comparison, is very rigid in what she’ll allow herself to do. Writing her was harder because I had to stop and think about whether or not she’d even think about certain options. She starts with a very narrow definition of acceptable behavior and throughout the series we’re going to see her change. Her morals don’t shift as much as her willingness to think outside the box.

Sometimes our settings are just things we dream up, but traveling can help flesh those out. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would love to be somewhere tropical with beaches, big flowers, and free childcare. I’m living in Alaska right now and there’s still ice on my driveway! It’s May! We have fifteen hours of daylight! And there’s snow!!!

 I’d love to get away to a quiet tropical island. Not somewhere touristy or busy, but a nice little place with friendly locals, a couple small shops that have everything you need, maybe an ice cream parlor… I’d sit out by the beach writing my next book and watching the waves. That would be heaven.

What’s next on the horizon? Anything you’re really excited about?

JANE’S SHADOW is the second book in the Jane Doe series and it’s coming out in November. It’s my entire focus right now, and I am excited about how the readers will react. We get some answers to a few of the questions left at the end of THE DAY BEFORE and it gets Sam back with her favorite man.

When you’re not working on writing, what’s your favorite show on air to veg out to?

Oooo… on air? I’m still catching up on a decade’s worth of TV viewing with Netflix. Let’s see, I’m enjoying iZombie. Rob Thomas writes fun female characters. It’s a little dark and morbid and I don’t know if I’ll keep liking it if they kill off some of the characters I like, but I’m enjoying it right now.

I’m with you on that train–I love Liv from I-Zombie! What about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?

My To Be Read pile has the latest books from Devon Monk and Kelley Grant. I’m planning on getting the new Jack Campbell book in May, and maybe the Ken Liu book. It looked intriguing.

 I do have recommendations for books: Read The Books With Words.

 If you want something more specific, come find me on Twitter and tell me what you like. I’m pretty good at finding people a great sci-fi book to love.

And the best question: what’s your zodiac sign?

I’m a Leo! And an extrovert! And an ENTJ! Which means I have a huge ego, I’m super outgoing, and I will probably take over the conversation when we get together.

Oooh, I should ask for people’s Myers-Briggs, because I’m definitely curious about that too! So, when you’re reading, are there any huge pet peeves that might make you put down a book?

Too Dumb to Live characters, or weak conflict that revolves around someone ignoring an obvious choice. If the characters could have resolved the problem by sitting down and talking for five minutes, or making a phone calls, or checking a computer log it isn’t a good plot. It’s an easy trap for an author to fall into, because they have it set in their head the THIS MUST HAPPEN, but hopefully the crit partners and editors will catch it.

 And for some reason I can’t get into first-person-present-tense books. I’ve tried, but I find it so jarring I usually don’t get far. That’s a Reader Error rather than a problem with the book. I’m not smart enough to adapt to that style of language.

Where can readers find you and your books?

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The Day Before_CoverA body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is:

Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property?

 Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie.

 The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either.

 This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag.

 A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.