Friday, February 15, 2019

Interview with Janell Rhiannon, SONG OF SACRIFICE


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Homeric Chronicles is a chronological retelling of Trojan War mythology, including the Iliad and Odyssey that raises the heroines’ voices alongside the heroes. The major storylines follow Clytemnestra, Helen, Andromache, and Penelope, as well as the familiar heroes like Achilles, Hektor, Paris, and Odysseus. Song of Sacrifice is the first book in a planned 4 book series.

Do you have a favorite character?
Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon and Queen of Mycenae. She is calculating, yet relatable. Here’s a link to her video autobiography on You Tube: https://youtu.be/GvFx4Xc7F9w

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I decided to go indie from the beginning. I enjoy the process of learning things and it seemed the logical choice as digital publishing is becoming more main stream. There was a time when you had to buy a physical book (which I still prefer) but many readers today rather the convenience of reading on devices and phones.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
Yes I’ve had a critique group for each book. We make a private Facebook group and I send everyone a draft, digital or a physical ARC. They read and comment in the group. This allows them to also communicate with each other, not just me. I post specific questions I have about plot, scenes, characters, etc. and they comment back or message me if they want to keep it private. I love doing it this way. I value the feedback and several times recognize when I need to change course on the manuscript. My current group for Song of Sacrifice (SoS) helped me get to the conclusion I needed to change the title and supported me on the scary journey of actually doing it. I’ll be looking to form a group for book 3, Rage of Queens, if anyone reads book 1 and 2 and wants to be a part of the next group. Message me on social media :)

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I always listen to music when I write. I prefer soundtracks that touch the feelings I’m trying to convey in the story. I listen to Game of Thrones and the Tudors quite a bit, also some medieval and fantasy compilations.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m a big outliner with this series, because without that there are too many characters and storylines to keep track of. But, even so, characters still surprise me and end up doing things differently or arrive at a place the way I didn’t originally intend.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
That it takes a long time to get it all together, to build your village of creatives. I’ve found great success with Regina Wamba, Nadege Richards, and Melissa Ringsted as my publishing team. I probably made all the mistakes someone can make. I think my fear of not being able to write a “big” book hampered me in the beginning. It wasn’t until I wrote Song of Sacrifice that I realized I could.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
iBook
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Smashwords

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I’m doing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Amazon Ads to promote Song of Sacrifice. I also started a podcast called Greek Mythology Retold to help get the word out about my writing, while I talk about the characters of Greek myth. I’m planning a series of YouTube videos, as well. I just need to get over my fear of seeing my face in a video!

What’s next for you?
First of all, getting the second book Rise of Princes of to a good start via preorder. Then back deep into writing cave to finish book 3, Rage of Queens. After that, I have a dragon book and a pirate book in mind. I’m going to keep podcasting because I love it. Hope to see you on social media!!!

Thank you for giving me the space to talk about my books. Hope you enjoy reading them.


Song of Sacrifice
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.
Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…
…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.
Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.
In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.
Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…
Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

Author Bio:
In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.
The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.
She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

#FREE Romance: THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING by Debra Elizabeth



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Blurb:
Has Keira made the worst mistake of her life?

Unemployed Keira Callahan decides to try her luck at the casino before delving back into job hunting. As she walks through the casino, she bumps into the most handsome man she’s ever seen. When he asks her to dinner, she doesn’t hesitate. As she learns Cade Tyndale’s story—he needs to wed or lose his British estate, her impulsive nature rears up and she agrees to marry him and move to England for one year. What does she have to lose except her heart to the impossibly handsome Earl of Barrett?



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#Excerpt: APOCALYSPSE 5 by Stacey Rourke


Apocalypse Five
Stacey Rourke
(Archive of the Fives, #1)
Publication date: February 12th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Good luck and have a pleasant apocalypse.
The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can’t agree upon. For decades, Earth’s best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom’s Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final and calls up the next in a long line of cadets.
Stationed aboard the AT-1-NS Starship, the A5 are celebrities thrust into the limelight by a calling they didn’t choose. All it takes is one unscheduled mission, showing seventeen-year-old team leader Detroit a harsh and unfathomable reality, to shake the A5’s belief in all they thought they knew. After questioning people with the power to destroy them, the team is framed for a crime they didn’t commit and marked for death. Now, the hunt is on.
Can the Apocalypse Five expose the truth the starship would kill to keep hidden? Or, will their bravery end in a public execution?


Excerpt:

Adjusting his oxygen mask, Augusta eyed the structure. “You wouldn’t happen to have a rocket launcher under that Lycra, would you?”
“It just so happens that I do.” The corners of her eyes crinkling, Juneau pulled two vials from the utility belt slung around her hips, careful to keep them far from each other. “Of the chemical sort.” 
Before any of them could question her further, Juneau palmed a vial in each hand and sprinted in the direction of the dam. 
“Anyone else bothered by the fact that she keeps explosives on her like lip balm?” Reno’s face folded in frustration as he begrudgingly took off after her.  
So, we aren’t discussing these things anymore?” Augusta shouted after them, squinting to see through the billowing smoke. To the others, he mused, “The plan now is just to follow the suicidal redhead without question?” 
“Oh, there will be a whole slew of questions. Count on that.” Jerking her head for the rest of the team to follow, Detroit darted after the twins.  
Stone steps had been carved into the right side of the rocky elevation, leading up to the towering crest. Taking the stairs two at a time, the three elder team members sped to close the distance between them and their baby-faced counterparts. They caught up to the twins at the precipice. A descent to a fiery death loomed on one side, a watery grave on the other.     
“You got us here. Now, what’s the plan, kids?” Houston demanded. Hands on his knees, he sucked in a greedy lungful from his oxygen pack. 
Seated on the edge of the dam with her legs swinging carelessly against its face, Juneau clipped her grappling belt around her brother’s waist. 
She said something, but what it was, Detroit couldn’t say. The team leader tuned out, lost in the scene splayed out before her. Not the rampaging flames, but all that lay beyond it. Beneath the water, enormous turbines churned energy back to the nearby civilizations. Detroit couldn’t help but wonder why simulation designers would put such detailed focus into a part of the mission they couldn’t be sure the team would even see. It played no real part in their scenario. Yet, there it was.  
“Detroit!” Augusta’s shout snapped her from her reverie, whipping the team leader’s head around. “Would you please talk to her? Or kick her off the dam before she kills us all? Honestly, at this point I would settle for either.”  
“No one is going to get killed!” Juneau batted the suggestion away like a bothersome insect. A beat of hesitation and she reconsidered, “Or, at least, we shouldn’t.” 
Auggie tossed his hands up in the air, then let them slap to his sides in frustration. “That’s very reassuring. Thank you.”
Juneau’s stare swiveled in Detroit’s direction, the corners of her heart-shaped lips tugging downward. “It’s not that risky! I’m just going to rappel halfway down the dam, then mix this tube with the other one …” She demonstrated by holding up one vial then the other. “Together, they make a liquid explosive equal to TNT. It makes the dam go boom, the water gushes over the flames, and POOF! We have ourselves a successfully completed mission.” 
Detroit cast her stare toward the blaze that was devouring the landscape with merciless intent. “What happens when you set that thing off with you dangling beside it? We watch you spiral into a backdraft of waiting flame?” 
“That’s not how a backdraft works,” Houston chimed in. Squatting down, he double checked Juneau’s grappling hook. 
“Not the point,” Detroit spat to silence him. 
Juneau offered her team leader a toothy grin. “That’s the part where you all are going to need to hurry and pull me up.” 
Catching Juneau by the elbow, Detroit dragged her to her feet. “You need to stop this. We will find another way, or we’ll abort mission and suffer through a week of punishment exercises.”
“Yeah, that’ll be great. I haven’t run until I puked in quite a few moon cycles. I could use the cleanse.” Auggie nodded in mock exuberance, the tips of his short dreads bobbing with the motion. The A-5 helmets were fastened on with straps to allow their hair to always look its best. After all, what was the point of saving the world if you didn’t look fine as hell for the cameras? 
“They’re right, June-bug.” Despite his argument, Reno held tight to the nylon rope his sister had thrust into his white-knuckled grip. “This is a stupid risk you don’t have to take.”   
Shouts rang out in the distance, rising up in a nightmarish chorus coming from the village they were sworn to protect. 
“Hear that?” Holding up one finger, Juneau’s head tilted as she listened. “Those people think otherwise.” 
“Those people aren’t real!” Detroit countered, jamming her hand in the direction of the panicked ruckus. “All that’s out there is digital programming meant to train us or kill us. Don’t give them a chance on the second option. They will take it. I’ve watched it happen.” 
Her eyes flashing with challenge, Juneau’s stare lobbed from one to the next of her teammates. “They may not be real, but tomorrow’s victims could be. That could be the day when we’re all called in for the real thing. It could be this exact type of situation, and we’ll have no idea what to do because we were too scared to try. On AT-1-NS, my special instruction has been in chemicals and explosives. Let me use what I’ve learned. Imagine this is real. Pretend it’s the one. The fate of the Earth lies with us. Isn’t a little risk worth the lives of all those trusting us to protect them? The mission before all else, right?” 
Houston glared at the vials, resenting anything or anyone that dared threatened his team.  He could practically hear their audience back on the starship hooting their approval for the selfless ginger. “What lesson are we teaching them if you die? If they watch you make a reckless choice, which gets you killed, it will shake their confidence in all of us.” 
“Well, then I guess I’ll have to do my best not to die.” Taking a casual step back, Juneau threw her arms out wide and fell back in a reverse swan dive off the dam’s edge. 
Sucking in a shocked gasp, Reno braced his footing and seized the rope tight. It skimmed over his skin, rubbing angry red gashes in his flesh until the grappling hook caught with a lurch. 
The tendons of his neck bulging, Reno’s expression remained neutral. “Check on her.” 
While Auggie grabbed the rope to take some of the strain off Reno, Houston and Detroit darted to the drop-off. Peering over the side, they found Juneau swinging back and forth mid-way down the dam’s stone face, beaming up with a victorious grin. 
“I would stand back if I were you,” she called. She tapped a button on the side of her oxygen mask, and it hissed out into a full protection helmet. 
Juneau didn’t wait for them to move before pouring one vial into the other. The chemicals reacted on contact, foaming and bubbling in an expanding eruption. Slapping it against the dam, she kicked herself off the concrete blockade, swinging at a sharp angle to the right. “Pull me up! Pull me up!” 
“Oh, now she’s worried about her own well-being,” Detroit grumbled under her breath. Clasping a hand onto Juneau’s rope, she tugged her toward the stairs. “This way! Move!” 
Footsteps pounded over trembling rock as the team bolted toward their escape. There was a high likelihood they were bouncing Juneau off the rock wall as they ran. Oddly enough, they were okay with that.  
As if noticing that very same thing, Juneau’s voice wafted up from below. “Things are about to get really loud down here! Now would be the time to quicken pace!”
“Look who’s suddenly concerned about being close to the explosion,” Detroit barked in response. 
The nylon rope snagged on the edge of a jutting rock, forcing them into an abrupt halt. It took the combined force of the entire team—four pulling, one throwing her weight—to pop it free.  
“Don’t try to insert logic into her thought pattern,” Reno grunted, face reddening to match his hair. “It’s pointless. Like blowing up a dam while we’re standing on it!”  
The first explosion furthered his point, ripping the ground from beneath their feet in a stomach-lurching buck. Stumbling to regain their footing, they bent their knees to absorb the shock and waited a beat. When no aftershocks followed, they sprang back to immediate action. 
Mid-stride, the second strike hit. Rock cracked with a thunderous boom, water spraying from a divot webbing through the foundation. 
“Get off the rubble, or become the rubble.” The muscles of his chest rippling with strain, Houston gave Juneau’s tether a forceful yank. Hooking the slack around his elbow, he sprinted toward salvation. 
Like a sand castle caught in the rising tide, the middle of the dam washed away, exploding out in a gush of rushing water and rock. The ledge lurched, threatening to topple under the weight of the A-5. Pumping their legs for all they were worth, the team got within range and dove for the stairs. 
When a second rockslide claimed more of the dam, it took the braided nylon line with it. The force ripped the cable from their hands, bulleting its reckless passenger toward the ground. 
“Oh, hell no,” Houston grunted through his teeth. He threw himself at the plummeting line, sliding on his stomach to catch it. It hissed through his hands, burning through layers of flesh without slowing. A scream tore from his throat as his upper body disappeared over the ledge. Hooking his feet on the top stair was all that prevented Houston from doing a nose dive into the torrential storm below. 
Augusta unclipped the grappling hook at his waist and fastened it to Houston’s belt. He held tight to the line, assuming a wide-legged stance to brace them both. “I’ve got him. Help pull her up.” The flare of his nostrils was the only outward sign of his struggle. 
Scrambling on their hands and knees, Detroit and Reno edged up alongside Houston. All that remained of the ledge of the dam was the roughly three by three perch they stood on, leading down the teetering stairs. Tendons of his neck strained in thick ropes beneath his purpling skin, Houston bellowed a potent war cry. Using every ounce of strength he possessed, he lifted the rope battling against him. Catching hold, Reno and Detroit bared their teeth and joined the fight. Palms bloodied in a matter of seconds, their feet scraped against their narrow pedestal in a hunt for traction. 
Inch by torturous inch they raised dead weight. The line swung like a pendulum counting down to heartache. 
“Juneau, I need you to talk to me!” Houston demanded, his tone tight with equal parts concern and exertion. 
Silence. Not so much as a whimper floated up from below.  
“She’s okay, right?” The panic in Reno’s voice dialed up a few desperate octaves. Blood dripped from the folds of his fist, yet his grip didn’t loosen. “She has to be!”      
His face paling, the skin of Houston’s hands hung in flayed ribbons as he continued to pull. “There’s too much dust and debris. I can’t see anything.” 
“She could be under water! Keep pulling!” Throwing his slight frame into the task, Reno leaned back against the rope and pulled in a steady hand over hand rhythm. 
Knowing Houston would need time in the regeneration tube before he would ever be able to squeeze anything again, Detroit picked up his slack and joined Reno’s efforts. “Houston, we’ve got this. Let go of the rope and just watch for her.” 
He needed no second invitation to release his battered hands from the bite of the rope. “Nothing yet. Just a thick cloud of dust.” 
Her gaze drifting to the landscape, Detroit watched as the freed water squelched what was left of the spreading blaze. Their mission would officially be labeled a success, but at what cost? 
“There’s still weight on the rope,” Auggie whispered, primarily for Reno’s benefit. “Had it broken, we would know.”
A slight nod was the only response the fretting boy could manage.  
“Wait!” Hopping to his feet, Houston pointed down. “She’s there! I can see her!” 

Author Bio:
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel,
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015.
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

#Excerpt: CAN'T LET GO by Chrissy Brown


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chrissy Brown will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, also an ebook of the second installment of the series Come a Little Closer (tentatively to be released 2/9), to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who's not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn't ready to let her go.

Beau
She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I've ever seen, but she's damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren't the same
That I'm different.

Mallory
He's everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he's relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

Buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MHPGL3V


Excerpt:

Sitting up, I look around. The room’s the same as yesterday, although I don’t know why I expected it to be different. Tiptoeing to the door, I peek my head out and listen. Silence. Did he ditch me? Well, I reason, if I have to do the walk of shame I might as well be clean. If by chance he is in the house somewhere, I don’t want to be caught. I scurry to the bathroom, lock the door, and take a shower.

“Morning!” he shouts when I walk out of the bathroom.

In just a towel.

Busted.

His eyes widen, giving my body a once, no, a twice-over. In two long strides, he closes the gap between us. He sucks in a breath, holds it, then lets it out so slowly. It warms my neck, sending goosebumps down my spine. He cups my face, forcing me to look at him. My heart’s racing. His big brown eyes suck me into an abyss I’m not sure I’m ready for.

“I just can’t get over how pretty you are.”

“Uhh.” I look down my nose, only able to see his chest, he’s so close. But it’s better than his face. If I keep looking at that face, I might just let my towel slip. I can’t let him see me naked. For one, I need to wait, put off having sex a little while longer. Secondly, I’m not sure I could handle the rejection if he didn’t try to do something with my naked body. “Thanks.”

About the Author:

Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are...and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

#SALE .99 SECOND CHANCE VALENTINE by USA Best-Selling Author Donna Fasano



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As teens, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180 pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

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#Review: TAKEN BY THE RAKE by Shana Galen



  4 of 5 stars

Miss Honoria Blake has tried hard to downplay her beauty especially after a terrible experience with a family member. She is recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel to forge documents for French nobility trying to flee the Revolution and for the first time, her skill is appreciated and not just her beauty. When Laurent, Marquis de Montagne, shows up at the safe house in Paris, Honoria finds him arrogant and selfish. Laurent was rescued by the League because of his knowledge of the prison that houses the royal children. After spending a month in prison himself, he is hell-bent on rescuing the children whether the League helps him or not. He's willing to die in the attempt. Honoria's opinion of him starts to change when he rescues her from a mob. They are then sent to a safe house together that overlooks the prison to watch and learn schedules of the guards, maids and anyone else who enters the prison. 

This is another well-written story about the horrors of the French Revolution, but I wasn't really a fan of Laurent. He was selfish in changing the plan to rescue of the children at the last minute when it was not what had been planned by the League. He put everyone at risk and Honoria paid the price. The romance between the two felt a little too much like insta-love to me. They'd only known each other a few days and yet Honoria loved him? If you like reading about the French Revolution, this is the story for you.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review and was not obligated to leave a review.


Monday, February 11, 2019

#Excerpt: THE COUNCIL OF NERETH, TJ Amberson


The Council of Nereth
T.J. Amberson
Publication date: December 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

Six months have passed since the Council of Nereth was formed. The land is at peace. The people are thriving, secure in the knowledge that Raelin, the evil sorceress who once ruled over them, is no more.
Like the other members of the Council of Nereth, Edlyn has returned home to live and work, waiting for the time when the council will meet again. Busy serving the people and restoring the manor of her childhood, Edlyn keeps her deepest wishes hidden away in her heart.On Edlyn’s eighteenth birthday, a messenger from the capitol arrives to her home and delivers devastating news: Maddock has gone missing, and the worst is feared.
Edlyn rushes back to the capitol to join the other council members in a desperate search for Maddock. Soon, a ghostly attack confirms the terrifying truth that evil forces are upon Nereth once again. With time running short, Edlyn and her companions must find Maddock and save Nereth before it is too late.


EXCERPT:
“I am afraid there is no time,” the man interrupted. He crossed the threshold and closed the door behind him. “I apologize for the abruptness of my visit, but I must implore you to hurry. My name is Dalton. I am the new Chief Officer. I was sent by Sir Briac to escort you to the capitol without delay.”
For one instant, Edlyn stood in stunned silence. Then her heart thudded in her chest, and she lunged across the room for her still-damp cloak. “Of course. I shall ready myself immediately.”
“Oh, Miss Edlyn.” Lancy wrung her hands. “I do hope that the cause for your summons is nothin’ too serious.”
“It must be of great importance. The council was not scheduled to meet for another month yet.” Edlyn hung her sword over her side. As she donned her boots, she raised her head and addressed Dalton again. “Did Sir Briac say anything to you about why we are being so urgently summoned?”
“It is in regards to Sir Maddock.”
Edlyn froze. “Maddock?”
Dalton removed his hat and pushed his wet, shoulder-length brown hair from his face. “It would seem that Sir Maddock has gone missing.”
“Missing,” was all Edlyn could manage to say, her breathing growing strained.
Dalton replaced his hat. “After the council members parted ways last June, Sir Briac never received any correspondence from Sir Maddock. Concerned for his welfare, Sir Briac led soldiers into the Colleland to ensure that all was well. But Sir Maddock was nowhere to be found. No one seems to know what happened to him, and our ongoing searches have not uncovered even a trace of a clue.”


Author Bio:
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Interview with A.J. Renee, UNLUCKY IN LOVE


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Unlucky in Love follows Izzy as she decides to get back into the dating game after a hiatus. She meets a few of the men traditionally and others via a dating app. Some of the dates are horrendous and others she shares no chemistry with. It’s a funny and sweet romance that reminds us falling in love isn’t always easy. You need someone who you click with and sometimes you find it where you least expect it.

Unlucky in Love is a standalone. As of right now, I don’t have any plans on returning to the characters.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
Control. My primary roles are as wife and mother. I can’t work under the pressure of deadlines without it affecting the final product.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Once a general idea has formed, I jot down notes on the characters. When I’m ready to write I bring in a mug of hot tea and sprint until I hit whatever word count goal I’ve set. Sometimes I listen to music and other times I don’t, depends on my mood.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I outline a little, enough so I know the general direction of the story. Mostly I let the muse have control. I’d find it very boring if I knew all the details when I sat down. My characters surprise me every time and this drives me to continue.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
YES! Paying for an editor is a must. There are so many things I would have missed without them. You need that input.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
The stories not on Kindle Unlimited(St. Fleur series and Unlucky in Love) can be found at Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and other sites under Smashwords or Draft2Digital publishing.

My short, Finding Love at the Falls, is available to read on my website, ajrenee.com.

Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris, and Billionaires Club are all enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
It is difficult to do, but I find balancing my work and family to be my biggest struggle.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Be yourself, don’t skimp on an editor and a good cover, and stay out of the drama. Life is short. You have to do your best and you can’t be your best if you’re not true to yourself.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I have one of each animal and both have their good and bad traits.

Chocolate except for when it’s ice cream and frosting. Those I prefer in vanilla.

Tea!!! I drink more than five mugs a day.

Texting usually but for some things talking is easier.

I like my nights. It’s when the house is quiet, and I can relax.

What’s next for you?
I’ve been editing like crazy, so I can get my work to the editors. After those are sent, I plan to return to a paranormal romance project I set on the back burner last year. I like doing book signings and my next one is the Authors and Dancers against Cancer on March 16th in Perrysburg Ohio. I love meeting people so I’m very excited about this one!



Unlucky in Love
A.J. Renee
Publication date: January 30th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Lucky in Love.
That’s the name of the dating app I picked, hoping to find Mr. Better Than Average so I can hold off planning my future as a cat lady.
I’ve been distracted eyeballing a tall, dark, and handsome Latin hottie who works in the library with me. He is way out of my league, and a woman has needs if you know what I mean.
Finding a man shouldn’t be hard when all I have to do is swipe left or right. It’ll weed out the slimy men who have Bad Date written all over them.
Yeah, I’m learning quickly that I’m rather unlucky in love after all. The men I pick need warning labels, kissing lessons, and a good talking-to about manners.
Should I throw in the towel, or will this series of bad dates be exactly what I need to win Mr. Right?

Author Bio:
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.


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