(Royal Conquest Saga #1)
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication date: November 11th 2018
She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…The ball was only the beginning. It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side. I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through. My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this elf princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all. **This book will now include the prequel novella Enemies and Lovers.
could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?
one? I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. Her storytelling and characters steal me
away in every single one of her books. For a deceased author, I’d go with Jane
Austen. I love her humor and all the family scandal that goes along with her
opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
Rainbow Rowell is cracking me up with her Simon Snow series. Listening to Wayward
Son in bed on audiobook my entire body was shaking with laughter (while my
husband was trying to get to sleep).
have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
my spiral notebooks and three ringed binders stuffed with stories used to be
stored in boxes beneath the stairs of my mom’s house in Alaska. She recently
dumped them off at my current address in Washington State. Now they’re shoved
in my closets. I’d never take the time to reread them, but I haven’t been able
to bring myself to throw them into the recycle bin.
have any pets?
have a Westie named Cosmo. He will be 14 years old soon and has been my sweet
little writing (and reading) buddy all along. With writing being such an isolated
endeavor, having his company is a huge comfort. Luckily, he can’t reach my
keyboard the way a cat can. He does like to sleep behind the wheels of my chair, so I have to watch out that I don’t back up and roll over
your books are you most proud of?
super stoked about my current series: Royal Conquest (Stolen Princess). It’s
outlandish, unpredictable, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Watching readers
become hyper over how much they enjoyed the characters gives me an overwhelming
sense of satisfaction and pride. Fans fuel the flames and keep the series
have an unusual hobby?
I enjoy motorcycling. This is my husband’s passion. I never expected to take any part of it until six years ago when we were living on a remote island with a max speed of 40 MPH. I was getting bored with island life and figured that if I was ever going to learn, that was the best place to do it. It really revved up our relationship and gave us something fun to do on (sunny) weekends.
If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?
I wish I knew! One thing is certain, my husband and I dream of living someplace sunny and warm most of the year. I was born and raised in Alaska for the first thirty years of my life. My husband grew up near Paris, which has Seattle’s similar overcast and rain. Somehow, we ended up in the Pacific Northwest with rain, rain, gray, gray, gray. Not ideal for motorcycling or healthy dose of vitamin D!
About the Author
Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.
She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn’t trade in for anyone–not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it’s sunny and warm)!
To get in on the fun and adventure, visit Nikki at her website for release alerts, updates, exclusive giveaways, and a free story when you subscribe to her newsletter: http://nikkijefford.com/
Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
An 8th Dimension Novel Book 3
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: November 12th 2019
The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ. Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality. The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago? One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases. If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!
you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular genre to
write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different
and your approach is unique?”
When I originally went to college, I had
big plans to become an archaeologist or anthropologist. I have always been
fascinated by the idea of mythology, spirituality, and religion. But more than
that, I have always loved the paranormal and supernatural side as well. I grew
up in a very eclectic, open minded family who embraced dichotomous
thinking—which basically means holding two seemingly opposing viewpoints as
true at the same time. For example, being Christian, but believing other
religions or spiritual traditions hold similar truths. Magical mindsets and
energy work have always played a role in my life. In fact, in 2002, I started
my journey to become a reiki master. I have also dived deep into comparative
religion because the concept is deeply fascinating to me.
Then, on the other side (remember the
dichotomous thinking), I love science. Physics, astronomy, biology,
chemistry—you name it. So, being this strange person with seemingly opposing
beliefs, I find I can look at subjects more… subjectively.
Awakening originally came to me as a way to
make sense of the world after the 2016 election. I’m not gonna lie—it seriously
felt light we were fighting a war of light and dark and the dark was winning.
So, my question to myself was… what if there were angels buried in the
subconsciousness of humans walking the Earth? What would that look like? How
would that play out?
However, I couldn’t quite wrap my head
around their mission. What would they fight for? How would they fix things?
Then, at our local writers group’s Christmas party last year, we got an
interesting writing prompt. There were actually something like seven of them,
but the one I chose was: write something about the Jesus story from a totally
Now, I have to place a caveat here – I am
actually very eclectic spiritually because of my background. I don’t identify
as one religion or another anymore. I just don’t feel it’s necessary. So, as a
sciencey, fantasy jumbled up mess I am, I took an idea I’d had in the back of
my mind for a long time about the Jesus story. It relied on the question
of—what if Jesus didn’t exist? What if in the future, darkness had taken over
and his light never shone on the world? (Okay, historically, there are actual
questions about true existence, but there is no denying his story exists—and
has had a huge impact on the world.)
But more than that, what if someone from
the future could go back and make things happen? How could you tell this story
where it seems both believable—and completely crazy at the same time? I mean,
that’s what science fiction and fantasy are meant to do, right? Play with the
bigger questions of who we are, why we’re here, and the stories we tell
To my knowledge, no one has written a story
quite like Awakening. It’s part urban fantasy – part alternative history – part
science fiction. But what I am most pleased about with this book is that it
must have placed its timing perfectly (I may have written it, but I swear the
stories have their own timing). Both Christians and non-Christians alike love
the story and the way the story was able to tread the wire between motivation
About the Author:
Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn more about Carissa, her services, and her upcoming novels by visiting her websites: www.carissaandrews.com, www.authorrevolution.org, or authorrevolution.teachable.com
Myla Lewis loves kicking demon ass. Sadly, now that she’s the Great Scala as well as Queen of the demon hunting thrax, there’s no time to battle baddies. Sure, it’s great to rule alongside her main squeeze Lincoln―and their baby Maxon is adorbs―but what about some demon killing fun? Then Myla gets a chance to fight tons of evildoers, but it’s in the worst way imaginable. All the thrax disappear, except for Lincoln. Even sweet baby Maxon vanishes.With the demon hunters gone, the worldwide population of big bads goes berserk. Talk about a nightmare. Turns out, the evil archangel Lucifer left behind another magickal trinket that’s causing trouble. This time, Lucifer’s signet ring has changed the past, preventing the thrax from ever organizing in the first place. To bring back the thrax and their son, Myla and Lincoln must travel back in history―to the era called the Brutal Time―and try to convince the pre-thrax peoples to team up. Trouble is, these folks already have a powerful leader, the Red Scourge, and that creep doesn’t want his people hunting down demons. Nope. The Red Scourge has only one goal. Kill Myla and Lincoln, fast.
Brutal Time is the latest in this series and it involves Myla and Lincoln travelling back in time to meet King Arthur.
Now I have always liked the concept of a King Arthur and his Round Table, Camelot and the Knights and so thought it was really cool that here we see the reality of the person on which the concept – ideal – was based. A smelly, drunk, rather nasty man, who made sure he was ‘bigged’ up by his bard!
I thought it was a shame that more was not made of King Arthur and his Knights and that the whole time with Merlin and Nimue was downplayed and really formed quite a short piece in the book. For me this spoilt it, and made the book a 4 star rather than a 5 – which it could have been.
I enjoy this series and the author’s writing and we get some good and unusual themes and additions. I would have also liked to see more time spent with Myla and Lincoln and their interactions. These are the things that make the story for me.
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
Melanie Perkiss Witch Hunter
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Publication date: October 31st 2019
A thrilling introduction to the dark mystical world of Melanie ‘Breaker’ Perkiss, Buffalo NY’s most capable witch hunter and spell lifter. In this debut instalment, a dark mage acting on behalf of a vengeful ex has magically removed the genitals of a man and vanished, leaving him wiped clean down there. And unfortunately for the victim, he is set to wed…now imagine saying ‘I do’ while in that deprived state. No wonder when a shell-shocked and heartbroken Casey walks into Melanie’s office to report the incident, the witch hunter immediately goes on a chase, risking her own life as she encounters dark creatures and malevolent spirits in the city’s darkest corners. The pressure is indeed on Mel: the wedding is fast approaching and leads remain few. Will she be able to corner the mage, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
chose this particular plot premise because a theft of body parts off a living
person by witches is not something you often encounter in urban fantasy books.
And further, what appealed to me regarding the genital heist is that the victim
is set to wed, which therefore puts pressure on the main character to solve the
mystery and bring it to closure before the day comes.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about
it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics
that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
Answer: I must
say I do take quite a bit of time, thinking about a plot line and weighing whether
it will appeal to readers or not. Although I do not make heavy notes about a
book before writing it, I do outline a little bit so that the writing process
is guided and can be completed faster.
How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for
Answer: I don’t do a lot of research really, since most of the stuff that I put
down is something I create in my head. The plot material for HEIST was never
researched on, except for some minor details about the witchcraft trials of
Salem Massachusetts in 1692—3, which I speak about in one chapter.
What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that
Answer: For HEIST I never used any researched materials,
except for the dates of the small historical event I mentioned before.
How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police,
medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way
to approach them in your experience?
suppose in situations where one is writing a novel that closely follows
reality, the information you’d get from authority figures would be of great
value since they are the ones who actually work in the field you have chosen to
write about. Fantasy works differently, though, because almost everything is
imagined. Myself I have never approached any authority for background
How many times have you been
rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was
Answer:Yes, I have had some early works of mine rejected, and that didn’t
surprise me. It’s only the fewest authors who can boast that they have never
been turned down. Rejection is all part and parcel of the creative industries.
Did you need to self-publish any
e-books before a publisher took you up?
Answer:Sure, I did self-publish, and still would do so
Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before
approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might
have for the aspiring novelist?
Answer:Without a doubt, I do believe self-publishing
actually offers a viable alternative to the traditional approach. Many authors
have succeeded first as indie writers and then gone on to snag traditional
contracts. Yes, it’s harder to find audiences when writing as an indie, but it
doesn’t mean it can’t be done. The biggest benefit of being an indie is total
control. Everything you put out there, you are responsible for it.
Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did
it take you before this happened?
Answer:To be honest, current trends show that for the
average writer, it’s well nigh impossible to survive solely on royalties. For
that reason most authors have a day job with which to support themselves, and
they will continue to work until such time royalties have built to a
substantial amount. Very few do ever get to that level, though, and I am still
a long way away from quitting my day job myself, unless a miracle happens.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?
Answer: This is
my first virtual tour and I am not very sure what could happen. If there is to
be anything awkward or embarrassing coming however, we will see about it.
What do you read when you are ill in bed?
Answer: I haven’t been ill enough to
stay in bed for a number of years now, and I can count myself lucky in that
regard. What I would read, though, were such a thing ever to happen, would be
something perhaps light and fun, think Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, but
definitely not something with a lot of ghosts and dead people in it like
Darynda Jones’s Charlie Davidson series.
What is your favourite genre?
Answer:Currently my favourite genre is the paranormal
mystery. I have always been fascinated by magic and its elements and at some
point in my life, actually believed it existed. To that end, I have sampled
everything from Ilona Andrews to Jeaniene Frost.
If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead
writer I would never fail to recommend is Dan Brown. He is not perfect by all
means, but it’s no fluke either that he has sold hundreds of millions of copies
of his books. He is definitely the master of the modern day thriller.
A dead author I’d recommend any day is Charles
Dickens—no need for introductions there.
Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing
style? Your writing genre?
Answer: No question, I would say Dan Brown has
been a great influence. He has this ability to get into a story fast and then
keep you hooked till the last word. And you’re left with no idea how much time
has elapsed when your eyes are glued to the pages. With that said, I have found
myself trying to do things like he does. Genre-wise I am not into the same
stuff he is into, though, and I enjoy writing the fantasy story more.
In your opinion, who is the funniest author now writing?
Answer: I would
say two authors compete for that title currently, the first being Janet
Evanovich and the second Jim Butcher. In any instalment of Stephanie Plum’s
series, she gets into many laugh-out-loud funny moments and her banter with her
associates is out of this world. She is quirky and comedic and does things you
might imagine as foolish, but she always gets her way in the end and delivers
on whatever she set out to do. Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden is another funny
character and is very popular for that reason, less so for his ability to work
Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so,
Answer: I certainly did do a little imitation during my
early days. And the author I naturally chose to write like is Dan Brown,
because he is phenomenal and a great influencer. I actually have a novel that
bears the same structure as the Da Vinci Code, though it’s one I never got as
far as publishing.
Recently though, I have grown up and struck out on my own, and
in HEIST you never sense anything Dan Brown-esque at all.
Which of your books are you most proud of?
HEIST is my only published book, I would then say that debut of mine is the one
I am most proud of. It possesses all the elements of what I imagine constitutes
a good story. Its plot premise is one that hasn’t been overly done, its magic
elements are unique and inventive. Also it has got all the suspense,
vulnerability and subterfuge that readers look for.
What, in your life, are you most proud of doing?
Answer: I’d say
following my dreams and doing those things that I love to do is what I am proud
of most. Many people go around with a novel idea in their head but never get
around to actually put it down on paper, but I have been able to do it. And for
that, I’d say I am blessed.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
Probably not at the moment, but some years ago, I really tried to get into
underwear modelling. That’s, of course, not an easy thing to do and the chances
of succeeding are tiny. It’s a fun thing to try though, and when I was at it I
was really serious about it, though now when I look back I realize it’s not
anything I was made for. It did provide a little entertainment and heartaches,
though, while it lasted.
If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would
you choose? And why?
is really many candidates for this, and it’s hard to make a choice. Florida
with its warmer weather and many good beaches would not
be a bad idea, as would be New York City with its variety and bustle.
What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only
take 3 books?
Answer: One Harry Potter maybe, just to have a little magic with me—for in case I need to work some spells. Second, an epic horror from Stephen King, just to make things look as grim as possible, and then a Dan Brown thriller to provide the suspense and quick thrills.
Kezzy Sparks is a Toronto based author and writer. HEIST is his debut fiction in the long form. He enjoys reading as well, and lists works by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Benedict Jacka, Dan Brown and Kevin Hearne as some of his personal favorites.
Key West Escape, #3
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(October 22, 2019)
When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.
Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.
Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.
Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.
Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.
Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
love action/adventure movies and I love romance novels, but as a reader, it was
difficult to find books that blended the two. Everything I’ve ever written has
had elements of both adventure and romance. Before I was published, I used to
write Historical Romance with elements of adventure. When I went to grad
school, I decided to challenge myself to write something contemporary, and I’ve
always wanted to write a book inspired by one of my favorite movies “Romancing
the Stone.” That’s how The Key West Escape Series came about.
and The Key West Escape Series, is considered to be Romantic Adventure, which
falls under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. It’s a little different though
because Romantic Adventure is lighter and funnier than traditional romantic
suspense, but it’s still filled with lots of action and suspenseful elements. I’d
like to think of my books as action/adventure movies in book form written for
Did you need to self-publish on e-books before
a publisher took you up?
have never self-published. I was lucky enough to be signed for a three-book
contract when my publisher accepted my first book. Books 2 and 3 weren’t
written yet, so I felt a little pressure to deliver something as good as the
first book, but I’m really happy with the way the series turned out, and I love
my publisher Firefly Hill Press.
What is your favourite genre?
enjoy reading romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical romance.
If you could recommend a living author – who
would it be?
I would recommend
Diana Gabaldon. I adore her and the Outlander series.
Which author had the most influence on your
writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
Ward has had the most influence on my writing style. After a contest judge told
me early on in my career that my writing style was ordinary and boring, I
realized that maybe she was right. I decided to study some of the authors I
admired, and I was draw to Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I loved the rawness
of Ward’s style. While I didn’t want to copy her, I realized I could punch up
my own voice in similar ways, and that’s how I approached Rum Runner, my
first published novel, and the first book in The Key West Escape Series.
In your opinion who is the funniest author
books are quite funny. I hope you’ll check them out. 🙂
Do you have any pets? Yes.
If so, what are they? I
have a two-year-old tabby cat. I rescued him from an animal shelter a few
And what are they called? Finnegan
Do they help you write? Finnegan
like to walk across my keyboard and add extra letters to my words, so I guess
he’s trying to help.
What is the funniest thing they have done
while you are writing? He
rolled off his cat tower. I was sitting on the couch writing when I caught this
out of the corner of my eye. I reached my hand out with ninja-quick reflexes I
didn’t know I possessed and caught him just in time to break his fall. He was
fine. He’s just really clumsy.
Do you want to add a photo of them to this
Q&A? [please add a separate file, not embedded into document] I don’t have a good photo of Finnegan yet,
because he always looks p*ssed off. I think he hates having his picture taken.
If you could be any fictional character,
which would you be? And why?
Fraser. Why? Two words: Jamie Fraser. 😉
If you could choose to live in another
country/town – which would you choose? And why?
in love with Scotland. I’ve been there five times, and I would love to move to
Glasgow, in particular. The vibrant city has the perfect blend of old and new.
Great people. Great pubs and restaurants. Art and culture. And I love the
What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?
by Diana Gabaldon
Awakened by JR Ward
Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
you so much for having me on your blog. I hope you enjoy Passion Punch,
(Book 3 of The Key West Escape Series.)
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom