Missing Destiny Cover Reveal & Highlights – Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Chandler County is a multi-author branded series with stories leading up to or surrounding the Kentucky Derby. Chandler County consists of the towns of Chandlerville and Bourbonville, a number of farms and characters with secrets.

This week six of the Chandler County Novels that are being released from April 2nd to May 16th are revealing their covers and giving you a chance to pre-order their books. The whole week is a party and we are celebrating it by hosting giveaways so keep a look out!

Today Traci Wooden-Carlisle is revealing her book cover for “Missing Destiny”, a Christian romantic suspense as a part of the Chandler County Series and is having a Giveaway to celebrate! Take a look!

Missing Destiny

Will they take a risk and grab a hold of their missing destiny?

She spends Friday nights with charts and graphs. His best friend is a dog named Sebastian.
All she’s ever wanted was peace and to feel she belonged. All he ever wanted was to disappear.
She’s a city girl hiding in a small town. He’s back home hiding from his past.
If life were perfect, they could be each other’s missing destiny.

Shauna Nathan has a stalker so leaving her orderly and predictable life for a while is imperative to her safety and her family’s peace of mind. She’s established in her field of chemical engineering and resents what she considers this pause in her life while her father’s security firm finds the man that has been making her life a living hell. Given no choice but to leave town, she visits a college friend in Chandlerville hoping it is the last place the man who’s been following her will look.

Zach Mobley grew up in Bourbonville with one goal; to leave the town and the stigma of his childhood behind. He was tired of the sympathetic looks some of the town people gave him after his mother left, and the knowing looks the rest gave him when his dad took to drinking.

He moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandlerville to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center. He’s learned to be content living alone until Shauna walks in his life and makes him want more.

The battle of wills begin as these two very independent-minded people fight against their attraction for one another, but when Shauna’s stalker arrives in town Zach is introduced to the more fragile side of his strong-willed client.

Will he lower his defenses enough to risk heartbreak again or will he hold onto the sense of peace he’s worked so hard to regain?

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My Beauty For Your Ashes Character Interview – Traci Wooden-Carlisle

When you enter a new world created by many of the talented authors such as Traci Wooden-Carlisle we truly fall in love with the characters. Everyone has that favorite character that they just crave to know more about and fortunately with character interviews we get a peek inside them. The character interview below is for Elder Paige Morganson from My Beauty For Your Ashes. This is the first book in her Promises To Zion Series and is FREE with KU so grab your copy today!

When we first come upon you in My Beauty For Your Ashes you are standing outside of a church. Why do you think Traci chose to start at that point?
Well, without giving too much away, I believe she chose that moment because for me it was the closing of a door of sorts in my life. I was seeking peace and strength to put the key in the lock, metaphorically speaking. I was about to eulogize my cousin’s funeral and I was really just asking God to help me give the message He and my cousin wanted me to give without putting too much of me in it.

You said in the book that doing the eulogy for your cousin was part of closing the door on your past. Did it work?
Yes, and no. Ha ha. I got the reassurance that I could deliver a message without my bias due to my experiences with the person, getting in the way. I truly felt as though I’d forgiven him and been relieved of the anger and despair I felt when I thought about him.
The reason it didn’t serve as a closed door, was because the rape resulted in a pregnancy of twins and even though I thought one died at birth and the other was taken by my sister I knew it was time to acknowledge my child as my own and reunite with her.

Name something about you many people don’t know.  
I am a living organ donor.

Name a fear you may have about your life?
Wow. Um..I would say my greatest fear is getting to the end of my life and have more regrets than things I’m proud of.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
(Paige seems to consider this for a moment) I see myself equipped with one great story of love, pain, renewal and triumph over the things that have weighed me down for too many years.

During conferences you give motivational speeches to young women, but you have your sister caring for your own child?
(Paige takes a deep breath) When I had my daughter, I wasn’t in a good place emotionally to raise her, so my sister took her. I think I was blessed to be able to have the option to come into her life later as her mother. I know our relationship will never be as it should be, but I think I would have done her serious damage if I raised her with the anger I had for her father.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – CM Doporto

Here is my author interview with CM Doporto for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her University Park Series Boxed Set so make sure to grab your copy today!
What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
The story of two people falling in love and living happily every after.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I’m excited about my children’s middle grade series I’ll be releasing called, Zach’s Wars.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self-publishing?
I love that I have the freedom to decide what I want to publish. It’s also tough because you have to do everything yourself, including marketing.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
That’s a good question! I don’t know! There are so many good books out there.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I love HEAs, but I also like more realistic stories of struggles and triumphs.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
My books are a combination of sweet and sexy writing, which I call swexy. All of my love scenes fade to black, allowing the reader’s imagination to tell the rest of the story.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
If you like a good sports romance, start with Opposing Sides. I’ll warn you though; you might get caught in The Raven’s trap!

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author? The flexibility and ability to write when I can and where ever I want.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
It’s a tough industry! Be prepared for disappointment!

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
I don’t know. I love romance, but I’m excited about my kid’s series so I’ll see what happens.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – K.D. Friedrich

Here is my author interview with K.D. Friedrich for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Passion of a Witch which is available for only $0.99 so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
My favorite thing about the romance genre is the journey. I love to guide my hero and heroine to their happily ever after no matter how difficult the challenges they must face.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I hope to complete several of the novels I’m working on including book 2 in the Wicked Series and bring life to a few of my other ideas.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The biggest benefit is complete control of you work. You decide the price, the cover, and how you put your work out there. The biggest downfall would have to be not having the time and resources to give your published book the attention it needs. Working a day job and being a single parent leaves little time to get my book out there to the public. I’m learning new ways every day, but it’s a slow process.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
I’d love to hang out in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward, as long as they were cool with me. I wouldn’t want to be on their bad side. It would never be dull that’s for sure.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I love the HEA’s, but my characters have to work hard for it. I never let it come easy.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
I like to write with plenty of emotion and descriptive detail. I want to transport my reader into the story and make them feel what my characters feel.

If a new reader is seeing this, what book of yours do you think they should start with? Well, if they like contemporary romance, I’d suggest they start with my novel Cross My Heart, book 1 of the Heart Falls Heroes Series. It’s a story about a former Marine who returns to his hometown, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but she never got that memo. Apparently, neither did the Marine’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever. Now, if paranormal romance is your guilty pleasure, my newest release, Passion of a Witch would be perfect. Here’s the set up.  Summer is a witch sworn to marry another. Kian is a human faced with an uncertain future. Two souls forced together by a Goddess’s will. Two hearts kept together by unrelenting passion. Can Summer resist Kian’s charm? Or will she risk it all to taste the power of love? Passion of a Witch is available now for only .99 at all major ebook retailers.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Being able to share my work with other is fantastic. I love to write whether anyone reads it or not, but knowing I helped someone forget about their problems and stress and escape into a story I created is the best feeling in the world.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
It’s a lot more work than I ever anticipated. It’s not just writing, but marketing, promoting, selling, and networking. For an introvert like me, it’s extremely difficult to settle in to.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
I would always choose romance, whether their normal every day people, stubborn shifters, or space travelers. I need to read about their first kiss. Discover how they fall in love. Be there for their happily ever after when they declare their love for each other and enjoy all the sexy scenes in between. It’s an obsession for me. I’ll never get enough.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Tracy Kincaid

Here is my author interview with Tracy Kincaid for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her upcoming book release Raise the Jolly Roger so make sure to check out this awesome author today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
The fact that you can do and go anywhere with it. You can break someones heart and then a few chapters later you can fix it. In ways writing it is better then real life. In real life it takes too long, if ever to mend a broken heart.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I will have a book releasing on Monday, January 23re called Raise The Jolly Roger (Somewhere In Time).
This book is part of an anthology that I’m doing with a friend of mine. This is my first real time travel book and it was loads of fun to write. It is the sexiest book I’ve written and the cover is pretty naughty!

I’m also in the works with the final installment of the Family Tree series. I released books 1-3 last year and hope to get this one done by summertime. This series is a paranormal romance dealing with ghosts.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The biggest benefit is being able to get things done in my own time frame. With a pub you are at their mercy. The downfall is it’s not cheap, you pay for everything (Cover art, editing (at least 3 rounds), formatting and advertising) It’s not cheap and usually your sales won’t even cover one of the items. Being an indie author is a labor of love. You definitely don’t write to get rich.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
This is a very hard question to answer. So many books, so many worlds to choose from. I’d want to go to school at Hogwarts, maybe take a trip to Forks. Time travel to the past and meet some amazing people. Maybe train with a few Shadow hunters. Hell, I’d even find a naughty island to visit for a nice vacation of naughtiness! The options are endless.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
Yes HEA! I try to avoid books that don’t have one. For instance I avoid end of the world books they are depressing. I want to feel the emotions of the story, but in the end I want to feel their happiness. Reality sucks and we all get enough of that in our day to day lives, I want to escape in a great book.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
I have been told that my stories are different from what everyone else writes. I read a ton and find that the more I read the more I can tell what books those authors have read, by what they have written. I try very hard to not let what I read show in my writing. It’s not easy. I have different spins on old tales.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
This is a touch question, I love all of my books. I guess my fave, for now is the Family Tree series. I believe my writing gets better with each book.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
I love to hear when someone has read my books. I may never get recognized when I’m out on the town or anything like the celebrities do, but when I go to a book signing and someone tells me they have read my books and has a full on discussion with me, my heart swells. That is what makes it all worth it to me. Now if I could just figure out how to get more readers so that could happen more often! 😉

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
You are not going to get rich so get that out of your head. You need to learn to write for yourself, if you get others to read your work that is a bonus. Most of the time you won’t even sell enough to cover the cost of putting the book out to the public. Don’t get discouraged, yes it’s heard work to write a good story but it’s totally worth the accomplishment.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Paranormal. You have so many options, so many different routes you can take with it. It’s all make believe (or is it?). You can create new creatures, change old stories and make it your own, and it’s fun! I think that is why I chose to write paranormal romance, so many different possibilities.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Leslie McKelvey

Here is my author interview with Leslie McKelvey for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Final Kill so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
I like the fact that “romance” isn’t just a genre, it can be found in ANY genre: mystery, paranormal, sci-fi.  As long as there are characters who feel, you can find romance in any book, or you can write romance into any book.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I’m working on novel #6, so it would be nice to giddy-up and finish that off, lol.  I’m not as prolific as some writers, but I like to think in terms of quality not quantity (not that more prolific writers don’t think the same).  For me, spitting out multiple novels a year isn’t something I’ve been able to do.  Hey…maybe THAT should be my 2017 goal!

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
Well, I’m published through a small, indie publisher so I’m not sure I’m technically “self-published”.  However, aside from help with editing, formatting for online sales, and putting the books on Amazon the rest is on me.  All the marketing, all the selling, that’s on me completely.  So, I guess the downside would be not having my own marketing department, or a branch at Putnam-Penguin to promote me.  Sigh….  A girl can dream….

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one.  I love historicals, but know history so living before the dawn of indoor plumbing, cosmetics, and Spandex doesn’t appeal to me, lol.  Vampires are cool, but they and Death go hand in hand, so, NO.  I guess, if I’m being honest, I’d like to live in my own book, Final Kill.  Cat Beckett is the woman I sometimes wish I was, minus the getting kidnapped and tortured all that.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I like HEA’s, because life so often doesn’t have them.  Although, sometimes they’re REALLY not believable.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
I think the thing that makes me stand out is the level of realistic detail (although I still have to push that “suspension of disbelief” boundary).  I do a LOT of research and try to make sure my characters are as true to life as possible.  While researching Final Kill my hubby commented dryly that the black Suburbans were going to pull up and cart me away and I’d never be heard from again.  Not to mention I think I’m on a couple of terrorist watch-lists now…lol.  Glad I haven’t had to board an airplane in a while!

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
I love Final Kill, it’s my book-baby, but they could also check out Runaway Heart (a standalone), or Accidental Affair (#1 in a 3 book series).

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
My favorite thing is hearing that people enjoyed my writing and that it touched something in them.  That makes all the rest of the work well worth the effort!  Plus, getting my characters on paper means they’re out of my head.  Well, not completely, but at least they’re quieter once their stories have been told.  Please don’t tell anyone I hear voices….

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
Be prepared to fight to stand out.  The market is SO saturated, and new authors are self-publishing EVERY day.  Authors have to work REALLY hard to earn recognition.  And be prepared to not get reviews from people who promise to review your book.  Most people just don’t take the time to review anymore.  Disappointing, but people are so busy these days.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Hands down, ROMANCE, because, like I said, you’ll find romance in EVERY genre!  Why limit yourself? *:x lovestruck

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Deborah Camp

Here is my author interview with Deborah Camp for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Mind’s Eye Series which includes Through His Eyes, Through His Touch and Through His Heart. All of the books are FREE with KU so make sure to grab your copies today.

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
Happy endings and sexy men, of course!

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
Oh, sure. I want to get #4 of my Mind’s Eye series out in the spring (April or May). Then I’m going to write a new western historical romance before I write #5 in the Mind’s Eye series. Don’t know if I’ll get ALL of that done, but I’m going to try.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The publicity grind is the worst. Just getting the word out that you have a new title on the market takes a monumental effort and it’s not cheap either! That’s why I appreciate opportunities like this to let more people know about what I write – especially my romantic suspense series, since I’m more well known for my western romances.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
I would like to be Mrs. Christian Grey for a month.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I do like Happy Endings and all of my novels have them – however, my Mind’s Eye books usually end with a link to the next mystery or case. The first one is “cliffy” but I did that on purpose to “hook” readers into the series. Each book deals with one case, but the relationship between Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker evolves from book to book.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
My historical novels usually highlight or revolve around a social issue and readers seem to like that because it makes them think while they’re being entertained.
My series romance/suspense is different because it has a touch of paranormal. I deal with Levi and Trudy’s psychic gifts just as they deal with them – they use them to help others, but they have been a blessing and a curse for Levi and Trudy. The paranormal elements are more like procedural detective work and less like “spooky” “other-worldly” stuff. But it’s powerful and the readers really love the characters and how they cope with their ESP abilities.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
For the series, they should begin with “THROUGH HIS EYES.” As for my historical romances, it doesn’t matter. However, I do have a trio of western historical novels you can buy separately or all three in one volume on Amazon. They are called the “too tough” novels. “TOO TOUGH TO TAME,” “TOUGH TALK, TENDER KISSES,” and “A TOUGH MAN’S WOMAN.”

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Feedback from readers. I love to discuss my characters and their motives, feelings, etc. with readers. I have a soft spot for Levi and Trudy, so it’s so much fun to discuss them with readers and to hear what the readers liked most about them and what they hope to see in future books.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
Give yourself plenty of lead time to promote your book BEFORE it is released. The more you tout it before the release date, the more you will sell right out of the gate, which is great. Go on blog tours and get as many reviews as possible. You need at least 50 for Amazon to pay any attention to you. And getting reviews isn’t that easy. Most reviewers are too busy to read your book and you might have to pay for reviews, which sucks, but it’s a fact of life now.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Romances. No doubt about that. If there isn’t a love story in the book, I’m not that interested. And the sexier, the better!

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Tima Maria Lacoba

Here is my author interview with Tima Maria Lacoba for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book BloodGifted which is available for FREE on KU so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favourite thing about the romance genre?
I love the interaction between a couple: first meeting, the journey to know each other and the inevitable happy ending. I’m a sucker for a HEA.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
Right now, it’s to complete the 4th book in my gothic romance series, and then begin work on the spinoff series.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
With everything, there are pros and cons.
The pros of self-publishing is the complete control I have over my creation – cover design, book title and direction of the story.
The cons of being self-pubbed is that publicity and marketing is also in my hands. Being a writer these days, also means I’m running my own business. And the two are not mutually exclusive.
The only reason I’d love to have a publisher is for them to handle the business side of things. They have the marketing budget and contacts.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
Gena Showalter’s LOTU world. What am amazing array of characters! Plus I’d have free reign of the heavens, earth and Atlantis. I’d have a ball!

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I’m a hopeless romantic. Have to have my Happily Ever After.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
My story takes a completely different spin on the old vampire legend – Ex-Roman soldiers turned into vampires by a witch’s curse who must wait 2,000 years for their redemption. And the story is told from the perspective of their redeemer.
It’s unique.
The idea came to me while working on a dig on Hadrian’s Wall. But that’s another story.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
They could either start with the prequel, Laura’s Locket, or go straight into Bk1 –BloodGifted. One won’t affect the enjoyment of the other.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Being a writer I can disappear into my own world for a while, and bring to life the stories and characters that ply for attention in my mind.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
If you’re going to self-publish, be prepared for a lot of hard work. You’re it. No one else is going to do it for you.
Develop a thick skin. Realise that once your “baby” is out in the world, readers are going to leave reviews. The world can be cruel and not all reviewers are going to leave 5 stars. You simply won’t be able to please everyone.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
Romance, of course (add smiley here). Whether it be paranormal romance, as I write now, or contemporary or fantasy, that’s my genre.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Sha Renee

Here is my author interview with Sha Renee for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Forbidden Kisses so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
The emotional roller coaster ride and getting the warm fuzzies as the characters fall in love.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I’d like to publish book 2 and book 3 in my Anchored Hearts series. I’d like to attend 4 signing events and be more consistent with my monthly blog and quarterly newsletter so I can grow a bigger following.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The biggest benefit is the control you have over your project. The cover design, the promotion and marketing, the sales. This is also the biggest downfall – you’re SOLELY responsible for your project and marketing and promoting yourself.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
How about one that takes place in a deluxe Super Spa. Relaxation, music, peace and tranquility. Everyone gets along… and an unlimited supply of coffee. Oh and this Super Spa is on a luxury cruise ship which sails to different countries so the guests can sample coffee from all over the world. Yes, this would be the perfect world to spend time and fall in love. And if there isn’t such a novel out there yet, I’d better get writing.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
I definitely love an HEA. Many people read fiction to get a break from stressful situations going on in their personal lives and the ugliness and hate in the world outside our personal lives. So if I read a story to take my mind off the crap going on in my country, in the news, in my back yard, I definitely want an ending that will give me the warm fuzzies.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
I strive for originality, although in a rapidly growing genre of Romance, there’s bound to be some overlap in story ideas and writing styles. In fact there already are. But if readers keep reading, even if it’s a slightly different twist on a story that’s been done many times already, then we’ll need to keep writing.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?        Forbidden Kisses is my only individual release so far, so it’d be an easy choice. It’s the first in a 5 (possibly 6)-book series called Anchored Hearts. Once additional books are published, Forbidden Kisses will still be the logical starting point, because it’s what the subsequent stories build on.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Having people – other than friends and family – tell me that they enjoyed my story or fell in love with my characters.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
I think new authors should be prepared for the big picture. They may see posts from their colleagues on social media that go something like this: “OMG, writing a book is easy compared to editing, promoting and everything else. I think I can safely speak for other authors when I say every author wants to be successful. But success as an author involves so much more than  writing a good story. You have to choose an editor, query and prepare for rejection. If self- publishing, you need to choose a cover designer, view hundreds of stock photos and learn about formatting. We have to build our platform, maintain a blog, promote our work on social media, create newsletters, and so much more. It’s all work. It’s all time consuming. And then just when you think you’re getting a handle on everything someone asks if you’ve been saving your receipts so you can claim deductions for taxes. For me personally, all of this is overwhelming, but there are so many positive aspects of this business, I’m staying right here.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
At some point, I’d like to try my hand at writing in other genres. After that, it’d be all Romance all the time. It’s the genre I enjoy more than any other. I’d much rather experience/create a couple falling in love than experience/create a kidnapping, a murder, or a haunting in a suburban neighborhood.

A Winter Romance Author Interview – Samantha Long

Here is my author interview with Samantha Long for A Winter Romance Event. We will be featuring her book Unscripted so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the romance genre?
I love HEAs. That no matter what happens, you can be in love and be happy with the person who is right for you.

Do you have any big plans or goals set for yourself for 2017?
I’m currently writing the Origin story to the Guardian series. It’s a YA paranormal trilogy.

What do you find to be the biggest benefit and downfall of self publishing?
The biggest benefit is control. I am a control freak and I love making the decisions about covers and story lines. The downfall is that having that control means that I’m doing it alone. No one else to blame if something doesn’t go right or I mess something up.

If you could choose to spend time in the world created by any romance novel what book would you choose and why?
Oh wow, this is an impossible question. I’d say anything by Nora Roberts. I love her characters.

Do you like HEAs or prefer something different and why?
Most of the time I prefer HEAs, but sometimes I like to read about the realism of relationships. How sometimes they don’t go the way we want them to. There are lessons in the mistakes we make in past relationships.

What do you think is one thing that makes you stand out from other authors in the same genre(s) that you write in?
Honestly, I have no idea. I just keep my head down and write the stories I want to read and put as much honesty and realism in them that I can.

If a new reader is seeing this what book of yours do you think they should start with?
I think they should start with Crossing the Line. It’s the first book in the Kismet Series. It’s about family, divorce, and finding love after.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
People reading my work and actually liking it. I’m my biggest critic, but having people tell me they enjoyed my stories is the most rewarding thing ever.

What is one thing that you think new authors just starting out should know or be prepared for?
It takes a while to get a foothold in the reader community. Don’t give up if it doesn’t happen right away and everything you write isn’t crap. I promise.

If you had to choose only one genre to write in for the rest of your life what would you choose and why?
I love paranormal romance. I write YA paranormal and adult contemporary romance, so if I had to choose one, it would be paranormal romance. I’d just get the best of both worlds.

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