Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – K.D. Friedrich

Here is my author interview with K.D. Friedrich for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her book Passion of a Witch so make sure to grab your copy today!

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I find it easy to incorporate romance into other genres. I write paranormal and contemporary romance and I’m currently working on a science fiction romance. I just think of the genre as the platform in which I build the relationship between the main characters. That relationship and the development of it is the most important part of the story.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I don’t think either sex is better than the other when it comes to writing romance. Rather, they each contribute their own unique take on relationships and sex. It’s a benefit to readers to be offered diversity.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Lessons Learned.

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
When I was with my ex boyfriend, he drove from Tennessee to New York just to see me for one night. The gesture was the sweetest thing someone had ever done for me.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not? Yes, I love romance. It makes the world seem brighter and softer. It gives me hope.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I like to treat Valentine’s Day as a special day. I’ll share a nice dinner with my special guy or just spend some quality alone time together. It’s the day of love after all.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
I’d love for people to sign up for my newsletter. The sign up form is on the bottom of my website’s home page at www.kdfriedrich.com.

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I can’t choose a favorite character. I love them all for different reasons. Some have challenged me, while others reached inside and helped me face some of my demons. Then there were those that made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. I love them all.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
When I want to escape, I read. It’s my therapy. Reading is my distraction from all the stress and anxiety life throws at me.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I’m still discovering what works. Right now, producing the best stories possible is my number one priority. My other concern is getting my name and books out there for all to see through my website, social media, and events.

The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – T.K. Lawyer

Here is my author interview with T.K. Lawyer for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her The Guardian League Series which currently consists of Jasper, Centurion and Apollo so make sure to check out this amazing series today!

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
Love is exciting and everyone craves a bit of romance in their life.  I think that’s why romance is such a popular genre and comes in many different sub-genres as a result of people’s preferences, flavors and creative ideas.  With romance, you can address all kinds of real issues that occur when getting to know someone or from the actual trials and errors of being in a relationship.  Some subjects that no one wants to discuss but has experienced.  You can also address taboo subjects in romances and readers can experience for themselves how that type of relationship may or may not work and if they like that type of subject.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
I have four books published, currently.  Three with the Guardian League Series and my first short story book, Angels and Diamonds.
I would recommend a new reader start with  Angels and Diamonds, which I specifically wrote for readers who haven’t read my books yet but want a taste of my writing.  Angels and Diamonds features seven stories- each with an Angel and a Diamond in it.  It’s a fun, short read.  I would suggest they start with that book, first, to see if they like my style.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like to write them?
I like reading much more often than I like writing because there’s a lot of work involved with writing.  But it also depends on my mood because sometimes I’m just itching to write a scene and the words just flow out of me onto the keyboard and it’s truly wonderful and fun.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
This is a tough one for me because I like a lot of authors.  I think I would like working with Eve Langlais.  She has a funny sense of humor and she has great ideas.  I think we could combine our strengths and create something wonderful for our readers.

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
I have learned a lot on my own and within the writing community.  As an author, you are always learning new ways to market and advertise yourself and your books because this is the life blood of your business.  When I first started, I didn’t have a clue what I got myself into but I knew I had to write so I embraced anything that came my way.  It’s been a few years now and I’m happy for the continued experience.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Marketing, Writing, Editing

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
I am working on finishing up my self-edits for my fourth book, Aeron, which is a phenomenal book!  Once it’s done, I’ll be submitting it to the Publisher for consideration.  I will also return to my edits for Nightfall, my first wolf shifter book, which is currently out of print but has a contract to publish.  Nightfall is a really unique shifter novel and should be out later this year.  Keep an eye out for it.  You’ll love it!

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
I’m a bit slow because I edit as I write.  I also work a full time day job so I only get a chance to write after hours or on weekends when I have the time.  I also won’t write when I am not in the mood because it won’t be enjoyable and I will likely write stuff I will need to re-write or edit thoroughly so it’s just better if I wait until the mood strikes so I can jot down great scene, instead.  The average time it takes me to finish a 90k book is usually a little more than a year.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
My Guardian League Series and my short story book, Angels and Diamonds.  If you love hot, protective Angels, I am the author for you.  You need to try one of my books!

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Start earlier.  If I had started my writing career in my 20’s, I would’ve had a bunch more books out there and be much wiser than I am now with all the knowledge I would’ve accumulated.  I think it’s great when young women know they want to write and they start their adventures at an early age.

The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – Cherime MacFarlane

Here is my author interview with Cherime MacFarlane for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her MacGrough Series which starts with book one Highland Light so make sure to grab your copy today!

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
I love happy endings. And love does make the world go around. PS I do write other genres.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
I have over twenty out now. When the publisher gets the balance of the MacGrough series out it will be over thirty books.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like t write them?
Yes.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Gosh! That’s a hard one. It’s a toss up between Linda Lee Williams or Nikki Lynn Barrett or Michele Gwynn.

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
That’s a hard one to answer because I have but how to describe it is the problem.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Coffee, work try to stay off Facebook, eat, work, sleep write, try to sleep. Get up and do it all over again.

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us? Yes, Very soon The Other Side of Dusk is going to come out. A historical set in Scotland about 150s C.E. “A boy sold as a slave is used by a Roman woman to get pregnant so the master may have an heir. But it all backfires when an old soldier who serves her household takes pity on the boy. He teaches him to fight and when the child is born, helps the slave escape with his son. He is home but…his people aren’t sure he is fit to take his father’s place when the time comes. The Picts are ready to revolt against Roman rule and the Scotti may be caught in the middle. To make matters worse, the master is seeking his stolen son.”

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
That depends on what is going on at the time. But I have been know to get a book out in a couple of months.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
Then They Were Six, Mile 43.3 Richardson Highway and Deirdre of the Sorrows.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Don’t let those ideas you had get lost again.

Trey Character Interview – (A Home for Her Heart) Brynette L. Turner

Here is the character interview with Trey from A Home for Her Heart written by Brynette L. Turner.

Q1: When Regina first started working for you, did you have any idea that she was in trouble?
At first, I thought she was just quiet until I observed how she cowered when her boyfriend was around and seemed to be especially secretive about her personal life. Those signs, coupled with the fact that she too often dressed in clothes that covered too much of her skin for the season of the year, made me suspect she might be in an abusive relationship.

Q2: What made you decide that Gina needed you to rescue her in the way you did instead of only giving her some advice and hoping she would follow it?
Rescuing Regina wasn’t really a decision as much as it was an impulse. When I saw how bruised and broken she was, all I wanted to do was protect her—and that meant getting her away from the man who had hurt her. Taking her into my home, instead of putting her in a shelter with strangers, seemed like the best way to truly know that she would be all right. Like I said, it was more of an impulse than some well thought out decision. Thankfully, it was the right thing to do.

Q3: How did you feel when Gina was surprised to find out that you’re a black man?
Honestly, with pale skin and wavy hair, I’m used to people thinking I’m a white man, so the fact that Gina had also made that assumption didn’t bother me. Look, I don’t discuss my heritage at work because it’s really no one’s business. People see what they want, and if looking white means that’s the default assumption about me, I have no control over it. But, I’m a proud black man and live my private life accordingly.

Q4: Why do you think people should read your story?
It really isn’t my story. It’s the story of a beautiful young woman who is brilliant and talented and stronger than many people. The things she has to consider in this story still make my head spin, and I honestly understand where her hang-ups and hesitations come from. People should read about Regina because we all need to believe in heroes, and she is her own hero in some ways.

The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – Brynette L. Turner

Here is my author interview with Brynette L. Turner for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her The Rescue Me Series which currently includes As It Should Be, A Home for Her Heart and An Unlikely Engagement which are all available for FREE on KU so make sure to grab your copy today of these amazing books.

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
I’m a hopeless romantic who believes in love at first sight and happy endings. It just made sense for me to write the genre I most enjoy reading and that matches my personality.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
I have 15 books being sold on Amazon. I recommend people starting with Premonitions because it is the first book in a series that has won me awards for romance and suspense. The characters are strong and have unusual experiences, but the plots are also very well-developed and not predictable.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like to write them?
Yes, I love reading romance novels, especially ones with steamy sex scenes. Erotic romance is probably my favorite sub-genre.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
I would choose Nia Forrester because I love the way her characters seem so real, are complex, and prove that love can overcome even heartbreaking obstacles.

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
I think that I understand the mechanics of plot development better now than ever. My books flow well and I try to make sure I capture the reader’s attention right from the start. I’ve definitely grown to understand that pacing and drama are what keep many plots interesting.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Demanding, flexible, and non-traditional.

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
Yes, I’m the author of contemporary romance, but I’ll be releasing an erotica series this summer under the pen name Josie Carver and recently made arrangements for a huge promotion campaign.  There will be parties, giveaways, swag, blog tours, and contests. The books will be available as ebooks but also paperback versions will be sold nationally in the 56 Lions Den Adult Bookstores in 22 states. The series is about the members of an African-American BDSM club, and there will be three books to begin the Club Starburst Series. One Lions Den local store has recently agreed to feature me with a book signing during the fall Ladies Night.

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
A full-length book normally takes me four to six weeks to write. Then I allow a couple of weeks for my editor to have it, followed by another week to revise and format the book to upload. So, three months would be a good estimate of how long it takes me to produce a book.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
I will promote The Rescue Me Series, which is a trilogy of novellas about women who find themselves in situations where they need a little help. Sometimes they are in physical danger, and at other times they need help making the right choices with the right man.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
My advice would be to be better organized. I find that the creation of books flows more smoothly if I take the time up front to lightly outline where I want the plot to go, pull pictures to represent my characters, and make a chart to keep all of the little details straight.

Sadie Character Interview – (Feels Like Love) N.D. Jackson

Here is the character interview with Sadie from N.D. Jackson’s book Feels Like Love!

Biggest musical inspiration:
I love powerful female voices like Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston and most recently, Adele. They all have different sounds but you feel their pain, their joy and their love in every lyric. I aspire to be like them, to make people feel the way those women made me feel.

Where was your favorite place to live?
Before I crash landed in Mustang Prairie I would have said New Orleans. Something about the city is so electric, so vibrant and creative. But Mustang Prairie has a way of pulling you in and making you wonder how you ever enjoyed living in the big city. Except when everyone in town asks you when  you’re going to start having babies.

If you could change one moment in your life, what would it be?
The old Sadie would have said she would change the moment my mom died but I don’t think that would have changed much, only delayed the inevitable. If I could change one moment it would have been that moment I decided to keep Dylan as a friend. I could have had that much more time with him. Loving him. I can hardly remember the moment but in a flash I decided to put myself in the Friend Zone.
Yeah, I want that moment back Universe.

When will you and Dylan tie the knot?
(Shrugs) If work slows down and I find the perfect dress then maybe by the end of the year. We fell in love over the
Christmas holidays so maybe a white wedding?

Favorite cocktail:
Old fashioned. Lots of flavor, kind of sweet and it packs one hell of a punch!

Favorite place to eat in Mustang Prairie:
Carla’s Cupcakery. Hands down the absolute best cupcakes on the planet. Especially the things that woman can do with wine and frosting!

The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – N.D. Jackson

Here is my author interview with N.D. Jackson for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her Mustang Prairie Romance Series which includes Conflict of Interest, A Little Bit In Love, Feels Like Love and It Must Be Love so grab your copy of this amazing series today!

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
Romance was my first writing love. As a kid I read your standard kids stories but the first story I wrote at about 10 or 11 blended my two loves; politics and romance. I admit I strayed away for a while but it’s always there.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
I have 8 books out and though most of them are two separate series, I would recommend starting with Feels Like Love from my Mustang Prairie series. Sadie was one of my favorite heroines to write and I had been fleshing out her story for awhile. I was going to make it a standalone without a series but then I thought it would be great to explore her strained relationship with her family.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like t write them?
Totally! I read way too many books and a good amount of them are in the romance genre. I wish I could say it’s research but the truth is, I’m just a fan.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Oooh good question! I’d have to say Jill Shalvis or maybe Maisey Yates. They both have this amazing way of illustrating scenery that just puts me right there in the mountains, wilderness or wherever. It’s just another layer of storytelling that I admire so ladies if you’re listening…hit me  up. 😉

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
You learn a little more each time you finish a story. Whether it’s thanks to a brutally honest editor or opinionated beta readers, you learn something that you add to the memory bank to use for next time. For me, I’d say going with my instinct. You read one or two bad reviews about something specific and it makes you shy away from that in the future and I’ve worked hard to get past that. All stories should be told and if an idea calls to me I’ve learned to stop thinking of what the reader will hate and just go with trying to make them love what I wrote.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Daydreaming. Busy. Marketing.

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
Yes! I’m finishing up a new story that isn’t part of a series, just a contemporary second chance romance. The heroine is a prickly computer genius with her own business and the hero is her first love and a super sexy chef. There will be fighting and angry words. And hot sex. And lots of love.

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
Ha! The real question is how long would you like it to take. I’m more of a write one book at a time kind of girl, while jotting copious amounts of notes for new ideas that hit me, so it takes about 3-4 months if all goes well. This year I’m bumping that up to 4 to 5 months because life has been getting in the way.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
It Must Be Love and If You Leave Me Now.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Just do it. Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll get a publishing deal, just keep writing and find a way to do what you love. It’ll happen. Actually I think that’s pretty good advice for all of our younger selves.

The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – Desiree A. Cox

Here is my author interview with Desiree Cox for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her book No Remorse which is free with KU so make sure to grab your copy today!

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
I love love and romance. It was a natural fit for me.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
As of today, I have nine romance books and one mystery/crime story (all 18+).  I’d recommend starting with Intertwined Hearts. I loved writing that story and think it’s just a fantastic love story. But I’m very partial to love at first sight. I’d also highly recommend one-clicking No Remorse. It’s #FREE April 29-30.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like to write them?
OMG, I love reading erotic romance books.  I’ve been on a paranormal and stepbrother kick lately and can’t seem to put my kindle down.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
It would be hard to choose an author, there are so many amazingly talented authors. I’d definitely want to work with someone who writes 18+ steamy sex scenes, too.

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
I think overall my writing has improved, and my stories are more developed than when I released my debut.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
The three words that I think describe my author life the best are time-consuming, hard, and thrilling.

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
I have my double release today!  My new titles are No Remorse and Unselfish Love.  I do have my next WIP started. It will be a paranormal romance that’s part of the A Wolf’s Hunger Series. There are 3 titles available now in the series – 2 by A.K. Michaels and 1 by Julia Mills. There are a lot more to come.

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
It takes me a long time. I work full-time and am really busy on the weekends. My writing time is very limited these days.  I’d say on average, I need to plan for 4-5 months. If I can get done sooner, I jump for joy.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
I plan to promote my 2 new releases, my trilogy, and my menage titles.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Pay closer attention in English class, lol.  I hated learning about verbs, adjectives, punctuation, and all that jazz.

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.

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