Author Interview & Spotlight: Kitka Buchanan

KITKA BUCHANAN

As a child who moved frequently, Kitka made friends easily with the characters in books. She would read everything she could get her hands on: from Shakespeare to Anne Rice to Johanna Lindsey to Judy Blume. She always dreamed of joining their ranks as an author. Having written for decades, she has finally found the courage to start sharing her dark, often paranormal, romantic works with the rest of the world. Her wife puts up with obsessively talking about her books and her two children encourage her all the way.
INTERVIEW
Name/Pen Name *
Kitka Buchanan
Where do you get your ideas?
My twisted, demented brain. Seriously, I have no idea.
What is your writing process like?
Chaos! I generally wait until everyone is in bed at night. Then I sit down with my laptop and something on the tv, either Food Network or Travel Channel usually. Then I just start writing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My cat, Cleo. She always decides to sit on my lap right when I have a brilliant idea that needs to be put on paper!
How do you deal with writers block?
I usually have about four or five books going at one time. If I have writers’ block with one, I’ll step away for awhile and try another. If I have writers’ block with all of them, it’s time to walk away from the computer and do something else for awhile.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
Not under different names, but I write multiple genres. I write paranormal romance and BDSM suspense/action. I have other books in me yet that aren’t either of those, but more contemporary or erotica.
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
My first book was published on November 2, 2017. It was a paranormal romance that I co-wrote with my best friend, Kat Ries.
Who is your favorite author and Why?
Jim Butcher. I am completely addicted to The Dresden Files. I love how he can mix action, humor, a little bit of romance, and the paranormal all in one book. And Harry Dresden is just about the snarkiest character I’ve ever read! I love him!
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
Probably a dozen between ones that just need editing and ones that I need to finish writing. But that’s just today. It might change tomorrow. I may start a whole new book on a whim. It’s amazing I finish anything!
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
It depends on the subject. Mostly it is research on places or history. Sometimes it might be an item used in the scene that I want to make sure to describe properly. Luckily, with paranormal romance, I can create my own universe and I don’t have to research too much.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I’d say it has to be the sex scenes. I can get into a male character’s head just fine. But since I’ve never experienced sex as a male, I can only write what I’ve read or been told. It always seems lacking to me.
How long do you try to write daily?
I don’t set limits or goals for myself like that. If I do, I’ll fail. So I just write when I can for as long as I feel like it.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
I do. I love my fans and love to see what they have to say. If it’s bad and something I can fix, I’ll try to make sure to not do it again in the next book. If it’s a bad review, I generally shrug it off. I would love to please everyone, but I know I can’t.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Urban fantasy or paranormal romance are my faves, but there are some really incredible authors in every genre. I will read anything that looks interesting. I’ve found some of my favorite authors that way.
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
Not really, but there’s inside jokes sometimes between myself and my best friend. It generally has to do with something that has happened while writing the book or who my inspiration for a character has been.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t tell you that. It’s a spoiler!
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
It’s either the tv on to something that I don’t have to follow too closely or silent. Sometimes, depending on the scene or book, I will put on my favorite band because I need the intensity.
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
I love cereal for a snack. Any cereal that isn’t overly sweet that I can pick up with my fingers. I eat it dry right out of the bowl while I write.
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
Not too much actually. I write for myself and hope that they will enjoy it. Everything that I’ve written, I would want to read. I even read some of them every once in awhile, just for fun. Most of my writings have actually been things I’ve written to entertain myself or my friends.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
Listen to your intuition and just write!
BOOKS
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Spellcasters 

Natasha and Skylar are sisters…and witches. They are hellbent on gaining as much power as they possibly can. Nothing, including the two men hunting them, will stand in their way.

Logan Archer and Chase Jamison have been hunting the Bodrova sisters for quite some time. Their hunt is about to heat up in ways they could never imagine.

Who will win the power struggle in this dark, erotic fantasy?

Book is intended for an audience of 18+ only.

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Spellcasters: Chase’s Revenge

He has waited twenty-one years for this moment. Twenty-one years, biding his time. Waiting for the chance to enact his plan. For revenge.

Chase Jamison had been happy when his life was destroyed. When the woman he loved was taken from him. Half-human, half-demon, he spent the next two decades locked away learning about his demon side and plotting his revenge on the man who had ripped his life apart, his best friend.

Harmony Archer was raised unaware of the secrets she held deep inside of her. She was blissfully unaware of the darker side of the magic that her mother yielded on a daily basis.

Would darkness and evil be released when Chase revealed who he really was? Or would it bind them together in ways they never thought possible?

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The Beginning (Obeying the Rules Series Book 1)

Obeying the Rules. It sounds simple; unless your mind, body and spirit are sold to the Mistress of The Manor to pay for your crimes.
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***Author Spotlight & Interview*** Elle Middaugh

Author Spotlight & Interview – Elle Middaugh

Elle Middaugh is a USA Today Bestselling Author living in the Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. She spends most of her time raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.

She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.

INTERVIEW
Name/Pen Name
Elle Middaugh
Where do you get your ideas?
EVERYWHERE lol my own crazy mind, other books, movies, songs, art, conversations, dreams, observations, etc!
What is your writing process like?
I used to be a pantser, now I’m more of a plotter 🙂 It’s really hard for me, but I TRY to just blow through the first draft without taking time to fix errors and stuff (as a bit of a perfectionist, I kinda hate that lol) but it DEFINITELY helps me write faster!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
missing a day. seriously. If I miss even ONE day of writing, it takes me like a WEEK to get back into the habit…
How do you deal with writers block?
there are lots of ways, but they take time. Like, if I’m just feeling burnt out, I can take some time and read someone else’s book just for fun. Or if it’s because of an issue within my own story, then I’ll go back and re-read what I’ve written, or I’ll check my plot outline to see if there’s something I’ve missed or need to add.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
No. I can see the benefit in it, but my view is this: people are DIVERSE! authors are no different. we should be allowed to write in more than one genre and not have to pretend we’re someone else to do so 🙂
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
My first book was published in 2016. It’s called Elemental Secrets. It’s a YA paranormal romance, and sadly, that whole series is currently unavailable on the market. I pulled it to re-brand and re-vamp it! Hopefully it’ll be back up soon! (maybe the end of 2019)
Who is your favorite author and Why?
oh man!! that’s so hard! I think I’m going to have to say… Sabaa Tahir. Her Ember in the Ashes Quartet is just PHENOMENAL! she inspires me to be a better writer every time I open one of her books!
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
HAHAHAHA! I’m sure most authors get a kick out of this question LOL Let’s see… 30-40… OMG! Even iiiii didn’t realize it was that much!!! wow.
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
it depends, but most of the time I do research as I go. Or when I’m plotting, I’ll do enough research that I feel I know what the hell I’m talking about lol
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
trying to make sure I don’t accidentally make their voice feminine lol
How long do you try to write daily?
I try to write 3 hours in the morning, and 2 hours in the evening. I’d like to write MORE than that, but I still have 1 of 3 kids at home, so that’s a bit tough. Plus, I’m awful at self-discipline… it’s a work in progress lol
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
yes, I can’t help it. I’ve read the good and the bad, and I try to take it with a grain of salt. Actually, I like the bad reviews, because it gives me something to work on for the next book. I am ALWAYS trying to improve my writing 🙂
What’s your favorite genre to read?
PARANORMAL ROMANCE!!
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
hmmm. not consciously lol but that sounds like fun! maybe I’ll try it!
What was your hardest scene to write?
…I have no idea. I don’t cry when I write books lol so for me, probably the more difficult scenes are just ones that aren’t as active/exciting. In which case, I then try to go back and make them MORE exciting lol
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
I love writing with music in the background! more often than not, though, I’m writing to mickey mouse playing (2 year old loves mickey, and I must appease him if I want ANY time to write! lol)
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
I like to have a hot cup of tea with me! and this is kind of weird, but sometimes I’ll grab a small bowl of olives to munch lol Or sometimes grapes, or apple slices. I know how easy it is to just blindly devour whatever is in sight when you’re not paying attention, so I TRY to keep my snacks on the healthier side.
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
A LOT! I don’t just write for myself. I write because I want people to read my books! If I want people to read them, then obviously I need to cater to their interests! It just makes sense to me. Thankfully, a lot of what I LIKE to read and write is also popular, so it’s not really a problem.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
To not skimp on cover design. I listened to advice on getting a solid editor, but I thought I could design the cover myself. and while it was a pretty/unique cover, it didn’t hit the right genre. that made my sales suffer. People can and definitely DO judge a book by its cover lol
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Queen Witch (The Queen Witch Trials Book 1)

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An unwavering witch, a sexy dragon-shifter, and a snarky cat, on their most dangerous adventure yet.

I was never interested in becoming Queen Witch. Everyone knew my older sister was the favorite for the throne. It never even bothered me… until I learned she’s actually a necromancer, raising bodies from the dead.

As a princess, I have no choice but to compete in the Trials—a deadly series of events that will test me magically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. But now I must play to win. Heirs from all over the globe are contending, and it’s going to take every ounce of power I possess to keep the kingdom of Terranea out of my sister’s wicked hands.

If I fail, the repercussions could be far worse than any war the world has ever seen…

Fans of The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass are loving this action-packed fantasy!

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Siren Awakened (The Cursed Seas Collection)

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A siren queen, a sexy mage, and an epic quest to save the sea. 

I was Princess Liliana, a bit of a slacker, a bit of a rebel, just trying to find a cure for the dark sorcery spreading through the sea.
So when my parents end up dead, and I end up inheriting both the throne and a set of orphaned sea dragons, it’s pretty safe to say my life is about to change.
Cue the messenger from the thirteenth region. He tells me of a Legacy Stone, one that has the power to heal the sea. But in order to find it, I’ll need to journey onto dry land and seek the help of a powerful mage—or rather, her son, Cruz.
The journey is hard enough without him distracting me, and I need to keep my mind on the magical rock, instead of his rock-hard abs, if we’re going to save the world. Besides, I don’t have time for love if I’m going to succeed in curing the sea. There won’t be time for anything if we’re all dead…

Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will devour this new dystopian adventure! Get your copy TODAY!

Siren Awakened is a standalone paranormal romance featuring kickass Sirens, charming Mages, snarky Humans, and even rugged Pirates, all in the Charmed Legacy Cursed Seas Collection.

A Crown of Blood and Ashes (Enchanted Royals Book 1)

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Their love will ruin their kingdoms.

I am a prize to be won. A peace offering in the midst of a violent war. In the underground world of supernaturals, there is always someone fighting someone. Most recently, it’s been witches vs. vampires, slaughtering each other to the point of near extinction. So, in order to make the fighting stop, my parents and the witches have arranged a fight—sound counterintuitive?—for the witch princess’s hand in marriage—that’s mine, by the way, Autumn Delarose. Apparently aligning our bloodline with the most powerful vampire coven is the key to an ongoing ceasefire. Sounds more like a formula for disaster, if you ask me. Especially when I fall for Darren, the sexy vamp who wins me…only to find myself claimed by his coven leader. I know it’s my duty to keep the peace, but my heart and soul longs for Darren. And if we take this where I want it to go, there’s going to be an even bigger war brewing than before…

Tristan and Isolde meets Queen of the Damned in this steamy paranormal romance! Get your copy TODAY!

This is Book 1 in the Enchanted Royals Series, a collection of loosely-based tales and retellings, featuring badass Witches, seductive Vampires, magical Mermaids, alluring Avians, and steamy Dragon-shifters!

Elemental Secrets (The Essential Elements Book 1)

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When I became the new girl in a small town, I decided I’d try to make some friends. Maybe even a boyfriend. I was especially interested in Cade, the conflicted heartthrob from next door. I just wasn’t expecting these new friends of mine to have a dangerous secret…

They tried to hide the truth to protect me, but it only made my curiosity stronger. When I accidentally witnessed my new friends magically controlling the elements, though, all the secrets unraveled. I became enemy number one in the eyes of the local Elemental leaders. An enemy that apparently needed kidnapped and burned at the stake.

Yeah, you heard that right.

Humans were forbidden to learn that Elementals existed. The penalty of doing so was death. But I didn’t die because, apparently, I’m an Elemental too.

Now I have master my unruly powers if I want to keep my friends, family, and all of humankind safe. And I have to do it while keeping our existence a secret. If the humans find out the truth, it could stir up a war of apocalyptic proportions…
Secrets are hard to keep. But are they really worth dying for?

Fans of Red Queen, Twilight, and A Shade of Vampire will enjoy The Essential Elements Series!

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Elemental Lies (The Essential Elements Book 2)

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After the accidental exposure of elementals to humanity, I’ve found myself—and all of my kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, I have no idea which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.

But when chance brings me face to face with Cade Landston once more, everything changes. My desire to win him over draws me closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down my murderous grandfather brings us both closer to trouble.

From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, I am absolutely struggling to keep up. All I know for sure is that I have to stop my grandfather and the Elitists at all costs.
To do so, I need to figure out the truth. But how can I, when everyone I know has been telling lies?

Fans of Red Queen, Twilight, and A Shade of Vampire will enjoy The Essential Elements Series!

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Rite to Reign: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Box Set

 

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Rite to Reign, and you can order it here: https://books2read.com/ritetoreign The book I wrote for this set is for fans of The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass! there are definitely PNR elements (because I love LOVE lol) but it’s more action packed!
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Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories!

More than 15 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic.

Journey through worlds of danger and mayhem, where witches and warlocks battle for influence and wizards fight for unrestricted power.

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The Cursed Prince by Teresa Roman
Reigning Maficks by Candace Osmond and JJ King
The Third Flame by SJ Davis and P. Mattern
Easterly by Shawna Romkey
Straightjackets and Holy Water by Ash Krafton
The Hidden One by Christine Ashworth
What a Witch! by Colleen S. Myers
Shield of Reflection by Alex H. Singh
Red Witch by Louisa Bacio
Sage and Time by Carma Haley Shoemaker
Portal Weilder by Kyndra Hatch
Incantation by Mirren Hogan and Stephanie Barr
Aphrodite’s Gift E.B. Black
Secret Hexe by Kat Parrish
Enchantment by Tanya Dawson

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***Author Spotlight*** Grace Risata

***Author Spotlight*** Grace Risata

I would first and foremost like to thank everyone for taking the time to give my stories a chance. My goal is to take you out of your world, and all the stresses that go along with everyday life, and bring you into my world of romance and humor. I have a special weakness for hot alpha males and the feisty heroines who love them. Above all else, I hope you got a laugh out of my book. I aim to incorporate as much comedy into my romance as is humanly possible.
My professional biography is as follows (I’m not sure why it’s in the third person, evidently that’s the rule): Grace is happiest when reading, eating Portillos hot dogs, and patiently waiting for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

INTERVIEW

Name/Pen Name *
Grace Risata
Where do you get your ideas?
They pop into my head at the most random moments!
What is your writing process like?
Get an idea, see if it has a beginning, middle, and end, and then sketch it out and write it!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Real life and good tv shows get in the way of writing!
How do you deal with writers block?
I step away from the computer and rest my eyes for a day or two.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
Yes and Yes.
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
January of 2016. My Dirty Detour
Who is your favorite author and Why?
I have too many to list. They all bring something different to their style and hook me from the first sentence!
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
Too many to count. I’m horrible at this!
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
I dive right in to the story and then research as I go. For example if my characters are in New York City, I’ll research what rent goes for in certain neighborhoods.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Nothing! it’s the same as writing same sex characters.
How long do you try to write daily?
An hour or two.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
Yes. I smile and copy/paste the good reviews into a word doc. If bad reviews are constructive, I’ll learn from them. If they’re just plain mean, I’ll feel sad for awhile and then move on.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Romantic comedy.
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
Sometimes, but not all the time.
What was your hardest scene to write?
the most important, pivotal scenes because you want them to hit home with the reader.
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
SILENCE!
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
Nope.
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
Everyone is interested in different things.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
KEEP WRITING. Write more and market less.
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Join a motley crew of characters as they experience one night of adventure while out on the town. When one friend makes a wager that can’t be refused…things start to get interesting. Watch as an alpha male competes with his friends to bag the most phone numbers and get bragging rights, as well as a giant wad of cash. Hilarity ensues and plot twists abound.
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After the death of his best friend in an ambush, Dixon Wade returns from the military a broken man. Bitter, angry at the world, and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he feels invisible and forgotten by everyone around him. Everything changes when he meets her.

Fiercely stubborn and independent, Alyce is accustomed to doing what she wants, when she wants. Forced to volunteer at a charity in order to keep her job, she burns through every opportunity in town until stumbling upon a place that serves veterans.

Once these two volatile personalities collide, a battle of wills ensues. Never one to back down when faced with a challenge, Alyce comes up with some very interesting ideas to get her soldier back on the road to recovery.

Just as things begin to heat up for this unlikely pair, mistakes are made that could derail their entire relationship. Will Alyce be able to put the past aside and find a future with her invisible soldier?

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Curvy girl Pepper is accustomed to flying under everyone’s radar. Being a big girl hasn’t led to many dates or exciting adventures. All of that was about to change.

Through the small-town rumor mill, Pepper learns her old teenage crush just moved back to town. Jason was the star quarterback, prom king, and also Pepper’s neighbor from across the street.

One day he sees Pepper out mowing the lawn and makes her an offer of no-strings attached, no-holds barred sex that has the potential to benefit them both.

Nothing quite turns out the way either of them thought it would.

Click to look inside and find out what happens when the simple act of mowing the lawn turns into so much more…

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A dominant leader flees the mafia, looking for a fresh start in a small town. He put all his effort into starting a business and resigned himself to a life without love.
A neurotic germaphobe lives vicariously through the books she reads, preferring to play it safe in real life and hide behind her sarcastic remarks.
“I am NOT that neurotic! I just have germ issues and I tend to over-analyze things. Sure, I second guess myself all the time and have a tendency to freak out over the small stuff. I’ll admit that I do ask a lot of “what if…?” questions. Fine. I’m neurotic.”
One fateful day, the simple act of taking a wrong turn leads Violet right into Rocky’s life and completely turns it upside down. Accustomed to his orders being obeyed immediately and without question, Rocky doesn’t appreciate Violet challenging his authority at every opportunity.
“I don’t like being told what to do. Especially when some arrogant tough guy thinks he can boss me around. I might have argued with him just to keep him close. He smelled like heaven. Although with a body like his, I knew he was no angel.
Violet charmed her way into his heart with her quick wit and stubbornness, causing Rocky to fail at his many attempts to resist her.
“He’d never met anyone like me before. I trash talk, curse like a sailor, and pretty much say whatever’s on my mind. Life is too short to pretend to be something that you’re not.”
Rocky tries to keep his violent past hidden from Violet, but it suddenly catches up to him and he can no longer deny who he really is. Will Rocky turn his back on the life he built or stay and fight for what’s his? When Violet is faced with situations that rival anything she’s merely read about, will she be able to face her fears and work together with Rocky or will the truth tear them apart?
“It’s one hell of a wild ride! Take a look inside the first few pages and I’ll tell you all about it.” 

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***Author Spotlight*** Ellie Rice

***Author Spotlight*** Ellie Rice

 

INTERVIEW 

Name/Pen Name *
Ellie Rice
Where do you get your ideas?
I put myself in scenarios I would like to be in. Everything is based off of my likes and dislikes.
What is your writing process like?
I don’t really have one. Everything plays out in my head like a movie and I just put it into words.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook! Since publishing I’ve become addicted trying to promote my book and get sucked into the vortex.
How do you deal with writers block?
Music. Music of any and all genres spark my imagination. A lot of times, scenes are based on lyrics from a song.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
So far, no. I only have one book out right now (just published in May) but I think it will always be romance. The tropes may vary but the theme is the same.
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
I wrote my first book in 2016 and spent 2017 procrastinating and editing. Early this year, I set my mind that I was going to publish it no matter what. Key To Her Heart released May 10, 2018
Who is your favorite author and Why?
Laurelin Paige because she writes dirty books with asshole anti-heroes you can’t help but love. There’s also a twisted element to them that I love.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
I have two current works in progress. One is the spin off of Key To Her Heart.
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
I use Pinterest a lot and usually during writing for inspiration and so I can describe what I see in my head.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Trying not to sound like a girl imitating a guy.
How long do you try to write daily?
I strive for 1,000 words a day. How many distractions I encounter controls the time.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
I do. I’ve read every one of them. I haven’t had a review under 4 stars yet, so I’m not sure how I’d feel. I’m sure when they start coming in, I’ll probably stop reading them. I may read them anyway just to fuel me to do better.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romance. Dark, sweet, rom-com, billionaires, sexy, smutty, taboo…list list goes on and on.
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
No but I like to use phrases my friends frequently use.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The first book flowed so freely, there wasn’t anything hard to write.
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
Sometimes. Usually music is for plotting and silence is for writing.
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
Carbs. My favorite snack for everything. Chips or crackers.
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
I didn’t have any readers with the first book, so none. And really with this current WIP, I’m not influenced either. The only influence was how much people said they liked the secondary character from the first, so I decided to make her book the top priority.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
Give it time. It will happen when it’s supposed to.

BOOKS

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Val:
Because of my past, I’m destined to be alone. Don’t feel sorry for me. I deserve it and I’ve made my peace. But I was given a reprieve. A one-week, scorching hot vacation fling. Now I’m not sure if it was grace or punishment.
Stone:
Playboy. Player. I’m called by many names. I’ve earned every one. That was the fault of one woman. At my best friend’s wedding, I put my particular talents to good use. And got a taste of what I had sworn off for good. Now I’m questioning what I really want.
What happens when a one-week affair between two emotionally unavailable people spills over into the real world?

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REVIEWS

Maybe you’d like to know what other readers think of Key To Her Heart?
Understandable.

“What a beautiful story!”

“This is an Omazing book! Hot, sexy, funny and the descriptions pull you right into the story.”

“This author made me feel what the characters were feeling.”

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Review 2: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2456069691…

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***Author Spotlight*** Charlene Johnson

***Author Spotlight*** Charlene Johnson

Charlene lives in Sacramento, California. She is married and has a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. She graduated cum laude from Waynesburg College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Books have always been her passion. She started reading at an early age and progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and continues to do so today. Being an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer and an incurable romantic with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her own characters and storylines because she realized she had her own stories to tell. She’s traveled the world, crossed galaxies, traveled through time and explored history on the pages of books.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, and great movies.

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INTERVIEW
Name/Pen Name *
Charlene Johnson
Where do you get your ideas?
I love all things paranormal and that’s where it all starts. Sometimes ideas just come to me and I write them down. I read a lot of paranormal romance books and really try to write something that’s different, and unique.
What is your writing process like?
I’m an outliner. It’s particularly crucial because I’m writing a series and the storylines and details have to be consistent.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Time. Getting the time to sit down and write as much as I want. When you juggle a family, a household and a job, it can be challenging.
How do you deal with writers block?
I really haven’t had that issue very much but when I do, I step away from writing for a little while and focus on something else. That usually gets my imagine flowing again and I can go back to writing.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
No. I mainly write Paranormal Romance but I have a contemporary romantic thriller I’m also curently working on.
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
I initially self-published my first in January 2018. It was called Shattered, Book 1 in my Circle of the Red Scorpion series. Since then, I signed with Kingston Publishing in May of this year and re-released Shattered with a new cover and series logo.
Who is your favorite author and Why?
J. R. Ward. She has a quirky way of telling her stories and she has created a unique world that appeals to me. I love book series and big sexy vampiresand got hooked on hers.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
One unpublished prequel novella and three partially written books
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
I do a lot of research since part of my series spans multiple time periods. I like to my stories to be historically accurate for time periods I’m dealing with. Some research happens before so that I can set the tone and some research happens as I write.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t have many issues with writing characters of the opposite sex. In my 33 year career in the corporate world, I’ve spent most of my time working with men and that has helped me write my male characters.
How long do you try to write daily?
An hour or two a day during the week if time allows. Five hour or more on the weekends and my off Fridays. I have a day job so my time during the week is limited.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
Yes, I have read my reviews but I haven’t had that many so far and the ones I’ve been were good.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal Romance
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
I have secrets to enhance the suspense and they may be hard to find at first but will be revealed somewhere down the line in the plot. It could be the secret is not revealed until the next book.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Fight scenes. It’s something I’m still trying to master.
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
Lately, I been listening to light Pop instrumentals on Pandora. Very relaxing and opens up my mind.
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
Fruit, extra sharp cheddar cheese and sourdough bread.
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
I write what I Iike to read. So far, my readers’ interest and mine are similar. If I got some feedback as to what readers would like to see, I would consider it if it fit into the series or book I’m writing. I read alot so I’m know what readers are reading in my genre.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
Don’t let fear dictate whether you publish or not. Get a second opinion if you need to but put yourself out there. Believe in yourself. You will learn as you go and grow as a result.

 

 

BOOKS

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Shattered – Book 1

Shattered is an erotic paranormal thriller that weaves an intricate web of events involving a playboy pop singer, a romance writer, and an unrelenting vampire. It features an unquenchable thirst for blood, an obsession that spans two decades and love beyond measure.

Drake Devereaux was haunted by a tragedy in his past until Ebony Jordan.

Drake and Ebony meet by chance and forge an unforgettable connection. As their relationship heats up, Drake realizes he’s falling in love. Instead of embracing it, he allows his fear to drive him away from the one woman who can heal him. After months of being apart, Ebony’s attempt to reach out to Drake ends with a heartbreaking discovery and an unexpected accident that nearly ends her life. Faced with another tragedy, Drake finds out what is truly important.
As Drake and Ebony plan a life together, Solomon Blackwell, a Rogue vampire plots to possess her and shatter their love forever.

https://www.books2read.com/shattered-charlene-johnson

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Avenged – Book 2

Avenged is the shocking conclusion of Drake and Ebony’s story.

Drake and Ebony are living the life they both dreamed of until Ebony vanishes.

As Solomon initiates his daring plan, Drake, his father Broderick and the Circle of the Red Scorpion race against time to find Ebony and stop the Rogue vampire from destroying Drake’s life.

A fierce battle between the two factions comes to a surprising end, and the shocking conclusion of Avenged brings Broderick to his knees. Can his team help him stop the new menace threatening to destroy the world?

https://www.books2read.com/avenged-charlene-johnson

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Dawned – Book 3

Dawned is the love story that started it all and is the prequel to the Circle of the Red Scorpion series.

Deep in the forest, Broderick Devereaux found her so unexpectedly and was instantly mesmerized.

He was the dark, handsome stranger Elise Munro dreamed of but never thought she’d find.

Despite their differences, Broderick and Elise started a life together and thought they had it all. But internal demons and secrets threatened to destroy their happiness.

Putting Solomon in prison became Broderick’s obsession as his relationship with his wife imploded. Was Solomon behind the chasm that separated them?

Broderick and Elise loved each other but was their love enough?

https://www.books2read.com/dawned-charlene-johnson

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***Author Spotlight*** Sheena Austin

***Author Spotlight*** Sheena Austin

Sheena Austin is from Virginia, where she lives with her boyfriend and two cats. She is a Hulu/Netflix junkie and has a small obsession with Jane Austen books. Sheena is getting her bachelors degree in special education as well.

I dabble in Contemporary Romance, YA Fantasy, and poetry. I’m currently working on putting together a Jane Austen Christmas Anthology with some talented ladies. Anyway, I’m fairly new to this author thing and I’m still learning everyday.

INTERVIEW

Name/Pen Name *
Sheena Austin
Where do you get your ideas?
The voices in my head. Just kidding.
What is your writing process like?
There is no method to my madness. I just write, I am a pantser.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media.
How do you deal with writers block?
I just don’t write until I feel inspired.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
No I don’t write under different pen names.
When did you write and publish your first book? What was the name of your book?
Returning to Mr. Darcy was re-released July 2018.
Who is your favorite author and Why?
Susan Sizemore, because she was the first time travel writer I read.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?
2
What kind of research do you do and how long before writing your book?
I randomly google stuff when I have to.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I didn’t find any difficulty.
How long do you try to write daily?
I admit that I don’t write daily.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
Unfortunately, I do read my bad reviews. I have to just shake it off and not take it personally or I will be in a bad funk for the rest of the day.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Time travel romance
Do you hide secrets that only a few people will find or easter eggs in your books?
No, but that sounds like a good idea!
What was your hardest scene to write?
The love scenes.
Do you write with music in the background or does it have to be silent?
Sometimes both and it depends on my mood.
Do you have a favorite thing to snack on while you write?
Pizza rolls
How much do your readers’ interests influence your writing?
I honestly write for me.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything…What would it be?
Be kind to yourself and ignore the mean people.

BOOKS

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Returning to Mr. Darcy

Returning to Mr. Darcy is a classic love story with a modern twist as two characters have a chance encounter meeting and quickly learn their lives were connected in ways they never could have imagined.
Elizabeth Bennet has the perseverance and heart of a warrior, but life has knocked her down and she has lost her spark. However, after a car accident and awakening to find herself back in time with a man who calls her his wife, she finally finds the spark she had lost. She realizes it’s time to stop being scared and embrace the impossible.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued with the possibility of his wife never recovering from amnesia. He shrugs off her odd habits as side effects of her accident. Distraught, he finds solace in keeping his distance at the bottom of a glass of whiskey. He assumes she has another lover, since she calls out for another man in the middle of the night, and when he sees her in the arms of another man, he is heartbroken, and finds it all too easy to sever what ties remain. When he comes to know the error of his ways, he wonders if Elizabeth could ever forgive him for his harsh judgment.

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Alexandria

Unaware of who she is or what she’s lost, Alexandria is nonetheless destined to save her world from a dangerous adversary who seeks to destroy her and her people. Armed with little more than the heart of a warrior and the help of strangers, she sets out to regain her memory, fulfill a prophecy, and find the love she didn’t even know she’d lost—but is determined to find again.

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