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Meet Daniel Williamson

Meeting new authors is always top on my list of fun things to do. And as a parent, it’s rare I meet children’s authors. Today, I’d like to introduce Daniel Williamson, who has created a line of educational picture books to teach kids new languages in a fun and new way.

Daniel Williamson was born in London and earned a scholarship to attend Bembridge Private School on the Isle of Wight, largely due to his advanced English writing skills. During his teenage years, he articulated in theater, band, and choir. After attending Nottingham Trent University, he began traveling the globe to such locations as The Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, and Christ the Redeemer.

After the birth of his daughter Carmela, his passion for writing was re-ignited, and after a brief spell script writing he turned his attention to children’s stories due to the inspiration he gained from his mother Jacqueline’s Montessori nursery and his own volunteer work at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

His current titles include the Look at me I’m learning series, which focuses on teaching young children the basics of a new language through colourful picture books. Currently languages include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese with many more language books and rhyming picture books already under development for 2020 and beyond.

  • What inspired you to write children’s language books?

I had already written a few rhyming picture books when a friend pointed out to me that she couldn’t find one decent picture book to help her cousin teach their son Italian. At this point I had a light bulb moment. I did some research and found this was true for all languages pretty much. There were bilingual books out there but they mostly looked like boring text books and not endearing to young children. I decided if I could make a series that started with the basics of language in a colourful and playful way this would be a great gateway for any parent wishing to introduce their child to a new language.

  • Are you fluent in any languages?

Languages were always my favourite subjects at school where I studied French, German and Spanish for a combination of 15 years. I’ve been learning Brazilian Portuguese for the last 2 years. Would say I’m more conversational than fluent in all 4 which is why I used professional translators for my books.

  • Do you have any other languages you’d like to cover?

The series currently has 6 languages covered with 4 more arriving within the next 6 weeks. What I love about this series is that the possibilities are endless and if there is demand for new languages I aim to fulfil it. I have a great model in that the story and artwork template are complete donee languages just need to be translated professionally and then it’s effectively cut and paste. I also believe 100% that there is potential for the whole series to be back-translated and go global and so I am looking for the right literary agent or publisher to help me achieve that.

  • What age group are your books best suited for?

The subtitle reads ‘A story for ages 2-8’ but I’ve heard of children as young as 1 and as old as 10 enjoying the books. Even some adults have bought them in order to teach themselves the basics!

  • What were your favorite children’s books growing up?

I think everybody has that one picture book as their go to growing up. Mine was Not now Bernard by David McKee. An absolute classic which is still held in high regard today. After that it was Roald Dahl all the way, I couldn’t get enough of his creative characters, funny words and simply beautiful stories. Even 30 years later I think he is still influencing me in my writing as whenever I have a quirky moment I smirk and think about him.

  • What are your dreams for your book series?

I want this book series to help as many parents as possible to enjoy introducing their mother (or father) tongue to their children. Learning a language should be fun and so I’m hoping to bridge the gap with the colourful artwork. As mentioned I want this series to grow and grow and reach every corner of the globe. To have the series back translated and receive messages from people in every continent telling me how much the children enjoy them. Growing this global ‘family’ of readers will also give me the opportunity to share my other stories with the world and hopefully spread a lot of happiness along the way.

  • Will you always stay within the children’s books or do you have plans for any YA or adult novels?

I believe I will stay within picture books and YA. First I wish to expand my language series, then I have 3 more picture books written that just need the artwork finished. I’m also currently in the planning phases of a YA fantasy series with a talented artist with some fantastic and original ideas so looking forward to pushing my boundaries.

To order any of Daniel Williamson’s langue books for kids, you can shop now HERE.

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Meet Audrey Wick

Audrey Wick is an academic and romance author who was kind enough to answer a few questions about her life, writing, and her newest book and she awaits its release. Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. Her writing has appeared in college textbooks published by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton as well as in The Houston ChronicleThe Chicago TribuneThe Orlando Sentinel, and various literary journals. Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one.

Enjoying a Harry Potter-inspired cold coffee drink.

You’re quite the traveler—almost twenty countries where you’ve “sipped coffee at every one.” As a fellow coffee lover, I have to ask, which place has the best brew?

Costa Rican coffee has been my favorite. I even toured a coffee plantation while I was there. But, truly, good coffee can be found anywhere. Hot or iced, it’s a beverage that makes me happy.

Egypt: Heading inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to explore treasures of the ancient world.

Have any of your travels inspired any of your books?

While I write primarily in Texas settings, statewide traveling as well as international traveling have provided inspiration for many of the scenarios, character traits, and even phrasing that I use. For me, life and writing intertwine. 

 

Taking it easy on a boat ride near Chang Mai in Thailand.

You’re not only a published romance author, but an academic who has written for textbooks. How is it to write two such wildly different things? And do you prefer one to the other?

Academic writing and creative writing are, indeed, completely different worlds. But I find that, no matter what I write, I want to connect with readers. So whether I’m sharing a teaching tip with higher education colleagues or creating dialogue to entertain fiction readers, I try to do that. 

Filming some writing videos for college students and showing off my trusty book bag.

What are your top “must read” books for this summer?

This has been a great year for fiction! A good beach read is MONTAUK, a women’s fiction debut by Nicola Harrison that released in June. Jamie Brenner’s DRAWING HOME is also on my list because I enjoyed her previous books. On the romance side, I’m looking forward to GAME ON in Joanne Rock’s Texas Playmaker series (which is also set in Last Stand) that releases in August. Finally, since I’m traveling to Sweden this summer, I plan to read more Fredrik Backman. 

Now that you know a little bit about Audrey Wick, let’s get to know her newest book On the Market, Texas BBQ Brothers. Book 1, which releases on July 11th and is available for preorder HERE.

Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.

The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, “The Hut.” Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?You’re based in Texas, was that helpful in writing On the Market?

Absolutely! Place is an important part of fiction writing for me, and I love being able to add descriptive elements of a location that I know and love.

Barbecue is a big part of Hutch’s family and they have some strong opinions on how to do things when it comes to their food. Do you have a favorite barbecue place or sauce?

In Texas, there are so many great barbeque markets that the statewide lifestyle magazine Texas Monthly has a whole issue devoted to it. Readers who don’t subscribe can check out this website: https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq-home/. I interviewed the pitmaster at Prause’s Meat Market in La Grange to help ensure accuracy of details in the book. Prause’s has been profiled in Texas Monthly, and their brisket and sausage are among the best in the state. I highly recommend!

Hutch is a BBQ king from Last Stand, Texas and Valerie is a vegetarian with no interest in the small town. What is it about opposites attracting that’s so fun to read?

Whether in romance or women’s fiction, I enjoy reading about relationships. The “opposites attract” trope is one that provides built-in conflict, but can also be handled playfully. That’s the approach I use in ON THE MARKET to create an entertaining push-and-pull dynamic between my hero and heroine.  

Do you have small character bios for Hutch and Valerie?

Hutch is a third generation Last Stand local who believes in honest work and doing right by others. As co-owner of The Hut, he aims to continue his family’s legacy in offering quality food in a traditional barbeque market setting. 

Valerie is a city girl from San Antonio who inherits her grandmother’s bungalow in Last Stand. She feels like a fish out of water, especially when she’s tasked with renovations that go awry, thanks in part to Hutch. 

Their sweet and saucy styles don’t initially mix, but they ultimately find the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Last Stand, Texas is a fictional town created by Tule Publishing, where authors come together to build a world. How is it to write your own stories in a town where readers look forward to “character sightings” and familiar places? 

This is the first multi-author project in which I’ve been involved, and the energy of writing, creating, and sharing ideas for a place is contagious. I hope readers get as invested in this place as the authors are. Last Stand is a great place to be!

Off the Market, book two of the Texas Barbecue Brothers series is currently in the works. Can you give us any information on that?

OFF THE MARKET is the duet book to ON THE MARKET, where readers get to follow younger brother Cole Hutchinson. Whereas his older brother is a traditionalist, Cole takes a more modern approach to running The Hut. The barbeque brothers continue to clash, but there are also some sweet surprises in Cole’s romantic future . . . That story releases August 13, which will be a perfect way for readers to slide out of summer.

When you’re done in Last Stand, Texas, what’s next for you?

I hope NOT to be done in Last Stand, Texas! It’s a wonderful fictional town that’s ripe for lots more stories . . . so stay tuned!


That’s it for my little chat with Audrey Wick! I know this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her, or her Texas BBQ Brothers.

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Queen’s Innocence

Today, we’re going to be exploring a book with a much darker theme than most we share. But often, the books with the harshest look at reality are the ones most important to read. After all, is there anything more frightening in the world than the things that we, as humans, do to one another?

I was recently approached by author D. Odell Benson concerning her novel Queen’s Innocence, a realistic look at the practice and aftermath of human trafficking in the life of one girl. While this book holds subject matter that may be difficult to read, perhaps after learning a bit about its author and how she created Aaliyah in Queen’s Innocence, you’ll add it to your reading list.

Aaliyah was born into a loving family with two parents, a full toy box, and the carefree innocence that children inherently have. But when her father crosses the line and assaults her, Aaliyah’s life if turned upside down and the once promising trajectory veers sharply off course.

She rapidly slips through the cracks, the police and foster care failing her at every turn. She passes through the hands of doctors and case workers, warehoused and ignored. When it does come time for freedom, she leaves the system only to be forced into a new type of system, one where women are a commodity to be bought, sold, and abused.

But as Aaliyah grows and is faced with the ability to retake her power, there are those who don’t wish to lose out on the money she can earn them. Can she break free of years of bondage, or will Aaliyah become yet another statistic?

I’m sorry to leave the description on such a cliffhanger, but Aaliyah’s journey is the book. Unless you can walk beside her and really take in all the trials of her teens and adult life, you can hardly appreciate the work Benson has created. Still, Aaliyah’s story isn’t just words on a page, it’s the end result of months of research and true stories that are reflected on the pages.

Human trafficking isn’t just something that exists on the fringes of society in seedy motels and back alleyways. It happens in the penthouses in New York City, the farmlands of Iowa, the split level home next door, and the streets of your own town. This includes my own area, no matter how quiet my middle class, suburban streets now are.

I was born in Atlantic City, which hasn’t had the best reputation. If you’re out on Pacific Avenue at night, you might see “the girls” strolling the sidewalk, trying to make eye contact with the bachelor parties as they walk to yet another strip club. You might see a man parked down one darkened street, watching “his girls” and ensuring they don’t leave the fold, collecting his cut after ever job. For people born in my area, that’s just part of casino life, but many of those women don’t choose to be there. Drug addiction, mental illness, abusive relationships, and even poverty brings the human traffickers. And once you’ve been taken into that life, it’s often difficult, if not dangerous, to leave.

Now that we’ve discussed the book and why I found this novel particularly engaging, let’s get to know D. Odell Benson and find out what brought her to write Queen’s Innocence.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your journey toward becoming a published author.

I am an introvert that is generally the life of the party/event. I believe that being nice to people will cost me nothing, so I make sure I offer a smile when I can. Considering life has not expiration date, I live with my heart on my sleeve, even towards strangers, loving unconditionally. That’s the most important thing about me, well that’s what I would like to believe.

My journey truly started in 2013. I was working full-time on my Master’s Degree coupled with full-time employment; but still felt that I could do more, which doesn’t happen often. See, I have ADD (attention deficit disorder) so focusing on one thing has always been a challenge for me; but, for some reason I was able to write in pure tunnel vision. The joy and adrenaline that came from the first five chapters gave me a lease on life that I have never felt before and one I refuse to live without. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve written thousands of short stories and poems throughout the years, but writing a novel is a total different beast and I love it.

2. What inspired you to write Queen’s Innocence?

The inspiration to write Queen’s Innocence came from my own daughter. A toddler doesn’t see or understand the dangers around them. Everything is fun, bright, and peaceful. These are innocent souls that we as adults are supposed to care for and keep safe; but how do you keep your child or the children around you safe when no one speaks of the dangers. I want people to speak on these dangers. I feel that Society as a whole has gotten into this “mind your business” phase and it’s more damaging to the younger children that didn’t ask to be here.

3. What was the inspiration behind the character of Aaliyah?

Aaliyah is you or me or even the girl next door. The things she did during the day, playing with dolls and sitting in front of the television waiting for her favorite show. This is typical child behavior. I thought about myself as a child, and incorporated my two oldest nieces and was able to see the innocence even at that age. I want people to see that Aaliyah can be any child, male or female. In a single parent home or a home with two parents. A happy thriving child can be a victim too. It’s not just “bad” or low poverty areas, Aaliyah is in every household, good, bad, or indifferent.

4. Your biography states that you were born in Philadelphia (this makes us almost neighbors!) did the city of your birth lend any inspiration to your work?

Yes, a lot of my work either starts here, ends up here, or crosses path with the City of Brotherly Love in some way. The inspiration for Queen’s Innocence and Philadelphia conjoins by the hopefulness of neighbors. Abuelo is anyone’s father or grandfather. I grew up on Bellevue Street in North Philadelphia where there was always a man somewhere telling you not to do something or will provide us with something we needed in order to keep our game going. Older men generally are essential to urban communities.

5. Aaliyah seems to “bounce back” from things fairly quickly for having been through so much, including the assault and drug addiction, so much so that her wit is sharper than one might expect for a young, abused teen. Why did you decide to make her such a resilient character?

Growing up in the City you see at a young age that things can go horribly wrong. You can either allow it to consume you or you can consume it and move forward. Not all “victims” remain victims, more times than not they become victorious; because in them, is something stronger, deeper, something that they were given at birth. The ability to recognize the World’s truths but the understanding that you and only you  can show someone else that it’s okay to hurt, to cry, to lash out, but time waits for no one; not even the victim. Aaliyah saw first hand what giving up looks like. Most women forced into human trafficking can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes the drugs forced on them is the one thing keeping them. Being resilient comes with seeing the “what if”. Aaliyah’s thought is that of a person that sees the bigger picture, help someone else to move on. See, she has her rock, she has the person that showed her even through her own doubt that he would be there, he would protect her. Not all victims will get that, Aaliyah knew this much because if it weren’t for Elijah, King (aka Lee) would have sold her back into what he rescued her from.

6. Much of the content of the book was fairly graphic. Did you find that difficult to write and research?

It was hard, it made me cry at points, completely breakdown in others, and wanted to throw the entire storyline out. That’s when it hit me, if I can have these feelings, if I can go through the thoughts and visuals of being sold off, raped, and drugged; why not show others that this is real. That this really happens to people and it’s not all flowers and unicorns. Life is hard, it’s breathtaking, unbearable, scary, the thought itself is scary and deep down I hurt. I hurt in a place that I want others to feel. I want others to feel as hopeless as I did when I was writing, rewriting, and reading. I want others to get into this fight and help because the hurt deep down is too much to bear for one person.

7. How much research did you do into the topics of human trafficking, foster care, mental health, childbirth, and drug addiction before beginning your project?

I started research on prostitution, that’s when my eyes were wide open for the first time. It took me a few months to do the research needed for human trafficking and about a month to speak to some people that are in the field of prostitution, and how they got to where they are today.

8. In your opinion, how can the public work to end human trafficking?

Speak up, stop minding your business, be observant of people and vehicles that are not normally there. Our biggest issue in society is that we moved away from the term, “it takes a village to raise a child.” If you’re not willing to be that voice, I understand. There’s a website www.wearethorn.org it’s ran by a group of individuals that are passionate about helping those abused. If fighting against human trafficking is too much, donate to the organization above. I am not affiliated with this organization in any way, but a portion of my earnings from Queen’s Innocence will be donated to help them in their quest to make the World a tad bit better.

9. How long did it take you to write Queen’s Innocence?

With research and mental breakdowns, it took about ten months. I actually started this book and a few others on Facebook. I thought it was something different and wanted to pull people together by offering parts of my books for free.

10. What do you want readers to take away from this book?

That human trafficking is real. It can take place in the hood, the suburbs, and even those places where millions are spent just on lawn care. There’s no monetary gauge on where and who can be taken. I don’t want to put fear into people and make them not want to do things, I just want people to be more mindful of their surroundings, mindful of the children that may yell out for help. Don’t mind your business, let your voice be heard, and possibly save a life.

11. Do you have any plans to continue Aaliyah’s story?

As of right now, I don’t plan to continue Aaliyah’s story. I want to leave her off as being an inspiration to others, a victorious survivor.

12. Readers might think that Aaliyah has allowed the negative parts of her life to take over the rest, for example when she recounted the rape and subsequent abuses at her wedding speech. What are your thoughts?

We grow by our mistakes, by our journey no matter how bumpy it is or terrifying the truth is, we grow. When there’s something to this magnitude, talking it out is the best way. Others wouldn’t be able to know they aren’t alone if Aaliyah doesn’t speak on it. Her pain can be someone else’s salvation.

13. What books, if any, do you have planned to tackle next?

I am looking to release Married Assassin on June 2nd during Bookcon. I will be at the event for a workshop and a few panels but I will not be on display this year.

Overall, I found this book to be engaging and raw. It was difficult to read at times, due to the harsh subject matter, but I find that that’s what makes it an important work. While parts were dramatized in a “Lifetime Movie” way that made them almost unbelievable, the themes were universally understandable across the board. I recommend this book to any reader over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about clawing your way back to the light.

To keep up to date with all D. Odell Benson’s work, order one of her books and learn more about her, please visit her at any of her platforms:

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Kelsey McKnight’s Author Interview

Kelsey McKnight introduces herself and answers several questions about her craft, her vices, and her upcoming novels.

Learn more about Kelsey’s projects, and read exclusive chapters, on her About page.

If you are interested in an author interview, a product review, or a book review, please contact Kelsey and Sarah here.

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You Ask, We Answer!

We’ve been at this a short amount of time, but we’ve gotten a lot done and some of you guys want to know the ins and outs about A Kiss at Midnight Reviews. So Sarah compiled some of the questions we’ve gotten over the part few months and we decided to sit down and answer some!

Is there anything else you’d like to know about us, the blog, our books, or the future of A Kiss at Midnight? Let us know in the comments or reach out to us on our Contact page!

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Interview With Quiana Golde

Quiana Golde, a new author, reached out to us about hosting a little interview so she can introduce her urban romance novels to the world. She currently has No Choice and Soul Attraction available now on Amazon.

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Tell us a little about what you write; what are your books generally about? Romance, revenge, true life, etc.?

Romance, some level of violence, action.

Will you branch out into more genres?

Yes I want to. Science fiction or mystery.

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing at age 14.

Are there any authors you look up to, or inspire you?

Nora Roberts. Her writing is very passionate and you can feel whatever she’s writing. Its beautiful.

What are your favorite books?

No Disrespect by Sister Souljah, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, and Island Rapture by Cassie Edwards.

It says on Amazon that you currently have two novellas available. Are you working on any new projects?  

Yes I am. I am working on part two and three of No Choice and I also have another series in mind.

Do you make your own cover art?

No, I do not. Maybe in the future I will.

What does a typical day of writing look like for you?

Cooped up in my room, laptop on my lap, headphones over my ear and my book of jottings open and ready for plotting.

What’s your favorite line, or couple of lines, that you’ve ever written?

“If you growl, I’ll bark.”

Are any of your characters based off real people?

Yes. To create their personality I use the personalities of my friends. But not the actions.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

My Shower. I come up with all my plots when surrounded by water.

What do you think is the hardest part of writing?

Sitting down for hours and just typing away. Its tiring and a burden on the eyes.

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Losing myself in the plot line. My favorite part is becoming the main character and submerging myself into the plot.

When I write, I drink a ton of coffee. Do you have any writing vices?

Listening to music. I can’t write without my headphones.

What are your hobbies and favorite things to do when you’re not writing?

Dancing, eating, sleeping, singing, designing, switching between social media, did I mention eating?

Is there anything else you’d like us to add, or anything you’d like potential readers to know?

You can find me on Twitter. You can talk to me anytime, I will be there. If you’re a reader of mine that means you support me and I appreciate and love everyone who supports me in even the simplest of ways. I’m also on Facebook. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Interview With Suzan Tisdale

Y’all, I’m fan girling over here. Suzan Tisdale, an award winning author of more than a dozen historical romance novels. Since I’m currently on a journey to publishing my own historical romance series, I basically want to be Suzan when I grow up. She was kind enough to take time out of her writing and touring schedule to answer a few questions.

Did you have any authors that you looked up to when you began your journey into writing?

I’ve been writing since childhood. However, I discovered Historical Romance in 2010 when my husband gave me my first Kindle as a birthday present. That is when I discovered Laurin Wittig and Carmen Caine! Laurin was the biggest influence for me in writing in this genre.

You’ve had great success in the literary world of historical romance.Would you ever consider writing a contemporary piece?

I actually have a contemporary mystery series that I want to write, along with a couple of stand alones!

What is it about clans and men in kilts that inspire your romances?

It’s the whole package! The sense of honor and duty is probably the biggest part for me.

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How do you deal with writer’s block?

I’ve only had writer’s block once. I just had to wait for the voices to explain what they wanted from me.

How much research do you usually do for each book, or is writing history just second nature, now?

It depends on the book. Most of my Scottish historical research I can use from one book to the next. However, for The King’s Courtesan, I had to do more research than I’ve ever done. Hours and hours of research. It was set in Italy in the 1600’s.

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Out of all of your books, which one is your personal favorite?  

Frederick’s Queen for many reasons. Mostly because the main characters, Frederick and Aggie, were modeled after my Uncle Fred and Aunt Aggie. I have to clarify that nothing that happened to the fictional Aggie ever happened to the real life Aggie! She was raised in a very loving home. I used her name and her characteristics of strength.

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Sometimes I look at my work and think, ‘I can’t believe I wrote something so terrible!’ When you were first starting out, did you sometimes second-guess your work? Do you still?

All the time and with every book! I think that is what makes a good writer. We want to write the best possible book.

What’s an average day of writing like for you?

4 -6 hours of writing each and every day. The rest of the day is spent on the ‘business’ end of things, such as formatting, talking to cover artists, social media, etc.

Do you have a writing crutch, like coffee or a certain snack food, or maybe music, you like to have on hand?

Hello, my name is Suzan and I’m addicted to coffee! 😀 I have to have complete silence when writing. Occasionally, during a battle scene, I might have some intense classical music playing in the background.

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What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spend time with my family and my grand babies!

Besides you own, what books do you love to read?

Oh my goodness! That would take a day to answer. I love to read Scottish Historical Romance as well as Regency and Georgian. I also love mysteries!

Do you have any advice for new authors, or those embarking on their writing journeys?

I get asked for advice all the time. The only thing I can tell a new or aspiring author is this: Write the damned book. Nothing else can happen until you have the book written. After that, gird your loins. This business is not for the weak of heart.

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Suzan is very active on all of her social media sites, as I learned when I reached out to her.

You can visit her website HERE

You can friend her on Facebook HERE

You can add her on Twitter HERE

And, most importantly, you can shop for her books HERE and immerse yourself in some Sottish romance that will have you begging for the return of the kilt in every man’s wardrobe.

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Interview with Author Jennifer Probst

 

Searching for Disaster came out on Monday and we reviewed it yesterday. Today, we interviewed Jennifer Probst about her characters, her writing, and most importantly, what’s she’s going to be for Halloween.

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1. What is the strangest thing you keep on your writing desk?

 

A stuffed Dug animal from the movie, Up. He’s my fave character.

 

2. You write one of my favorite series, the Married to a Billionaire series, where did you come up with the inspiration for those lively characters? But specifically, please tell me Mama Conte is based off a real person?

 

LOL, Mama Conte is actually loosely based on my grandmother and my dreams of growing up in Italy. I used many references close to home like local spots, and those characters had been living in my head for years, ready to spring out!

 

3. Mama Conte has that beautiful tradition of a wife making pasta noodles by hand for her husband. Have you ever made spaghetti by hand and served it to your love interest?

 

Nope! I like to cook when I have time – not for survival which is the majority of the time when my kids want dinner haha! But again, the scene inspires me in my dreams of cooking pasta in Italy.

 

4. Who is your favorite character from this series?

 

My fave character is probably Wolfe from The Marriage Merger and Searching for Beautiful.

 

5. Why did you first decide to write?

 

I have been writing since I was eight years old – it’s always been the only career I ever wanted to do. It’s all I’ve ever known!

 

6. Who, be it an author or someone else, really inspired you in the beginning of your career?

 

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz, Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, etc. The greats all inspired me and never let me down.

 

7. Your characters all have very distinct voices and character traits, how do you keep them all straight?

 

Characters are the true heart of all of my books and each one is individual, with faults and dreams and failures. I go very deep so when I write them, I would never confuse them with another. Like people, they stand on their own and have their own journey I love to write.

 

8. Kate has that fun ability to determine if people are right for each other just by touching them. This is a unique power, how did you come up with that?

 

I had a hard time dating and I thought it would be a wonderful gift to have, but also I wanted to explore the humor of not being able to find your own soul mate but helping everyone else! It was a lot of fun to experiment with that premise.

 

9. What book is up next on your kindle or holding a coveted spot on your night stand waiting to be read next?

 

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase is up next!

 

10. Your new book, Everywhere and Every Way just came out and it features billionaire builders, did you have to do a lot of research for that book? How much research do you normally do for one of your books?

 

Yes, I adore HGTV channel which shows how houses are built, redesigned, flipped, renovated, etc. I watched a lot of shows, read books, researched articles, and talked with builders. Since I had my own house built, I had tons of experience and people to ask questions to.

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11. Are you able to provide us with some detail on what you’re working on now or what you’re releasing soon? Maybe another Billionaire Builder book?

 

Yes! I’m very excited to say I’m releasing a short holiday story called The Grinch of Starlight Bend. It comes out this month and is available with 4 other novellas in a boxed set called The Men of Starlight Bend. I’m also releasing the second in my Billionaire Builders series with Any Time, Any Place in January. And then in March, my first nonfiction book, Write Naked: A Bestseller’s Guide to Writing Romance and Navigating the Path of Success comes out with Writers Digest Books!

 

12. Is there anything you’d like to share with your fans?

 

I adore my fans. Seriously. They are the only reason I get to do what I love and write every day. I love being in contact with them on all social media channels and encourage them to reach out and talk to me about my books!

 

13. Do you have any plans to dress up for Halloween? If so, as what?

 

Yes, I am dressing up as a devil with horns, a pitchfork and a cute black dress! Love dressing up with my kids and going trick or treating.

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION:


BIO:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Website:  www.jenniferprobst.com
Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/jenniferprobst
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst

 

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Interview with Melinda Valentine

Some of you may recognize the name, Melinda Valentine as one of the authors that we’ve reviewed. Her book is called, Best Man For The Job and it is sexy, sweet, suspenseful, and a gripping read. It is the first book in the Men of Fear Incorporated series.

Here is a little bit of information about her-

Questions for Melinda Valentine

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  1. What made you want to write?

 I grew up with a love of books. my mother used to read to me as a young child. However, when I was 12 years old, I read Stephen King’s IT. That’s when I knew. I knew I wanted to be able to create something that could whisk someone away to a world I created, at least for a little while.

 

  1. Do you see yourself in any of your characters? How so?

 I think I put a piece of me in every character I write. Whether it’s physically, emotionally or mentally. Sometimes I give characteristics that I wish I had to a character.

 

  1. Do you have another job besides author?

I’ve been a bank teller for the past 4 years

 

  1. What book or author inspires you and why?

There are so many. I can’t name them all.

 

  1. What popular literary character do you think you have the most in common with?

Jo March from Little Woman comes to mind. She was wildly passionate in her pursuit to become a writer, her family meant the world to her and let’s not forget that she had a bit of a temper 😉

 

  1. Which popular literary character do you think would be your best friend or who would you like to be your best friend?

Great question! I have no idea lol

 

  1. Which popular literary character would you like to full around with, marry, and kill?

 Is this all the same character? hahaha. If so, Eric Northman, from The Sookie Stackhouse series. I will always love him, even when I hate him.

 

  1. What are you working on?

I’m just starting book 3 in the Men of Fear Incorporated series.

 

  1. What is the weirdest thing on your desk or in your writing space?

 I don’t have anything weird. Only a useless elliptical machine that serves as a reminder of how much I love Rasinets.

 

10. Other than you work, which book on your bookshelf would you recommend to your                 readers?

There are SO many. Wow. One of my favorites would have to be Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must. Seriously…What are you waiting for?

 

  1. What is a piece of advice you’d like to give to young writers?

 Don’t ever give up. It’s not an easy task, but it’s worth it. Whether your work ends up on a publishers desk, you self publish, or if it ends up locked away with your prized possessions… There’s not much that compares with the feeling of writing The End on a manuscript.

 

  1. Is there any special quirk or fun fact that you would like to share with your fans?

Raisinets are my favorite writing snack. I can fool myself into thinking they’re good for me 😉

 

  1. Do you do any kind of research for your books or do you wing it?

Mostly, I wing it. I do research along the way as needed. Usually for make/models of various cars/motorcycles/guns. Things of that nature that I want to make sure I have right.

 

  1. Finally, what are you planning to be for Halloween?

As of right now, Little Red Riding Hood

 

Thanks Melinda! Interested in connecting with Melinda? Pick your method

Website: www.Melindavalentine.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Author_MelindaV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.melindavalentine
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author.melindavalentine

 

 

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