Sunday, November 29, 2020

Divan of Shah


Alright y'all, I received this collection of poems from the author, Shah Asad Rizvi, almost a year ago. I know I am absolutely terrible for waiting so long to review this book, and I have no excuse beyond crazy TBR schedule and a struggle with ebooks. Now that I have chided myself a little, let's talk about this book. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book besides that it was full of poems. I read it in one sitting, because most of them were rather short poems. I didn't love every single one, but that is to be expected in my opinion. I did like it overall, but I was a little thrown at the slight lack of theme flow. It seemed like it would talk about love one poem, enjoying the moment next, and then talk about the joy of having a child the next page. I think overall it was about just enjoying life moment to moment, which was clear throughout. I think I have just gotten too used to poems being in sections like some of my previous reads. There is nothing wrong with the formatting of Divan of Shah, it just threw me off a little. I actually ended up reading a couple of the poems twice due to this style. Either way I am going to say thank you to Shah for reaching out to me in the first place, and for gifting me an ebook version. There are a couple of the poems that I enjoyed a lot, and decided to share after getting permission from the author before hand.


Dance of Life
One step at a time,
with beats of melodies
and warmth of love;
we dance the dance of life.

One step at a time,
with patience in every stride
and passion as the guide.
we dance the dance of life.

One step at a time
stumbling on struggles
and courage turns the tide,
we dance the dance of life.

One step at a time,
when stress is immense
yet belief remains strength,
we dance the dance of life.

One step at a time:
after each fall
learning to rise.
we dance the dance of life.

Soulmate
O Lord
Grant me a soulmate
Who looks beyond my makeup
Compliments me not by words
Just a glance that stirs
Vibes of supreme sensation

So, come now
Savior of romantic incarnation
Read me my rights
Imprison me in a wild fixation

Grant my heart
A passionate lock down
Fill it with ingredients
Of raging emotions

Lovers don't plead
Only demand
Thunder lighting up
Pulses temperature


Alright y'all, those are just two of the poems that you can find inside this book. If you think you would enjoy this or know someone who will, be sure to check out my page:
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Friday, November 27, 2020

Author Interview with JJ Wenrich

 


Alright, so I met this intelligent man when he reached out me on Bookstagram about reading his book Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks, which I must admit took me a little longer to get to than I planned on. I was intrigued by the title almost instantly, and I honestly couldn't believe what all I learned from it. (You can find the review on here!) So of course I wanted to learn more about the man who took time out of his normally busy schedule teaching others about finance to write a very necessary book. I am thankful that he agreed, and had a sweet wife that helped make sure it got done! Let's dive in and take a glimpse into this strategic mind.

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is J. J. Wenrich, and I live in San Clemente, CA.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?
A: I’m an Indie Author.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I only have one book, and it is non-fiction. I don’t know if I’ll ever write another book, but it will probably be non-fiction. That being said, I do have a ½ written manuscript for a youth novella, but not sure if it will ever get done or not…

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I wanted to get my message out, and felt like a book would be the best medium to start the process.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Although I did take a year to focus primarily on publishing and marketing my book, I also have my own small business as an investment advisor (WenrichWealth.com).

Q: How many books have you published?
A: Only one.

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now? 
A: I have that novella that may never see the light of day, and I also have a 75% completed workbook that complements my currently published book, but I am not planning to publish it as of now.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far? 
A: Since I’m non-fiction, I don’t know if I have a “scene”, but the hardest thing for me to write was definitely the section of my book called “Story, Numbers, Expectations” – which details the most important things to think about when picking a company to invest in.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished? 
A: I have a half-written workbook that complements my currently published book, but I am not currently planning to publish it. 

Q: Do you have a series developing? 
A: No, I am more interested in expanding the platform behind the book (social media, speaking engagements, collaborations, etc).

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: As alluded to in the previous question, I am more interested in expanding what I can do with the platform than in publishing another book.

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: I spent 10 months from first word to first full draft. I spent another 6 months revising the draft with the help of suggestions from my editor and beta-readers.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book? 
A: My routine for this book was to try to get anything that popped into my head written down, sometimes pulling over while driving or dropping everything to pull my phone out and send an email to myself. I kept an email address solely for taking notes, and eventually started putting all of the notes together. I pretty much spent every possible moment for a year and half writing and revising.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: Both.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions? 
A: Both. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but when you get into a rhythm and words and ideas are flowing, it can be intoxicating.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books? 
A: My idea for my book came from both my professional work, and raising my kids. 

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as? 
A: While I don’t strive to be as successful as these authors, I most look up to three other finance authors: William O’Neil (How to Make Money in Stocks), Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), and Dave Ramsey (Total Money Makeover).

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: I love to read, and prefer fiction, but find myself reading more non-fiction lately for educational purposes. Running my book/media business and my investment advisory business has meant working very long days and weeks without much leisure time. As the businesses mature, I’ll have more time for leisurely reading.

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: I am not.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write? 
A: Kind of – I do it out of necessity more than anything. I like to learn things, and it requires reading to do so, but would rather be in chill mode and reading a Tom Clancy book.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most? 
A: My favorite books to read are fiction – my favorite author is Tom Clancy. My favorite non-fiction book is How to Make Money in Stocks by William O’Neil.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book? 
A: I’m pretty easy to make cry and laugh – It happens to me all the time.

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: For my book I have Instagram (@TeachingKidsToBuyStocks), Facebook (@TeachingKidsToBuyStocks), Twitter (@TeachKidsStox), LinkedIn (@TeachingKidsToBuyStocks), YouTube (@TeachingKidsToBuyStocks), Pinterest (@TeachingKidsToBuyStox). Also, our podcast “Piggy Banks to Wall Street” is on all major podcast providers (Apple, Spotify, etc). 
Personally, I am on Twitter (@jjwenrich2), Instagram (@sanclementejayhawk), LinkedIn (@JJWenrich), Facebook (JJ Wenrich).
(I honestly thought I had too much social media pages lol. I should have asked how he manages it all!)

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: Yes very much! It’s also a great way to network with other authors and educators!

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support? 
A: My friend Dave Baldwin (author of “The Balancing Act” www.thebalancingactbook.com) encouraged me to write my book.

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Either the photographer who did our cover photo and created a photo that was the exact vision I had in my head (I wasn’t there when she shot it, as she lives in Kansas)…. Or second place might be Amazon Advertising.

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: Honestly, my kids aren’t sure whether it’s cool, crazy, or just embarrassing (I have three teens). My wife has been my biggest fan and supporter. My sister, brother, mom and dad have been my other biggest fans and supporters. It’s been very humbling how supportive everyone has been to me!

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know? 
A: The company I used to work for didn’t want me to publish a book while working there… I had a pretty lucrative and respected position with a major investment company, and when I told them my plans they were not supportive. Without ever reading a word of my manuscript, they denied my request to write the book and build a financial education platform. They said it would be too hard for them to manage from a compliance standpoint. (Registered investment companys and advisors have pretty intense regulatory requirements, of which each company and attorney interprets differently).
I decided that “if you don’t support me – then I don’t want to work for you”. I shocked a lot of people and quit that job, not really knowing what my next path would entail, but trusting that I would figure it out eventually.
Fast forward 18 months, and I’m glad that I made the decision I made. I’m proud of the platform I’m building around my book, and I really enjoy working with my clients of Wenrich Wealth.


Website:
https://www.teachingkidstobuystocks.com/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/teachkidsstox?lang=en
https://twitter.com/jjwenrich2?lang=en

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/teachingkidstobuystocks/
https://www.instagram.com/sanclementejayhawk/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TeachingKidstoBuyStocks
https://www.facebook.com/jjwenrichwealth

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSxXvaWvMggj78mOe8yFNQ


Alright y'all, there you have it! JJ Wenrich has been teaching the smart way to invest or save money for a long time, and wrote a book that almost everyone needs to read! Especially during all the uncertain financial times we are all facing right now. It is never to late to learn something new! I am so happy that he asked me to be one of his readers, and that he did this interview for me. I hope that you enjoyed this interview. Be sure to check out my review and his social media!

A Wealth of Pigeons



Alright y'all, I got this very funny collection of cartoons from Celadon Books just after pub day, and I love it! The two men behind this one are Steve Martin, dad in "Father of the Bride" movie, and cartoonist Harry Bliss, known as @blisscartoons on Instagram. I wasn't honestly sure what to expect when I read the letter from Celadon, but I knew I was probably going to laugh. I definitely laughed during most of the pages. This is definitely a nice light book that I am sure a lot of us need as we come to the end of this crazy and confusing year. While this duo probably wouldn't work well together in any other setting, they definitely were able to bring their different comedy styles together. I will admit that I was a little confused at the title until I got to flipping through the pages. This will give us each the bliss and simplicity that we all know pigeons have on a daily basis. Thank you Celadon Books for this laugh that I needed after a long crazy day/year! Below are a few of the cartoons that I laughed out loud so hard that my kids were concerned, and yes I received permission to share them! Enjoy!



A sight I never thought I would "see".


"I wish I had your energy."


"Hold on, the Internet is really slow here."


"Archmedes, you've done it again."


If you or someone you know is in need a good laugh, be sure to check out my page:

https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy.html

Renegade Women in Film & TV

 


Alright y'all, I received this powerful and beautiful beauty from Elizabeth Weitzman herself after she reached out to me on Bookstagram. I am still surprised that she reached out to me, but I am so glad that I had room on my end of the year TBR! This was filled with exclusive interviews with women that we should all definitely know by now from film and TV, but it also has some facts about some women that kind of paved the way for women today. There were definitely a few women I had not heard of, but should have before. The interviews each have a set of questions that fit each woman, because there are actors, directors, writers, and even film critics in this book. Each women in this book are strong, powerful, and beautiful in their own ways, and I am so glad that they are all in one place for everyone to read about. I am not only going to give the synopsis, but I got permission from the author to share some of the illustrations drawn by the talented Austen Claire Clements. These are all women I hadn't heard of before, but am so glad that I do now.


SYNOPSIS

Renegade Women in Film & TV celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women in entertainment, interspersing fascinating historical profiles with exclusive interviews from icons such as AMY POEHLER, RITA MORENO, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, and BARBRA STREISAND. Each profile highlights groundbreaking achievements, offering both little-known facts about household names (LUCILLE BALL, OPRAH WINFREY, NORA EPHRON) and essential introductions to overlooked pioneers (ALLA NAZIMOVA, ANNA MAY WONG, DOROTHY DANDRIDGE). From nineteenth-century iconolcast ALICE GUY-BLACHE to twenty-first-century groundbreaker AVA DUVERNAY, Renegade Women in Film & TV honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Alice Guy-Blache
Filmmaker/Studio Founder


Mary Pickford
Actor/Producer/Studio Founder
2 Oscars

Anna May Wong
Actor

Dorothy Dandridge
Actor
1 Oscar Nomination


To add this stunning and informative beauty to your personal library or to gift to someone you think will love it, be sure to check out my page:

https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy.html

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Cut Twice As Deep (R&R Book Tours Review)

 


Alright y'all, I got this beauty when I signed up for a Reads & Reels Book Tour. I signed up almost immediately because it sounded like a Viking historical fiction. However I was not expecting the romance aspect that was in it. I still enjoyed it, and read through it pretty quickly (as in one day!). I went in with the slight expectation that it was going to be a harsh story about these two sisters who were going to have a hard life after their father arranged marriages for them. It's not that, and I'm not mad at it to be honest. I will admit that the first chapter was a little confusing until I got towards the end. It is in third person POV, and goes back and forth between the sisters, but it's not confusing. There are a few errors in it, but nothing that is out of the ordinary for Indie pubs. This is definitely meant for 18+ readers, because there are a couple steamy scenes in here. It is no where near as descriptive as some of the other steamy romances I have read, but still meant for adults only. I am glad that I signed up for this book tour to review this Viking romance/historical fiction.


SYNOPSIS

The bond between sisters is one forged in blood and fire. Twin sisters, Liana and Deirdre were inseparable like the two halves of a double-bladed axe, making the pain of having to leave each other a cut twice as deep. Their father, Gorsedd Gunnarson, King of the great country of Svartur Rokk, did not care about twin bonds or his daughter's preferences and severed the pair with a single blow. Both Liana and Deirdre have been sold to the highest bidders for ships, weapons, and alliances For Gorsedd Gunnarson these are very profitable and advantageous marriage arrangements, but the twin sisters would be torn from each other lives and sent to lands far apart forever!

Liana is forced to leave her childhood sweetheart and marry a stranger. Sweet, timid Deirdre would be wed to a Viking warlord. One would leave her home on a ship and the other on a horse. Both would travel great distances to new lands. Given no choice but to embrace the lives planned for them, they find that the future holds more than they could ever have suspected. In a land where blood and ice reign, danger and betrayal war with love and hope, as they fight to find happiness in a ruthless world ruled by the sword and axe.


To add this Viking beauty to your personal library, be sure to check out my page:

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Second Chance on Cypress Lane

 


Alright y'all, I received this ARC beauty from Forever Pub, and I loved it! It is a slow burn romance that is about second chance lovers. This one is set in South Carolina, and has that small town vibe that I certainly love! I finished it in about two days, because I didn't want to stop! It is over 400 pages since it includes a bonus story by Annie Rains. This is just book one in her Holly Grove Island series, and I am already excited for book two! This one focuses on Dakota and Dexter, who were high school sweethearts until Dexter broke it off just before they head off to college. It's been over a decade now, and unexpected events force Dakota to temporarily come back home. While this should set up a predictable HEA, but it actually doesn't. Both of them have a secret that they're holding back, which leads to a few twists that almost had me believing it would be a HEA. I am so glad that I got a copy before pub day, because this is definitely in my top ten for romances this year. I think this should be a Christmas gift idea for any romance lover out there! Reese Ryan will be celebrating pub day is December 1st!


Synopsis

Rising-star reporter Dakota Jones is usually the one breaking the news-until an inadvertent scandal wrecks her career. The only place she can go to regroup is Holly Grove Island. But her small South Carolina hometown comes with a major catch: Dexter Roberts, the first man to break Dakota's hear, is her new boss. Working alongside Dexter, who is more attractive than he has a right to be, shows Dakota what might have been...but she isn't giving him another chance to break her heart.

Dexter has always regretted the way things ended between him and Dakota. Her return could be his opportunity to finally make amends. But the more time he spends with Dakota, the more he realizes his feelings for her never went away. Now he has just his feelings for her never went away. Now he has just a few months to convince her to give their love a second chance. But for Dakota to agree to stay, Dexter will have to reveal the devastating truth about why he let Dakota go all those years ago.


To add this second chance love to your personal library or to gift to a HEA lover in your life, be sure to check out my page:

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Passengers (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

Passengers

Congratulations to author Elizabeth Collums on the release of her epic family drama, Passengers! Read on for an excerpt and more book details!

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Passengers Publication Date: November 12, 2020 Genre: Historical Fiction A mysterious letter arrives from America to the village of Highland Way, where Annie, the oldest daughter in the Ewing Family was left to care for her mother and younger sister after her father left to find work in Dublin. Soon, Annie, Lily, and Katy find themselves on a harrowing journey. The hand-written note not only will expose deep secrets, it will also challenge the strength and fortitude of the Ewing women, leading each member into their own soul searching voyage. Follow this extraordinary passage that begins in Ireland and leads each woman to uncover their own courage and truths in this new world. Add to Goodreads

Excerpt

As Annie was trying her best to capture and absorb all these extraordinary surroundings so she could accurately relay every detail to her daddy one day her ears picked up the sound of humming. Annie had never heard her mama sing much less hum but she knew it was a woman’s voice. Her visual recording would have to wait as she slowly pulled her arm out from underneath Lily’s head, got to her feet and followed the sound out of the big room they had spent the night in and down the long hallway. The woman’s voice was now on the other side of last door on the end. All her muscles tightened as her feet froze to the floor. She had dreams like this before. When she needed to run, when she was being chased and couldn’t see who was chasing her, but she still knew she needed to move. Her breathes became shallow and she could feel her heart pounding like her senses were telling her there was danger on the other side. “Oh God, please help me, I’m so tired, I’m scared, and this can’t be my fault. Lily and I need somebody. We need our mama”….then suddenly some invisible strength, not of her own making, lifted her hand as she pushed the hinged door open. There in the middle of this huge stark white kitchen was her mama swirling around. Katy had a long white apron tied to her waist with the bottom lifted like it was a ball gown and she was making her own music while dancing to a waltz. Annie saw her mama’s burn scarred face like she had never seen it before. She was smiling and having a whispered conversation with her imaginary dance partner. She had the most peaceful and contented expression that Annie had ever seen before. Annie was certain that this was somehow a miracle in the making. God had finally heard her prayers and her mama had been transformed.

Available on Amazon About the Author img-1506g_orig Ann C. Purvis, chose to publish her first novel under her birth name, Elizabeth Collums; this is her true roots and where she has drawn from many of the experiences she wrote about. She lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana and enjoys DIY projects. She has two daughters, a step daughter, son-in-law, two amazing granddaughters, and her dog Daisy. Rope Swing Publishing Book Blitz Organized By: R&R Button

Author Interview with Helen Hoang

 


Alright, by now, if you are a romance reader, you should know this lovely pictured above! Helen Hoang is the amazing author of The Kissing Quotient and The Bride Test which are both romance novels. However she stands out, because one of the main characters/love interests are on the Autism spectrum! I immediately fell in love her stories thanks to BOTM, and cannot wait for her third book! I am all for normalizing everyone that doesn't fit in the realm of "normal", and Mrs. Hoang is definitely part of that in my personal opinion. I have always said that I love a good romance novel that has an actual story behind it. I know that there are a lot of people who love the instant HEA, but I just don't. This is one of my favorite romance authors because of this aspect! So let's dive into her wonderful brain, shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Helen Hoang, and I live in San Diego.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?
A: Publishing company

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Romance

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: My love of romance novels and love stories.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: No

Q: How many books have you published?
A: 2

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I’m working on one book right now—The Heart Principle. (Did I mention just how excited I am for this one?!)

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: There’s a scene in The Heart Principle that’s been a challenge to get right. I don’t want to say much about it because spoilers, but it has to do with coming out to family.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: About 5 books, I think.

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: The Kiss Quotient and following books are in a series.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: I aim to make each of my books stand alone, even if they’re in a series.

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: The Heart Principle is set to be released August, 2021, but I’m still working on the book so that isn’t a hard date.

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: This book has been nearly three years in the making.

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: Writer’s block is something I’ve been dealing with rather intensely since December 2017 (when I handed in my manuscript for The Bride Test to my editor). There were times when I needed to take breaks from writing for mental health reasons. Those days are hazy to me now, but I remember spending time with nature. I sat in the sun. I raised Monarch butterflies, watching the caterpillars eat, grow, form chrysalises, and emerge, hoping that I was also transitioning into something better. I couldn’t focus enough to read, so I listened to children’s audiobooks—Dianna Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman stand out in my memory. It took a long time for me to get back to the place where I could read romance with the same level of enjoyment from before, but that was always the goal. When a writer can’t write, they need to read. I try to read a lot these days, and I’m constantly searching for that spark, that obsession, that feeling of getting lost in the story. That is the fuel that drives me to create.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: Lately, in order to combat anxiety, I’ve been experimenting with meditating and journaling before doing creative work. From there, I make myself herbal tea, put on noise-cancelling headphones, and write.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: Sprints don’t work for me these days, so I write in long sittings that are broken by meals and breaks to see to my kids.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: It depends. I know what it’s like to be energized by a writing session, but these days, I am exhausted because of the anxiety I constantly battle as I write.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: My latest ideas come from my life.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: Oh gosh, there are so many authors I look up to. As a longtime romance reader, I have so much respect for authors like Jayne Ann Krentz, Julia Quinn, Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and others.

Q: Are you a reader yourself?
A: Absolutely. 

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: Yes.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: I love reading romance, though I have to admit that while I write contemporary romance, I prefer to read other subgenres of romance like paranormal, historical, and most recently, SciFi.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: No.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Of course, and those are the books that I love the most.

Q: What kind of social media do you have?
A: I’m mostly on Instagram these days, though I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts. For the foreseeable future, I won’t be on Twitter, however, as it stresses the living daylights out of me.

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: Yes, but it’s gotten to be too much for me. It takes energy to read and respond, and I just don’t have the energy while I’m battling this manuscript. (It may take a while for her to respond, but she does try.)

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes, I have a small handful of author friends who’ve been supportive as I’ve entered the world of publishing.

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Joining Romance Writers of America ~10 years ago, and then entering Pitch Wars in 2016 (this is technically free, but I donated money because I wanted to support them). I learned a lot about the craft and business of writing from these organizations and found the author community I needed.

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My husband is supportive. Initially, some of my siblings (I have 5 siblings) were dismissive, sometimes even mocking, but they have changed their minds in recent years.

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: I can’t think of anything at present. (I can because I am not sure how many people read the Author's Note at the end of her books. Her choice of the autism spectrum was inspired by her own family members! I found this to be absolutely amazing, and made me love the book that much more!!)

Website:
https://www.helenhoang.com/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/hhoangwrites?lang=en

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/hhoangwrites/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/HHoangWrites

Alright there you have it folks! If you haven't read her two amazing romance novels, then I hope this makes you want to! I am so beyond grateful that she agreed to do this interview during her crazy schedule as she writes up her manuscript!! I love her books, and she is an auto-buy author for me. I have posted the reviews for The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test on here. I hope that you will check them out, as well as her social media pages. Remember, she is seeing our love for her work, but may take a while to respond!!

Friday, November 20, 2020

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

 


Okay, so first off, I am a little upset that this photo doesn't truly show the beautiful baby pink of the cover, but after 15 photos, this was the best one. Second I have to give a huge thank you to Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Pub for sending me this beauty! Most people probably know Rachel Bloom from the show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" or from her voice acting on shows like "Muppet Babies", but did anyone ever wonder what she was really like? Well, instead of doing a bunch of interviews that could be taken out of context, Rachel decided to let us all know that she is the "weird" kid in this book! It is definitely one of the funnier, but deeply honest, nonfiction books that I have read so far. I finished it in one day, because I just couldn't put it down! I related to some parts of her story, and was able to laugh with her in others. Especially at some of these chapter titles, because there are a few I had to read out loud to my husband who looked at me like I was nuts as I laughed out loud! This book definitely makes me rethink just how much the "normal" status has changed over the years. I am really glad that Rachel decided to write this pre-COVID because it was  great reminder for me that not all things normal are necessary. Especially in times like this! I really think this will be another book that people will love because it will show that everyone is human and just wants to fit while they figure out who they are, even celebrities. This would have been an instant buy for me if Grand Central wasn't kind enough to send me a copy!

SYNOPSIS

Rachel Bloom has felt out of place her whole life, whether in the hallowed halls of Manhattan Beach Middle School or on Twitter. Singled out by teachers, dumped by weird boyfriends, and ridiculed by roommates who were just trying to get some sleep, she knew something about her was "off." So she's decided to figure out exactly what makes her different. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are is a hilarious exploration of all of Rachel Bloom's formative missteps, mishaps, and misanthropic moments.
    In "The Lamest Mistress," Rachel presents a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about the curse laid upon her as a child and all the ways it affected her romantic relationships through the years. "How Can I Explain?" tells the story of Rachel's fraught relationship with theater and chronicles her growth from child theater nerd to.... adult theater nerd. And in "Extra! Extra! History Repeats Itself!" time-traveling thirteen-year-old Rachel teaches twenty-three-year-old Rachel a little lesson about bullying.
    In this collection of laugh-out-loud-funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Rachel writes about everything she thought made her abnormal, from her struggles with mental health, to her love of Disney and Spanx, to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old. Her stories are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing). No spoilers, but along the way, she might just come to realize that a lot of other people feel as abnormal as she feels. Okay, fine, spoiler: She totally come to realize that.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Damaged Elite (Darlington Elite Book Two)

 


Alright y'all, if you have been on here enough, then you know that I have been excited every time I read one of Waverly Alexander's books! It did take me a little bit to get around to this one, but that is more because of my headspace than anything else! I still think this girl is a rockstar, and love this budding series! I am so grateful for her patience, and friendship since it makes me love her books a little more. This is the second book of the Darlington Elite series, which means that you need to read book one first. It is part of her interconnected standalone series, but it just makes it easier to understand the beginning of this book if you read Broken Elite first. Especially since it picks up right where the first one left off. I will go ahead and say there isn't much of a cliffhanger, simply because I would have loved a few extra pages, but that's just me. It is intended for 18+ readers, and has a few possible triggers: violence, possessiveness, language, sexual content, cussing, and blackmail. These are part of what makes it broody, helps explain the Elite part of it all. Besides what would be the point in expecting anything else from the Darlington Elite Hockey boys?! I cannot wait for the next book, but I will wait patiently for it to come out!!


SYNOPSIS

Zachary Masters: For almost two years, Kennedy has been my best friend—she's laughter and comfort, everything I need but don't deserve. I'm not boyfriend material—not with a past like mine, I'm too much like my father. So I've kept those lines firmly drawn in our relationship. But when the Elite became the target of some shady happenings on campus, I had no choice but to move Kennedy in with me. Now, the closer we get, the more protective I feel, and it scares me. I'll keep her safe though, even if it means agony for me. Even if it means keeping her safe from me. I'll make her hate me before I hurt her.

Kennedy Prescott: I heard about Zach and his penchant for parties and wild nights long before he stumbled past my dorm room looking for a quick escape from a puck bunny. He’s one of the Darlington Elite—the kings of the campus, and I’m the sarcastic, vegan girl who thought the Elite boys were nothing but arrogant, entitled jerks. And they are, to outsiders. But I’m one of them now, and we look out for each other like a family. Zach and I shouldn’t be best friends, but some forces of nature are unavoidable. He pulled me into his world only to push me away. If he thinks I’m playing this game, he’s in for a rude awakening.


I highly recommend listening to the playlist while reading if you are one of those multitaskers! I love to do things like this, because it kind of helps play the story out in my head a little better.

Spotify playlist:

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside

 


Alright y'all I got this not so typical beauty from Stephanie Harper herself, even though it is published by Propertius Press. I received this ebook, and honestly wasn't sure what to think about when I read the blurb. I have, like I am sure many of you have, head of agoraphobia (the fear of the outside world/going outside). I was always told that they were just crazy hermits, but thanks to Stephanie and Shameless (yes I watch the show, and don't care) I know that is not true. However I must admit that Stephanie goes into a little more detail of what an agoraphobia person goes through. Wesley Yorstead is quirky, but in a way that had me loving him. I thought this would be a multiple day read, but I found myself glued to my tablet after about 30 pages!! (Y'all should know by now that I struggle with ebooks a lot!) Especially when I got to the unexpected personal relationship that forms despite Wesley's subtle protests. I really think this is going to be a recommended read, especially as we head into the holidays. I have to say thank you to Stephanie Harper for asking me to be one of her readers!


SYNOPSIS

When an agoraphobic man develops a relationship with a vivacious grocery delivery woman, the order he prescribes to his apartment, and his world, begins to crumble around him. This book explores the life of Wesley Yorstead, a thirty-three year old graphic novelist who suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia that has kept him shut inside for five years. When he meets Happy Lafferty for the first time, delivering groceries on behalf of her father's neighborhood market, Wesley can't shake the inherent magnetism between them and seeks to get to know this young woman who invades his space--both physical and mental. As their relationship grows more intimate, the restrictions of his situation become an even greater obstacle. When Happy's past comes back to haunt her, Wesley must decide if he can finally leave his apartment to help. A meditation on anxiety, fear, and human connection, Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside asks the reader to consider what our fears take away from our lives, and how we might overcome them.


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Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic

 


Alright y'all I grabbed this special beauty in my Book of the Month box, because I love Practical Magic! I am so glad that I did, because this is probably my favorite historical fiction by far! Most of us have already been in love with the Owens women, but didn't know much about where it all started. Alice Hoffman finally gave us those answers! This magical story tells us just how Maria Owen grew up and eventually cursed any man who dared to love an Owens woman. It is set in the 1600s, which most of us should know by now was when the witch hunts, trials, and hangings started. In this prequel, we get to see Maria's whole childhood, motherhood, and the first aftermath of the curse. I wasn't sure what to expect to be perfectly honest, but I can honestly say that this was amazing! Once I was able to fully get into the book, because this is a genre that I struggle with, I couldn't put it down! It did take me about a week to finish it, but it is a pretty big book of about 400 pages. It may have taken 25 years for this beauty to come reality, it didn't take long to capture my attention. I am sure this will help spark up another generation of Practical Magic  lovers!


SYNOPSIS

    Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she's abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the "Nameless Art."Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift, and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

    When Maria is betrayed by the man who once declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it is here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson she will carry with her for the rest of her life: Love is the only thing that matters.


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Fire Dancer (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Congratulations to author Ann Maxwell on the release of her novel, Fire Dancer! Read on for details, and excerpt and a chance to win a Kindle copy of the book!

_FD_ebook_cover_distroFire Dancer: A Novel of the Concord

Publication Date: November 10th, 2020

Genre: Science Fiction

Rheba and Kirtin are the last survivors of their homeworld, at the edges of the Concord, forgotten but rich in history and traditions. Rheba is a fire dancer, able to focus and manipulate vast amounts of energy through discipline and motion and form. Kirtin is her protector and mentor, training her in these skills and knowing that one day these energies may grow to consume her unless she masters her own emotions and the power she derives from them.

In search of rumored other survivors like themselves, they set out amongst the worlds of the “civilized” Concord, finding that the presented superior and enlightened cultures they encounter conceal hypocrisies that assist even greater crimes. Entire civilizations built upon slavery and degradation are tolerated so long as they play the proper games of power and civility.

Led by the promise of knowledge regarding one of her kin, Rheba and Kirtin are brought to Loo, a planet ruled by a hereditary empire of slavers and decadents. There, both of them are consigned to slave pits beneath the gleaming cities and palaces of the surface. Amongst the forgotten and cast-off, Rheba and Kirtin find others like themselves, stolen or abandoned by their homeworlds and left to languish here, subject to labors and appetites and whims of the planet’s rulers.

But not everyone wants to remain a slave…

Excerpt

Onan was the most licentious planet in the Equality, if not the whole of the Concord itself. No activity was prohibited. As a result, the wealth of the Concord flowed down Onan’s gravity well—and stuck. Nontondondo, the sprawling city-spaceport, was a three-dimensional maze with walls of colored lightning, streets paved with hope and potholed by despair, and a decibel level that knew no ceiling.

“Kirtn!” Rheba shouted to the huge Bre’n walking beside her. “Can you see the Black Whole yet?”

Kirtn’s hands locked around Rheba’s waist. In an instant her lips were level with his ear.

She shouted again. “Can you see the casino?”

“Just a few more buildings,” he said against her ear.

Even Kirtn’s bass rumble had trouble competing with the din. He pursed his lips and whistled a fluting answer to her question in the whistle language of the Bre’ns. The sound was like a gem scintillating in the aural mud of Nontondondo. People stopped for an instant, staring around, but could find no obvious source for the beautiful sound.

All they saw was a tall humanoid with very short, fine coppery plush covering his muscular body, giving it the appearance and texture of velvet. On his head, the fur became wavy copper hair. A mask of metallic gold hair surrounded his eyes, emphasizing their yellow clarity. His mask, like the coppery plush on his body, was the mark of a healthy Bre’n.

Although Rheba looked small held against the Bre’n, she was above humanoid average in height. Her hair was gold and her eyes were an unusual cinnamon color that seemed to gather and concentrate light. Other than on her head and the median line of her torso, she had neither hair nor fur to interrupt the smooth brown flow of her body. Almost invisible beneath the skin of her hands were the whorls and intricate patterns of a young Senyas fire dancer.

Rheba slid down Kirtn’s body until she was standing on her own feet again. As she regained her balance, a man stumbled out of the crowd and grabbed her. He rubbed up against her back, bathing her in unpleasant odors and intentions. The patterns on her hands flared as she reached toward a dazzling electric advertisement, wove its energy, and gave it to the rude stranger. He leaped back like he had been burned.

And he had.

“I don’t think he’ll play with a fire dancer again,” Kirtn said in a satisfied voice.

He picked up the shaken man and lofted him onto a passing drunk cart. Then the Bre’n gathered up Rheba again and shouldered his way into the anteroom of the Black Whole. After the streets, the quiet was like a blessing. Kirtn smiled, showing slightly serrated teeth, bright and very hard.

“Not that he would've seen one before, or is likely to again.”

Rheba scratched the backs of her hands where the patterns had flared. Her hair shifted and moved, alive with the energy she had just called. Muttering the eighth discipline of Deva, she let both energy and anger drain out of her. She had come into this city willingly and so must abide by its customs, no matter how bizarre or insulting they might be to her.

“We should have taken out a license to murder,” she said in a mild voice.

Kirtn laughed. “We didn’t have enough money to buy a half-circle of silver, much less the whole circle of a licensed killer.”

“Don’t remind me. We could hardly afford to be licensed innocents.” Rheba grimaced at the mere 30 degrees of silver arc stuck to her shoulder. “Come, let’s find the man we came for and get off this festering planet.”

They had not taken three steps before a black-dressed casino employee approached them. His only decoration was a simple silver circle fastened on his shoulder. Kirtn and Rheba saw the man’s license at the same instant. When the man spoke, he had their attention.

“No furries allowed.”

Rheba blinked. “Furries?”

“That,” said the man, hooking a thumb at Kirtn, “is a furry. You’re a smoothie. Smoothies only at the Black Whole. If you don’t want to separate, try the Mink Trap down the street. They like perverts.”

Rheba’s long yellow hair stirred, though there was no breeze inside the Black Whole’s anteroom. Kirtn spoke a few rapid words in Senyas, native tongue of Senyasi and Bre’ns alike. “If we kill him, we’ll never get a chance to talk to Trader Jal.”

“I wasn’t going to kill him,” Rheba said in Senyas, smiling at the man with the silver circle who could not understand her words. “I was just going to singe his pride-and-joys.”

Kirtn winced. “Never mind. I’ll wait outside.”

She began to object, then shrugged. The last time they had bumped against local prejudices, she had been the one to wait outside. She couldn’t remember whether sex, color, number of digits or lack of fur had been at issue.

“I’ll make it as fast as I can,” she, said, her hand on Kirtn’s arm, stroking him. She took an uncomplicated pleasure from the softness of his fur. his strength and textures were her oldest memories, and her best. Like most akhenets, she had been raised by her Bre’n mentor. “I can understand a prejudice against smoothies,” she murmured, “but against furries? Impossible.”

Kirtn touched a fingertip to her nose. “Don’t find more trouble than you can set fire to, child.”

She smiled and turned toward the licensed employee. She spoke once again in Universal, the language of space. “Does this cesspool have a game called Chaos?”

“Yeah,” the man said. He flicked his narrow, thick fingernail against Rheba’s license. “It’s not a game for innocents.”

Rheba’s hair rippled. “Is that opinion or law?”

The man did not answer.

“Where’s the game?” she asked again, her voice clipped.

“Across the main casino, on the left. A big blue spiral galaxy.”

Rheba sidestepped around the man.

“I hope you lose your lower set of lips,” he said in a nasty voice as she passed him.

She walked quickly across the anteroom of the Black Whole, not trusting herself to answer the man’s crude comment. As she passed through the casino’s velvet force field, a babble of voices assaulted her. Throughout the immense, high-ceilinged room, bets were being made and paid in the Universal language—but gamblers exhorted personal gods in every tongue known to the Concord.

Rheba knew only three languages—Bre’n, Senyas, and Universal—and Kirtn was the only other being who knew the first two, so far as she knew. The babbling room made her feel terribly alone. One Senyas, one Bre’n. Only known survivors of the violent moment when Deva’s sun had built a bridge of fire between itself and its fifth planet.

One Senyas, one Bre’n.

One galaxy of strangers.

With an effort, she shut away the searing memory of extinction. She and Kirtn had survived. Surely others must also have survived. Somehow. Somewhere. She would find them, one by one, if it took all the centuries of her life.

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About the Author

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New York Times bestselling author Ann Maxwell, also known as A.E. Maxwell and Elizabeth Lowell, is an American writer. She has individually, and with co-author and husband Evan, written more than 50 novels and one non-fiction book. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, and from romance to mystery to suspense.

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Totally '90s Coloring Book

 


Alright y'all, so we all know that I am all for a great coloring/activity book. Despite what some people believe, everyone needs to just sit down and color every now and then. So you can imagine my excitement when Plume Books reached out to me about this totally rad beauty!! I am sure that most people my age (almost 30) can see that the '90s are starting to make a comeback. We see it when we look at clothing in the stores, and in a few books. Which means it was no surprise that there is now a coloring book! Christina Haberkern does an amazing job creatively capturing all the iconic things that made the '90s childhood stand out! I am a '90s kid myself, and remember owning or seeing almost everything in this book! I am so thankful that Plume Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, was kind enough to send me a copy! Like with the other coloring books, I am going to include just a few pages from inside. I even included the one that I started almost immediately to help wind down for the night! I really think this is going to be a popular item, especially as we all face another possible shutdown or just hide out more as the temps drop!




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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Relationship Solutions (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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It's Non-Fiction November and I am happy to share Relationship Solutions by Sonia Frontera! I am also happy to tell you that this book is now available for review!

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Relationship Solutions

Publication Date: October 27, 2020

Genre: Non-Fiction

Your personal GPS to freedom and joy!

Your marital troubles are not the end of the road but a detour on the road to happiness.

Speed forward from heartache to healing!

Whether you’re unhappily married, on the road to divorce recovery or somewhere in between, this inspiring guide will lead you step by step through a journey of self-discovery and personal transformation, so you can create the happiness you deserve–with your spouse . . . or alone.

Reach your destination and enjoy your best life now!

SONIAS~3

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About the Author

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Sonia Frontera is a divorce lawyer with a heart. She is the survivor of a toxic marriage who is now happily remarried. Sonia integrates the wisdom acquired through her personal journey, her professional experience and the lessons of the world’s leading transformational teachers and translates it into guidance that is insightful and practical. She is a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer who offers workshops and retreats.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Author Interview with Lauren Asher


Alright y'all, I met Lauren Asher when some of our mutual Indie author friends suggested her books to me. I have downloaded both Throttle and Collided to my Kindle, but have been in a reading slump thanks to COVID and my recent family emergency. I still took the shot in the dark that she would agree to this interview, and was so excited that she agreed! I wanted to get to know her brain a little more before I dove into the books. So let's dive in shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Hi, my name is Lauren Asher and I’m from Florida! 

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I am currently a self-published Indie Author. 

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I write Contemporary Romances that focus on sports. I’m currently focused on an F1 sports world I’ve built, but I am thinking of expanding to other subgenres of romance.
 
Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I’ve always been a voracious reader. I would bargain with my grandma to attend mass on Sundays if I could go to either Barnes and Noble or the library after. So, one day (many years after Sunday masses with my grandma), I had a story pop up in my head, and I said “You know what? I’m going to try and write a book.” While that story will never see the light of day, it set me off on this journey that I am forever grateful for. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Yes! Writing my side hobby/sanity project. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: I have hit publish on two books (Throttled and Collided) with a plan to release Wrecked this September. (I have the first two books downloaded on my Kindle, but we all know that my TBR is never ending lol.)

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I have two books in the works and one is wreaking havoc in my head. I want to complete my first series before moving onto my next project, but I’m excited! 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: I think any scene where I have to break my characters is hard. I feel for them and I hate hurting them that way. Sometimes I worry if I took things too far, but I try my best to fix the relationship once they’re ready. 

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: Just Wrecked that will be published in September. I try to keep one book ahead of schedule, with a dream to be way more organized and faster as I continue to grow my craft. Now that Wrecked is finalized and going through proofreading, I will be moving onto the next book. 

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: I plan on releasing my final Dirty Air series book by January 2021. As for another series, I have two in my head that have yet to be put on paper. They basically play themselves like movies inside of my head.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: I’ve fallen into the habit of writing interconnected standalones. As a reader, these are my favorite kinds of series, so I wrote the same style. While each book can stand on its own, I feel there is a different kind of enjoyment if you read all of them in the suggested order. I’ve been asked about a side character in Collided (my second book) having his own story, and I might have to consider it, which would turn my one series into its own world (which I’m not exactly against LOL). 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: My next book, Wrecked, is the third book in my Dirty Air series following Formula 1’s elite racers. Jax’s story (British bad boy with lots of tattoos and a dirty mouth) is set to release on September 30th! 

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: I wish I took better logging notes of my process to answer this. After Jax’s story, I plan on calculating how long it takes me to write a book. For the whole process, from writing the first word to revisions and beta feedback, his story took me about eight months. I wasn’t exclusively working on his story, so it took me longer to balance Throttled and Collided revisions at the same time. I’ve basically written all three books within one year. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: Characters are stubborn, I get that. I’ve done a couple of things. Sometimes I binge a bunch of fantasy books (not my writing genre but I love them) or a completely different sub-genre (I’m a fan of alien nomad romances *fangirls over Zoey Draven). Doing this helps me hit the refresh button on my brain. I’m not much of a plotter yet, so I tend to go where the story takes me. Before COVID-19, I plotted a lot while driving to work, so I’ve had to find new ways to think about my characters. 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: *Yells “silence on set!” to my entire family. HAHA no I wish. I tend to put on headphones, block out the world, and type out some words. I can spend some weekends cranking out 20,000 words and then not write another word for a week. I like to listen to a song I’m obsessed with on repeat if I feel like it fits my character and the mood (death bed by powfu was my latest obsession, clocking in over 200 listens while writing Wrecked). My sleep schedule takes a turn for the worst when I’m really in the zone. The evening hours are when my house is silent and no one tries to talk to me. I will say some of my best witty comments and jokes happen in the 9pm to 2 am time slot. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: Long sittings! I feel like if I do short sprints, I lose the feel of the characters and their emotions. One of my longest sittings was over 10,000 words in one day! 

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: A bit of both. I am energized while writing usually, and I tend to be more exhausted when I have to self-edit or revise my work. When I have an idea of a scene in my head, my fingers fly over the keys because I can’t wait to write it out. But revisions are a nightmare for me.  

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: My Dirty Air series came from an idea I had while watching Netflix’s “Drive to Survive” series that follows a few Formula 1 teams around the world. The characters and storylines all come from my head at random moments. I will say I’m always thinking of the next book and characters, which makes the interconnected standalone aspect that much more fun!  

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: I have a lot that I can’t all name here! I look up to authors like Kristy Marie, Alley Ciz, Jenna Hartley, R.S. Grey, Jay McLean, and L.J. Shen. As a reader-turned-author, my respect for all authors has increased ten-fold.

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Absolutely! My favorite genres are fantasy and romance, with my favorites being those that combine the two. My favorite tropes are enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, and fated mates. I love romance subgenres like sports romances, mafia, paranormal, and sci-fi. 

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: I’ve been fortunate to receive some ARCs from authors I look up to, which honestly such an amazing experience. I have beta read in the past, but I have such little time now that I probably wouldn’t be able to do it again for a while.  

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Yes! I pretty much only read romance!  

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: Oof, just one? One that stands out to me that I’ve read at least three times is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. That is one of my favorite books of all time. As far as in my genre, I love Vicious by L.J. Shen and Bastiano Romano by Parker S. Huntington.  

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Have I ever! I’ve sobbed like a baby during some books (Broken Knight, I’m talking about you). As far as laughing, yes! R.S. Grey is my go-to Need to LOL author.  

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (which is probably my favorite). 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I love connecting with any readers who like my work. It really makes my day when people message me about my books or create an edit in honor of my characters. I love each one individually and cherish them. One of my favorite places to connect is my Facebook group because I can talk more one-on-one with everyone. 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Alley Ciz, Kristy Marie, and Jenna Hartley are some of the many who have touched my author career in different ways! They are all awesome and really supportive in this industry. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: I could name a few things, but to start: Editing! That is a top priority and my editor has been a saving grace. She catches details I missed even though I read my book probably ten times by the time she gets it. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: Only a select few know I’m a writer. They are supportive and proud when I reach a new accomplishment. I tend to be a more private person, so I keep this passion project to myself, for now. (Hence the headshot y'all! I respect the need to be a private person.)

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: I would like them to know how much their comments, excitement, and reviews matter to me. They are extremely kind and encourage me to continue this daunting process. 

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/laurenasherauthor/

Facebook:
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lasherauthor?lang=en

Pintrest:
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Alright y'all, there you have it! That was our glimpse inside the brilliant mind that has brought us Throttled and Collided. I still plan on reading both books ASAP, but we all know what it is like to have a never ending TBR. I am super grateful that Lauren Asher agreed to do this interview, and that our mutual friends suggested her to me! Be sure to check out her social media pages and her books!!

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