Monday, March 29, 2021

Author Interview with Jared K Chapman



Alright y'all, this Indie is another that I was introduced to thanks to Heather Carson and the Facebook group: Dystopian Ink! Jared Chapman is one of the many new authors I have been introduced to thanks to this FB group, and has a story in the book Once Upon a Dystopia (which is my current school pick up line read!) I am still so grateful that he agreed to do this interview for my blog! I have added his book to the ever growing TBR pile, which let's be honest will probably never be under control lol. So let's dive into the small peek of his brain that he has let us see, shall we?


Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Jared K Chapman… not the children’s book author/illustrator Jared Chapman, although we lived in Austin, Texas at the same time in 2002-3. I now live in a beautiful oasis east of Los Angeles, California.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I am an indie author, and I publish under the indie label Apotheosis Press. 

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: My debut novel resides in the realm of Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, which is likely where I will spend most of my time, given the stories I’ve been planning. My debut novel is a real genre-bender. There are elements of post-apocalyptic dystopia, superhero fantasy, murder thriller, and more. 

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I’ve always been a writer. My first story I ever saw published was for a classroom project when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I thought it was so amazing to see my work in print and always wanted to replicate that feeling. I wrote a novel in 5th or 6th grade that was a Star Wars/Star Trek mishmash, but I’m not sure how good it was. It’s been lost to time. I wrote poetry in high school and won an award for one of my poems. I won an award for a short story in junior college. I also started writing an epic vampire novel that I’m still working on. I’ll probably finish it when I complete the To Have or Have Not series. All that being said, I’ve just always been a writer. It’s who I am, even when I’m not writing. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: I’ve been pursuing my PhD for the last decade, studying the social psychology of extremism. When I’m not working on that, I’m doing creative projects. I also worked as the general manager of a specialty spirits store, and I’m a certified instructor for spirits awards from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. When COVID happened, I got laid off from the store, but I’m still running the Southern California School of Whiskey & other spirits. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: Currently, I have only published my debut novel, 2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not. 

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I have a prequel trilogy series for 2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not, which I’m getting ready to release in spring 2021. And, I plan to have a collection of short stories set in the same world ready by summer. The sequel book, I hope will be ready before the end of next year.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: The hardest scene for me to write is in chapter four of my debut novel. It deals with sexual violence in a public way witnessed by the children of the victim, while being perpetrated by one of the oppressors. Trying to capture the moment in a way that elicits a visceral and emotional reaction from the reader without being overly gratuitous is a challenge.  

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: Oh man. I’d say about four. 

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: My current project is the To Have or Have Not series. I’ve only published the first book so far, 2HVØRHVNØT.

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: Although the books in the To Have or Have Not series share a common world, I’m trying to write each one to be able to stand on its own. This is tricky, as they do connect with one another. I’ll probably provide a guide for reading at some point to get the story in the right order.

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: The Warrior is the first book of the prequel trilogy series Foundations of Fellowship City. I don’t have a release date for it yet, but I’m thinking March. (I am not sure if he is still planning on releasing this one this month, but be sure to check out his social links at the end to keep an eye out!)

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: I wrote the first draft for The Warrior in a month. It’s a much shorter book than 2HVØRHVNØT. All three of the prequel books combined will be only a little bit longer than that book. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: I have multiple projects I work on, so I usually go to a different one if one is not speaking to me. However, if none are, I’ll take a shower and think about the stories until something pops. Sometimes it might take a few days, so I’ll read books and watch Doctor Who episodes or some interesting documentaries until inspiration hits. It’s like a wash-rinse-repeat kind of cycle.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: I really wish I had one. I know you need one to be efficient and successful in the long run, so I’m working on it. During NaNoWriMo, I was writing during my 3-year-old’s quiet time from 1pm to 3pm and at night from 10pm to 1am. That proved to be a pretty successful schedule.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: With NaNoWriMo, I was writing in 15-to-20-minute sprints during my 3-hour blocks, and it seemed to be successful. I might continue that. I wrote 57k words in November for my first NaNo. 

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Either. Both. It depends. Sometimes I get into a flow and just pound the keys and lose track of time. Other times, I fight with my brain to get the right words. Either way, I tend to be exhausted when I’m done.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I have wide and varied interests, so I draw from everything I know. I grew up in the 80s-90s, reading comics and books by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Anne MacCaffrey. I watched Saturday Morning Cartoons followed by wrestling. And I snuck into slasher films in the theater. Not only that, I had a World Book Encyclopedia, and I devoured it. I’ve also taken an array of college courses, including anthropology, psychology, and religious studies. I filled my head with all kinds of trivial information. My brain tends to work things out and find connections, like fitting pieces of a puzzle together. So, I write like that. 

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: Stephen King is so prolific, and he’s directed a feature film. I wish I could be like him. 

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: I do read. Not as much as I’d like. Currently, I am reading Ready Player Two and a few ARCs from other authors.

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, I help other authors out by reading ARCS and writing reviews. I try to do as much as I can to help others. Sometimes I get too busy with my books to be able to do it as much as I’d like. 

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: I tend to prefer something in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror genres, but I’m not going to limit myself.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick is one of my absolute favorite books. 

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: If I don’t, it’s probably not a very good book. 

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: I’m on facebook, and I also hang out a lot on other facebook groups like Dystopian Ink. I’m on Instagram, twitter, and reddit.

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I love to talk with readers. The best places to interact with me are likely on Jared K Chapman Books Facebook Group or Twitter.  

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Absolutely. The indie author community is massive, and we tend to want to help one another do better. The Dystopian Ink community has been wonderful. I’m also involved with the Self-Publishing School community, where I have found some wonderful mentors and support. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: So far, I think Vellum for formatting and Autocrit for self-editing have been two great purchases. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My family is pretty supportive. There are times when I want to be writing and they want me to be spending time with them, so that can be conflicting. Overall, I think they know this is what I want to do, and they try to support me the best they can, and I try to not take them for granted. 

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: I’ve faced a lot of adversity in my life. I suffered abuse and likely have PTSD because of that. I moved around from family member to family member until I was 19. I lived out of my car while going to junior college. I nearly lost my hand when I got a “spontaneous staph anomaly infection,” but not having insurance, I went to the county hospital and was put on a program where I received a drug that was being tested but not FDA approved yet. Luckily, it wiped it out and I still have my hand. I nearly died from pneumonia at 21 because I did not have insurance. I suffered a lot, but I pushed through. I wish I would have decided to publish 20 years ago. I wish I knew it was possible. The only thing that stops us is how we allow these things in our lives to affect us. It took me a long time to gain the confidence I needed to publish. I’m thankful to finally have my story out there and be able to hear what people think of it. 


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jaredkchapmanauthor https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaredkchapmanbooks

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/redchapCREATIVE

Reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/user/2HV0RHVN0T


Well there you have it folks! Jared K Chapman does not want to be confused with the children's author, and is doing so by having a genre bending debut novel! He has been working on his PhD, and his Indie author career. I have added his book to my tbr, and hope to have some kind of space soon. I am still super grateful that he agreed to do this interview, especially during a busy time like have your first book hit Amazon! Be sure to check out his social media pages and his books!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Author Interview with Timothy R. Baldwin

 


Alright y'all, I met this Indie author through Heather Carson. While I haven't read his books just yet, I am familiar with them since I watched his lives with Heather during last summer. I am so thankful that he agreed to do this interview. I have added A Kahale and Claude Mystery series to my ever growing TBR, and hope to be able to add it to my Indie shelf soon. In the meantime, I wanted to get to know him a little better while bringing a new author to the blog. So let's check it out!

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Timothy R. Baldwin, and I live in Aberdeen Maryland.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I am published with a small press publishing house that operates as a co-op.

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: I am published with Indies United Publishing House, LLC. I’ve been with them for about a year.
 
Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Mystery/Detective for Teens, Family Live Drama for Adults

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I don’t think I ever thought about becoming a writing in the first place. But I’ve always liked writing - short stories, poems, research papers. It wasn’t until I began teaching creative writing on the middle school level that I thought about actually writing a book. First, I began to find and read these books by no-name authors, one of whom I reached out to because I enjoyed his stories, but I saw some typos. We got talking and he encouraged me to write. About that time, I was also teaching small creative writing units to my middle school students. There I discovered modeling the process was fairly easy. Then, when one of my coworkers authored and published his first book, I figured I could probably do the same. I didn’t know what I was getting into at the time and I’ve learned a lot along the way while making some serious mistakes. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Between books, I teach. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: Four. One of these will be republished under a new title. I also have short stories published in two anthologies. 

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: One book in the works right now, and ideas for another series featuring a character I introduced in my first series. (That one is now published, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.)

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: The beginning. Getting started, even after a lot prep, is still very hard for me. I always wonder, do I really want to get into this right now. Then when I do, I can’t move on to the next chapter, or any other part of the book until I feel the beginning is solid. 

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: One. My first attempt at writing, without any kind of outline, turned into a complete disaster. I got 25 thousand words in and realized I didn’t have a story. 

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: I just finished the third book, Operation Varsity Blues, in my series, A Kahale and Claude Mystery. In that book, I introduce a new character that I might branch off into her own series. But my current project is a companion to an earlier work.

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: Going to events and selling to directly to customers I very eye-opening regarding this topic. Most reading enthusiasts love a good series, especially when each book is a quick read. But I see they will inevitably pick up the first book and tell me they will find the second book when they finish reading the first. That being said, I like it when a book, even when in a series, can stand alone on its own while creating a cohesive whole when read as part of a series. 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: A Shot at Mercy, formally known as Bloodshot, will be published in January 2021. (SO since it is now March, make sure you go check it out!)

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: This book took me about three years to write. It was truly the first novel I wrote, but one I knew needed a lot of editing. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: When between books, or on those days I really don’t feel like writing, I read. I don’t really think there is such thing as writer’s block. There is such a thing as not being ready to write that thing, which means I need to remind myself that informal writing exercises and research are valid aspects of the writing process. 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: If I can’t write the expository elements of the story, I will cut to the most exciting parts, then fill in the gaps later. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I write in short sprints with gaps that consist of anywhere between twenty-four hours or a whole week. 

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Energized if I know the story; exhausted if I’m building the story as I go along. Bravo to those who can sit down and write without any prior planning. 

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Operation Varsity Blues was inspired by the national news about Lori Laughlin and other celebrities in the college bribery scheme. Shadows of Doubt was inspired by the apparent trend in schools to skim money off of payments made to booster accounts. Camp Lenape was inspired by events that occurred in and around a summer camp I worked at in 2016. A Shot at Mercy (formerly titled as Bloodshot) was inspired by a police blotter and real life experiences by friends and those I interviewed. 
In short, my stories are inspired by real life events. 


Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: No. If you ask me about my favorite author, a few will come to mind. While I rarely remember of most authors, I was on a John Green kick for a while. In fact, I have one of his books on my shelf to read. 

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: I try to read 40 to 50 books a year. Connect with me on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/genesius313 There you will be able to get all the latest updates on what I’m reading. It’s an eclectic list, but I definitely tend more toward anything YA - mystery, thriller, dystopian. I also gravity toward those same genres for adults. 

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 do beta read, but I won’t do it for complete strangers. 

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Absolutely! If I didn’t like reading the genre, I wouldn’t bother writing it. 

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

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: That scene in Bridge to Terabithia when Jess learns that Leslie Burke dies. That made me tear up.  

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. I tried Tik-Tok for a hot second but gave up after posting around ten videos. 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: When that happens, I’ll let you know.

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes. I wouldn’t have four published books at this moment in time without the support of the local writing community and the writers I’ve met through various venues. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: I bought the Character Arc Workbook by K. M. Weiland for under $15. It’s like having a really good writing teacher present with you as you develop your story. You go to them and say, so I have this idea for this story. Then the writing teacher says, that’s a great idea, and have you considered… (cue a plethora of questions that will push you to actually develop a compelling story, rather than write from the top of your head). 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: Both of my parents have read all of my books. My mother is an avid reader herself and my father will write poetry. 

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: My first ever career was as a paperboy. I did that from the time I was just shy of thirteen to the time I was seventeen. 


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

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/timothyrbaldwin?lang=en#:~:text=Tim%20Baldwin%20(%40timothyrbaldwin)%20%7C%20Twitter


Alright folks, there you have it! He has been working hard to get his own books out into the world while also teaching. He currently has five books available on Amazon, and I have my eye on three of them. I hope that you guys enjoyed learning a little more about him. I am so thankful that he agreed to do this interview! Now go check out his books and social media pages, and keep your eye out for his next release!!

Friday, March 19, 2021

The Godfather Wars

 



Alright y'all, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this MM Romance beauty from Brittany Cournoyer herself when it first hit Amazon, but the TBR got out of control again. I know she'll forgive me, so I'M SORRY BRITT!!! I will admit that I picked up her book specifically to try to break this start-stop slump I was climbing into, and I was right!! This fun, sarcastic, enemies-to-lovers story pulled me in immediately. I couldn't stop reading unless I absolutely had to, and finished it in two days!! TWO! I am already partially biased, because I love Britt as a person, but this is probably my favorite one of hers so far. It had personal touches of her life in it, and I think that made me love it more. I kinda want more, but the ending was absolutely amazing! 


SYNOPSIS

Dolan versus Everett. Snarky meets stoic. Dolan Masters loathes many things: root canals, splinters in his fingers, and people putting toilet paper on the roll wrong—loose end over the top, please. But the one thing he hates more than anything else is Everett freaking Henson.Everett Henson spends more time with animals than people, his best friend Eli being the exception. The downside of that friendship means crossing paths with Dolan Masters; the man who rubs Everett wrong in every way possible.But a baby changes everything.With both men believing they deserve the honor of being the godfather to their best friends’ baby, the only way to settle things is through a competition. Will there be bloodshed, or will these two realize the truth staring them in the face?May the best godfather win.Godfather Wars is a stand-alone MM romantic comedy, filled with funny mishaps, snarky banter, and colorful language.


To add this MM enemies-to-lovers beauty to your library, be sure to check out my page:
https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy.html

Fragile World Coloring Book


Alright y'all, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Kerby Rosanes's next amazing coloring book from Plume Books, and wow! These pages are absolutely beautiful that I am honestly considering NOT coloring it! I love that Kerby takes his time to really capture each of these animals beauty as well as their nature, even if it vicious. I know that this book was a big hit when it hit shelves just in time for Earth day earlier this month. Especially since every animal captured is on the Endangered Species list! Kerby has even included facts about the animal towards the back of the book. I spent thirty minutes just flipping through the pages when I first opened the package. The lines are beautiful, and there is so much detail already in them that they are perfect without color. To show you guys what I mean, I got permission from the team at Plume to share just a couple pages with y'all! Check them out!


 


This bison shows his power but also the beauty of the plants that he eats.



Black-footed Ferrets coming out of the burrows with such concentration.



These Forest Owlets are checking their surroundings from their tree perch.



Axolotls are also known as the walking fish, but look how cute they are!


SYNOPSIS

    Kerby Rosanes continues his stunning Worlds series with an extraordinary coloring book celebrating some of the incredible animals and landscapes that are disappearing around the globe.
    Fragile World is a coloring book to savor, exploring fifty-six endangered, vulnerable, ad threatened animals and landscapes--from the Tapanuli orangutan to the hawksbill turtle, from Philippine bat caves to the Baltic Sea.
    The illustrations are intricate, detailed, and unforgettable, both magisterial and whimsical. And the result is a stunning tribute to Mother Nature. Fragile World is a coloring experience that is at once vintage Kerby and unlike any other of his previous books.


To add this beautiful coloring book to your personal library, be sure to check out my page:
https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy.html

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ulrik (R&R Book Tours Review Post)

 


Alright y'all, this was another no brainer sign up for Reads & Reels Book Tours. I loved Wendy L. Anderson's book A Cut Twice As Deep, and was excited to see that she had another Viking story available for review. This one is a combo of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Viking Fiction that blend almost seamlessly. I will always admit that I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this was such a subtle aspect to the story that I was sucked in almost immediately. I had a hard time putting it down, and finished in two days. There was adventure, romance, and some danger that played out from multiple POVs that were never confusing. I have to give the warning that there are triggers like drugging someone, rape, and violence in here, but it all makes sense for the story. While the ending was wrapped up wonderfully, I kind of hope that there will be a novella or a book two that continues the family's story. THANK YOU  READS & REELS FOR ALLOWING ME TO SIGN UP! THANK YOU WENDY L. ANDERSON FOR PROVIDING COPIES FOR REVIEWS!!

SYNOPSIS

Death was the beginning of their adventure.
Drowning when his ship went down in a vicious storm, Ulrik the Viking thought it was the end. Instead, he awakens on a new and brutal Earth. Believing he was banished to this strange land by the gods as punishment, he faces the mountainous wilderness alone.
Tessa, a lonely and brokenhearted woman, dies in her sleep on her 85th birthday. She too awakens surrounded by the frightful and the unknown. Both are mysteriously thrown into new bodies facing new lives, new hopes, new dangers, and new desires.
Cast through time and other dimensions, fate has given Ulrik and Tessa a second chance at life and love. They must survive on a ruthless new world against a brutal warrior race determined to use them to conquer extinction and enter into the age of metal. All that stands against them is ULRIK!


To add this beauty to your personal library, be sure to check out my page:
https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy.html

Monday, March 15, 2021

Author Interview with Marin Montgomery

 


Alright y'all, I met this lovely when she reached out to me about being an ARC reader for her book, The Imposter. I was so happy and shocked that she wanted me to be one of her readers, and even more shocked when she agreed to do this interview! I have already posted the review for her book, and figured right after she celebrated pub day was perfect timing! Plus I was excited to get inside the mind that brought such a psychological thriller involving a mother and a daughter! So let's dive in shall we?


Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Marin Montgomery and I live in Phoenix.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I started in the self-publishing world until a publisher sought me out. My first published thriller came out in May 2020.

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: I have two books with Thomas & Mercer.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Psychological thrillers. 
 
Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I've always enjoyed writing short stories and poems. I was engrossed in books and reading from a young age, and it was a natural progression to wanting to tell my own stories.
 
Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: I work a regular, full-time job all of the time, in addition to writing.
 
Q: How many books have you published?
A: I am working on my tenth novel. 
 
Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: One.
 
Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: I would say anything life-changing. The breakdown of a marriage, the strain of a complicated relationship, murder. 
 
Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: I'm working on a screenplay, a teleplay, and a novel.
 
Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: Currently, my books are all standalone.
 
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: All of my books are thrillers, but standalone.
 
Q: What is your next book that is set to be published, and when is the release day?
A: The Imposter releases March 9th, 2021. (Go get your copy now!)

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: The process was about nine months. I started gathering ideas and doing research in January and writing in February.
 
Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer's block) to you during the process?
A: For me, the writing process is very layered. Throughout the process and peeling back characters and the story, it emerges. My books tend to change dramatically from a first to a final draft. After I have collective feedback and am immersed in the writing process after a period of time, it evolves from there. 
 
Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: It takes me a few hours to get into a writing groove. Always a latte and a change of scenery can help. Writing from home comes with its own set of challenges since you frequently notice what you need to do around the house. 
 
Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I tend to write in long sittings. Usually, at least 10-12 hour days. (On TOP of a full time job?!)
 
Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Both. Depending on if it's coming more naturally or not. But by the end of my process, I am emotionally and mentally drained. Living in the world you have concocted, there's something exhaustive about being a storyteller because you're living in your character's head. It energizes me until I am at the end, and then it takes an emotional toll, and then after the first draft is completed, there's another burst of energy. It's a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least.
 
Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Life. Observation. My overactive imagination. A combination of all three. 
 
Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: Success is tricky and viewed and measured differently by all. For me, I write because I am passionate about it and want to tell a story. I want to keep being discovered by new readers while keeping my current ones invested in my work. I would say a dream would be to have one of my thrillers turned into a streaming series on Netflix, Prime, or Hulu. 
 
Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: I am, though, admittedly, I do not read nearly as much since I started writing.
 
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 made suggestions and recommendations if asked.
 
Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Sometimes, though, I like to read a lot of other genres. Autobiographies, true crime, and romance all have their place on my nightstand.
 
Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: I'm a huge fan of Erik Larson's body of work, especially "The Devil in the White City" and Chevy Stevens "Still Missing." 
 
Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Absolutely. That's the beauty of the written word and conjuring up images or relatable material from our own life or exploring a new one. I cried my eyes out at "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It hit close to home.
 
Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Facebook and Instagram, though, I rarely use FB.
 
Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I like Instagram and email. Instagram allows us to connect visually with pictures and share our love of reading and writing, and email is always great for a quick note.
 
Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes. I was lucky to have a mentor who helped me navigate at the beginning of my career.
 
Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: A new laptop was the best investment since that's where the magic happens.
 
Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My Goldendoodle only cares that he is given his best life, including daily walks, the dog park, and access to treats. 
 
Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don't know that you would like them to know?
A: Blaze your own path. If someone had told me a few years ago I would have completed one book, let alone nine, I would've them they were out of their mind. My first draft of my first book was horrendous, and I kept rewriting it and putting in the work. To learn a craft, you will want to continually grow to excel at it, so you don't remain stagnant.


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

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/marinmont18/


Alright folks, there you have it! Marin Montgomery is working on her tenth book, and loves to keep us readers guessing. I loved her book The Imposter because she kept me throwing new twists and secrets each time I thought I had it figured out. I really hope that between this interview and my review, you guys will check out her social media pages and books. I am so grateful that she agreed to do this interview, especially since she was getting prepared for release day! Go check her out!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Once Upon a Time in Chicago

 



Alright y'all, I was fortunate enough to receive this ebook from Mary Walsh herself. I have read four different books from her now, and each one is different. This one she takes us back to the time of Flapper Girls, Prohibition, and Al "Scarface" Capone. This book is a rom-com with a gangster fiction story where the main character is a simple patsy just trying to make his immigrant parents proud. It took me a few days to read it, but that was more to my personal life being chaotic. However there is a few chapters that I have to give a warning about, because they have death, gun violence, and drugs in them. The big chunk of the story spans over five years, which is the adulthood of the MC, Sal. With all the details that are in here, and the personal touch that is in there, I could really picture what was going on the whole time. MAKE SURE YOU READ THE AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE END OF THE BOOK!!!! 

THANK YOU MARY WALSH FOR LETTING ME BE ONE OF YOUR READERS FOR THIS CHICAGO ROM-COM!


SYNOPSIS

It's Prohibition time in Chicago and Sicilian-American Sal Scavuzzo takes full advantage of the underground activities. At 22, he drinks at the speakeasy, gambles, and is a hit with the dames. When he gets in too deep with the local organized crime, his pleasurable lifestyle turns upside down. Does he continue his careless ways or does he eventually settle down and go the straight and narrow? 


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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Littlest Dinosaur (R&R Book Tours Review Post)

 



Alright y'all, I got this cute children's book when I signed up for another Reads & Reels Book Tours. There was honestly no way I wasn't going to sign up to review it! As soon as I opened it my youngest wanted to run off with it, and of course didn't understand that I needed it first. However he compromised with me by making me read it at least three times a day for the past two weeks. He loves it, and cannot wait for when I finally let him have it for himself. This isn't just a cute story though. There is the message to not judge others by their appearance, and gives a fun way to introduce vegans to your child. I read this book to all three of my kids, because why not. My seven year old had a couple questions about what vegan is, and my ten year old just liked that it was about making new friends. My four year old just loves the dinosaurs. So while this is definitely meant for the younger age group, it will probably become a fun read for my oldest as well. I am so glad that Reads & Reels had this tour going, and that I could be part of it. I have to give a big thank you to Bryce Raffle & Steven Kothlow for sending me a physical copy. 


SYNOPSIS

Ty The Tyrannosaur just wants to make a new friend.

Sadly the other dinosaurs are all afraid of his sharp teeth! So Ty must go on an adventure to find a dinosaur brave enough to be friends with a Tyrannosaur.


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Monday, March 8, 2021

Author Interview with Mia Monroe


Alright y'all, this is another author that I was connected with thanks to Brittany Cournoyer. Once again I must shamefully admit that I haven't read any of her books yet, but I plan on reading her Written in the Stars series soon. Mia Monroe was kind enough to agree to this interview, and I love that she labels herself as a LGBT Romance author. I am enjoying getting to see a new side of romance that I honestly didn't know I existed until Brittany, and now she is introducing me to a whole bunch of amazing authors. Let's dive into the answers shall we?


Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Mia Monroe – I love in Phoenix, Arizona. (I'm sure she meant live, but love seemed better.)

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: Indie all the way!

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Contemporary MM mostly, but I have plans for different LGBTQ+ stories. 

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: Reading! The more I read, the more I wanted to be part of creating experiences for readers. When I read my first MM book, I was hooked.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Yep! 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: 8- publishing number 9 in January. (It is now 11 published since she just celebrated the release of Dirty Fort.)

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I’m working on book 2 in my new series that I’m launching in January. I work on one book at a time, but I always know what’s next. 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: I can’t think of one. I generally don’t have too much trouble tackling scenes. I even enjoy writing sex scenes. I think it’s just always constantly making sure I’m bringing my best to each scene.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: Probably more than a dozen. I haven’t counted in a while.

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: Yes! I’m launching my new series, Written in the Stars, in January 2021. It follows a group of people who work at a planetarium in Boston. It’s so much fun to write because I get to nerd out on space and astronomy like the guys in the book.

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: Both my series, Tattoos and Temptation, and my new one, Written in the Stars, are interconnected series, but can be read as standalones. That said, each book has Easter eggs of what’s to come in the series, so it’s more fun to read in order.

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: Stars Collide, book 1 in the Written in the Stars series is releasing January 6. It’s up for preorder now! (It's now on Amazon!)

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: About a month. (Sounds like another Indie author I know lol.)

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: Fortunately, they didn’t, and rarely do. It’s help me produce work quickly, but when that does happen, I just take a break. Usually I read or watch TV or brainstorm where I’m stuck with a friend.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: Music on and the comfy chair in my office. That’s about it.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: Usually long sittings, but since I work full time still, sometimes I’ll write a little at lunch or in the morning before work.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Energized!

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Everywhere. Songs, pop culture, book rec groups, but a lot of comes from what I actually want to read myself. 

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: There are tons! KM Neuhold, Neve Wilder, N.R. Walker are just a few, but there are so many in this industry.

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: I alpha read with another author, and on occasion with ARC or beta read for other authors when asked.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: I only read the same genre I write.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. I could barely pick a favorite this month much less of all time.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Yes!

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Mostly Facebook but I dabble on Instagram a bit.

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I love it. My reader group on Facebook is my favorite online place. We have fun sharing ideas and memes, and I get to keep them posted on what’s upcoming from me.

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes. I think it’s important to have a support person or group since writing can be solitary. Some are there for writing process discussions, others for general support.

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Probably buying Vellum to format my own books. Not only does it save money, but I have complete control over timing and updating my work on demand. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My husband is very supportive and my biggest cheerleader. He carries my cards around and hands them out to anyone who says they read. The rest of my family doesn’t really know.

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: Good question! I’m a pretty open book so if they interact with me on Facebook, they probably know me pretty well.
 

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

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


Alright folks, there you have it! Mia Monroe doesn't ever seem to sleep as she puts out book after book. She started out as a MM romance author, but plans on branching out more as a LGBT romance author. I plan on checking out her books soon, and am so glad she agreed to do this interview. I really hope that you guys check out her social media pages and her books! 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The Woman in Darkness (A Season of Angels Book Two)

 


Alright y'all, not only was I lucky enough to get an ebook version of this book from Christopher Stanfield, but he let me be an ARC reader! This one continues where book one and the novella end off, so you MUST READ THOSE FIRST!!! Once again we catch up with Genevieve AKA Lilith as she prepares for her battle with Lucifer. However there is a new character brought into play named Madeline that is going to bring a whole new complication to the end of War of Souls. It's still a pretty quick read, but good sized book that I really enjoyed. I finished it in about two days, because it is about 200+ pages. I really hope this isn't the end, because I think there's a little to the story that Christopher Stanfield has in store. If not then at least it has a triumphant ending. THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRISTOPHER STANFIELD FOR LETTING ME BE AN ARC READER FOR THIS ONE. I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!!

SYNOPSIS

The War for Souls has just begun, but time is already running out…

In the wake of one tragic, fateful night, Genevieve leaves behind every aspect of her simple life, including her name. Now she’s known as Lilith, and with the memories of her erased from those she loved, it’s as if she never existed. As she seeks her new purpose, dreams of a sad, broken woman with raven hair--- a woman in a place more terrible than nightmares--- continue to haunt her.

Madeline is a fractured soul trapped in Hell after taking her own life. Lilith believes this stranger may be the key to shattering Lucifer’s hold over that frightful realm. But to find Madeline she’ll need a soul who knows the fetid hellscape. A Demon has been sent. But he must first brave the dark of Hell and survive the madness in himself.

While Lilith sets her daring game in motion, Lucifer plots a scheme that will determine the fate of all souls, both living and in death. Lilith must get to Madeline, fast. For if she fails, there will be no end to the darkness Lucifer will bring.


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Friday, March 5, 2021

The Imposter

 


Alright y'all, I received this thriller from Marin Montgomery herself, and I wasn't sure what to expect going in. From the title, I thought it was going to be one of those life swapping type stories, but I was so wrong. I got about 45% when I thought it was going to be about a mother and daughter who didn't know each other enough so they felt like imposters to each other. Again, I was wrong. I couldn't put the book down unless my tablet was dead after about 52%, because I had to find out if all the secrets involved were going to be revealed. The ending was a WTF moment, because it was way out there from what I thought was going to happen. This story is definitely a page turner, a surprise at every turn, and a true psychological thriller. It is also about a mother and daughter trying to relearn each other while battling their own demons. I am so grateful that Marin chose me to be an ARC reader for this book, and have no doubt that this will be another Amazon Bestseller once it hits the shelves next week. I will also be checking out her book What We Forgot to Bury and the rest of her books as soon as I can end my book buying ban.
THANK YOU MARIN MONTGOMERY FOR THIS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER!!!!

SYNOPSIS

From the outside looking in, Sibley Sawyer has a perfect life. As a successful attorney, she’s worked hard to get to the top of her game—but when her personal and professional lives implode, Sibley looks for a way to turn the page.

Unable to shake the tragic circumstances that caused her to flee her rural Midwestern hometown, Sibley wants nothing more than to reunite with her estranged mother, Deborah, and bury their past tensions.

But as she reenters the life she left behind, she realizes her mother isn’t the same person she remembers, and she’s not the same daughter either.

As both women struggle to piece together a tangled web of deceit and lies, and the shocking circumstances that caused Sibley to leave in the first place, it becomes clear there are secrets rooted deeper than either mother or daughter could ever have imagined.

Can you really deceive your past and those around you?



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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

 


Alright y'all,  I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this nonfiction beauty from Celadon Books. While this is classified as a nonfiction,  I want to say it's a true crime book. If you are in your 30s or 40s, then you have probably heard of the Last Call Killer. I being in my late 20s knew a little bit about it, because it was also part of the "AIDS are everywhere" scare tact. So I will admit that went in thinking that this was going to just explain how Richard Rogers, aka the Last Call Killer, was caught while talking about each crime scene. I was happily surprised to find that this actually focuses on the victims and the gay community during the 80s and 90s. I have to applaud Elon Green for not only writing this book as a journalist, but for taking THREE years to make sure he was accurate and truthful. I love a good true crime show/book that gives more attention to the victims and the investigation than the murderer. I couldn't put this book down unless I absolutely had to (you know mama duties lol). I honestly wish I would have read this sooner, like around Halloween last year like I planned. I think this is going to be a big hit for everyone who loves a good true crime telling. The only regret I have is that the four maps were not included!! THANK YOU CELADON BOOKS AND ELON GREEN!!!

SYNOPSIS

The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.

The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.

He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim.

Nor will he be his last.

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten.

This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.


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Monday, March 1, 2021

Reaper Aftermath (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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It's been five years have passed since the Reapers invaded Earth, but Gregory is back and trying to survive the wastelands left behind!

Welcome to the book tour for Reaper: Aftermath by Jonathan Pongratz! Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win 1 of 3 print copies of the book!

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Genre: Sci-Fi Horror/ Apocalypse

Expected Publication Date: February 5th, 2021

Five years have passed since the Reapers invaded Earth and tore it asunder. Gregory, his mother, Trent, and their group of scavengers hunt the decimated wastelands for survival.

But when a sudden Reaper attack forces Gregory through a Reaper door, he finds himself in a bizarre place, one that may provide answers to the Reapers’ past and where they came from.

Can Gregory put together the pieces of the past and find his way home, or will he just become another human casualty in the lost war against the Reapers?

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Excerpt

I crouched behind a row of old dusty cars beside my mom and two other sharpshooters, my body trembling. Don't freak out. Be brave. Remember your training.

I took a deep breath and dared a peek ahead between two cars. Across the street was a deserted grocery store covered in grime and soot. It was a small shop, maybe two or three times the size of an average gas station. A bunch of old, rotted wooden planks covered the windows, but the front entrance was untouched. Whoever had been here was either dead inside or long gone. No one in their right mind would leave their home unfortified, not anymore.

All was quiet except for the wind, but I knew better. We all did. Any second and the Reapers could be right on us. Though they never came out during the day, we couldn’t leave anything to chance.

Mom pulled out her walkie. “Proceeding with root-out of potential Reapers.” She retrieved an oddly-shaped ball constructed from cans, tins, and several small bells we called chatter boxes from her supply bag and hurled it over her head.

The chatter box clunked loudly on the ground, bouncing before stopping in front of the seemingly-empty store. For a couple moments we all sat there, waiting for any sign of Reapers.

              Mom’s walkie crackled to life. “Patricia, I think we should--”

              “Quiet!” Mom hissed. “I think I hear something.”

              I couldn’t hear anything, but there was definitely a difference in the air, like it was charged somehow. Just like the basement five years ago. Images of the past filled my mind: My little sister Imogen, the electrified feeling down in the basement, the Reaper’s sudden appearance. I shook off my thoughts and edged close to my mother.

              “You’re right, something’s coming.”

Mom nodded, her gaze fixed on the grocery store. “Be brave, Gregory. If you have to, fall back.”

I shook my head. There was no way I was gonna miss out on this.

Her eyes widened, and she gripped her walkie once more. “Reapers, incoming!”

 I drew my Glock from my holster, turned the safety off, and tried to look through the abandoned store’s smudged entrance. It was dark inside, but I could see two hulking figures scrambling to the front of the store at breakneck speed.

Oh shi--

Two Reapers crashed through the entrance in an explosion of glass that blasted shards in a thousand directions. As the projectiles clinked on the ground I stared at the monsters before us, a chill running down my spine.

 Large, festering boils covered their reddish, emaciated bodies. They stood tall on two clawed feet, but could easily switch to all fours for speed, doubling the danger of their razor sharp appendages. The Reapers opened their mouths, revealing multiple layers of jagged, pointy teeth as they gave ear-piercing shrieks of rage.

A grin spread across my face. Time to die, assholes.

I aimed, then pulled my trigger as deafening gunshots came from my left and right. We’d hit the one on the right several times. A thick, black liquid oozed from its wounds, but it was still in fighting shape and pretty freakin’ pissed based on the hideous snarl on its face.

The aggravated Reaper leaped forward on all fours, bounding over the car we were hiding behind and landing in front of the sharpshooter furthest from me. It gave a mighty roar, snatching him up and throwing him like a rag doll. He went flying, landing on a nearby car’s windshield with a loud crack. The monster eyed the other sharpshooter with furious, predatory yellow eyes.

Shit, shit, shit! I lunged towards the Reaper as I targeted it, then yanked on my trigger.  It gave a high-pitched cry of pain and staggered back a step. Damn it! I’d only hit its shoulder. Its hateful gaze was now focused on me.

A sudden gunblast boomed from my comrade, and the Reaper fell to the ground, unmoving. A large pool of black sludge gathered underneath its head where the bullet had exited.

Before I could rejoice in the kill, Mom shouted nearby. I spun around. She was battling the other Reaper in front of the grocery store with a long knife in hand. She had deep cuts on her arms and legs, while the monster sported several nonfatal gunshot wounds. I tried to aim for the Reaper but they were moving too fast, desperately circling one another for an advantage. One wrong move and I’d shoot my own mother.

The Reaper took a wide-arching swipe at her, but she dodged to the side, cutting its leg as she went. The monster screeched and turned to attack, but mom slid between its legs and was now behind it. Point blank, Mom whipped out her revolver and fired three shots into the back of the Reaper’s head. It fell to the ground, twitching in its final death throes.

Mom lifted her combat boot and stomped on its head with a sickening crunch. The Reaper didn’t move anymore. She spat on it, then pulled out her walkie as I approached. “All clear. Torch the bodies.”

I glanced back. Twenty yards away behind another row of dead cars, our small group of noncombatants emerged. Mom strolled towards the grocery store and I jogged to catch up to her, eager to see what was inside. Whatever it was, it had better be worth it.

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About the Author

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Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.

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Author Interview with K.M. Neuhold


Alright y'all, I was introduced to this lovely thanks to Brittany Cournoyer, and I have to say that I am finding that I am seriously missing out. K.M. writes MM Romance, and her latest book is Nice Guys & First Times is available now. She also has her book, Stud (Four Bears Construction Book Five, coming out next week. I have already added K.M. to my list of ever growing Indie authors to read. However I wanted to get to know her a little better, so I was so glad that we have Brittany as a mutual friend. Let's dive, shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: K.M. Neuhold and I live in Wisconsin, land of cheese and snow. (All I can think of when someone says Wisconsin is "That '70's Show.)

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I am 100% indie published. It was a choice I made early on that I didn’t want to seek a publisher. I much prefer the freedom of publishing myself. 

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I write contemporary MM romance (sometimes more Ms in the mix too because I LOOOOOOOVE polyam love stories)

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I’ve been writing basically my whole life. There have always been stories in my head just dying to come out. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Nope. I’ve been a full time author for almost 3 years now.

Q: How many books have you published?
A: My 42nd book just came out this month! (Her 44th book is set to come out next week!!)

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I currently have one co-written project in editing and I am working on finishing up the first draft of a book I’m planning to publish in January.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: Such a hard question. Overall, I always struggle and stall the most writing transition or connecting scenes that bring the action together. 

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: None at the moment

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: I have a new series I’m planning for 2022, but 2021 is going to be all about wrapping up the series I’m already working on (Four Bears Construction, Love Logic, and Perfect Boys).

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 write mainly series that contain stand alone books. In other words, a group of friends all finding their own happily ever afters one by one. Each book stands on its own, but you also get to see couples from previous books pop back up as side characters. 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: Ranger is a co-written book with Nora Phoenix. It is a stand alone spin off from our Ballsy Boys series and is currently on preorder, set to release December 26th. (Which means that you can get it now on Amazon!!)

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: Between the two of us, it took 3 weeks to get it written. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: This usually only happens to me when I’m doing something the characters don’t like, so usually I take a step back and try to figure out what the problem is and why what I’m doing isn’t working. Sometimes I’ll step back to the point that I’ll put the book aside and write something else, and by the time I come back to it, I have an idea where I was going wrong and am able to re-work it and finish it. 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: I do very loose plotting, jotting down some important things about the characters and plot points I know I want to hit, and then I just dive right in and get to work. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I work about 4 hours a day and usually get about 2-3k words written each day in between a lot of procrastinating on social media. (I think we can all admit to using social media as a tool to delay any work lol.)

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: It depends on the day.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Everywhere! Songs, movies, people I see, pictures, jokes, memes…the most random things can spark inspiration.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: I firmly believe in comparing yourself to yourself. I want to have a long, successful career as me. 

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: YES!

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, I ARC and beta for several other MM authors. 

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: 100% . I started reading MM romance about 4 years ago and haven’t read anything else since. 

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: Too hard to name a favorite but my most re-read book is Where He Ends and I Begin by Cardeno C.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Absolutely! Both when reading and writing!!

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: I’m most active on Facebook, but also have an Instagram and Twitter as well. On Facebook we have a TON of fun in my reader group Neuhold’s Nerds 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I LOVE to. Interacting with my readers is one of my most favorite parts of this job. 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Mia Monroe has been my rock through 2020, alpha reading for me and cheering me on while letting me alpha read for her as well. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: I bought a house this year and for the first time I have my own office with a door to keep everyone else out lol, best money I’ve ever spent. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: They’re all extremely supportive and proud of me!

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Instagram:
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Twitter:
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Well there you have it folks! K.M. Neuhold has been part of the MM Romance community for a few years now, and has been hard at work. She multiple series out, and is even in multiple languages! I am super grateful that she agreed to do this interview. I have already added her to my TBR pile, which we all know is out of control, but I am hoping to get to at least one of her books soon. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about her, and I encourage everyone to check out her books and her social media pages! 

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