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Kristee Raven, Author of THE SHERWOOD PROOF, Reveals the Shocking Truth About Fairy Tales (with a giveaway!)

The Shocking Truth Behind the Fairy Tales You Love They start with once upon a time and end with everyone living happily ever after and in between those two things there is singing, talking woodland animals and a good deal of magic.  Everyone knows that’s how fairy tales go.  But do we really know these tales? Did you know that in the original Little Mermaid, she doesn’t get the prince?  Nope.  He marries the other girl.  The Little Mermaid’s sisters get together and find out from the Sea Witch that if the LM will stab the prince with a dagger,…

Sara M Schaller, Author of THE REVELATION OF THREE, On Why People Love Good vs Evil Stories (with a giveaway!)

The classic battle of good vs evil is one we all know well and one we all enjoy reading about. But what makes it so enjoyable that we keep coming back again and again to stories that include the trope? Personally, I think why readers like good vs evil stories is because it’s a universal trope that is easily recognizable and translatable. No matter what culture you come from or no matter what language you speak, the good vs evil trope is one that everyone can connect to, and I believe this is part of the reason why it is…

Annabelle Lewis, Author of CUT AND RUN, Talks About Her Writing Inspiration (with a giveaway!)

What inspired me to write my book I absolutely had to know what my characters would be up to next! Cut and Run can be read as a standalone, but it is the second book in the series of The Boston Clairvoyants. Dead Cat, Run was the first installment exploring how a small pack of normal people with special abilities living in Boston come together to do battle against evil. There is a mythological hierarchy involved in the game of good versus evil which is explained, and I love the thought that there are gifted people (and dogs!) walking among…

Lindsay Marcott, Author of MRS. ROCHESTER’S GHOST, Talks About JANE EYRE for the Modern Age (with a giveaway!)

Jane Eyre for the Modern Age with Lindsay Marcott  What is it about Jane Eyre that has made it a blockbuster for over a hundred and seventy years? The breathtaking writing, yes. The gripping plot: part Gothic romance, part coming-of-age story. The swooning romance between a rich man and a poor orphan, and the shock of the mad wife secreted in an attic. But I think most of all it’s the voice of Jane herself: a young woman with an extraordinary sense of her own worth and independence. A voice that was revolutionary in 1847 when Charlotte Brontë published it.…

Tricia Leedom, Author of PIECES OF EIGHT, Answers the Question – What is Romantic Adventure Fiction? (with a giveaway!)

What is Romantic Adventure Fiction? When I say I write contemporary Romantic Adventure, I find that many people don’t understand what that is exactly, so I thought I would use this opportunity to talk about it. On one hand, it’s exciting to know I may be writing something new and different, but on the other hand, I wonder why there aren’t more books for readers who enjoy this subgenre. I think there are plenty of women like me who enjoy watching a good action/adventure movie, especially when it includes a romantic subplot… Some movies that come to mind include: Mr.…

Cate Beauman, Author of NO MORE SECRETS, Talks About Fresh Starts and Second Chances (with a giveaway!)

Fresh starts and second chances… It’s hard to believe that The Carter Island Trilogy is coming to an end with the addition of No More Secrets. Originally, I intended to write Secrets Hidden in the Glass, book one in the series, as a standalone title. As I told the story of Sheriff Nathan Carter and famous stained glass artist Callie Davis, I fell in love with Carter Island and the many secondary characters, particularly Nate’s sisters, Molly and Gwen. They’re so sassy and irresistible. I knew I had to tell their stories, too. By trade, I’m a romantic suspense author.…

Author Juliette Hyland Talks About Her Inspiration for THE PEDIATRICIAN’S TWIN BOMBSHELL (with a giveaway!)

Believe it or not, the strangest place I’ve ever gotten inspiration for a book was while watching a woman in a video rip the high heels off her feet and throwing them into the trash on an Instagram video. I loved this video! I mean I think most women have put on shoes they thought were super cute only to find out they were actually evil toe crunchers. From this video the opening lines of The Pediatrician’s Twin Bombshell was born. DR. TESSA GARCIA leaned against the bar and slid the back of her heel out of the four-inch peep-toe…

Abbie Roads, Author of CAPTURING FATE, Reveals the Best and Worst Writing Advice She’s Ever Gotten (plus a Giveaway!)

The best writing advice I ever got was… JUST DO IT. Back in 2009, when I finally decided to try to write a book, fear paralyzed me. I didn’t know how to write a first sentence. How to turn that into a paragraph, then a chapter, then an entire book. All the things I didn’t know overwhelmed me. I had joined a writer’s group and went to my first meeting. I was new, but no one spoke to me or welcomed me until a lady came in and sat next to me. Turns out she was new to the group…

Valentine’s Day–Love It or Lose It? Kim Findlay, Author of A VALENTINE’S PROPOSAL (Cupid’s Crossing #1) Offers An Opinion (with a giveaway!)

Valentine’s Day – Love it or Lose it? My perspective on Valentine’s Day now is that of someone married for 36 years. It’s not that I don’t believe in celebrating love, but after this long, we plan to do something on the day after the 14th of February. Flowers are more expensive on that date, restaurants are completely booked, and it can be stressful. We can let it slide a bit. We’ve already had our special February 14ths. I can remember the thrill of getting a dozen red roses at the office for Valentine’s Day. Going out for dinner, before…

A Day in the Life of Ana Huang, Author of IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN (with a giveaway!)

A day in the life of the author I’m an early bird, so I usually wake up around seven a.m. I make myself a cup of tea (I’m not a big coffee person) and dive right into the writing or editing process. I like to do this first thing in the morning, because that’s when I have the most creative energy. If I try to write later in the day, I can’t focus and my mind wanders, because it’s already too cluttered from the other information I’ve consumed that day. If I’m in the first draft phase, I set a…

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