Q&A Marci Belle #Author of Delicious @belle_marci #Interview

Marci Belle is a wonderful debut author who has written a contemporary romance that will make you hungry for more than just love. Set in the restaurant world, Delicious is a fantastic novel about enemies who find love…gotta love these ones. I was lucky enough to read Delicious as a beta reader and wanted to introduce you all to this wonderful book before its release so that you can put it in the diary. Marci has joined us for a Q&A to tell us more about her and the book…

 

Marci, Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your book today.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write Delicious…

Hello and thank you for having me, Claire. I always enjoy connecting with you and the new groups you have put together. The Fledgling Authors Facebook group has already been a massive help to me.

This is my first book I’m publishing, but I wrote one before this that is also quite a culturally distinct story. I find couples with different backgrounds intriguing.

I’m actually first generation American, with Nicaraguan parents. That means that, although I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles, I was immersed in both worlds. I had plenty of Mexican friends and friends from most cultures. California is a beautiful and diverse melting pot of humans.

We were all Americans, but when we went home after school or work, our relatives cooked the food they grew up eating along with the American dishes they also were embracing. Food was a big part of our cultural identity.

When I moved to England, that changed. All the food and cultures I grew up with were no longer a part of my life. I enthusiastically explored the native food here, but often craved the Mexican food from home. The magic was missing. I longed for Mexican food more than I did Nicaraguan or American food.

Food is a very emotional thing for me. It brings back memories of my childhood. I remember hovering around the Mexican neighbor’s kitchen because she made amazing bean burritos. I guess you could say that this is the basis for the setting of the story and the connection between the characters. Everyone can find something in common.

Tell us a bit about the book, the synopsis.

Well they say that sometimes our lives are mapped out for us. I took that nugget of wisdom and played around with it in this story.

It’s an enemies to lovers story based on two characters who come from different worlds, but are connected by a similar passion. The female protagonist is a respected Mexican-American food critic who works for one of the world’s most popular food blogs.

She hides behind a pen name to protect her identity. As you can imagine, ruining a person’s hard work and dreams with a damming food review doesn’t always shed that person in a favorable light. It can be a dangerous job.

Our male protagonist, is a sexy restaurateur from London with a few ghosts in his past. His father is a celebrity chef, and sadly one he’s never been able to please. He recently opened a chic Mexican restaurant in Mayfair that lost a huge percentage of trade after a negative food review was published by the American food critic he now claims as his mortal enemy.

The book opens on a flight to London. When you’re in mid-air there’s nowhere to hide.

Without giving it away, there’s also some very sexy scenes in the book.

I was lucky enough to beta read Delicious so I have some inside knowledge of the book.
What, if anything, inspired the characters who are all so unique and full of life?

This is true. haha. The supporting characters are an amazing bunch that keep the story interesting and are a reflection of the openness of the protagonists. It’s a modern love story.

I definitely molded them around my group of larger than life friends who were there with me in spirit throughout the book.  I think readers will love them and find them entertaining.

I also ran a local culture blog that actually had a section called the Rock n’ Roll Food review. The character that inspired Nina wrote most of the articles. She’s obviously a musician. The book is filled with little treasures like that.

The main character is an American food blogger from California and you’re originally from California is there any of you in her character?

There are elements of me in her. Not physically, but the clumsiness and her temperament are borrowed from me. This is a creative, passionate and intelligent woman that embodies more than just superficial beauty. She has plenty of ingrained flaws. They can be endearing.

She has moments of both strength and weakness. That’s the part of her all women as a collective can relate to…when we’re honest with ourselves.

I would say the biggest part of myself that I contributed to the story was the way she related to food. There’s a huge nostalgia around it that comes from her childhood and family roots. I can definitely say she has a passion and respect for the culture which would translate into her reviews.

Our male character is a rich charismatic Englishman who owns restaurants and has a flea in his ear about something our main character wrote about him. His playboy stubbornness is both refreshing and amusing, is this based on anyone you know?

Yes! But I won’t say his name. There is a French celebrity chef in England who once was a bad boy himself, but his son has left him in the dust. He is a complete playboy hottie. You may know who I mean. You’ll then understand the relationship between father and son. The difference is that I added about ten years to his age. That’s ten years to grow out of his rogue ways. There’s something attractive about a man finding his true self after the storm has passed. There is a lot of character there.

Everywhere you look in this book there is food, be honest now how much did you eat writing it?

I almost choked on the cacao nibs I’m munching on from laughing so hard. I’m definitely an eater. Weirdly, I think I was making a lot of vegetarian food when I wrote this. My youngest daughter is a vegetarian so I was trying to accommodate her. I think I was dreaming about the dishes in this book extra hard because I didn’t have access to them.

You won’t find authentic Mexican ingredients readily available in UK supermarkets unless you’re in a place like London. I have to order everything online. I’ve learned to make my own tortillas.

It’s quite possible this book was also driven by the lack of a good fish taco in my life.

What was your writing process? And what would you change for future?

I spent a lot of time indoors writing this book. It probably took me longer than the average person to write because there were a series of tragic circumstances that happened along the way. It was most definitely a challenge.

I’m not sure my writing routine was predictable or is the one I will implement for the rest of my books. I did find that writing a chapter a day minimum after coffee and a bit of yoga stretches is very productive. A bit of oxygen to the body and blood to the brain and you’re ready to go. I’m no yogi but I certainly enjoy it when I do get off my bottom.

Also, I’d love to share that Jade West mentored me through the first two novellas I’ve written so far. She also shared a wealth of valuable writing information with me that I will hang on to forever. There is still so much to learn but that will come in time.

What comes next for Marci Belle?

I love writing these books and I don’t ever want to stop writing them. I plan to release the first book I wrote shortly after this one and I’m dying to write some new ones. I have five in the works in my head. But one at a time is how it works.

Each book will be different than the other. I don’t feel the need to suppress the art of writing by following a trend. I think if you love the idea you want to pen and are passionate about it, it will be the most rewarding thing you do for yourself and your readers. But then, I’ve always been a rebel.

 

Thank you Claire for the opportunity to share my book with the world.

About Marci Belle

California native living in the beautiful Welsh borders in England. You have to see it to believe it.This is my eleventh year in the UK, but I’m an LA Woman through and through.
I love Sexy Romantic Comedies, Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, and when I’m feeling devious, Dark Romance.

My characters will tend towards strong, inspiring females, and the delicious Alphas who love them, or hate them. Mix that up with humor, and you have a heady cocktail of sexy romantic comedy, and steamy emotional ride.

I’ve spent the past few years as a local culture writer, many years in the fashion and beauty industry, but my very best years are being spent as a mother of two very beautiful girls. Especially, with my first daughter when I was a single mom working a million temps jobs to pay the bills. I survived and looking back, I’m quite proud of my little family.

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#Interview Elizabeth Corrigan – Oracle of Philadelphia @ERCorrigan @RAPublishing

Like most bloggers I get a whole host of review requests, with the state of my TBR *insert crying face here* I tend to politely turn them down. But occasionally I receive one that makes me stop and consider it more closely. The email I received from Elizabeth Corrigan was one of those. The blurb for Oracle of Philadelphia was right up my street, and while I don’t have time to read it right now, it went straight onto my Kindle wish list so that I can buy it when I have more time and I asked if Elizabeth would like a guest spot on the blog. We agreed on an interview and I’m pleased to share the interview with you today.

Description

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

Interview

Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Oracle of Philadelphia

Oracle of Philadelphia is about an immortal girl named Carrie who can read minds. She owns a crappy diner in Philadelphia and has angel and demon friends. One day, she meets a man who has sold his soul to a demon, but she knows that he is a good person, so she decides to travel into Hell to negotiate with the archdemons for his soul.

Who is Carrie? What makes her tick?

Carrie has lived for 8,000 years with the weight of knowing everyone’s thoughts—and knowing that her village sold their souls to a demon in order to give her immortal life. She tends to be rather sad, both because of this and because of the continual loss of the people she knows. She has two true friends, the demon Bedlam and the angel Gabriel, and she lives for her interactions with them.

Where did Carrie come from? What made you write her?

This one is a little embarrassing. I actually got the idea from the television show Supernatural. At the end of season 2, one of the characters sells his soul to a demon (#spoilers!), and while waiting for season 3 to start, I pondered what would happen next. I came up with the concept of an oracle who would want to save him. The story now bears little resemblance to Supernatural, but it takes place in a crappy diner because in Supernatural, I feel the all-powerful oracle would work in a crappy diner.

How did you come up with the concept for the series Earthbound Angels?

I answered this a bit above, but that only explains where I got the plot for the first book. I decided I wanted to write a series because I got interested in all the surrounding characters I was writing about. At first I thought I would write a book about Carrie, then one each about Bedlam and Gabriel. But the story stretched even beyond that and included even more characters.

The cover art for Oracle of Philadelphia is vivid and intriguing, tell us how it came about.

My publisher’s cover artist, Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics, came up with the cover. He incorporated the symbol of the flaming sword, the oracle, and the city of Philadelphia in what I, at least, think is a beautiful cover. He’s also great to work with! I use him for all my self-published covers as well, and I recommend him to any author looking for a cover artist.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack for Oracle of Philadelphia?

Oh, so many, and a lot of them are mentioned in the book. Carrie’s theme song is “Human” by Christina Perri, Gabriel’s is “Halo” by Beyonce, and Bedlam’s is “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger. Some other songs on the soundtrack would be “Hero” by Chad Kroger, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, and “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

Tell us five unusual facts about Elizabeth Corrigan.

a.) I’m pathologically afraid of bees.

b.) I do a lot of tabletop gaming, to include role-playing games and cooperative board games.

c.) I’m trying to give up Diet Coke, but I miss the caffeine.

d.) I drive a SmartCar (but I might trade it in for an SUV soon-ish).

e.) I have two cats named Mookie and Tiara.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m somewhere in between? I do a lot of planning in my head before I ever start writing, but I have to write down a basic outline to get my plot sketched out. And when I say basic, I mean really basic. I just write down the chapter title and less than a sentence about what happens in that chapter. For the last book I worked on, I actually had 5 pages of notes, and it was the most I had ever outlined. Which was funny because my friend Mary Fan, who is usually a planner, was writing a book at the same time, and she felt like she was pantsing because she only had 5 pages of notes.

What have been your most memorable reviews?

I try to let the reviews, good and bad, roll off me as much as possible, but there are a few that stand out. My favorite review quote from Oracle was from Random Musings of a Curious Mind: “… filled with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that will break your heart.” I thought that was such a nice thing to say. Other reviews that stand out are ones where a reviewer whom you never met seems to really get your book. Just a few of those make the whole writing experience worthwhile.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

For my day job, I’m a government contractor who does quality assurance work on data about behavioral health issues. In my spare time, I play a lot of tabletop games, both role-playing games and cooperative board games.

Has writing taught you anything about yourself?

Writing has taught me so much about myself. I learned pretty quickly when I started editing that I am not at all a visual person, which means I don’t generally describe anything. My editor’s notes tend to include things like, “Describe anything” and “Scroll through the senses.” I’ve gotten a lot better at doing this on my own, but it’s still not instinctive to me. Over the long-haul, I’ve come to learn that I really am writing for myself more than anyone else. I used to dream of being famous and successful—and of course, I still hope for that—but I’ve learned that I’m happy just being a little indie writer, and writing to that goal is more satisfying to me in the long-run.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions and hanging out with me for a while.

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TitleOracle of Philadelphia
SeriesEarthbound Angels #1
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: 20 March 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 222
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#BlogTour: A Winter’s Wish Come True by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so excited to be part of this blog tour for A WInter’s Wish Come True. Lynsey James is a wonderful author and her books always leave me with a happy knot in my stomach. I loved the first part in this series A Season of Hopes and Dreams and you can check out my review again for that here. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me on the tour.

Description

Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she?

Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other.

Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!

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Review

I well and truly fell in love with Cleo and Scott in A Season of Hopes and Dreams, imagine my distraught cries when I started A Winter’s Wish come True only to find out they had split up. Lynsey James, you broke my heart girl! This is it, that book AFTER the Happily Ever After, except it’s not too happy!

That is until Scott slinks back into town, tail between his legs and rekindles those flames leaving poor old Cleo with a little more than she bargained for. Single, pregnant and hoping beyond hope for a real happy ending Cleo is now facing the harsh realities of her life.

Sooooo, I will admit to finding Cleo just a little irritating early in this book. If she’d just reeled in her attitude and listened to Scott she would have saved herself a lot of trouble. BUT, that wouldn’t have exactly made for a very good book, so I get it, I really do. I just think she could have been a bit nicer.

Scott is kind of a perfect guy, he just does and says the right things every time, even when it’s taken the wrong way (almost every time) and he just keeps on bouncing back for more. That man loves his woman ladies. Sure, he’s screwed up in the past, but who hasn’t? He is definitely one of those guys that give you the warm and fuzzies.

This is going to be a book that warms everyone up from the inside out and brings happy festive smiles to all your faces.

Sending huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

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3 eCopies of A Winter’s Wish Come True.

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TitleA Winter’s Wish Come True
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health | Christmas
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 254
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon USSpeedyHen

#BlogTour: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Interview #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the A Season of Hopes and Dreams blog tour, I’m super excited for this one as I not only have my review but an interview with Lynsey James as well, yes you are being spoiled today! Also, if that wasn’t enough there is a giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Author Interview

Hi Lynsey, Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about A Season of Hopes & Dreams

A Season of Hopes and Dreams is about Cleo, who used to harbour dreams of becoming a professional dancer and taking over the world. That all changed when she was involved in a tragic car accident and for a long time, she stopped dreaming, Then she finds the old bucket list she made when she was younger and things start to happen! Oh, and there’s a hunky personal trainer named after an iconic Neighbours character…

What inspired Cleo and her story?

A bit of it came from my own experience. I’ve been in and out of slimming groups for years as I’ve tried to lose weight myself, and the dynamics just fascinate me. Like Cleo, I’ve also struggled with body dysmorphia and thought it would be good to tell the story of how it can affect your life, but also how you can conquer the demons it can bring.

Who is the main man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?

The main man in my story is the lovely Scott Robinson and I won’t lie, I’m a little bit in love with him! He’s a personal trainer who loves Cleo exactly as she is, and he really helps her on her journey to conquer her demons and achieve her dreams. He’s unfortunately not based on anybody I know (I wish!). If I had the Man Dough from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I’d make a man like Scott.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?

One of them would definitely have to be Especially for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. When the main man’s called Scott Robinson, you can’t not include that song!

Why don’t we chuck Too Many Broken Hearts in there too?

What is your writing process?

Oh gosh, it’s chaotic! I’m continually in awe of those super-authors who plan out their books with brightly-coloured Post Its. I get a rough idea of where I’m going with the story, or even just a jumping off point, and dive right in. Often I’ll decide on plot elements I’d like to incorporate when I’m halfway through the draft. Somehow, I end up with a finished book though!

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I’m really interested in relationships – how they come together, how they fall apart and all the bits in between! I honestly love writing about people falling in love or maybe falling out of it. People in general also interest me – I’m one of those people who sits in coffee shops and makes up stories about the people sitting around me.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

Mhairi McFarlane is the biggest one, without a doubt. She combines humour and romance so effortlessly. I also love Harriet Evans, Miranda Dickinson, Kirsty Greenwood, Lisa Dickenson, A L Michael, Portia Macintosh… There are so many talented authors to mention!

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

I think it’d probably be crime. I’m a huge fan of detective shows and often try to find the culprit before the detectives on the telly. My success rate isn’t very high though…

What book have you most recently read?

Cocktails and Dreams by the lovely A L Michael, who I’m lucky enough to call a friend. It’s warm, witty and downright hilarious. She’s releasing a sequel soon and I just know it’ll be as awesome as this one.

What book do you most wish you had written?

The Story of You by Katy Regan. It absolutely blew me away when I read it and I remember thinking ‘wow, I really wish I’d written this myself’. I didn’t want to put it down.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

Review

Cleo is a character that most of us will be able to relate to, I certainly felt very attuned to her plight as a woman struggling not just with weight issues but a more serious eating disorder. As a teenager Cleo dreamed of being a dancer then an accident which broke her legs destroyed that dream and she’s been left wandering aimlessly ever since and food not only became her comfort but her enemy as she developed a binge eating disorder, as someone who has had one of these I know what a struggle they are to get past.

We follow her on her journey as she attends a local slimming club, why she finds it helpful, and facing all of her insecurities as personal trainer Scott comes into her life. From not being able to believe that a man could like her to letting her guard down enough to let him in. Through to the self-sabotage when she realises he might just like her a bit too much.

I could relate to so much of Cleo’s journey and was willing her to accept herself as much as I was willing her to accept Scott. I know from my own experience there is life after this illness and I wanted her to make those steps and find some happiness.

Lynsey James has written a compassionate but honest account of living with weight issues and an illness which is rarely tackled by anybody with characters which are raw, lovable and heartwarming.

Sending a huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

Giveaway

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TitleA Season of Hopes and Dreams
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 11 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK | SpeedyHen

#BlogTour: Thrax by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer @MyMonsterHouse @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Thrax the fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series. I have an author interview with Christina Bauer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

I’ve read the first book in the series and intend to continue it, here are links to the first three books for those who want to jump in!

Book One: Angelbound
Book Two: Scala
Book Three: Acca

Description

Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.

The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.

Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.

There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Thrax
THRAX is the story of what happens when you’re a kick-ass demon chick with a totally awesome and supportive hottie prince of a hubby…but that sweet guy gets replaced by a douchebag body double. You go find your man.

How does it feel to follow characters through a series like this?
It’s been a fun journey to bring Myla and Lincoln through meeting each other and into love and marriage. To set some context, I’m a big fan of reading myths from other cultures, and it struck me how all our Western stories end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ while Eastern cultures tend to BEGIN with stuff like ‘And so Rama and Sita were married.’ That’s a totally different perspective, and I wanted to explore it as a writer. Turns out, that’s not so easy, in part because there isn’t a huge canon of Western literature in this area to draw from. In the case of THRAX, it’s about the personal growth that can happen after you’re married, in this case with Myla.

Where do you come up with your ideas?
I’m super careful about all the storytelling that I consume. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the saying goes! I’m a very visual writer, so use Pinterest boards a lot: https://www.pinterest.com/bauermonster/.  I love movies, and I get a lot of great material from there. And of course, I read about a three-five books a week on average. I work very hard to find authors with fresh ideas, and when I run across someone awesome, I review them on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1740882?shelf=read

After that? It’s just a lot of hard work. Fortunately, I also seem to have an imagination that doesn’t seem to function like everyone else’s. That’s something that was a huge disadvantage for me for a long time (curse you, standardized testing!) but these days, it seems to be paying off.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?
THRAX had a few classic tunes that I kept going back to. Queen’s Find Somebody to Love is featured heavily in the book, so I listed to that non-stop for days.

I also really got into the version of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This which was done for the Wrinkle in Time trailer. For me, this song encapsulated Myla’s point of view in the beginning of the book: everyone says this is supposed to be awesome, but she knows it isn’t right.

What is your writing process?
It all starts when I come up with a question. In this case, it was “what if Lincoln got replaced by an evil body double?” After that, I ask a lot more questions: “Who would want to do that to Lincoln? Why? What do they stand to gain?” I’ve written twenty-plus notebooks filled with the full world of Angelbound. I’d created Ethan a long time ago and tossed him because he didn’t work for the story. So, it was great to bring him in here.

Once I have the bones of the idea, then I write an outline to share with my editor (you’re a goddess, GIE!). From there, I start writing and that’s where the fun begins! I got half-way through THRAX before a certain special character showed up (his name starts with I) and damn that was AWESOME!

So you know, something that’s REALLY helped with my process is all the support I get from readers. When I was writing THRAX, I was like ‘what? This is way out there!’ But I know you guys dig innovative stuff, so I went with it, and I’ve been really happy with the early response.

Why YA Fantasy novels? What drew you to the genre?
Like many writers for young adults, I had a pretty sucktastic youth. So part of me is always trapped in that age range, for good and bad. When I was a teen, the Lord of the Rings really helped me survive. Literally. In particular, I loved how Frodo was just a regular guy who was given a horrible burden, but our hobbit hero never gave up. That meant a lot to me. As a result, I write YA Fantasy because I imprinted on it, more or less.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Tolkien, naturally. Edith Hamilton also wrote a great book on Greco Roman Mythology that inspires me quite a lot. Hamilton has a gift for making tales of gods and goddesses come alive! I also had a copy of the original Grimm’s Brother’s Fairy Tales, aka the pre-Disney stuff. Loved that too.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Does science fiction count? I know it gets lumped in with fantasy a lot, but I have some ideas about a kick-ass space ship captain that’s been rattling around my head.

What book have you most recently read?
I just finished Wild Blood (Cyborg Shifters #1) by Naomi Lucas. As the title promises, Lucas does some very cool stuff by combining cyborgs with the traditional shifter genre that I really enjoyed. Thumbs up!

What book do you most wish you had written?
Oh, I definitely wish I had the ability to create entire languages like Tolkien did, do it would have to say my dream book to write is the Lord of the Rings. Damn, but Tolkien was super-smart. Plus, he wrote much of LoTR as a series of letters to his sons who were fighting in WWII (Tolkien himself fought in WWI), and that spirit of trying to encourage someone else to persevere comes through so clearly. Truly beautiful.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.
Thank YOU for asking me such awesome and personalized questions! I love it when bloggers take the time to really dig into my work and process!

About Christina Bauer

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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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TitleThrax
SeriesAngelbound Origins #4
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 300
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#BlogTour: Hopechest by Kailee Reese Samuels @KRSamuels @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Hopechest an erotic romance novel which is out now. I have an author interview with Kailee Reese Samuels which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

If you are like me and like to read a series in order here are the links to the earlier books in the series. Enjoy!

Book One: The Initiation
Book Two: Tea For Two
Book Three: Grunt

Description

Kaci agreed to the most important question of her life.
And then she had her fiancé taken hostage.

He played her game and trained for battle.
And now he is completely unprepared to lose.

Loving her once, Sal fell for her eccentric, wild pixie. She used her abilities—aiming her target to get revenge—but Kaci stumbled into a dangerous love, putting Sal through a gut-wrenching hell.

Can Sal ever forgive her sins of the past?

With the questions on the table, one inescapable truth looms before their relationship. His calculating mind and intimidating body built for the greater good, leaving Sal changed. No longer the curious submissive boy of the past, his new outlook is one of defiance, kink, and control.

Will Kaci embrace the changes – or – is the end closer than she ever imagined?

There is nothing he can do—
No praying on his knees for forgiveness
No bargaining with the devil to save their relationship
In this heartbreaking battle, Sal will lose.

In the fourth and final book of The Story of Salvatore, Sal Raniero begs to reverse the clock as reality leaks into his perfect bubble. With his love of the fetish world shoved to the backburner, he learns not only the meaning of love, but how precious time is.

The war begins when Sal rages into Sugargrove—
Nothing safe from his wrath
Nothing sacred in his path
…including the Hope he longed to keep.

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Hopechest

Hopechest is the final book in The Story of Salvatore, where I explored chapters of Sal’s life when he first arrives in Sugargrove. He’s quite young – 19 – and meets a young female pro-Dom in book one, Kaci Hope and the story unfolds with their story and why he is so broken in Juliet.

What inspired Kaci and her story?

The motivation behind Kaci was wanting a completely unexpected character to arrive in Sal’s life. She is everything he is not, yet longs to become. As the story progresses, we learn things with Kaci are not as stable as they may seem, but by that point, Sal feels a responsibility to do the right thing because he didn’t grow up in an environment of doing the right thing. And he is determined to not become his father.

Who is the man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?

Sal Raniero is my lead, usually in all the books. If he isn’t the main, he plays a supporting role. I wanted to take a character like so many other authors have in various genres and really explore his world and his life. I wanted readers to feel like they knew him and he was their best friend. He is loosely based on the love affair I have been having for over twenty years. John is very much Italian-American, so I had a rich history to draw upon to add to the reality of the story.

Which song(s) are the soundtrack of this novel?

I listen to a lot of Paramore anytime Kaci is involved.

What is your writing process?

I start with an idea––either a dream, an event, or a thought—and build upon that to get a starting point A and an ending point Z. I try and do a rough sketch with a few sentences of where I think the book should go, but the characters don’t always agree. laughs

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I was originally working on a sci-fi/fantasy piece, but during my research for self-publishing, I learned a lot by listening to women readers. They wanted longer books with characters they could really sink themselves into. I kept seeing—we want more of so-and-so and I wanted to build a world (Juliet) and characters (Sal, Kaci, Jack, Iris, et al) that they could really feel like they could sit down and have a cup of coffee with them—like old friends. I think readers, myself included, enjoy the comfort and depth of the stability.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

In the genre, JA Huss has been my standard go-to, a role model, and an excellent teacher. There are a few others I do read: TM Frazier is incredible and Pam Godwin’s prose is angelic. While I am on the lookout for new indies and the book everyone may be talking about on a professional level, on a personal level, I adore the writings of R. Lee Smith (sci-fi/horror/erotica). From her world building to her genre-blending, I find her work magnificent.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

Though I technically write in multi-genre now, Juliet and The SOS series tend to be more psychological to where Fluff and Bounce lean more to the erotic, I do have plans on branching out in 2018 with a psychological thriller and a strict contemporary romance. I am a writer; I don’t think there is a genre I couldn’t write if I worked hard enough at it. Although, it would need to be something I had interest in. I don’t think I could ever write a historical romance because I don’t ever read that genre. Nothing against it by any means, just not something I have ever delved into.

What book have you most recently read

I loved B.B. Blaque’s “Beautiful Evil: The Monster” and I plan on reading the rest of the series. I am currently taking a splendid trip with Tarryn Fisher’s “Atheists Who Kneel and Pray.” After that I plan on diving into Clare Marta’s The Hunter Chronicles, Kendare Blake “Three Dark Crowns”, and Rachel Caine “Stillhouse Lake.” I need more time to read. laughs

What book do you most wish you had written?

Easy. R. Lee Smith’s “The Last Hour of Gann” or Molly Weatherfield’s “Carrie’s Story.”

Thank you so much for the interview! It was a pleasure!

Kailee xx

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reese Samuels - Author ImageEmbracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/ list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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TitleHopechest
SeriesThe SOS #4
Author: Kailee Reese Samuels
Genre: Erotica | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 270
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#BlogTour: Second Snowfall by Sarah Fischer @SarhAlexander7 @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Second Snowfall a new adult romance novel which is out now. I have an author interview with Sarah Fischer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

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Last semester, Annabelle fell in love. There are just two problems. Jason is her best friend…and he’s already taken.

Refusing to break up a relationship, Annabelle resigns to love him from afar—until a certain hot firefighter walks into her life.

Kingsley is the perfect catch. Rich, attractive, with muscles to boot, and he only has eyes for Annabelle. But things get complicated when he clashes with Jason.

With tensions running high and emotions spiraling out of control, Annabelle finds herself torn between her love for Jason, and her new desire for Kingsley.

The longer Annabelle tries to hold on to both men, the more she gets tangled up in a web of lies, secrets, and chilling revelations.

Now, things have gotten worse and Annabelle must do something—before things get ugly…

Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Second Snowfall

Second Snowfall is about a girl who is tired of living in the friend zone, while the guy she wants to be with is already taken. She takes a look around to see what else is out there and finds the fire fighter pornos are made with.

What inspired Annabelle and her story?

When I was college, one of my best friends had a guy best friend and everyone was convinced they were dating. They both clearly had feelings for each other, but never acted on them. Now he’s married to somebody else and she’s happily living with a different guy, but always wonders what would have happened if they had gotten together. So in Second Snowfall I give my characters the chance to possibly live out what could have been. And of course, every good book needs a hot fire fighter!

Who are the main men in your story and are they based on anyone you know?

Jason is based on somebody I went to college with, but unfortunately am no longer in contact with. He and I had been close and I considered him one of my best friends.

Thomas Kingsley III is not based off anyone real, but rather the fantasy of sex and money. However, Kingsley’s problems are based off those that affected people close to my heart.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?

What is your writing process?

I plan the general bones of the story and then hope and pray everything else fills itself in!

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I read my first romance novel when I was fourteen and was enamoured by their ability to leave you in a better mood than you started. There’s something magical about romance in the air.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

Catherine Bybee and Jennifer Probst

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

I have a work in progress right now that is a young adult suspense.

What book have you most recently read?

The Non-Disclosure Agreement by Kelsey McKnight

What book do you most wish you had written?

The Harry Potter Series! I think JK Rowling is the most brilliant author on the planet and I’d like to get into her mind. And the money wouldn’t hurt either!

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer works hard fighting the good fight one background check at a time. But before she got into the business of being nosey, she graduated with a degree in criminal justice and married the calm to her crazy. Then she had a scary health scare and needed heart surgery. While recovering, she finally had the time to write stories filled with passionate romance. Her first book, Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester was published in April and book two, Second Snowfall, will be out shortly. In her spare time, she manages a review blog called, A Kiss At Midnight Reviews.

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TitleSecond Snowfall
Series: Elton Hall Chronicles #2
Author: Sarah Fischer
Genre: New Adult | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 4 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 216
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