BOOK FEATURE / BITE THY NEIGHBOR BY ESMAE BROWDER

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Title: BITE THY NEIGHBOR
Author: Esmae Browder
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance



Some neighbors suck...literally.

Quirky Maisy Harker spends her time daydreaming about her sexy husband, Jensen Helsing. Though their marriage is one of convenience, Maisy wishes the sparks of heat she feels around him were reciprocated. Sexually starved, she also lusts after her mysterious neighbor, Adam. True, his incisors do look a bit sharp, and he never seems to drink or eat anything—but hey, maybe that’s how he keeps that yummy, drool-worthy physique!

Yet Maisy knows something’s not quite right, and it isn’t long before she learns Adam is a centuries-old vampire embroiled in a gypsy curse placed on the women of her family. All her female ancestors have been drawn to the vampire and bound by his desires, experiencing a terrible side effect of the curse and resulting in death.

It's up to Maisy to find a way to break the curse once and for all before she, too, falls under his spell.

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You’re the one I’ve been waiting for,” Adam whispered. “And I’ve waited a long time.”
I was unable to fight being aroused by this sexy man with the fierce, dark eyes. His lips were a pale red, and as I looked at them, my mind instantly pictured us in a heated lip lock, our tongues ravishing each other. All my senses jumped to high alert.
“I don’t know what you mean,” I whispered back, unable to keep the shake out of my voice. “You don’t know me. And…and I’m a married woman.”
“Married?” he scoffed and grabbed my hand, kissing it lightly. “That doesn’t matter when it comes to destiny.”
Damn. His lips on my skin set my heart skipping. I started to feel a little tingle between my legs.
“Destiny?” I asked, shifting slightly.
“Don’t play dumb with me, my sweet Maisy.” Adam smiled and then stood in front of me so quickly I didn’t see the actual movement. “You can’t deny the passion you feel for me,” he said, going to his knees. “I’ve been in your dreams. I know your desires.”
He put a hand on my bare leg, sliding it up to my thigh as light as a feather.
“That’s not possible.” I shivered, wondering if he would slip that hand higher and discover how vulnerable I was without panties. “You’re teasing me.”
“Am I?”





Esmae Browder is an ex-catholic school girl who loves romance and vodka tonics. When not reading a spicy novel, she enjoys creating them by combining elements of well-known tales and updating them for our modern world. She is the author of the Naughty Shakespeare series, as well as, the paranormal romance Bite Thy Neighbor—a sexy Dracula meets Wisteria Lane style novel.

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BOOK FEATURE: NIGHT IN JERUSALEM BY GAELLE LEHRER KENNEDY

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Title: NIGHT IN JERUSALEM
Author: Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy
Publisher: PKZ Inc.
Pages: 246
Genre: Historical Romance

A bewitching love story that is also an extraordinary portrait of Jerusalem, its faith, spirituality, identity, and kaleidoscope of clashing beliefs, Night in Jerusalem is a novel of mystery, beauty, historical insight, and sexual passion.
David Bennett is invited to Jerusalem in 1967 by his cousin who, to the alarm of his aristocratic British family, has embraced Judaism. He introduces David to his mentor, Reb Eli, a revered sage in the orthodox community. Despite his resistance to religious teaching, David becomes enthralled by the rabbi’s wisdom and compassionate presence. When David discloses a sexual problem, Reb Eli unwittingly sets off a chain of events that transforms his life and the life of the mysterious prostitute, Tamar, who, in a reprise of an ancient biblical story, leads both men to an astonishing realization. As passions rise, the Six Day War erupts, reshaping the lives of everyone caught up in it.

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David lay awake thinking about Anat. He was intimidated by her sexuality, but also fascinated by her free spirit and daunting intelligence. He had never met anyone like her. He wondered if Jonathan and the others knew she preferred women lovers, and why she had confided in him. He became anxious, thinking perhaps she sensed he had sexual issues and was someone she could easily manipulate. 
Earlier, out on the roof, he had asked her why she preferred women. She had answered simply, “For the same reasons you do,” then adding, “I find women more interesting intellectually, as well as sexually.” 
Her directness was equal parts frightening and exciting. He wanted to know her better. Perhaps, with her, he could get over his sexual problem. The truth was, he desired her as much as he found her intimidating.



Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy worked as an actress and writer in film and television in the United States and Israel. Night in Jerusalem is her debut novel, which she has adapted to film. She lives in Ojai California with her husband and daughter.

She writes, “I lived in Israel in the 1960s, a naive twenty-year-old, hoping to find myself and my place in the world. The possibility of war was remote to me. I imagined the tensions in the region would somehow be resolved peacefully. Then, the Six Day War erupted and I experienced it firsthand in Jerusalem.

I have drawn Night in Jerusalem from my experiences during that time. The historical events portrayed in the novel are accurate. The characters are based on people I knew in the city. Like me, they were struggling to make sense of their lives, responding to inherited challenges they could not escape that shaped their destiny in ways they and the entire Middle East could not have imagined.

I have always been intrigued by the miraculous. How and where the soul’s journey leads and how it reveals its destiny. How two people who are destined, even under the threat of war and extinction, can find one another.

Israel’s Six Day War is not a fiction; neither was the miracle of its victory. What better time to discover love through intrigue, passion, and the miraculous.

Writing this story was in part reliving my history in Israel, in part a mystical adventure. I am grateful that so many who have read Night In Jerusalem have experienced this as well.”

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Lockdown Book Blast!

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Title: LOCKDOWN
Author: Samie Sands
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 232
Genre: Horror/Scifi

Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…

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He’s disgusting. I’ve never seen one this close before, heading towards me with such vigour. I’ve always done my best to avert my eyes from the infected, but now time seems to freeze as I can’t drag my gaze away. What I thought was him shuffling, was actually him dragging his broken, bloodied leg behind him. This wound is so deep I can see bone poking through. I can’t help but retch.
The bite on his shoulder is absolutely huge and rancid—all blackened from the infection. His arm is hanging down by his side, completely useless. He’ll never be able to move that again, no matter what happens. His face is also in a terrible state. His skin is a deep grey, much murkier than the others I’ve seen. He must have been infected for a very long time. The bags under his eyes droop incredibly low, causing his face to look deformed. The blood running down his skin, staining all his clothes, looks really old. Scratch marks cover his torso; he looks as if he’s been brutally beaten in some awful fight. I would never have thought someone could survive these injuries, they’re just so severe. People have died over much less, and yet here he is, still moving towards us, baring his teeth, ready and waiting to eat.
Jake pulls me hard and I stumble backwards, tripping over a box. I hit the ground hard and suddenly find myself unable to move, as if I’m physically paralysed by fear. It’s almost as if I’m having an out of body experience, looking down at myself, screaming run. Something is pulling me upwards, but my body is too sluggish to comply. It just won’t do what I want it to, I’m too panicked. Now I understand how Tim was feeling when he was attacked and unable to scale the fence. Limp and useless. I know an assault is imminent, but I can’t do anything to stop it. I’m utterly screwed, and I’m just sitting here, waiting for it to happen.
I’m shaking, sobs rising up in my chest. I’m going to die if I don’t get up now, so why can’t I? All I need to do is make my way over to the door, but it feels a million miles away. I don’t even know where Jake is. I can hear him hissing at me, encouraging me to move, but I can’t see him anywhere. He might have even made it outside already. If so, he should probably run before he has to witness my death.
Thud. The loud noise shocks me into looking up. Thud. There it is again. This time it’s following by a sloshing sound, like a wet mop hitting the ground. I need to locate the source of the noise. I need to know what’s happening, how long I have left. Can I escape? Can I really survive this? My heart leaps into my dry, panicked mouth and my slick palms slide across the ground.
It’s Jake, I can finally see him. He’s absolutely covered in blood. His axe is discarded on the ground next to him. He’s offering me a hand. I reach up tentatively to grab it, still trying to piece together the scene around me.
“He’s…?”I can’t finish my sentence. I can’t vocalise all the hundreds of questions that are swirling around in my mind.
“Yes, Leah, he’s gone. ”Jake blows out some air, as if all the stress is seeping out of his body.
Relief floods my chest, pushing away some of the numb sensation. I’ve never had a near death experience before, so I’m not sure how you’re supposed to feel. We sit silent for a while, just the sounds of our heavy breathing to keep us company. The shop owner doesn’t move again, so I can feel myself starting to relax in his presence. I wonder what happened to him, how he managed to get into that state, when he got bitten—all of these questions that we’ll never get the answer to now that he’s gone forever.


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Samie Sands is the author of the AM13 Outbreak series – Lockdown, Forgotten, and Extinct. She’s also had a number of short stories published in very successful short story anthologies.

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HEARTS AT SEASIDE BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY @addison_cole_

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Title: HEARTS AT SEASIDE (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
Author: Addison Cole
Publisher: World Literary Press
Pages: 280
Genre: Sweet with Heat Romance



Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends! 

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language. 

In HEARTS at
SEASIDE... 
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident--except when she's around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother's new cougar lifestyle, Jenna's giving up on Peter--and is ready to explore other men. 

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He's looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who's so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him. 

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete's true feelings, and he's unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete's not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux--the most alpha male she's ever seen--or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? 

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Hearts at Seaside 
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There should be an unwritten rule about drooling over construction workers, but Jenna Ward was sure glad there wasn’t. She sat on the porch of the Bookstore Restaurant, soaking up the deliciousness of the three bronzed males clad in nothing more than jeans and glistening muscles that flexed and bulged like an offering to the gods as they forced thick, sticky tar into submission. Their jeans hung low on strong hips, gripping their powerful thighs like second skins and ending in scuffed and tarred work boots. What red-blooded woman didn’t get worked up over a gorgeous shirtless man in work boots?

Heaven help her, because she needed this distraction to take away her desire for Peter Lacroux, which went hand in hand with summers on the Cape and consumed her in the nine months they were apart. She zeroed in on one particularly handsome blond construction worker. His hair was nearly white, his jaw square and manly. She wanted to march right out to the middle of the road that split the earth between the restaurant and the beach and be manhandled into submission. Right there on the tar. Wrestled and groped until all thoughts of Pete evaporated.

“Wipe the drool from your chin, chica.” Amy Maples handed Jenna a margarita and, pointedly, a fresh napkin, as she settled into the chair across from her. “Goodness, woman. What’s up with you this summer? I swear you’re in heat. I can practically smell your pheromones from over here.”
Jenna gulped her drink and righted her red bikini top, which was trying its hardest to relieve itself of her enormous breasts. Even her bikini top was ready for a man. A real man. A man who craved her as much as she craved him.

Jenna reluctantly turned away from Testosterone Road and faced her best friends. The women she had spent her summers with here in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, for as long as she could remember and the women she hoped would help her through her most important summer ever.



Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

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BOOK BLAST: THE SUPERNATURAL PET SITTER BY DIANE MOAT

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Title: THE SUPERNATURAL PET SITTER: THE CURSE
Author: Diane Moat
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 155
Genre: Middle Grade / Fantasy
Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

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Scattered around the room were seven women, including Momma Fran and Maggie. An older version of Maggie nodded to them. “Welcome, Neelys. As you know, I am Naomi, of the Samson coven. We have gathered in response to your request to meet. So without further delay, I invite you to speak.”
            Here I go. Pepper wished she hadn’t eaten that sandwich a few minutes ago, as there was a fifty-percent chance she was about to throw it up, right here. She felt as if she had argued her case a thousand times. Hopefully this would be the last. She tried to think of the wolves as she took a deep breath around the lump in her throat.
            Pepper stepped forward and began, “Thank you, Naomi of the Samson coven. I am Pepper Neely of the Neely gnomes. As you know, several months ago, a witch named Kale was caught stealing magic from Familiars. She was caught, in part, thanks to me and my brother, Jax. When she escaped, she came after me, Jax, and my friend, Luna, who is also a witch.” Keep reminding them Luna was saved also.
            “Luna was nearly killed by Kale. But instead, three wolves attacked Kale, saving all three of us. The wolves took great risks in doing this, and they were set on fire several times, giving us time to get away. I know without a doubt that the wolves saved Luna, myself, and my brother. I have taken on a blood-debt to pay them back. As part—” Pepper didn’t get to finish before the witches started talking.
            “What does that have to do with us?”
            “The werewolves are our enemies; nothing will change that.”
            “Do you even know what that means? How can your parents—”
            “EXCUSE ME!” A male voice from behind Pepper cut through the chaos. It took Pepper a moment to realize it wasn’t her dad or brother. Everyone quieted instantly, looking behind the Neelys. The male voice continued, as a man stepped out into view. “I believe Ms. Neely wasn’t finished.”
            Mr. O’Brien! The warlock had vanished after Kale had stolen the magic from from his Familiar, King Arthur. Pepper had thought he needed time to heal from his broken heart. He looked better than the last time she had seen him. He was still thin, but his face didn’t seem as drawn or haunted.
Mr. O’Brien continued. “I apologize for being late, but I believe my invitation was lost in the mail.”
           


Title: THE SUPERNATURAL PET SITTER: THE MAGIC THIEF
Author: Diane Moat
Publisher: The Supernatural Pet Sitter
Pages: 140
Genre: Middle Grade / Fantasy

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren't all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others. Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur's magic is stolen, his owner's powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared. In order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

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Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children's novel. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW / JANE GODMAN AUTHOR OF THE SOLDIER'S SEDUCTION

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Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical and gothic romance. 

Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense, The Soldier’s Seduction.

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Title: THE SOLDIER’S SEDUCTION
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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From the front lines to unexpected romance—and danger—in small-town Wyoming

After a war zone bomb nearly destroyed Bryce Delaney, he’s worked hard to hide his scars. Back in his Wyoming hometown, he can pretend the nightmares don’t exist. But when a secretive, beautiful new woman in town disappears, Bryce’s protective instincts put him on the front lines again.
Wanted for murder and on the run under an alias, former A-list actress Steffi Grantham can’t return to her life until she clears her name. It’s her boss, Bryce, to the rescue, but desire ties them together, and she’s forced to make a choice that could cost them both. Trusting the wrong man once before almost stole her freedom. Now it might take her life.

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What’s inside the mind of a Romantic Suspense author?

You have to be prepared to torture your characters…and your readers! In a romantic suspense story, the hero and heroine are thrown into danger right from the start. The romance and the suspense happen alongside each other at a fast pace and there are lots of twists and turns along the way. And, as a romantic suspense author, you also have to be good at keeping secrets.

But, of course, you get to share in your hero and heroine’s happy ending, so that’s always a fun moment! 

What is so great about being an author?

It’s a wonderful feeling when you see a finished book. It’s even better to get feedback from readers who have enjoyed the story. I love hearing from readers and am thrilled when people take the time to contact me to tell me what they think of my books. That’s the best part of being a writer.      

When do you hate it?

When a deadline is looming. I’ve never failed to make a deadline, but there is always a sense of doom about that approaching date on the calendar. It puts pressure on me to write and that makes it harder to get things done. I’m more creative if I can do it in my time. 

What is a regular writing day like for you?

I get up early and write for a few hours. Then I do social media/ promotional stuff. I also try to do some more writing or editing in the afternoon or evening.

How do you handle negative reviews?

I want to say I don’t let them bother me, but I’m human so of course they do. Instead, I’ll say I try to be realistic about them. I accept that not everyone is going to like my books. Everyone has a right to their opinion.

Sometimes I wish people would consider whether a book is right for them. Reviews that start “I’m not a fan of (insert genre)…” are never going to end well. And one of my personal dislikes is a one star review for a book that a reviewer didn’t finish. I would never write a review for a book unless I had done the author the courtesy of reading the whole book. It’s like review a hotel when you’ve been in the lobby.        

How do you handle positive reviews?

You mean after I’ve finished skipping around the room? Of course I love positive reviews, who doesn’t? But I don’t respond to reviews on Goodreads or Amazon because those sites are for readers to share their opinions with other readers.

If a reader contacts me directly (on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or through my website) to say they’ve enjoyed my books, then I’m happy to chat with them and thank them for taking the time to post a review.       

What is the usual response when you tell a new acquaintance that you’re an author?

It ranges from stunned silence to exclamations and questions. When I say I write for Harlequin/Mills & Boon there can be some assumptions about the type of books I write. There are people who can be quite rude and talk about “bodice rippers”. Then there are some questions about how I research my sex scenes! I reply by saying the same way I research my murder scenes.

A few people say “Oh, I could write a book, if I had the time.” Most people are really supportive and think it’s great!       

What do you do on those days you don’t feel like writing? Do you force it or take a break?

Luckily it doesn’t happen to me very often. I find it hard to force myself to write if I’m not in the mood, so I try to take a break and do something else. Go for a walk, pull up a few weeds in the garden, read a new book.

Sometimes what works is putting aside the current project and making a few notes on something new, or starting a Pinterest board. That can often kickstart, or restart, my inspiration.

Any writing quirks?

Not really. I suppose my quirkiest habit is that I sometimes write the ending of the book first. But I’m not sure it’s a quirk because I don’t know how many other writers do it!

What would you do if people around you didn’t take your writing seriously or see it as a hobby?

For a long time my writing was my hobby, but even then, my family took it seriously. I suppose if that happened I’d have to sit them down and explain how much it meant to me. If they didn’t listen? I’ve never thrown a mom-tantrum, but there’s a first time for everything…

Some authors seem to have a love-hate relationship to writing. Can you relate?

Ernest Hemingway said. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

I love writing. I don’t get the hate side of the relationship at all, but I see other authors going through agony so I know it’s real. I don’t know what I’d do if writing made me cry because I couldn’t stop, so in that sense, yes, I can relate.  

Do you think success as an author must be linked to money?

In a word? No! If you are writing for money, you are writing for the wrong reasons (and, to be honest, it will show up on the page). No one does this for money. Success is when you write something you can be proud of. It’s a wonderful bonus if it gets published and other people enjoy it. If it earns you money as well, that’s a privilege. 

What has writing taught you?

Writing has taught me to be humble. No matter how good I think I am, I can still learn and get better.

It has also taught me to go for it. Life is too short and precious not to. I have a brain tumor that was diagnosed while I was writing Otherworld Protector, the first of my Harlequin Nocturne titles. I’m one of the lucky ones. My tumor is low grade and slow growing. I was determined to finish that book and keep writing. I did, and I’ve since written twelve books with several more to come. If I can do it… so can you!

Leave us with some words of wisdom.

My words of wisdom are linked to the question above. I tell people about my brain tumor to give the message that everyone should go for their goals, no matter what life throws your way. Climb the mountain, run the marathon, paint the picture…write the book.      

AUTHOR INTERVIEW / AMANDA J. CLAY AUTHOR OF REBEL SONG

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Amanda J. Clay is a writing YA and Adult fiction from Dallas, TX. A Northern California native, she had a fantastic time studying English and Journalism at Chico State University and then a very serious time slaving away for a Master’s degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. When she’s not staring at a computer screen, she spends most of her spare time on some new fitness addiction and plotting world adventures.

Her latest book is the young adult novel, Rebel Song.

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Caught on opposite sides of a budding civil war, a rebel leader and a modern day princess fight to save their country from a corrupt Minister General in a fictional Central Europe.

The once prosperous European nation of Arelanda has been plagued with poverty and corruption since the failed rebellion tore it apart. Now, rebels stir again in the capital’s underbelly, vowing to depose the monarchy and overturn the unjust government.

Seventeen-year-old Rogan Elwood, son of a rebel leader executed for treason after the first rebellion, has borne a tainted legacy his entire life. As he is pulled deeper into conflict, Rogan must face his calling in the future of the rebel cause—waging his want for peace against his desire for vengeance. Everything changes when he falls for Elyra—modern, idealistic and determined to bring Arelanda a better future. She also just happens to be next in line to the throne—if the corrupt Minister General doesn’t beat her to it.

Caught in the midst of a budding civil war and surrounded by enemies on every side, Elyra and Rogan must fight to save themselves and their country.

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What’s inside the mind of a Young Adult author?

People write what they do for a myriad of reasons. But I can (probably) guarantee serious YA writers aren’t writing it because it’s “easier.” Contrarily, writing an authentic teen story is rather difficult for most adults.

We write YA because we love the process of coming of age; we love to explore the world through the teenage experience. Young people feel deeply, they’re experiencing the world—the good and the bad—for the first time and they still hold onto a level of hope that can be lost on the jaded adult. To me, that makes for a very inspiring story.

What is so great about being an author?

Everything! Ok, not everything. Like any career path, there are a lot of struggles. But being a writer is just a fundamental part of who I am. I’ve been telling stories since I could talk and I would continue to do so for the rest of my life whether I could make a living at it or not. So that said, being able to do the thing I love most in life is a dream. I get to spend my days creating worlds, inventing new characters, traveling to places all over both real and fictional. I set my own schedule, I’m my own boss, and I can wear what I want—some days that’s a fancy hat, some days that’s yoga pants.

When do you hate it?

While I never HATE it, there are plenty of struggles to go with the good. You’re not always inspired. Sometimes you’re tired, sick, cranky, bored but you still have to show up to the office and create. Because while it’s an artistic craft, it’s also a business.

One of the hardest parts—especially in the beginning—is the rejection and criticism. Art is subjective and not everyone is going to love your work. It doesn’t mean you’re not talented or that the book isn’t good. Just means it’s not for everyone. But it’s still tough to hear!

What is a regular writing day like for you?

I try to keep a regular schedule. I wake up at 4:50 a.m. and hit the gym with my handsome other half. Fitness is an extremely important part of my life and I think it’s critical for those of us who spend 12 hours a day at a desk to stay fit.

 Post-gym I get ready for the day and usually start working around 7:30. I crank out about 1,000 words first thing while my mind is fresh. Then I’ll take some time to do the business stuff—social media, marketing, etc. I then write in blocks for the rest of the day, taking a break every hour to stretch, read the news, get a snack, whatever.

Depends on the day, but I usually work until about six, cook dinner (I love to cook!) then try to have a relaxing evening with my guy. But hey, if I’m on a role I’ve been known to work all night!

How do you handle negative reviews?

Depending on the context, I usually just ignore them. That’s just one person’s opinion! However, if it’s a thoughtful critique, sometimes I’ll pay attention. Maybe there is something I can learn from what they’re saying for next time. What I don’t do is take it personally. Like I said, art is subjective and you’re never going to please everyone. Even Harry Potter has one star reviews!

How do you handle positive reviews?

Do a happy dance around the living room! It’s a wonderful feeling to get positive feedback on your work and when I do, I really try to commit that moment so that I can draw from it in a future slump. Positive feedback is inspiration to keep going. While we writers have to have thick skin to survive in this industry, we also have delicate artistic sensibilities. J

What is the usual response when you tell a new acquaintance that you’re an author?

It’s usually a mixture of awe and shock. “So you’re just like (insert famous author here)?” It was strange at first to receive such excited responses to my profession. After years of boring corporate work absolutely no one wanted to hear about, I still look around confused when I say I’m an author and the person wants to know more. “Who, me?” I say, glancing behind me. I admittedly get a little embarrassed talking about myself!


What do you do on those days you don’t feel like writing? Do you force it or take a break?

I force it. Because if you took a day off every time you didn’t feel like writing, you’d never finish a book. Actually, if you have that many days you don’t feel like writing, maybe you shouldn’t be a writer…

But, bad days do happen. If I’m really having a challenging creative day, I’ll at least write out my scenes in more of an outlined way and add in some plot notes. Just something to keep the story progressing. If I’m in a serious slump—maybe not feeling well—I’ll take a break and read. Bad days are going to happen but you have to power through it. I heard a great quote recently about it.

“A firefighter doesn’t show up to a structure fire and say ‘you know, I’m just not feeling inspired to put out fires today’.”

Any writing quirks?

I talk to myself. A lot. That might be a byproduct of being alone all day every day, ha! Actually one thing I do that some might find odd is that I dress up for writing many days. I might still wear some comfy leggings and a tee, but I’ll do my hair and makeup. Put on some jewelry. It helps to take this job seriously. And don’t we all perform better when we look our best?!


What would you do if people around you didn’t take your writing seriously or see it as a hobby?

I would find new people. And I have, to be quite honest. Writing is a lifestyle. Writers are quirky and you’re not going to have the same mind set as you’re average 9-5er. We’re entrepreneurs—small business owners. We constantly think in book terms. You have to give it your all. You’re going to encounter those people who don’t take it seriously, but you can’t entertain them. Having a supportive network—especially a supportive partner—is critical to making your business successful. Not saying every single friend has to be a rabid fan, but if anyone knocked what I did, they wouldn’t be someone I would spend my time with.

Some authors seem to have a love-hate relationship to writing. Can you relate?

I used to more. I struggled a lot more in the beginning with productivity and creativity. I used to subscribe to the idea that if I wasn’t feeling creative that day then I didn’t have to write. In those times, I would sometimes “hate” my muse. Why did you abandon me right at the midpoint, you selfish muse!

These days though, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love, that even on the days where I’m frustrated, I always remember to love my muse.

Do you think success as an author must be linked to money?

I think that’s entirely dependent on how you personally define success! Financial success is certainly a definitive measurement, but I think it depends on your goals. Not every writer sets out to be a NYT Best Seller. Some writers—often more literary writers—just want to create a beautiful story and they aren’t so caught up in what sells.

For me, it’s something in the middle. I naturally want to be as financially successful as I can because this is my chosen career (and I keep promising my guy a life of luxury if he can only put up with my insanity a little while longer). But I also take my craft very seriously so I want to write the best book I can. I measure success each day by asking myself if I’ve reached the goal I’ve set out toward.



What has writing taught you?

Perseverance, adaptability and the absolute necessity for self-confidence. Especially that last one. It’s great to hear praise from others and no doubt a glowing review is going to pump up your self-esteem. But there will be times when you’re all you’ve got. You have to learn to love yourself, to love your work, to believe in yourself. You have to learn to just keep going when things are not going your way. And you have to be able to adapt as things change. Don’t be so married to your story that you can’t accept feedback that something may not be working. Be willing to try new approaches to things and keep your ears open to new technologies and trends. There is no hard science to becoming a success, so you just have to try and try until something works.

Leave us with some words of wisdom.

Be fearless! Make one difficult ask every day. The worst thing someone can tell you is no. And then you’re no worse off than you were before you asked.