Australian Romance* — boxed set for less than a dollar — limited time only!!

Believe it or not, this entire boxed set of novels by some of the best-loved Australian authors, PLUS my never seen before prequel to my Copperhead Creek series, Taking a Chance, can be yours for less than a dollar!! It’s currently on pre-sale, but it won’t be available for long, so grab it now and enjoy it later 🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠

For Amazon US, click here.    For Amazon Australia, click here.

*Please note, this is not a “Clean Reads” anthology so I can’t vouch for content rating on any of the books other than my own.

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Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author C.L. Wells

author photoToday I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, C. L. Wells.

C.L. Wells is a JANE-OF-ALL-TRADES, with a passion for writing and animals. She lives in Kansas with her family, which includes a fat doggie who is not named Toto and a cat who moonlights as an escape artist. Both are seniors. Feel free to ask her about the ‘escape artist.’ She plans to write about it someday. She would love hearing from you.

You’ll find her contact details at the end of the interview.

So, we’re going to hear a bit about C. L.’s books in a moment, but before we do that I’ve got three questions for her. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I’ve always wanted to write a book but I didn’t even try until I was 38-ish. Krystal, my main character from my debut novel, is a real girl. I’m making her sound like Pinocchio, lol, but she struggled with this as a teen right under my nose and I had no idea until later. She became my muse and she still is. Now I’ll never stop writing.

I too got a late start, but haven’t looked back. Everyone has a different path … but there’s no reason to think you’re too old! Next, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

The first thing I would say is, “You can do it.” Everyone’s journey looks different so don’t compare yourself to others. Write what you know until you’re ready to put the work in researching. Lastly, take the time to produce a quality product. That means different things for each writer. Your book should look just as good as any traditionally published book. It doesn’t mean you need to sell off your children to do so, but find the right support to put out a book that’ll make you proud of yourself. There is this saying among authors that claim the first publications are trash. Mine isn’t and yours doesn’t have to be. Don’t give yourself that excuse.

Very true–believe in yourself, and make your product the best that you can. Sound advice, for sure.  Now, one last question. Other than stomping your foot and having a hissy fit, what else do you do when you get a review that isn’t so good?

No hissy fits here. Not yet anyway. When I started publishing in the Christian Fiction genre, it didn’t take long to see how critical the readership could be in that category. My main character in of my short stories titled, That’s How She Rolls, gets invited to a strip club and that caused a bit of a stir. She totally declines the invitation so there were no body part scenes, but I got feedback from readers about how that scene didn’t belong in a CF book. They’re entitled to their opinion. I want my characters to live in the real world and handle whatever comes their way the best they can.

That’s great, C. L., I too like my characters to live in the real world. Well, except for the one with the vampires, but that’s a subject for a very different conversation. So, now, let’s hear about your books.

Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God by [WELLS, C.L.]

So far, everything I’ve published is Christian Fiction but I do have other works in progress that will not be Christian Fiction. I’ve been a big genre-hopper. I have a Romantic Suspense, a Rom Com, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, and a short that borders the MG/YA line. Before I’m done I’ll likely have at least one book in most genres. My debut novel, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God, is a Young Adult story about a teen with a self-harm addiction. While it isn’t my bestseller, it’s my most meaningful book. While I wrote it thinking of teenagers going through the same thing my character, Krystal, is struggling with, I’ve found that mom’s and grandma’s are my most common reader. I’ve received numerous notes explaining how Krystal’s story helped them to understand the teen in their life. I’ve also received emails from teens saying the book could have easily been about them. It’s still a hard sell. Issue driven fiction usually doesn’t win over a lighter, fluffy story. But that’s okay, it’ll reach who it’s meant to
reach and the unintended sequel will be out in a few months.

C. L. has a number of books out, and you can find them all on Amazon here.

You can also visit her at her website, by clicking here.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Shannon L. Mokry – with a New Release!

 

!cid_B2FA7F71-4A7D-40AB-995E-3BB4B85C9F04Today I’d like to introduce fellow CIR author Shannon Mokry. Welcome Shannon!  Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi Sandy – I grew up in sunny California and then moved to Texas about twenty years ago where I now live with my husband, three daughters, cats,  and chickens. I’ve been a writer since grade school, and set out on my current journey to share my stories about three years ago. The Bubbles stories came about  due to stories I would tell my youngest daughter Charlotte when she would get me up during the night. She’s my inspiration. My first book “Bubbles and the Berry Bush” for example came about because she needed something fierce to keep her dreams safe, but not something scary, so we got a bubble blowing dragon. Then I decided if she was going to make me think I’d give her something to keep her brain busy while she slept. So that first book deals with conflict resolution and forgiveness.  My next picture book was just released, its called Bubbles and the Shark Attack. Like the first book, its designed to teach something. In this case its teaching kids to be aware of what’s going on around them. Children are naturally self-centered, we need to combat that by teaching them that they need to be aware of more than themselves. Lets face it the world is full of sharks, and we want our kids to stay safe. Don’t worry about this book being too scary, I did write it as a bedtime story for my own very sensitive little girl.

Hey, I’m from California originally too! But with your books, how sweet! Written for your own daughter, and now being shared with others! Makes me wish I had someone to read a bedtime story to! Well, before we learn any more about your books, I have three questions for you so here we go. First, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

Inspiration comes from all different places, so carry a writing journal so you don’t forget the good ideas. The first draft is never your best draft, rewrites are important, but don’t overthink it to the point that you don’t finish. Lastly, get to know your audience, who are you writing for? Yourself or a specific group? It’s okay if you’re writing just for yourself, just be honest about it.

Great advice! Now, second question, what makes you happiest as an author?

Getting feedback from kids. Of course feedback from the parents is good too, but when a kid runs up and tells me how much they love my characters, its an awesome feeling.

It’s always wonderful to hear your books are appreciated! Now, one last question – Are you indie published, traditionally published, or hybrid? And what are your thoughts
on the whole indie vs. traditional topic?

I’m an Indie. I actually started my own micro publishing house, Sillygeese Publishing, LLC. I love being an indie, I researched all my options and decided I wanted the control that you only get as an Indie. It is definitely the more expensive route, especially for a picture book. Its also very rewarding. My thoughts? Every book has to be evaluated for
its possible success as a traditional or indie book, I’m not ruling anything out
for my future, I can only say I like my decision so far.

I’m indie too–and yes, I love the control it gives you in every aspect. Now, how about telling us about your newest release?

As mentioned above, this book is designed to teach  kids to be aware of what’s going on around them. Lets face it the world is full of sharks, and we want our kids to stay safe. Don’t worry about this book being too scary, I did write it as a bedtime story for my own very sensitive little girl.

You can find this book on Amazon by clicking here.

Or you can visit Shannon’s author profile here.

Meet my fellow Romance Writers of Australia author, M C D’Alton – with a New Release

me2Today I’d like to introduce author M C D’Alton, a fellow RWA author (Michelle). Welcome Michelle, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

My first name is Michelle, but I decided to write under the pen name of MC D’Alton. D’Alton was the last name of my maternal great grandfather.

I am cook, cleaner, taxi driver and all around go-to person in my household. I make sure to spend at least an hour each day writing. I am currently attempting to get a degree in writing.

Born in South Africa, my husband and I packed up and moved to Australia in 2010.

Besides being blessed with triplet boys, moving to a new country was both the greatest adventure, and adjustment of our lives. Raising three children of the same age left no room for my calling as a nurse and so I decided to concentrate on my second love – writing.

My passion for writing about the fantastical and love swept, started at an early age. I lose myself in daydreams and what if’s whenever life spares a free minute. I am a huge romantic but also love drama, mystery, intrigue and the unknown.

My Goal — to create worlds where people can escape to for a few precious moments, places where magic is the order of the day, and love is served on a silver platter.

I hope you enjoy what is on offer.

Thanks, Michelle. We’re going to learn about your new release, but first I’ve got three questions so we can learn a bit more about you. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I was a young child when I scribbled down my first tale. My great grandmother was a phenomenal story teller, I was ten when she passed. I spent hours listening to her tales of her and her rat bag older brother as they grew up on the sugar cane farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa in the 1920’s.

Because I suffer dyslexia I never was able to fall in love with the language, that and the fact that my year seven teacher refused to teach a dumb child, but I had and always will have a great love for storytelling.

You’re to be congratulated on overcoming the challenges and on persevering with the storytelling! Thank goodness you didn’t let that one teacher put you off your dream! Now, next question: Who are your favourite authors, and why?

Juliette Marillier – she has the most amazing skill of bringing legends and tales to life in epic saga’s.

Diana Gabaldon – This woman can write men like no other author I have ever read and… we all like kilts 😉

Dalene Mathee – a south African author. Go read Fiela’s Child, Circles in a Forest, The Mulberry Forest and you will see why.

Ah, epic love sagas and men in kilts … yes! Okay, one last question: Where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

Some are set here in Australia. One Epona a WIP which starts off in South Africa and ends in the Highlands of Scotland.

Ooooo … that’ll be one to watch for, for sure! Now, let’s hear about this new release of yours. And just as a heads up, M C D’Alton’s book tend to be more on the spicy than clean side. See comment below **

My latest release though, Memories of Love, is a Romantic suspense based on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, but it is definitely inspired by the original star-crossed lovers, except that this time they do have a happy ever after!

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Blurb:

Isabella Irish, an up and coming artist, wants to get on with her new life after a bomb blast robs her of her memories.

Mark Cornwall, her manager, persistently pushes for more than a working relationship.

The appearance of a stranger stirs lost memories and deep feelings she can’t explain. Roses, honeysuckle, and a brush with death, lead Isabella to uncover her past and the true love of her life.

Find Memories of Love on Amazon by clicking here.

** With the exception of Roan’s Desire (paranormal erotic short story) in the ‘Romancing the Stones’ Anthology, my books are spicy (not clean) romances. So, there are love scenes but they’re not over the top. I like to leave something to my readers imagination.