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Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Ciecie Newson with her debut release

!cid_E6BA7497-3D87-41BC-9C40-5AB898C0AB56Today I’d to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Ciecie Newson.

Ciecie Newson is a writer who grew up in North East Ohio. She has written stories since she could hold a pencil, but her published work until this point focused on medical research and technical software documentation.

Ciecie has a blog site where she muses on the healthy lifestyle of a writer and gives out tips on writing and marketing.

Ciecie, currently a single woman loving her single life, lives with her plants, travels with her sister and still manages to work a full-time job at Case Western Reserve University.

Welcome, Ciecie, thank you for joining me here today.

Thank you for allowing me to speak to you and your audience about my Clean Reads works.

So, before we learn a little about your debut book, let me ask you three questions. What was the inspiration for your current work in progress?

I love gardening.  I also love farm animals.  Many times I sit and visualize having my very own homestead.  Sometimes I take this visualization further by looking for farmland, or 2-4 acre parcels of land in a suburb near me.  I have spent hours each month watching YouTube videos of homestead families.  One day when I was in my visualization zone I wondered about farms that have been abandoned and how cool it would be if I could just squat on that land and create my dream homestead.  That led me to do some research on squatting laws in Ohio and other states.  It was this thought of Squatting on abandoned land that launched my story idea for my current book Squatter.  I have completed the first draft and am now working on refining the story for publishing.  It is a story of a young lady who Squats on the land she feels she has a right to and how the rich landowner deals with her when he finds out.

Well, that will certainly be interesting to read when it comes out! Next question, where are your books set?  And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

My first book, The Man Next door is set in the location of my current apartment, and neighborhood.  (I hope I have no stalkers.  – LOL)  The apartment across the hall from me was empty and my landlord was chatting after he had completed preparations to rent the unit.  I was teasing him and said to him, “You can only rent this apartment to a single man over the age of forty and under fifty-five.”  We had a good laugh over it, but when I went back into my apartment, I thought about if I were my perfect version of me, and my perfect man moved in across the hall, what would our perfect romance look like. So I wrote the story, in my apartment, in my Kamm’s Corners neighborhood, with guest appearances from my friends who own a local restaurant.

They do say to write what you know, so it sounds like you’ve followed that advice! Now, one last question then we’ll learn more about your debut book. Are you indie published, traditionally published or hybrid?  And what are your thoughts on the whole indie vs. traditional topic?

I can answer hybrid on this question.  My book I self-published on Amazon.  I started my writing career as a journalist and that is where my first writings began being published in the local city paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and medical journal, Pulse.  I currently have a blog where I actually answered the question about my thoughts on the topic which way I preferred to publish. You can read the full answer by visiting my blog, Ciecie’s World.

Well done on taking the self-publishing plunge … it’s an incredible journey, and different for everyone. Now, let’s find out about this book of yours.

L O V E – Many want it. Leanne wasn’t one of them. But when she meets Donovan, love becomes a possibility in her life she never expected.

The Man Next Door is a sweet BWWM romance. It is a book a mom can read with her teenage daughter. It is a story of building a relationship and friendship. There is not a sex scene in it, no man disrespecting his woman, no bondage, no taking a person out of their relationship with another. There are sweet kisses, passion, and alpha men that respect their strong women. Please enjoy this book and leave me a comment about why you found it enjoyable. 🙂

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Annie Douglass Lima – with a New Release that will be free for two days!

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Today I’d like to introduce you to fellow CIR author Annie Douglass Lima. Here’s Annie’s bio.

Annie spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published eighteen books in a wide variety of genres (science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Welcome to my blog, Annie!  That’s some portfolio of books you’ve got! And you’ve got a new release too. But before we hear about the new release, I’ve got three questions for you. Firstly, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world’s youngest published author. I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in. Well, that first little science fiction novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started. After that, I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t working on at least one book. Prince of Alasia, which I began in college, was the first one I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published. I looked into traditional publishing and spent a long time trying to get an agent, but to no avail. Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven years after I first started writing the book. A few months later I added the paperback edition. It was quite a thrill for me to finally fulfil my childhood dream! Now I’ve published a total of eighteen books, and with Heartsong being my first science fiction novel, I’ve come full circle!

I read a lot of science fiction when I was young, with Ray Bradbury being one of my favourites! So, what was the inspiration for Heartsong?

I had a dream a few years ago in which I was the only human living on an alien world, with one particular alien in charge of my education and integration into their culture. I played with the idea in my mind for quite a while, adjusting and developing it, until eventually it was substantial enough to be the basis for a plot. And thus Heartsong was born!

Sounds interesting! I’ll have to check it out. Now, one last question. If you could trade places with any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

You couldn’t pay me enough to trade places with any of my main characters from Heartsong! No spoilers, but they all go through great difficulties, either during the course of the story or before it starts. I do like the idea of starting a new life at the other end of the galaxy (I’ve always loved travel and adventure!). But let’s just say that starting a colony on a distant moon ends up being even more challenging than the characters expect …

Fair enough! So, let’s hear about this book, and where we can find it!

Two alien worlds.

One teen emissary.

No reality she can trust.

 

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Get it on Amazon, along with all of Annie’s other books, by clicking here.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 And on July 1st and 2nd, 2018 only, the ebook is available for free!🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Just check the price before you click due to time differences between Australia and the US)

Note: Heartsong is a clean read, with no sex or profanity and limited violence.

You can also follow Annie’s blog by clicking here. This will take you to her site on a new page.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Christine Campbell – with a New Release.

!cid_D4677E99-1133-45CC-9C28-35CDD81CB722@defaultToday I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Christine Campbell. Tell us about yourself, Christine, and what you like to write.

I live in a small village outside of Edinburgh with my husband, whatever assortment of children and grandchildren happen to be visiting at the time, and have just welcomed my first great-granddaughter. How exciting is that?

I write Contemporary Women’s Fiction, and have been publishing novels since 2008. Before that I used to write short stories for magazines and articles for the Women’s page of a local newspaper. As a ‘Baby Boomer,’ I have a lot of life experience to inform my writing.

When I have a moment of peace, and am not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in my garden and the field beyond, I write novels or posts on my blog as well as producing occasional videos about writing on my Facebook page.  I have also started a book club on Facebook – a place where readers can chat to me about my novels and learn a bit about how I write. You can find that group here.

I am currently working on my tenth novel, with the working title Makeshift Memories. So busy, busy, busy writing for your pleasure and my own – because, let’s face it, writing is fun!

When I started writing novels, I was unsure how to classify them, what genre they fitted into, so called them General Fiction. But I began to realise they are Women’s Fiction. They are written by a woman, about women, for women. So why would I call them anything else? I love being a woman and I love writing about women, ordinary women like you and me, who face extraordinary pressures and situations and rise to the challenge.

In my experience, women can be extremely strong when they need to be. And these are the women I love to write about. The characters drive the stories, and they are very capable of taking anything and everything on. Oh, they get into the same muddles you and I might, they make just as many mistakes, but, at the end of the day, they show their strengths to win the battles.

All of my novels are ‘clean’ reads with no sex, gratuitous violence or swearing.

The subjects I cover vary and are sometimes quite serious, but I do my best to handle them with as light a touch as is appropriate.

Thanks for sharing a bit about your journey, Christine. Now, before you tell us about your newest release, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. First, where are your books set?

All of my books are set in Scotland, where I live. Mostly in and around Edinburgh, but often wandering further North to the Highlands and Islands of this beautiful country.

I’ve been to Scotland and agree it is a beautiful country. I enjoyed my stay–particularly Oban, in the northwest. Next question, what are you currently working on?

The book I am presently working on represents a slight departure from Contemporary Women’s Fiction for me, in that it also has a historical strand running alongside the contemporary one. The research has been so much fun and has involved travelling further north and west of my home to the area around Glencoe and Kinlochleven, where enormous changes occurred early in the twentieth century. That strand of my novel charts some of these events and the fictionalised account of the people who lived through them.

Oh, I loved Glencoe as well!  This should be very interesting! Now, last question, what makes you happiest as an author?

The thing that makes me happiest as an author is when I get a personal letter, card or email from someone who tells me their life was changed by one of my novels. I’ve had quite a few of them, and they are precious. They are my reason to keep writing, to keep telling the stories of women like you and me, women who rise to a challenge, meet life head on and find their inner strength.

How special is that, to get a personal message from a reader such as those. Well done, Christine, and well deserved no doubt.  Now, how about you tell us a bit about your latest release.

 

My latest release is Gold Plated, another Contemporary Woman’s Fiction clean read about a love that has endured through fifty years – or has it? Rosanna and Paul are celebrating fifty years of marriage. Their daughter, Heather, has helped plan their Golden Wedding Anniversary party, and it looks like being a wonderful night: sixties music, all their friends and family present, and Rosanna has bought the perfect golden gift for Paul. What could possibly go wrong? When an uninvited guest shows up, Rosanna’s world is shaken and she is forced to look back over their fifty golden years and see them as they were. Were they golden? Or just gold-plated?

You can click the link above to go directly to Gold Plated, or you can find all of Christine’s book on her Amazon page – either the US or the UK.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Donna K. Weaver – with a new release!

817026C9-CCA3-460C-B2B5-31CCE6D662ECToday I’d like to introduce fellow CIR author, Donna K. Weaver. She’s an award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl. Tell us about yourself, Donna.

My first book was an adventure romance about a girl who goes on a cruise and ends up shipwrecked after a modern-day pirate attack. It began the Safe Harbors series. These are books that can stand alone but are more rewarding if they’re read in order. For book #3, Swing Vote, which came out last October, I drew on a lot of my experience as an election official. For my Victorian Time Travel that came out in February, I made a trip to England and Scotland last year. For book #4, Kings Crossed Lovers that came out last week, I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I write clean romance (though not always squeaky clean–a couple of books have a few mild swears, no F-bombs. Most have no swearing at all. I write adventure romance and romantic suspense, so there’s sometimes some violence but I try to describe less and get it over quick). This is why I prefer clean to sweet. One book deals with sexual abuse to a teen (in the past) and the resulting misbehavior of the character. Once again, I was discrete, and it’s a redemption story. The bigger the mistakes, the harder the journey. I think InD’Tale Magazine gave it 2 steam kettles.

Awesome, Donna.  Now, you’ve got a new release out, and it’s on special!  But before we get to that, let’s have three questions. First, who are your favourite authors?

*Anne McCaffrey – she was such an amazing writer and had a gift for language. She created so many entertaining worlds that totally captured my imagination
* Sarah M. Eden – I can always count on a read where my heart is engaged and I can laugh.
* Brandon Sanderson – the man is amazing with the magic systems he can create. I’m not much into reading long fight scenes, but his could be in a movie.

A great line-up indeed. Now, next question, do you write from your own experiences, or do you simply sit down and make stuff up?

Of course I make stuff up. But I also draw on my experiences, those of people I know, or things I read about in the news. Those are merely the starting points and trigger the imagination, that whole “what if” series of questions that lead to what happens.

I’m sure it’s the same for most of us, but if we don’t ask we don’t know for sure! And lastly, how much time per week would you spend writing? Or are you a full-time author?

I retired the end of March and I’m now writing full time. I usually work between 8 and 10 hours a day, interspersed with meals and game breaks. My favorite game is League of Legends and I use games as my reward for reaching certain goals.

So it’s not just me!! Awesome. Now, tell us about this new book.

Kings Crossed Lovers is the story of a young woman who has crushed on her brother’s roommate for years–and now she’s going on vacation with him and her brother. She’s only met him “on-line” previously–and now she has the chance to find out if the cyber magic she’s felt with him will translate to real life.

It’s on special at the moment, but only through the end of June, so grab a copy now!

You can find this book, as well as all my others, on my Amazon author page.

 

 

 

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Bree Livingston – with a new release!

Cropped Photo for BreeToday I’d like to introduce you to fellow CIR author Bree Livingston. Here’s Bree’s bio.

Bree Livingston lives in the West Texas Panhandle with her husband, children, and cats. She’d have a dog, but they took a vote and the cats won. Not in numbers, but attitude. They wouldn’t even debate. They just leveled their little beady eyes at her and that was all it took for her to nix getting a dog. Her hobbies include…nothing because she writes all the time.

She loves carbs, but the love ends there. No, that’s not true. The love usually winds up on her hips which is why she loves writing romance. The love in the pages of her books are sweet and clean, and they definitely don’t add pounds when you step on the scale. Unless of course, you’re actually holding a Kindle while you’re weighing. Put the Kindle down, and try again. Also, the cookie because that could be the problem too. She knows from experience.

Ha ha ha, don’t we all! So, Bree has been very busy lately, releasing several books in Clean Billionaire Romance series. We’ll hear about them in a moment, but for now, three questions. Firstly, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they begin their writing journey?

  • The first, not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. Just remember to keep your lighter in your pocket and don’t burn any bridges.
  • Second, don’t be too hard on yourself. No one has this all figured out no matter how together they seem.
  • And third, don’t begrudge someone else’s success. Everyone starts at zero.

So true!  We all have a journey to go on, and it’s not going to be the same for everyone. 🙂  Now, next question, if you could tell your younger self something you know now, with respect to your writing career, what would it be?

  • Just write romance, you dork. You love to read it, so you might as well write what you love.

So true!  Write what you know, and write what you love. Could you imagine me writing a book about trekking in some jungle looking for endangered species ?  Yeah, as if! But horses, yeah, I’ve got that covered! So of course, if you LOVE reading romance, who better to write it! Okay, moving right along now … last question. How much time per week would you spend writing? Or are you a full-time author?

  • I’m full-time. I’ll write a few months at a time, then spend a few months editing what I’ve written while my creativity cup gets filled up again. So far this year, I’ve written six books.

Wow, now that what I call being a prolific writer!

Bree’s newest release is Her Fake Billionaire Fiancé: A Clean Billionaire Romance Book Four    She needs the money. He needs a fiancée. It’s just business…too bad their hearts didn’t get the memo.

 

The whole series sounds terrific, and I for one am definitely going to go have a look!

You can find all of Bree’s books on Amazon, at her Author Page.

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Bokerah Brumley – with a new release!

!cid_A6B74FD8-11EC-43F4-A049-36CA73F1A726Today I’d like to introduce Bokerah Brumley, my fellow CIR author.

Bokerah Brumley is a speculative fiction writer making stuff up on a trampoline in West Texas. When she’s not playing with the quirky characters in her head, she’s addicted to Twitter pitch events, writing contests, and social media in general. She lives on ten permaculture acres with five home-educated children and one husband.

In her imaginary spare time, she also serves as the blue-haired President of the Cisco Writers Club. ​In 2016, she was awarded first place in the FenCon Short Story Contest, third place in the Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest, fifth place in the Children’s/Young Adult category for the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and selected as a 2016 Pitch Slam! finalist. More recently, she accepted novel contracts with Clean Reads Press and Liberty Island Media. She also moonlights as an acquisitions editor for The Crossover Alliance.

Bokerah has a new book out. It’s a time-travel fantasy for middle grade. But before we learn about her new book, let’s get her to answer three questions, shall we?. Here we go with number 1. If you could tell your younger self something you know now, with respect to your writing career, what would it be?

Stay the course and stay teachable. It gets better!

So true! Each book is easier than the last, that’s for sure! Question 2. What three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

1) You have to spend time writing messy, disorganized works to figure out how to write better. Everyone writes a first draft. You can’t rewrite a first draft until it’s completed, and revision is one of the steps to get to something good, but don’t spend forever tinkering with the first chapter. Get the whole thing down.

2) When someone criticizes your work, you don’t have to defend the work or argue with the opinion, and you don’t even have to take their advice. You can say thank you for the comments, and for them taking the time to give you feedback. Ignore it if you wish. But, if the people giving you advice are where you want to wind up in your writing career, you might need to listen—no matter how much the critique stings.

3) Give it time.

Great advice, Bokerah. Now, 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?

I try really hard not to have a fit. It hurts my feelings if it’s someone I know, of course, but… Ultimately, it’s okay if people don’t like my work. I don’t write for everyone. I write for the readers that will like my work not the people that don’t. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and I’m okay with that.

Words of wisdom there. As authors, we will never be able to please everyone. I just wish those that feel the need to write harsh reviews could tone it down a bit sometimes–but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

So, you’ve got a new release out — Imani Earns Her Cape: A Middle Grade Novel. Filled with time travel, trolls, sea dragons and underwater cities, this sounds like an exciting book!  Where can we find it?

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You can find all my books on my Amazon page, by clicking here.

Thanks for joining me today, Bokerah, and all the best with this new book.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Susan Count – with a New Release

SusanToday I’d like to introduce Susan Count, my fellow CIR author. Welcome Susan, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello!  I’m Susan Count, and I’m owned by three horses and blessed that one of them allows me to ride him. He is a Rocky Mountain Horse and he makes my heart smile with his antics. Watching my equine treasures graze in the pasture is calming and inspires horse tales. When I’m not writing horse adventures, you can find me riding and singing for joy on the forested trails of Sam Houston National Forest.

As a child, I didn’t love reading until I was introduced to the classic horse books. Now it’s what I love to write. A story on your heart will nag at you until you agree to write it down. Writing carried me through a season of grief and remains one of my greatest delights. The books were written for my grandchildren that they might remember how very much they are loved. When you put one of my books in your child’s hand you have my promise that it will nourish their mind and guard their heart.

While horses are a big part of my life, the stories are complete fabrication. And they are more than just horse stories. They are a slice of life in a family with all the inherent struggles and joys. Reviews from readers encourages me to write more. While my books are geared to juvenile readers, their grandmothers tell me they loved feeling twelve-years-old again. I call that a double blessing.

I think we share a lot when it comes to horses–I too have three horses, and get to ride one of them, an Arabian mare who I love dearly. Your books sound wonderful, and as a way of learning a bit more about them, I’ve got three questions for you. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I adore crafting a story from the first draft all the way through the last edits. My biggest regret is that I didn’t write seriously sooner. I wrote my first book at sixty-two years old after a season of grief. Writing gave me great joy and I knew I was moving into a new season of life where I would be walking in my God given gifting.

Well, I wasn’t a lot younger when I started to write–you’re never too old to learn and do something new! Next question, do you read the reviews that others leave for your books?

Yes, indeed. They inspire me to keep writing. Reviews posted by the parents of my young readers—are golden. I write middle-grade and no age is more vulnerable or impressionable. I feel strongly that children that age need to have their hearts guarded and providing them with wholesome, adventures is my delight.

That’s wonderful to hear! Knowing your books have made someone happy–there aren’t many better feelings, are there?  Now, one last question. Where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

My settings are completely fictionalized. I imagine this wonderful world of bliss. Then I torment my characters with things not going their way and watch how they handle it.

Fabulous! Now, let’ find out about your books. You can find Susan and all her books on Amazon, and below is the link to her newest release, with a GORGEOUS cover!

Or you can connect with Susan on Facebook.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Jaycee Weaver – with a New Release

Jaycee Weaver-2Today I’d like to introduce you to Jaycee Weaver, my fellow CIR author. Welcome Jaycee! Would you like to tell us about yourself?

Hi! I’m Jaycee Weaver, and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my wonderful husband and three daughters, a shih-tzu named Oscar, and a dwarf lop named Brindle. I have more hobbies than any ten people I know put together—and that’s only a mild exaggeration. But seriously, there are a LOT. My current passions, aside from writing, are floral and landscape photography, singing, reading (way, way too much), cooking and baking fresh, whole foods from scratch, and basically anything having to do with my kids. I also craft pretty much anything except needlepoint or knitting. The only needles I can manage go in my sewing machine.

You sound like one busy lady! As for your books … you have a relatively new book out, and a new release due shortly. We’ll get you to tell us about them, but first, three questions. Firstly, who are your favourite authors, and why?

Oh my goodness, this is a hard question. I love it, though, because I’m an avid reader with a voracious appetite for stories and always have been. For specifics, you can get on my GoodReads profile and see the books I’ve read, though there’s no way that’s complete.

I love a variety of authors in different genres. Mary Higgins Clark for a good murder mystery, Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti for creepy spiritual suspense, and what reader doesn’t appreciate the genius of Rowling, Tolkien, Lewis, Dumas, and Austen? BUT, if I have to list my current favorites, you’ll probably see a lengthy list of independent, lesser-known authors. The first year Amazon unveiled their Kindle Unlimited subscription, I drank the koolaid and haven’t looked back! It’s been a great way to discover authors like Jenn Faulk, Jennifer Rodewald, Brooke St. James, Crystal Walton, and Sarah Monzon, to name just a few. I love these ladies’ writing styles so much that as soon as they drop a book, I’m reading it. I love discovering talented writers and the indie writing community is such an amazing place!

Ha ha ha!  You drank the koolaid!  I wonder how many people will get that … I say it here in Oz sometimes, but just get blank stares!  Anyway, onwards we go. Where are your books set? Have you been there or spent significant time there?

My books are all set in Albuquerque, NM and surrounding areas. I have no plans to set them elsewhere, honestly. Though I was born in Henderson, NV (just outside Vegas) and lived there until I was 14, Albuquerque is the hometown of my heart. I fell in love with this city right after moving here.

I love the culture, the landscape, the weather, the food. I love the people, even if there’s more crime and negativity sometimes than my heart can handle. And despite its reputation (thanks Breaking Bad), this quirky little city is burrowed so deep in my heart it’ll never get out. I love the Sandia Mountains, and you can argue all you want, but there’s nowhere else in the world with prettier skies all year round. They’re magical.

And did I mention the food? Yeah, because it’s awesome. We put green chile on everything around here—even the fast food chains know they’d better offer it! Oh—and that’s chile with an e. Chile is the vegetable that we roast, chop, make sauces with, and pledge our undying adoration for. Chili is the tomato-meat-bean stuff Texans are famous for.

I use a lot of chili too! Love my jalapeños!  Last question … do you write from your own experiences, or do you simply sit down and make stuff up?

This is such a great question! Good books should be engaging and feel authentic to the reader. My books are definitely a little bit of me and lot of making stuff up. One of the authors I follow posted something awhile ago that she feels like she’s just a stenographer for the dialogue going on in her head between characters. That made me laugh, but it’s true.

A lot of writers claim to be a plotter or a panster, meaning they plan out their plots and write accordingly, or open a doc and just type by the seat of their pants. I’d have to say I’m somewhere in between. For What Could Be, I had some past memories of kids I used to work with in daycare and I began to think of different characters who might live out random alternate paths my life could have taken. Once I started writing, everything just seemed to come out my fingers on the keyboard. With Whatever Comes Our Way, I felt like I really wanted to tell the story of one of the sub characters from book one, and she started showing up in my head telling me all about herself. I structured a whole outline of what I wanted her story to look like, but then when I sat down to write, everything changed. Several times.

That’s always the way for me too … planning is good, but you’ve also got to go with the flow sometimes. Now–about your books.

What Could Be is my first full length novel and the first in the Everyday Love Series. It’s a sweet Christian romance about a young woman named Brynn. She’s got big goals and lists to help her achieve them. She’s the kind of overachiever who’s always had her life figured out…until she realizes maybe she’s going the wrong direction. Her college major suddenly seems less appealing, she starts noticing her perfect boyfriend isn’t so perfect, and everything is spinning out of her control. Did I mention she runs an after-school program at a local elementary school?

Enter Josh, the single father of the most adorable boy Brynn has ever met. A series of random encounters leads to a friendship of sorts. His past has been redeemed, but he still wonders if someone as innocent as Brynn could ever fall for a guy with his history. Can they move their friendship beyond past choices and pain and figure out what it truly means to walk in God’s will for their lives—especially when finding love and forever doesn’t look like they think it should?

Here’s the link to my book — but check out my author page as my new book, Whatever Comes Our Way, should be available now as well. Or come see me on Facebook 🙂

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Lorin Grace – with a New Release

 

!cid_DCE40ACF-4338-41BB-9F95-BC6B45641BA9Today I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Lorin Grace.

Lorin Grace was born in Colorado and has been moving around the country ever since, living in eight states and several imaginary worlds. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Graphic Design.  Currently, she lives in northern Utah with her husband, four children, and a dog who is insanely jealous of her laptop. When not writing Lorin enjoys creating graphics, visiting historical sites, museums, and reading.  Lorin is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and was awarded Honorable Mention in their 2016 creative writing contest short romance story category. Her debut novel, Waking Lucy, was awarded a 2017 Recommend Read award in the LUW Published book contest.

Welcome Lorin, and thanks for joining me today. Now, you’ve got a new book out, but before we learn about it, I’ve got three questions for you. Ready?

Absolutely!

Right. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I started writing in third grade, and it is what would be termed as Little House on the Prairie fan fiction.

That show has inspired many, I’m sure. Now, second 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?

I try to figure out why they wrote the review the way they did and learn from it. Could I have done something different?

Great attitude. Next question, where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

My historical novels are set in Massachusetts, which happens to be where I lived when I met my Husband so, therefore, it is the most romantic place on the face of the earth.

How sweet! Now, normally I stop at three questions, but because your answers have been short and sweet (there’s that word again??) I’m going to ask one more, what makes you happiest as an author?

Getting a call or an email from some one who loves my book–especially if it’s someone whom I know is a critical reader.

Yes, that’s the best feeling! 

Now, you’ve got a brand new book – Healing Sarah – and I see it’s available on Amazon. I love the tag line:  The only thing colder than Summer 1816 is Sarah’s heart, and Dr. Timison Dawes is determined to melt it.

 

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Michelle Bolanger – with a New Release

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Today I’d like to introduce Michelle Bolanger, my fellow CIR author.

Michelle lives in Dayton Ohio with her husband and two dogs. When she isn’t writing, she is watching the Columbus Blue Jackets, floating on a cruise ship somewhere warm, or searching for new coffee houses.

Well, Michelle, I can recommend a cruise to Australia then, because Melbourne is known for its great coffee! And what a cruise that would be!

So, we’re going to learn all about Michelle’s new release in a moment, but first three quick questions. Where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

The Cotiere Chronicles is set in different places. Book one, The Kiss, is set mainly in Scottsdale, Arizona, but the college scenes are in Oxford, Ohio not far from where I live. Book two, The Touch, is set in Southern California and Scottsdale, Arizona, two of my favorite places to visit. Book three, The Light, is set in Indiana, but unlike the others, it is based on a completely fictional town called Canberry Ridge.

Well, you got me with California, my home state (although I’m originally from San Francisco Bay Area, I also like Southern California). Next question, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

My latest release is the third book in my Cotiere Chronicles series. “The Light” tells the story of the ‘bad guy’ from book one. He became a bit of a prodigal and his journey is one of redemption and realizing that who you were is not who you have to continue to be. He is also a single dad who has to fight for custody of his son. I knew from the beginning Stewart’s stay was going to be a difficult one, and that he was going to be a single dad. He’s truly a good guy who got caught up in something he didn’t know how to deal with, and made some dumb choices. He’s not a tough, alpha, over controlling kind of lead. Most guys aren’t, and I wanted to write about a man who is just trying to do the best he can for his son, and the woman he…well, the woman he’s meant to be with. Love might not be so easy for them. At least, not yet.

Sounds like you really needed to write this last book–so that your hero could find redemption! Awesome. Now, lastly, who are your favorite authors, and why?

I have three authors I would call favorites. The first is Cassandra Clare. I am in awe of the way she is able to build relationships between her characters. Her Infernal Devices Series has one of the strongest friendships I have ever read in a book series.

Next is an author I recently fell in love with, Sarah J Maas. The world building in her books is what drew me in. The way she created a world that is both familiar and yet so different from reality is amazing. She’s also incredible as foreshadowing and twisty plot lines. Just when you think you know where the story is going, she blindsides you!

The third is an Indie author I admire and aspire to be. Quinn Loftis is the author who truly inspired me to take the leap and publish my first book. It sounds critical, but what impressed me most about her is the way her writing has improved from the first book to her current writing. That journey of always improving and not being afraid to put your story out there inspires me constantly.

Yes, it’s an incredible journey being an indie author, and it is inspiring to see the progress. Now, speaking of progress, you’ve completed the third book in your series, The Light. Tell us a bit about it, and where we can  find it.

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Synopsis:

The Nachhaltig are adjusting to their new found freedom, but an old enemy is still forcing them apart and lives are being lost in the process. ​

Stewart’s choices drove him away and left him as one of the Cotiere’s outcast males. After losing his wife in a tragic accident, he is trying to hold life together as a single dad.

But when his intended, Megan, falls victim to the same scheme that nearly destroyed his life, he is drawn into a race against time to save her.

The Cotiere Chronicles are clean, Urban Fantasy stories with a strong romantic theme. It is a series, and would be best read in order, but the first two books can be read as stand alones. The third and fourth – you’ll have to read them to find out.

You can find my books on Amazon, or iTunes or on Barnes & Noble.