Author Spotlight: Jolie Pethtel

5244232Jolie Pethtel, an avid reader and writer, has always loved a good plot twist. In fact, when watching movies with her family she typically spoils the ending before the big reveal with her guesses, but nothing thrills her more than being wrong—except maybe hearing that a reader never saw the twists and turns coming in one of her own books.

She has two published novels from her Jezebel Jinx Mystery series; Painted Jezebel and Poison Pens. On Wings of Darkness is her first paranormal romance.

 

On Wings of Darkness

24798017What would happen if you were meant to die, but someone intervened?

Your very existence would disrupt the natural balance, effecting everyone you touch for the remainder of your unnatural life.

What if you met your soul mate? A man who was meant for you alone, but at the same time not because you should no longer exist?

This is what happens to Adara James when she crosses paths with Journey Montgomery, a man unknowingly shadowed by darkness.

This is no chance meeting between two human strangers, but a collision of souls whose continued proximity to one another has the potential to tear apart the world.

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I was captured by the first few chapters and loved the plot. I really loved this book it kept me guessing right up to the last page. I love the stories about fallen angels and this one was different and unique. This fallen angel was evil and selfish and determined to win the heart of the man she was in love with. The plot get very interesting and I think this was an awesome read. Thanks again for letting me read and review.by -A-

I really enjoyed this book. The story and plot as well the characters well written. Adara and Adele was opposite from each other which is different with them being twins. Adara grow being stronger after what happen when she was child. but she still was quite but still sassy her sister on the other hand was out there and had mouth on her. liked Elysian and Journey. Journey was funny and caring. Elysian was strange guy. Love the happy ever ending. love read more of your work in the future Jolie. thank youby Theresa F

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Interview with Author Sandra Ely

41ARgO8k6GL._UX250_This week our guest is Author Sandra Ely. She is one of my favorite authors, and once you start reading her books, I’m sure she will become one of yours too. I personally recommend her Immortal Hearts series, and her poems books About a Girl, absolutely amazing reads.

Well, enough of my fan girl moment, let’s see what she answered to my questions!

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I always get caught up on this one. How much to tell? What do people actually want to know? I guess, first and foremost, I’m a mom. My two boys are my whole world.
I have a small proofreading/editing/author-service business, Polished Pearl. I write book jackets, do proofreading, and in-document editing.
Words are life. I love to read and I’ll read from almost any genre if the story line is intriguing.
I’m addicted to coffee and absolutely love cats- of all sizes.

34402161How did you come up with the title of “Forever In Her Heart”?
Toward the end of 2016, a sign-up sheet came around to be a part of a clean romance anthology. I was ecstatic considering those don’t fall into my lap, like, ever. I immediately began fleshing out an idea for a novella. The title was actually one I had assigned to another book, but lost focus on. It couldn’t have fit the project better. Callie is brought back together with her first love, who is finally ready to give her a shot. She has to decide if she can move on from the past, or if he’s the “forever in her heart.”

What is your favorite character of “Forever In Her Heart”?
Callie is an obvious choice, but she’s probably one of my favorite characters ever. She has this optimistic belief in fairy-tale endings and happily ever after. I wouldn’t call her naivete, but she’s definitely got an air of innocence that I love.

24022110What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
This is a hard one. I enjoy writing in so many genres it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’ve published in paranormal romance, contemporary romance, dystopian, poetry… I have a short coming out in a ghost story anthology that is definitely horror. I have WIPs ranging from fantasy, to horror, to romance. I guess, if I had to pick, paranormal romance will always be home for me.

How would you describe your writing style?
I’m not sure I have one, honestly. No two projects are exactly the same. Some are written in third person, some in first, one in dual perspectives. Some are outlined, most are not. At the end of the day, I just want to tell a story and tell it right.

What authors inspire your writing?
I don’t know that I’ve been inspired by any specific authors. Stephen King is obviously my author idol. There’s no match for his creativity. But has he been able to inspire my own work? No.

31860051What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
This is the question for the ages, isn’t it? When I was 5, I was determined to be the next Reba McIntire. Then, I was going to be an actress. I did some time considering a career as a lawyer, decided against that. Also, decided against pursuing a career as a psychologist. Too much weight to carry on both paths. I wanted to own a store at one point. I considered politics. Now, I have a small author service business and I publish the stories I’ve always loved to write, and through them I can explore any and all career paths I might have chosen, or never wished to pursue for that matter. I also have the most important job in the world: being a mother, I could dream of nothing greater.

What are you working on now?
So, so many things. I have a poetry anthology I’m working on titled, “Pieces of Me.” It’s the follow-up collection to August 2016’s “About A Girl.” I have also been working on the final installment to the Immortal Hearts series, “Renegade’s Redemption.” I have a contemporary romance, “Heart’s Song” that I’m dying to get back to when business slows down a bit for my company. It deals with some heavy issues, like grief and suicide. “Returning to Us” is a contemporary, mature romance that I’ve just recently started, but have high hopes for once it’s completed. I have an anthology of horror shorts I’m compiling, hopefully due out at the beginning of 2018. My short story “Code Blue” will be coming out in an anthology in October. And countless other projects, with and without titles, I desperately need to get back to. My first author signing is scheduled for May of 2019. All good things, the next 12-18 months should be well and truly packed.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Always. Keep growing in your craft. Strive for each book to be better than the last. Learn to market better with each release. Never give up, never surrender. Being an author isn’t always easy, you’ll have plenty of days when you want to give up. Don’t.

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Author Spotlight: S.A. Bergen

1661148S.A. Bergen was born in Canada where she still lives with her husband of over 30 years, Gord. They have one grown son, Aaron, who serves in the Canadian military. Having something to do with books is nothing new to S.A.

She has created the artwork for several book covers over the years, including the popular Zippered Flesh 1 and 2 Anthology series published by Smart Rhino Publications.

She is currently working on the cover art for Zippered Flesh 3 to be released in 2015. She is a founding member Groundfrost Illustration &Design (2004) along with fellow artist Antti Isosomppi. She functions as an artist as well as the administrator. The two artists together created the artwork for the graphic comic Lobster Girl, written by J. Morvay, which went on to become the best-selling independent comic of 2008. In recent years they added another artist to their fold, Matt Shealy. Together they have created artwork for clients such as The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, John London, The Killers, God Forbid and Fragments of Unbecoming, to name but a few.

Siren’s Song is S.A’s first publication but it will certainly not be her last. She has now started working on book 1 of a planned trilogy with her writing partner J.M. They are also considering giving Luci his own book pre Siren’s Song. As mentioned, Siren’s Song is the first publication for the pair, but there are more books planned.

Siren’s Song

23044108Flex Sefiroth is an angel. A fallen angel to be specific. Extremely tall and intelligent and always in control. Flex suddenly finds himself in uncharted waters when he hears the most beautiful voice while in Paris France for some much needed R and R.

Obsessed with finding its source he searches desperately until the sound leads him to a small old fashioned bookshop where he finds the most enchanting redhead, Evette la Fontaine.

She is the most exquisite thing he has ever seen in all his countless centuries of existence. But he soon discovers that over a century and a half of her being shunned by every male she ever encountered, both human and immortal alike, have taken its toll on the lovely Evette.

Flex must have her and pulls out all stops to woo her.

But will the timid little bookworm succumb to his charms?

Could another’s need for redemption destroy what could be?

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Well written, detail orientated, and smoldering are the first words that came to mind when I sat down to write the review. I absolutely love this book and I highly recommend it to everyone!! The authors made Evette and Flex come alive on the pages and I never wanted to put the book down, I also did not want the book to end. I KNOW I will be rereading this book over and over again!! I do not want to say anymore, because I do not want to risk giving away spoilers. Get your copy today and enjoy all that Evette and Flex have to offer (hot, steamy, love)!!!by Amazon customer

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Picture me this – Spotlight

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“One snap with the shutter of my camera, and you will be mine forever,” he whispered.

My name is Sam, short for Samantha. I’m regular, boring and plain. During my time in college, the only class I could ever relax in was photography, or at least… until I met him.

The new photography teacher changed everything. He is too sexy for his own good, and his mind too twisted for words to describe. Now, I live every aching moment thinking about him, knowing that I shouldn’t.
Together, we spiraled out of control, tumbled into the darkness, and honestly..?
I think I like it.
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Marina is amazing at portraying characters. I really liked the way she was able to describe both Aidan and Sam (especially Sam) through their inner monologues and thoughts. She did it in a subtle but profound way. Every problem they were facing, she was able to justify by her character’s traits, so every reaction seemed natural and normal.
She gave Sam and Aiden weaknesses that made them seem more real and by doing it, made me doubt some of their choices, but you also let me think there was a possibility of redemption. As a reader, that possibility gave me hope in their eventual HEA.
I also liked their physical relationship. Those scenes played with my head, my imagination and my nerves- they were the absolute best! They added to the depth of both of the protags ad made the lines blurred. Perfect!
As for the descriptions of the art of photography and its meaning in the lives of Sam and Aiden- I know nothing about photography- it was soooo nice to read about it! I know nothing about the author’s personal life, but her descriptions made me wonder about whether is it also one of her personal passions? She wrote about it as if she really felt deep for that kind of artistic expression and that’s what made her characters so realistic.”  by Rose Strong
“This was a first time i read from this author, will NOT be my last !!! LOVED the characters, the story line, the dark erotic/thriller, and also the secrets/taboo of the story as well… the author did an awesome job of setting up not only the story, but the characters… they are definately NOT what i expected when i first started the book… Aiden Robinson- is our “H” of the book and yes, he is HOT, Sexy, Alpha male, ‘new professor’ for the photography program on campus, has some secrets…. (hmmm??)
Then we have our ‘h’ Samantha, aka.. ‘Sam’ – she is beautiful, comes from a family that thinks she is ‘perfect'(she doesn’t want to break that illusion for them.) her parents are very successful and pay for her college.. looking on outside – Sam has it all.. beauty, body, family, all american girl.. yet she is found behind the dumpster smoking ‘pot’ by no other… ‘Aiden’ or prof Robinson… (even Aiden believes she is just a girl who is spoiled and model type wanting to be seen..) until, he asks the class for a project and Samantha shows him “her TRUE self, thru PICTURES OF HERSELF!” WHAT should scare Aiden, turns him on … they are dark, she is broken, raw, open for anyone to see she is NOT the “perfect girl” this sparks even more than what was already between the two of them and there is something that is pulling these two together….. yes, this book is sexy, HOT, yet also, dark, mysterious, and you must read to see what is the secrets they both hide and can these two broken people come together and make it work or will they destroy one another…. great book!!!” by Fite11

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Marina is an avid book-reader and writer who is no stranger to fantasy in all its forms. Her favorite part of writing is coming up with smart heroines and hot hunks with a dab of personality. Intermingling them just makes it better, as well as sexier.

She just finished up her second Erotic Story “Picture Me This“; a hot new title about a photography teacher that just can’t seem to stop getting into trouble with one of his gorgeous students.

The book has very light BDSM and a sweet ending between two consensual adults who really can’t get enough of each other.

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Guest Post: Writing is not for the weak…

by Annabelle Anders

From the moment I learned to read I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote short stories throughout elementary school and once I reached high school, I dedicated myself to journalism. I loved writing for the paper in College but before graduating, I met my true love and swept the notion of becoming an author aside. Later… I told myself.

And for years, people asked me: “Why don’t you write a book?”

Why don’t I? Like so many aspiring writers, I began book after book and never quite finished any of them. I’d write 3 or 4 chapters and then set it aside. On one occasion I wrote over a hundred pages before stopping. Was I in a corner? I’m not sure, but something paralyzed me and eventually my computer would break down and everything I’d written would be lost forever.

So I would begin again, never finishing any of them. Sound familiar?

Meanwhile I got married, had children, bought a house, lost a business, lost a house, nearly got divorced and then somehow managed to pull my life back together again.

Oh, and my dog died.

Perhaps the earth tilted on it’s access, perhaps the moon and the stars aligned perfectly, I’m not sure how it happened. I do know that a few weeks after my dog died, it was as though a switch flipped inside of me and I realized that to be a writer, I had to write.

Every day. As though my life depended on it.

I finally wrote a book. And then another. And another and another… I’ve written six books now. But that is only the beginning. I will write and write and write… Cause I am a writer.

As writers, we dedicate ourselves to this craft with no guarantee. When we begin putting words to paper, we never know if anybody’s eyes but our own will ever read them. We must ignore the doubt and uncertainty, ignore the critics and the naysayers. We must write as though the world can’t wait to hear what we have to say.

We must jump on inspiration and then plow through the muddy parts.

A wise author friend of mine mentioned to me that we writers experience very few truly great moments. They must be savored. Number one on that list, for all of us, is the first time we type “The End.”

Naive creatures that we are, that is in truth, just the beginning.

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Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to
three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs

After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.

At this point, I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.

Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.

And then the energy market dropped off.

And then my dog died.

I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.

I am happy to have found my place in life.

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Asha’s Stone – Review

33141029Born in a small rural village south of Bangalore, Asha has always yearned to escape the trappings of traditional Indian life. Caught between an alcoholic father and an overbearing mother, Asha’s only comfort—and sense of safety—comes from the protective gaze of her childhood friend Wali. And though her world expands as she blossoms into adulthood, Asha remains torn between her duty to her family and her unending desire to chase her dreams.

When a whirlwind romance with wellborn Charu unexpectedly promises to bring order to her chaotic life, it appears Asha’s troubles have come to an end. But a tempest of betrayal soon threatens to drown her new fragile hope and Asha is forced to flee, more desperate and determined than ever. It is through this journey, over land and through her own inner struggles, that Asha begins to discover who she is and where she truly belongs.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of modern-day India, ASHA’S STONE weaves the poignant story of a young woman struggling to reconcile the past with the present, traditional culture with her unyielding independence, and a childhood relationship with unrequited love. This inspirational glimpse into coming of age in India proves just how powerful self-exploration, forgiveness, redemption and second chances can be.

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4 of 5 Stars

Asha is a young woman in search of independence and hoping to be able to make her dreams true. As any other young woman, you may be thinking. Well, not exactly…

This book is telling us the story of the struggles and frustrations of a girl that lives in a suppressed society where women are supposed to grow up fast and become wives and mothers, and be content and grateful for it.

But Asha is different than all those women; she seeks a life of her own, she has her own ideas and dreams and refuses to be shut down and to have her dreams crashed. Her journey is one that will put tears in your eyes as you follow a strong female character, fighting the world around her to break free.

I’m not sure of the nationality of the author, but if she’s not Indian, then she made a wonderful job researching their culture, despite of being a beautiful written and inspirational story, I enjoyed how much I learned and how much it spoke to me personally, reminding me that we can achieve our dreams and have the life that we deserve if we truly put our heart on it.

I give it only 4 stars because I think it was short, it’s only 80ish pages, and I wish it was a bit longer, it’s such a rich plot that I feel it could be turned into a full length novel with more details, but I loved it anyways.

 

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Cold – Spotlight

29848678Meeting gorgeous, rich, and urbane Nikolai Barinov outside of his bar, the most exclusive in New York, isn’t fate. It’s something darker, and much more dangerous. And although he doesn’t know if he can trust me, he can’t help falling for me. He would have been better off believing his instincts. He’s not who he pretends to be, but what he doesn’t know is, neither am I.

Piquing his interest will be the easy part. Seducing him is necessary. But discovering who we both really are might make us realize the hardest truth, our futures were never really our own to begin with.

This is a stand alone contemporary romance, with NO CLIFFHANGER, and a bit of intrigue, secrets, and lies.

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This book was so unique and original. Cold is gripping, suspenseful, sexy, saddening and even shocking!
You will understand and sympathize with the characters… and fall for them from head to toe!
Nik and Arabella are sensational, sexy, intriguing and glide wonderfully together… but can that last? Can the feelings be real or are they a means to an end?!!!
I enjoyed this book from start to finish.
by TBOM

Full of intrigue, suspense and an unexpected and unwanted romance.
Arabella has a plan and it involves Nikolai – son of a Russian mobster. Nikolai is cold and calculating, goes after what he wants and won’t stop until he gets it. He wants Arabella, which fits nicely into her plan. What she doesn’t expect is that she will fall for him.
Nikolai’s actions and behaviour sometimes come across as childish rather than alpha male. While he is portrayed as cold, underneath is someone who just wants affection for the man he is rather than for what he does and has.
Arabella’s calculating plan doesn’t count on her own feelings for him getting in the way or betrayals from elsewhere, keeping this a fast paced and an on the edge of your seat read.
This was excellently written, with a good pace, strong characters and the right balance between all the different elements. Melissa Silvey is an author I will be coming back to in the future.
by Lisa

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6949604Like one of her characters, Melissa doesn’t reveal much about herself at first glance. She’s shy and reserved, she’s socially awkward, and she constantly says the wrong thing at the wrong time. But if you take the time to get to know her, you’ll see she knows how to have fun! Give her a few drinks, and she’ll have you laughing and dancing in no time. In her mind, she’s the greatest dj ever, and she especially loves upbeat 80’s music. She started writing short stories and poems in elementary school, basically as soon as she picked up a pencil. When she’s not writing, and studying (the end IS near!) she enjoys watching football, hockey, and she really loves live music (live, not recorded), and she will sing off key constantly (as long as no one else is around). She’s also a huge moviephile, preferring big budget action movies. Also, she has several television shows she MUST watch, and if you interfere with her shows she will get angry! Get to know Melissa Silvey, and her characters.

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