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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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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Author Spotlight: Saurabh Garg

5932770Curious marketeer by the day, Saurabh Garg is a storyteller by the night. The Nidhi Kapoor story is his first full-length story.

Apart from writing, Saurabh is passionate about startups, travel and poker. When he is not working on creating characters and plots for his upcoming stories, he likes to meet and talk to other interesting people and ask them stupid questions that often don’t have answers.

Saurabh maintains a very elaborate bucket list. The item on top of his list is to visit every country in the world. So far, he’s been to 15.

Originally from Delhi and based out of Mumbai, he went to Delhi university and MDI Gurgaon for his undergrad and postgrad respectively.

The Nidhi Kapoor Story

23289008Two dogs and a cat are butchered at the home of Nidhi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actress. Left behind is a mysterious letter threatening Nidhi and her family.

Nishant Kapoor, Nidhi’s father and a superstar of the yesteryears is confined to a retirement facility in the hills. Tormenting him are his recurring dreams of someone trying to hurt him and his family.

A film set where Nidhi Kapoor is shooting for her much anticipated film goes up in flames. Trapped inside are Nidhi and her sister, Payal.

ACP Prakash Mohile is forced to take up the investigation. Rujuta Singh, a photojournalist chronicling the lives of policemen in Mumbai and shadowing Prakash, gets embroiled in the case.

Unwarranted incidents continue to happen and in absence of any real clues or motive, Prakash and Rujuta are forced to dig deeper in the past of the Kapoors. They unknowingly stumble onto a violent tale of lies, betrayal, treachery, infidelity and murder.

Time is running out fast and the unknown assailant is adamant on taking away from Nidhi everything that she holds dear – her career, her home, her reputation, her family and her life. With each move, he seems to be getting close. The answers however continue to elude Prakash and Rujuta.

What is it in their past that Kapoors are hiding from the world?

What grudge does the assailant hold against the Kapoors?

And, can they save Nidhi?

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Engulfs you. Very vivid and thorough. Characters are solid. Saurabh paints a wonderful picture of thrill.. Glamour and the price of fame.by Amit Sharma

The book was very interesting to read, with lot of twists and turns. The plot and the story was good. The author keeps the pace of the story and each plot is interesting to read. The story is more like a masaledar, bollywood, thriller, suspense story and overall the book is good.by Mohan

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Resources for authors: Online Writing Communities

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We all know how important it is to keep in touch with our fellow authors, the amount of invaluable advice and support that we can get from them can’t be compared with anything. Of course having a reliable network of readers, family and friends, which will always cheer you up and encourage you to keep writing is important, but no one will understand your ups and downs, your excitements and frustrations as other authors will.

That’s why there are innumerable online communities that you can join from the comfort of your home and with the same, priceless outcome as joining a writer’s convention.

To get you started, I gathered ten of the best Online Writing Communities that you can join, for free, to start creating your author’s network.


My Writers Circle

A friendly environment to get advice and resources for improving your writing skills. You can submit your writing to the workshop section and receive honest feedback from other writers.


Writers Cafe

WritersCafe.org is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more.


Young Writers Online

This is a community of young writers, new and experienced, dedicated to improving their writing.


Absolute Write

This is a comprehensive informational website and community for writers of all levels. It offers articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, freelancing, and copywriting. They also provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You’ll find links to resources and a large and active online community of writers and publishing professionals.


Critters Writers Workshop

This is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers, where they gather to help improve your craft, not only by having your work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect your own work.


The Writer’s Chatroom

Those chats are moderated by people whose main goal is to provide education, support and encouragement for writers. There is also a forum that supplements the Chatroom by giving around the clock access to visitors who can’t make it to the regularly scheduled chats.


Backspace

Backspace is predicated on the idea of writers helping writers, which they accomplish by means of forums, an online guest speaker program in which agents, acquisitions editors, and bestselling authors regularly conduct question and answer sessions with the group, advice and how-to articles from publishing experts on this website, as well as their real-world conferences and events.


Writing.com

Writing.Com is a writers’ playground, full of useful tools, inspirations, community support, and motivation! They offer writers hundreds of unique writing tools and opportunities for creation and productivity: your own portfolio, community newsfeed, contests, activities, rewards, and recognitions!


Critique Circle

Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories. Their purpose is to provide a place for writers to give and receive feedback on their work, and thereby learn from one another. The Critique Circle also includes forums as well as helpful writing tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more.

 

The last two are known by (almost) everyone and some of the best online resources for authors:


NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.


Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.
Besides of being a great resource for readers, they have the Goodreads Author Program, which is an invaluable tool for authors. Any author, anywhere in the world, can join the Goodreads Author Program for free. All you need is an Internet connection and a published book (or a soon-to-be published book) that can be found in their database.

The Goodreads Author Program allows published authors to claim their profile page to promote their book and engage with readers. Once verified, your author profile will include the official Goodreads Author badge, which you can use to tell your fans to follow you on Goodreads.

 

Do you use some of those resources?
Would you recommend others?
Which one is your favorite?

Collision (Portland Street Kings Book 1)

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When I was fourteen years old, I killed for the first time. That day I learned cruelty wasn’t only within the walls we had just escaped.

It hasn’t been easy growing up in the middle of a war. A struggle to find shelter. Fighting to protect our bodies against the corruption of the streets. Nobody cared about the street kids who had to beg and steal to eat.

Now we are the Portland Street Kings – A family forged through loyalty not blood. To get through this life of broken dreams alive, we’ve become hard, uncaring and merciless. We do what must be done to keep our family safe, we will harm those who stand against us.

We have it all, feared and respected by those on the streets. Then she collided into my world, and with her came demons from my past, back to haunt us all.

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“I absolutely loved Collision! Slater and Piper are so good together and the ending will blow you away. I never saw it coming. If you enjoy a sexy, suspenseful romance with a hot, badass alpha hero, you won’t go wrong reading this story. Can’t wait to read Mac and Lana’s story.” by Angela Amos

“Surprisingly good…excellent characters. A great storyline and the writing was pretty good. Plenty of action, naughty scenes, violence and romance.
Boy meets girl and fights their attraction. Although he pushes her away initially, he eventually gives in to his feelings and fights for her. Throw in a bad boy attitude, a turf war, gangs and heap of violence and you still get a good story.
I will continue with the series. Recommended.” by Tany B

“The author provided a very well-developed plot and characters. Serisously, I could picture the man candy and he was amazingly ripped. Oh, and I never guessed the plot twist was comong, although thinking back, it makes sense!
I kind of wish I knew what Rex was going to decide to do, but I understand needing something to lead into the next book of the series.”  by Wendy W.

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Daydreamer ♥ Night Thinker ♥ Goal Digger ♥ Storyteller ♥

Amazon Bestselling Author in Romantic, Action & Adventure and Womens Adventure Fiction.

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