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Anne Wheeler Author Interview


This week on #IndieFeature we are featuring Asrian Skies by Anne Wheeler. If you haven’t read it, this is what it’s all about:

Avery Rendon is weeks away from realizing her dream as a Commonwealth fighter pilot when planetary politics intervene. Reluctantly, she returns to her home planet of Asria, still hoping to break free of her controlling family and their faith. Not much has changed on Asria though, and after her almost-fiancé walks out on her, she’s not sure life can get much worse.


She’s wrong. When the Haederan Empire invades Asria, intent on rebuilding their interstellar domain, Avery becomes a target. She also becomes something else—a Commonwealth intelligence operative. It’s not long before she stumbles upon information that could change the course of the war, and suddenly she’s on the run, forced to confront her fear of death and her lingering doubts about her faith’s teachings.

Swept up in something more dangerous than politics or flying, Avery begins to wonder if her destiny lies somewhere closer to home. If those old beliefs are worth clinging to. And if she’ll live to see the end of it all.

Get your copy here.

About the Author:

Anne Wheeler grew up with her nose in a book but earned two degrees in aviation before it occurred to her she was allowed to write her own. Fascinated with space travel from an early age, speculative fiction was a natural fit. When not working, moving, or writing her next novel, she can be found planning her next escape to the desert. A military spouse, she lives in Georgia with her husband, son, and herd of cats.

This week I was able to do an interview with Anne. I hope you enjoy. 

Who is your writer role model? And if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?

Probably C.S. Lewis. He taught me that you can combine fantasy and faith, and I’d tell him I’m truly grateful for that lesson.

What was your favorite thing about writing Asrian Skies?


Creating the very basics of the characters, then letting them run wild. It was so fun to see where they took themselves. I don’t plot, so they continually surprised me with their development and where they took the story.

What was your least favorite thing to write?


The entire first draft. I’m not a first draft person. I love filling in details and choosing just the right word for the sentence, so rushing through the plot details just to get something down on paper just isn’t much fun for me.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?


I work full time, with regular working hours, so writing usually comes on my lunch break or after my son goes to bed. I won’t lie–it’s pretty much like having two jobs, and it’s exhausting.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?


I’m not sure how interesting it is, but I can’t write on anything other than my laptop. Not a phone, not a tablet, not n a notebook. I can make quick notes on my phone, but I can only type fast enough to keep up with my brain on an actual computer.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?


Travel and spend time with my family. Preferably doing both at the same time.

What does your family think of your writing?


I think they thought it was a pretty random hobby for me to pick up (I’d never written fiction before last summer), but they enjoy my books. I’ll take that!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?


That most of finishing a novel isn’t about skill – it’s about determination.

How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?


Two are complete. I’ll always love Asrian Skies because it was my first, but I love its sequel even more. The characters became even more vivid as I discovered more of their backstories, and my writing became less timid – I wrote exactly what I wanted to write, nothing more, nothing less.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?


Don’t listen to the rules. Learn them, yes, but if they don’t work for you, discard them and get your book done your way. You know what you need more than anyone else.

What do you think makes a good story?


For me, well-rounded characters. I don’t care much about worldbuilding, and even plot can fall by the wayside some as long as your characters keep me entertained and reading.


As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?


I wanted to be an astronaut. Clearly, that didn’t happen, so now I just write about them.


Thanks for listening and if you want to know more about Anne, check her out here. Or here.

Truck Stop

Truck Stop by Allie McCormack

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Pages: 275

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis:

Teri is on the run from her terrible father when she winds up in a truck stop in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. She meets some amazing people who take her in and give her a job waiting tables in their restaurant. She winds up meeting Mike, a truck driver who was once a runaway himself. 

Flash forward a year later, Teri falls head over heels for Mike, but he thinks of her in a younger sister kind of way. Eventually, the pair proclaim their feelings for each other in a passion filled night, but things take a drastic turn when Teri gets some unsettling news.

Will Teri and Mike overcome their obstacles and live happily ever after?
The Good:

This story was beautifully written. Allie has a wonderful way with words and describes things in such a way that the reader is immersed in the story. I was so entranced by the story that I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one sitting and was left wanting more.

Teri and Mike’s love story was believable and so many people will be able to relate to it. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good romance novel or even a good suspense.  

I typically don’t read true romance, so I enjoyed the suspense that Allie added to the story.

The Bad: 

I honestly have nothing bad to say about the story. I loved every bit of it.

Overall:

I highly recommend this novel to all readers over the age of seventeen. There are some explicit love-making scenes. 

Favorite Quotes:

“Mike looked up looked up just as the girl was propelled through the door, the wind at her back a live force, determined to have one last chance at her before she reached safety.”

“Teri hefted her backpack to one shoulder, smiling at them both. It wasn’t much of a smile, the first one Marsha had seen from her yet, but it brightened her eyes, and lifted some of the strain from her waif’s face.”

“Joe looked away, clearing his throat to smother the chuckle that threatened; the child made it sound like she’d been invited through the gates of Heaven.”

About the Author:

Find more about Allie here:

https://twitter.com/AllieMcCormackK?s=09

Or here:

alliemccormack.com

Go out and buy your copy today

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Author Interview with Amara Lynn

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with Amara Lynn, the author of Masks.


First, let’s get a little background information.

Amara loves anything to do with pirates, merpeople, magic, super villains/superheroes, paranormal, and just about anything else that happens to strike her fancy.

When she isn’t thinking about her own characters, she is usually reading, listening to podcasts, playing video games, or taking way too many pictures of her two cats. She is addicted to writing and music, and gets most of her inspiration when listening to music and going for walks.

You can find more information about Amara here:

https://twitter.com/amaralynnwrites?s=09

Or here:

AmaraLynnwrites.wordpress.com

Here are the questions I asked Amara.

Who is your favorite author and why?

My newest favorite is V.E. Schwab. Her writing is absolutely wonderful. My old favorite is Lynn Flewelling and her books The Nightrunner Series and the Tamir Triad. Her books were my biggest inspiration when I was starting to write.

Where did you get your inspiration for Masks?

I’m always coming up with characters to write together with a friend of mine, and originally came up with the main character Avari that way. Avari was a supervillain because I’ve always loved the villain or antihero type character. I ended up running away with backstory stuff for him and came up with a whole story, and thus Masks was born.

What was your favorite thing about writing Masks?

When it all finally clicked and I felt like I had a handle on Avari and his inner emotions and struggles.

What was the hardest part about writing Masks?

Getting edits back for the first time, and feeling so overwhelmed by the whole thing. I didn’t think I could do it, but I did.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I actually wrote an in depth piece about this on my blog, because a lot of people say they always knew. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but looking back, I’m very surprised that I didn’t realize it sooner. I was always making up stories in my head and had a very active imagination (still do). The time I actually thought I wanted to write and maybe someday publish things was when I was about 20, after reading the book Twilight and thinking “I could do this.”

How long did it take you to write Masks?

That’s a complex answer. The very first draft of Masks I wrote on and off, and that took about three years. When I got edits back and a rewrite was recommended, I rewrote the whole thing in about four weeks.

If you could go back to before starting Masks, what would you tell your past self?

Here are some things I learned the hard way: Get a good handle on your characters and get inside their heads, and get an outside opinion before submitting your work somewhere. The last one especially!

Any tips or tricks for authors trying to publish their novels?

You don’t have to have an agent. Find open submission calls that interest you and try submitting to them and see what happens. Pace yourself. If you don’t succeed at first, don’t give up. Also, always seek feedback when you can! The more you write, the easier it gets.

If you want to know more about Masks check it out on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07528ST5M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_meioAb1M6P19G 

Get your copy today and be sure to leave a review. I hope you enjoyed this interview and if you have any more questions about Amara, check her out on Twitter.

Mistakes of the Past 

Mistakes of the past by Patricia Josephine

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Pages: 123

Stars: 4.5/5

Synopsis: 

Luc is living in a small town under the pretense of being a father at the local Catholic Church. His father has given him the chance to make up for his mistakes and Luc is striving to atone for his past, but things start to go wrong.

First, Rose shows up. Immediately the two are attracted to one another, causing Luc to question his vow of celibacy. Then someone from Luc’s past shows up, trying to entice Luc into his old ways. Rose is unexpectedly pulled into Luc’s past and in order to save her, Luc will have to reveal his true identity and give up his chance at redemption. What will he choose?

The Good: 

This story is beautifully written and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I completely fell in love with Luc and Rose and their love story. Patricia did a lovely job keeping her reader interested and involved in the story. The imagery was beautiful and the story was very detailed.

The Bad:

First, I didn’t realize how short the story was. When I got to the end I was kind of mad that it was over. I understand that the story was done and not much else could have been added, but I wanted to know more. 

Second, when Luc finally reveals his true identity, Rose is so quick to except it. I don’t want to spoil anything for readers, but if it had been me, it would have taken a lot more convincing.

Overall: 

This story is definitely worth a read. If you love a good romance story with a twist, you will love this one. Take my advice and go buy your copy today.

Favorite Quotes:

Life in Thornwood was slow and mundane. It had taken Luc time to adjust to the routine, but once he had he cherished every second. This was life in all its glory. He was blessed to be allowed to experience it.”

“‘It is okay to be sad,’ Luc said softly. ‘One lifetime never feels like enough time.'”

“Going to clubs in the city, she had learned how to dance, but for this small town’s sake, she’d keep it toned down. She didn’t need to make anyone’s grandma faint.”

About the Author:

You can find more information about Patricia here:

https://twitter.com/plynne_writes?s=09

Or here:

patricialynne.com

Don’t forget to buy your copy today on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0768T62H5/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512463744&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=mistakes+of+the+past&dpPl=1&dpID=61U%2BTmAGdiL&ref=plSrch

Bubblegum

Bubblegum by Sari Taurez

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 335

Stars: 4/5


Synopsis: 

Tiana is your typical spoiled blonde, at first. After killing a man and saving Julia from abduction, Tiana gets a taste for killing, and she enjoys it. She enjoys it so much that she becomes a killer-for-hire. Her motivations might be a bit skewed in the beginning, but after moving in with Julia, she starts to change.

Tiana, Julia, Ruby, and William team up to take down Bobby Nails, an infamous brothel owner. Tiana carries her beloved rifle, Bubblegum. Ruby is a pyrotechnic genuis. William is driven by the search for his abducted daughter. And Julia is the brains of the operation. Each mission brings them closer to Nails, but will they be able to finally stop him? And at what cost?

The Good:

Each character is very unique and you can’t help but fall in love with them. There were a lot of twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved Tiana, by far my favorite character. She always had something witty to say and kept me laughing. The character growth is amazing and you see every change along the way.

The Bad: 

There were a few things I wish I knew more about, like Tiana’s family life. It’s not revealed until the very end that her mother basically gave her an ultimatum and it’s really only a couple of sentences. Also, there were some grammar issues that were missed when editing. Normally, I wouldn’t make a note of this, but some of them actually took me out of the story. 

Overall: This was a very enjoyable read and it’s set up for a sequel, which I will read for sure. It’s a story that anyone can enjoy, apart from young children. The good outweigh the bad with this one.

About the author:

More info about Sari Taurez can be found here:

https://twitter.com/sari_taurez?s=09

Or here:

saritaurez.com

Be sure to pick up your copy of Bubblegum on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692917845/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_J9PhAbDC07D1V

#IndieFeature

So many of you may have seen our new hashtag game or maybe not. But you might be wondering what is #IndieFeature all about. Here’s how it works:

1. Authors that have indie published a novel contact Devin or I, asking to be featured.

2. One of us, depending on the week, reads the novel and comes up with daily questions inspired by some of our favorite quotes from the novel.

3. We post the daily questions after midnight each day. (Also, retweet them through the day)

4. You answer the questions using the hashtag #IndieFeature

5. We put all the people who answered the question into a drawing for their very own copy of the novel featured.

Be sure to follow the Hashtag and look for the daily questions.

If you are interested in being featured or have any questions about how things work contact me (@holliemarie213) or Devin (@DevSeventyFive)

Chasing Eveline 

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Genre: Young Adult fiction

Pages: 357

Stars: 4/5

Synopsis:

Ivy and Matt are on a mission to reunite their favorite band from the 80s, Chasing Eveline. Ivy hopes reuniting the band will help her find her mother, who abandoned the family two years ago. Ivy and Matt attempt to enlighten their classmates to Chasing Eveline’s music, but are met with a lot of resistance. Ivy ends up writing letters to the band, hoping she can convince them to reunite.

Finally, she receives a response from the band that says if she’s ever in Ireland, maybe they could get together for a reunion. Fueled by this possibility, Ivy and Matt embark on an adventure to raise the money for a trip to Ireland. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned when Ivy’s father falls ill. 

Will Ivy, Matt and their new friend, Sean, make it to Ireland in time to see Chasing Eveline? Will the concert be everything they hoped it would be?
The good

Matt and Ivy’s adventure to raise the money is so much fun to read. The things Ivy puts poor Matt through made me feel so bad for him. The novel is written beautifully and held my attention from the very first page. I was laughing through most of the first chapter. So many people will be able to relate with this story, young or old.

The bad:

The ending really didn’t do it for me. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was just kind of disappointed with how it ended. 

Overall:

This story is definitely worth a read. I may not have been happy with the ending, but that didn’t ruin the book for me. I can’t wait to read more from Leslie!

Memorable Quotes:

“I drop to the floor—all those elementary school disaster drills finally paying off—and cram myself under the table alongside Matt.”

“Eventually the robot voice stops yapping about Guccis and hoochies.”
“My mom was gone. Forever. She was gone, and she was never coming back. Oh Mom, I called out alone this time, you left me and now I’m drowning.”

About the author:

Find more information about Leslie Hauser here:

https://twitter.com/LHauser27?s=09

Or here:

lesliehauser.com

Purchase your copy today on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZYLT7XL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_vxOcAb21KJ4KF