Month: September 2016

5 Questions with Angela Kay Austin

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aka-10What role did books play in your early life?

They offered me an escape from my world into another, while introducing me to new fantastical things and people.

Do you have a favorite writing space?

One of my favorite bookstore/restaurants in Memphis. You sit inside and write with a glass of wine and a delicious salad, or outside on the patio with live music and a glass of wine J

Does the writing get easier with each book?

Image result for angela kay austin bealeIt is it weird to say both. I think my stories become more complex the longer I write, and that makes me a stronger storyteller. But, it also gets easier. I’m not afraid to take on a story that is rich with three-dimensional characters and tougher issues.

Do you think writer’s block only exists in an author’s mind?

I think it exists because a writer is trying to make the story they’re telling better. We won’t accept the first thing that pops into our heads.

About the Author

Bio (brief):

 Angela Kay Austin has always loved expressing herself creatively.  An infatuation with music led to years playing several instruments, some better than others.   A love for acting put her in front of a camera or two for her thirty seconds of fame before giving way to a degree and career in communications.  After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for all things creative and worked in promotions and events for many years. 

Today, Angela lives in her hometown in Tennessee with her really really really old dog, Midnight.

To learn more about Angela, visit her website:

Twitter: @AngelaKayAustin
Facebook: /AngelaKayAustin

Telling Stories with Award Winning Author, Laquette

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laquetteDo you have a favorite writing space?

My dining room table.  I don’t know why, but it works wonders for my creativity.

Who was the first person to recognize that you had writing talent?

My mother.  She gave me my first computer on my 18th birthday to further my desire to write.

Do you have those moments when words are difficult to come by?

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Fortunately, no.  As long as I have music in my ears, the words seem to come.

Does the writing get easier with each book? Or does it get more difficult because you’re also growing as an author with each work?

Every book is different.  Lies You Tell was a very easy project.  The structure, the words, it all just came.  Power Privilege & Pleasure was difficult.  I loved the finished product, but getting to the end was hard.  My characters didn’t want to behave.

How can an aspiring author get better at writing?

Keep writing.  If you feel the need, take writing classes focused on craft.

Do you think writing courses and writer’s workshops are worth the investment for aspiring authors?

I’m of two minds about this.  I don’t believe you need formal education to become a writer.  I have both undergraduate and graduate degrees in writing. I benefited greatly from my education, but the talent was there before I stepped on campus.  I didn’t need school to become a writer.  I needed it to become a better writer. My writing education refined my raw skill.

About the Author

LaQuette is a bestselling Erotic Romance Author is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award Winner, 2015 Swirl Awards Bronze Winner in Romantic Suspense, and 2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance. LaQuette—a native of Brooklyn, New York—spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.

Writing—her escape from everyday madness—has always been a friend and source of comfort. At the age of sixteen she read her first romance novel and realized the genre was missing something: people that looked and lived like her.  As a result, her characters and settings are always designed to provide positive representations of people of color and various marginalized communities.

She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble.  Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, her website,, Amazon, her Facebook group, LaQuette’s Lounge, and via email at

Fans Feeling “Grimm” over Cancellation News

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Grimm Season 6 is ready for the small screen on Jan. 06, 2017, but news over the cancellation of Season 7 skyrocketed through the internet creating an immediate campaign to save the supernatural show. It’s not your Mama’s fairy tale and these creatures are no joke although some episodes have been puntastically terrific. The show has a bit of everything from love scenes to action and of course, mythical creatures. The strong heroic lead, Nick Burkhart a Portland detective and residential eye candy, is a fan favorite. Nick is the guy who goes the extra mile, not only for the people he loves, but for the citizens of Portland, human and Vessen alike. Vessen are the supernatural element in the show which combine humans with animals that almost shape shift in ‘vessen’ mode.

Nick is Grimm.  A Grimm is almost like a modern Knight of the Templar set out to hunt down the Vessen which are considered unnatural and unworthy to live or reproduce. Unlike his ancestors, Nick does not desire to randomly kill every Vessen he meets unless they are a bad kind, who prey upon humans.However, the lines are blurring with him and Adalind.

An exciting scene already leaked shows the length  of Nick’s persistence to save Adalind, the mother of his child, who is back to being a Hexenbeast.  Captain Renard, the father of Adalind’s first child has taken her and Nick wills top at nothing to get her back.  Ahhh love. Rumor has it that he might even be compelled to use his supernatural powers, which can adversely affect him.

However, there is a lot of love between Nick and Adalind.

For those uninitiated, “Grimm” was first launched in 2011, garnering considerably high number of audience, which prompted the network to reach until the sixth season. It is about the supernatural detective, Nick Burkhardt, who is endowed with supernatural powers which allows him to catch creatures with supernatural abilities too.

Other members of “Grimm’s” cast include Russell Homsby as hank Griffin, Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, Sasha Roiz as Captain Renard, Reggie Lee as Sergeant Wu and Elizabeth Tulloch as Juliette.

Here is a basic map of the action to catch you up on the fantastic series.


Fight Like A Girl #OvarianCancer

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. My friend Jordan K. Rose is an ovarian cancer survivor. To help raise awareness she’s donating 100% of the sales in the month of September of A Vampire’s Passion to the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation.

A Granulosa Cell Tumor is a rare form of ovarian cancer and more information is needed to help fight this disease.

Buy a copy of A Vampire’s Passion and help in the fight against ovarian cancer!


5 Questions with Natalie D. Wilson

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What role did books play in your early life?

ndwheadshotI grew up in a middle class family. We didn’t have everything we wanted but we always had books. My mother enrolled me in a book-of-the-month club at an early age and the monthly delivery was very much a highlight of my young life. Once I entered school and discovered the wide variety of books available to me through the library my reading expanded. This is part of the reason that today I am an elementary library/media specialist. I enjoy trying to find something for all children to read especially for those who don’t think they like books and reading.  To this day I am still an avid reader. If I am not writing, I am reading. My husband has actually asked me if I was really trying to read while brushing my teeth. I was.

Who was the first person to recognize that you had writing talent?

My writing journey officially began about 4 ½ years ago. I had tImage result for natalie d wilson bookshe idea for a fantasy/romance series for many years but had never done anything other than daydream about the concept and a few of the main characters. It was my husband, Will, and a dear friend, Catherine, who encouraged me to sit down and just try to write one chapter.
One chapter turned into three novels within a four-month period and needless to say, I was hooked.  I then gave the stories to a few other dear friends to get their reactions and they also enjoyed the stories and asked for the next one. It was through their reaction and encouragement that I realized that I could do it and that led me to see that I had many stories inside me waiting to be told.

Are you an active participant in the cover design of your books? 

I am very much involved in the design of every book cover. I also write romance novels Image result for natalie d wilson booksunder a pen name have found some very talented graphic artists who help take my ideas and vision and turn that into an image that would help catch the readers’ eye. One of the most difficult parts of cover design for me is giving over my verbal ideas to the artists and trusting them to develop a graphic representation of that vision. I am allowed to make request changes to modify the cover creation along the way to help bring the final cover image as close as possible to my original idea. I had to learn that it was not always possible to have exactly the model look or pose but that I had in mind but that the feel of the cover is the most important aspect. I feel that it’s important to do your homework and seek out an artist who is able to collaborate with you to bring your ideas to life.

You have books published on ebook platforms like Nook. What has your experience been with ebooks?

Image result for natalie d wilson booksI am very fortunate that my husband is technically savvy and he was instrumental in helping me to navigate the ebook publishing process. In my experience, ebooks account for the vast majority of my sales. I do offer print books as well because I know that for some the physical book is preferred and I believe that every reader is important and I want to be sure to have the book available in as many formats as possible. I think everyone that writes loves to see their book in print, but I believe that ebooks are a must.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an author?

Hands down, the most rewarding thing to me as an author is to have a reader tell me not only that they love a character or scene, but why they loved it. I often find myself in conversations at book events talking about my characters as though they are family members. When a reader loves my characters as much as I do and enjoys discussing them as if they are real to them, I am absolutely tickled pink.

About the Author

Bio (brief):

Natalie D. Wilson is a native of Georgia and lives with her husband, Will and two birds, Bonnie and Allie.

She loves to travel especially to anywhere with a beach. She enjoys bicycling and reading, but hasn’t mastered doing both at the same time.

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