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Hallowread Attending Author Exclusive with Kim Alexander!

You’d think after co-producing Sirius XM Book Radio for over 5 years, listening to hundreds of hours of audio, and interviewing both authors and voice actors, I’d be better equipped to have one of my own books turned into audio. You’d be mistaken!

I love audio books. I guess I’m not alone–Audible is setting the world on fire these days, and voice actors and authors are lining up at the ACX website to meet n’ greet and make connections. That’s how I found my actor, William Turbett. I posted my audition script–which included multiple human and non- human characters acting bitchy at a cocktail party–and he killed it. We agreed on terms, and he got to work.

(I should also mention my novel, The Sand Prince, is epic fantasy and typically for the genre runs about 120,000 words, which in the end came out to about 12 hours. That is a BIG commitment on the part of the actor, so when he tells me he loved the book, I hope he means it!)

I’ve listened to many, many audio books, but until this spring, I’d never heard my own words–my characters, who I love fiercely and protectively–my jokes, my sex scenes, my murders–I’d never heard them out loud. And it was an experience! The jokes landed! Tense scenes were absolutely fraught! It was subtle and funny and made sense. And the emotion was turned up to eleven.

Writing a book is usually an intensely personal act. This is a world of your own creation, peopled with characters you bring to life. They turn into so much more than puppets acting out scenes–they have decisions and interior lives of their own, they love and hate and act sometimes (it seems) without any input from the writer. I was trepidatious to say the least to turn my darlings over to someone else. Would William understand why Rhuun is so defensive? Or why Hellne is a great queen but an indifferent mother? Would he be able to pronounce words in the Eriisai dialect which until now have only lived in my head?

He did all those things, and more. To hear them interact, laugh, cry, insult and sometimes be kind to each other was something like a miracle. So now my story of two worlds–torn apart by war and betrayal yet inexorably linked by magic and love is now yours to listen to. I hope you love it, too.

“When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever.”

Two worlds, divided by a door.

On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive…

On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds…

Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a forgotten book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis, he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.

The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all…

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#IndyAuthorTalk with Shannon Nemechek – Why our Readers are so important to us

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First of all, especially in the Romance industry, not only are we writers, but we are also readers.  So as readers, we tend to be more empathic when it comes to our own readers.  Maybe it is a little do unto others as we would have them do unto us mixed in there.

But for me, I never realized how much of an impact the writer/reader’s relationship was until I became a writer myself.  The interaction between writer and reader is like no other because we are one and the same.

I am having such a wonderful time, being able to interact with readers, as a reader myself, I have Fangirl moments too.  Like when I am doing a takeover, and I find myself doing one with a couple of USA Today and New York Times best-selling Authors, I seriously Fangirl.

It’s amazing to me as a writer, how close we are able to become with our readers, especially in the Romance Genre.  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we are readers too; we have our Fangirl moments, and that makes this job so much fun.   We have signings, Facebook events, conferences, and of course the Romance Writers of America national conference.

I mean come on, you can’t get this close to Gerard Butler on the Red Carpet or on a movie set. By the way, if you decide to follow me, friend me or meet me, you will find I am convinced he and I were married in past lives.  Ha ha.

We, as writers, are readers first and writers second.  We are the readers and as the readers, don’t we always spread the word about our favorite author or a new book we just read?  What a blessing and honor it is for me to be able to say I am a Romance Novelist, and that we have the best readers and fellow authors in this industry.

We are approachable because we ourselves, are the FANS and we are the readers. Don’t we all love an HEA?   That’s what we get when we pick up a romance novel, well most anyway, some are HEA, for now, stories, and that’s ok too.

We all love a great HEA story, from the time we were little kids until the day we die because HEA shows us all that there is always a Once upon a Time.

So for me, our readers are IMPORTANT, because WE are them and WE are a FAMILY, and as a FAMILY we help each other. And I believe, that is what I found.

So a big thank you, to all of you who have read, will read and who won’t because no matter what, we are FAMILY, the Romance FAMILY.

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#IndyAuthorTalk – Weird Writer Habits with Randi Perrin!

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A lot of times when I do interviews, I get asked about what weird writer habits I have. I have quite a few.

I’m crazy anal about naming my characters. Legit. There’s meaning in almost every single character name. Often the name means nothing to anyone but me, but I must have a good character name to develop them. I will spend days agonizing over baby naming sites and going back and forth with people trying to figure it out. And then there are some characters, like Mason in Virtue and Honor, who name themselves. I had named him Mason, and then changed it to something else. But when I started typing the story, I found I had stopped using the new name and defaulted to Mason for several pages. That’s when I knew Mason was going to be his name.

But that’s not the weirdest habit I have—not by a longshot.

My critique partners get texts of pics I take of my monitor with good lines highlighted. Often at all hours of the night. Because I get so proud of lines and I am compelled to share them with someone.

But that’s not the weirdest habit I have either.

My weirdest habit started the Christmas after I wrote Virtue of Death. My husband scoured the internet to find a pair of angel wings earrings—that didn’t have feathers (that was the hardest part for him, as most angel wings are depicted with feathers but my angels do not). I loved them, and I still wear them to almost all book signings and author events I attend. But that started a slippery slope…

Now, every time I get a contract for a story, I pick up a piece of jewelry. They are great conversation starters, believe it or not.

For “Just What I Need,” which was included in Unintentional: North American Edition, I ordered a pair of earrings off etsy that were chocolate covered doughnuts because doughnuts play a role in that story.

For the Earthbound Angels trilogy, I had the earrings my husband kicked it all off with. But I also have three silver stackable rings that I wear on my right hand. One has blue topaz, one emerald, and the other amethyst, each representing one of the books.

For Wreck You, I picked up two pairs of earrings—one is dangly Corvette symbols and the others are studs in the shape of wrenches. Perfect for my grease monkeys with a love of little, red Corvettes.

For “Boston Crème Breakdown” in Food and Romance Go Together, I bought earrings with the @ symbol, as a large part of their romance takes place in emails.

For Anticipating Temptation, a novella coming out later this summer, I already had a pair of dangly star earrings, so I picked up a pair of crescent moons. A crescent moon with a shooting star is an earring combination the main character wears.

It’s a little quirky, but it’s fun to try and figure out the best piece of jewelry to get to play off a new piece, and they are fabulous conversation starters. Sometimes I come up with more than one idea, so I keep one and use the other as a giveaway.

Mi Amor is another novella coming later this summer… and I haven’t figured out what I’m going to get for that one. (Though I do know the giveaway that will be for that one.) Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to find out about all my releases and giveaways.

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Golden (Golden, #1) by K.M. Robinson (Review by Sara, #NerdGirlSara)

Title: Golden (Golden, #1)

Author: K.M. Robinson

Published Date: March 28th 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy


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When the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them.

Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.

If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first.

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***Sara, #NerdGirlSara Review***

I’ve read so many fairytale retellings! Dozens of Beauty and the Beasts and Sleeping Beauties and Little Red Riding Hoods but never, seriously… Continue reading

Ashby Holler by Jamie Zakian (Review by Destiny, #NerdGirlDezzy)

Title: Ashby Holler

Author:  Jamie Zakian

Published Date:  June 14th 2016

Genre: New Adult


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Sergeant at Arms for a deadly club of drug traffickers doesn’t sound like the ideal job for a nineteen-year-old girl…

But Sasha Ashby has never been typical, and she’s waited her entire life to sew a club patch on her leather jacket. Raised on violence and crime as part of Ashby Holler Trucking, while hiding her own dirty little secret, Sasha knows she can handle anything.

Now there’s a spot open at the table, and Sasha will do anything to secure it—including betray herself…

Her best friend and fellow prospect, Vinny, devises a stupidly brilliant plan—they fake a relationship. It’s a match the club president, who happens to be Sasha’s mother, has longed to see. It’s a good idea, in theory. Vinny knows she’s into girls, and what’s a little sex between friends? The ruse works well, elevating her in line for the coveted position, until Vinny’s older brother Dez gets out of jail and breezes into her seat.

There’s something about Dez that Sasha can’t shake…… Continue reading

Inarticulate by Eden Summers (Review by Cat, #NerdGirlCat)

Title: Inarticulate

Author: Eden Summers

Published Date: September 2nd 2016

Genre: Romance


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He’s silent—but his touch speaks louder than words.

At first sight, Savannah is drawn to the harsh appeal of a man who refuses to talk to her. Keenan’s hard stare is arrogant and unapologetic. The quirk of his sensuous lips is cocky and in control.

But there’s more. There’s something deeper he’s trying to hide behind those steely grey eyes—a slight hint of vulnerability which captures her intrigue.

She’d been warned, told that his silence hides a myriad of lies capable of affecting her career and relationships with loved ones. Only she can’t help herself. Testing Keenan’s defenses is an addiction she can’t deny.

Falling in lust is easy. Learning his secrets comes with a price. The cost? Her broken heart.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Catherine, #NerdGirlCat Review***
 This author’s writing is fantastic, the story line was very original and I just loved reading this one. The whole mystery surrounding Keenan kept me intrigued and just couldn’t put it… Continue reading

Breathe Clarissa (The Pierson Twins Duet, #1) by Rose Silverstone (Review by Valerie, #NerdGirlVal)

Title: Breathe Clarissa (The Pierson Twins Duet, #1)

Author: Rose Silverstone

Published Date: November 18th 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense


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Life is funny, especially when you’re a twin.
Life has a funny way of showing you what type of person you truly are. It shows you all of the signs of your weaknesses and sometimes throws them up in your face while beating you down. Actually, in my case, it wasn’t so much life. It was the guy in my life. It was the man that I’d chosen to give my life and heart to. At the time I believed he was absolutely perfect and practically walked on water. I won’t dwell on that now. I’ll come back to it later. No, I want to share how I got to the point of fighting for every breath before learning how to breathe.
I’m Clarissa Pierson. I am twenty-four years old, the “good twin” and this is my story.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Valerie, #NerdGirlVal Review***
 Rose Silverstone had me right from “Catch… Continue reading

Your Kinky Friends by Nicholas Tanek (Review by Destiny, #NerdGirlDezzy)

Title: Your Kinky Friends

Author: Nicholas Tanek

Published Date: March 10th 2017

Genre: Non-Fiction


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A Tribute to the New Jersey – New York Kink Community.

Devastated by the death of his love, Lynn, Nicholas turned to the community they had become part of: the kink community. He reconnected with some old friends, and through them, met some new ones. Randee was an in-your-face, self-proclaimed slut, and Cassie was an intriguing, intimidating dominatrix. To Nicholas, they were just his friends.

Sometimes sex is just a distraction, but sometimes it can help to heal. For some people, sex is the only way they know how to seek or give comfort. Nicholas found an honesty and acceptance in the fetish community that he did not experience in his vanilla life. After his eye-opening relationship with Lynn, there was no going back. It was time to make new friends.

What some people are saying…
“I don’t even know what to say.” – Kevin.

“I like to sit on my naked slave and paint on a canvas while he reads your books aloud to me.” – Jennifer O’Neal, artist.… Continue reading

My Soul to Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg (Review by Valerie, #NerdGirlVal)

Title: My Soul to Keep

Author: Jackie Sonnenberg

Published Date: May 19th 2016

Genre: Thriller


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Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take… When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light-and they have a secret. The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead… When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky-though this is exactly what she believed she wanted-she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away. Danger and death lurk around every corner… The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might… Continue reading

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