Archive for September, 2015


Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Ali Winters!

Ali grew up in the Pacific North West. She attended Oregon State University for photography. After many adventures she moved to Colorado and earning second degree, she found and met and married her husband.
Ali currently lives in windy Wyoming with her husband and two dogs, Nika and Tedward. When not writing Ali is either photographing, knitting, reading, dancing or staying inside where it’s warm with a hot cup of coffee. She dreams of traveling the world someday soon.

Without further ado, here’s Ali’s interview…

I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Not always. When I was younger I just wanted to read and draw. Somewhere along the line it developed into a love of photography. Which turned into a love of telling stories, with images and then with words. I did try to write a story once in middle school, I had a notebook and it was an idea formed of one scene. I can still picture it clearly. I might not have always wanted to write, but I have always wanted to tell stories.

Why did you choose to write Young Adult Paranormal? I have read fantasy and paranormal for as long as I can remember, it’s where my imagination lives. With this genre there are no limitations on the worlds and characters you can create.

What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I once wrote a page long short— a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It’s actually very hilarious and odd.


What are you currently working on? I am working on re-editing book one, expanding scenes and such. I am also working on book two and three and the 4th novel, which is the novella prequel. I am also outlining and working on another book, “For the Love Of Evil” (working title.) That one will be cute and sweet but will also show my strange sense of humor. There are several more I have in the works, all with some odd twist to it.  [Man, your schedule sounds as busy as my own.]

What motivated the plot of your book? The plot was inspired by a random dream I had one night. – The Reapers was originally going to be a standalone, and the fate of the characters was much different. I planned on it being a short 40k novella that was simply about a reaper falling in love with a human. But even before that it was just a scene, the first scene. It only became a book when a fellow author —Konstanz Silverbow— inspired me to keep going.


What was the hardest story for you to write? It wasn’t a story so much as a scene that was difficult for me. The fight scene took me a month to think about before I could write anything on it. It was necessary for the story, but it’s not the kind of thing I’m used to creating.


What process do you use to plan your novels? I use an outline to help keep my arc strong, so I don’t rush the development of the world or characters or the plot. It’s similar to the type of outline script writers use. It’s simple and flexible. I will (and have) add(ed) chapters when the story called for it.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I don’t know if I could pick. I might say Nivian. She isn’t always sure what is going on but she lets her heart lead her and has a strong drive to learn so she is able to make better decisions. She isn’t anyone’s lackey and while she has some growing to do, she isn’t a pushover.

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I’m sure they all have a piece of me, whether or not I realize it. Even if that piece is itty bitty. I have modeled some of them after people I have met/known etc. My MMC has a lot of my husband’s personality. Though I didn’t realize that until after I had finished it and read it again. I have one character’s looks modeled after one of my dogs, as odd as that sounds. Again something I didn’t realize until later.  (Hint: I have a husky. ;D)

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I had a few scenes I couldn’t figure out. A friend suggested I write down 20 things that could happen, serious, silly, not possible in that universe, etc. but to keep writing until I had 20 ideas. It worked and by #10 I already knew what had to happen. I also have Write or Die, which keeps me from trying to edit while I write. Though I mostly just use that for sprinting.

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Eeesh. That is probably the hardest question. My imagination lives in fantasy. I guess Scifi is probably the closest place to it that my imagination would want to go. Though does it count if I have a scifi novel planned? [Why not? I’ve got paranormal/urban fantasy and dystopian/scifi on my project board. And, there’s a contemporary story that keeps nudging me. I tell it to be quiet. <smile>]

Which authors inspire you? Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, and Peter S. Beagle

What novel would you read multiple times? Starship Titanic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and The Last Unicorn. And I have read them all several times.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Easy, Douglas Adams. Because you’d be crazy not to want to meet him. I love his writing. I adore his humor. His books have been my go to since I was a kid, and he has helped to shape my humor.

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What is your favorite quote? Oh wow. I have so many of them. Pretty much anything by the Dalai Lama. [This] is one of my favorites.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dog/wolf. I love their furry little faces and the personalities they all have.

What is your favorite color? Yellow, cobalt, deep red, or forest green. It really depends on my mood. I have a hard time picking.

Here’s a trailer for Ali’s book, The Reapers…

When you’re not writing….I am an assistant to a doctor during the day. I have an awesome boss who I enjoy working for. I am also a part time photographer.

You can catch up with Ali online…



Twitter: @AliWinters_


Good luck writing your next book.

Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Julie Bromley! Description: “From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.

Inspired by Actual Events
Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692
She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.

Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

But was it really fiction?

He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.

She wants to come back.

At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.”

About the Author

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that, shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.


I had seen enough movies to know better, I had read enough stories to know what happens to little boys who wandered off into dark, dismal places alone. And there were stories, so many stories.

Reading was my sanctuary, a place where I could disappear for hours at a time, lost in the pages of a good book. It didn’t take long before I felt the urge to create my own.

I first began to write as a child, spinning tales of ghosts and gremlins, mystical places and people. For most of us, that’s where it begins—as children we have such wonderful imaginations, some of us have simply found it hard to grow up. I’ve spent countless hours trying to explain to friends and family why I enjoy it, why I would rather lock myself in a quiet little room and put pen to paper for hours at a time than throw around a baseball or simply watch television. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I want to do just that, sometimes I wish for it, but even then the need to write is always there in the back of my mind, the characters are impatiently tapping their feet, waiting their turn, wanting to be heard. I wake in the middle of the night and reach for the pad beside my bed, sometimes scrawling page after page of their words, their lives. Then they’re quiet, if only for a little while. To stop would mean madness, or even worse—the calm, numbing sanity I see in others as they slip through the day without purpose. They don’t know what it’s like, they don’t understand. Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to people you’ve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and that’s when you know it’s good.

Jonathan Dylan Barker holds a B.A. in English from Beaumont University and currently lives in Shadow Cove, Massachusetts where he is hard at work on his latest novel.

Find J.D. online:



Twitter: @J_D_Barker

My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

If you read J.D.’s bio and got the chills, wait until you read this book!

Forsaken was the creepiest, freakiest story I’ve read in a LONG time. Seriously, the book gave me chills. That sensation didn’t leave when I clicked off my e-reader. The image on the last page gave me one of those shocking scares that lingers for a while.

Barker’s story was actually the second book I’ve read this year by a male author with similar qualities: 1) the main character is a man who is also an author, 2) the character had a wife with two children of the same sex (in this book, the second child had yet to be born), and 3) the setting is a small town. This book, however, was off the scale creepy.

Forsaken was a page turner focused on a witch trial in 1692. The author wrote her story and now strange, inexplicable things are happening to him and his family. Sorry, I can’t give you more than that without spoiling the story. And, this book deserves to be read without spoilage.

Personally, this is one of those stories that would make a good scary movie. There are witches, rituals, minions (not the nice ones), and a lot of freaky crap happening. Barker writes with such vivid details making the characters and scenery leap off the page.

The story, itself, was very unique and well-crafted. I’ve read my share of witch stories and I’ve even read about a few witch trials (I was actually fascinated by them in junior high). Never had I read anything where nightmares of the main characters came true. It was a story within a story.

And, the characters were so well-developed. Barker’s writing delivered thoroughly fleshed out personas. I felt I understood their motivations, their fears, and even their hopes.

I’m a big fan of Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone”, and this story was a modern version on steroids! I highly suggest not reading this book before bedtime. I did and always had to pick up something else to clear my mind before turning off the lights.

I loved the creep out factor in Barker’s book and can’t wait to read more by him.


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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

Thanks to the wonderful ladies at For Your Reading Pleasure for featuring me!

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Today’s feature is Shantella Benson. We’re glad to have her today!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page) I’m a debut author. The first book in my Dystopian trilogy releases March 2016. After that, I will be published in the DC Anthologies, a five book anthology by group of eager and inspired authors who met at UtopYA 2015 (now called Utopia). I have two paranormal short stories in two different books.

I also have a book blog called The WordSmithe at I review books that inspire my writing—mostly YA and NA Dystopian/scifi, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I even will review Contemporary Romance. The only genre I won’t review on my blog is erotica. I’m not opposed to reading it. I’m just thinking of my audience which does include teens.

2. How do you choose names for your characters? I have…

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My Writing Journey!

Posted: September 28, 2015 in #IAmWritingNow
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How was your weekend? I had a great weekend working on a new short story…a New Adult vampire fiction!

Time for another peek at My Writing Journey….

1. So, how did I do last week? My posted goals:

*Continue work on rough draft for second WIP. Goal for the week: 56,130 words. Came to a realization with the word count. My first book was written during NaNoWriMo 2014. I reached 50K but added over 30K in revisions. So, I had to ask myself why was I sweating to accomplish all 80K in this rough draft. The story reached its end at 52K. I put it down for a day and wrote down everything I didn’t include (but needed to) in this installment [can’t you tell I’m a pantser?]. I’ve added nearly 2K to my total count just adding those things.

*Continue planning out Urban Fantasy. Didn’t touch it at all last week. A new short-term project jumped up. I received an invite for another anthology and got the idea for a NA vampire short story. It’s not your typical tale….

*Start tackling the business of being an author. I need to set up a website and an author page on Facebook. Investigated and had a sit down with my co-CEO (my hubby and his term). We have plans going forth.

*Decide on a copy editor. Accomplished!


*Continue work on rough draft for second WIP.

*Continue working on short story. I’m already past the half way point (total word count max =10K)

*Continue planning out Urban Fantasy.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: This is from the short story I’m working on. The newly turned vampiress is tracking her next victim:

“His heavenly aroma surrounded me. Beckoning me. Teasing me. I licked my lips and picked up the pace. It was as if someone unlocked a homing device in my veins.”

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Focus. It’s amazing how this is a continuous problem. I’m having to learn how to work through distractions and interruptions. Although annoying, they remind me that it’s too easy to work in a bubble and writers need human interaction. After all, fictional books involve people and people read them. Who wants to read the words from someone who never experiences the world around them?

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: (My short story) I love how the idea came to me and the characters developed. I love the main character. She’s got spunk and a great personality. The biggest challenge in writing her is describing her sensations and emotions. Trying to describe what she’s experiencing after being newly turned has been fun.

Well, that’s this week’s update. Have a great week!

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Brazen Book Tour!

Posted: September 25, 2015 in Book Review, Promotion, Young Adult
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Join me in celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! BRAZEN is the third and
final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her
martial art skills and wits to save her family, friends, and country from an evil Korean god.

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series website. Watch GILDED’s book trailer here!
Be sure to pick up the letter for this stop at the end of this post to earn extra points
in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway!

Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.

About the Book:

Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Indie

My Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Christina Farley’s conclusion to her Gilded series was a great page turner which was difficult for me at first. My favorite character, Jae Hwa Lee, experienced so much heartbreak in the beginning of this story. It just wrecked me.

There’s a new demon for Jae Hwa to deal with, and the darkness is so intense….

Farley did an excellent job with the details in this final book. The imagery was vivid and the emotions were palpable.

I loved the symbolism in Brazen. The yin and yang were used to represent North and South Korea. It also represented light and darkness. Without the two together there is no balance. Lovely!

The characters in this series are remarkable. The latest villain, Kud, is truly evil. But, he is a tricky evil character. Trust me. You can easily fall for him. I loved Princess Bari, the Grim Reaper. She wasn’t as grim as she seemed. Marc, any girl’s book boyfriend, worried me at first. He was on the wrong side of Jae Hwa’s battle, but he did redeem himself.

I just loved this series. It should be recommended reading for all!

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

About the Author:
CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea. GILDED was nominated for Korea’s 2014 Morning Calm, Ohio’s 2015 Buckeye award, and the Tome’s It List. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. Christina’s adventures sparked her to write stories, infusing the real world with fantasy. Currently she writes from home in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.
Find Christina Here:

The Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of BRAZEN, Christina is giving away a Kindle Fire (US only) and a $50 Amazon gift card (international). The letter for this stop is _G__Collect all the
letters from the blog tour to earn more points!

Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

How was your week? Not too bad. Working on a new short story and I technically finished my rough draft of my WIP. But, let’s not get into that right now. Let’s check out this week’s trailer… Description: “A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.” Description: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.” Description: “The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.”

Have a great weekend!

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The Dark Ones Release

Posted: September 24, 2015 in New Adult, Promotion

THE DARK ONES is the first installment in a brand new stand alone series by Rachel Van Dyken… This paranormal romance has Genesis questioning everything she has ever been taught as she comes face to face with the immortals. Don’t miss out on this sexy read!

To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs.

It’s always been theirs.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
You can connect with her on Facebook or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is


Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Riley Edgewood!



Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can’t forget the kitties. Of which she has two.


Without further ado, here’s Riley’s interview…


I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I have! My grandmother was an author—and my uncle was, too. I grew up wanting to follow in their footsteps. From the moment I could hold a pencil/work a sentence… I even used to give family members stories for Christmas when I was in elementary school. (My poor family members…)

Why did you choose to write Romance? I write romance because it’s always been my favorite thing to read. To watch. To dream about. To live. With the exception of the aforementioned Christmas stories (which were horror!), romance has always been a main element to what I write.

What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I once wrote a story (which will never see the light of day) in which a character gets swept into a story about the past where a woman is burned at the stake, and I had to research what the scent of burnt human flesh smells like…

What are you currently working on? I’m working on an adult romantic suspense. It’s gritty and dark and sexy and I’m having the best time writing it! (When I don’t want to kill my characters for being uncooperative, of course.) I’m also about to start a prequel novella for my Summer Love series, that will be free for newsletter subscribers! [Yay! I’m a subscriber!]


What motivated the plots of the books you write? My most recent book, Truth & Temptation, was motivated by several things: 1. Teagan, the main character, was a total jerk as a secondary character in another novel (Rock & Release) and I knew she needed her own story. 2. Because I wanted to tackle mental health and learning disabilities—both of which Teagan deals with—in a way that gave readers a chance to see that even neurodiverse characters deserve their happily ever afters. 3.I’ve always loved the taboo and sexy, secret office romance stories, so I thought I’d try my hand at writing one!  (Which, by the way, is the main plot of Teagan’s tale. Her chance at romance. I’ve never had so much fun writing a hero who’s perfect for my heroine before. Which Alec, her guy, totally is.) [Coming Soon: A review of this book will be featured on the blog.]

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What was the hardest story for you to write? So far, also Truth & Temptation. Some of the depression Teagan handles hits pretty close to home for me. So it was hard to figure out where the line was, at times, between personal and fictional. Also, a lot of readers hated Teagan after Rock & Release, so I knew I had to do her story justice to change their minds. (So far, from the feedback I’ve received, it worked!)

What process do you use to plan your novels? I used to be a hardcore plotter. These days I’m much more of an in-betweener… I plot the bare bones and let my characters guide me to the key moments. [Like minds…] Though it honestly changes with every single book. And I also do a ton of research for the elements of the book I’m unfamiliar with.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I swear my answer changes every time I’m asked this! But I’m going with Sawyer, from Surf & Surrender. He’s rough and sexy and full of heart. He’s got skills in the bedroom most girls only dream of—and he feels things so, so deeply. I just love him. [Oh man, another book to add to my TBR.]

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Every one of them. Even the bad ones.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Heh. Every day. I have an awesome support group of other authors and readers who push me to write even when I don’t have it in me. And then it’s just putting one word down at a time until I get past the block. Often I discover I’m stuck because something isn’t working and my subconscious is trying to get me to figure it out.

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Fantasy! Or paranormal… Or sci-fi. Ah, so hard to choose! I love reading anything that brings in otherworldly (or technological) elements that really let me escape reality—and I love writing it, too. Just haven’t published any of it so far. [Looking forward to it!]

Which authors inspire you? Most of ’em, honestly. But the first who comes to mind is Colleen Hoover. Nobody packs an emotional punch like that woman does, and my biggest goal is to someday be able to make readers feel things the way her books do. (Specifically Maybe Someday. Oh, man.)

What novel would you read multiple times? I don’t reread very many books because I have so many I need to read for the first time and not a ton of time these days, but probably once a year, I reread: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, The Passage by Justin Cronin. (Such a random mix, but I love them all!)

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I could name fifty, ha. But today, let’s go with Hermione Granger. I feel like my reasoning is pretty obvious 😉 She’s awesome.

What is your favorite quote? “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly? ~e.h. (Erin Hanson) [Lots of inspiration in that one!]

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Cats! Chinchillas! Unicorns or phoenixes or dæmons, oh man I could list animals (real or imaginary) for days on end. I love them all, really. 

What is your favorite color? Deep dusty blue—like the ocean during a storm. 

When you’re not writing….I’m a stay at home mom to a toddler, which is basically a full-time job with hella overtime. (But I love it.)

You can catch up with Riley online…


Twitter: @RileyEdgewood



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This was a lot of fun! Good luck writing your next book.

Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Ali Winters! Description: “In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.

Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.

Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.

Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.

This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.

Can love cure all things despite its hardships?”

About the Author

A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes.  Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah, GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…

“The pen writes what the heart desires.”

A.M. is published by Booktrope Publishing

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My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

I loved A.M. Willard’s Fading Memories. It was a delightful, page turner about finding and embracing true love. The story line had that familiar ‘boy next door’ feel with a twist on it.

There were some serious laugh out loud moments throughout the book. Many of them involved situations of utter embarrassment for the main character, Isabel Nichols (Izzie).

I loved the characters in Fading Memories. Dakota, the man next door, was my favorite and new book boyfriend. He was patient, kind, devoted to Izzie, and hot. He always knew the right thing to do or say. Just the kind of man women dream about (which Izzie did). I even loved Izzie. Her determination was admirable. She wanted to solve her own issues, but she lacked the self-confidence to really do so. Her weaknesses were so obvious, but Willard gave her room to grow (and she did). Another great character was the unseen one, Izzie’s father. Everything he did was in his daughter’s best interest (so he thought). I loved his words to Izzie (read the book and you’ll understand this). Izzie was surrounded by well-meaning friends who loved her to death and wanted to protect her fragile soul.

Fading Memories contains a few well-placed sexual references, but they are necessary to the story. They don’t feel like they were thrown in for the sake of having a romance.

Contemporary romance stories are like palate cleansers for me after reading a lot of heavy hitting, creepy stories. Willard’s novel was refreshing and did everything I needed in a well-crafted love story. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to read more from her.


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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

Dead of Night Release!

Posted: September 22, 2015 in Promotion, Young Adult
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Dead of night was first published in 2014 in the USA
Nominated by best
kindle hub for Best Dystopian 2014 
Nominated for
UtopYAcon Best Dystopian book 2015
And has since been re-edited with new content for
Fire Quill Publishers

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

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Carlyle is an South African award winning author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life.”

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival.
“To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!
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Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa.