Author Spotlight – Valerie Ullmer

Welcome lovelies! This week’s Author Spotlight features the very talented Valerie Ullmer who is releasing her 5th novel, Seth (A Dark Assassins World Novella Book 2.5)  on Valentine’s day.

Welcome Valerie! Let’s start off with telling readers a bit about your novels.

I write contemporary and paranormal erotic romances.  My books up until this point have been M/F books, but my next two books will be a M/F/M and then a M/M book.

I’m always up for a little diversity. And let’s face it, the erotica category is the best place for some experimentation! Let’s backtrack for a moment. What was your journey to becoming an author? 

For the longest time, I dreamt about being a writer, but I think that I was too scared to know where to start.  It took a layoff in 2010 to really understood that I needed a change.  I studied how to write and wrote many short stories over the years until I felt ready enough to write a full story.  I published my first book in May of 2016, and four other followed.  While it still scares me how each book will be received, I love writing and I don’t think there is anything else for me.

The unknown is always nerve-wracking. As an author, you put your heart and soul into your novels, and the thought people don’t enjoy them can be terrifying. Other than the unknown, what is the most difficult aspect for you of being an author?
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Author Spotlight: Renee Harless

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As December draws to a close, I have a final Author Spotlight to bring some heat to the dead of winter. Please welcome Renee Harless, author of Coming Alive, set to release January 17, 2017.

So Renee, before we get to your book, I’d love to know what started your journey into writing.

I have always had a creative side. Growing up I participated in theater and show choir, but after moving I realized that those outlets weren’t available. I needed something to inspire myself. Then I read Twilight and it changed everything. I started writing the very next day and strangely enough E.L. James and I had the same thought when we read Twilight and used those characters as inspiration. I haven’t stopped writing since.

It’s funny, a lot of authors who have started writing in the past 5 years or so credit Twilight and Fifty Shades, so you’re not alone there. Where else do you draw your inspirations from?

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Author Spotlight: Erinn Ellender Quinn

I’m never one to turn down an epic swashbuckler tale. (I’m also never one to not fantasize about Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow but hey, I know I’m not alone there.) So, in the spirit of all things pirate, today I’m featuring Ms. Erinn Ellender Quinn and her latest saga, Touch the Wind.

Hello Erinn, and welcome. So I’ve heard you have a very Star-Wars-esque plan for the release of your novels. Is this true?

Touch the Wind is a seven-book series, and I actually released Book 2 first. Ride the Wind was a paranormal historical set in Tidewater Maryland, removed from the action of the other books.  Touch the Wind is its prequel. Books 3-7 are its sequels. I hope to have releases with this series every other month, alternating with my Nia Farrell releases. Books 3 and 4 are written.  Books 5-7 are still in my head.

Wow… two pen names, at least 14 novels, you’re making my head spin! Let’s stick to the novel at hand, Touch the Wind. What’s this one about? Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Erinn Ellender Quinn”

Author Spotlight: BJ Neblett

Welcome readers! In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ve decided to give you an additional spotlight today! I have on my blog author BJ Neblett and his memoir, Ice Cream Camelot. 

Ice Cream Camelot depicts BJ’s experiences growing up during the Kennedy Administration. Tice-creamhe world and all of its problems and challenges are seen through the eyes of an eleven year old and his friends, exploring how those historic times changed and molded them. It has received terrific reviews and has been called the ‘60’s Catcher In The Rye.

So excited to have you on, BJ. Would you talk a bit about your journey into writing?

I’ve been into writing in some way or another. In grade school I would write crazy space alien stories during Composition Time. My first poetry was published in Encounter: An Anthology Of Modern Poetry while I was still in high school.

That’s quite a title. Where do you draw inspiration from? Continue reading “Author Spotlight: BJ Neblett”

Author Spotlight: Eve Barrett

Today’s Author Spotlight features Eve Barrett, author of It’s Complicated: Confessions of a Modern Day Cinderella. Very intriguing title. Care to elaborate on what to expect from the novel?

The perfect form of escapism. A light-hearted, humorous read with hints of romance and a lot of awkward situation.

Talk about a way to whet an appetite! Can you tell me more?

Self-proclaimed social outcast, Anna, shares her adventures (sometimes misadventur51bkcuzmjel-_sy346_es) and her attempts to live a perfectly normal life with her housemate Sarah in a gorgeous flat in South Kensington only to be disturbed by occasional late night flower deliveries by regretful admirers, invitations to questionable parties, and uninvited guests who look too good to bear.

Anna soon meets the likes of David and Gina, questionable elements she can’t quite put her finger on, who have taken on the new hobby of trying to ruin her completely.

Oh, and let’s not forget James who almost runs Anna over with his car and is at the centre of all this chaos.

P.S. There’s London highlife we’re forgetting and they really don’t take well to being so blatantly ignored…it really became one gigantic mess! Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Eve Barrett”

Author Spotlight: Timothy Gager

As you know, this month I’m running a special feature entitled “Author Spotlight”. Today I’m showcasing Timothy Gager, the author of Grand Slams: A Coming of Age Story. 

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Armed with a wonderfully cheeky webpage, his novel has received excellent praise.

“Timothy Gager brings his uniquely comic and inventive intelligence to this endearing story about a handful of ne’er do wells, misfits, and wounded souls with names like Dye-haired Bob and Kayak Kenny, all of whom are trapped in an unrelenting eddy of work, overdue bills, and misconstrued love at Grand Slams restaurant in Massachusetts. At the center is Sugar, a beautiful, smart young woman who has tried, unsuccessfully, to dull the pain of living with sexual escapism and excessive cocaine use. Even as you are laughing out loud, there’s a deeper wisdom that infuses even the most unsavory characters in this tale told in brisk vignettes. Gager’s memorable novel blends sardonic humor with compassion.”

~ Jessica Keener, author of the national bestselling novel, Night Swim

I always like to start with the same question for my authors. How did you discover your passion for writing?

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Author Spotlight: SM Stryker

Today I’m featuring Erotic Romance author, SM Stryker. So, tell me a bit about your journey into writing. I’ve heard it was quite the story.

Yes, well, I grew up in a small country town, in an abusive home until I left at the age of eighteen. I struggled trying to find my place in the world, from one tragic situation into another. I always believed things happen for a reason and knew that one day I would understand why. I finally did when I found my husband and was blessed with four beautiful daughters.

Wow… sounds like a soap opera! You’ve used your story as inspiration for your writings, correct?

Yes. Although I never thought I would start writing, I knew my life would make for one hell of a story, but finding or making the time to write was always the issue. In April of 2014, I sat down in front of my computer and started to write. Through lots of tears, I wrote my first book, Stolen Innocence, as a way to exercise the demons of my past. From there I was hooked and have shared more about the events of my life through many of my other books. These titles include: Never Forgotten Love, Loving Redemption, Anchored to Love, Never Expected Love, Sacrifice of love and The Locket. I’ve found now I have time to write, it’s my outlet – my sanctuary – and in every book, I write there is always part of me written into it.

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Tell me about your novel, The Locket. Continue reading “Author Spotlight: SM Stryker”