Friday, February 27, 2015

Author Spotlight: Emma Hart with a teaser from her novel, Sidelined

Please join me in welcoming Emma Hart to The Authorteers! Today we're spotlighting her upcoming book, Sidelined, book two in the By His Game series. The whole series sounds super sexy and intriguing, and I, for one, can't wait to dive into it!


(By His Game Book Two)
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Three people. Three motives. Three reasons.

When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Today bestselling By His Game series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...

Macey Kelly has sworn off men.

Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orgasm, she’s not interested. Finding out her boyfriend of three years got her cousin pregnant was a total confidence knock. Luckily for Macey, confidence is something she has in abundance, so all Mitch’s asshole move did was make her pretty cynical toward men.

The last thing Jack Carr needs at the start of the season is for a dark-haired, sexy as sin, gyspyesque beauty to be consuming his thoughts. Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls. Unless they’re the love ‘em and leave ‘em girls. Becoming one of the best running backs the league has ever seen by racking up the yards is his top priority… not bedding Macey Kelly, despite her affinity for blow jobs and total sexual abandon.

Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option. Sometimes, sex on tap is the easiest option.

And the sweetest.

Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s perfectly carved out life. It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back. And he knows her buttons. Every single one of them.

Unfortunately for him, Jack Carr isn’t a loser. The star running back has his eye on the Vince Lombardi—and on Macey. But seeing her hanging between them both isn’t something he’s down with, not when he discovers why she’s so against anything more-ish, as she puts it.

Macey quickly realizes she’s the ball being passed between two desperate yet opposing teams, and that only one of them can score the touchdown. But will the winner be the guy she lived with and loved for three years, or will the winner be the guy who understands her and makes her body come alive?

In this game, someone will be sidelined, and calling the play isn’t always as easy as it seems.

Sidelined is a full-length, standalone novel. It's not necessary to read Blindsided before this book, but it is advised.


By His Game series

Blindsided (available now):

Sidelined (release date March 2nd 2015):

Intercepted (coming soon):

About the author
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

So, what do you think?
Are you intrigued by Sidelined?
Have you read Emma Hart before?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

An interview with author Claire Kent + Giveaway

Please welcome Claire Kent to The Authorteers! She's here to answer some of our questions about her stories and writing.

The Interview:

1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

Hold is a sexy, gritty, sci-fi prison romance.

2. A favorite of many of your fans (myself included) is Escorted. Are you surprised at which stories your readers love most?

I used to be surprised, but I’ve given up predicting which of my books readers will like most. It varies a lot, depending on their tastes, and it’s rarely the books that I like the most. For instance, Escorted isn’t anywhere close to the top of the list of my favorites. I can see why readers like it, but it’s not one that’s really close to my heart. But that’s totally fine! My tastes and reading preferences are rarely in line with what’s popular in the market, so I’m not at all surprised it works out that way with my own books.

3. Which one of your characters was your favorite to write about?

That’s such a hard question, since I tend to be in love with whoever the characters are in my current work-in-progress. In the last two years, though, I’d say the characters I was most emotionally invested in were Diana and Gideon from Salvation. I was literally living with them as I wrote it, which was a really powerful writing experience. I love all my characters, though, even ones (like Erin from Nameless) that a lot of readers seem to hate!

4. You write both novels and novellas, which I think is great because I'm a huge novella lover. Do you prefer to write one over the other?

I don’t have a preference, really. It depends on the need of the story. I used to only write long, and the initial drafts of my longest books (Listed and Nameless, for instance) were written years ago. Recently, I’ve been writing shorter, partly because I’m juggling writing with my full-time job and partly because those are the stories that are coming to me recently.

5. Which of your books was the hardest to write?

If we’re talking about emotionally difficult, it would be Listed and Salvation for sure. Both of them really leveled me in writing them. But, if we’re talking about difficult in terms of the time taken to research, think things out, and learn new things, then Nameless was hands-down the hardest to write. I spend huge amounts of time researching and talking to women about their pregnancy and birth experiences, since I’ve never been pregnant myself, and I wanted the book to be authentic. No other book I’ve written has taken so much leg-work in the writing.

6. Have you ever had to put a book aside for awhile? Did you ever go back to it?

Well, I’ve put all of my old books aside and gone back to them because I spent fifteen years writing and trying to get published, but failing. So I had a huge stockpile of written but unpublished manuscripts that I returned to when I started self-publishing. But I’ve never half-done a manuscript and gone back it later. If I set it aside, then there’s a reason for it—like it’s not compelling enough for me to complete or the story itself just doesn’t work. Some books have taken me a long time to complete, but I’ll keep working on them slowly until they’re done if I think they’re worth writing.

7. What are you working on right now?

I’m finishing Reconciled for Easter, the fourth Willow Park book, and I’m working on the second of a two-book series I’m writing for Loveswept. (The first, Untouched, should be released in July.) Then I’m going to start the first in a new Noelle Adams series called Beaufort Brides, which is a spin-off from the Heirs of Damon.

About the Author
Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.

She also writes romance novels under the penname Noelle Adams.


Claire Kent is offering a copy of both Escorted AND the Listed boxed set (written under penname Noelle Adams).

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

An interview with author Ember Casey + Giveaway

Please join us in welcoming Ember Casey to The Authorteers! She's here to talk about her books and what else she has in store for us in the future.

The Interview:

1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

(Okay, I’m going to cheat slightly and do this about my *next* book rather than my latest book, haha. So this is my Tweet-length description of The Secret to Seduction!)

Felicia has 8 days to seduce Hollywood bad boy Luca Fontaine. Fortunately, her boss Roman Everett is willing to teach her everything she needs…

2. When you wrote His Wicked Games, did you know how many books/stories would follow?

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but no—I had no idea! But the story kept growing and the characters kept getting themselves into trouble, so I kept writing. The series definitely took on a life of its own.

3. When you finish writing stories that follow the Cunningham family, is it going to be hard saying goodbye? Or are you going to just keep giving us more stories featuring Lily, Calder, Louisa, and Ward? (Because I'd have no problem with that, lol.)

Right now, I’m planning on two more novels in the series (but as I said before, this series has taken on a life of its own—so who knows? Haha). Even when the series is “over,” I’ll probably continue to write stories here and there about these characters—I love them too much to let them go forever! I’m also starting a couple of new series this year as well, so I should have a bunch of new characters to play with too.

4. Of all the stories you've written so far, which one is your favorite?

That’s an impossible question, haha. I love them all in different ways. But I’m probably most proud of Truth or Dare, the second book in the Cunningham Family series. The first book just flowed out of me, but Truth or Dare was really, really hard to write. But it was also the book where I began to understand Calder and Lily on a much deeper level.

5. Have you had difficulty getting into the mind of any of your characters?

I usually don’t understand my characters until the second draft of a book. When I write a first draft, I’m usually trying to hammer out the plot—I only focus on the most superficial/surface-level motivations, wants, and needs. By the second draft, though, I really start to see the characters on a deeper level, to understand what’s they were hiding the first time through the story.

6. I loved seeing all your posts and pictures from when you were in Europe last year. What was your favorite moment on the trip? (Or if there were a couple, share them both!)

Oh man, there are too many to count! I’d never traveled by myself before, so the whole trip felt like a big scary (but exciting) adventure. I think the most memorable part for me was walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall in England. I’ve never done anything before or since that’s pushed me as physically or as mentally (there were definitely some tears that week, haha), but it also made me feel like I can do anything.

7. I'm sure that your trip also gave you plenty of inspiration. Will you be using it in upcoming novels?

Definitely! I’ll be releasing a book this summer that’s set in Croatia, which is one of the places I visited in the fall. I also have a few other ideas brewing… but nothing I can announce just yet. ;)

8. What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on edits for The Secret to Seduction, the first Fontaine family book. I’m also in the early stages of working on the next Fontaine book and another Cunningham Family book—so there’s lots in the queue!

Thanks so much for sharing, Ember!

About the Author
Ember Casey is a twenty-something writer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia in a den of iniquity (or so she likes to tell people). When she's not writing steamy romances, you can find her whipping up baked goods (usually of the chocolate variety), traveling (her bucket list is infinite), or generally causing trouble (because somebody has to do it).


Ember is giving away an ebook copy of the His Wicked Games boxed set to one lucky winner!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Author Spotlight: Elle Kennedy with her New Adult novel, The Deal

Please join me in welcoming Elle Kennedy to The Authorteers! Today we're spotlighting her latest book, The Deal. It's new adult and sounds completely amazing.  People are already calling it adorable, sexy, and funny--and I love love love that. I cannot wait to get my hands on this pretty!


The Deal
(Off-Campus Book One)
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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

About the Author
A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


So, what do you think?
Are you intrigued by The Deal?
Have you read Elle Kennedy before?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Want to be featured on The Authorteers?

Are you an author? Would you be interested in being interviewed or writing a guest post? Are you possibly interested in sponsoring a giveaway of some sort?

We at The Authorteers are looking for awesome indie authors to feature on our blog. Since all four Authorteers are self-published, we want to share the love. So, we're offering authors the opportunity to be featured on The Authorteers!

If you're an author and willing to take part in an interview or write up a guest post, we'd like to have you stop by sometime. Right now, February is completely booked, but there are some spaces in March. However, those are very limited. We're definitely open for booking authors in April, May, and beyond.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

An interview with author Rebecca Yarros + Giveaway

Please welcome Rebecca Yarros to The Authorteers! She's here to tell us about her books and what else she has in store.

The Interview:

1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

That's so cruel. Seriously. Okay, let's try this...

Flying high, LT Jagger Bateman falls for the Commanding General's daughter, Paisley, but her heart might not withstand the secrets he keeps.

2. When I read the synopsis for Eyes Turned Skyward, the thing that caught my eye was Paisley's heart condition. What inspired that aspect of Paisley's character?

I knew that the woman Jagger would fall for would have to struggle with her own inner demons. With someone as reckless as Jagger is, it only seemed fitting that his love be his opposite and with good reason. Paisley's heart condition was really inspired by wanting to explore how she would live if she thought those days were numbered, if she were forced out of her shell, so to speak.

3. A huge part of Eyes Turned Skyward surrounds Paisley and her sister's bucket list. Do you have a bucket list? If so, tell us one of the fun things on it.

Yes! I actually make one every New Year's Eve, and then compare it to last year's. A fun one on mine? I want to scuba dive in Palau. Why? Because it's so pretty! Then again, I freaked out when we were snorkeling in Pureto Vallarta and the fish got too close, so I might have to rethink that one. ;)

4. When you wrote Full Measures, did you know you'd be writing Eyes Turned Skyward next?

I really didn't. Jagger's character popped off the page for me, and after Full Measures was written, I'd kind of toyed with the idea, even plotting it out. But once my editor sent back notes in my manuscript saying how much she loved Jagger and wanted his story, well... I had already started the first chapter. I'm glad I didn't know while I wrote Full Measures, though, since Jagger tends to dominate a scene, and I might have tossed him in too much to Full Measures!

5. Were there certain authors and/or specific books that influenced your writing or inspired you to start writing?

Ooh, I grew up on Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey, both whom I adore. As I shifted into romance, I've definitely been influenced by Gena Showalter and Karen Moning. Yes, I'm totally a paranormal girl at heart!

6. How long does it take you to write a book?

Usually three to four months, I'm actually a REALLY slow writer compared to some of my friends!

7. What are you working on right now?

Right now, I'm working on Grayson's story, which has a working title of Beyond What Is Given. He's so much darker than Jagger, and it's definitely taken a really sassy, strong woman to bring him back to life. We're hoping to have it to you by late summer, but that's always up to my editor and publisher. I really hope you guys love him as much as I do!

Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!

About the Author
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.


Rebecca is generously providing a copy of both Full Measures and Eyes Turned Skyward for one lucky winner!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Guest Post: The Joys and Obstacles of Being a Writer by Briana Pacheco + Giveaway

Please welcome Briana Pacheco to The Authorteers! She's here today to talk about what you face as a writer.

The Joys and Obstacles of Being a Writer
by Briana Pacheco

Writing a book is hard. Any writer can tell you this. But it’s also beautiful. Magical. Inspiring. There’s something about writing words and creating a story, making people feel something, that brings a smile to my face every day. Readers push me to go further so I don’t stop. I don’t want to.

You will meet some awesome people once you step into the world of being a writer/author. I admit it’s terrifying, taking that leap but it’s so worth it. Becoming a writer has been one of the best decisions of my life. And I get to do it in pajamas with coffee beside me and Netflix playing in the background. Uh, yeah, I’d take that any day! You also have this amazing support group if you ever need help on something. These people have been or are feeling the same way you are. They are truly the best gift any beginner/expert in writing can have. Don’t be shy and get out there! You won’t regret it.

Every writer should know one thing before and after you open up a blank document; you need to have thick skin. There will be people that will not enjoy your book and they’ll possibly tell you by leaving review or posting something up on social media. You can not let it drag you down! There are how many people in this world and you’re going to let a few break you down? No. That’s not acceptable. You need to believe in yourself and do what you love. If you don’t believe in the power of your own words, how will you convince others to do the same?

Here’s a secret, I am my own worst critic. I think a lot of people can relate to that statement. I’m twenty years old, have published four books and I still get sick whenever someone tells me they’re reading my books because I think about all the negative things someone will say. I’m at a stage where criticism means everything but I have to ignore it. Or use it to my advantage. I believe in myself but there are moments where the doubt will start to takeover. You have to remind yourself that YOU are writing, YOU are doing what you love, and YOU are amazing. Like I said earlier, writing is hard. Not everyone can do it. So if you are, you are freaking fantastic and should never stop.

If you’re stuck on whether or not to go ahead and write a story, even a short one, let me say that you better get started! Stop reading this and go write. One sentence is all it takes to open up a magical world.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on being a writer, Briana!

About the Author
Author of the Enough Trilogy & Don't Let Me Fall (releasing December 4th). Coffee addict. Music buff. Reader. Obsessed with tattoos and accents. Wannabe explorer.

I love hearing from readers about anything so please don't be shy and stalk me. I love it!


Briana is offering a $5 Amazon Gift Card AND winner's choice of a copy of one of her books!

Here are the lovely books you get to choose from:

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What do you think? If you're a writer, what kind of joys and obstacles do you have?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Author Spotlight: Mira Lyn Kelly with an excerpt from Touch & Go

Please join me in welcoming Mira Lyn Kelly to The Authorteers! She was sweet enough to provide an excerpt from her latest novel, Touch & Go. I read the book a couple months ago and LOVED every minute of it. The whole Dare to Love series is an insanely sweet and sexy pair of new adult books.

Excerpt from Touch & Go

Ava was giving it her college best, really she was, but there was no stopping the freak-out in progress.

Sam was kissing her.

His lips were on hers in a soft press that, based on its closed-mouth properties alone, should have been benign. But this was Sam. And he was in strict violation of a no-fly zone their friendship never breached. Sure, she and Sam were touchy-feely friends of the highest order. He always had an arm around her. Her legs draped over his. Something. She was a cuddler, so contact in and of itself was no big thing. But there were lines friends didn’t cross. Lines that started above the knee and ended below the belly button. Panty lines. Bust lines. And most importantly, lip lines. Which meant the intimacy of that taboo contact, even as chaste as it was—well, it was crossing wires Ava had spent twenty years trying to keep straight.

So the freak-out?
Yeah, it was on.

Because now how was she supposed to look at Sam’s hands without thinking of them warm at the sides of her face as he lowered his mouth to hers? How was she going to look into his eyes without seeing that last instant when they dropped to her lips? And how the heck was she supposed to look at that gorgeous, easy smile of his and hide the fact that after twenty years of wondering what his kiss would taste like, she wished the only one they were likely to share through the course of their entire lives had lasted just a little longer, gone a bit deeper, been a smidge more real?

Thanks for sharing, Mira!

Dare to Love series

Truth or Dare
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In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.

After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.
"Everything built up naturally, and the romance was genuine and sexy. I could read this one so many times and never get tired of it. Ever." ~ Read my whole review of Truth or Dare here

Touch & Go
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USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.

Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.

After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.
"Touch & Go for all seriousness pulled me in and didn't let go. I couldn't get enough of Ava and Sam, and I fell more and more in love with them individually AND together." ~ Read my whole review of Touch & Go here

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children and naughty dog provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the family, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends. 
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Let's talk!
Have you read Mira Lyn Kelly?
What do you think of the excerpt?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Discussion Post: Plotting vs. Pantsing

All writers have different preferences regarding how they write. So, today we decided we're going to talk about what kind of writer we are: Plotter or Pantser. In other words, do we outline everything or do we just start writing?

Plotting vs. Pantsing


I'm a TOTAL pantser. When I was younger and first writing, I tried to outline, and had some success, but my best, from-the-heart writing always seemed to happen when I ditched the outline and just let my characters decide which way to go. 

My only "rule" now is: to start a new project, I wait for the main character or characters to sort of "form" in my head, enough so that I know their name and who they are, where they live, and the central plot and conflict of the book. I need to know a little bit about the destination, but I don't try to plan the journey. And really, that's the fun of it. 


I'm a little bit of  both. Each project is different for me. Sometimes I get an idea and I just start writing, while other times I'll write pages and pages of notes before I even think about starting the first sentence of a story. I like to have a general idea of where things are going, but I rarely plot the entire story, mostly because my characters tend to develop minds of their own, and there are often twists and turns I didn't foresee. That's one of the things I love about writing - anything is possible. I love having the freedom to change my mind or let the story and characters go in a bit of a different direction than I was expecting. If I plotted out every last detail, there wouldn't be room for those fun little surprises, and I'd hate to lose that in my writing.


I started out as a plotter, but I've started to pants my way through certain books. I still plot, of course, but a lot of my writing ends up being more spontaneous thoughts coming together in one moment. The main elements are fairly fixed in mind (I have a good idea of how it starts, how it ends, and several scenes in between), but there are plenty of parts that get thrown in there on a whim. A couple of the scenes in Longing weren't even thought of until I was nearly finished with the first draft. So, I ended up pantsing my way through those so I could get back to writing the last few chapters.


I've done most of my writing as a plotter with outlines all over the place. Then once I actually start writing, I end up tweaking several scenes and become kind of a pantser. I was definitely more of a pantser when I did NaNoWriMo in 2011! I barely (and I mean BARELY) had If Only We plotted out. In fact, there was A LOT of the original writing that I discarded. I think that's why I shy away from pantsing because of how horrible that first draft of If Only We was. Part of me thinks that maybe I could become a pantser, but I'm afraid I'd throw the timeline way off balance and possibly have inconsistent personalities in my characters.

How about you?
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Tell us in the comments!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Authorteer Interview #4 -- Jessica Sankiewicz

Hello all! Jessica Sankiewicz here, and I'm one of the Authorteers. Today's the day where you get to know more about me and my books. ^_^ In case you missed it, the rest of The Authorteers--Molli, Marie, and Lilly--were featured already this week. Definitely check those out, too!


1. Tell us about yourself.

Well, let's see. My name is Jessica. I used to work in pharmacy, but I quit that field to hold on to the last shred of my sanity (however little it may be). No matter what age I actually am, I'll always be 27. I have the tendency to giggle, often uncontrollably (especially when I'm watching Conan). I'm a huge Billy Joel fan and know almost all of his songs by heart (I say almost because I don't listen to him as obsessively as I used to). When I'm not writing or reading or blogging, I'm usually marathoning TV on DVD (most recently has been The Big Bang Theory, Castle, and How I Met Your Mother). I love cats and lemurs. There's probably more to say, but that's a pretty good start.

2. Tell us about your books.

My debut novel, If Only We, was written during NaNoWriMo in 2011. It was a very (VERY) rough draft that took nearly 2 years of working out the kinks before I published. It's essentially YA, but some people consider it NA since it takes place just after high school and the main characters are 18. I would probably describe it as a YA version of Groundhog Day (the movie) except the MC doesn't repeat the same day, but the summer after graduation. My second published book is Not Until Tonight, a new adult novella and the first in a series called This Night.

3. What made you decide to become a writer?

I've had a knack for words for awhile, but it wasn't until NaNoWriMo that I actually put forth the effort to really write. Before then, I'd just come up with ideas for stories and scenes. I have notebook after notebook filled to the brim of them all. Once I buckled down and finished my first book, I realized that I can do anything I put my mind to. Even though it's been awhile since I published, I still write almost every day. My phone is often packed with dialogue and scene inspiration.

4. How do you come up with your ideas? Where do you get your inspiration?

Oh my varies. I have come up with some stories/scenes after having a vivid dream (ala Stephenie Meyer with the Twilight meadow scene). Others are just a result of my overactive imagination. I'll come up with a line, a scene, or a character and then my mind begins to wander and I develop an entire story. At least, the basic plot--beginning, a little bit of the middle, and the end.

5. What are you working on right now?

I'm working on the 2nd book in the This Night series, All This Time. It follows characters met in Not Until Tonight. I had no intention of writing this one when I started the series. It wasn't until Angela and Tyler came about with their background that I realized I needed to tell the rest of their story. I can't say when this one will be completed (as I'm still working on structuring the plot), but I can say it will be published by the end of 2015 for sure. I also have a YA novel called Before We Knew that I would love love love to get back to sometime this year, if not early next year.

6. What are some of your favorite genres, books, and authors?

I love contemporary romance and new adult mostly, although you might catch me picking up young adult still (however, that's rare unless I'm finishing a series). Some favorites include Sophie Jordan's Ivy Chronicles trilogy, Wanted: Wife by Gwen Jones, Cambria Hebert's Take It Off series, and Jaci Burton's Play by Play series. That's just a sampling, though. If you want to see all my faves, check out my Favorites shelf in Goodreads.

7. What book are you reading right now?

Haha, too many! I generally have 8-12 books going at once. That's mostly because I'll have several review books to read and I mark them all as "currently reading" then pick up whichever one tickles my fancy. Right now, I'm getting caught up on Ember Casey's Cunningham novels--Lost and Found and Their Wicked Wedding, plus catching up on Krista & Becca Ritchie's Addicted/Calloway Sisters series with Kiss the Sky.

My books:

If Only We (YA novel)

Not Until Tonight (NA novella)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Authorteer Interview #3: Lilly Avalon

Hello my lovelies! It's Lilly Avalon and I'm here to answer some questions and share my books. <3 Don't forget to check out Molli and Marie's posts from the last two days, and stick around for Jessica's tomorrow.
1. Tell us about yourself.

I'm a twenty-something living in the moment. Even though I spend far too much time reading and writing, you're bound to find me out dancing at least once a week. If I had more time and money, I would solo travel everywhere and settle down in a big city like Las Vegas or Chicago. I tend to fall in love with the men I write about, especially Devlin Pierce. Hands off, ladies! Um... I also like sunsets, long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

2. Tell us about your books.

I've written four so far--one is a short story, two are novellas, and one is a novel. Here All Along, the short story, was my debut. After that I wrote Resist and More Than Words, my two novellas. I recently published Longing, the full-length sequel to Resist. They're all romantic erotica, full of sexual tension and more (bow chicka wow wow), but they all have a sweet side to them. Even though I love me some alpha males, my boys aren't like the usual men you find in these stories. They do have alpha tendencies, but they're not assholes like a lot of alpha males tend to be.

3. What made you decide to become a writer?

It was something I had to be, you know? I've spent years writing, but it took courage on my part to dive into the genre I'm writing now. It's one thing to read erotica, it's another thing to write it. Turns out, I've managed to not only have a handle on it, but I even make it my own. It's natural, like I'm meant to write these stories. I love that feeling.

4. How do you come up with your ideas? Where do you get your inspiration?

Ha! Well, from anything, everything, and completely out of nowhere. I'll be imagining a real life scenario and then my mind goes off into crazy town and pretty soon I'm lost in a fictional world in my head. It's actually one of my worst faults because these ideas keep developing and I can't keep track of them all. Just the other day I found notes from two stories I had forgotten about. It's never ending...

5. What are you working on right now?

Three things, actually, even though I'm trying to focus on one. The main WIP is a new adult novel titled Unexpected. It's about a girl who has a horrible day and ends up befriending her ex-best friend's ex-boyfriend (say that three times fast). I'm really excited about this one. I started writing it before Resist, but had trouble with some of the details. It's coming along very well now. The second one is untitled still. It's about a girl who loses her fiancé, then gets casually involved with a new guy. You know, love after loss and heartache while finding joy in life again. The third one is a short story--I'm hoping to have several of them written to compile into one ebook by the end of the year.

6. What are some of your favorite genres, books, and authors?

Romance in general--you'll rarely find me reading anything without a strong romantic element. Mostly contemporary romances, but occasionally historical. Considering my own writing, plenty of erotica and stories involving sexytimes (sometimes new adult). I loved Melt Into You and Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren. Some favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Roni Loren, Laura Kaye, Tessa Bailey, Kira Sinclair, and Tawny Weber.

7. What book are you reading right now?

I've been reading Need You Tonight by Roni Loren and Undercover by Lauren Dane. Both are pretty intriguing, and I love the writing style.

My books:

Here All Along (Here All Along #1)
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More Than Words (More Than Words #1)
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Resist (Resist #1)
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Longing (Resist #2)