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$.99! Romance Book Spotlight and Author Interview: THORNE: Rose’s Dark Contract: (Book 1) by R.B. O’Brien @rbobrien120

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Erotic Romance, Suspense Romance, Erotica (bdsm)

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Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven…the primrose path—Shakespeare

William Thorne is a powerful man with dark needs and a troubled past who doesn’t have the time nor the desire for romantic relationships or notions.

Through meticulous planning and iron-clad contracts, Thorne has managed to maintain a modicum of balance, control, and happiness by employing personal assistants to aid him in all aspects of his professional and personal life.

Sex with no strings attached. Obedience without questions. An arrangement of mutual benefit. No mess. No love. No expectations. Nothing beyond a signed contract.

But when Thorne meets recent music grad, Victoria Rose, the shy and beautiful down-on-her-luck waitress, obsession replaces his carefully constructed thinking. He becomes so fixated on having her, without a full understanding of who she is, that he rushes her contract, making mistake after mistake before the ink even dries. His once neat and controlled existence becomes blurred and smudged.

Can the mistakes he makes be erased from Rose’s dark contract? Or will the damage leave an indelible mark that nobody could have seen coming?

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Suddenly, Victoria stopped playing and just stared back at the three of us. I could see her blush and felt the heaviness of her emotional energy. She had gone to another place in her mind and she forced her focus to come back to the present. Her breathing was slightly erratic. Her eyes, so filled with passion, intense fervor, I wanted to pick her up, carry her out of there, and fuck her brains out in the back of the Lincoln. I wanted to take her back to the house, tie her spread eagle and lick and suck and touch every inch of her body.

I tried to look away from her to respond to Mark, but I was glued. “Do whatever the fuck you want,” I hissed. “I’ve gotta run.” I slammed my glass down and stood.

She never removed her eyes from mine. “Are we leaving?” she called over to me as I waved goodbye in her direction, trying to remain casual, unaffected. I just kept walking. “William!” She stood and began to approach me. She caught up to me, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Her breasts pushed up and down with her breathing. She was nervous or excited. I couldn’t tell. It just made my cock harder. Her flushed face tilted to look up at me. Without even trying, she made me want her more.

I bent down to her ear. “Get in the fucking car, Victoria,” I said through gritted teeth.

Mark was on us like a fly to sticky paper. “Victoria,” he called. “Mr. Thorne is busy. I’ll take you home, don’t worry. But, first. The job is yours if you want it. You are incredibly talented, Victoria. This gig is beneath you, but I’d love to have you. I’m prepared to pay you double my initial offer.”

I began to walk. She had a choice to make, and I wasn’t about to tell her again to get in the car.

“Oh thank you, Mark,” she gushed. God, she needed a full-on spanking. “I would love the job. Thank you so much!”

Mark went in to give her a hug, and she stopped him. “But I’m exhausted. I think I’ll drive home with Ralph and Mr. Thorne? Long day…can I call you tomorrow?”

I turned to walk towards the car, calling over my shoulder. “See you later, Mark.”

“Um,” Mark stumbled. “Yeah. Bye, William.” He turned to Victoria and tried to whisper so I couldn’t hear. “Please stay, Victoria.”

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About the Author:

RB O Brien

R.B. O’Brien has always been drawn to the more taboo side of storytelling, even as a young adult, from hiding books from strict Catholic parents as a teen to getting lost in the erotic sections of bookstores for hours. She is best known for her erotic romance series, Thorne, Natalie’s Edge, and imogen and explores the darker, erotic nature of relationships, those riddled with the reality of insecurities and human folly, exposing the vulnerability, emotional turmoil, and occasional pain that can come from losing oneself in the heat of passion.

O’Brien holds a degree in English literature and teaches for a living in the Northeast, USA. She is a founding member of The Nu Romantics, which tries to elucidate the romantic found in all things, even pain and longing. She is a poet, a professor, a writer, a dancer, and a die-hard romantic, known for her poetry prompts on social media #writingromancelines, #sixwords, and #foundpoetry. O’Brien also has a profound affection for Shakespeare and beyond that writes. Every chance she gets.

Ruin My Lipstick is her first poetry collection.

“Poetry is what my soul bleeds when I’m not looking…”

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? I have three series published. Thorne has 3 installments of full-length books; Natalie’s Edge as well. Imogen has 8 installments, the first four sold separately or in a bundled set. The last four are in a boxed set as well. I have also just published my first poetry book of romantic and erotic poetry, among other themes.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? I think Thorne: Rose’s Dark Secret, the second in the trilogy was my favorite. It is where the story really begins to reveal its inner workings and secrets. It’s strong on character development and relationships.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes. I am compiling the Thorne series into one boxed set, both ebook format and print. I am three-quarters through my New Adult Romance, which will be released this summer or 2018.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The freedom to be who I cannot be in real life. The release and creative outlet it affords me to explore my sensuality.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I have not yet. (Knock on wood). I teach during the school year and write during my vacations. I get so deep into my characters’ journeys that I almost feel like I’m living within their worlds quite viscerally.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes. Twice! The second Thorne ends not at all how I sketched it. And The Natalie’s Edge series, Redemption, the last in the series had a twist I did not envision at all. But real life experiences have a funny way of sticking their big noses where they don’t belong.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? My personal favorite character is William Thorne. He has every reason to be the way he is. But at his core, he is good and kind and fights for the underdog, caring about fighting causes, in his case, the tobacco industry, that are worth fighting. He is not one-dimensional. He required me to do a bit of research, which I always enjoy. Michael is a close second. And the same holds true for him. He is an environmentalist who studied in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world for that. Some of the things I wrote are actually happening, which is pretty amazing. Plus, they both happen to appeal to my kink. ;)

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? A fight scene. :) But I also enjoyed a very dark sex scene in Thorne, which serves as a turning point in the story.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I have learned that we must write for ourselves and develop an organic following, not one born out of reciprocation. I have also learned to decide how you want to be perceived and do everything in your power to make that happen. If you copy or try an insincere route, the facade quickly can fade. Finally, surround yourself with good friends and fellow writers, who share your vision and who are there for support. I am fortunate to have The Nu Romantics.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? It really depends on what they like. All deal with the dark, alpha male who must find self love before he can love. Imogen is my darkest tale, with a Stockholm Syndrome-esque idea, but with the kindest of my dominant males. Michael is witty. Thorne is brooding…so I would ask them what they like. My poetry is my baby, though. And I’m most proud of that as a writer.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? I’d love to share a teaser from Ruin My Lipstick.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I read everything and anything…but if it doesn’t hold my attention within the first 50/100 pages, I’m done. Sadly, most erotica does that for me. I do love the classics. Find the erotic in most of them. I’m a fan of the Victorian-era romances, especially Wuthering Heights. In fact, many of my fans liken my characters to Heathcliff. I love poetry. Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur. Michael Faudet and E.E. Cummings for sure. I love Tim O’Brien’s work, Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, Poe, Hemingway and so many others. I’m also in love with Shakespeare.

What about television shows? Movies? Not so much.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I hate to say it. But Fifty Shades of Grey changed my life as it inspired me to finally publish my work. The other, early on, was The Scarlet Letter. I loved the dark mysticism, the romance, and the suspense. I still love that book. Hell, I love everything Hawthorne wrote.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Not yet. I enjoy my anonymity.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I write therefore I am. When I don’t, I drown.

Paranormal Romance Spotlight: Vampire Mage: A Clutch Mistress Book 1 by Janelle Peel

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Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

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My name is Sora. I was born into this world to a highly respected Mage family. All was well as a child; most children receive their magic at puberty… I was not that fortunate. Shunned by my family, I was cast out on my twenty-first birthday; a failure and disappointment to those who were supposed to love me.

Left on my own in Seattle with no friends or money, I made my way through low paying jobs down the coast to Southern California. Fate finally smiled upon me in San Diego where I scored a serving position at a diner.
One night after my shift, I decided to walk to a dive bar near my home to drown my sorrows. That was where I met him, the Master Vampire of the SoCal Clutch. It was either the biggest mistake of my life… or the best decision in the world.

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After a moment, I projected confidence into my voice, “Who the hell are you, and what are you doing in my house?”

The smirk turned into a full devilish smile that dimpled his cheeks. He laughed; which immediately pissed me off.

Squaring my shoulders, I stalked toward him with a glare. His teeth snapped closed when I was a foot from him… and my weapon.

Catching the movement of my eyes, he growled, “I wouldn’t.”

Crossing my arms as a barrier, I tried to ignore the fluttering of my stomach, “Answer me!”

Inside, a silent demand screamed, let go.

So, I did. Brilliant blue light lit my hands; dancing across my knuckles as I spread each finger. The glow played across the stranger’s face as he stared; completely transfixed by whatever the hell I was doing.

This close, I could smell him. Clean and crisp like the ocean, and very similar to my home back in Seattle. Inhaling again, I licked my lips and relaxed into the memory.

His gaze tracked the motion as his nostrils flared. Shock and recognition flashed across his face, “You.”

Confusion coursed through me. I didn’t know this mountain of a man that smelled like home. Returning his assessment, I noted his leather jacket clung to him like a second skin. Focus!

“Do I know you?” I asked, tossing my hair over my shoulder haughtily.

Stepping back, he overcame his previous emotional slip with the movement. “I’m Blaze, Master of the SoCal Clutch.” One perfect brow rose, “And you are?”

I shook out my hands in hopes of extinguishing the flames. As they winked out, I bit out, “Sora,” to cover my surprise.

“Sora,” he whispered.

The longing in his voice made my heart beat faster.

Clearing his throat, he murmured, “Can I come in?”

Appalled at my body’s reaction, I snarked, “It’s a little late for pleasantries now, isn’t it? You already manipulated my door and let yourself in. Now you’re asking permission to come into my home?”

“Yes,” he rumbled back, then followed with a lower, “please.”

I debated for a moment. I have magic! Magic… that I didn’t know how to use…. Oh well, fake it ’til you make it.

About the Author:

janelle peel

Janelle is a Military Spouse and mother of two gorgeous girls. She loves to read and loves to write.

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Business Book Spotlight: Market Mojo: A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market by Kathy G. Mills @WallStreetWaits

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The Ultimate Stock Market Primer!

Like millions of Americans, you probably never had finance courses in school. So despite the fact that you are a bright, capable person, you find yourself at a loss when it comes to the stock market.

There seems to be no shortage of books that offer investing advice, but what about an investing education? Shouldn’t that come first?

Market Mojo is here to assist! This quick and quirky guide offers a big-picture introduction to the stock market. You’ll learn about key elements of the system, such as why companies issue stock, the significance of an IPO, and how stock splits work. You’ll figure out the difference between the NYSE and NASDAQ stock exchanges, and learn how companies can get listed on them. And you will finally (!) understand what news reports about the Dow and the S&P 500 really mean.

For your personal investing, you’ll learn how to select an online broker and use stock picking to create a custom portfolio. You’ll also master the concept of active and passive investing so you can add elements like mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs to your collection.

Entertaining bite-sized lessons are followed by a vocabulary list to make sure you remember important terms, while periodic quizzes test your knowledge and ensure that you are on track to getting your Market Mojo up and running. If you are looking for a fast and fun way to learn about the stock market, this book will not disappoint!

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I’m sure you’ve heard the term mutual funds before. If you don’t entirely understand how mutual funds work, you’re not alone. I took an informal poll among my friends at a recent get-together, asking them how they were saving for retirement. While nearly everyone answered, “We have mutual funds,” I couldn’t get anyone to explain to me exactly what mutual funds are or how they work. Maybe they really had no idea. Maybe they were afraid of being wrong and sounding stupid. Or maybe they didn’t want to discuss finances at a party and figured if they shrugged and smiled I would stop questioning them. That’s unfortunate, because mutual funds really are easy to understand, and you should know how they fit into an overall investing picture.

Say you’ve saved up $1,000 and you’re ready to invest it. You understand your risk tolerance and risk capacity, and you know that you need to have some diversification in your holdings. The problem is, you’re not too keen on doing the research and figuring out which stocks to invest in. You wish that someone would just put a mix of promising and high-earning stocks into a shopping cart for you and say, “Here—these are the ones you want.”

You could certainly do that, but then you would have another problem on your hands. One share each of all the stocks in the cart comes to $5,862. You only have $1,000, remember? It appears impossible to buy the entire contents of the cart today. You’ll just have to save your money and be patient…or will you?

Maybe not. Did you know that there’s a sneaky little shortcut you can use to buy everything in your cart with your $1,000? All it takes is a little stock market magic.

Like most magic tricks, this one seems impossible until someone explains it to you—then it makes perfect sense. A mutual fund is a collective fund that is managed by a financial professional called a fund manager. A mutual fund manager is responsible for finding other people just like you—folks who want to invest, but are working with a limited amount of money. By pooling everyone’s money together, the manager has a significant amount of capital that can be used to purchase a diversified selection of stocks—a selection that normally would be out of the price range of an average investor.

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About the Author:

kathy mills

Kathy G. Mills has a battle cry: Demystify! Her mission is to take complicated financial topics, boil them down to the essentials, and then present the information in bite-sized lessons that make learning effortless and fun. Degrees in literature and accounting, along with a master’s degree in education, make her uniquely qualified to serve as your personal instructor, providing the financial education that you never got in school.

Kathy is a proud West Virginian (Go Mountaineers!) who has lived in England, India, and Germany and now resides in beautiful Zambia. She is the author of the website You can also find her on Twitter @WallStreetWaits.

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Nonfiction Book Spotlight: From Zero to $avvy: A Quick Guide to Investing by Jennifer Jank

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Nonfiction – Investing

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From Zero to $avvy: A Quick Guide to Investing provides the basics for those in their twenties (and others) to get started with investing, without being overly complicated or technical. The Great Eight rules are the underlying concepts for investors to understand, to avoid financial scams and to reach their goals. From stocks and bonds to retirement accounts and financial advisors, this book provides the fundamentals that investors need to know.

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When you’re thinking about something as far away as retirement, it can be so overwhelming that you don’t start at all. If you’re finally living on your own, there’s all that fun stuff to buy and you don’t want to save, which, let’s face it, is pretty boring. Or maybe you look at the investment choices in your company retirement plan and there are too many, which leads to leaving your money in the default option. That’s fine if the default is a target date fund that aims to have your money ready when you turn 65 (target date funds are covered in more detail in the “Mutual Funds” chapter), but terrible if the default is money market, which means the funds that you don’t need for another 20-30 years are sitting in cash and earning nothing for you, losing ground to inflation every year.

Not investing is just about the only wrong way to invest. If you can invest only a little, then invest only a little, but don’t invest zero. Bear in mind that leaving money in cash is not investing. It’s just saving, and is a very bad idea in your retirement account (more on this in the “Retirement Accounts” chapter). If you leave your account in cash at low interest rates, there’s not much difference compared to stuffing it in your mattress. Investing allows money to grow over time, with the magic of compounding working for you1. For those who have a company retirement plan, deduct contributions automatically from your paycheck and deposit into the plan. If you don’t see the money, you can’t spend it. Anyone without a retirement plan at work can can set up your own personal Individual Retirement Arrangement (AKA IRA), available at most financial companies, and have money from your bank account automatically contributed to the IRA. Once you’ve maxed out your retirement account, or if you have a shorter-term goal, you can open up a regular account and invest there2. Using automatic deductions helps with this as well.

If the investment choices you’re faced with are overwhelming, educate yourself a little bit (by reading this book, maybe!) and pick something, but don’t spend so much time learning that you put off making the decision. Analysis paralysis is bad for your portfolio. You’re often better off with a somewhat suboptimal choice than you are making no choice at all, leaving your money sitting in cash. Begin with an investment first.

1 Compounding allows your money to grow on itself. 10% of $1000 is $100, so if you earn 10% interest annually the first year you’d have $1,100. But the next year you would earn 10% on $1,110, or $111, which would give you $1,221. Over time this adds up.

2 All retirement accounts have limits as to how much you can contribute.

About the Author:

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JJ has worked in financial services since 1998. She focuses on women and their financial needs, and her goal is to empower women through financial education. She was past President of the Loudoun County chapter of NAPW, the National Association of Professional Women. JJ lives in the Coachella Valley of California with her rescue cats, Veronica and Tyler. She enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society and the symphony.

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Science Fiction Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: Agents of the Third Party: The Beginning by Arthur David @rubix510

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Near Future Sci-FI/Spy Thriller

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BlackMail has spent her entire adult life dedicated to The Third Party. A secret organization dedicated to moving humanity towards a future where hunger, poverty, and war no longer exist. An organization so dedicated to its ideals that the ends justify the means, no matter how atrocious.
Her dedication has made her one of The Party’s top agents and they have tasked her with training a young woman, Jade, whom they believe has the potential to be just as good if not better than BlackMail. But when The Party sends them on a mission that goes horribly wrong it will forever change BlackMail, Jade, and The Third Party forever.

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A conversation between BlackMail and her apprentice Jade, on what The Third Party is.

“What if it’s nothing to do with The Party?” Jade asks.

“Doesn’t matter. As soon as they got their hands on Party info, they decided that they could try to blackmail us or threaten us with it. Anything they own is forfeit. Anything they have is forfeit. Anything they are is forfeit.”

“Why? Why is it so bad for someone to know about us? Is what we do so bad? Bringing peace? Ending hunger, disease, poverty, stability? That is what The Party stands for, isn’t it?”

I look at her. So innocent, so naive. It’s almost enough to make me feel bad about what is going to happen tonight. Almost.

“Because Jade, we are the thinkers, the planners, the idealists. Sometimes we’re the blackmailers and saboteurs. We are the proverbial man behind the curtain controlling everything. We are The Third Party. And sometimes, sometimes we are petty and we do not like when others try to step onto our turf and dictate terms to us.”

“But the Rand Corporation….”

“Is not what you think it is!” I cut her off sharply. “This isn’t a group of happy-go-lucky people out to save the world. That group does not exist anywhere. Their achievements come at the expense of others. The true innovators, the inventors, the ones who contribute to society? Not from Rand. No. They make it a point to find them, take their ideas, and use them as they see fit.”

“A group of people out to save the world…doesn’t exist anywhere? Isn’t that us? Isn’t that what The Third Party is?”

I look at her sitting across from me, eyes sullen and downcast. I take a breath and calm myself. It won’t do to get myself all worked up before I kill her tonight.

“I said there is no happy-go-lucky group of people, Jade. We are out to make the world a better place. But it cannot be done nicely. We don’t pretend like Rand. We aren’t going to hold the world’s hand and tell them it’ll be all candy and roses. Sacrifices have to be made, deals brokered, sometimes we blackmail, sometimes we assassinate. The world is harsh and cruel. It can be better, it is getting better. But it is a slow process, and not one we can waltz through. No, there is no such group. There is The Third Party, there is us, and that is all. Groups like Rand, Control, FBI, CIA, NSA, KGB, and others have all tried their hands, but we have outlived them all, and we continue our mission.”

“Well, aren’t the FBI, CIA and NSA still around?”

“There are government groups calling themselves that, sure. But ever since September Eleventh, they became something else. They are no longer trying to make things better, they’re just trying to make sure no one opposes or attacks the U.S., all in the name of ‘safety.’. No, Jade. There is only The Party.”

About the Author:

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Arthur David grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s. He was instilled with a love for reading at an early age by his mom, as well as for Star Trek, Star Wars and Science Fiction in general. Later he would find comics, video games and movies. At 7 years old, Arthur wanted to be an Astronomer, and later a computer programmer.

Neither of those things happened.

Instead life happened he met his beautiful wife and had two wonderful children, and found a new love of writing.

But Arthur never lost his love for reading, science, or the stars. Now he tries to instill that same wonder and love with his family. Somehow they all put up with his shenanigans, none of them have any idea what he is talking about most of the time.

They love him anyways.

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Author Q&A:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

I first started writing back around 2000 when a friend encouraged me to start writing. It was then that I first wrote about the Third Party, but that isn’t the book I published. Its still coming in the chronology. I realized after writing it that there was more to the story and decided to go back and flesh out more of it.

How many books do you currently have published?

At the moment I have 1 book published as well as a short story up over at wattpad.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

The Beginning has been so far. While it’s the second one I’ve written, but first in the chronology. its also had the most work and the most revisions including a complete POV change. But the reviews have made it all worth it, and I love being able to share it with everyone.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I am currently working on a short story that will be part of a planned anthology. It takes place shortly after The Beginning. I currently have two more books planned for this series which I’m looking forward to getting started on soon.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Mostly seeing where the story is going to go.  Even as the author I’m not always aware of how things will go or exactly what will happen. I just let the story flow and enjoy being along for the ride.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

I have gotten writer’s block a few times. Usually, I find it means it’s time to take a break and do something else. That can mean watching tv or movies, reading a book myself, or playing video games. If it’s a clear night and not too cold I may take out my telescope and see if I can find anything interesting. These are all best done with my family. Once I’ve taken a little time, maybe even get a good nights sleep the story starts to flow again.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Yes, towards the end of Rooks Game, Rook makes an admission I would never have expected. Yet there it is.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

So far BlackMail has been my favorite character. Shes a strong woman, unafraid to rush into danger and defend her friends and complete her missions. She believes in what shes doing and will go to any length to get what she wants. But shes not a superhero, she makes mistakes and has to deal with them. Despite being tough, she still has to deal with being human and living with the consequences of her actions. But more than that she still has a full range of emotions and doesn’t try to bury them.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

Right at the start of Rooks Game BlackMail kills a senator right in front of the Governor of Utah. She then proceeds to explain that the Governor will appoint a replacement, and direct him to vote for a program The Third Party wants started. During her conversation, she continuously threatens the governor and his family all while dressed nicely and comparing herself to models in shampoo commercials.

I loved writing this scene, showing how ruthless she could be to get something done, only to walk out later like nothing happened and then get ready for a date.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

The biggest thing is to just write and not give up. It took me a long time to write The Beginning and the first time I released it did not go well. But going back, revamping it, changing the POV was all worth it. So don’t give up.

Also marketing. I’ve learned that marketing it has been a greater challenge than writing the book ever was.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

Well since its just The Beginning right now, you should start there. But check out Rooks Game on Wattpad, it’s a quick read and shows more of how The Party operates but it’s only marginally related the following books. And when the anthology comes out, check out my entry there.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

I’ve mentioned working on a short story for an anthology. This will take place after The Beginning but before book 2, which I’m not ready to give details on yet. But this new short story will delve more into BlackMail’s past and we’ll learn more about her former partner Aurora. On top of that we get to see some of what The Party has planned for the future.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

Around 10 years or so ago I stumbled onto a series called “The Dresden Files” and fell in love with it. Since I’ve read pretty much everything Jim Butcher has put out, and I absolutely loved the “Codex Alera” series he did.

I”m also a huge fan of Kevin Hearne and his “Iron Druid Chronicles” and I’m currently reading his new epic “A Plague of Giants”.

And one of the other great authors I love is Peter David. I was first introduced to him via his Star Trek novels, and then moved on to his King Arthur “Knight Life” series, but my favorite Peter David novels are his “Sir Apropos of Nothing”

What about television shows? Movies?

Star Trek! Star Wars! I love them both. Star Trek Deep Space Nine has been my favorite of the Star Treks, but I’m really enjoying the new series Discovery.  And yes, there is The Orville, which I’m enjoying as well.

I was really enjoying Agents of SHIELD, and Gotham – which seems like such a strange premise, a Batman show without Batman but tuned out to be really good. I dropped off of both series and need to get back to those.

The GIfted has been really good and I’m looking forward to when that comes back on.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

I don’t think there’s really any one book that’s made a huge impact on me. Its been more of a cumulative thing. I suppose some of the Star Wars books, particularly the X-Wing series and I, Jedi (Best Star Wars book ever) were things my friends and I bonded over. But for me reading is something I do for fun, and I want to share that love of reading with others, my friends, family, and my children. So it’s not any one thing or book, but an overall enjoyment that I get from it.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

At the moment, no. Well, I’ve made it to a couple of Comic-Cons but not presenting or anything there.  I’m certainly open to doing a signing or showing up to conventions if anyone is interested in having me there.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Sleep really isn’t that important. Food is though.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I just hope everyone enjoys the story and getting to ride along with BlackMail. And I can’t wait to be able to bring out the next parts of the story.

M/M Contemporary Romance Spotlight and Author Interview: Jesse’s Smile by Angelique Jurd @AngeliqueJurd

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Jesse Peterson is 26 and loves his job at a pet store. He loves the cats, the dogs and Sniffles the rabbit. What he doesn’t love is the way people assume that he can’t look after himself, that he’s isn’t a man. So, when the store’s newest customer, buying supplies for his kitten, asks him out, Jesse has trouble understanding why. Jesse knows he’s not stupid, but nobody else seems to know that. They just see a good-looking young man whose smile seems to be the brightest thing about him.

Drew Oliver isn’t other people. A high school teacher with a history of bad relationship choices, Drew is patient, loving, and doesn’t care that Jesse is different. He just cares about being able to make him smile as often as he can.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the differences between Drew and Jesse, few notice the things they share. Can their relationship survive the scrutiny and judgement passed by everyone around them? And when one of Drew’s bad choices shows up, will love be enough to help them survive the aftermath?

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“It’s more than a bit OCD,” Jesse starts to protest but stops when Drew snorts. His glasses are back in place. Jesse thinks he’s the handsomest man he’s ever seen and that’s strange because his Dad wears glasses for reading and he’s not handsome. Maybe his mom thinks he is.

“Dude, you have never seen my mother with housework, trust me you have a long way to go.” Drew crunches on a cracker he’s smeared with blue cheese. “Jesse, you know, you’re not broken, you’re just different. And I’d still like to take you out tomorrow night.”

Sighing, Jesse sits back in his chair for a moment, unsure of what to do. Part of him wants to run home, lock the door behind him, grab Wicket, and rub his hand over him until his heart stops pounding. Part of him wants to go out tomorrow night and see what happens. And an entirely different part of him wants to climb in Drew’s lap and kiss him again. He decides he should probably ignore that part. For now.

“Okay, what are we going to see?”

Jesse’s Smile, Angelique Jurd ©2017-2018

About the Author:

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A former print journalist and editor, with experience in newspaper, magazine and digital formats, Angelique Jurd writes M/M contemporary romance Based in New Zealand, she is owenved by four cats, three adult children, and a boyfriend. Her love of pop culture has led her to preparing herMaster of Arts thesis on the ways in which fan-produced media disrupts, informs, and influences the original text and creators of the television show Supernatural. Jesse’s Smile is her first novel.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

When I was 12 I read my first Stephen King novel (yeah I was precocious) and heard Bruce Springsteen on the radio and I was just enchanted by the way they painted pictures with their words. It was magic and I knew I wanted to do that. I started out as a journalist and worked my way up to editor. I then spent some time doing corporate writing (something I was very bad at) before deciding to return to university. I graduated in 2017 with a BA in Media Studies and English and am currently preparing my Masters thesis in Media Studies. My ‘day job’ (my thesis) involves analysing and writing about M/M fan fiction and my ‘other’ job is writing M/M romance – it’s a win all the way around.

How many books do you currently have published?

I have just published my first novel, but I do have a collection of columns I wrote for a newspaper and a collection of four short stories. I put them on Amazon a few years ago – before all the amazing tools we have today were so easy to access – so the formatting on them isn’t … wonderful. One day soon I’ll take them down and fix them.

I have some more novels due out over the coming months.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

I’ve written four novels over the past twelve months and Jesse’s Smile has been my favorite. I just liked Jesse’s character from the moment I heard him in my head so it made it very easy to sit down and work each day. When I was finished I went into mourning for a week, I missed him so much.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I am currently working on two books. One is the third in a trilogy – The Capistrano Series – the first of which will be released in May. The other – Guard You With My Heart is the first in a paranormal m/m romance series – Guardian Angel series – will be my next release.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Painting pictures with words. Meeting characters in my head (it’s noisy in there), discovering their world, and telling their story.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

I do. It used to bother me a lot but now I deal with it by putting on some music, opening a document about something entirely different, and ignoring the characters and plot that are blocked. Usually within 24 hours they start opening up again. I don’t know if that would work for everyone, but it works for me.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Yes. In The Capistrano Series, one of the characters has just thrown a massive temper tantrum. He’s normally really placid and easy going and it blindsided me – so it certainly blind sided the other characters.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

I have favorites and villians in each book. In Jesse’s Smile, Jesse was my favorite by far because I liked his transparency and his lack of pretense. I really hated David – hated writing him, hated everything about him. Happily so do readers. He’s the villain of the story and he was just so awful to have in my head.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, JK Rowling, Melissa Foster, oh look the list is huge and very ecclectic. I read a lot of fan fiction too.

What about television shows? Movies?

Supernatural. BBC Sherlock. Arrow. The Black List. NCIS.

Movies – pretty much any movie available. I’m going to see The Shape of Water today.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

I’m hoping to have some of those lined up very soon so stay tuned.