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Review: Hart Broken

Title: Hart Broken

Author: Annie Arcane

Date of Publication: December 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Mickey Hart doesn’t do one-night stands. Until she wakes up in a luxury penthouse. With nothing but a t-shirt and no idea whom it belongs to.

Enter Cale Windermere. Driven. Ambitious. Successful. And so gorgeous he could’ve walked straight out of a romance novel…

Except I can’t walk.

Not that it ever stops me from getting what I want.

And I want her.

Even if she’s keeping secrets.

That could tear me to f*cking shreds.

Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately.

My Review:

This book was really good. I thought it was going to be just your basic adult book with swoon. It did have that, but it was an emotional ride as well. Mickey wakes up in a guy named Cale’s apartment after she had a drunken night. Cale is wheelchair bound with a flirty personality.

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I loved Cale because he felt real. He had emotions where he would be fine and then not fine. There were moments when there were things that he wished he could do, but he did everything in his power to not have anyone help him. Being born paralyzed is different from being able to walk and then lose it during life, and his moods were spot on.

I liked Mickey, too. There were a few times where I wanted to slap her in the book because of the few un-called for moments. I get why she did that, but I still don’t like it!

The romance was great, and the dialogue was really good. The only thing I wished would have been different was for Mickey’s POV to have been in first person like Cale’s. Overall anyone that likes romance should check this one out.

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Review: The Roanoke Girls

Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Date of Publication: March 7th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

My Review:

What. Was. This. Book.

I was drawn to this book for the fact that I loved the author’s other book, The Book of Ivy. I already knew ahead of time this would be completely different. First it is a mystery book which I normally don’t read, but I would give it a chance anyway. This isn’t your normal type of mystery book here.

Lane, our MC, has to go live with her grandparents in a farm town in Kansas. She meets her cousin Allegra (No, not the medicine), and I could not stand her. Allegra was selfish and messed up. I can understand why, but she still did terrible things, especially to Tommy.

Lane has got to be the worst MC I have ever read in my life, and that is saying a lot. The way she treated Cooper was awful, and for whatever reason he liked he. I don’t understand. Her thoughts were just mean a lot of time for example Tommy’s wife… I mean what did she ever do to her? The way she criticized her looks and also doing the same to Jeff’s wife, etc. Also, I feel like Lane needed to be going to AA meetings, she either got wasted a lot or still had alcohol every time. I mean would it kill her to drink some water?

The chapters are told in now, then, and one chapter from each of the other Roanoke girls. The Roanoke girls chapters made me hate all of them too. These characters weren’t meant to be liked I guess? Cooper was the only person in this whole book I could stand. Everyone else just had me feeling icky sticky.

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Now, the writer can write, and I did want to keep reading the story to find out what happened next. There were twists and turns, and I guessed almost every single one except for one. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t even know how I feel after reading this book besides sick.

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Chasing Power Excerpt + Giveaway

Today we have the blog tour for Chasing Power by Constance Phillips. Check it out and grab your copy of the new paranormal romance today!

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About Chasing Power:

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For Keiran Saysin, protecting the fairy population from humans is more than a job. It is passion and his duty to the realm. Since Eero’s revolution failed—and the discovery of fairy power lying dormant in some of the human population, that job hasn’t been easy. Now that his sister and her husband are welcoming a set of twins, old enemies have come out of hiding, hoping the children will a serve as a key to reclaiming what has been stripped from them.

 

Enter Annie Valentine, the genetic researcher Daniel’s mother has employed. Keiran knows the smart thing to do is cast a spell and push the human away, but something about the way she stands toe to toe and eye to eye has him forgetting that getting involved with a human could cost him everything he values, including his power.

 

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He stopped in front of her and fell back to his Protector training. Straightening his posture and squaring his shoulders, he aimed for a position of authority. “So, you’re the doctor?”

She offered him her hand. “No. Tara misled you. I graduated from medical school but never completed my internship. My name is Annie Valentine. My mom is a friend of Daniel’s.”

Chalk up another point in the plus column for honesty. He knew shaking her hand was the polite thing to do but still hesitated. Leal and other researchers believed it was the call of power that caused most humans to go googly-eyed over fairies. Touch made that attraction worse. Keiran didn’t care what the caused the phenomenon, the last thing he needed tonight was a woman who couldn’t control her lust for him, even if she was the prettiest human he’d ever…

Slow down! He chastised himself and pushed forward, completing the customary greeting. “I’m Keiran, Monique’s brother. I appreciate that Tara invited you, but this is a family affair.”

“Yeah, we always have a slew of armed guards at our family gatherings.”

This was the reason he’d argued against allowing Tara to be at the births. She still didn’t understand the threat her ex-husband and his brother posed—even after the events of the last two years. Now, she’d involved another human in the mess.

How was Keiran supposed to explain their twisted family dynamics to Annie?

Monique’s cries had filled the air again. Apparently, the second baby had moved into position.

Annoyance twisted his gut into a knot. Monique wanted him by her side during the births. Tara’s selfish interference had torn him away from Monique and into his professional duty. “The guards aren’t armed.”

Not in any way she’d recognize.

Fairies had little use for weapons as humans knew them. In most cases, their powers were enough to protect themselves and those they were in charge of. “This should be a joyous event, but it puts Daniel and Monique in a very vulnerable position. And with Daniel’s family…”

How much did she know about all of that? What had Tara told those closest to her about her husband of nearly thirty years running off?

Annie’s flushed cheeks flashed like a traffic light against her pale skin. “That was rude and none of my business.”

Smart Girl. If only he believed she’d keep her nose out of it just because that was good etiquette.

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About Constance Phillips:

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels.

 

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Cover Reveal: Entrapment

 

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“The snare is setleaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance”

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up…

One chance meeting

plus…

One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine

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One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion

plus…

One impulsive decision

times…

Two declarations of love

divided by…

The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules

equals…

ENTRAPMENT

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

Don’t miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.

*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

 

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BETRAYAL 1One week. No future. No past. No more.

Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

 

“Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

 

Lennox “Nox” Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:

 

One week. No more.

 

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

 

“Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?”

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.

 

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CUNNING 1“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

 

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.

Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series.

Infidelity – it isn’t what you think.

 

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BK3 Deception E-Book Cover (2)DECEPTION, book THREE of FIVE in Aleatha Romig’s INFIDELITY series.

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule–one week only.

Or did it?

 

Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following it but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.

Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?

Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli’s pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.

Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series – It isn’t what you think!

(This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)

 

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aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Release Day Launch: 1001 Dark Nights Bundle

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Five! 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Five is brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. The Bundle contains 6 novellas, including 2 novellas from 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Authors, Angel Payne and Michelle St. James! This is one hot bundle. Grab your copy today!

 

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Julie Kenner, Lexi Blake, Larissa Ione, and Elisabeth Naughton, and introducing Angel Payne and Michelle St. James…

Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.

Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.

 

CARESS OF PLEASURE: I’d thought that he was mine, the dark, arresting man who commanded not only my body but my heart. Dante had swept into my life, and I’d succumbed to the burn of passion in his arms. I’d believed we had a love that would last forever, but he’d shattered my dreams and broken me into pieces when he’d walked away.

ADORED: Mitch Bradford knows he’s not good for any woman—especially not his best friend’s sister. Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. She knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.

HADES: Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. When she gets trapped in Hades’s Underworld prison domain with only Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…

RAVAGED: Ari has one singular focus: revenge. His guardian brothers all think he’s dead, but he is alive and chipping away at Zeus’s Sirens every chance he can. When he abducts the wrong female and his identity is finally exposed, it will take the courage of one woman willing to stand up to a warrior who’s become a savage to rein Ari in.

NAUGHTY LITTLE GIFT: From the moment MishellaSantelle locks eyes with Cassian Court, she can see the man beneath the power…the bruised soul for whom hers has been destined. When six months of her life are bargained to Cassian in a multimillion dollar contract, Mishella is helpless against the reaction of her body and soul to this man.

THE SENTINEL: Determined to maintain the friendship that has been her rock since childhood, Diana Barrett resigns herself to keeping her distance from Leo Gage. Leo has worshipped Diana Barrett since they were kids, but she can never know that. When Diana witnesses a murder, she goes to the only person who has ever made her feel safe. Now Leo and Diana are on the run.

 

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About the 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Five Authors

 

J Kenner - headshotAbout Julie Kenner:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today,Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

 

Lexi Blake - headshotAbout Lexi Blake:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

 

 

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Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

 

 

 

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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”

 

Angel - HeadshotAbout Angel Payne:

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances began in junior high, when writing with friends on “swap stories” they’d trade between classes. Needless to say, those stories involved lots of angst, groping, drama, and French kissing.

She began getting a paycheck for her writing in her twenties, writing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine. Some years, various entertainment industry gigs, and a number of years in the hospitality industry later, Angel returned to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic fiction. Along the way, she also graduated with two degrees from Chapman University in Southern California, taking departmental honors for English, before writing five historical romances for Kensington and Bantam/Doubleday/Dell.

Angel found a true home in writing contemporary-based romances featuring high heat, memorable alpha men, and the women who tame them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Kinky Truth series, the Cimarron saga, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), and the popular W.I.L.D. Boys of Special Forces series, as well as several stand-alone titles. The C Suite series launches in 2016.

Angel still lives in Southern California, where she is married to her soul mate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, enjoying the outdoors, and being a gym rat.

Find Angel on her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

M St. James - headshotAbout Michelle St. James:

Michelle St. James is a pen name for critically acclaimed YA author Michelle Zink. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters (YA), was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels. Her work has also been an Indie Next selection and has appeared on prestigious lists such as the Lonestar List, New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and translated into over twenty languages. She lives in New York with too many teenagers and too many cats.

Find Michelle on her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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The Physic by: E. Burden + Interview

The Physic

Summary: 

Werewolves were thought to be hunted to extinction. Struggling on the edge of human life, a few have survived. When a godhead virus arrives to build his new empire, werewolves are the only things standing between his destructive desires and human civilization. The novel follows the stories of Taisho, the daughter of a forbidden match between a werewolf and a human, and Louise, a young woman who served as the host for the sentient virus. Set in a time and place where safety no longer exists and suffering is commonplace, The Physic is a story about the importance of selflessness and love in the face of extreme stress, prejudice, and othering.

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Interview:

  • What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I didn’t want to be a writer. This is just one of the very, very few things I can do well and functionally, it’s a passion I didn’t chose I guess. I remember being so upset that I cried when I took the career aptitude test, and my ideal one was novelist. I came from a poor family and all I could think was that I was wearing a “starving artist” sign on my back. I feel differently now, and grateful for everything I have, but back then it was overwhelming.

  • Did you know you always wanted to write? 

I wrote my first novel in 8th grade. It was trash and I didn’t save it, but I was writing all the time as a young girl. I think, in all honestly, I do it to survive and make sense of the world-a lot like art.

  • What kind of books do you write? 

Horror usually, but always speculative fiction. Most of my stuff, even the children’s book I’m putting together hopefully this summer, is like a dark epic. I love the mythology of the hero, I think it’s really tested in works of horror or anything that has high stakes and low odds of success.

  • What are your top 3 favorite books? 

My favorite book is still Dune by Frank Herbert. This great combination of science fiction and social science and ecology that nothing has ever topped for me. The second would have to be Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and the third is Peony in Love by Lisa See.

  • Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I think mothering takes up most of my hobby time, but art and design are my other passions. I illustrated the covers and the entirety of my new children’s book, and it is a lot of fun.

  • Do you have any advice for people that are wanting to write?

For people wanting to write, I would say, if you are young-find a niche in the writing industry (technical writing, etc.…) that allows you to study your craft early and pay your bills. I wish I had. I wish someone would have told me this is what you are good at, go this way. People my age, I’d just say keep a schedule. Keep a schedule every day when you have free time, and get at least a paragraph down per day, but one to three pages is preferable. It doesn’t even have to always be the same project; you just keep going. It takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to become really good at something-even if you don’t keep what you write, you are logging those hours of practice and that matters.

  • Do you plot out when you write?

I always write an outline. I don’t always follow it, but it gives me a general feel and direction-I can take scenic routes and detours, or throw away the imaginary map, but the initial plan is important to me in both long and short works of fiction.

About the Author:

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E. Burden is a writer and artist where she survives the Texas heat with her husband and three children.

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Top Ten Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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The lovely ladies from Broke and the Bookish do a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s prompt is:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

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