#ASI: Brianna West

Hi Brianna, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Well, my name is Brianna, obviously, and I am a mother of three young kids. I’ve always written, mostly fanfiction—back when that was still cool—and decided one day that I could do it better, or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway.

 

Discuss your newest book.

Coming April 29th Dawning is the third book in my Promiscus Guardians Series, and the fourth book I’m self-publishing. I write paranormal/fantasy romance; however, my books have a lot of other elements—humor, action, suspense, and badass heroines. Not to forget the incredible hunks that surround them.

 

This book series follows Izzy, who was like everyone else, until the day she eavesdropped on two major hotties in her little town and found out she was a hot commodity in the supernatural world. The Promiscus Guardians (mixed supernatural breed protectors) vow to protect her from the Dark that seeks to use her. Lucas, the vampire-angel team leader, is charged with her protection. Suffice to say, the stoic, uptight British hunk is hard to work under (or over).

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Mostly, I think it came from my love for reading romances. I enjoy writing as much as I enjoy reading it. Because, who wouldn’t want to fantasize with some supernatural hunk? Drool-worthy abs? Hard as rock pectorals? Brooding conscience and hard to win over hunks? Yeah, that’s pretty much why I write them.

 

What are your current projects?

I’m fixing to release Dawning with a great event on Facebook; there will be a huge giveaway starting the 24th, and I am also planning to start writing the next book in my Guardians In Love Series, which is the spin-off series that follows the secondary characters in the Promiscus Guardians Series. Mark your calendars!

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Pride and Prejudice has been a major love of mine. I don’t know what it is about that time period—because there’s no sex at all lol—but I’ve always been in love with the simple opposites attract scenario.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a tragedy happen personally, and I used to as motivation to write this story; take control of my life. And mostly because I have always dreamed of someone else reading my work.

 

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Izzy is very sassy and sarcastic. She’s been independent most of her life, with only her best friend Nattie to turn to. When the story begins, Izzy had lost her job at the local library which had closed down. But, Izzy is a very strong-minded character. She’s optimistic and always knows how to make light of things. Even when someone tells you that you’re a supernatural creature and now part of the Dark versus Light battle ensuing all through the world.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Be strong. Push through. Never give up. Always love. We tend to crumble when times get tough, but there is always good in the bad; we just need to look for it.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Because there are so many great actresses, I’ve never really decided who’d be right. I thought Zoey Deschanel would be a good match. She’d need to be a bit more sarcastic to fit Izzy, but I think she could do it for sure.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Back in October. I’ve always written, but that’s when I decided to make it happen.

Why do you write?

All day, every day. I write fast, so I often push out a book in a few weeks, or a month. My kids and schooling have slowed me some recently, but not much.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Don’t know, actually. I just did it. Did it because I wanted to.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I guess you could say it’s been full-time since I started since I do all the work and marketing.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Editing lol. I love rereading the stories, but worrying about missing a mistake drives this overachiever crazy.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

That one was a breeze. I guess it just comes naturally.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

The writing part. It literally flows out of me. I’ve never had writer’s block with this story.

 

What book are you reading now?

An ARC I got from a fellow author. But that’s a secret 😉 A little mystery is good!

 

What is one random thing about you?

I’m a pervert. Oh wait, that’s not random.

 

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

Computer only.

 

What does your writing process look like?

I write whenever I feel the pull, which is all the time.

 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Thankfully, I seem to be normal, at least in that area.

 

How important are names to you in your books?

I want all my names to be unique and characteristic of their nationality.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not much really. Maybe where to put the damn commas. Commas, tricky little things.

 

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future

Be careful what you decide to pay for. It may not mean much, or even make a difference to be worthwhile

 

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Write for yourself. Write how you’d want to read it.

 

What is your favorite book and why?

I mentioned it earlier, but I am a big Pride and Prejudice buff. I love that book because the language is so poetic and really resonates with you. I guess I need to check it out.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. Don’t worry about the details. I don’t even think it’s worth it to outline your story, but get something put onto paper and never hold back.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am a Netflix whore…so I’ll watch movies and shows whenever I can. I also love to secretly, not-so-secretly play otome romance games on my tablet…shhh, don’t tell anyone. My lips are sealed.

 

From where do you gain your inspiration?

There’s no real place, but sometimes other romance books give me inspiration.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I’ll just say that I haven’t regretted self-publishing. It’s hard work to market yourself, but it’s also worthwhile when you know that you did it all yourself. I make my covers and teasers, do my own takeovers, discuss things with everyone I speak to, and I make it all happen.

How do you market your books?

Twitter, facebook. I do events and takeovers. Spotlight on blogs and interact with fans.

Why did you choose this route?

So I could maintain all my creativity.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

Not at the moment. I may, but right now, I’m happy where I’m at.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

Do what you can, but know that your social media presence is where you sell your books, so make sure that is reflected in your tenacity.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

The in between hours. I tend to do it throughout the day.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I’ve been contacting blogs, but mostly, I just hope those that read the books review. I’m not at the point of begging yet.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

Fairly okay. It’s not great, but I’m working on it.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Not really. I’m still trying to find it.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

They are all precious to me. Whether or not it’s good or bad, I take it as someone feeling the need to tell me what they thought. I see only an opportunity for growth from them. If it’s meant to be hurtful, I can shrug it off. You have to have a thick skin in this business.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

As an author, we tend to navigate towards other authors. I was in a spotlight with someone…and my perverse nature came out. So during the interview, she couldn’t stop laughing. LOL nice

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

I think it’s helpful since it reaches so many. I genuinely believe that’s the only way authors sell books.

Which social network worked best for you?

Currently, Facebook and Twitter.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Don’t pay for services that you don’t know are reputable. There’s a lot of scammers out there. Try to do as many events, as many features on blogs, as many interviews as you can.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I’ve just started with the Facebook events. I’ll be doing them for each new release and to celebrate my fans. I’ll be doing another event when my facebook reaches 1000 likes…which should be fun.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Alan Rickman. I loved him so much. His acting would have been in my movies. Do I know where? No. Do I care? No. He was just an amazing actor. Agreed, his work is amazing. RIP Alan Rickman.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

None. I love what I write, and wouldn’t want to write anything else.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Just do it. Don’t hesitate. Don’t make excuses. Go for it and conquer that book inside you.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brianna-West/e/B016APSN6Q

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorbriannawest

Blog: briannawest.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bwest0426

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/briannawest

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#ASI: Stephanie St. Klaire

Hi Stephanie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I write steamy romance full of drama, suspense, twists, beautiful people, happily ever after’s, and of course some snark and sarcasm along the way!

I am a book nerd turned writer, when I am not being a busy wife and mom to five, yes FIVE, kiddos.  I have always been a story teller, even as a child.  I have often toyed with writing, but life always came first.  Some unfortunate circumstances surrounding my health slowed me down to a point where I not only had the time, but the need to write and escape my circumstance.  Irony at its best, I suppose!  So here I am…an Author!

This is my crazy life, raising 5 kiddos, 2 dogs, and a husband! LOL!  I am so excited to be on this journey, and sharing my stories with others!  Kind of a dream come true!

Discuss your newest book.

Rescued is my debut novel.  It is book one in a series of six, with a five book spin off series that will follow.  It takes place in the Pacific Northwest, Cascade Mountains of Oregon.  It takes place in a small town that actually represents a real town that I grew up visiting, and remains my absolute favorite place to hang out with my family!

There is plenty of drama, suspense, twists and turns…and of course beautiful people that bring the steamy romance!  There is plenty of humor in there as well…I love a good laugh!

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I don’t recall a specific time or experience that sealed the deal for me, but I do know that I have always been imaginative, and creative…a real story teller since my youth.  Throughout my life, people have asked me if I write, and said I should when I answered no.  Being a grown up is time consuming, it was always that thing I would do when I “had time”, or when the kids are grown.  I’m glad I didn’t wait that long after all!

What are your current projects?

Rescued, Book One, released on March 16th, and has had great success…it seems everyone loves it!  Woohoo!  I am in the midst of book 2 with plans to release it in June.  As I stated before, there are six books in this series with a 5 book spin off series – that’s a lot of books!  My goal is to release a book every 3-4 months, give or take, so there is always something fresh and new coming.  This series is designed in such a way that each book can stand alone, even as a series and you can even read out of order without confusion.  That was really important to me as a writer because as a reader, I hate long waits!  LOL! Keep an eye out for release dates!

I have several other projects that I will work in to my writing schedule.  I have a holiday series, a few standalone’s, and another series brewing.  After I get McKenzie Ridge going, I will start releasing some of my other work…I want to keep it interesting!!

What books have most influenced your life most?

There isn’t a single book that has really influenced me more than others.  As a hopeless romantic myself, I absolutely love this genre.  Romance is full of love, hope, determination, overcoming adversity…things that people can relate to!  So, as a whole, I would say the genre is my greatest influence, with a several Authors really standing out.  I am a huge super fan of Marina Adair, Catherine Bybee, Nancy Naigle, Sylvia Day, Marie Force, Bella Andre, Terri Osburn, and Tracy Brogan…just to name a few!  LOL!

What inspired you to write your first book?

Life.  Sounds cliché, but that’s my truth.  I found myself in the middle of a major health crisis that really took over my life and dictated my every move.  I wanted to take something back, reclaim my life, and fight back.  Writing helped me do that.  It was an escape, it helped me overcome a lot of hard days, it was very therapeutic.  Another cliché here, but none of us are promised tomorrow – I wanted to achieve my dream, and set an example for my kiddos.  So I just did it.

Much of McKenzie Ridge consists of real life experiences, places, and even people.  So I suppose that contributes to the inspiration. I’ve been there, so glad you pulled through and are using the experience in a positive way.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Dawson Tyler, swoon worthy, loyal, kind, and sexy as hell.  Dawson has his own demons to conquer when he decides to go after what he wants, Sam Taylor.  I love that he is open minded and willing to see things for what they are, and that he is brave enough to take chances with his fragile heart.  I absolutely love him…chapter 5 and 18 give you other things to love about him too.  Have your fan ready though.

Sam Taylor is a total hardass that knows abandonment, heartache, and that men are good for one thing and it usually last around five minutes.  Throughout the story you see her become flexible in her convictions, and leaving her past in the past.  I love how strong she is, that she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight for it.  She is good for Dawson!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I didn’t really go into this novel trying to deliver a specific message, but I think you can certainly walk away with a few.  I love how the story defines family as the people you choose, not necessarily those that you’re born to, and that it’s okay.  I love how give and take enters the story and finding balance becomes a goal.  There is forgiveness, humanity, trust, love in different forms, and so on.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

If you follow me on Facebook, Dawson is a no brainer!  I absolutely LOVE the model, Nick Bateman, for Dawson!  I had no clue who he was, but knew he was my Dawson as soon as I saw him!  I found out who he was much later!  LOL!  It’s a perfect fit!

In my mind, Sam looks like Megan Fox, but has the personality of Jennifer Lawrence for sure!  Down to earth, confident, real. Love mashups!

When did you decide to become a writer?

I decided to become a writer some time ago, but picked up the pen when my youngest started kindergarten this past fall.  I wrote almost every day from September until 11pm on December 29th!  LOL!  Boom, I was suddenly a writer!

Why do you write?

I write for a lot of reasons.  I write because it’s therapeutic for me.  I love to get lost in the story and create something that is engaging and entertaining.  I write to be an example to my children, to chase their dreams and never give up.  I write to leave a legacy, something my family can be proud of.  I also write because its friggen fun!  LOL!

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I think I have answered this pretty much already.  It was timing.  I needed to do it, to start and finish something that would help me accomplish my dreams and goals.  My Grandmother was dying of cancer during this time and she told me to write and not stop…to finish it.  She had started writing a book when she was young and never finished it…I think that bothered her since she knew her time on earth was nearing expiration.  That really affected me, especially given my own health.  I had to, and so glad I did. I’m sorry for your loss, grandma’s are treasures with wise words.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  

Both.  LOL!  My intention is to write full time, whatever that means.  I always have my laptop and notebook within reach, but with the kiddos and such, it isn’t an easy gig to do all the time.  I usually get a bit of time in while they are at school, and then in the evenings and after they are off to bed.  I think it’s fair to say I get a few hours in each day, some days I’m on a role and it’s literally all day that I am writing.  It just depends!

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Confidence.  I am sure a lot of this is because it is still so new to me, but I overthink the hell out of everything.  I have such vivid ideas that I want to show through my writing so painting that picture for the reader, with confidence gets me.  I guess I pulled it off in Rescued; it is one of the most common compliments I have received to date.  It’s so much easier to tell a story than write it, so I struggle there a bit and overthink the crap out of each scene!  LOL!  I’m sure it will always be something, no matter how seasoned I become.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The hardest part wasn’t writing, it was sharing it!  I felt like I was throwing my child to the wolves, every step of the way!  When I sent it to my Beta’s…I got sick.  When I sent it to my editor…I felt sick.  When I sent it to the ARC’s…I felt sick.  When I actually published the thing…I pretty much had a panic attack!  LOL!  I was so afraid it wouldn’t be received well, and it’s actually been well loved instead…go figure! I was a wreck with my first “baby” as well, I think that’s normal. LOL

What is the easiest thing about writing?

I don’t know that there is an “easy” part.  I think that there are less “stressful” parts though.  I definitely had an easier time with the setting, the story line, etc.  It just poured out at every turn and just kept writing itself.  I got lucky.  LOL.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading “Malibu Betrayals” by MK Meredith!  I LOVE her as a person, and absolutely love her book!  If you haven’t read her, you need to!

I also just started Marina Adair’s latest release, “Need You For Mine”.  It’s the final installment of her St. Helena series…cannot wait to read it!

What is one random thing about you?

I am obsessed with bean dip right now!  Seriously, I have always loved refried beans, but I’m obsessed right now.  I eat it every day, literally!!!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

Both!  I started by writing out my outline/plotting.  Then turned to the laptop to fill it all in and go crazy.  For some reason, though, the laptop slowed me down.  I stopped and went back to my notebook and wrote out most of the story.  When it was time to type it up, I added and fine-tuned the story as I went.

This time around, I am strictly writing by hand.  It’s more than an outline, but not quite the whole story.  When I finish that, in the next week or two, I will get it in the computer with all the little details that come to mind while doing so.  A little weird, but it works for me!  HAHA!

What does your writing process look like?

I basically just described it above.  I write half, type half, and the story comes together somewhere in there.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Oh yes.  I have to use a certain type of notebook, and the same pen until it dies.  Nobody is allowed to use that pen but me.  If it turns up missing, I don’t write until I find it.  It’s like bad luck or something!  It isn’t even a specific type or brand of pen, just the same pen.  If it dies before I am done (which it will), it’s fine, I just get a new pen…but it has to begin and end on my pages.  I’m not one to borrow trouble or ask for bad luck, so I am sticking to this method!  HAHA! If it works, it works! Sacred tools of the trade are not to be tampered with! lol

How important are names to you in your books?

VERY!  I named my characters like I named my children, with very specific things in mind.  Is the character serious and strong; is the name supportive of that and have a strong ring?  Are they whimsy and fancy free?  The name should represent that too.  Sounds weird, but it works.  I love making up names!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Nothing that I haven’t already mentioned.  The one challenge that I will likely never find a solution to is that I just can’t write fast enough!  I need like three of me to get it done as fast as I would like!  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all out!  I have so many stories to tell and want to share them all now!  LOL!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

OH YES!  I trusted the wrong person and it cost me a lot of time and money – nearly cost me a timely book release.  This round, I am already planning my promos, release, etc and the book isn’t even done yet!  Rescued came with a lot of hard lessons!  Book two will be a lot less sticky, I hope! Good luck!

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

You only get one life – live it!

What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t have a single favorite.  I love several, all for different reasons.  One of my fave’s is a pretty popular choice though; I LOVE “The Notebook” by Nicolas Sparks!  It may or may not be because it has an awesome movie too…  LOL!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Chase your dream, follow your heart, and write what makes YOU happy.  I am new at this so my advice is limited as I am still learning.  I was fortunate enough to have a few awesome mentors that are already well established, seasoned, in the industry, and that was my take away from them!  You aren’t going to please everyone, and that’s okay…thick skin is a good quality that comes with writing!

My other piece of advice, from the business stand point, would be to know who you are working with!  Build a strong team!  Do your research!  Don’t settle for mediocrity!  This is YOUR book, YOUR vision, and stay true to you.  There are a lot of hustlers in the industry; they can kill your book and cost you financially…watch out for them.  There are far more good, honest, dedicated people that will help you succeed…find them!!!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I LOVE the Hallmark channel; it’s literally one of the only things I watch.  So I am kind of a Hallmark junky.  When I’m not watching that, it’s the DIY channel, Fixer Upper specifically. I’m a sucker for the Property Brothers…

I looooove DIY’s, it’s kind of a bad habit!  I paint and repurpose everything…it is kind of annoying, but I enjoy it!  LOL!

Of course, I love spending time with the fam!  As the kids get older and get busy, family time gets less and less.  We make sure to carve out time; no matter what…those are my favorite times!

From where do you gain your inspiration?

Everywhere.  Everything has a story, the lady next door raising her kiddos by herself, to the dude walking down the street that just tripped and made it look like he meant to do it.  I drive my family crazy because I say, “that would be a great story”, several times a day!  We are surrounded by inspiration…you just have to be paying attention.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I cannot speak to traditional methods since I lack experience there.  I can tell you why I chose to self-publish though.  It was important to me to have control over my book, and to learn the industry.  I like being able to decide when I give books away, change pricing, how often to release them…I love that freedom.

I know there are likely advantages to traditional publishing, but none of them really appealed to me right now.  Down the road, if a publishing house approached me, I would absolutely entertain it, but I am still discovering who I am as an Author and want to continue to do so, on my terms!

How do you market your books?

Social media!  I am a huge Facebook junky!  That is my main mode of marketing.  I have several people behind me already, helping me share who I am and what I am up to…love them.  The bloggers and reviewers have been great!  I think this is very much a word of mouth industry, it’s the oldest and most successful form of marketing there is and I am all over it!!  LOL!

Why did you choose this route?

I pretty much summed this one up above.  I like the control, that my successes and failures are all mine.  I didn’t feel comfortable putting it in someone else’s hands, without having the experience and knowledge I am gaining by going this route.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I don’t use one, but I wouldn’t hesitate if it made sense to do so.  I am very open minded on this journey, learning to do whatever it takes to become successful!

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

Sell yourself, not just your book.  Again, I am so very new to this, my experience is limited.  What I am learning though, is that the readers are all about the books, but they also want to know the Author!  Tell them who you are, gain their trust, and they will catapult you to the next level!

Also, put in the work!  Don’t just stick it on Amazon and sit back and watch.  Get involved everywhere!  Participate in events; get to know your readers, reviewers, and bloggers…put in the time!  I am online off and on throughout the day chatting with everyone!  I love it!!!  It helps me determine who I am writing for and what my next step is an Author from both a writing perspective and a business point of view!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

A lot!  I would say that I spend equal amounts of time writing and marketing!  My book just came out two weeks ago so there is a lot of work to be done yet, so I find the balance between that and writing!  Both are important!

What do you do to get book reviews?

What can you do?  LOL!  I did the ARC in exchange for an honest review, I do giveaways in exchange for an honest review, I post online asking for readers to review if they have a minute.  It’s the one thing you really have no control of…it is really up to the reader.  I have heard of people using other methods, but I am all about honest reviews.  I want a reader to walk away with the same feeling as those who wrote the reviews that convinced them to buy it.  I want reviews, but only if they are real, and honest.

If you know a trick, I’d love to know it!  LOL!

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

As a newbie, I don’t have much to compare.  I think I have been successful though, considering.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Ask.  LOL.  Plain and simple, I just ask.  There isn’t much strategy involved.  Reality is, out of all those that promised to review, only a handful do.  Most of my reviews are from others that just bought the book and loved it, go figure!  People are funny that way…they will blast you on their Facebook account; send you messages of praise, but that review?  Crickets!  LOL!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

It is what it is.  You aren’t going to please everyone!  So far, I have been pretty lucky and have had great feedback, but I know not everyone will like my story.  Oh well…I don’t like everything I read either!

As long as it is honest, fine.  If bad reviews are written out of malice and spite…well, that is a shame.  I hear that happens, often, but again, what can you do?

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

Not yet…but I’m sure they are coming!  LOL!

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

As I stated above…it’s the best way to get the word out, especially on a budget!  LOL!  I’m not sure billboards, or commercials are for everyone!

Which social network worked best for you?

I’m pretty much everywhere, but Facebook has been the most interactive for me.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Just be you.  Follow your instincts.  It’ll all fall into place as it should!

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I had a really bad experience that nearly cost me my launch on time.  Bad advice and learning the hard way kind of defeated my big blitz and all that goes along with it.  What worked for me is being present before the release, getting my name out there.  Then the bloggers!  LOVE the bloggers!  They came to my rescue and did shout outs throughout release week.  Then the reviewers…LOVE them!  They were quick to read and get the word out too!  I love that part of this industry.  I am a nobody newbie and there were so many willing to help me out of a crap situation!

Next round…plan ahead.  Way ahead!  LOL!

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

That is a tough one for me.  I don’t really look to celebrity.  I tend to find your average person that overcomes remarkable circumstances more interesting.  That said, I don’t know who I would love to meet.  There are so many to choose from!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Ha!  Anything Nicolas Sparks!  His stories are great, but more so because they all turn to films full of hotties!!  LOL!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Do it!  You have nothing to lose!  Put in the blood, sweat, and tears!  Chase your dream!  Even if you never become the “next big thing”, you have accomplished something many are too afraid to and it’s there forever!  Don’t be afraid, make your dream happen!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook is my biggest outlet for information and interaction, but I am also on Instagram, and Twitter.  My books are on every major platform, so I am pretty easy to find!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.st.klaire

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/stephaniestklairefan/

Twitter: @stephstklaire

Instagram: @Stephanie_St._Klaire

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#Book Excerpt: The Easter Rising 1916 by Gabriel Woods

John had become separated from his mother as they walked along the Quays, when the battleship had started blowing up the buildings along the Liffey. He had spent the day looking for his mother but darkness had fallen. He took a turn at Parnell Square and then saw a horrific sight he never would have imagined. Dublin was burning. John looked desperately for shelter and saw that Nelson’s Pillar had not been touched by bombs or fire. He ran barefoot up the steps of the huge pillar and clung onto the statue of Admiral Nelson. The statue was made of granite and was constructed to celebrate Admiral Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar and seemed to sparkle in the night. John covered his eyes from the heat of the fire. His ragged shirt blowing in the wind. A sheet of flames rushed towards John, blown down O`Conell Street by a strong wind from the Liffey. The height of the pillar protected him as the flames passed below. Orange and red flames rose into the sky. Dublin city centre was in a blanket of fire. The centre was a growing inferno and blazing fiercely. Patches of fire dotted the skyline as the Volunteer posts around the city were overcome. John was safe as he clung onto the granite statue while his city burned. He prayed that his family was safe and that they would find him soon.

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Book Review: Die for you Lisa Unger 4/5 Stars

Overview: Isabel Raines is an author, and happily married to Marcus Raines living in New York City. Problem is Marcus Raines is not who he says he is, throwing Isabel’s life into chaos. Everywhere she turns a dead body appears as she chases after her “husband.” After a head injury and two hospital visits, on the lead of a dying man, she heads to Prague with best friend and marketing agent Jack. Hoping to find Marcus, she visits the orphanage where he grew up and lands in the man’s clutches. Making a daring escape, and being shot, she is given many answers to her unending questions but never the answer burning inside her since the day her father died “why?”

Opinion: I love it, but kind of didn’t like it at the same time. For instance, because we jump between Isabel, her sister Linda, the cop on the case and sometimes Marcus and a few others; the point of views get jumbled and it is hard to figure out who we are following. Then because of all the POV’s we get a ton of back story for each character. While everything comes out in the wash, I think that a few things would have been best left out. That would help move the story along faster and maybe not leave the feeling of being rushed in the ending. I mean it took close to 300 pages just for Isabel to finally make progress. Other than that, the story was good and kept you very interested.

Recommend: YES

Touchdown Interruption Chapter 1 Teaser

Chapter 1-The Snap

“Hey Dad, are the guys coming over for a game today?” I asked walking into the kitchen putting my long curly red hair into a loose hanging pony tail.
“Yea they are supposed to be here in an hour or so. Why?” Dad said as he put his cereal bowl in the sink and rinsed it out.
“Just wondering; is there any point in asking if I can finally play this time? Or am I still confined to watching from the sidelines?”
“Only one way to know is ask, Jez.” He said turning around and smiling.
Just then my step-mom came in carrying her yappy Pomeranian, “All she has to do is ask what? The answer is still no if you are trying to get out of going on the road with your father. I didn’t babysit your brothers during football season and I am not babysitting you. Besides it is your last year to spend time with your father until you move out and go to college.”
“Thank you Hayden, but that is not what I was asking. Dad, may I play in the backyard ball game with you guys today?”
“I will never understand you, why can’t you be like other girls and want to go shopping or something? It is not normal for a girl to want to rough house with a bunch of boys.” She set her dog down while she got him food out of the fridge.
“It’s ok that she’s not a girly-girl. You’re 17 now, and I think you could handle yourself out there why not? But unless you plan on playing in your pajamas, I think you should go change.” Dad said as he crossed the kitchen and put his hand on my shoulder.
I gave him a hug, “Thank you Daddy.” Then I ran off to my room to change into cut-off jean shorts and an old tee-shirt. I quickly braided my hair into two pigtails then wrapped them into a bun to keep from being pulled, or stepped on.

“Ok, Jezebel this is your shot to show us what you’re made of. Hike the ball and block Xavier for me. He will go easy on you since you’re a girl…no offense. Mike, find a hole and take it. I will get you the ball.” Dad said addressing my oldest brother Mike.
Mike asked, “How am I supposed to get past the Truck?” referring to our middle sibling who is as big as a small house.
“Well John will probably be too occupied watching what happens to your sister, and Bryce will come straight after me. For the first play this will work, second play will have to be a running one.”

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Revealed, Book 2 Legend Series Chapter 1 Teaser

Secrets Revealed
True to his word Julian took me back to Uncle Kevin’s house the next day and dropped Olive off at a hotel. Leaving me alone to unfurl her plan of getting me out of the house; it was simple yet intricate, get me out of their house and hope it shakes them off our trail.
I explained how I wanted I wanted to get out on my own, now that I was engaged. I just wanted to live on my own and get a sense of single living before I got married. They understood, but still wanted me to check in every once in a while, and keep working at the pub.
I told them I would keep in touch with them, but that Julian wants to take care of me. He wants me to focus my attention on my schoolwork instead of working. “I won’t be living with him, he just wants to pay my bills so I don’t have to work.”
They were not too happy about that, and tried to argue that I wouldn’t actually be making it on my own if he was paying my way. I told them that I understood that, but it was the only way he would let me move out on my own, we made a sort of compromise and this was it.
It took a little more persuading but they buckled. Still promising to check in with them, I went upstairs and packed my things. I then called for a cab and joined Olivia at a hotel across town. The next few days were just about Olivia teaching me about the world of Legends and settling into the two-room hotel suite.
On the third of January we enrolled Olive into school. Lunch was the first time I was able to get her together with David and Alistair, to make the proper introductions. “I know I told you that Olivia was Julian’s sister, but she is actually my best friend from back home.”
Alistair was first to ask questions, “Why did you lie? When did you start dating our teacher? How long have you known he is a vampire?”
“What?!? You didn’t tell Kevin did you? I thought you guys cleared him after the other day.” I was shocked they had figured it out, I honestly thought we were safe.
“We haven’t told Kevin, because until now it was just our suspensions.” I could hear the anger creeping into his voice.
I told him how I first met Julian on the plane, and how he brought me back my hoodie. I explained that I’d had only known he was a vampire for a few days, and then I dropped the bombshell, “in the past week I have not only learned that my fiancé is a vampire, but that I am…a Banshee. I can’t pronounce the Irish word for it.”
Neither said anything for a while just let it sink in. Olivia was the first to talk, “I told you they wouldn’t understand. Aren’t you glad I got you out of the hunter’s house?”
“We are OK with a Bean Sidhe, and a Morrigan. You don’t actually harm humans, though I cannot say the same for Kevin. He is a true Legend hunter.” David interjected.
“Who said anything about a Morrigan?” Olivia shrewdly watched David for any sudden movements.
“It’s possible that you are not a Morrigan, but they tend to gravitate towards banshees and really work well together because of…the type of work they do.” Alistair told us.
“OK now that we all know the truth are we cool or are we in danger? Is Julian in danger from you and Kevin?” I gingerly asked.

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#Book #Release! #Love&Drugs

Happy 4th of July everybody! I have released my fourth book Love and Drugs!

Overview: Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school.

Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?