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Author Spotlight Shakuita Johnson

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Shakuita Johnson

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I just started writing in Middle School. I never really thought about it just wrote down what I was feeling. 

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. Paranormal
Urban Fantasy
Thriller/Suspense
Taboo subjects
Anything M/M or menage

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I never say never in writing. It all depends on what’s going on. I do have lines I don’t want to cross but in writing you get so immersed in the characters that sometimes what they do surprises you…

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. I’m currently trying my hand at Dark Romance Suspense/Thriller. Just regular old humans and their issues.

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. So many…so freaking many!
Kim Harrison
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Anne Rice
Shelly Laurenston
Cristy Rey
Kimber S Dawn
M Robinson
James Patterson
Lisa Gardner
Ilona Andrews
Patrica Briggs
RL Stine
Robert Frost
Christopher Pike
So many more! 

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. I would be too anxiety to ask them anything besides trying not to pass out. I met Kresley Cole in May and I almost had a panic attack. Factor that in and if I ever met Anne Rice I’d probably die.

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. I would say my newest release And So She Waited. I took a lot of my own life and experiences. I LOVE my paranormal books but this one is the one that hits closer to home for me. It could have very easily been my life at times.

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my spotlight. I am working on my Dark Romance Suspense/Thriller about two people finding love in the middle of an active serial killer. I’m excited about it. It will be called Looking For Love – A Red Moon Killer Novel and most of the updates will come from the page make especially for it.

https://www.facebook.com/LookingForLoveARedMoonKillerNovel

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Author Spotlight Mary Wasowski

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Mary Wasowski

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I always wanted to write, but life took a different direction. My dream of writing and actually being published was just a dream. One day back in 2012, my husband asked me this question. “What are you waiting for?” and I didn’t have an answer for him. What was I waiting for? One summer day on August 12, 2012, I wrote my first sentence to my first book…”A Changed Life” and from that moment, my life changed forever and I became a published author one year later. Dreams do come true!

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. Adult Contemporary Romance

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. Hard core erotica. I blush just writing some of the more tamer words that I use in my own books. 

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. M/M Gay Fiction

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. A.L. Jackson
Kristen Proby
Kelly Elliott
R.K. Lilley
Raine Miller
Michelle Valentine
Tina Reber
Sylvain Reynard
Sylvia Day, E.L. James, Katie Ashley, Kindle Alexander, Ella Frank, W. Ferraro, and many more:)

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. Jane Austen – Because she was an amazing writer and definitely a head of her time.  

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. I love Romance. I believe in the ‘Happily Ever After’ but I make my characters work for it. I’ve recently discovered while editing my 4th book, but 3rd in the Forever Series that real life truly does imitate art. I had written a love letter over 20 years ago to my husband, and I picked up on a sentence in “Our Forever Promise” that line belonged to my husband first, and now it belongs to Walker & Reese. I would recommend my Forever Series. Begin with Forever, Book One, Second Chance at Forever, Book Two, (which were Amazon Best Sellers) my 3rd in the series is Our Forever Promise, and I truly believe this is my best work. It has it all.

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I’m currently working on Our Forever Promise, book 3 in the Forever Series. Releasing on January 13, 2015

I do plan on writing a novella (book 4) for the Forever Series, but not right away. I want to begin a new project. I haven’t decided if it will be a stand alone or a new series. I’ll make that decision once I wrap with my current work.

xoxo…Mary

 

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Author Spotlight Jenna Galicki

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Jenna Galicki

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. The stories in my head wouldn’t be quieted. Right now I probably have about four or five books that I need to get on paper. My mind is constantly churning. I still have a full length love triangle that I wrote in my head from start to finish about 15 years ago that I need to write down – and I remember all of it!

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. I love male/male romance. That’s what I read, but I write both m/m and m/f . . . and m/m/f. ;-)

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I think paranormal is really hard. In theory,it sounds easy, because there are no boundaries. Reality is limited only to your imagination, but I think if I wrote paranormal it would be so far fetched that it would be unbelievable . . . or people would question my sanity. LOL.

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. I think it would be horror. I would love to unlock that deep fear inside of people that make them scared to sleep with the light out at night. :-)

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. I’m old school. I absolutely love Jackie Collins. IMO, she started it all. I don’t think there was a lot of erotic romance back when she started writing. She opened a door and pushed boundaries. She continues to write about a character (Lucky Santangelo) that I still want to read about decades later.

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. , I’m going old school with Stephen King. The man has a dark, psychotic streak that I find fascinating. I would ask him if he was ever disturbed by some of the thoughts in his head, or if he ever wonders why his mind conjures up such macabre stories. I don’t know how many years it has been, but IT and Pennywise the Clown still scares the sh*t out of me!

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book One). I could write about Tommy and Jessi Blade and Angel Garcia forever. The other band members of Immortal Angel also have unique stories, and their lives all intertwine with one another. Here is a little look into the first two installments of the Radical Rock Stars series:
The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book One)
I love her, but I also love him.
She’s everything to me.
He sets my world on fire.
It’s our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high.
I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/MG7R3u

Between A Rock and A Hard Place (Radical Rock Stars Book 2)
She’s a rock goddess.
He’s a sex pistol.
I need them both, in my life and in my bed, and I’m not living without either one of them.
I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them there, even if it costs me everything I ever wanted.
I’m Tommy Blade, The Prince of Punk Rock, and this is the continuation of our story.
Amazon: http://bit.ly/amazonBRHP

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. Book Two in the Radical Rock Stars series (Between A Rock and A Hard Place) just came out last week. Reviews are in and people are loving it! Book Three will be released in the spring of 2015.

I would like to thank all the readers and bloggers for their support and friendship. It means the world to me! <3

 

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Author Spotlight Jaime Whitley

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Jaime Whitley

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I always loved writing but dropped it when I left New Jersey. I had a dream one night that I thought would make for an awesome book and my husband told me to write it. Once I started writing again, it was like I never stopped. 

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. I love everything really. The only thing I don’t read is science fiction. I have a hard time getting into that. 

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I would never want to limit myself when it comes to writing. I can see myself writing anything and everything as long as the storyline is flowing through my head. 

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. Children books. My children are everything to me and my son loves books so it makes sense. I would love to be able to write books that children want to read before they go to bed. 

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. Jillian Dodd, T.H. Snyder, Ella Frank, Skye Turner, Abbi Glines, Michelle Valentine, FL Jacob, Harper Sloan, Chelle Bliss, Stacey Bentley, Kathleen Brooks and I can go on and on. 

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. Jillian Dodd, for sure. I love her style of writing. I would ask her about how to stay confident when writing a long series like she has. She executed all the Keatyn Chronicles books amazingly. 

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Las Vegas when I got tired of the snow. I met my husband who is in the Army and now live in NC. I’m a very proud mom of two kids. A boy, Aiden and a girl, Peyton. I’m that annoying mom that posts ten million things about her kids because they make me so proud to be their mother. About my books… I use to co-write but decided I like writing on my own much better. I wrote my first solo novel, Twist of Fate when I was pregnant with my second child. I didn’t think people would love it as much as they did so that makes me happy. 

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I’m currently working on two different novels. They are coming along nicely and am in no rush to finish them. My husband and kids comes before writing so please be patient with me lol. I’m really excited to meet everyone at this event and future ones as well. 

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Author Spotlight Karina Espinosa

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Karina Espinosa

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. My father was a writer, so I think he just passed it on down to me.

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. First and foremost is probably anything YA since that is the category I write in, but I’m also starting to get into NA.
I like anything Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Coming of Age, and Romance.

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. Erotica lol. I get embarrassed too easily and my mother loves to read everything I write…I don’t how she’d feel about that lol.

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. I would love to get into Romance. 

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. Hands down, Cassandra Clare, Stephen King, Patricia Briggs, and Chloe Neill.

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. Cassandra Clare and I’d probably ask her how she writes so descriptively, without boring her readers. Seriously, it’s phenomenal. 

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. At the moment I only two books in a series out and hopefully (cross your fingers) my new NA paranormal will release this coming December. I wouldn’t be able to choose between the two because each main character has a little part of me. In Sins of the Fallen, Max is a seventeen year old boy who learns he’s a Nephilim and represents one of the deadly sins. He goes through much loss and betrayal at such a young age and you see him on how he copes. In my upcoming new series titled, Shift, we follow Mackenzie who’s a lone-wolf and gets found by the Brooklyn Pack. She’s sarcastic and witty, and doesn’t take much seriously until she is put between the Alpha and Beta. 

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I have a new paranormal series coming out December 9th called Shift. A Sins of the Fallen Novella is coming out January 28th and the third novel in the SOTF series comes out May/June 2015.

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Author Spotlight Theresa Troutman

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Theresa Troutman

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I’ve been writing ever since I was a teen. I loved reading and wanted to create new worlds and the characters that lived in them.

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. Young Adult, New Adult, Historical and Contemporary Romance

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I will never write an ugly cry book. I have great respect for the authors who can do. I want happy endings in my books!

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. Science Fiction. I was and still am a huge Star Wars fan.

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. Evelyn Waugh, J.K. Rowling, Melyssa Winchester, Jessica Sorensen, Tessa Dare and Jennifer Ashley

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. J.K. Rowling. She has the amazing ability to write epic novels yet she allows you to get so intimate with the characters. They are complex and beautifully written. I would love it sit around and have a cup of tea with her to talk about her writing process from plot to page.

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. I am so proud of the Love’s Great Adventure Series. An epic romance about finding true love, loyalty, friendship and the ties that bind a family together.
This series is the ultimate romance with a happy ending! An emotional roller coaster ride proving soul mates do exist
Life’s What You Make It – http://amzn.to/1lZAOqe
Love This Life – http://amzn.to/1k7H12A
London Loves- http://amzn.to/1o1jBtz 

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I love meeting and interacting with readers and can’t wait to attend AITC 2015! My current work in progress is By My Side (contemporary romance) out Jan. 10, 2015.

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Author Spotlight M.N. Forgy

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: M.N. Forgy

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I started writing when I was in the 6th grade. I stopped when I got in high school, because i became interested in boys more than anything. I started reading shortly after I had my first child, and decided to start writing again after reading some very talented authors work.

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. I love dark romances. Give me that, and I’m happy.

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I can’t do fluffy, sappy, romances. I’ve tried and just feel like I fail miserably.

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. Right now I only have MC contemporary romance. I’d probably stay in Romance, but love to do something about a fighter or rockstar.

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. That is not even a fair question. :)

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. Lili Saint Germain- Where do you come up with the dark twisted things you do? What inspires you?
Pepper Winters, Where is the inspiration for your male characters, where does it come from?

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. My very first book What Doesn’t Destroy Us. It was the first book I put out there hoping, and chancing to do great and capture the reader. 

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I am always wanting to do more and more. Of course there will be more of the Devil’s Dust, but i’m currently working on an anthology with Chantal Fernando called Scars Will Tell that i’m very excited about.

 

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Author Spotlight Tabetha Thompson

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AITC15 Author Spotlight: Tabetha Thompson

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. When I was 17, I had a very close friend who 20, and was in an abusive relationship. I tried over, and over again to talk to her. To see that being his punching bag wasn’t love. One day I put a story on paper and the next time I saw her, I asked her to read my “English Assignment.” I played it off as if I wanted her opinion. I asked her what she thought of it and she was appalled at the female’s behavior. She couldn’t believe how she was so easily manipulated into doing things she wouldn’t normally do, and how the man mistreated the woman. So, I asked her, “How is that different from your situation?” When she realized what I was doing, she got really pissed. She didn’t talk to me for a month. Out of the blue one day, she called me, insisting that we go to lunch. I can still remember the rage boiling inside of me when I saw her black eye and busted lip. Her eyes were filled with shame and regret, the sadness in them tore my heart out. I sat down with her, and we talked about what had happened and what her options were. She left him, but several weeks later went back. Two weeks after that, they had another fight, but this one took her from me. More Than Friends and Forever & More sparked a path I never thought I would choose. Since I started this series I don’t think I could ever do anything else with my life.

Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. I love contemporary and anything dark. 

Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. I don’t think I could write anything about teens. I can’t write YA not because I don’t enjoy the genre. I think its because I’m to perverted and it just doesn’t seem right to put my mind into creating a teenager. When I think teen I can’t picture myself at that age, all I can see is my seven and four year old daughters and like any mother I don’t even want to go there. 

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. Right now I have only written contemporary, I would LOVE to delve into dark erotica.

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. Oh gosh lets see, Melissa Stone (who is the love of my life), Jettie Woodruff, Leddy Harper, Ashli Rose, Scott Hildreth and Rebecca Sherwin. This list is a mile long but those are the first ones that come to mind.

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. I would love to sit down with Skye Turner and ask her is she would make a “How to talk southern” tutorial video with me. I love the way she talks.

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. You should definitely start More Than Friends then jump into Forever & More. Right now these are my only publications, both are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. Right now I am currently working on a spin off of The Friend Zone Series, as per popular demand Sara and Harley will be getting their own story. I’m hoping that it will be out by the end of the year, if everything goes according to the plans. I also have a novel I’m working on that will link to three others authors. We are all very excited about this series and we do not have a publication date as of yet. On top of those two WIPs I have three more than I am tinkering with one is a dark erotic thriller, the other is a contemporary romance and lastly the one I’m sort of scared of is a dark erotic novel. So there are lots of good things coming up within the next year and I hope to be able to share more about them soon.

 

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Author Spotlight Rachael Duncan

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 AITC15 Author Spotlight: Rachael Duncan

 

Q. What made you start writing.

A. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never actually thought about writing an actual book. Then this crazy journey started full of highs and lows where I co-wrote under Lena Nicole. Now I’ve branched off and am writing alone, and I love every second of it.
Q. What are your favorite book genres.

A. I mainly read contemporary romance and new adult. I’ve read a few YA and paranormal novels that I’ve loved, but I normally stick to the first two.
Q. What is one thing people write in their stories that you could never see yourself writing about.

A. Wow, that’s a tough one. Sometimes you think you know how a story is going to go, but then your characters take you on a whole other ride. I’d hate to say I’d never write something in my story, but right now I can’t see any of my characters in the near future being involved in BDSM.

Q. If you could delve into another genre and it be as successful as the one you occupy, what would it be.

A. Maybe paranormal. I’ve read a few paranormal series and have loved them. The amount of imagination it takes to create these worlds is amazing to me.

Q. Who are some of your favorite Authors.

A. There are WAY too many to list. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Jaime McGuire, EK Blair, Mia Asher, Mia Sheridan…I could go on and on.

Q. If you could sit down and pick the brain of any Author living or dead. Who would it be and what would you ask them.

A. I would love to pick Tarryn Fisher’s brain. She is a word wizard and the way she uses metaphors is amazing. I would love to know what inspires her and where she gets these ideas from.

Q. Here’s your chance to tell the readers about you & your books. Out of the books you’ve written, which book would you like for them to start with. The one that gives them the true you as an Author.

A. My debut novel releases October 20th. It’s called Tackled by Love. It’s about a sexy quarterback, Landon Stone, who has everything he’s ever dreamed of until he suffers a career ending injury. Left with nothing, he’s forced to go home where he runs into a girl from high school. Autumn is a girl fighting with security issues stemming from being taunted constantly in school. When her and Landon meet, they’re met with obstacles along the way that threaten their new relationship. Read Tackled by Love to find out if they can survive the twists and turns thrown their way.

I’m working on a secret project of sorts now that I hope to release in the spring of 2015.

Q. Thank you for your participation in our Author Spotlight, any parting words for the readers. Any upcoming projects you’d like for them to know about?

A. I’m so glad to be signing at AITC in Myrtle Beach and can’t wait to meet you guys. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Tackled by Love on October 20th. XOXO

 

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