Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and action suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...
This is a repost of author N.D. Jones' interview with Kimberly Ranee Hicks of the Mello & June It's a Book Thang blog.
I was first introduced to your Death and Destiny books Of Fear and Faith and Of Beasts and Bonds. Recently, I read your latest title Bound Souls, tell the readers why Bound Souls is a bit of a change for you?
This is a really good question, for two reasons. One, the Forever Yours series, of whichBound Souls is the first book, is different in a couple of ways from the Death and Destiny trilogy. Two, because of the differences, I was uncertain as to the reception of the book by fans of my paranormal romance stories. For one, Bound Souls is a science fiction romance novel that takes place hundreds of years into the future and on a different planet. With this novel, there is a great deal that’s new to readers because of the foreign locale—culture, people, and spiritual beliefs. Bound Souls is also more somber and emotionally reflective in its tone than my paranormal romance novels. And, because of that, less sexually explicit. The love scenes in Bound Souls are about soul connections not simply the heady, physical bliss of being joined with another. This novel is also a woman’s journey to find and reclaim self after a deep, personal loss. It’s truly adult in its themes of love, loss, and life. It’s about the hereafter as much as it is about the past and present, about faith and purpose, as well as truth and forgiveness.
One thing that is tried and true for any author, the more you write, the more exposure you get, the better you become as a writer. How do you feel your writing has changed?
Well, I believe I have a better grasp of the mechanics of creative writing, which is different from the academic papers I’m used to writing. My writing is less stilted, the flow more organic and natural. My stories are also more deeply plotted and thoroughly explored than they were when I first began writing. While I love my novellas, I now see many places where I could’ve dug deeper and written more, filling in gaps instead of moving on to the next plot point. Such a perspective also speaks to a different level of confidence, one in which I know I’m now capable of crafting engaging full-length novels, not just novellas and short stories.
Your writing style falls under paranormal romance. What sets your novels apart from other paranormal authors?
In general, my novels focus on characters from the African diaspora, African American culture, and African mythology, particularly in the Death and Destiny trilogy. The characters in those books could not be swapped out with another racial group without disrupting the entire series. I think it’s important to present novels with African/African American characters and culture as the core—a positive, culture-affirming and character rich core.
I saw these images on Pinterest and they get to the heart of why I love writing about “Black love” in my novels.
How do you get in the mindset to write your novels?
If I have a decent idea for a chapter, even a section of a chapter, I can write. But I have to have a major idea before I can sit down with my laptop to churn something out. For example, I had a big idea of how I wanted to begin my next novel. But the big idea wasn’t enough for me to begin writing. So I spent several days researching my big idea, taking notes on mythical places, gods and their powers. Slowly, the big idea narrowed to small, manageable details from which I could work. Once I had a few concrete but major details, I was able to focus on writing the prologue, filling in other pieces of the puzzle as I went.
What authors do you enjoy reading when you’re not working on your own books?
I enjoy books by Cynthia Eden, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nalini Singh, and Jeaniene Frost. But I haven’t read them lately. Instead, I spend the rare free time I have to read with books by independent authors, such as Gisele Walko, Dariel Raye, Xyla Turner, and Janice Ross.
What other talents do you possess besides writing?
Right now, I feel as if my biggest talent is juggling. Do I even need to explain that one? I know I don’t because many of us know how it feels to have so many balls in the air that we feel like a performer in a three-ring circus.
But I also have a talent for public speaking and presenting, as well as teaching and working with adults and teenagers in an education setting.
Being a writer, you bare your soul to the world. How do you deal with those readers who just wasn’t “feeling” what you wrote?
I’ve read that authors need to have thick skin to deal with negative reviews. I believe that’s true. It doesn’t feel good to receive a less than stellar review. But the truth is that, no matter how wonderful I think my novels are, every reader will simply not agree. More, every novel is not for every reader and every book I’ve written isn’t flawless and without room for improvement. There’s always room for growth, for refining my craft, which I take seriously. Some reviews are quite constructive in their feedback, which I appreciate and take into consideration when working on a new project. Even five star reviews don’t mean there’s no room to improve with the next novel. And just because a reader wasn’t “feeling” my novel, that doesn’t mean the next reader won’t have a great reading experience. It’s difficult to keep that truth in perspective because it’s all too easy to obsess over what someone didn’t like.
I understand you have a publishing company. Can you tell us a little bit about it, and how do aspiring authors go about contacting it?
I began Kuumba Publishing when I decided to publish my own books. Kuumba is a Swahili word that means creativity. Kuumba is also the Sixth Principle of Kwanzaa, an African American cultural holiday created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. The principle of Kuumba encourages people “to do always as much as [they] can in the way that [they] can in order to leave [their] community more beautiful and beneficial than when [they] inherited it. (Karenga, 1988).”Thus, I created Kuumba Publishing as a forum for creativity in its various expressions, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works of authors and artists of African descent. An author interested in publishing through KP can fill out the contact form here. I’m currently brainstorming ideas for KP’s first multi-author anthology. But that’s a project for 2018.
I may have asked you this before, but one of the things I absolutely love about your books is that they feature African-Americans, and more so, the extravagant love scenes are just hypnotic. How do you prepare yourself for writing them?
Where would a romance novel be without love scenes? I enjoy reading them as much as I take pride in writing an emotionally-driven and sexy scene. To prepare to write a love scene, I think about the relationship between the hero and heroine, the stage they are in their relationship, their characteristics, and the plot. I like for my love scenes to reflect the characters and what is going on between them at that point in the novel or in their relationship. Love scenes are great opportunities to highlight character and relationship growth, which is how I often use such scenes. Normally, the first love scene in the novel is not the same as the last love scene between the hero and heroine. And I’m not talking position and place, although I make sure to mix those up throughout the novel. No, I’m referencing the emotional bond between the two. That’s what makes love scenes different when I plan them, the depth of the care and love between the heroine and hero of paramount importance.
When N.D. isn’t hard at work writing for her audience, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
Fun? Yeah, I need more time for fun. But I’m pretty simple. I like to spend time with my family, trying new restaurants, going to the movies, or taking in a concert. In fact, I just purchased tickets for I Want My Vagina Back. I plan to take my mother-in-law to the performance in May. I love the title. For a woman, that title could mean so many different things, depending on her experience and perspective. I also enjoy playing video games with my children. I will tell you, over the Christmas break, I bought Crimes Against Humanity. If you haven’t played the game before and don’t mind a bit of off-color humor, then you may want to give this game a try. It’s literally laugh out loud funny. I love this game so much I added a line about it in my upcoming novel—a wink and a nod to fellow lovers of the game.
What do you find most difficult in the literary world?
I can answer that question in two words–marketing and promotion. They are necessary evils, although I’ve gotten better at both. I’m participating in more cross-promotions, which allows me to work with other independent authors, learning from and collaborating with them in mutually beneficial events.
Your writing is very sincere and deep. I love the backstories you give regarding the planets your characters are from and what it is they are trying to accomplish. If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why?
For “Bound Souls”, this is truly a difficult question because happiness and heartache are twin souls in the novel, unavoidable fates of life and death. But, if I had to choose, it would be Regent Lela. She experiences hardships and pain, but she perseveres, even when it’s difficult to move on and be brave. She is also deeply loved and respected by many. That, in and of itself, is a blessing beyond measure.
What’s next for N.D. Jones?
I’m working on the third and final book in my Death and Destiny paranormal romance trilogy. It promises magic, love, and answers to the prophecy of the cat and fire witch of legend. I’ve written only the first six chapters, but my goal is to publish the novel by year’s end.
Since I’ve read your books and have become a fan, I can’t possibly end our interview without a little football banter. For those of you who aren’t aware, N.D. is from Baltimore, Maryland, and I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So, we all know how the 2016 football season ended, with my Steelers getting close to the Superbowl, but not quite (aw shucks!). So N.D. here’s your chance! What are your thoughts as to the 2017 season? Whatcha think the Ravens gonna do? Ok, I’m bracing myself for your answer. (chuckle!!!)
And the interview was going so well. You really know how to ruin the mood. I can barely stomach to watch my team play. The level of angst and frustration I experience saps all of the fun out of watching their football games. They are not a pretty team to watch and enjoy. They are, in fact, quite ugly in their scoring, offensive play, and stamina. They are not a comeback team, but neither are they a team that can maintain a lead. I’m already frustrated and the season hasn’t even begun. So what are my thoughts about the upcoming football season? They began last season very well, then petered out halfway through before picking up a bit of steam again before blowing it at the end. So much potential, so many talents on both sides of the ball yet not a real division threat or Playoff contender, when it’s all said and done. But this is the thing, Baltimore and Maryland love the Ravens, and we support them, although with much grumbling and disappointment, when they lose. We wear purple and black with pride and appreciate the players and coaches. And each season is a new season, bringing dreams aplenty and hope eternal. So, in the words of Edgar Allen Poe, “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” The Raven
So there you have it, folks! ND is truly a wonderful lady, gifted writer and has one hell of a sense of humor. She just had to end our interview with that zinger from The Raven. ahahahahaah, no matter, I truly love and respect this woman! It’s been an absolute pleasure to read her work and to get to know her on a personal level. I certainly hope you enjoyed Author ND Jones’ interview. There are links embedded in the post above, so make sure you click away and check her out. You’re in for a very special treat. Her writing is very climatic and takes your mind to galaxies beyond. The giveaway is listed below. Make sure you take full advantage of it. From everyone here at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang! we like to thank ND for stopping by and for surprising us with this great exclusive. We had no idea she was doing that until our interview started. Thank you so much! Happy Reading, Intellectual Minds!
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The Beasts of Prydain are back! He’s a vicious Beast, violent and dangerous. Bliss knows she ought to walk away. After all, she has a dark and dangerous secret to preserve. When she can’t leave him to burn, her rescue tumbles them both into danger, adventure and romance.
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Bastards. Calling us beasts while they cheat, steal, and lie. I got kicked in the ribs, a whip laid about my shoulders, and all the time they were screaming.
“Kill the Beast!”
Then I saw her. She was standing there, staring right into my eyes. For a moment, I thought I was looking at a Valkyrie, one of Valhalla’s shield maidens. She had hair the colour of ice, and eyes as blue as the sky. Tall, willowy, and silent, she looked unworldly. There was a wolf at her side, too.
I blinked, expecting her to vanish, but it wasn’t a vision. She was real. The knowledge hit me with a punch that sucked the breath out of me. She was one of us, a Skraeling of Thule.
She leaned on the wolf, controlling it with a touch of her hand. “Lady Freyja always advises counsel before action.”
A Skraeling woman who invoked our goddess yet who was a traitor. I was filled with sudden hate, poisoned by the thought of one of our own people contaminated by foul betrayal.
If the will were a weapon, she would have fallen on the spot. Instead, the world blurred again. I think I passed out for a few moments because when I opened my eyes, he was there. The Patriarch. A cheat, a liar and all-round scum bucket
He certainly hates us Skraeling. “Glorious Ullr will bring us wise counsel. And tomorrow we will flog the Beast to cleanse him of his sins, and then we will burn him alive!”
He’s a vicious Beast, violent and dangerous. Bliss knows she ought to walk away. After all, she has a dark and dangerous secret to preserve. When she can’t leave him to burn, her rescue tumbles them both into danger, adventure and romance.
His world shifted
the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his…
Imagine a man who
looks like an angel, wings and all. What would you do if you met such a man,
and he told you that he exists for only one purpose, to claim you and only you?
Carter is a feisty, take-charge, Rubenesque beauty with a tough façade. She
finds herself caught in that age-old quandary of always being the bridesmaid
but never the bride. A string of lackluster relationships leaves her hopeless
and ready to settle for whatever comes along, until she meets Japheth, the man
her fiancé claims is his best friend. Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an
attack on Destiny’s life, but somehow, from some instinct deep within her, she
knows this is only the beginning.
more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel, but he’s far from it. In
his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior
being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even to drink
human blood, if it means having the one that he believes is meant for him
alone. When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for.
To claim her, though, Japheth will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and,
perhaps hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.
Raye is an animal lover, animal rights activist, musician, and author of
powerful paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with IR/MC
(Interracial/Multi-cultural) alpha male heroes to die for, and strong heroines
with hearts worth winning. She fell in love with books and started reciting
stories at the age of 3. A classically trained vocalist and pianist, she plays
over 11 musical instruments. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels,
demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). She is also a Netflix paranormal TV
is currently writing two series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), and “Orlosian
Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim. For more about Dariel, follow her blog
or visit her website.
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GET ROCKED! In Vegas showcases USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award Winning Rockstar Romance Authors as they take you on a sexy musical journey through Sin City with a group of ***ALL NEW*** stories, many featuring some of your favorite fictional rock bands! Let these scorching bad boy rock stars melt your panties and your hearts as they burn up the stage at a fictional rock festival in one of the world’s sexiest playgrounds!
Even rock stars get star-struck. Meeting heavy metal icon Brandon Bullet was a dream come true for Tommy Blade. When Immortal Angel decides to add Tommy’s rock star idol as a guest singer to their set at the Get Rocked! festival, sparks fly and egos collide.
Angel Garcia, Immortal Angel’s flashy frontman, isn’t happy about sharing the spotlight or Tommy’s attention. That all changes once Angel has a mind-blowing rehearsal with the charismatic lead singer of Bulletproof.
The sexual chemistry on stage between Angel and Brandon is something Tommy never counted on. Now he’s forced to watch his husband and his idol strut on stage together and share a connection that, up until now, only he and Angel shared. And the guest appearance by Tommy’s rock star idol just lost most of its appeal. Commissioned to design custom-made rock and roll attire, even Tommy’s wife Jessi gets one-on-one time with Brandon Bullet.
Taking a back seat wasn’t on the agenda. Add Angel and Brandon’s secret rehearsals together, and Tommy is left in the shadows wondering exactly what’s going on between the two. Like everything else in Tommy’s life, it all unfolds on stage.
Epilogue by Brandon Bullet of Bulletproof.
Beating Hearts by Jade C. Jamison
If you thought Las Vegas was hot…
Brandon Bennett, inexperienced young drummer for a famous rock band, is about to play his first festival…but before that he needs to find out who’s stalking him. And, when he does, things just might get too hot to handle…
Something Wicked by Theresa Hissong
Aiden Hawke, the lead singer for the rock band Something Wicked, was used to raising hell and partying every night with his all-male band. When their bassist quit right before the beginning of their tour, saying he needed to go back to a normal life, the band hired on a female to take his place.
Kit Ellis knew she was stepping into a predominately male industry when she signed on with Something Wicked. There weren’t that many female bassist in the business, but the gutsy woman knew she could run with the big dogs. Her dream had come true when she landed a spot as the newest band member for Something Wicked, but there was one problem she had not anticipated. Aiden Hawke ignited something inside her, and with each day spent together, their heated glances and casual flirting sent her hormones straight into the danger zone.
One steamy night at the Get Rocked Festival in Las Vegas, Aiden and Kit find themselves giving in to their need for each other. Can the two of them survive when Kit’s family calls with news of trouble at home, or will Kit give up her dream after she realizes that she crossed the line by falling for the lead singer of Something Wicked?
Rock Casualty by Lisa Gillis
With this ring… or not?
June Loren and her metal-music-god have an open relationship. No drama. No complications. That is, until down on one knee, he slides a ring on her finger and suddenly declares himself monogamous. Convinced there's no way this man-whore musician who spends two-hundred-plus days on the road is faithful husband material, she jets to Vegas… the perfect venue to escape her life and her wedding the next day.
After getting kicked out of his band and a stint in rehab, one-time rock star Creighton Stone needs more than a little luck to get his life back on track. A reunion gig at the Get Rocked Vegas Festival is an opportunity to redeem himself. But when he’s sidetracked by an intriguing woman at the blackjack table, his world flips upside down… again.
Hard liquor and heavy partying lead to waking with more than a hangover. The gleaming rings on their fingers suggest Creighton and June had more fun than a one-night stand.
Everyone knows "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
But...What happened in Vegas?
Jagged Dawnby Lashell Collins
The boys of Jagged Ivory are back, and this time they’re rocking the Nevada desert!
When Jagged Ivory is asked to headline a night at the famed Get Rocked Music Festival in Las Vegas, their bassist, Benji Staffon, sees it as the perfect opportunity to finally put a ring on it. He and his girl, Fae Miller, have both been through hell and back, overcoming addiction and other life struggles. Now all they want is to usher in a whole new day for themselves and their future. But when the pressures of planning a Vegas wedding and the bachelor party blowout from hell start to weigh on him, Benji begins to wonder if a real future with Fae is something he’s even capable of having.
Join Jagged Ivory on their music festival tour stop and witness the dawn of a whole new day for the entire band!
Force by Jennifer L. Allen
Lee Taylor, drummer for Sweet Hostility, is elated when they win a local contest and get to participate in one of the biggest rock music festivals in the world: Get Rocked! In Vegas. Together with her three bandmates/best friends, she travels to Las Vegas and gets lost in the heat and excitement of Sin City.
Ash Keller, lead singer for Rhythms of the Restless, feels like he hit the jackpot when his band gets picked to go to Vegas for the annual Get Rocked! festival. It’s his chance to leave his past behind and make something of himself. He’s instantly caught up in all—and who—Las Vegas has to offer.
When Lee and Ash meet, a force pulls them together and doesn’t let them part. Join them for a weekend full of sexy rock-n-roll.
Prelude to a Wicked Wedding by Bella Jeanisse
Brandon Knight, lead guitarist of the rock band Wicked End, is thrilled to have his fiancé, Mackenzie, on tour with him. Being chosen to play at Get Rocked! In Vegas is a dream come true for him and his band. The weekend will be filled with great music and sexual fun. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mackenzie Winters is excited that they will have an entire weekend to explore Las Vegas and each other. She is anxious about their upcoming wedding, so she needs the escape. She wants nothing more than to marry Brandon, but planning a big event when neither of them have actual family to share it with, is tough.
In this Wicked End novella, you will get a taste of all the band members. Each has a plan for the weekend. Nothing goes the way they expect, but then again, why would they on this wild and wicked ride!
Wicked End: Kink, mayhem, disaster... You never know what's next when on tour with Brandon, Scott, Austin, Chico and Jake.
Stand Up and Shout by Maria Bernard
Gifted up-and-coming singer, Jay Sharp is destined for rock star greatness. Problem is, he suffers from crippling stage fright. Despite countless chances to prove himself, and tireless encouragement from his famous mentor Ashton Wright of the Stick Shift Lips, Jay freezes every time he is in the spotlight.
Alice Electra is an amazing guitarist on the run. Fate leads her to Southern Jackass, Jay's struggling rock band. She is offered a chance to shine.
Right away, Alice and Jay form an unshakable bond. Together with their fledgling band they face a challenge greater than ever. Failure is no longer an option. To succeed, they must kick fear in the ass!
Refrain & Reprise by Sadie Grubor
Known for his outlandish and often law breaking onstage performances, the fans of Vehicle of Destruction have expectations from America's number one bad boy of rock. Zarek Sisko hates to disappoint, but something's not the same. Something changed him. That something being her.
The world of opera is surprisingly cutthroat and Gemma Harper, the latest diva in demand, knows this all too well. She's a natural commanding an operatic performance with minimal training, but apparently, pink hair, facial piercings, and being covered in tattoos negates her talent in most professional's eyes. Gemma's fought her entire life to get what she wants and now that she's here, there's no backing down. She's no quitter… well, almost. She quit on him.
Once upon a time, two people from different worlds collided and it was everything they never expected. Until it wasn't and one walked away.
Pretending you don't know someone is exhausting. Acting like someone means absolutely nothing to you isn't easy. Especially when fate keeps throwing them back in your life.
One Rocker. One Diva. One weekend to Get Rocked in Vegas!
Rocking Vegas by Kacey Hamford
With the guys from ‘Flix’ getting ready to head home to the U.K they didn’t realise that this final weekend away was going to change everything for guitarist Frank.
Stepping on to the bus and seeing him there left him reeling… he had no idea how different his life would be after this weekend.
He should have known that what happens in Vegas, never stays in Vegas…
This is an M/M story and is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to strong language and sexual references.
Vegas Style by Toni Kenyon
Sam MacAvoy’s a British rocker who has charted consistently at no.1 all over Europe since following in his brother, Julian’s footsteps. Now Sam’s been invited to Vegas to debut at the Get Rocked! In Vegas Festival and he’s brought his red hot band, Style Strike with him.
Ashley Jacobs can’t stand musicians, or over-the-top egotistical men. Somehow she finds herself in amongst dozens of them when she agrees—against her better judgment—to take a three day summer job at the Festival.
Paul Gray, Style Strike’s bass player and the star of his own social media channel, has women falling at his feet. What he can’t quite understand is why his charm isn’t working on the attractive and curvaceous, Ashley. She’s not interested in his social media stardom, nor does she care that he could have any woman he wants at the rock festival.
Or does she?
Guitar God by Lindy S. Hudis
Diego Ortega: The wild, sexy rock guitar legend with the raunchy strut, long onyx hair and dazzling soulful eyes. His renowned rock band, Medieval Steel, will be performing at the celebrated Get Rocked Music Festival in Las Vegas!
Diego has it all! A life in the fast lane, parties, booze, drugs, power and sex. However, the bright lights can't erase the price he paid on the raw, lonely road to the top. Diego has rocketed to fame as his heart is starving.
His one and only soulmate, Susan, who has been his constant companion and true love, will become a permanent fixture in his life. Unbeknownst to her, he plans to present her with a Cartier diamond engagement ring.
Fates collide. As the music blasts to a climax, one deranged and obsessed fan and her secret, rage filled vendetta will trap each and every one of them in its sudden, murderous heat.
Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres including m/m/f, m/f, and m/m. She is predominantly known for her Radical Rock Stars Series. The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) was a finalist in the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.
A native New Yorker, she now resides in Southern California. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.
For years, Jade C. Jamison tried really hard to write what she thought was more "literary" fiction, but she found herself compelled to write what you read by her today--sometimes gritty, raw, realistic stories and other times humorous, light tales--but most of the stories she writes revolve around relationships and characters finding their way through life. While she doesn't confine herself to just one genre, nor is there a nice neat label for what she writes, most of her work could be called erotic romance. Her main writing passions include rock star romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. She lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.
Theresa is a mother of two and the wife of a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. After seventeen years traveling the country, moving from base to base, the family has settled their roots back in Theresa’s home town of Olive Branch, MS, where she enjoys her time with old friends and family.
After almost three years of managing a retail bookstore, Theresa has gone behind the scenes to write romantic stories with flare. She daydreams of the perfect love affair and takes those ideas to paper.
Lisa Gillis resides in Texas, with her husband who is the inspiration to her fictional men, her son who is the light of her world, and a spoiled chocolate lab, Bailey.
Writing is a passion and she strives in her books to blend a perfect mixture of fantasy and reality. Her love for music, bands, and concerts inspired her Silver Strings Series. When she is not writing those little voices out of her head while listening to music, she is making her own noise on drums or guitar.
Lashell Collins is an American author of romantic suspense, paranormal romance and rockstar romance. She walks to the beat of her own drum, but that’s okay ’cause she’s got a pretty good sense of rhythm. Basically, she’s a geeky, quirky, laid-back, rocker-loving kinda girl who’s married to a retired cop, motorcycle-riding, bad-boy alpha all her own, and she likes to write about sexy police officers, werewolves and rockstars, or some inventive combination of the three!
When she’s not busy tapping away on her laptop and living vicariously through her characters, she can usually be found watching Grimm, rocking out to Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, stuffing her face full of Chinese food, or riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. Between her book characters and the ones she knows in real life, her plate stays pretty full. But she loves to hear from readers, so give her a shout sometime!
Jennifer was born and raised on Long Island, in New York. She relocated to South Carolina in 2002, where she met the love of her life. They got married and live their happily ever after just outside of Charleston with their fur-kids: a spoiled rat terrier, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a cat who think she’s an MMA fighter. When she’s not reading or writing, she works a day job in an office, and is an evening graduate student, pursuing a degree in clinical counseling. She enjoys amateur photography, travelling, and music…it’s a bonus when she can combine all three. She independently published her debut novel, Our Moon (JACT 1), in June 2015.
Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them. Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming. She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know! Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.
Maria Bernard is a Canadian author, residing in the Greater Toronto Area with her music-obsessed husband, and her adopted cat, Rex. Maria eats, sleeps and dreams with romance in mind. One day the idea to share the many stories and scenarios that swirl in her imagination became a reality. Her stories are heavy on the romance with a healthy dose of steam. Maria’s characters are creative, strong-willed, artistic individuals, unafraid to show their vulnerable sides.
Hand in Glove is her first published full-length novel in the Stick Shift Lips Series. She has since written and published thirteen books and is currently working on a few upcoming projects. Besides writing, Maria enjoys listening to music and playing guitar with her husband. She also loves drawing, painting, and travelling.
I'm a self-professed, foul-mouthed, book nerd who seeks world domination with her sinister side kick, evil minions, fatal depth dwelling feline, hell hound, and villainous quadruped lagomorph.
Oh-Kay, so in reality...I'm a foul mouthed, wife, mother of two children, a cat who refuse to leave our basement, a fluffy white ankle biter named Puff, and an over eating bunny rabbit, who happens to spend the little spare time available in a day writing and reading.
We are still seeking world domination - No Seriously, we are.
Kacey Hamford is a pen name for me (Kelly). I am in my thirties and started this journey in 2014, I love to read romance books about rockstars, so thought I would have a go at writing one myself. I really enjoyed it and got a boost of confidence once my books started selling.
I have gone on to write a young adult series, set in a college. The series is still on going.
I also have an MC series, it was something different for me to write and I enjoyed it so much, especially when I got readers telling me they would love to read books about the sub characters.
I work full time as a dog groomer, I love to read and my friends and family are very important to me. They are all so supportive of my writing career and encourage me to carry on.
Toni Kenyon lives in Auckland with her husband (and their dog and cat) the goldfish is just squatting! She writes romance by day, sings in a band by night and in her spare (yeah, right) time she wrangles difficult heroes into line, so they can star in her next novel. Toni also loves the garden and has a special place in her heart for her fruit trees and her veggie patch. A keen amateur photographer, Toni posts "Mood of the Suburbs" shots across most of her social media profiles. She loves to hear from like-minded people, so pop on over and say 'Hi' any time.
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Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University, where she studied drama at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of several titles, including her romance suspense novel, Weekends, her "Hollywood" story City of Toys, and her crime novel, Crashers. She is also the author of an erotic short story series, "The S&M Club" and "The Mile High Club". Her short film "The Lesson" was screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She is also an actress, having appeared in the television daytime drama "Sunset Beach". She and her husband, Hollywood stuntman Stephen Hudis, have formed their own production company called Impact Motion Pictures, and have several projects and screenplays in development. She lives in California with her husband and two children.