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Interview with Jamie Schlosser

This week, I sat down with Jamie Schlosser, author of new adult and contemporary romance as well as fantasy romance/romantic fantasy. Enjoy!

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself! eg family, hobbies, bucket list

I’m from Illinois. I live in a small town with my husband and two kids. It just so happens that my favorite hobby is also my career–writing. Even if I never wanted to publish, I’d probably still write just because I enjoy it. I’m an introvert and a homebody, so I don’t get out much. I know, I sound super boring! Ha.

What got you started in writing?

About five years ago a story came to me when I was in the shower. It was a story I wanted to read, so I searched for it. Much to my surprise, I couldn’t find a book about a trucker and a hitchhiker at the time, so I decided to write it for myself with no intention of publishing. Several months later, I thought maybe others would like to read it too, so I started looking into self-publishing. That one story idea turned into three, and it kind of snowballed from there. Now I’m getting ready to publish my thirteenth novel.

What do you like to read?

I love to read anything that’s romance. Romance has so many subgenres, it can always fit whatever I’m in the mood for. New adult, paranormal, taboo, fantasy, dark. Romance has it all!

Tell us about your first published book OR your favorite work. How did it get started?

Since I already mentioned my first book in question #2, I’ll talk about my most recent publishing adventures. Up until about a year and a half ago, I’d stuck to writing in new adult romance and contemporary romance. I didn’t think I had it in me to write romantic fantasy or paranormal. But then I got a story idea about a fae prince who was cursed by blindness and he accidentally ends up taking a portal to some woods in the human realm.

He meets a girl there and they become best friends. He’s not supposed to be with her because the only way he can break the curse is to find his fated mate… but of course they fall in love. I started writing this story for fun, but once I got going, I couldn’t stop. The Fae King’s Curse was finished in about 7-8 weeks, which is the fastest I’ve ever written an entire book before. Since then, I’ve written four books in that series and I’m loving every second of it.

Wow! I wish I could write that quickly! How do you create your characters?

My characters start out pretty one-dimensional. I usually have a good idea of what they look like and a few personality traits, but the character development doesn’t happen until I get to know the character better. (Because I’m a panster all the way.)

Where do you write?

I write in my bedroom. I have a sit-to-stand desk set up in the corner, and I need it quiet so I can concentrate. I never write in public.

What are you working on as we speak?

Right now I’m gearing up to release The Fae King’s Prize, then I might switch back to my new adult series, The Good Guys.

What would your advice be for aspiring authors?

My advice for aspiring writers would be to take it one day at a time. Write when you can. Even a few hundred words is better than none. Take breaks when you need to. Burnout is real. And if you get discouraged, remember why you started writing in the first place. Your “why” is what’s going to keep you motivated.


Here are all the places you can find me and my books

Website: www.jamieschlosser.com

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

Amazon: amazon.com/author/jamieschlosser

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jamie-schlosser

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jschlosserauthor/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cANmI9

Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1738944743038479/

The Fae King’s Prize releases on April 8th. Good luck with the launch, Jamie!

Stay tuned for more interviews in the coming weeks!

Happy reading

Bernadette x

Interview with Tanya Bird

Last week, I got together with author Tanya Bird and asked her some pretty probing questions about her life and writing. If you love fantasy romance, historical romance and series, I’m sure you’d love her books. I strongly recommend giving them a try.

Read on for the full interview…

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself! eg family, hobbies, bucket list.

I was raised in the green hills of South Gippsland, so I’m a country gal at heart. When I finished school, I sold my horse, bought a very unsafe car, and moved to Melbourne to study. After changing degrees multiple times, I moved to the other side of the country where I worked a lot of random, badly paid jobs. Eventually I found my way back to Melbourne and met Mr B. After a six year stint in media/advertising, I decided I’d had enough of sleeping for more than two-hours at a time, and had three children.

In my free time (I struggle to say that with a straight face), I do yoga, contemporary dance, make a lot of broth, adopt sad dogs, and plan holidays we can’t afford.

My bucket list? Holy tacos, it’s enormous. It includes a lot of travel as well as experiences like sword fighting on horseback, a shipwreck dive, and meeting a shoebill stork.

What got you started in writing?

I wrote a lot of stories when I was a younger and had a pretty wild imagination. I went on to study professional writing and was told by a teacher at the end of the course that there is no money in creative writing and I would need to do something else. So I went and studied PR and headed down a different path. While at home having babies, I returned to University and took a couple of writing units. I fell completely in love with it all over again.

After graduating, I started freelance copywriting, taking $5 jobs on Upwork just to get my foot in the door. During quiet periods, I wrote a book that turned out to be a romance. When I learned about self-publishing, I thought why not? No one’s going to read it anyway. But people did read it. So I wrote another one. Then another one. Then eight more. And I’m still going.

What do you like to read?

I read widely within the Romance genre. Everything from fantasy to mafia to rom-coms. I also read a lot of historical non-fiction, literary, and women’s fiction.

Tell us about your favourite work. How did it get started?

Favourite work? That’s like picking a favourite child… it changes daily. I’m kidding. There is one book in particular that has a special place in my heart. A few years back, I was reading about Severus’s last campaign in Scotland and wondered if I could turn one of the darkest points in military history into a romance. I did. I jokingly refer to A Legate’s Pledge as genocide romance, but it’s really an enemies to lovers story packed with history and action. It has the most fierce heroine I’ve written to date. It’s also my worst selling book despite great reviews. Who knew genocide romance wouldn’t take off?

How do you create your characters?

I’m often inspired by characters in movies and TV shows. I figure out why I’m drawn or repelled by certain people, take those traits, and build from there. I need to know my characters prior to writing them, so I spend a lot of time in my own head before I start a project.

Where do you write? Do you plot extensively or are you a pantser?

I can write anywhere. Desk, outside, in the car, in a messy room with kids screaming around me. Unless I’m stuck on a plot point. Then suddenly I’m demanding silence and practising feng shui.

And I’m a plantser, a weird cross between the two. I spend a few weeks outlining a book and then often write a completely different story. My best ideas come while I’m creating, so I’ve learned to just go with it.

What are you working on as we speak?

I’m writing the first draft of Defender of Hearts, book two in my Kingdom of Walls series.

What would your advice be for aspiring authors?

Write. You can’t get better without practise. And read—lots, taking note of the parts you love and the bits you skim over. Write the book you want to read. Then write another one that’s even better. Repeat.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Website & newsletter sign up: tanyabird.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tanya-Bird/e/B06XTDVK4G

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanyabirdauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16620399.Tanya_Bird

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tanya-bird

Newest or upcoming release: 

Defender of Walls releases February 22, 2021. This is book one in the medieval dystopian romance series Kingdom of Walls. More details at https://tanyabird.com/books/defender-of-walls/

Keen to dip your toe into Tanya’s worlds? She has book 1 in her Companion Series (The Royal Companion) permafree on all platforms, find it HERE

I hope you enjoyed this insight into Tanya’s writing world. Stay tuned for more author interviews in the coming months…

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

No one would question the fact that this day is for the ultimate romantics but I think Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in many of us, even just a tiny corner. We begin to think about what it means to us to have a valentine and how we should show our appreciation.

Does it all have to be about the dollars we spend? Did you know that Australians will spend one billion dollars on Valentine’s Day? Expensive gifts are one way to show someone we love them but not the only way. Simply the spending of time with your loved one – a long chat, sharing a movie together, going on a walk, reflecting on how you came to fall in love and telling your valentine the things you love about them – are all great, inexpensive alternatives.

No matter how you celebrate the day, I believe the important thing is that Valentine’s Day is a chance to stop and appreciate each other. So let’s do that this Valentine’s Day: take a moment to pause and remember all the great things about your valentine: the loveable, the funny, the romantic, the thoughtful, the caring, yes all those attributes that make it worthwhile being in a relationship.

Valentine’s Day is dear to the hearts of romance writers- you might say it’s our ‘one day of the year’. This year I would like to give all my readers the gift of a special 99 cent deal on The Lord and the Mermaid. I selected this book, number four in The Queenmakers Saga, because it can be read as a stand alone. It’s my retelling of The Little Mermaid. Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading! xx

Princess Avenger Audiobook

At last, I can celebrate the imminent arrival of the Princess Avenger Audiobook. After almost a year of steady work on this six and a half hour production, last week my audiobook was accepted by Findaway Voices. This means it will be available at all audiobook retailers by the end of February, including Audible.

Currently, Princess Avenger Audiobook is live at these places:

BingeBooks and Google Play

Here’s the blurb…

A princess in disguise. A shifter with a hidden agenda. Will they uncover the truth in time for romance to blossom?

Alecia Zialni has sworn revenge against her father for having her first love murdered. Masquerading as a man to pursue her vendetta, the prince’s headstrong daughter is soon in over her head. And when her handsome rescuer is assigned as her protector, her secret double life becomes complicated by their rapidly growing chemistry.

Captain Vard Anton struggles to control his budding lust for the determined princess he’s supposed to defend. And as an animal shapeshifter charged with killing her father, he knows he can never reveal his true identity. But the violent beast form he cannot master threatens to expose him and risk her safety.

As her feelings for Vard continue to bloom, Alecia is devastated when she’s betrothed to a lecherous lord. And wracked with guilt over his ultimate mission, Vard fears there is no way for them to ever be together. But her obsession with vengeance may be the death of them both…

Can Alecia and Vard topple a tyrant to join their destinies and their hearts?

Princess Avenger is the thrilling first book in the Queenmakers Saga epic fantasy romance series. If you like strong heroines, sexy shifters, and forbidden passion, then you’ll adore Bernadette Rowley’s enchanting adventure.

Stay tuned here to discover other links to the audiobook of…Princess Avenger!

Happy listening xx

The Lady and the Pirate Release Day!

The Lady and the Pirate

The Lady and the Pirate, Queenmakers Saga book 6, is about to set sail for adventure as Lady Esta Aranati and pirate Samael Delacost butt heads on this sexy high seas adventure.

Here’s the blurb…

AN IMPOVERISHED NOBLEWOMAN.

Lady Esta Aranati will do anything to ensure the safety of her estate and its people, even to smuggling on the high seas. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her reputation.

A DARING PIRATE.

Samael Delacost roams the ocean, living off the hard work of others, ignoring the voice that whispers ‘you don’t belong’. Until one night, Sam boards Esta’s ship and discovers she’s no easy prey.

Thrown together by a treasure hunt, the unlikely partners strike sparks off each other. Against her better judgment, Esta tries to help Sam find his mother, but what she discovers will change their lives forever.

Can Sam and Esta find their way through danger, political intrigue and societal rules to forge a life together? Or will their differences and their pasts dictate the future?

To celebrate, I have book 1 in the saga, Princess Avenger, available FREE on Amazon until October 11th!

Until next time, happy reading!

Bernadette x

The Lady and the Pirate Pre-Order!!!!

The Lady and the Pirate, Queenmakers Saga Book 6, is now available to pre-order.

AMAZON PREORDER LINK

AN IMPOVERISHED NOBLEWOMAN.

Lady Esta Aranati will do anything to ensure the safety of her estate and its people, even to smuggling on the high seas. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her reputation.

A DARING PIRATE.

Samael Delacost roams the ocean, living off the hard work of others, ignoring the voice that whispers ‘you don’t belong’. Until one night, Sam boards Esta’s ship and discovers she’s no easy prey.

Thrown together by a treasure hunt, the unlikely partners strike sparks off each other. Against her better judgment, Esta tries to help Sam find his mother, but what she discovers will change their lives forever.

Can Sam and Esta find their way through danger, political intrigue and societal rules to forge a life together? Or will their differences and their pasts dictate the future?

This fun and sexy pirate romance introduces Esta Aranati and Samael Delacost, the older brother of one of my most loved heroes – guess who? We also meet Esta’s younger sister Katrine who gets her own story in the next exciting instalment of the series.

Order your copy now!

And happy reading!

Bernadette x

The Lord and the Mermaid Released!

Today is release day for The Lord and the Mermaid! I’m so proud of this book which was previously published by Pan Macmillan. It’s a dark and sexy retelling of The Little Mermaid, originally published by Hans Christian Andersen. I know you’re going to love it!

Here’s the blurb:

…a desperate mermaid, determined to flee her people and create a new life. Merielle has rejected her family and gambled her future on inducing a human man to fall in love with her.

…an exiled sea captain, sworn to avenge a devastating loss. Nikolas blames the monstrous sea nymphs for his brother’s disappearance but when he finds an injured mermaid on his beach, he agrees to help her.

Despite his hate for the mer people, Nik is increasingly drawn to Meri, who slowly works her way into his damaged heart. Will Nik break the laws of land and sea to be with Meri, or will the devastating secret she holds crush their tumultuous relationship?

The Lord and the Mermaid is the fourth book in the epic Queenmakers Saga, combining the sweeping high fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If you like magic, political intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a dark and sexy retelling of The Little Mermaid, then you’ll adore The Lord and the Mermaid.

Buy link: AMAZON

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I hope you enjoy this story. I’d love a review if you have time. BookBub and Amazon are terrific places to leave recommendations.

Until the next book,

Happy reading!

Bernadette x

Cover Reveal-Princess in Exile!

Just look at the pretty new cover of Princess in Exile! I think it’s stupendous. This book will be available to pre-order soon and readers will be able to catch up on the trials and love story of Vard and Alecia- lately of Princess Avenger. This story is quite dark but still with an ending which will satisfy the romantics.

Here’s the blurb:

a princess of the people in self-imposed exile. Nothing could prepare Alecia for what she faces as she flees mercenaries sent by her father.

…a tormented shapeshifter, desperate to defend the woman he loves. Vard Anton fights both external forces and the least controllable of his forms – the bear.

The lovers travel to a lost city, hoping a sorcerer there may help Vard master his transformations. They soon discover this mentor has his own devious agenda. Will Vard and Alecia escape? Can their love survive Alecia’s fear of Vard’s animal forms? What secret does the princess hold with the power to destroy Vard’s trust?

The answers to all this and more are contained in the pages of Princess in Exile, the dark sequel to Princess Avenger.

Princess in Exile is the third book in the epic Queenmakers Saga, combining the sweeping high fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If you like magic, political intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a ‘beauty and the beast’ love story, then you’ll adore Princess in Exile.

I hope you enjoy it

Bernadette x

Cover Reveal- Elf Princess Warrior

Elf Princess Warrior high res

Elf Princess Warrior- Wildecoast Saga Book II b

Caught up in a vicious civil war, elven princess Gwaethe Arenil is desperate to save her faction and reunite her people. Help presents itself in the form of Captain Jacques Vorasava, the dashing human Brightcastle commander. But does Jacques’s aid come with more dangers than Gwaethe can endure, both for her people and her heart? This story continues themes from The Elf King’s Lady.

When I wrote The Elf King’s Lady, I realised I would be returning to  give Gwaethe Arenil her happily ever after. Gwaethe is the half-sister of Elf King’s Lady hero Kain Jazara and there was much left in his story, let alone Gwaethe’s. The exotic elven princess is determined to save her people and bring Kain into his rightful place as leader of the elven race.

Gwaethe was a major secondary character in Elf King and this is where she met Jacques Vorasava, the human she finds difficult to resist. They fought on the same side, creating a bond of respect and loyalty that laid the foundations for deeper feelings. But as they are thrown together a second time, Gwaethe begins to realise the yawning chasm that separates them.

Elf Princess Warrior is a story of inter-racial love set amidst the greater conflict of war. I hope readers enjoy the story as Gwaethe and Jacques navigate the treacherous territory of lust, love, war and political intrigue. Elf Princess Warrior will be available at the end of the year.

Please leave a comment below to go into the draw to win a copy of my most recent book, The Master and the Sorceress.

Until next week!

Bernadette x

 

Cover Reveal!

Sorceress front cover (1)

This might be my best cover yet! Not long now until The Master and the Sorceress is released. Here is the cover and below is the blurb.

The Master and the Sorceress

Desperate sorceress, Katrine Aranati, no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control. James Tomel, master jeweler, is outwardly a pillar of society but he hides more than one dangerous secret.

When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them but even more dangerous are the feelings swirling between them. When their hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an accounting. Can they find common ground where their love will flourish or will secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together?

Find out if love and chaos can defeat order and control in the fourth exciting instalment of the Wildecoast Saga.

 

It’s been over a year since I released The Lady and the Pirate on Valentine’s Day 2017.  In that book, readers were intrigued by Katrine, the younger sister of the heroine, Esta. At times she threatened to take over the story. Well, now she has her own story and we get to find out what motivates her and the caliber of man who might be up to the task of being her hero.

I don’t have a release date yet but as soon as I do, it will be posted here and pre-orders will open. I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

In the meantime, if you like shape-shifter heroes, please click on the image below and check out these free books.

Shifter promo image

Until next time, happy reading

Bernadette x