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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 Karen Tomlinson

This week, I sat down with Karen Tomlinson to delve into her writing and see if I could discover what makes her tick…

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m from England in the UK. I live smack in the centre, imaginatively it’s called the Midlands! I’m really lucky to live near one of our National Parks called the Peak District, which is beautiful: rolling hills, moors, woods, views, pretty old stone villages and large stately homes. 

I love to write but, as I work full time as a resuscitation trainer and clinical skills trainer for a large teaching hospital, that takes most of my free time. Before the pandemic took over the world, I loved to walk in the hills and mountain bike. I also like to keep fit. I’m a 3rd dan black belt in shotokan karate and still train at home, too. It’s kind of ingrained in me now! I also love to get my reading quota in! I love to read PNR and fantasy romance of any kind, and also enjoy contemporary billionaire/hot romance, too.

 What got you started in writing?

I’ve always loved to read but I struggled at school and didn’t believe I could be an author so I didn’t pursue that dream. Instead, I became a nurse. I actually tried my hand at writing years ago while I worked nights. Haha! It was on an old dot matrix word processor! That tells you how long ago that was. I decided to write seriously when my twins were about four years old and we started a story that we’d add to every night. My husband bought me an android tablet that I could carry with me and I started to write our story down. It blossomed from there into the Goddess and the Guardians series. Obviously, it’s a different beast than the story I put together with my baby girls, but that’s where and how my writing bug took a proper hold.

 What do you like to read?

Oh my goodness! Absolutely everything, but I adore books full of romance, or with a good romance subplot. Some of my favourite authors are: Sarah J Maas, Amelia Hutchins, Miranda Honfleur, and Laurelin Paige. There are many more but those are the ones I try and buy a book from as a treat when I’ve finished writing one of my own.

 Tell us about your first book, or favourite published work?

My first book was A Bond of Venom and Magic. It started as above but ended up as a 250 000 word manuscript. I looked into how long a story should be when I was still deciding whether to go indie or traditional publishing and decided that, yeah, it was way too long. With some serious editing it became the second book, too—A Bond of Blood and Fire.

ABOVAM had a gorgeous, illustrated cover but after taking advice I changed it to one for an older readership and it became what it is now. It’s about a half-human, half-fae girl who falls for an elite guard who is sworn to serve a cruel fae queen. There’s magic, dragons, sexy fae warriors with metallic wings, love, betrayal and huge battles. It was such an amazing experience to write that series.

 How do you create your characters?

Wow! That’s a good question! They pop into my head at a random moment, or something or someone triggers an idea about a character and what their life might be like, and I have to write it down. I write down any other random facts that seep into my head. I actually have most of my good ideas in that strange time between being awake and asleep. I’m always irritating my hubby by flicking the light on and jotting them down on my phone.

The other thing I do is write down anything that I think might make a good title and then characters seem to form in my brain and have to be written down to go with them too!

 Where do you write? Are you a plotter or pantser?

Ha! Well, The Goddess and the Guardians was all written pantser style! And everything fell into place. How I remembered all of those facts, and where I wanted the story to go was crazy really. I sort of hybrid plotted and winged it, for the Eight Kingdoms, Again, I knew where the characters needed to go and kind of knew how they needed to get there, so I guess it was planned in my head. For the Shadow Sentinels I did the same thing but wrote more ideas down. I’ve currently bought a number of craft books, so I’m trying something different for book 3 of the Shadow Sentinels series. I have plotted the whole book. The last time I tried this, it all went completely differently to my plan! I guess this time I’ve written the ideas down that are in my head about where the characters need to go, and they are in more detail. We’ll see how it goes.

I use google docs to write so that I can write anywhere, and on my phone too if I need to.

 What are you working on as we speak?

Well, my brain is such a mess at the moment! I am working on a number of different projects, which I don’t normally do. I am working on getting book 3 of the Shadow Sentinels written. I’ve done about 20 000 words at the moment. I have plotted out a completely new project which is going to be a contemporary billionaire romance, and I’ve plotted and am currently working on, character formation for a PNR book, co-written with Claire Marta. I’ve also got cover projects and planning in the works for my next fantasy series, which is dark fantasy romance, demons and an underworld, that kind of thing. I’m very excited about them all, and just need more hours in the day to write really!

 What would be your advice for aspiring authors?

Wow! A tough one. I’ve made so many mistakes and while some were avoidable, I really don’t think others are. I’ve leant from my mistakes (Lol! Mostly) I think the best advice to start is join 20booksto50K facebook group and read the advice there. Start your own mailing list and write a freebie before you do anything else. You need to build your support and readership before you release your first book. I didn’t understand what that meant and it’s been an uphill struggle since I released my first book in 2016 to find my readers and keep them. I release slowly as I work a day job too, and time is short for me. If you can build up books to release at regular intervals that will help too.

Gosh, there’s so much I’d like to say but I think it would get overwhelming so those three things:

*20booksto50K

*mailing list

*Faster release plan.

 Newest or upcoming release:

Shadow Sentinels #2 Ruin: mybook.to/shadowsentinelsruin Release date: 20th March 2021

 Social follows:

Bookbub follow link: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karen-tomlinson

Amazon.com author page: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Tomlinson/e/B01JF9SIR8

mailing list: https://www.subscribepage.com/karentomlinson

Silver Guardians Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1531458143821861/

ARC group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297426160981268/

twitter: @kytomlinson

blog: http://karentomlinson.com/news/ 

facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ktomlinson.author/

instagram: https://instagram.com/karentomlinsonauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15259538.Karen_Tomlinson

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/karentomlinsonauthor?fan_landing=true

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSpRL7VY

Cover Reveal- Elf Princess Warrior

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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

 

Happy Halloween!

Princess Avenger Ebook coverIt’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to the paranormal. So what better time for an author in the paranormal genre to get out and about?

Princess in Exile Ebook CoverThis blog has been very quiet lately and I apologize but life gets hectic. Hope you have all been busy with your own projects including a huge reading list of fantasy and paranormal titles. There’s never enough time in the day for reading!

The Lady's Choice Cover- newAs a bonus for my loyal followers, I’m having a special on three of my books for Halloween. Princess Avenger (SFREE), Princess in Exile (RAE50) and The Lady’s Choice  (RAE50). Princess Avenger will be FREE and the other two books half price- just apply the coupons, SFREE or RAE50, as applicable when you checkout on Smashwords. All files types are available including Kindle.

Bernadette HalloweenIn the meantime, I sincerely hope you all enjoy getting out and meeting your neighbors, not to mention indulging in some dress ups and candy. Here’s me at last year’s Halloween. Fun!!

Until next time, happy reading!

Bernadette xx

FREE BOOKS galore!

It’s been quiet here of late but I’m back with a last minute opportunity I don’t want you to miss. For the next two days you can get a FREE copy of Princess Avenger as well as 35 other Fantasy and SciFi books. Check them all out! Please take advantage of this and tell your friends. I’ll see you soon with more exciting news…

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Release Day- World of Thorius Boxed Set

World of Thorius Boxed SetIt’s time to add another baby to my tribe. Today I released a boxed set of Princess Avenger and The Lady’s Choice titled World of Thorius Boxed Set. It’s available only at Amazon for all you kindle aficionados. So go ahead and enjoy, the set is only US $2.99. Please leave a review and a rating if you enjoy the read!

Destiny Romance Launched!

After months of having to hold my tongue, I can finally reveal the launch of Penguin’s digital first Australian romance imprint, Destiny Romance http://www.destinyromance.com/ .You can find fine Australian romance in all genres with many more to come. Including mine! Look out for my debut novel, Princess Avenger, to be launched in October 2012.

First on the launching pad for Destiny are Kelly Hunter, Jennifer St George, Peta Crake and Elise Ackers. In a glittering cocktail party prior to the Romance Writers of Australia conference last weekend on the Gold Coast, Destiny Romance was launched and we heard excerpts from each of the books below read by the authors themselves.

Internationally best-selling author Kelly Hunter has released her delightful rural romance, Wish, with Destiny. Wish is a wonderful, sexy romance that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s a brilliant collision between two headstrong people, and filled with moments of tenderness that will touch your heart. Keep the tissues on hand.

Jennifer St George is PR queen of Romance Writers Australia and debuts with her contemporary romance, The Convenient Bride. The Convenient Bride is a fabulous romance set in a world of great beauty and luxury, portrayed in picture-perfect detail. Two opposing souls strike up a partnership in a deal that has overlooked one important detail – that it involves a woman who knows her mind and her heart.

Western Australian author Peta Crake has launched her writing career with sexy paranormal romance, Harbinger. Harbinger is a terrific romance laced with humour, danger and adventure. The deeply likeable, unstoppable Ophelia takes us on a quest that puts all the memories she holds dear – and her own heart – at risk.

Talented Melbourne writer Elise Ackers has released her romantic suspense, Small Town Storm, with Destiny. Small Town Storm is a gripping read that captures the intensity and passion of first love and the terror of a town where trust has broken down. This is the unforgettable story of a lifelong romance, and of an innocent childhood tainted by evil that won’t let go.

And if that’s not enough to get you interested, look out for Anne Gracie’s free, short, historical romance coming soon to destinyromance.com .

Head over to http://www.destinyromance.com/ to purchase these fabulous Aussie romances.