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Feature Friday for Alex E. Carey's Fire's Love with Interview, Excerpt and Guest Post

 

Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome the awesome Alex E. Carey with her book Fire's Love, the first book in the Elemental Series.

We will have info about the book and author. Plus we have a interview with Alex, a great excerpt from the book and a guest post from her as well.

Make sure to check everything out and go and show her some love and add her books to your TBR ;) 

Happy Reading :) 

 


 

Fire's Love

 

Kira thought she was leaving her demons behind when she left for college. She quickly discovers demons are everywhere, and can be good or evil. Not only are they real, but they’re protecting her; that is, except for the ones who want her dead. Kira's parents want to reveal things about who she is, but a strange phenomenon prevents them from explaining. Before they can try again, her mother and brother die and her father disappears. Afterward, Kira finds a mysterious book in her parents‘ belongings. Although the book confuses her, it comforts her too. She's sure it holds the answers she seeks. One of Kira’s new friends, Lowell Hew, is also an earth demon named Ulric the Wolf Thief. Lowell tries to help Kira solve the mysteries involving the book, her parents, and the elements they wanted her to know. Although Lowell has a crush on Kira, he’s not looking for a relationship, or so he keeps telling himself. Meanwhile, Lowell introduces Kira to his best friend, Pyre, a fire demon with a fiery temperament and a troubled past. Pyre closed off his heart years ago, while deep inside he yearned to belong. For Pyre, learning to love again comes with tremendous risk, especially when the girl he loves is human, and his best friend has thoughts of his own. Things go well until an eerie presence threatens Kira and her new friends, and they can only speculate as to who it may be. While her friends protect her and try to uncover the enemy’s identity, Kira must adjust to the challenges of being human with demon friends. Will she bask in the warmth, or be consumed by the flames of Fire’s Love?

 

 

 

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Other books in the series 

 

Earth's Embrace (Elemental Series Book 2) by [Carey, Alex E]

 

 

Water's Reflection (Elemental Book 3) by [Carey, Alex E]

 

 

Hello Alex. Thank you for taking the time to stop in and chat with us, it is great to have you. 

 

 

 

Thank you.  It’s my pleasure.

 

 

 

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I’m friends with several authors who write in multiple genres.  They are a great group and many have become dear friends.  Mainly, we share each other’s work, encourage and motivate, and sometimes read for each other.

Jenny Burke writes The Dragon Dreamer series about a young dragon who makes an unlikely friend in a wise octopus named Scree.  It’s a beautiful story for all ages.  We met a couple of years ago and have been great friends since.  We bounce ideas off each other and encourage each other.

Another dear friend is Dianna Wyles.  She writes children’s books that can also be enjoyed by adults.  She is a photographer and uses her photos in her Hearts Blessings book series to complement her uplifting poetry.  She also includes a seek and find activity — find the hearts in nature.  They’re beautiful books.  I pull them out when I need some motivation.  She frequently shares my book information with others or opportunities with me.  She also helps me to stay positive and focused.

Heidi Angell is an author of paranormal/fantasy suspense, children’s books and more.  Her sons like to share bookmarks with their classmates, so I was happy to send her some along with some free books.  They fell in love with my stories and tell their friends.  Heidi has a podcast where she reveals “unboxings” when she receives mail and is an avid supporter of indie authors.

Tim Hemlin is a talented author of mysteries and a YA paranormal novel released this year, called Son of a Kitchen Witch.  He and his wife, Valerie, are very supportive of other authors and love to share our news with their readers.

I recently was fortunate to be included in an author team organized by Books Go Social.  There are eleven of us in the group and we’ve all become good friends as well.

Daccari Buchelli writes YA fantasy fiction and just released the revised edition of Phoenix, the first novel in his Peradon fantasy series.  He is so supportive of the entire group and is always offering tips and motivation for each of us.  He  came up with the idea to do an anthology of samples of some of our work called, Tales of the Fantastic.

David Gilchrist is the author of The Redemption of Wist series.  He has published three books in his series and has another releasing in September.  David is always positive and upbeat.  You can count on him for a kind word, writing tips and sharing information he knows we all want to hear, such as someone looking for a book to read and review.

Grant Leishman is a multi-genre author with several books to his credit.  He writes YA fantasy, religious humor/satire, and paranormal and romantic suspense, including his Second Coming trilogy.  He helps to keep us all motivated, is dedicated to sharing information about our books on all his social media and website, and encourages us to keep following our dreams.

Nyasia A. Maire is the author of The Heretic’s Child, a wonderful fantasy story about the Rememberers, who collect and preserve the memories of dying humans, and a menace that is killing their overseers, the Cybele.  Nyasia constantly shares information about our books, offers advice, and shares opportunities to get our books into venues, such as the Pipe & Thimble bookstore in Lomita, CA.

Caitlin Lynagh is the author of Anomaly: The Soul Prophecies with more coming in that series.  She is a biologist and a wonderful writer of YA paranormal romance.  She is sweet and kind, and always offers encouragement and praise.

Kim Ross is an author of fantasy and speculative fiction.  She’s published several short stories in a variety of publications including Novascapes, Sproutlings, and Three Drops from a Cauldron.  She is ready with a reply and humor when any of us in the group need feedback.

There are many others I haven’t mentioned here who are just as supportive.  Chris Walters, Tammy Berg, Kimberly Grell, CK Dawn, C.D. Gorri — oh gosh, I could go on.  Each of them are supportive in various ways, but all are encouraging and happy to work together to further our careers and become better writers.  We believe in supporting each other, whether by giving our opinions on a blurb or chapter, sharing writing tips, events and news, etc.  The main thing is that you have someone else who understands what you experience — whether it’s a need for motivation; dealing with writer’s block; looking for cover designers, editors, or other professionals; or commiserating over a drop in sales.  I give back to them by sharing their news, reading and proofing whenever they need an opinion on something, giving encouragement and motivation, and anything else i can do.  Together, we will succeed.

 

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

That’s a good question, and a bit of a tough one.  Like many writers, my budget struggles to stay in the black, so I do as much for free as I can.  i majored in English in college, but one of the best investments has been in publishing and marketing courses by Mark Dawson and Nick Stephenson.  They are great guys, very personable, and eagerly share advice in the course and in their Facebook communities.

Another excellent investment has been with my street team — Alex E. Carey’s Elemental Elite.  I have such a wonderful team of people who are friendly, encouraging and who go out of their way to share my book information with their friends, libraries, book clubs and more.  They keep after me, wanting to know when book #4 in my series will be published (coming soon in 2017 if all goes as planned), which motivates me to keep writing.  They get a free signed paperback copy of my first book, Fire’s love, with bookmarks and swag.  The members who are actively supportive — whether by sharing posts on social media, keeping me informed of events, supporting me at events I participate in online, and hopefully by leaving reviews, etc. — continue to receive free books and swag.  My team will also have the first opportunity to receive ARC’s and new releases.  The cost of print books and swag,  plus the shipping, has been a worthwhile investment to further my success.  Their support and encouragement is priceless!  They’ve all become very dear to me and like my extended family.

 

What is the most challenging thing about writing for you?

Time.  Always!  Balancing working my “day job”, writing, reading, family time, promotion, social media, and other activities is difficult.  I tend to get immersed when I write, and overlook reading and other things.  I will suddenly realize I haven’t checked email or Facebook messages in several days; or I’ll remember I promised to read a book for someone.  Yes, I have a huge stack of books I’ve promised to read.  Or I need to vacuum the carpet — but what’s one more day?  There are books to be written or read.

 

How do you select the names of your characters? 

I start by searching for names with certain meanings or significance in some way.  My three main characters are Kira, Pyre, and Lowell.  For Lowell, I looked up names that had “wolf” in their meaning.  Lowell means “wolf” and “beloved”, so I liked that.  The word pyre means “a heap of combustible material”.  That pretty much describes Pyre in a nutshell.  I got the name Kira from a Japanese anime show I used to watch.  I also try not to choose a name that has been used frequently. 

 

 

 

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

 

That’s an interesting question.  I think most everything boils down to time for me.  I’m about experiences in life.  If you want to become a better writer, you need to practice, or maybe you need to take a course.  That may involve money, but it definitely involves time.  Time you spend taking a course is time you don’t have for someone or something else.  I took dance for over twelve years, and I still enjoy it.  I stay in practice whenever I can, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time to spend on it as much as I used to.  I guess you could say that’s one thing I have given up or sacrificed to dedicate more of myself to my writing.  One thing I would not sacrifice is my family, and fortunately I don’t have to.  My mother and brother are completely supportive and work with me.  My mother helps with proofreading, editing, publishing and anything else I may need.  They both have come up with suggestions for scenes, and they always assist when I have a book signing event.  Spending time with them in collaboration makes up for anything I have sacrificed for my writing.

 

 

This was fun, again thank you so much for taking the time to chat. You rock! 

 

 

 

The last scene in Chapter 4 - Getting Answers and Proving One’s Self

 

The next afternoon, Lowell and I went to the library to study together. “I forgot one of my books in my room,” Lowell said after searching through his bag. “You can borrow mine.” “Thanks, but I need my notes too.” “I’ll go with you. We can study in your room instead.” “No, I don’t want to study there in case my roommates return. They’re loud and distracting. I’ll be right back. You don’t need to come with me.” “I can either go with you to your dorm or stay here and endure the glares from your jealous admirers. Frankly, they’re a little scary when they travel in packs.” When we reached Lowell’s room, he stood still outside the door, huffed, and rubbed his forehead. “What’s wrong?” I asked. He shook his head and set his jaw before opening the door. “How many times must I tell you not to enter my dorm when I’m not here?” Lowell asked. Pyre leaned against a wall with his arms crossed. The sight of him took my breath away, but then he spoke. “I don’t take orders.” “Why are you here?” “We’re supposed to train, remember?” “Oh, right, I forgot. Kira, I’m sorry.” “No problem. We can study another time.” “Why don’t you come with us?” Pyre made a rude face, and I raised my brows at him before responding to Lowell. “I don’t want to intrude.” “It’s no intrusion. Besides, my other friends will be there, so you can meet them.” “In that case, I’ll go.” “Good. Let me put my books away and change clothes, and then we’ll leave.” “Hn.” Pyre grunted and rolled his eyes. Lowell frowned at Pyre and left the room. Pyre stared at me intensely as though searing a line into my soul. My eyes wandered around the room, and I pretended he wasn’t there, but I failed. I tried not to meet his blue eyes or imagine how his smooth, black hair would feel if I ran my fingers through it. I mentally slapped myself to regain my senses. Why is he staring at me? I get it, he doesn’t like me. He doesn’t even know me, but still he doesn’t like me. So why must he stare at me? “Why does Lowell talk to you?” Pyre asked. “Um.” I studied the ceiling and walls, unaware how to respond. “You’re a weak and worthless human with no special abilities. Why does the Wolf Thief talk to a weak human?” He circled me once before facing off with me, eye to eye, only slightly taller than myself. “How should I know? Why don’t you ask him yourself?” “I did. He says he likes you, and you’re a good friend, but I bet you did something to him.” “You said there’s nothing special about me.” “Doesn’t mean you didn’t do something to him.” “Why are you talking to me if I’m such a weak and worthless human?” He frowned and grew quiet. Seems he doesn’t have a real reason. “I feel something strange toward you.” He examined me from head to toe. “What kind of strange feeling?” “I’m not sure, but I don’t like it.” “You’re the one who mentioned it.” “So?” He asked. “So if you don’t like it, you shouldn’t have said anything.” “You’re the one who asked why I was talking to you.” “Only because talking to someone who doesn’t like me is weird.” “Then maybe I’ll leave if it’s so weird.” He stepped toward the door. “Maybe you should.” “You want me to go.” Pyre squinted at me with suspicion. “That would be great, thank you.” “You manipulated me into saying I’d leave. I’m not going anywhere. You go.” He planted his feet and gestured toward the door. “I’m nothing special, but I manipulated you? How embarrassing for you. And I don’t take orders either.” I confronted him with my arms crossed and stomped my foot. “Hn.” He made a face at me and disappeared. Lowell entered the room in time for the door to slam shut behind Pyre and held up his hands in a silent question. “Don’t leave me alone with him again.” “What did he do?” Lowell groaned, convinced he wouldn’t like my answer. “He creeps me out, and he’s rude. Not to mention obnoxious.” Lowell laughed when I finished. “And here I thought you two would be such good friends.” His voice oozed with sarcasm. When I only raised an eyebrow at him, he said, “Let’s study since he’s gone.” A thunderous knock suddenly shook the door. Lowell opened it to reveal a furious Pyre. “Are you ready to train or not?” Pyre yelled. “Yea, I guess.” Lowell winced as he looked at me, and I nodded that I understood. “Then come on. Leave the human.” “The human doesn’t want to go after all.” I stuck out my chin and glared at him as I stomped past them and out the door. “The human isn’t allowed to go!” Pyre yelled. “The human doesn’t care.” I called back over my shoulder. “The human needs to keep her mouth shut.” I whirled to confront him again. “The demon needs to stay away from the human.” “The two freaks need to stop making a scene.” Lowell stepped between us and gestured with his head to the people gawking at us. “What’re you looking at?” I yelled. The people hurried away from us. I glanced back at Lowell, but Pyre already left. “Keep him away from me.” “I’ll do my best. We’re going to Caedmon’s apartment this weekend. If Pyre’s there, it’s not my fault. I better go with him now though.” “Fine. I’ll see you tomorrow.” I stomped off toward my dorm ranting in my head about demons. Infuriating, obnoxious, insane, devilishly handsome demons.

 

 

 

I am often asked if there’s a message I would like to pass on to my readers. I do have some, but for this post, I want to focus on one specific issue. I write strong female characters, probably because I’m a strong female character, and I see more women who need to be strong as well. I come from a long line of strong women. Being strong doesn’t mean being rude or arrogant. To me, it means knowing who you are and what you stand for, what you’ll accept, and what you won’t. I’m also a bit shy and quiet in a crowd, which isn’t a weakness. Actually, it’s a strength and enables me to write good characters, because I’m a good listener. Teens these days are under pressure to have sex way too soon or before they’re ready. The lead female character in my book is sixteen when she begins college, and turns seventeen in October. She’s never had a boyfriend or been worried about it. Life isn’t about getting or keeping a boyfriend, regardless what your peers say. It’s about knowing who you are. When you do, you’ll know what you have to share, and you’ll find the right person. They’ll come to you naturally without any pressure or forcing it. Yes, by all means date, and if you are ready for the next level of a relationship, that’s YOUR choice, no one else’s. If the guy pushes you into it, either way, he’ll probably be gone the next day. Yea, that’s probably something your mother would say. I’m only twenty-five, not that much older than high school teens. Know what? She’s right. (To my own mother, yes, I actually said those words.) Still, I have another issue on my mind. My mother home schooled me until college, so this issue was a bit of a shock to me. When I started working, I met people younger and older, but I was used to age differences. The part I wasn’t used to was the people, most of them female, many of them younger than myself, who had an abusive relationship with a romantic partner. I couldn’t understand why a high school girl, for example, would date a guy who physically abused them. When I asked, they replied that this is how it is in the real world and you have to accept it if you want to have a boyfriend. I was horrified, not because I believed them, but because they believed it. Before I go any further, I will say that women these days are more capable of defending themselves from an attack than in the past. We are more educated as to what to do in a scary situation. The first question is, if faced with an attack by a stranger, whether we remember the training. The second question is, if the attacker is someone we have feelings for, what will we do? Additionally, it’s important to recognize that abuse happens to men in relationships too. When I started dating, my mother told me something that stuck with me. Although we had a great bond and relationship through the teen years, I probably wouldn’t have admitted it at the time. She said our lives are open books, and we are the writers. People we meet or become close to are the characters. Some of those characters will be villains who should be defeated, or left behind. Some chapters would be happy, fun, peaceful and full of hope. Others, would be sad and have some grief, pain or disappointment. Everyone makes bad choices or has regrets, but unlike the books an author writes, those bad choices can’t simply be edited out of your life’s book. Either way, the pen belongs to you. Make sure you write your book. Don’t allow someone else to do it for you. Yes, there will be some pain in life, whether it’s losing a loved one, fighting cancer, or worrying about bills, etc. Those are inevitable, unfortunately, and part of life. Allowing someone to abuse you, whether verbally or physically - I’m talking forced sex, black eyes, broken bones, hospital visits - is not meant to be part of life. Don’t accept that from anyone or for any reason. No one was born or deserves to live that way. You aren’t a whipping post. Don’t be their tool. If someone truly loves you they will build you up, grow your confidence, and they will never intentionally hurt you. It’s your book, and the characters in it are your choice. If you find yourself with someone who only wants to hurt you or make you feel inferior, kick the loser out of your book That person doesn’t belong there. I grew up with an amazing, supportive family, not that we didn’t have our own issues. I understand a lot of people don’t have that. Many people overcome whatever isn’t perfect in their lives. People from lower income families “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”, go to college and make a good life for themselves. People with disabilities of some sort go on to achieve great things in careers and life. Some people have to overcome the people closest to them putting them down or discouraging them. Whatever you have to overcome, work for it, do it, follow your dreams. Will you fail? Who knows? You’ll be able to say you went for it, and you won’t grow old and bitter because you never gave it a shot. Moreover, you will have taken control of your life and not let someone else destroy it or you. Why give someone else control over your life when theirs is a mess? Write your own book. Make it long and full of everything a life should be. Remember, no one was born to be someone else’s tool.

 

 

 

 

 

           

Alex E. Carey was born in Texas and majored in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  When she started college, she planned to be a dance teacher or an archaeologist.  Kira’s story came to her during her first semester of college.  Alex scribbled stories in between classes and ideas continued to flow for more stories and characters.  She soon realized she was meant to be a writer.  She is now the author of three published novels in the Elemental Series.  She is currently working on the fourth book in the series, as well as other short stories and novels in progress.

            Alex studied dance since the age of four.  She took classes in several dance forms and enjoyed them all, but her favorite was modern/contemporary.  She still loves dance and stays in practice when not working or writing.  She believes in tolerance and acceptance and feels strongly about equal rights for all.  She is passionate about issues involving women, children, the elderly, animals and the environment.

            Alex enjoys a variety of books and genres, but her favorites are paranormal and fantasy.  She reads a variety of authors and has many favorites including Emily Dickinson, Kim Harrison, Stephen King, Rick Riordan, Edgar Allan Poe, J. K. Rowling, and William Shakespeare.

            When not at work on her latest book, she enjoys reading, walking trails, gem mining and spending time with her family and their three dogs.

 

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Why Your Resume Didn’t Get You An Interview in UAE
The resume writer's handbook: A manual f... The resume writer's handbook: A manual for writing resumes - Michael Holley Smith

Companies receive many hundreds of resumes. Out of these, nine out of ten of the resumes get ignored and rejected. If you think that your resume could have been the reason that you did not get called in for an interview, then this could be why:

 

  • Your resume was not viewed by a human. Many companies send their resumes into a resume database that causes it to get neglected. They are then difficult to find because they could have had the incorrect format, had unwanted content, did not have the right keywords or were sent to the wrong place. If they are not able to search your resume then they cannot find it either.
  • Your resume did not get through the first scan. The initial scan of a resume lasts for around two to three seconds. The resume was probably attached to a particular role and was sent through for a review. This is usually done by a Sourcer or a Recruiter who keeps an eye out for the basic needs of the job, called a BFOQ which stands for bona fide occupational qualification. This means a degree or experience level of the minimum that is required for a specific job. If you do not fit the description and do not have that particular achievement then you will not be considered. This is why it is important to make your educational and work details accessible on your resume.   
  • Your resume did not go through the second scan. If a resume survives the first three second long then it has to go through a second scan that is around thirty seconds long. In this scan, your key sections such as your objective, education and experience details will be scanned and then read so that it can be decided whether you will be qualified or not.
  • You did not appeal to the hiring manager. The Sourcer and Recruiter will usually send the top resumes out of the pile to the hiring manager. If your resume is not as good as the others, then they will beat you to the mark.
  • Your resume just wasn’t good enough. A brutally honest fact, but one you must come to terms with. No matter how qualified or experienced you are, if your resume does not show that properly, then it could be the reason why you were not called for the interview.

 

Remember, your resume could be the key to landing the job or losing it.

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Feature Friday for Angelica Kate’s Scars of Yesterday with Excerpt and Interview

 

Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome the awesome Angelica Kate and her book Scars of Yesterday.

We will have info about the book and Angelica. A great excerpt of the book and a interview with Angelica

Make sure to check everything out and go and show her some love and add the book to your TBR

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Interview: Ana Jolene (Nirvana) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Hello & Welcome

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Ana Jolene author of Nirvana. Hi Ana, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

 

Thanks so much for having me here today!

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

Writing takes up most of my time. However, I do like to read a lot of books still. I’m also a big creative person so I enjoy crafting, planning, make up, listening to music and playing instruments. I like to share those interests on my Instagram, Facebook page, and blog, so you can check out the photos there if you’re interested.

 

And when I’m not doing any of those things, I’m also working on learning new languages. Currently, I’m taking classes to learn Korean and Japanese! Let me tell you, it’s not easy!

 

What’s your favorite online hangout? Why?

 

I’m on Facebook every single day however if I had to pick only one I would say that Instagram is my favorite place to hang out. I just love looking at people’s photos. I’m doing my best to get back into Twitter though. Feel free to chat me up anytime. You can find all my links on my website www.anajolene.com

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

 

I decided to write New Adult mainly because I thought the genre would fit Indy’s voice the best. Indy is the heroine of GLORY, the first book in the Glory MC series, and she inspired the whole series. I wanted to tell the story of a young woman struggling to survive in a Dystopian world. My Glory MC series differs from most New Adult biker titles because of this Dystopian twist to it. 

 

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 

Hmm. I think it’s a tie between the action/suspense scenes and the intimate moments between the hero and the heroine. For NIRVANA, the third book in the Glory MC series, there’s a lot going on in terms of the club politics so getting to play with that was a lot of fun. Similarly, the romance between Kitt and Tansy is among my favorite in the series.

 

What are some books you have enjoyed recently?

 

I am currently on a Paranormal Romance kick. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a PNR but I fell back in love with it after reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DEADMAN WALKING and Kresley Cole’s WICKED ABYSS. Both authors are incredible storytellers and I just love the world that they have created for both of their series. 

 

Would you tell us a little about the Glory MC series?

 

The Glory MC series is a New Adult Dystopian. It’s set slightly in the future where solar flares have destroyed major societal structures. Things like the government don’t exist anymore. Instead, as these solar flares occur unpredictably, Glory MC rule what we call ‘Wards.’ Each new Ward specializes in something and the only way to obtain new goods is through trades.

 

If you read this series, you can expect a lot of club politics alongside the romance. Each book will feature a new couple, but the worldbuilding and politics will continue throughout the course of the five books.

 

Would you share a few reasons on why a reader should try the Glory MC series? 

 

When writing the Glory MC series, I tried to tackle subjects that don’t often get much attention. For example, in the first book, I tackled the sensitive subject of bipolar disorder. I wanted to shed light on mental disorders and directly discuss the struggles that one might go through. It was risky, but it was a risk that I was willing to make in order to break the stigma associated with mental illness.

 

The rest of the Glory MC series follows the same pattern. I take a lot of risks but so far, the series has received good reception. Readers have described my series as Mad Max meets Sons of Anarchy. It’s been a total blast to write and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I’ve loved writing it.

 

Would you tell us about the main characters in Nirvana? Who are they? What makes them tick?

 

Kitt Calliope is one of the sergeant at arms of Glory MC. He’s the sweetheart of the group, the one who is the most protective and possessive. He likes to look out for the well being of the members so I thought he was the perfect match for Tansy.

 

Tansy Bonheur is the heroine of this book. You may have met her in the previous book of the series. Without giving away spoilers, Tansy has been through so much despite her young age. In NIRVANA, she will finally get the happily ever after that she deserves.

 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Nirvana and why?

 

I have so many favorite parts because NIRVANA is actually my favorite book in the series. I cried while writing it and then I cried while rewriting and editing it. There’s this one scene in the very last chapter that gets me every time I read it. I won’t say which scene it is because I don’t want to spoil it for readers, but I hope readers have the same reaction as I did when I wrote it.

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of their book, what would it be and why?

 

Hmm. I would probably tell Kitt to back off and maybe take it a little easy. He’s an intense character and he loves fiercely. Sometimes it can be a little too much for others. But that’s hardly a flaw, I don’t think. If anything, it makes me love him even more.

 

Last, what is next for you?

 

Early next year I will be releasing a Contemporary Romance series called Moonrise Beach. It will have a more laid back, beachy feel to it and later on in the year, I will be unleashing the fourth book in the Glory MC series. 

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast!

 

 

Ana Jolene is the author of the Glory MC series and the Contemporary Romance series, Moonrise Beach.

 

Growing up as a rebellious kid didn’t allow for much reading time. It wasn’t until she was in university that she found her passion for books and has since then devoured every book placed before her. Ana holds a B.A. in Psychology and has worked in both IT and Administration. But she’s had the most fun in the bookish world, working as a reviewer, columnist and assistant to multiple sites and authors.

 

Ana currently lives in Toronto with her family and an extremely lazy Shih Tzu whom she adores. To learn more about Ana and her books, subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of the hottest new releases and giveaways!

 

 

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NIRVANA

 

Glory MC #3

 

By Ana Jolene

 

Releases August 8th, 2017

 

About NIRVANA:

 

Tansy Bonheur survived the worst treatment a human being could be subjected to. After being rescued from the decaying, rat-infested cell she was caged in, Tansy hopes that this will be the end of her suffering. But a quick turn of events makes her realize that her reoccurring nightmares are the least of her problems.

 

Kittredge Calliope fell in love with Tansy the first moment he set his eyes on her. Unfortunately for him, Tansy recoils every time he tries to speak to her. When an attack on one of Glory MC’s members forces the club to evacuate the clubhouse, Kitt must get Tansy to safety. But not even being in the embrace of Glory MC’s sergeant at arms can protect Tansy from the people out to get her.

 

In this dangerous, ruthless world, will their newfound love be enough to bring a hardened warrior to his knees and turn a timid beauty into the fighter she needs to be?

 

 

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Kitt Black smoke billowed into the red sky. It was hard to believe that not more than an hour ago, the entire club had been here partying it up until the first ray of morning light. I had gained only a half an hour’s worth of sleep before the call came in. Had made Lucky say it twice because I couldn’t believe it the first time.

 

Someone had tried to kill our prez, Knuckle.

 

The secretary and treasurer of Glory MC was known for his cool composure but that was nowhere to be seen now. “Shit, Kitt. I need you to get down here right now! It’s bad.” Panic laced every one of Lucky’s words. I could hear sounds in the background, of something crackling and a woman sobbing. What the hell had happened? “And bring the fucking truck!” he shouted. I couldn’t even get a word in before the line went dead.

 

The sweet butt in my bed groaned as she turned to take me in. I was standing naked in the middle of my bedroom and she called me back to bed but I was already too busy sending out a mass text to the group to enjoy her company now. “You need to leave,” I told her urgently as I hit send on the text. Within seconds, the club would be on their way to the site of the attack. “Fucking shit.” I still couldn’t believe it! How the hell did this happen?

 

Tossing on my clothes didn’t take more than a minute, but tossing the woman out of bed? That took more patience than I had right now. “What’s going on?” she asked.

 

“No time to explain. Get up.” I tossed my cut over my shoulders, feeling the weight of my fear starting to creep into me. Lucky had said to bring the truck. The last time it had been used, Newt, our previous vice-prez, had been injured in a similar bombing. Would tonight end in a similar fashion? With another dead brother to bury?

 

“But I can’t find my pants,” the woman whined.

 

Fuck, I didn’t have time for this shit. Knuckle was dying. Or maybe he was dead already. I wouldn’t know until I got there. Without another word, I left, ignoring the sweet butt’s calls after me. I also had to make sure Angel was on his way with the truck.

 

The throaty purr of the engine was all I could hear now as I increased speed, desperate to get towards the dark clouds that were a depiction of the Phantoms’ betrayal.

 

There was no one else who would have done this. No one else who had the means and the motive.

 

I cut the engine as soon as I saw them, knowing by their expressions that it was bad. Whatever explosive device the Phantoms had used, it had completely disintegrated Knuckle’s bike. It wouldn’t surprise me if our prez was in the bits and pieces of the air we were breathing in right now.

 

“Angel’s on his way,” I told their fear-glazed faces as I approached. “How is he?” I could see for myself that Knuckle’s legs were a mess of blood, flesh and dirt but at least they were still attached to the rest of him, not blown off like I’d expected. The front half of his body was covered in blood, but that didn’t seem to deter Hanna who was practically lying on top of him, tears spilling from her eyes.

 

“He’s breathing but Hanna says he’s unstable,” Seven answered. Hanna was doing something to him that my uneducated mind couldn’t understand. Whatever it was, I hoped it would work until Angel arrived with the emergency vehicle.

 

Just then, a text from Angel came in: ETA 1 min.

 

As I relayed the message, I hoped to hell Knuckle could last that long. “Hold on, baby,” Hanna was saying to her man, choking back tears. “Just hold on.”

 

As selfishly as Knuckle had made the rash decision to give up Vincent Cavezza to the Phantoms without the consent of the club, he didn’t deserve this. Hell, no one ever deserved to be blown up without a fighting chance.

 

Headlights from the emergency vehicle blinded us before Angel, Hastie, and Beck hopped out.

 

Hastie immediately rushed to us and dropped to his knees, giving his father a quick once-over. Despite the fact that he hadn’t said anything, I could tell that a million things were running through his mind. Did he too believe that this could have been avoided if Knuckle hadn’t made a trade with the Phantoms?

 

Losing Bronson would have been tough, but if we had known that handing over Vincent to them would result in this attack against us, we wouldn’t have agreed to the trade. There was nothing to be done about that now though. The deal had been made. The results were spectacularly shit though.

 

“Make room,” Beck called out as he and Angel brought over a gurney.

 

Hanna jolted into action, her nursing skills coming to her easily as the shock wore off. As the three of them made quick work of transporting Knuckle gently into the van, Hanna turned to me. “This is more than I can handle,” she said in a panicked voice. “I need a doctor.”

 

Yes. This was more than just a bullet wound or a severe case of road rash. As a nurse, Hanna wouldn’t have the right training.

 

Flipping my phone out, I dialed the number I knew by memory. I wanted Knuckle in capable hands especially if his case was as severe as it looked.

 

When I snapped my phone shut, my eyes scanned the surroundings for the club’s sec and trez. I had yet to see Lucky and second to Knuckle, he was the other person I wanted to make sure was all right. “Where’s Lucky?”

 

“He’s fighting the fire,” Seven said, fear a noticeable nuance in her voice. Scanning the destruction the explosion had made, I saw a figure working double time to tame the flames.

 

“Get him to Neptune’s as quickly as you can. Doctor Reyes will be there to meet you,” I said before jumping to help Lucky corral the fire not more than a few feet away.

 

When the blond saw me approach, his cornflower blue eyes met mine, but no words were spoken as we joined our efforts together to put out the fire. By the time we had it cleared, the rest of the club had arrived.

 

In the eyes of everyone, there was a mixture of fear and worry as Knuckle was rushed away to the clubhouse. Others moved to follow, but Seven approached me, looking confused and worried. “Hey. Have you seen Lucky?”

 

I turned to where I thought the sec and trez was but he was no longer by the truck. “He was right there a second ago.”

 

“We’re about to leave,” Seven explained.

 

Searching, we turned together, finding him standing right where Knuckle’s bike had been. “Lucky!” I called out. What the hell was he doing? Together, Seven and I ran over to him, slowing as we took in his tight-lipped expression. “Hey, man. Knuckle has already been taken to Neptune’s. Come on. We gotta go.”

 

Lucky’s eyes hinted at the internal pain he was experiencing so it was no surprise when his voice came out shaky. “I saw someone by his bike earlier, but didn’t think much of it at the time. I should’ve realized that someone was tampering with it.” His boot kicked at the sand beneath us, causing it to plume up like a little cloud.

 

Aw, hell. The guy believed that this was his fault. Seven recognized the guilt in his words, too. “There’s nothing you could have done to prevent this,” she said.

 

“She’s right,” I agreed. “We couldn’t have predicted that the fuckers would turn on us so quickly.” The trade hadn’t lasted very long before they’d gone and shit on us. “Come on, we need to be there in case Knuckle needs us.”

 

It was clear that Lucky felt torn between wanting to be there for Knuckle and going after the Phantoms himself. I met his pained expression. “I know what you’re thinking . . . ”

 

“That I fucked up.”

 

“Shut it. Get those thoughts out of your head.” It hadn’t been his fault and I wasn’t going to allow him to believe that he could have prevented this from happening. “You did nothing wrong, you follow?” Guilt was a nasty thing to deal with and Lucky had been burdened with too many responsibilities already to be held accountable for things out of his control. When I didn’t get an immediate answer, I repeated myself. “I said, do you follow?”

 

 Lucky nodded reluctantly.

 

“Good. We’re going to find these bastards,” I promised as I patted his cheek. If Knuckle died, the Phantoms would pay for every drop of his blood that was spilt. 

 

 

Don’t miss the first two books in the Glory MC series!

 

Book 1: GLORY

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Book 2: ORIGIN

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Feature Friday for Wanda Luthman's Gloria and the Unicorn with Interview

 

 

Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome the wonderful Wanda Luthman and  her children's book Gloria and the Unicorn.

We will have info about the book and author plus a great interview with Wanda . 

Make sure to check everything out and go and show her some support and her books some love and add them to your TBR ;) 

Happy Reading :) 


Gloria and the Unicorn (Unicorn, #1)

 

Gloria and the Unicorn is a story that will delight you as well as pull on your heart strings as Gloria struggles with her facial disfigurement and wanting to fit in. Gloria’s mother died at birth and her father gave her to Miss Libby, the owner of a children’s home. Miss Libby loves the little girl and feels protective of her. But, it’s not until Sir Louie, the unicorn, shows up that Gloria starts to believe in herself. She has a conflict at school and never wants to go back and then she finds herself in an even worse situation; she encounters the evil Wizards of Malcadore who want to kill her. She must decide if she will face her fear of certain death to save her friend, Sir Louie, or lose him forever. Come along on Gloria’s marvelous journey with Sir Louie.

 

 

 

 

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Hello Wanda .Thank you for taking the time to stop in and chat with us, it is lovely to have you.

 

What would you say is your favorite genre to read and why?

 

My favorite genre, right now, is spiritual in nature. My Pastor wrote and published a book a few years back and out of curiosity, I purchased it. Turns out, it was a 28-day meditation guide. I learned about contemplative meditation and have been meditating almost daily ever since. I've wanted to learn all I can about meditation so I started buying books on all different types and I just love the journey it has taken me on!

 

What was the last book you read that made you cry?

It's been awhile but it's called Rescuing Sprite. It was about a sick golden retriever and we had just put down our chocolate lab. I sobbed like a big baby.

 

Tell us something about you that might surprise people.

I am the parent of 4 step-children.

 

If you could co-write a book or series with any author, dead or alive who would it be?

It would definitely be Dr. Seuss. He's my hero. I love him so much and it would be a great thrill to co-write a book with him.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

On my book cover! She's the best and really knows how to nail what I'm wanting. I get compliments on them all the time.

 

This was fun, again thank you so much for taking the time to chat. You rock!

   

 

 
Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a Guidance Counselor at a local High School. She has self-published 4 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the Unicorn, and Little Birdie). She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization in Cape Canaveral; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 22 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest. To download a free ebook, visit Wanda Luthman’s website at www.wandaluthmanwordpress.com and follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wluthman
 
 
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