Free book, pre-order and new releases from the Queens of RH

As Hurricane Michael pummels Florida I am sitting safely in a small Midwestern town far away from home. Fortunately for me everyone in my family and their homes made it through the storm unscathed. But, the storm surge hasn’t hit yet so we are still holding our breathe.

It’s times like these that reminds most of us what we are grateful for, and I can say with certainty, I am grateful for my subscribers… all of you!

As my way of saying thank you for the next three or four weeks I will offer my short stories for free on Amazon. They will only be available for two days when my newsletter goes out ot all of you. So please download them, enjoy them and if your heart feels so inclined LEAVE ME A REVIEW. lol

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The Making of Marea

As many of you know I am so excited about my new series, Born of Fire Book 1 in the Heavenly Harem Series. You will grow tired of me reminding you that it is available for preorder on Amazon. 🙂

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Born of Fire to please Adam, Lilith was not satisfied with one man, especially one telling her what to do and what to think. After she meets the original reaper, the Archangel Samuel, she knows she must be free to live and love as she pleases.

Aided by Mercy, the Bringer of Light, and Lucifer, the shapeshifter, Lilith attempts to escape and live in peace with her harem of lovers.

But Adam has other plans. Will he succeed in destroying Lilith’s paradise? Will Lilith’s lovers be able to survive the wrath of the Creator and live with the consequences of her forbidden love?

Born of Fire is available on Amazon for preorder.

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ELLE CROSS
Nemesis

I have been called many names in my long life.
Kali. Hel. Santa Muerta. To the Cabal, I am simply Immortelle.
As the daughter of Nyx and sister to the Furies, I was used to being an ever-living weapon to the Powers That Be that run the Cabal.

As the mistress to War, Death gloried in the carnage I wrought as I danced with Mischief and Strife. Until one day, I fell in love with a mortal human who called me by other names. Lover. Partner. Wife. He gifted me with love and peace, and I thought I could be happy. And then too soon, he died. I mourned his death for one year and one day. On the next day, they came for me. Like I knew they would. War. Death. Mischief. Strife.
Except they didn’t come to recruit me back. They came to tell me how my husband truly died. Now, I have taken on another name… an older name… one that I hadn’t worn in a long, long time…

Nemesis

KIM FAULKS

sixth

Dark. Gripping. Sci-fi/Paranormal Romance.

There’s a place from my nightmares. A place where bad things hide.

The memories kept me awake for most of my life. But it’s not what keeps me awake anymore. It’s her. She calls me, desperate and pleading. Like a shining star I can’t quite find. I feel those men from my nightmares coming for her. Only she can’t sense them—she can’t see.

Not the past.

Or the future…unlike me. Until one day as I stood in a doorway in the barren wasteland in Afghanistan with my squad at my back…my star dimmed, and sputtered out. I have two holes in my chest now. One which bears her name. I have to find her. I pray I’m not too late. First I have to find the others, two more guys like me. Together we seek a North Star. One we were born half in love with.Leading us back home. Without ever knowing we were lost at all.

Sixth

MILA YOUNG & SKYLER ANDRA

dark fire

A secret guild. Three irresistible guardians. A sinister evil out to get her.

Bearing the tattoo of a snake on her wrist says Luna was born into the Serpent Brotherhood; a sinister organisation that abuse supernatural creatures to harness their power. Problem is she has no memory of that life, and rumour has it no one leaves alive. That might explain why she and her family have been on the run for as long as she can remember.

When the demon who murdered her parents returns to finish her, shit gets real. Like all her past coming back to haunt her. Assigned three guardians, Luna must navigate the strange, new world of the Guild of Shadows to unlock the mystery. If only she can keep her head in the game, and not let her sexy companions distract her.

Darkfire is Book 1 in the Guild of Shadows Series and is a slow-burn reverse harem with steamy scenes.

DELIA CASTEL

goldie locks

Three handsome dragon shifters. A fugitive on the run. Will it lead to true love, or true ruin?
Marigold escapes prison for a crime she didn’t commit and becomes a wanted woman. With bear shifter enforcers on her tail, she needs sanctuary—fast.
When she seeks refuge in the house of three sexy dragon shifters, she has to use every feminine wile in her arsenal to gain their trust.
But a greater evil approaches, threatening the lives of both her and her mates.

Goldie Locks and the Three Dragons

JESSA LUCAS

a song in the night

reams and reality twine in TEMPTED KINGDOM, a steamy new fantasy for fans of fractured fairytales and gothic romance.
She is the key to their escape, and they are the key to her survival…
When vagabond and criminal-on-the run Saylor Greyson boards a bus to Los Angeles, she doesn’t expect to crash land in a coffin in a world she thought only existed in the pages of fairytales. A world of astonishing magic, deadly curses, and a vast kingdom… that’s all hers. If she can just remember it.
It turns out that everything Saylor has ever known about Earth was an elaborate dream– except for her knack for seduction, the illicit power that sent her running in the first place.
With time running out, Saylor will need the help of her not one, but five super hot watchmen…. watchmen with questionable loyalties who are conveniently immune to her siren superpowers. Each of these men may have had a part to play in the dream of the life she knew, and Saylor suspects that tangling with them might be the only way to untangle her fabricated identity from the one she must remember if she hopes to break her curse, escape the tower, and…you know… live happily ever after.
A fresh mashup of classic fairytales and Greek mythology, the world of TEMPTED KINGDOM will thrill with its twists and turns– and one headstrong heroine at the helm!

A Song in the Night

OPHELIA BELL

dragon equinox

The Haven is consumed by war. The Source has been compromised. Only Numa, an immortal dragon, can turn the tide of battle.

As their ancient enemy brings destruction to their doorstep, the higher races must take drastic measures to stop her once and for all. Numa, the only immortal dragon who remains unmated, is the only one among them who can wield the power necessary to open a portal and usher in their armies, and their last hope.

She’ll need a partner, one powerful enough to handle the taxing nature of the ritual. Unfortunately, Fate has not made this an easy task.

With no dreams of her soul mates to guide her, Numa has been made a prize in a contest that will attract immortal heroes and legendary gods. Whosoever wins shall have her as their partner, leaving little room for love.

Unless she happens to fall for all five men at once, of course.

To defy Fate’s design might bring annihilation to her people, but what is a dragon to do when faced with an impossible choice? And can the last of Fate’s daughters truly find love in a time of war?

Dragon Equinox

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Queens of RH: Bea Paige Interview

ferns flight
Fern’s Flight

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I did a Creative Writing and English Language degree at University and promptly when straight into work and didn’t pick up a pen and paper, or rather fingers to keyboard until thirteen years later! Life was lived, kids were had, and then when my youngest went to school I suddenly had precious time on my hands and decided to write my first book. A couple years later, here I am.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I still work part-time as I’ve not got to a point where I can safely work full-time as an author. So, I imagine I’d be doing the same thing – working in a school 😊

Does your family support your career as a writer?
This is a tricky question to answer… Let me explain, a career in writing isn’t just sitting down and writing a story. It’s hours of marketing, networking, talking with readers and authors. It’s damn hard work and does take a lot of time. It’s hard to juggle being a mum, wife, writer and still work but I’m learning to get there! It’s a learning curve for both me and my family. We all have to adjust.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift. 100%. I love that I can breathe life into a story. I just wish I could write fast enough to get them all out! So many stories, so little time!

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
At school. I imagine everyone has experienced some form of bullying in their life. Words have the power to lift people up and bring them down. It was then I realized that words are incredibly powerful.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write the stories in my head. I don’t really have the best marketing brain. I’m sure that many authors write to market and do so successfully, but for me I need to get out the story that wants to be heard. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The most difficult of the artistic process for me is feeling relaxed enough, and in the moment, to write. Other life things take up my attention and make it extremely hard to then switch off and turn my writers brain on. That can be really difficult.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Most of my books are fantastical, so I can really just go with my imagination. At the moment I am co-writing a series with another author and we are basing the story on Dante’s Inferno, so research is needed there.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My main series at the moment is the Sisters of Hex series. This is a paranormal / fantasy series based between Earth and the hidden realm of Ever Vale with a whole host of supernatural creatures. When finished there will be fifteen books in total, divided up into five stand-alone series. The trilogies are interconnected but can be read alone and out of sequence. I’ve already finished the first trilogy about the first ‘sister of hex’ Accacia and the vampires of Clan Lux which is available in Kindle Unlimited. Now I’m currently working on Fern and the Angels of Death from Clan Vitae. Fern’s Decision (book one is out now) and I am working on Fern’s Wings – book two of her trilogy.

What was your hardest scene to write?
In Fern’s Wings there is a scene where one of the Dark Angels, Gabe takes the life of a newborn baby. It is a very dark scene, and as a mother, incredibly difficult to write. I cried the whole time, but it was a necessary part of the story to explain just how dark the angels have to be in order to survive, even though taking life goes against everything they once were before they were cursed.

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes! I have one now, a character in an upcoming trilogy I hope to start writing next month that won’t be quiet. She wants to be heard and it’s hard ignoring her whilst I concentrate on the current WIP!

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I have a basic idea of where I want the story to go. So, with the Sisters of Hex series I know loosely what should happen in each. However, more often than not the characters voices will take over and the story will take a surprise turn that will make it so much better than I expect! Of course, sometimes the opposite is true and I have to cut scenes that just don’t work!

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Queen Adrielle in my Sisters of Hex series. She is evil. I don’t like evil (although in a story a great antagonist is a must). Lorna, in my contemporary RH series is a wicked woman (mother to my FMC, Louisa). She’s a terrible mother, a drunk and someone I would dislike instantly in life.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
I’ve no clear idea. This woman is a crazy cat lady most likely.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I do! Although it’s quite possible that either they’re not that secret and people have already figured stuff out, or too secret that no one will ever pick it up. I don’t know which, as no one has commented yet!

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My soul? Devil, are you around? No, seriously, I could happily give up red wine and haribos. They are my favourite thing ever. I’d give them up in a heartbeat. I could live with that… I think.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Honestly, it depends on the scene and how quickly I can write it. Sometimes, I’m fist pumping and going ‘yeah, that was awesome.’ Other times I’m a so exhausted and frustrated I have to turn the computer off and go do something else.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress. If I’m stressed about anything, kids, work, family stuff writing goes out of the window and the muse runs off screaming. I’m the best writer when I am relaxed with a mind free from stress! I guess that works for most jobs.
18. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes. Good ones, I jump around and do a mum dance. Bad ones, I cry a little. If they are constructive reviews, I take on the information and try to improve my writing. If I’m getting slated, what can I say I cry, then I get over it, and re-read the good ones to cheer me up!

Do you Google yourself?
I did once, it wasn’t very interesting, lol!

What’s the best way to market your books?
If I knew the answer to that I’d be a rich woman! Seriously though marketing is HARD. I do my best to converse with my readers in my Facebook group and on Social Media. Budget is a big issue for me… At the moment I don’t have as much money to throw at advertising my books, so I have to do everything I can to remain relevant by partaking in takeovers, talking about my book in genre specific groups and such.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Less than I should. I still haven’t figured out how to balance it all frankly! It’s hard to know what to do for the best…. Write the books to get them out there, or market them so the readers out there can find them!

What do your fans mean to you?
I’m not sure I can call them fans… lol! But my readers mean the world to me. I write what I do for them. I have a few who’ve stuck with me from the beginning and cheer lead me. Without their support and belief in me as a writer. I would have probably given up a long time ago

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Trying to be like someone else. Trying to write all the words like other authors to push out books fast. I fell fowl to that and almost burned out. I’ve decided that I need to give myself a break. That I can only write a set amount each day and that that’s okay. I take my hat off to those authors who can write a gazillion words a day, but I’m not one of them. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up if you can only write a certain amounts of words a day. Get your own rhythm, in the long run it will be better for you.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
HURT. Most definitely. Stay humble. Be grateful for what you’ve achieved and never forget the people who’ve helped you to get where you’ve got. Success is often built on assistance from lots of people. This business is fickle, success one day does not necessarily mean success the next. Remember those who helped get you there, because they will be the people who will support you if it doesn’t work out.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Michael Flately from Feet of Flames. I worked for Polygram (now Universal) when I was in my twenties and he was one of our clients. He took our team at the time out to a post restaurant.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
Laura Greenwood, Arizona Tape, Skye MacKinnon and Sariah Skye are my closest friends. They are all so driven and creative, kind and supportive. They make the difficult parts of writing easier. I’m so happy to have them in my life.

Read any good books lately?
Pepper Winters is my go to. Ava Mason (another awesome author) recommended her Dollars series and I’ve read all of her books now. She is not an RH author but she her writing is so special. She is definitely my idol!

Do you ever sleep?
Sleep? What’s that?

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I like a bit in between. Too slow and I lose interest… to hot to quick and I’m like where’s the build up? I think I write to my preference too.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
CM Stunich broke my RH cherry, so I have to give her a shout out! Her Groupie series is one of my all time favorites. Right now there are so many awesome RH writers. I have to say though, that even though they are my friends and you may think I am being biased I generally think the following authors books are incredible and deserve a read:
Laura Greenwood – Saving Eira
Skye Mackinnon – Winter Princess
Arizona Tape – Danny’s Dance
Sariah Skye – Invisible

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Debbie Cassidy Interview

Champion of Midnight
debbie cassidy
Champion of Midnight

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?

Well, I live in England, I’m a mum of three, and I love sleep. Shame I don’t get enough of it. I started writing when I was eleven on a typewriter my dad bought me for my birthday. I wrote tons of short stories, usually, horror and paranormal ones. But as the years went by the writing went on the backburner. I continued to read voraciously though and started writing again when my middle child was born.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?

Ooo, I’d love to be a librarian!

Does your family support your career as a writer?

I think they all viewed it as a hobby for a long time. But last year I actually began to make an income. Now I get a lot more support in terms of time for writing.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Definitely a gift if you can pursue it, but if for some reason you can’t, that little voice in your head spinning stories can be a curse, because being a writer isn’t something you can just switch off.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?

I don’t have a specific experience, but growing up I learned that the right words could shut a bully up good and proper, that arguments could be won with logic and calm crisp sentences. I’m pretty sure my husband hates getting into a debate with me.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

A balance of the two works for me. I try to give the reader what they want and add something original into the mix at the same time. But there are projects that I’ve written just for me, knowing they may not fit a market, but needing to cleanse my palate anyway.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Oh gosh, it depends on what I’m working on, but I have a great library of reference books on all kinds of stuff: witchcraft, magical creatures, ancient symbols, norse mythology, dragon lore and so much more. But when in doubt there’s always google.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.

Ooo, okay. City of Demons is an Urban Fantasy Reverse Harem set in the same world as my Chronicles of Midnight series. But it can be read independently. The MC spoke to me way before the series formed in my mind, and she was a snarky broody mix of Buffy and Angel. She loves tea, the colour pink (but only in secret) and talks to her Mini and her enchanted leather dustkicker. Although dark in places the story has some really funny moments. There are dragons and demons and arcane magic wielders and a whole host of other supernatural creatures, but for me the best part are the cast of characters and they way they gel together.
So um, yeah. You’ll just have to read it 😉

What was your hardest scene to write?

I think some of the hardest scenes in the series so far have been between my MC and one of her love interests. There are issues there that I’ve really had to think deeply about before writing. They are pretty emotionally scenes, but I think I’ve managed to do them justice.

Do your characters talk to you?

They do not shut up! I have a rule that if the characters don’t talk to me then I don’t write the series. I always start with the character and build the world around them. I know some authors do it the other way around, but it doesn’t work for me. If the character isn’t chattering away in my head then I know this project won’t work.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?

I have a basic outline, but I like to keep it flexible to allow the characters to slip into the driver’s seat from time to time. I find a balance works. I give them a frame to work in and they take me on a journey.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?

What? All my characters would love me! Okay, honestly, probably Azren because I’d annoy the heck out of him trying to get him to break from the frosty exterior.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?

She’d probably ask me to stop putting me in life or death situations, and urge me to get her some nookie stat. (That means sex for those who aren’t familiar with the slang word)

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

All the time. All my series are linked in some way and readers who are familiar with my other books will probably find little clues that link the worlds. There is a lot of foreshadowing for worlds and series to come as well. I’m all about the multi-verse, and this is a huge theme in my books.

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

Sugary snacks. They are my weakness, but I would give them up in a heartbeat to improve my craft.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize for sure.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Lack of sleep.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Argh! I am always on pins and needles when it comes to reviews. I religiously read my arc reviews as these are my target readers, and I use their feedback to improve my craft. After that I try not to read the reviews. I do always check the bad ones though, to make sure there isn’t something horrific I’ve done, but so far I haven’t gleaned any constructive criticism from those.

Do you Google yourself?

Hee hee, show me an author who hasn’t at some point?

What’s the best way to market your books?

I use AMS adverts and FB adverts for direct marketing on retailer sites. But other than that I like to connect with readers and allow them to get to know me.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?

I’m a stay at home mum and home educator, and so I grab time where I can. There isn’t a set routine for my writing. I aim for a minimum of 10k words a week but most weeks I can hit 15k without much effort. I usually spend half hour to an hour a day housekeeping on the admin side of things.

What do your fans mean to you?

EVERYTHING! I love my readers sooo much! My reader group is my go to place to chill and unwind. I adore chatting to them.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Not doing enough prep and research before beginning their journey. It’s exciting to get stuck in to writing a story that’s knocking around in your head, but sometimes the story we want to write isn’t the story that will sell. Sad but true. If you want to make a living from writing then you need to put in the hours doing your prep work and learning the ropes.

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

So many awesome authors…Hmmm. Jasmine Walt was my mentor last year when we coauthored the Gatekeeper Chronicles, and she taught me so much about the publishing process. I didn’t really outline before I worked with her, but an outline was essential to our project. I had to learn fast, and now I can’t work without a basic outline and a world building document. Ines Johnson, Melle Amade and Jeffery H Haskell are my author besties. I talk to them almost every day, and they inspire me constantly with their dedication, their determination and their amazing writing. I’m actually taking a course that Ines is running right now on how to write a book serial. Jeff is my go to guy when I need to discuss weapons and fighting technique. Melle kicks my arse when I’m in a funk, and Ines allows me to procrastinate until I finally hit upon the solution to my problem. She is a great listener. So yeah, I couldn’t do without my author peeps.

Read any good books lately?

OMG! I bombed through the Veil Diaries and the Seraph Black series and am now chowing through the Kit Davenport series. I’m on a RH kick at the moment and I’m loving it.

Do you ever sleep?

Ha ha!

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?

I love writing slow burn but I’ll read slow, medium or take-me-right-now. It really depends on my mood.

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?

Honestly there are so many authors in RH that I’d love to give a shout out to but here are a few who I adore.
Shout out to Laura Greenword, Skye Mckinnon, Pippa da Costa, Alex Liddell and Eva Chase. I admire them so much. Also B L Brunnemer and Jane Washington because I love their series’ so bloody much.

Champion of Midnight

Cheers,

Scarlette D’Noire

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Queens of RH: Lacy Carter Andersen Interview

Lacey Carter Andersen
Cursed Hunter
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
My name is Lacey Carter Andersen, and I’m a mom of three little ones. I live in Arizona with my amazing kids, my supportive husband, and my three trouble-making cats. I’ve been writing stories since I first learned how to write. I even entered writing contests when I was in elementary school. I always knew I was going to be a writer, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago I started pursing it as a career.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
If I didn’t write, I’d be a teacher. I taught junior high for a few years, and I absolutely loved it! The kids amazed me each and every day.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
My family absolutely supports my career as a writer. My husband has read almost everything I’ve ever written, and my seven-year-old son wants to be a writer, just like me. They make me feel like an absolute rock star!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Being a writer is a gift and a curse. I love bringing to life my worlds and characters, but they also haunt me like ghosts until I tell their stories. It pulls me out of this world a little bit, even though many times I want to be completely focused on “real” life. Which can be absolutely frustrating at times!

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
I read Bridge To Terabithia when I was young. When the little girl died at the end, I was in tears. I didn’t understand. I kept turning the page, trying to figure out when they realized she’s actually okay. When it hit me that she was really dead, I hid the book behind my pillow for weeks, to “punish” it for hurting me. It was the first time I realize a story could break your heart. That, somehow, words on a page could string together to create characters that were so lifelike, they felt real.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I write what I want. The difficult part came when I actually started having readers, as funny as that might sound. It slowed down my writing process, because I suddenly had an internal battle. Do I try to figure out what they want and give it to them? Or do I just keep writing? It was hard to realize that all I could do was write the way that came naturally to me. Because truly the most difficult part of my writing process is when I let self-doubt stop me in my tracks.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I typically don’t start researching an idea at first. Inspiration hits, and I start writing a story. When I come to a part that I realize I need information to continue, I stop everything and start searching for answers.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My newest release will be Cursed Hunter. It’s the second book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals’ series. It revolves around a demon-hunter named Sharen, who is not your stereotypical heroine. In the story, she’s accidentally tied to three demons and discovers her whole world is a lie. It’s a reverse harem romance with a lot of steam and a lot of mystery.

What was your hardest scene to write?
My hardest scenes were in a scifi romance called Twisted Prophecies. At the time, a loved one was diagnosed with extreme OCD. I was heartbroken and weaved that into the story with a heroine who had crippling OCD and anxiety. I gave it a scifi twist, but that story has so much of my own heartache weaved into. Most readers wouldn’t know it, but I’ve never struggled that badly with a book before.

Do your characters talk to you?
All the time. And my characters are demanding as heck. They want me to write their stories now.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
My characters always drive my stories. I usually don’t plot out the book in any fashion until I get pretty far into it. And, I don’t think I would plot at all, except that my writing doesn’t move as quickly as my thoughts. With three little ones, I spend far too much time thinking about how I plan to write the rest of the story, rather than actually getting to write. So, that’s when I “plot.”

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
I think Erin from Nightmare Hunter. She’s this wealthy, confident cadet who owns every room she walks into. I think my shyness and complete avoidance of conflict would drive her crazy!

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
Sharen from Renegade Hunter is my current heroine. She’s kick-ass and tough, but she also feels a lot and has experience a lot of heartache. I think she’d say we were a bit of kindred spirits. We’re both a bit exhausted from fighting for the people we love, but we’re both good at putting on a brave face for the world.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Absolutely. There is a scene in Deadly Dreams, the second book of Erin’s story, where Erin has this amazing heart-to-heart with her mom. It was such a powerful scene, because Erin is so real. She is a person who has struggled, who has been wrong, who is absolutely vulnerable in that moment. I cried when I read that scene again. My narrator for the audiobook said she cried too. There are so many little secrets through that series that are pieces of my own life. But no one would be able to unwrap them, even the people closest to me.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
This may sound silly, but nothing. I don’t think I have anything else I can get rid of. I have an amazing husband and awesome children. My life revolves around caring and loving them. I write every free minute I have, so there isn’t much left after that. At this point in my life, I can’t take anything more out of it for my writing career.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I write fun or sexy scenes, it completely energizes me. When I write upsetting or difficult scenes, it drains me. I’m currently working on the third book in my Mates of the Realms: Mortals series, and I’ve been putting it off a lot. So much happens in this book that I have to have the energy to make it amazing. These characters deserve it!

What is your writing Kryptonite?
A new show. I usually write in the evenings, after the kids go to bed. So if my husband and I start a new show, I don’t get anything done for way too long.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I have been reading my book reviews, but I’ve decided not to anymore. I don’t have a thick skin. I’m a tired mom and writing is my escape. When I get bad reviews, I’m crushed for weeks. It’s just not good for me to read them. I have an amazing PA who I intend to simply ask for any important points that she notices in my reviews to spare myself the emotional black hole.

Do you Google yourself?
Only to look for pirated copies of my books, which I decided was depressing, so I stopped, lol.

What’s the best way to market your books?
I have no idea. I guess the best thing to do is simply write another book. That helps to sell my other stories.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I’m not sure exactly what you classify as marketing. I probably spend an hour on Facebook every day, checking in with my readers and connecting to other authors. But actually marketing my books? I maybe spend ten minutes a week. As far as writing, most nights I write for two or three hours… unless I fall asleep with the kids.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Honestly, I just can’t believe I have fans! Every time I write something, I fully expect people to call it garbage and move on with their lives. The fact that I have a group of people who pick up most, if not all of my books? It’s incredible. It truly keeps me going.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think I see a lot of aspiring writers hesitant to actually finish a book. Meaning: write it, edit it, and publish it. Most just never seem to finish a book. My advice is that if they want to be a writer, they have to go through all the steps and put that book out there!

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think both. A big ego usually makes it so few writers want to work with you, but a big ego would also offer some protection in a business that is so vulnerable. Authors with big egos probably get bad reviews, roll their eyes, and move on with their day. Which I envy so much!

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Uh. Honestly? I don’t think I’ve ever met a famous person.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a

better writer?
Skye MacKinnon is such a sweet woman. She doesn’t mind when I awkwardly reach out to her to ask questions. She’s always supportive and encouraging. And along with being amazing as person, she’s an excellent writer with an incredible work ethic and a great business plan. Everything she does seems to be done smoothly and well. Since I’m always multitasking and often make mistakes, I envy her perfectionism so much.

Read any good books lately?
It has been a long time since I’ve completed a full book. I have ten minutes in the bath each night to read, so it takes me months to read a book. And half the time when I’m in the bath I’m doing a final pass on my books on my Kindle. But I’m hoping to catch up on reading in a few years when my kids are hopefully a little more independent.

Do you ever sleep?
I sleep for maybe four hours each night. I’m burning myself out a bit, but I write at night when my kids are asleep, so I just need more hours in the day. The only thing I can take from is sleep.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
Fast burn. Always. 😉

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
I’m going to give a shout out to Elaina Jadin. I had a night when I was so stuck with business questions swirling around in my brain that I felt sick to my stomach. She answered so many of my questions and really put my on the right path. I am so grateful to her for that.

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Queens of RH: Sarah Bale Interview

Sarah Bale
Ruled By Pain
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Tell us a little about yourself.
How did you first get into writing? I’ve always loved writing, even as a child.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Lol both.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I try not to spend too much time researching, because I can get lost in the details. With this series I already knew a lot about Greek mythology, but I’d stop along the way if I had questions.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Ruled by Pain is the first book in my new series. It’s a modern twist on Greek mythology/Gods/Goddesses. Basically, there is a prophecy that foretold the fall of the Goddesses as new Goddesses were born. Now the Gods and their new mates must learn to trust each other as they also try to find out who is coming after the Goddesses. The first book follows Hades and Aubrey.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your story-line?
I know where the story is going to start and end. Everything in the middle is up to the characters.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Ares

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
We’d be friends, but she’d think I’m bossy.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yeah, there are definitely little things in there. The covers each have an ‘easter egg’, meaning a small detail not many will notice.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
Coffee (I only say this because I’m a big Diet Coke girl lol )

What is your writing Kryptonite?
The internet. I get distracted easily

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do. If there is a bad review I try to see if there’s anything I can learn. But sometimes, sadly, people just don’t like your book.

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the best and I wouldn’t be where I am without them!

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Gosh, I’d say Jefferey Dean Morgan (who inspired Hades)

Read any good books lately?
Cock tales: The Cocky Collective

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Check out Elle Cross! I’ve known her for years and she’s the best!
Ruled By Pain

Sarah Bale’s family always knew she was destined to write romances when they saw the elaborate stories she created for her Barbie dolls. At fifteen she penned her first book, which will never see the light of day if she has any say.

When Sarah isn’t writing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also planning what she’d do in a zombie apocalypse. She resides in Oklahoma and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.
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Queens of RH: Mila Young Interview

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Wicked Heat
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I have always loved stories and used to write them as a kid. Reading was another passion, so to be it came naturally that I’d write stories. My dad is also a writer, so I guess I gained a lot of inspiration from him

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Funny as I grew up also wanting to study archaeology, so if I wasn’t writing, I might be in a very different field.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Definitely support me… whether they fully understand that writing is not just a hobby for a serious career for me is a different story. My hubby is always there for me, and he is my go to guy for brainstorming new ideas.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spend a lot of time researching. For example, in my recent series, Wicked Heat, a lot of my world-building is based on the Lao spirits of Voodoo. Most of the time I use maybe ten-percent of what I research in my story.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
Right now, I’m finishing to my newest release, book 2 in the Wicked Heat release. It’s a story about a woman who has the ability to manifest fire with a single thought, but she has no background, has no clue who her family is, and why they left her on the side of the road at the age of three. The story is a self-journey of discovering who she is, why a powerful Lao spirit is after her, and finding true love.

What was your hardest scene to write?
Probably the final climax scene in any book as there are so many aspects to tie up, to ensure the scene doesn’t seem rushed, to give credibility to the actions.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your story-line?
I’m definitely a plotter. I write detailed scenes for my stories, chapter by chapter, understand the character’s background, who they are, what motivations them. For me, this makes it easier to lay clues for later mysteries.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
In my Haven Realm series, each book is a standalone based in the same world, and in each book I add small clues about characters in other books, reveal snippets from those stories.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sleep. When I start falling behind, my brain turns to mush haha

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
I tend to do about 70% writing and 30% marketing on average.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Madonna on my last visit to New York. Let’s just say I was fangirling massively.

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
I love the give it to me now baby… haha

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Big call out to my amazing friend, Kim Faulks.

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Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow. By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.
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Queens of RH: Marissa Farrar Interview

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I had the pleasure to ask Marissa some probing interview questions and her answers are fascinating.
Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she’s been married for many years and has three young daughters, she’s conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.

The author of more than thirty novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last six years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I only started to take it seriously after I’d finished my Zoology degree and realized I’d spent most of my degree writing stories.

If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I’d probably want to be a vet or do something else with animals – hence my Zoology degree.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, very much so. It was a little rocky at first as I was putting so much time into it, but my family know that if I don’t get the time to work, I tend to get snappy!

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift, without doubt. It’s incredible to live so many lives through my writing.

What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
When I published my first book, Alone, almost ten years ago now, a reader wrote to me to tell me that the book had given her the strength to leave her abusive relationship. That was pretty incredible.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I probably do half and half. This is my full-time job, so I have to give the readers what they want, but I like to think I throw my own spin on things. I started writing as a horror/dark fantasy author, and so most of my work has a tinge of darkness to it. The hardest part for me is not getting distracted by shiny new projects. I have so many ideas and I want to write them all!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Well I write romance and fantasy, so as little as possible! Most of my research tends to be around the locations the books are set.

Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My current project is a RH fantasy series called Chronicles of the Four. It’s a swords and sorcery type fantasy about a girl who can communicate with dragons. Book two, With a Dragon’s Heart, will be out June 28th.

What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t answer that as it gives a plot point away!

Do your characters talk to you?
Yes, all the time.

Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I’m not a plotter. I have a vague idea of things I want to happen, but otherwise the character’s drive the story.

What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Warsgra, because he always thinks he’s right.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
That I shouldn’t drink so much gin while I’m writing about her!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No, I don’t think so. I like to reveal everything by the end.

What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My facebook time!

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! I love to write!

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anything bad going on in my personal life. I struggle to connect with the imaginary world if the real world is demanding my attention.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I try to avoid them, but sometimes it’s hard to do that. The bad ones always stick to me longer than the good ones, but over the years it’s got easier to shrug them off.

Do you Google yourself?
No!

What’s the best way to market your books?
It’s been facebook ads for me. Some people say they do nothing, but I swear by them.

How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Probably six hours writing, versus one or two hours marketing.

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn’t be able to write full time, which has always been my dream, so I’m eternally grateful.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they need to employ ‘vanity presses’ in order to self publish.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurt. Confidence is good, but an ego is only going to be damaged in the end.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Stephen King at a book signing in London years ago.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
I have too many to mention (and I daren’t name names as I’ll end up missing someone out).

Read any good books lately?
I just finished The Toy Makers, which was wonderful.

Do you ever sleep?
Absolutely! I need my sleep, or I’m a cranky bitch!

What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
It depends what mood I’m in. I can do either or both!

Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
The lovely Lily Harlem, who I’ve known for years, and who is the author of the Castaways series – check it out, if you haven’t already!

Thanks for having me!

Marissa. XXX

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Scarlette D’Noire

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