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Summary:
Who is Audrey Byrd?
Ask her ex-best friend, Cline Somers, and he’ll tell you that she’s the girl who inexplicably stopped talking to him when they were fifteen years old, leaving him with nothing but questions and bitterness for the better part of the next six years.
Ask his roommate, Elliot Clark, and he would say that Audrey is the enigmatic girl who randomly showed up outside a window one day and turned his whole world upside down in a matter of moments.
Ask Audrey herself and she’ll tell you that she has no idea who she is, because her entire life is a lie. However, the older she gets the more she needs answers about who she really is.
What she discovers is a tangled web of secrets better left in the dark.
Some truths do more harm than good.
***Recommended for readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter, language and situations.
~*~EXCERPT~*~
It’s started to sprinkle, and we’ve ridden five rides so far, walked the entire length of the fairgrounds, and watched a group of nine year olds tap dance in skirts bigger than my bedroom. The smile on Audrey’s face is enormous, and I can’t stop staring at her.
She’s holding a funnel cake in one hand and a custard in the other while I balance a corn dog and massive soda myself. Cline and September have gotten on the Ferris wheel, and it will be at least another ten minutes before they make it to the top and all the way back around. We head away from the lights and sounds toward the grass and rocks of a field just beyond the parameters of the fairgrounds. There’s a slight breeze as we go to sit, and Audrey’s skirt flies up, making her laugh and attempt to grab it with both of her full hands. She’s unsuccessful and ends up landing on her ass gracelessly, powdered sugar sliding from the plate onto her lap in the process.
“Figures. I’m over here trying to act like a lady, and all the elements are against me.” She shakes her fist at the sky in false anger.
“You don’t have to act like a lady,” I tell her just as I turn to look and see that she’s taken a huge bite out of the funnel cake and has white powder all over her cheeks and under her nose. “I retract that statement. Maybe trying a little bit would be helpful.”
Her laugh causes more powdered sugar to go flying into the air. She passes the food over to me, and we share it until it’s all gone and we’ve cleaned up the best we can, though her red dress has spots that won’t come out without a good washing. The sprinkles of water are doing little to help with the situation. They simply disappear into the fabric as soon as they make contact.
We stare at the lights of the fair beyond us, such a stark contrast to the dark night sky, obliterating any stars that are shining above it. It reminds me of how I feel when I’m around Audrey. How loud and bright and chaotic she can be. How she can swallow the entire environment around her until she’s the only focal point. She could dim even the brightest of stars if she’d just get out of her head.
My attention is back on her as my thoughts turn in my head and I can see her staring back up at me, the flashing lights in the distance reflected in her dark eyes. I lean forward and she doesn’t move, just keeps watching as I advance.
“You want me to kiss you so badly right now,” I say.
Her eyebrows draw together and she snorts, her eyes darting away instead of holding steady with my own. “No, I don’t.”
“Yes, you do. I can see it. But, I’m not going to. Not until you ask me. Because I think that’s a thing for you—asking people to do stuff. Asking for things. So, when you finally decide you’re ready for that kiss, you just let me know.”
She leans back on her elbows and looks up at the sky, her ponytail dragging along the grass as her eyes close and the rain hits her face lightly. “Nah. You’ll be waiting forever and a day, Elliot. I’m not gonna ask you to kiss me. We should keep it just like this. All this yearning. This build up to nothing. Will they? Won’t they?” Her eyes open and she looks over her shoulder at me, teasing, but her face is serious. “We’re gonna be the greatest love story never told.”

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Life isn’t easy. Love is harder. Love cuts, love burns and sometimes love breaks.

But living a half-life, living with regrets, that’s no life at all.

People say we’re broken, not like other people. Maybe that’s true—ability, disability—what’s in a word? So whatever the world throws at us, we won’t stop, we won’t crumble. When we love, we love hard.

Love without limits.

Unconditional is an Anthology from authors Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Jane Harvey-Berrick, Sarina Bowen, Mary Elizabeth, D.Hart, Amber L. Johnson, CJ Lyons, Lauren K. McKellar, Shay Savage, and Magan Vernon.

He stole her lipstick…and her heart.

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands.
Ten years after their first affair, Sebastian and Caroline meet again. Now a successful journalist, Caroline heads out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Marine Chief Sebastian Hunter.

Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past, or will the hidden cost of war tear them apart again?
Until his accident, bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus had everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Could he possibly meet the love of his life in the last place he ever wanted to go–the hospital?
Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel is invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses. Dillon Decker hopes he is the cure to her madness. But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?
Fate took away Baylor’s past, giving her a second chance at life, but when faced with a choice to move forward, leave it buried, or follow her heart, she struggled with her basic need to survive and be loved. When she met Brandt, he gave her a reason to rebuild a life full of forgotten treasures.

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.
Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.
A West Virginia mountain, the middle of a blizzard, killers on his trail…no place for a city boy like Lucky Cavanaugh, an ATF explosives specialist.

Out-manned, out-gunned and shot, he takes Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Vinnie Ry
an hostage until he convinces her that he’s one of the good guys.

Vinnie heals not only his injuries but also his broken heart. But when they uncover a terrorist plot, Lucky is forced to choose between duty and passion, risking the life of the woman he loves in order to save the lives of thousands.
When eighteen-year-old Kate’s father turns up drunk to graduation, she knows something is wrong—really wrong. What she doesn’t expect is a hereditary disease that will turn her life around.

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life—about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

Isolated on a raft after their ship capsizes, an alcoholic death-match fighter and a young woman have to face the elements as well as their entwined pasts. Bastian can survive in the harshest environments, but can he survive Raine?
Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

MAYBE RELEASE DAY!

 
 
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Release Date: February 12 , 2014
Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Contemporary / Erotica
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-371-3
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 
~~SUMMARY~~
 

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Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again.

Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him.

For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late.

Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them.

Maybe finding love is worth the risk.

 
 
~~EXCERPT~~

Maybe-3D-Book-Stack-1Walking toward him is like trudging through the deepest mud, but I hold my head high, my hands in my pockets and strides long. When I’m less than a foot away, his head turns toward me without lifting his chin, and he looks up from under his brows. The white smoke from his cigarette causes his eyes to nearly close before he pulls it from his lips and exhales upward into the air.

I’m struck by how incredibly handsome he is in black wool and new jeans. I want to know if his skin feels hot under his clothes and if his back feels the same when I scratch fingernails across his spine. My fists clench in my coat pockets at the thought. This is going to be so much harder than I’d been prepared for.


 
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
AuthPhotA true child of music, Amber’s parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people’s lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing.A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.

 
 
Be sure to look for her other book!
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Praise for Maybe
“The characters are fun, likable, and well done. It’s such a feel good story with a wonderful romance. Honestly, if you want a good, easy read with a cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry, and a romance that will sweep you off your feet then give this book a read. You won’t regret it. ” – Jennifer
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Maybe Cover Reveal – Pub Date 2.12.15

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PRESENTS. . .

A Cover Reveal

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Maybe

by Amber L. Johnson

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Release Date: February 12 , 2015

SUMMARY

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Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again.

Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him.

For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late.

Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them.

Maybe finding love is worth the risk.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Amber Johnson has authored several romance novels that focus on music and the way it can touch people’s hearts. She believes that Happily Ever Afters occur every day—despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Always with two rubber bands on her wrist and a song in her head, Amber is a rebel who puts too much creamer in her coffee, which she drinks out of a cup that reads ‘Cocoa.’ A full-time wife and mother with a day job, she writes whenever she can. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

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A Lyrical Interview with Amy Noelle

Thanks so much for stopping by and agreeing to give me some answers via song lyrics. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about what you are working on.  What is the basic concept?  What was your inspiration for your characters?  Someone you know?  Someone you wish you knew?  When is it expected?

My latest book is called The Hot Corner and it was released in late June so it’s available now at all major online book sites, including TWCS.  It’s about a female sports biographer, Dani Young, whose publisher wants her to write a book on the hottest (physically and athletically) baseball player, Bradley Reynolds.  She and Brad dated in college and it ended abruptly and badly, with unanswered questions on both sides.  She has to decide whether to keep running as she did seven years ago or suck it up and face the past.

My inspiration for Brad was all the hot athletes that I got to see at FSU every day.  Sadly, I didn’t hook up with any of them, but I knew a few anyway.  And modern day Brad is kind of similar to Derek Jeter in his heyday.  Dating actresses and models and being swooned over by women far and wide.

Dani, as most female characters I write, has bits of me in her, but she’s also an amalgam of a lot of friends.  She’s smart and beautiful and everything Brad could want and when they were together, seemed secure in that relationship but deep down inside had those doubts that I think most of us have when we’re with someone.  Especially someone who’s a superstar with women after him everywhere he goes.

Who was most influential in your writing career?

I had many great English teachers growing up but the one I had senior year of high school, Dr. Hudgens, was probably the most influential.  She really let us test our creativity and pushed us to be better.  I’ll never forget the day she called me at home to tell me I’d gotten an A on my final paper for symbolism in The Heart of Darkness.  I loathed that book, really and truly, but I worked hard on it and somehow managed to get past the hate to write a decent paper.  It’s been a long time since I was in high school English but I think the lessons she taught and the freedom she gave me to explore my creativity has stuck with me all these years.

If you could have a night out with one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?

It would actually be Brad’s best friend and sometimes sex buddy, Pamela Baxter.  When I started to write her, I knew Dani would want to hate her and so would most of my readers.  I wanted to hate her.  She’s a sexy, talented actress and she’s warmed Brad’s bed more than time or two.  But she started speaking and she was just impossible to hate.  She’s blunt, hilarious, caring and really loves the idea of love.  She knows that Brad and Dani belong together and instead of getting in the way of that, she supports them and gets to know and love Dani.  She’s an absolute blast to hang out with, as you’ll see in the book.  Hands down the best to party and get in trouble with!

What is your favorite line from your WIP? (or book you’ve just put out)

I give you the whole paragraph for some context, but the line I love the most is bolded.

 

I didn’t need to ask what he meant because I felt the same way. We fit,

perfectly. It had never been like this with Jason or anyone but the man who

was with me now. I should hate him for that. But he began to move and all I

could do was feel as his lips touched mine and our bodies moved together.

Our rhythm matched, like we’d done this a thousand times since the last

time, instead of all those empty years in between.

What is the strangest or most embarrassing thing you have ever typed into your Google search bar?

Women famous for their asses.  Haha yup, I got a top ten list.


When you write, what are the ‘must do’ ‘must have’ and weird tics you find yourself doing time and time again.

I always have the TV on, low, but enough for noise so that I will hear that and not concentrate on any strange noises in the house instead of writing.  I always put my laptop on a pillow on top of my legs, prop two pillows behind my back, and have a tall glass of water at my side.

Do you flip back and forth between social media and your manuscript too much, like I do?

I may hop to Twitter now and then if I’m wanting to tease something or if I really don’t feel like writing in the moment.  Facebook as well. I’ve managed to keep myself away from places like Instragram and Pintrest, I have enough time sucks without adding to the temptation!

How many times a day do you say the following?

What I wrote was just awesome.

Daily.  I make myself laugh a disturbing amount.  If anyone happened to see me writing they’d think something was wrong with me.

Wait, it actually sucks.

Haha now and then.  I don’t second guess myself too often once I get going.  I might decide it sucks days and weeks later when I look at it again though!

Why am I doing this?

Only when things aren’t flowing right.  I wonder why I’m torturing myself, because as far as I know, I may be the only one who reads what I write.  I could be napping!

I should quit.

Rarely.  At least a permanent quit.  I might tell myself I need to quit for the moment, step away and get perspective, but I don’t like to leave things undone.  I don’t know if I’ve ever completely scrapped something I’ve had planned.  I don’t think so.

…No, wait. That paragraph was amazing.

Confidence to doubt back to confidence?  Occasionally, though I find if I do second guess myself, I usually need to make a change.

I should have someone else read it just to be sure.

Every time I finish a chapter!  I may like it, but I definitely want to know my pre-reader, Angie, likes it as well and that she feels like I’m on track.

Lastly, we all have things we do outside of writing. What is one thing that you do as a pastime or passion that no one is privy to?

Even though I live in Florida and it’s hot, I take at least one steaming hot bath a day.  Sometimes 2-3.  I love to get in the water, lie back against the tile, and read on my phone or kindle or a regular book.  I’ll spend a good half hour in the tub, with my kitties popping up to visit for a few, and just lock away the world.

Please respond only using song lyrics:

 

“Oh, you wrote a book? Huh. I should write a book. That sounds easy enough.”

So how the hell could you front on me?
There’s a thousand you’s, there’s only one of me 

Kanye West-Stronger

Which may or may not be followed by

 

“I always wanted to write a memoir. Want to write it? You should write it. I’m interesting and hilarious.”
You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t You?

Carly Simon-You’re So Vain

Or, depending on the person:

Let’s give ‘em somethin’ to talk about babe,
A little mystery to figure out.
Let’s give ‘em somethin’ to talk about, 

Bonnie Raitt-Somethin To Talk About

“Oh, I’ve never actually read one of your books.  I only read real literature.”
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye

“I read a book like yours one time. Have you read this book that’s exactly like yours? It’s really good.”

Hold my hand while you cut me down
It had only just begun but now it’s over now
And you’re in the heat of moments with your heart playing up cold
I’m between the middle watching hastiness unfold

I’m tired of trying
Your teasing ain’t enough
Fed up of biding your time
When I don’t get nothing back
And for what, and for what, and for what
When I don’t get nothing back
Boy I’m tired 

Tired by Adele

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Song Title-view with Jeanne McDonald!

 Hi, you! I’m so happy to have you here <3

Tell us about what you are working on.  What is the basic concept?  What was your inspiration for your characters?  Someone you know?  Someone you wish you knew?  When is it expected?

 

My current work in progress, Indulgence, will be my introduction into the world of erotica.  It’s a story about a woman in her early thirties who has basically given up on men.  She’s invited to a sex party hosted by a famous author and spends her evening learning about the carnal side of her nature as she gets to know an employee of the author who introduces her to the world of Indulgence.

Did you say erotica? 

The inspiration for the story came to me in the most intimate of settings.  I’ll be honest, I was sorta having hot sex with my husband when the idea hit me.  After we finished, I forewent my usual need to cuddle and spent time jotting down the idea in my journal.  Of course the mister thinks he’s a badass because his sexual prowess was my inspiration.

 

As for the characters, I tend to use traits from people I know, but never one person inspires my characters.  They develop with the storyline.  For example, Addison, my protagonist, is a strong, successful woman who was jilted weeks before her wedding.  I can’t say there is someone in which I derived her character from, but I can say I know someone who faced a similar situation at one point in time.

 

The expected release date for Indulgence is December 2, 2014.  Talk about Smexy Christmas!

Indeed…

 

Who was most influential in your writing career?

This is probably the hardest question for me to answer.  I’m a reader.  I have been a reader since I was a young girl.  You name it, I’ve probably read it.  From the classics to current releases.  Harry Potter ranks as my favorite series of all time.  JK Rowling is my idol.  I also loved the Twilight Saga, and got my start in writing through writing Twilight Fan Fiction.  Then there is Richelle Mead who is absolutely amazing.

 

I think it’s safe to say that every author I’ve ever read has touched my writing career in some way, shape, or form.  From the worst book I’ve read to the greatest, they have all taught me a valuable lesson – Just be myself.

 

If you could have a night out with one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?

This one will surprise everyone, but I would go out with Jared from The Truth in Lies Saga.  I absolutely adore Drew.  He’s my leading man, but he can be a little heavy in the emotional department.  Jared is funny and easy going.  I think he would be a riot to hang with.

 

What is your favorite line from your WIP? (or book you’ve just put out)

From Indulgence:

I nearly swallowed my own tongue.  My gaydar must be off.  I hadn’t taken David to be gay.

A languid grin teased the corner of his mouth, almost as if he knew what I was thinking.  “I’m not gay, but once inside there, your sexual preference doesn’t matter.  It’s all about letting yourself explore the realms of your body and sexuality.  So, before you ask, yes, I’ve been with men before, but I do prefer woman.”

 

What is the strangest or most embarrassing thing you have ever typed into your Google search bar?

Just one?! For this book, there’s been at least a dozen from rules for a sex party to a devil’s threesome, and finally, describe the sensation of double penetration.  I’m not joking when I say this book has some major kinky fuckery in it, and if the FBI ever were to browse through my history, they’d probably think I was some online pervert.  Oh, wait….HEHE!

 

When you write, what are the ‘must do’ ‘must have’ and weird tics you find yourself doing time and time again.

When I write, I must have my iPod.  Music sets my mood.  I must also have my journal with all my notes and a constant connection to my writing team.

 

I’m a chronological writer, so I can’t write a book out of order.  Because I see the book in my head like a movie, I often times create an outline of how I see the story.  Now, that doesn’t mean I follow said outline, but it’s there to bring me back into focus when needed.  I also have a habit of creating a full character outline.  Those I follow to the letter.  It gives me full character details from looks to their back stories.  It’s great to have something to fall back on when needed.

 

Do you flip back and forth between social media and your manuscript too much, like I do?

ALL THE EFFING TIME!!! I’ve threatened myself many times that I’m going to delete my Facebook and Twitter apps off my computer and phone just so I can get work done.  I’m obsessed with chatting with my readers, friends, and family.

 

How many times a day do you say the following?

What I wrote was just awesome. Once a day

Wait, it actually sucks. Just after I thought it was awesome

Why am I doing this? During the moment I discover what I wrote really sucked

I should quit. As I’m beating myself over how bad I suck

…No, wait. That paragraph was amazing.  When my editor sneaks into my manuscript and sends me a message telling me it was amazing and to quit beating myself up

I should have someone else read it just to be sure. Every line of every page until the manuscript is complete and then even after that

 Yup.

Lastly, we all have things we do outside of writing. What is one thing that you do as a pastime or passion that no one is privy to?

I masturbate.  HAHA!  No seriously, I read.  It’s my happy place outside my family and friends.

 …I

Please respond only using song titles:

 

“Oh, you wrote a book? Huh. I should write a book. That sounds easy enough.”

Call Me When You’re Sober

Which may or may not be followed by 

 

“I always wanted to write a memoir. Want to write it? You should write it. I’m interesting and hilarious.”

Desperation

 

“Oh, I’ve never actually read one of your books.  I only read real literature.”

I Don’t Even Know Your Name

 

“I read a book like yours one time. Have you read this book that’s exactly like yours? It’s really good.”

Get Me Away From You

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to read your … porn? No? Erotica? IDK man. I wanna read it. 

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Movie Title-view with R.E. Hargrave

Thanks for agreeing to do an interview with me!

Tell us about what you are working on.  What is the basic concept?  

Right now I’m working on the final installment of The Divine Trilogy: Surreal. The basic premise for the trilogy is an account of a young submissive who’s second Dom turned out to be a fake—an abuser—and her subsequent recovery and re-entry into the lifestyle with the help of a new Dom, Jayden Masterson. To Serve is Divine had these two meeting and taking their first steps into a D/s relationship, A Divine Life continues the development of their Master and sub dynamics but added in the challenges of what happens when romance became a factor as well. Surreal will be the summation of how Catherine and Jayden learn to take the two halves of their lives and reach a comfortable balance to make it work. What better way to do that, than throw a handful of ‘real life’ situations at them, forcing them to power through even when they can’t get to the playroom to escape?

What was your inspiration for your characters?  Someone you know?  Someone you wish you knew? 

The inspiration for the characters, at their roots, came from myself and Mr. Hargrave. Both Catherine and Jayden carry a lot of us in them, making it easier for me to get inside their heads and really connect with the pair.

When is it expected?

I’m in the final stages of writing Surreal, and am hoping to have it off to my editor before too much longer. From that point, it’ll be about four-six weeks until I release it!

Who was most influential in your writing career?

Oh, boy! I’ve been an avid reader all of my life. I’ve always been an introvert, finding my friends and adventures between the pages of a book. I guess you could say I’ve been influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Rice, King, Austen … the list goes on. 

Present day, however, I have to give credit to a few Indie authors who I’m fortunate enough to also call friends. These women have been by side, cheering me on and letting me know when my storylines fall flat or need some tweaking. They’ve helped me make my stories the best they could be, and then gone the further step of supporting me on the scary side of publishing: marketing. 

J.C. Clarke, Elena M. Reyes, M.B. Feeney, L.J. Harris, Lorenz Font, and Elizabeth M. Lawrence are amazing. If you’re looking for new reading material, I highly recommend any of them!

If you could have a night out with one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?

This is probably going to surprise most readers, but my first choice wouldn’t be Jayden Masterson, my sexy alpha Dom, but Woody O’Chancey, Catherine’s father. Just as I’ve imparted a lot of myself into Catherine and Mr. Hargrave into Jayden, Catherine’s da was written with memories of my father in mind. I lost my dad in 1987, when I was twelve, and to get even one more night with someone like him, would be amazing.

What is your favorite line from your WIP? (or book you’ve just put out)

I can’t pick just a single line! Especially when the manuscript is already over 100k words. :D

I am partial to this scene, though:

“Where are you taking me?” On her right a gate showed a flight to Tokyo, while the gate next to it was for London. To her left, there were gates for assorted destinations in Germany and Mexico. Most of them were American Airlines gates, so that didn’t help her make any deductions.

He looked down at her with a grin then answered in cryptic fashion: “I have an old friend I want you to meet. What do you want to drink?”

“Quad venti white mocha with soy, no whip. Where are we going?” 

“I think you’re frequenting this chain too often if you can spout off that tongue twister but can’t even keep your eyes open.”

“Jayden.”

“That’s my name, Erin.”

He was being a stubborn ass; she loved it and her pulse picked up with their banter. “Arg–” His mouth crashed into hers, catching her by surprise and melting her so that she whimpered under the onslaught while getting lost in his taste.

The barista cleared his throat. They were up next.

With a chuckle Jayden pulled away, leaving her mouth moving against empty air. He placed the order for their drinks and two muffins, then took her to the corner where they nestled down in one of the community couches.  

© 2014 R.E. Hargrave, Surreal

 

What is the strangest or most embarrassing thing you have ever typed into your Google search bar?

I do research for BDSM novels, so needless to say, the search queries have been interesting at times, and not at all PG rated!

When you write, what are the ‘must do’ ‘must have’ and weird tics you find yourself doing time and time again.

BIG glass of ice water (the crushed ice is the important part because I’m a cruncher), all of my Enigma albums cued up and ready to play on repeat until I turn them off, and when possible, quiet. As a mother of three, the last doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like, but what can I do, my kids and family come before writing.

 

Do you flip back and forth between social media and your manuscript too much, like I do?

*looks away with shifty eyes* Can I plead the fifth on this one?

 

How many times a day do you say the following?

What I wrote was just awesome. Wait, it actually sucks. Why am I doing this? I should quit. …No, wait. That paragraph was amazing. I should have someone else read it just to be sure.

*belly laughs* Every time I’m in writing mode, some variation of that conversation happens for sure. The one phrase I’ve never used, though: “I should quit.” That’s not an option to a writer; the voices would drive us insane if we tried to ignore them!

 

Lastly, we all have things we do outside of writing. What is one thing that you do as a pastime or passion that no one is privy to? 

There’s not anything about me that NO one knows. Next to all things literature, I enjoy crafting: sewing, quilting, needlepoint, and here of late I’ve started playing with beads. Of course, my family likes it when I take my creative moods into the kitchen to see what I can whip up that’s fun and different. 

Please respond only using movie titles: 

“Oh, you wrote a book? Huh. I should write a book. That sounds easy enough.” 

(So did sailing the) Titanic

Which may or may not be followed by

“I always wanted to write a memoir. Want to write it? You should write it. I’m interesting and hilarious.”

Funny Girl

“Oh, I’ve never actually read one of your books.  I only read real literature.”

 Shrek

“I read a book like yours one time. Have you read this book that’s exactly like yours? It’s really good.”

So I Married an Axe Murderer

 

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Author Bio:

R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.

A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but it’s anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!

 

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Her works include:

Sugar & Spice, a novella

Haunted Raine, a novella

Unchained Melody, a novella

To Serve is Divine, Book One of The Divine Trilogy

A Divine Life, Book Two of The Divine Trilogy

Surreal, Book Three of The Divine Trilogy (not yet published, expected to release in 2014)

 

 

 

Book Q&A with Me, The Writer of Those Books

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Last week I asked people to send me their burning (or not so burning) questions about any of my books. A few people responded so I am answering your lovely inquiries below:

 

  1. Where does the inspiration for the lyrics in Beatless and Maybe come from? And do you write songs as well as books? if you do, will you sing one to me?

 

Both Beatless and Maybe have original lyrics in them due to the musical nature of the books. The inspiration for them is mainly based on what the character is feeling at the time. Funny enough, both books contain lyrics written from a male POV and when I sit back and think about it, I figure it’s because guys aren’t as forthcoming with their feelings as girls are. So writing it down in lyrics seemed like the obvious answer to that communication gap.

 

I don’t write songs, hough I’ve been asked to. I have a problem getting to the bridge. So I guess that blows my chances of serenading you?

 

2.  What’s your favorite line on any of your books?

 

Oh, man. My favorite line of any of my books is not suitable for a younger audience. It’s from FAP and it involves Shakespeare…

 

In Where We Fell my favorite line was probably, “I swear the peanut butter pie is made by angels and kissed by Jesus before it’s plated.”

 

For Beatless it is probably, “Eventually everything changes,” Sam said softly, running her hand through my hair. “Complacency is for the weak.”

 

For Puddle Jumping it’s, ‘Plans change. Life changes. And as an after effect, love changes, too. ‘

 

Eight Days a Week? “Okay. No joke, there is a talking, dancing, bright red, studded dildo on the screen.”

 

And for Maybe it’s, ‘I used the Sharpie from her nightstand and drew a quarter rest on her shoulder. To remind myself to pause.’

 

3. Do you have a writing regimen? Something you do to maintain focus & ensure productivity while you write?

 

90% of the time I have to have music on. I can’t handle the television or any other noise in the house. It’s challenging to have Lil E running around and being the needy 5 year old that he is. Given the fact that I work 9 hours a day and only see him for about 2 hours after work, I try to write on the weekends or after he goes to bed. But that doesn’t always happen. The thing that helps me focus is having the story outlined in a  notebook so I can concentrate on following the plot and filling in the blanks.

 

4. Will Decoy ever be reworked and published? 

 

Wouldn’t that be something? I’m not sure of the legal ramifications of rewriting an 80’s movie and if I’d get sued, so most likely I’d have to tweak it and put it up for free. Which, of course, I’ve never had a problem with before.

 

5. Will you ever write more to Lilly and Colton’s story?

 

The original version had more words, but it went through a pretty big edit. I can’t quite remember how much was cut. I do know that I had to tone a lot of their physical interactions down because it made people uncomfortable. I don’t have any plans to extend their story at this time, though I did write an alternate ending with them in the future that a publishing house asked me to remove because they didn’t like it.


 

SPOILER BELOW:

 

I will say this, for those who want to know…

 

Colton and Lilly were married in a quiet ceremony with only their closest friends and family. They tried several times to get pregnant and the last one was difficult, but they had a healthy baby boy. Colton is a wonderful father and he and their son have a special bond in creating art. Their son does not have Aspergers, but he is on the spectrum and because of Lilly’s work with kids and her love story with Colton, they’re both more than prepared to do what they need to do as parents. Just like Sheila did all those years ago.

 

6. What is your favorite scene in Puddle Jumping?

 

My favorite scene off the bat would have to be the mattress surfing. But if we’re going deeper then I’d have to say my favorite scene is the first kiss at Homecoming. His pink cheeks get me every time.

7. What music do you listen to while writing? What are the playlist for each book?

 

For almost four years now I have only been able to listen to the same two albums by Angels and Airwaves. Over and over on repeat. Recently I have been able to write with the Magic! album and the Shawn Mendes EP. It’s been a nice change of pace.

 

Where We Fell Playlist:

 

1. Wait for Me by Kings of Leon.

2. Shine Right Through Me – Correatown

3. Out on the Town – fun.

4. This is What it Feels Like – Armin Van Buuren

5. Love like Rockets – Angels and Airwaves

6. Beautiful Goodbye – Maroon 5

7. Grand Theft Autumn – Fall Out Boy

8. Fast and Slow – All American Rejects

 

Beatless Playlist:

1. Incomplete- Switchfoot

2. The Queen and I – Gym Class Heroes

3. Love Somebody – Maroon 5

4. Stay the Night – Zedd

5. Collar Full – Panic! at the Disco

6. Miss Missing You – Fall Out Boy

7. I Lived – OneRepublic

8. Adel/Eurythmics mashup – Rolling in Sweet Dreams

9. Ellie Goulding/ Eminem mashup  – Love the Way You Burn

10. Imagine Dragons/ Coldplay mashup – Radioactive Paradise

11. Lorde/ Katy Perry mashup – Royals vs. Roar

Bonus track: Ke$ha/ Beatles mashup – Tik Tok Together

(mashups can be found on Youtube)

 

Puddle Jumping only has one song:

 

1. Ten Feet Tall by Afrojack

 

Bonus: Here is something about Puddle Jumping that I have yet to see anyone comment on or bring up. Lilly’s scar on her arm, in the shape of tree branches, was given to her because it made her body a living piece of art.

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Also, her middle name is Grace because that’s just ironic. 

 

Thank you to everyone that asked questions. This was fun!

 

 

xoxox

Amber

Meme-terview with M.B. Feeney

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Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview!

Tell us about what you are working on.  What is the basic concept?  What was your inspiration for your characters?  Someone you know?  Someone you wish you knew?  When is it expected?

 

The book I’m currently working on (I just finished the 1st draft – yay me) is called The One That Got Away, and is about the one person who you let slip through your fingers back in the day. Heidi and Shane, my main characters, are a mashup of a few people I knew once upon a time, alongwith who I wish I could be sometimes.

I’m hoping it’ll be ready for release within a couple of months.

Who was most influential in your writing career?

 

I don’t think I can pin it down to just one person. I’ve been writing for so long, but it has only really been the last three years that I ever thought it could be something. . . people would want to read. I have a huge support system of people who regularly talk me off the edge when needed, and I wouldn’t be who I am without them.

If you could have a night out with one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?

 

From my current work, it would have to be Shane because he would not only be great arm candy ;) but also he’s a complete sweetheart.

What is your favorite line from your WIP? (or book you’ve just put out)

 

“Shane Hughes gave the impression that he was the perfect date, almost the perfect guy, but there was a glint in his eye every time we were together that hinted at more. He wasn’t a ‘bad boy’ by any means of the word, but there was a naughtiness to him and I fell hard and fast.” – not the funniest or anything, but says a lot about Shane and the book on the whole

What is the strangest or most embarrassing thing you have ever typed into your Google search bar?

 

“How to make a glory hole” – purely for research reasons naturally.  In a story I started once, and have since scrapped, a group of teenage boys get into a ridiculous game of truth or dare, and one of them has to make a glory hole… yeah, it got scrapped, but I may recycle the idea.
When you write, what are the ‘must do’ ‘must have’ and weird tics you find yourself doing time and time again.

 

I can’t write in total silence – which is a near impossibility in my house – I usually have either music playing, or I’m watching Netflix on my kindle fire ☺ I don’t have any weird or wonderful rituals or must have snacks, but I have to have a pen and a notebook on the desk next to me to help stave off writer’s block.

 

Do you flip back and forth between social media and your manuscript too much, like I do?

 

*closes FB tab* not at all…

 

How many times a day do you say the following?

What I wrote was just awesome. – uhm… rarely

Wait, it actually sucks. – almost always

Why am I doing this? – regularly

I should quit. – hourly (Maybe not quite that often)

…No, wait. That paragraph was amazing. – maybe a sentence…

I should have someone else read it just to be sure. – always. I’m always copying and pasting sections into chat boxes or emails with a caplocked “does this make sense?”

 

Lastly, we all have things we do outside of writing. What is one thing that you do as a pastime or passion that no one is privy to?

 

Uhm… that no one is privy to? Well, not so hidden is my love and enjoyment of photography (I actually have a Facebook page), but something people don’t know… wow, I didn’t expect this one to be the hard question. I don’t think there is anything people don’t particularly not know about me in that way. I guess, I love sitting in my living room, in the dark, once everyone has gone to bed and read on my Kindle with music on low in the background.

Please respond only using memes:

 

“Oh, you wrote a book? Huh. I should write a book. That sounds easy enough.”

 

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Which may or may not be followed by

 

“I always wanted to write a memoir. Want to write it? You should write it. I’m interesting and hilarious.”

 

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“Oh, I’ve never actually read one of your books.  I only read real literature.”

 

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“I read a book like yours one time. Have you read this book that’s exactly like yours? It’s really good.”

 

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Thank you for being such a good sport! I can’t wait to read your book about the glory hole. I’m beyond intrigued.

 

Find M.B. on Facebook and tell her you want to read that one, too ;)