Author Interview with Martine Lewis

Today on the blog we are featuring Martine Lewis, author of Crossing the Barrier – book one in The Gray Eyes Series!

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I start writing when I was eleven years old, and have written on and off ever since. I wrote mostly fanfictions and some bad originals when I was younger, mostly inspired by people I knew. Fanfiction was a good way to hone my skill and when I tackled the writing of my own original fiction, I was ready.

Now, I write original fictions with no end in sight.

On a more personal note, I am an avid roller skater, I love the beach, and I adore cats. I also work as a Planner/Scheduler to maintain my writing “addiction”  🙂 

I saw on Twitter you are working on editing feedback for book two!! What can you tell us about it?

Yes, book two is actually almost completed. It went through proofread in June then formatting in July, run the proofs and we should be ready for the September 20, 2016 release. I am very excited about it. 

And I just finished the blurb! So here is an exclusivity, just for your readers!!!

A girl stuck in her father’s mold.

Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.

A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.

Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.

 Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?

While the characters are new in this book, all the books are related, never fear. And of course, I am planning on having a lot of content on the internet for readers, including deleted scenes, new short stories, character bio and the likes. It’s still under construction but I want to get there no later than Christmas 2016.

You describe your work as contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist. What’s makes your work different from others in the same genre?

I have empaths. That’s the twist. My empaths deal with real life situations in a school setting (for most of them) and they have to go through life knowing (or believing) no-one else is like them. They discover love, they have adversity, they are growing up, and it’s painful. But after all, these books are also romance so you have to have a happy ending.

While some series take two characters and drag them through the entire series of books, I have decided to go the Tammy Faulkner way: take a group of characters with something in common and each book covers two characters. But don’t worry, the website will contain plenty of extra content for the characters that were in the previous books.

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On your blog you mention starting off writing bandfiction and fanfiction. Do you still write fanfic?

Unfortunately, not at this time. I do not have time as I spend all of it writing original fiction. My goal is to have 12 books out by 2020 (two series in the same universe)

And because you write Harry Potter fanfiction, I have to ask. Which book is your favorite???

Order of the Phoenix! Oh, yes, absolutely!

The blurb for Crossing the Barrier is very unique. Where did you get the idea for the series?

Believe it or not, the entire series, and my universe for that matter, was inspired by the first 20 minutes of the TV show Roswell. And no, I do not have aliens in my books. It’s another dimension of the show that inspired the books.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Are you inspired by any other authors’ work?

Mostly TV. When I write my own originals, I am not particularly inspired by other authors. However, I did take Tammy Faulkner‘s idea of having each title cover different couples.

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What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

Cambria Hebert #hashtag series is a total 6 stars out of 5 for me. I read her series three times in less than a year. I completely love it. And her next book in that same universe came out on June 3! This one is definitely on my TBR.

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I’m definitely the most active on Facebook, both on my profile and page.

Page is: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor

I also do some twitter at www.twitter.com/authormartine and a little bit of Instagram at www.instagram.com/martinelewisauthor

I try to keep my blog up to date but I’m very bad at it… but here is my website anyway www.martinelewisauthor.com

And of course, stay tune on the website as the new content will be posted there.

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you for being part of this great community of readers and thank you for buying books. Without you, we wouldn’t be successful 🙂

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

No problem! It’s my pleasure 🙂 

If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of the other interviews in the series!

J. Haney  |  Ella Miles  |  Eve Langlais  |  Hilary Grossman

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Interview with Chick Lit Author Hilary Grossman

Today on the blog we have author Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea and Dangled Carat.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi!  Thank you so much for “inviting me” over.  As far back as I can remember I always loved to write and to read. Over the years I started writing many books but always ended up abandoning them.  Then six years ago I read Jen Lancaster’s book, Bitter is the New Black. I’m embarrassed to admit before reading it I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was.  But the book motivated me to stop dreaming about writing and actually start writing. I launched my blog, Feeling Beachie, just days after finishing the book.  Then about six month’s later I started to write Dangled Carat.

What have you learned from the publishing process? Were any aspects easier than you thought? More challenging?

The biggest lesson I have learned from the publishing process is you have to develop a thick skin (something I don’t really have).  Not everyone will love your work. Some people will be downright mean about it, and there is a lot of rejection in the business.  But there is also a lot of love and support. I have been blown away by how much other authors are willing to help a newbie out. I have developed so many friendships with other authors, bloggers, and readers.

The biggest challenge I find is figuring out how to market your work to reach new readers. It is funny, writing the book is way easier then trying to sell it. The part that I found easiest is being social and “talking” to others on social media.

Plan Bea released in October 2015 and has been getting great reviews. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I am about halfway finished with the sequel of Plan Bea – Plan Cee.  This book is story of Anna’s best friend Cecelia.  Twenty years have passed since she last saw Keith, the love of her life.  She is now married with twin boys and she must decide if she should abandon her future for a second change with her past….

Your bio mentions that by day you work in the booze biz. Sounds fun! What can you tell us about that? How do you balance your day job with your writing career?

Unfortunately my day job sounds much more glamorous then it really is (although I do get to do some tasting at work). I am the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and distributor. It is a very high pressure and high stress position.  I find my writing balances my two worlds and helps tame the stress.  But since I work very long hours I only am able to write early mornings or on the weekends.

One reviewer for Plan Bea wrote: It is a very real story with very identifiable characters that we all have known. How did you get the idea for Plan Bea? From where do you draw inspiration?

One of my neighbors, who I was very close with, passed away a few years ago.  Soon after her husband started to date another woman.  And pretty much immediately thereafter they got married. Initially it was hard for me to see him with another woman so soon, but the more time I spent with the couple the more I saw how happy they both were. I also saw a lot of positive changes in him.  It got me thinking how powerful love is and how a second chance romance can really change a person.

What is one thing you wish readers knew about you or your work?

I wish readers knew how much their comments mean to me.  Nothing makes me happier then reading a review where someone enjoyed one of my books. I also love to connect with readers and chat with them.  So many times the conversations move away from books towards real life. So many women have reached out to me after reading Dangled Carat to discuss their own commitment phobic men or ask for advice.

Just for fun — favorite spicy food? 🙂

Hard one! That is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.  I had to go to India this fall for work and I was able to keep up with all the locals.  The colleagues I was working with loved watching me eat all the spicy foods.

But if I had to pick one I would go with linguine with shrimp in a fra diavlo sauce.

Where can readers find out more about you or your books? On which sites are you most active?

I am most active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts) , Twitter (@feelingbeachie) and my blog (www.feelingbeachie.com

As evidenced by Dangled Carat, my real life chick lit story, I’m an open book 🙂 

Any parting words for our readers?

Thank you so much for reading this interview!   I’d love to connect…

Thank you so much for joining in on the Author Interview Series!!

If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of the other interviews in the series!

J. Haney  |  Ella Miles  |  Jennifer L. Allen  |  J.C. Hannigan

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The Strength of Love is ON SALE and giveaway!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Why not order mom a Kindle copy of The Strength of Love by G.L. Ross to show the strength of your love? For this week only, you can get a Kindle copy for only $0.99!

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synopsis

Thankfully, some love stories are so strong they never die. “The Strength of Love” is a tale of love, loss, and second chances. This inspiring love story shares how several men influenced one woman’s life and showered her with love in different ways. Experience love, friendship, faith, suspense, tragedy, humor, and a super-natural element…always and forever.

 

Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride, Rachel Thompson is ready to give up on love, before rodeo cowboy Brooks Reynolds rides into the arena and lassos her heart. His smoldering looks and strong yet tender nature sweep her off her feet. Life is pinch-worthy and picture-book perfect, except on the eve of her wedding Rachel’s love story is ripped from the pages. After two months of grieving, she discovers her nightmare is never-ending. In order to escape her heartbreaking past, the middle-school counselor relocates to a new city for a fresh start and a second chance at happiness and perhaps even love. Through her faith and the support of her family and friends she discovers sought after answers during an unexpected journey.

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The rain slows.

Rachel presses her hands against his chest and distances herself. Her eyes devour the answered prayer standing in front of her.

In a deep, sultry voice, she explains, “I think I knew the moment I saw you sitting high in your saddle. When you tipped your hat I truly lost my breath. Then when you stared into my eyes I melted. The first time you physically touched me I lost a part of my heart and prayed you captured it.”

Tears fill Brooks’ eyes. “But when you kissed me at the Cowboys game I gave you my heart. I think I knew then I was in love with you, but mentally it seemed too soon, too fast, it had to be lust I told myself. And the more time we spent together I knew it was lust—” Brooks’ forehead wrinkles.

Rachel’s hands slip underneath the front of his shirt wrapping securely around his waist. Her eyes worship his as she continues, “But more importantly I knew I was in love with you, too. Madly, passionately, crazily in love with you, Brooks Reynolds.” Brooks’ fingers thread through the hair on each side of her head.

Tightly he holds her. She continues, “I. Love. You. Brooks.” His lips crush hers. Their tongues attack every area inside their heated mouths. His tongue flickers across her neck. Her teeth nibble his earlobe. Brooks sweeps her lithe frame into his strong arms. Carrying her into the house and to her bathroom, Rachel trembles as the chill and the excitement overwhelm her senses.

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author bio

G.L. Ross is a proud, sixth generation, native Texan. As a true Southern Belle, G.L. has always dreamt of the “happily ever after,” the prince riding in on the white horse sweeping her off her feet. She hasn’t found “Prince Charming” – yet (always an optimist) – but finds him every time she writes about her characters’ “happily ever after” endings.

Her motto in life is to “always find the good” in every person and situation. Whether through laughter, prayer, music, or a glass of wine or vodka, G.L. finds the good in life and shares her sense of humor, love, faith, and adventure in her stories.

Experience family, faith, and love in The Strength of Love. Take a steamy flight with Lance & Lisa in Turbulent Passion, and continue their sexy journey in Burning Desire. Crosswind, book three, in the Flyboy Trilogy will release in 2016. Plus, you must meet hunky rancher, Graham Gaskin, in A Rose Has Thorns…He’s smokin’ hot!

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