FAA 2018: Spotlight on I am Lioness by Dee Garcia

Happy Tuesday, peeps, and welcome to the second day of Foster an Author 2018. I’d planned on sharing Dee Garcia‘s Five Favourites, but she’s still working on the answers. Instead, let’s showcase the first book in the Bloodshed Duet series, I Am Lioness. There’s also a chance to win a copy of this title. Scroll down and you’ll see. Enjoy! 🙂 

Spotlight on Dee Garcia’s I Am Lioness

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With pain comes strength.
My name is Hazel Perry.
You, however, can call me Lioness.

I live and breathe MMA -24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

That ring is mine. I’m the Queen.
Fierce, untouchable, and undefeated.

I’ve been asked how I willingly subject myself to such an intense, brutal career.

My answer… Because it feels good.

The rush, the high, how all other pain in your life numbs away into nothing. It’s made me stronger. Every single stitch of pain I’ve experienced -both physically and emotionally- has made me stronger.

I’ve learned to protect myself. I don’t trust easily and I never allow others to get too close.

Until Knox Carr.

He turned my world right side up and showed me how to feel again. How to live again.

How to love again.

Through the bouts of separation and trials along the way, will we make it out alive?

Interested in reading I Am Lioness? Get your copy today — it’s available for Kindle and in paperback.

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UK: http://amzn.to/2dg09gU
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Add I Am Lioness to your Goodreads TBR.

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a copy of I Am Lioness? Post a question for Dee in the comments. A winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, 26 October. Good luck!

Five Favourite Things with M.W. Brown

Welcome to Day 2 of Foster an Author 2018! Today I asked M.W. Brown to join me for a round of Five Favourites. Let’s sit back, relax and get to know more about our featured author! 

Giveaway alert: Want to win a copy of M.W. Browns debut novel, Portraits in Flesh? Post a question for her in the comments for a chance to win! On Friday, 26 October, I’ll choose a winner. Good luck!

Favourite place to write

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The perfect view for writing.

My husband and I run our own business, so life is pretty hectic and I write whenever and wherever I can squeeze half an hour to myself. I always have a notepad in my bag.

This year on holiday our apartment had a beautiful balcony overlooking the sea and I loved writing there when the day was cooling down. The view was very inspiring.

Favourite muse

I have two muses—David Bowie and my cousin. If I need an idea, I tell my cousin the general theme or problem and all she has to say is one word and it sends me down a path I may not have thought of before. When writing I like to listen to music and, because of David Bowie’s diverse catalogue, I can usually find a song or album that fits in with the mood of my chapter/story/character and use that to help fine tune the mood.

Favourite way to celebrate writing “the end”

I don’t really have a way to celebrate but as soon as I’ve finished a piece, I send it off to my cousin to read and eagerly wait for her feedback.

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The mysterious M.W. Brown 🙂

Favourite time of day to write

I usually end up writing late at night because of my busy schedule. There are fewer distractions and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on family time. I’ve written to the early hours of the morning on occasion.

Favourite way to relax

Reading a good book in a deep, hot, bubble bath.

Thanks to M.W. Brown for doing a round of Five Favourites with me. Don’t forget to post a question for her in the comments for a chance to win Portraits in Flesh! And make sure you stop by her website and get to know even more about the enigmatic author.  🙂

Happy reading!

 

Get to Know M.W. Brown and Dee Garcia for Foster an Author 2018

It’s Foster an Author 2018 and this year I am hosting M.W. Brown and Dee Garcia! All week I’ll be posting tidbits about them and helping you get to know their work.

So who’s M.K. Brown? 

M. W. Brown likes to sneak away from the UK and travel to planet Bowie to write horror, supernatural thrillers, and anything dark that pops into the imagination en route. Ziggy, Aladdin, and the Thin White Duke supply copious amounts of coffee while keeping the mood suitably twisted and, when not working, can be found people-watching and searching for the elusive “normal person” to study and dissect. Portraits in Flesh, a psychological thriller with a paranormal twist, was published early 2018 and several short stories have been published in a variety of anthologies.

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And who is Dee Garcia?

Dee Garcia is a voracious fan of romance novels and a long time lover of the written word. Her mission is to craft unique, compelling stories that will give her readers a place to briefly escape the trials and tribulations of everyday reality. With headstrong heroine’s who don’t need a man to stand on their own two feet, Dee hopes to leave her mark in the Indie world, one plot twist at a time.

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Giveaway alert: Interested in getting to know both authors a little better? I’ll be giving away two ebook copies of both authors’ work! All you have to do is post a comment and let me know who is your favourite celebrity obsession. I’ll choose two winners on Friday, 26 October. 🙂

 

 

Foster an Author 3: Get to know KA Duggsy and Lexi C. Foss

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Happy Monday! Welcome to the start of Foster an Author Week! I thought it would be fun to get to know K.A. Duggsy and Lexi C. Foss so I asked them both to answer a few questions. Let’s see what answers they came up with!

Name three things you never leave home without.

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Neither author would leave the house without their cellphone. (Photo credit: Thom Weerd/unsplash)

K.A. Duggsy: My children, keys and my phone. Super boring answer, I know but very practical.

Lexi C. Foss: My cellphone, passport and money.

Who would you include in your list of your top 3 favourite authors and your favourite books by them?

K.A. Duggsy: One would have to be Tillie Cole – she’s so versatile with her genres and yet I’m still to read a book of hers I haven’t loved, my fave of hers would be a toss up between her Hades Hangmen series or her Sweet Home series. Next is Dean Koontz, I love reading the twisted worlds he creates and the quirky characters. I read The Funhouse years ago and it played on my mind for weeks. And I can’t pick a third, I have too many top authors, so I’m going to cheat… Lauren Rowe, Samantha Towle, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Martina Cole and probably a million more I can’t think of off the top of my head.
Lexi C. Foss: Definitely Lindsay J. Pryor and Blood Shadows (note from Kim: also a fave of mine!), Keri Arthur and Full Moon Rising, and Nalani Singh’s Angels’ Blood.

Who is your celebrity crush?

K.A. Duggsy: This is quite new to me, I’ve never really had a celeb crush since I got old lol but… My daughter recently forced me to watch The Vampire Diaries with her and I got hooked. Ian Somerhalder was a huge reason why – those eyes, need I say more… yum! 
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Ian Somerhalder – K.A. Duggsy’s celebrity crush

If money were no object, where would you go for a month to write?

Lexi C. Foss: Iceland – It’s quiet, gorgeous and peaceful; the prefect place to write!
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Iceland – where Lexi C. Foss would love to go and write if money were no object. (Source: Taylor Leopold, unsplash.com)

When and why did you first start writing and what is your favourite of the books you’ve written?

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K.A. Duggsy: I started properly a few years ago. I’d always wanted to before then but just couldn’t seem to do it. Poems were all I was ever capable of.
I have an anxiety disorder and at times it’s awful. After a particularly bad attack, I decided I wanted to write down exactly what it felt like when in the grip of it and somehow a story ended up wrapped around it which became my first novella. From then on the ideas just kept coming.
My favourite of my books has to be my time travel romance – Advance (Advance Industries #1) it’s a genre I never thought about writing but the idea happened and it clicked – it’s also my first full-length novel. The reviews it received blew my mind.
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Lexi C. Foss: I started writing in 2009, but I didn’t publish until 2017. I’ve always loved paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but wanted something a little edgier and decided to let the voices in my head come out to play. Before I knew it, I had over 500,000 words of world building for my Immortal Curse series. It came so naturally, and I loved it.

Of all the books I’ve written, I would say Blood Laws is my favorite because it was the first story I allowed others to read. Stas and Issac will always hold a special place in my heart.

What does your writing room look like (or where do you like to write)?

K.A. Duggsy:  I’d love a writing room but no such luck. Usually I’m at the kitchen table where it’s easier to re-fill my cuppa and grab snacks. A lot of times it’s whilst I’m in bed with my laptop propped on my lap and my partner begging me to stop tapping.

Lexi C. Foss: My writing room changes depending on my mood, but I usually work in my office. It gives me easy access to my bookshelves, and it’s comfortable. Sometimes I prefer to work downstairs in the living room so I can cuddle one of my dogs while I write.

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#FAA2 – Get to know Esther’s Areion Fury MC Series

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-22-08-06Title: Zack,  Areion Fury #1
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover Design: Esther E. Schmidt
Release: October 23rd, 2015

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SYNOPSIS
Zack’s spent his whole life loving just one woman—Belle—only to have her walk out of his life and go half way across the world. But three years later, her unexpected return is stirring up feelings that never died, and Zack’s ready to do whatever it takes to get her back.

Belle has never gotten over Zack, but she has secrets—secrets she knows could hurt those closest to her, Zack included. When an old enemy returns and wants what he thinks is already his for the taking, she knows it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
With so much more than just their love on the line, will Zack and Belle manage to come together as one and pull through or will their past and their enemies tear them apart?

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screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-22-19-21Title: Dams, Areion Fury #2
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover model: Dan Francis
Photographer: FuriousFotog, Golden Czermak
Release Day: 29 April 2016

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Dams is a man of few emotions, apathetic if you will. His past carved him into the man he is today; a strong body and mind but lacking the desire for connections beyond his brothers. He’s stoic. Unflappable. You can throw anything at him and he will divide and conquer making him the perfect VP of Areion Fury. He’s got everything he needs in life, or so he thought. On a backside road in the middle of nowhere he finds what seems to have been missing all his life.

Nerd prefers the digital world rather than the real life version. There’s a reason she’s a genius with a computer. She’s a lot like them; a lot of memory, a hard drive and no emotion. Stuck in the past with painful memories, she keeps the contact with Areion Fury digital for a reason. She hates lying, cheating bikers. A family obligation pulls Nerd from behind her computer and a chance encounter pushes her further from her comfort zone.

Will Nerd let her past determine her future? Not if Dams has anything to say about it. While Dams is marking his territory, danger is circling Nerd’s family business and threatening her safety. Can Dams handle the threat before it takes away everything he never knew he wanted?

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Title: Tyler, Areion Fury #3
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover Design: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover model: Joshua Sean McCann
Photographer: FuriousFotog, Golden Czermak
Release Day: 28 October 2016

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SYNOPSIS

Tyler doesn’t have many things to worry about in his life. Fully patched in to Areion Fury MC, he finally has a solid spot in the brotherhood he calls his family. When a girl steps up to defend him against the teasing of his brothers, he’s stunned. The moment Tyler locks his gaze with the most intriguing eyes he’s ever seen, he knows with every fiber of his being that this is supposed to be his girl.

Ridley’s only living relative manages to destroy every chance she has at happiness by constantly causing trouble. To protect herself Ridley likes to hide; beneath her raven black hair, her clothes, her shop. Slowly but surely the harassment is becoming more violent so to protect the ones she cares for, she pushes them away. Except the stubborn, handsome biker leaves her no other option but to accept that he isn’t going anywhere.

When you are forced to look over your shoulder all day, every day, it is impossible to live. Can the meeting of two similar souls spark a solution? Will Ridley stand up for what she wants in life and stop hiding? Will Tyler get his happily ever after or will he see it crash and burn?

Foster An Author: Esther E. Schmidt

So you’re Dutch, do you run into complications when writing?
Yes, I’m Dutch but write books in English. My PA (Christi) does all the first rounds of edits. Or as she puts it… translates my dutch-glish. This sometimes leads to interesting discussions when Dutch traditions or sayings flow into my stories.

What made you decide to write?
The first erotic novel I wrote was Zack. I started writing after I saw a black and white picture of Joshua Sean McCann by FuriousFotog (Golden Czermak). I shared the photograph on my facebook with the statement that I could write a biker by just one look at this picture. My friends told me; do it. And so I did. Funny detail? One year later to the date, I have Joshua on the cover of book three in that series.

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Coming soon from Esther E. Schmidt

When you self-publish, do you do it all yourself?
The majority, yes. But there are a few things you can’t do yourself, or make that I won’t do by myself. For one, my PA, Christi Durbin. She’s my rock and also does the first round of edits for each of my books. She’s also the main editor for one of my series and will be for other books in the near future. I love her opinion and also all the work she does as my PA (and that’s a lot!). Then I have another editor for my main series. I also have a few amazing readers who pimp the hell out of me and I appreciate everything they throw out there. Although the word self-publish sounds as a one person job… it clearly isn’t. It’s hard work for the writer but also for the team around her and I am truly grateful to have the people around me who work with me.

Any addictions?
Yes. I’m a gum addict. My favorite brand is Mentos White. I like to pop too, not blow bubbles but keep it in my mouth so it pops louder and many times in one go. Annoys the hell out of my husband.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Cardio. It’s as simple as that. When my feet are running, so is my mind. I can go over storylines and it just flows freely.

Foster An Author Week Starts Tomorrow and My Guest Is Esther E. Schmidt!

14650155_1692164671103361_2661112677935940131_nAll this week I’ll be hosting Dutch author and graphic designer Esther E. Schmidt as a part of the Foster an Author 2 promotion started by Jo & Isa Love Books.

Esther lives in the Netherlands and writes the Areion Fury MC, Broken Deeds MC, The Dudnik Circle series, and The Swamp Heads series.

Author Esther E. Schmidt

Author Esther E. Schmidt

She’s a new author for me, so I am looking forward to getting to know her and her work! So what do I know about Esther? I know she’s Dutch and writes in English, she likes writing about bad boy alpha males and, like me, she is a gum addict.

Make sure you pop by every day this week to get to know a little more about Esther and her work!

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