This will be my first author interview on this blog, and I am pleased to share a very lovely debut author with you today.
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Dana L. Brown
Dana L. Brown is the very lovely author of her debut novel Lottie Loser. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this novel earlier this month and absolutely loved it!
You can see my review of Lottie Loser here!
Lottie Loser has recently been re-published and I recommend it wholeheartedly!
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Now, please enjoy this interview with Award winning Author Dana L. Brown!
Do you plan your books or let the characters drive the stories?
I planned Lottie Loser but half way through the characters took on a life of their own and truly drove the story. My goal was to write one book, but Charlotte and her friends said “no”, so one book has become a three book series!
Are any of your characters based off real life people?
Not totally. I was a banker so I used that knowledge in my protagonist, Charlotte Luce. I like to say that she is me with upgrades! Also, I loved my grandmother above all people, and even though she was nothing like Gran, she was the force behind the love Lottie received from her gran.
What inspired you to write Lottie Loser? Any real life experiences?
I’ve always enjoyed reading, and go back and forth between genres. About five years ago I had just started reading romances again, and I feel in love with the contemporary story-lines, and decided I wanted to write one myself. On the weekends my husband and I ride bicycles and the idea for Lottie Loser came into my head and grew from there. No real life experiences, just living vicariously through Charlotte.
What do you love best about Charlotte’s character?
I love her strength and the way she cares about the people in her life. She is a champion for good, and there’s just not enough of that in the world today.
Were there parts of the story that went differently than you had originally planned?
Lottie Loser was supposed to be just one book, so even though I had a story, I didn’t have an ending. In life I am a planner, so it’s been a serendipity that my idea for a book became a three book series with the possibility of more AMI books in the future.
Do you have any stories in mind that are just screaming to be written?
I want to write a book about a woman closer to my age, and even though I’m currently working on it, I seem to keep falling back to her youth, instead of writing about her at the age she is today.
Lottie Loser left off at quite the cliff hanger, how did you come up with this?
Honestly, it just came to me. I didn’t really have an ending in mind, so the cliffhanger just seemed like the perfect place to stop!
Is Charlotte going to pick up right where Lottie Loser left off?
Yes, the Prologue to Call Me Charlotte is at the end of Lottie Loser and the story picks up where Lottie ends.
If you were asked to give ONE piece of advice to aspiring authors what would you say to them?
You’re never too old for your dreams to come true. I wanted to write for years, but life always got in the way. One day I told my husband that I wanted to retire from the job I loved so I could write a book, and the rest is history. Don’t ever give up on you!!
Do you have any favorite / go-to authors when you sit down to read?
I love Nora Roberts and Lisa Gardner, and recently I’ve started the Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford. Reoccurring characters really appeal to me and there are a lot of books in this series! I do need to give tribute to Liliana Hart because it was her Addison Holmes series that convinced me that I needed to write. While it has a mystery theme to it, it’s the romantic tension that I love, and I continue to read her books whenever one comes out.
Well, That’s all the questions I have for you today! Thank you so VERY much for allowing me to host this interview with you!
Four Letter Word
Sneak Peek – Call Me Charlotte, Chapter 1
Noah seemed unable to move so Charlotte put her arms around him and asked the question that was turning her stomach inside out. “He’s okay though, right Noah? Nick’s going to be okay?”
Noah stepped out of his trance, squeezed her hand tight, and stepped back. “I don’t know, Lottie,” he said hoarsely. “Nick’s boss called Pop and said he was sending a Sheriff’s Deputy to pick him up because he needs to get there fast. I’ve got to get home before the deputy get’s there.” He started for the door and then looked back at her. “Well aren’t you coming?”
About the Author
A long-time banker, Dana L. Brown retired from a job she loved as a Vice President and Retail Market Leader with First Merchants Bank, to pursue her goal of writing. She attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management, where she earned the distinction of Certified Financial Marketing Professional.
The mother of three daughters she lives with her husband in Indiana, but loves traveling to the laid-back lifestyle of the beaches in Florida. Lottie Loser is her debut novel and won a National Award from the Florida Author and Publishers 2017 Presidential Awards. Book II in the AMI (Anna Maria Island) Series is set to release in May of this year.
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Share The Love
by J. Daniels
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 4th 2016
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Romantic Comedy, New Adult
Buy on Amazon//Barnes & Noble
"Love! That's the four letter word to describe how I felt about this unique, sexy story. J. Daniels' hottest book to date."---Penelope Ward, New York Times bestselling author
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies. Which four letter word will change their lives forever? Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line. Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .
Review of Four Letter Word
Four Letter Word is the first novel in the Dirty Deeds series by New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels. The story follows Sydney Paige, a young woman who has recently separated from her husband after years of being in a loveless marriage, and Brian Savage a young man who both co-owns a surfing shop and is involved in adult filming (though for reasons that totally broke my heart). Sydney moves in with her best friend after leaving her husband and is confronted with her friend’s own heartache. This results in a phone call to the completely wrong person- thank goodness! I swear fate stepped in here and directed her to Brian- who was completely flabbergasted and amused by Sydney’s surprise tirade (it was the wrong number, after all). Naturally, this sparked Brian’s interest in Sydney and they decided to carry on a relationship over the phone before finally meeting in person-
And did the sparks fly or what?!
Four Letter Word was brimming with sizzling passion, heartbreaking turmoil, and laugh-out-loud moments!
There were times I laughed, times I cried, and times I needed to turn my fan on blast despite the sub-zero temps outside- it was just that hot! I adored Brian- I mean, do guys like that really exist? He made one fatal mistake and it made him humble- the things he was willing to do to make up for this mistake…and everything he does for Sydney! Ah! It’s just too much. Sydney- here’s a young woman that some women may be able to relate to. I love that she’s not perfect. I love that she’s not certain of every moment of her life, but she’s willing to take chances and learn from her own mistakes. And her relationship with her best friend? I adored it! It reminded me of my own best friend and how close we are.
Despite some of the heavy content (you’ll understand when you read it), J. Daniels was still able to make the story one you could read over and over. The chemistry between the characters was spot on, and it provided the HEA I was hoping for. And that first meeting between them on the beach…uh…yeah. I highly suggest getting a fan for your room when reading that particular part. Sigh.
Four stars for Four Letter Word!!
The Book Hangover Cure To Get You Through
We’ve all been through that horrible book hangover a time or two. If you’re like me, you’re hungover all the time. I might be almost 30 years old, but I can still pull an all-nighter- by now, I’m pretty used to the sensation of gritty, burning eyes. But that’s what happens when you’re addicted to something- all you can think about is that one thing that keeps you going- even when it’s two in the morning and you know you need to get up in three hours for work.
There are some books that just take complete control of your mind, your life– and suddenly, getting through the next chapter becomes your sole purpose for living. You just must know what happens next. While this is not always a terrible thing, the feeling after you finish the book leaves something to be desired- you feel just plain awful. You suddenly don’t know how to cope with the world. I know. I’ve been there. Multiple times. Which is why I’ve had plenty of opportunities to cultivate my skills in curing-or managing-those ghastly hangovers…
Here are some helpful tips to get you through your next book hangover:
• Bookaholics Anonymous
Connect with a friend, your book club, family member, or co-worker who not only understands what you’re going through but is also patient enough to listen to you prattle on about how much that story blew your mind. Sometimes, just talking about the story with someone helps get you through the seemingly endless void lodged in your stomach after turning that last, and final, page.
I just started a little Book Club on Facebook, You should join up and share your hangover!
• Write a review
Writing a review on a novel not only allows for the opportunity to write about your feelings, but also helps to give you a little closure. Some books wrecked me mentally and emotionally and writing about how I feel helped to organize my thoughts. A bonus to reviewing the novel- you could engage in conversation with others who may be experiencing the same feelings you felt after finishing the book.
See my list of Book Reviews here!
• Genre Jumping
Sometimes, changing up the genres helps to process the experiences from the book you just read. If I read a YA novel that completely turns my world topsy turvy, I like to jump to another genre- such as romance- that offsets what I just experienced.
• Peruse online book recommendations
Thankfully, there are many sites that offer helpful suggestions for books to read if you enjoyed a similar novel. For example, I recently finished reading Firstlife by Gena Showalter- for those that enjoyed this series, I highly suggest they read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, as the concepts are somewhat similar. Not to mention, these series are incredibly addictive! Also Check out one of my favorite book bloggers, In Love and Words, for her book hangover remedies for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
See my Top YA Fiction Series for some ideas!
• Convince someone you know to read the book
I will admit, there are times I like to live vicariously through others. Sometimes, just seeing other people get sucked helplessly into the novel in the same manner I did helps to get me through the “hangover”. Once they finish it, we can help each other process the feels…usually with a couple pints of Ben and Jerry’s and a glass of wine.
I hope these suggestions answered your “how to get over a book hangover” question! Sometimes you may need to engage a few of these tips to get yourself through the worst of book hangovers. Just remember…you’re not alone. Your fellow bookworms are your tribe. We know book hangovers. They’re inevitable. The struggle is real. Please feel free to share some of your own personal hangover tips in the comments below!
By Anthony Thomas
Fiery Seas Publishing
September 18, 2018
Jason Conners is the last person you’d expect to run into a burning building, unless of course there was something inside worth stealing. Call him what you want: criminal, thief, asshole, but hero? Absolutely not. Jason’s questionable behavior and disturbing antics can only be attributed to one secret.
He can change the future, but with great power comes great responsibility? Hell no. His ability makes him the best thief in the city, and nothing is off-limits. Until Jason’s carefree attitude gains the attention of the Rogues, and the government.
The Rogues want him to stop catastrophic events from taking place, and the government has their own agenda. When the hunt begins, Jason is caught in the crosshairs and learns that breaching is not as limitless as he thought.
Can this anti-hero give up a life of easy money and become the savior the Rogues need, or will it cost him everything—even his immortality?
About the Author:
Anthony Thomas settled in the city of sin, though part of him will always remain in the small farming town in Northern California. When he’s not hunched over a keyboard, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs.