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Meet an Author–Kristi Pelton!

OMG I’m so thrilled to introduce my guest author for September!

*slowly chanting “Roccccck Challllllk Jayhawwwwwk” 😛 *

Kristi Pelton!

I met Kristi three years ago when I got my hands on her book Pure Will & LOVED IT! I laughed, cried and fell in love with Will (Yowza!) and Camden, who’s so freaking adorable. Such a cute couple and the book was perfect with all kinds of twists and turns that surprised me to the very end!

Now, although Kristi’s a Kansas Jayhawk fan & I’m an OU Sooner fan, we still get along because she’s a CUBS FAN TOO! WOOHOO! Plus, she’s just kinda awesome on top of that 😁 She’s got a great sense of humor which plays a big part in most of her books, and I find myself cracking up when I’m reading them. Dibs had me howling several times especially at Sam’s dates 😂 Kristi writes contemporary and new adult romance, and I promise, there’s something for everyone in all of her books!

*Don’t forget to enter Kristi’s giveaway below!*

Let’s find out more about Kristi!

1. What’s your hidden talent?

Kristi: My hidden talent, that I typically only do after consuming adult beverages—Gosh, I’m almost afraid to say because it will make so many jealous. But…here goes, I can spit, let it dangle into an obnoxiously long strand of saliva then—I can slurp it right back up into my mouth. It’s truly amazing.   ( 🤣 )

2. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal for?

Kristi: Hmm… sarcastic banter. I think I could at least win a bronze. (Especially if the Olympics were held in Go Fuck Yourself, Russia) OK…I’m down for a silver!  🙂  (😂 Go Fuck Yourself, Russia)

3. What’s your go-to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?

Kristi: I’m a total playlist girl depending on my mood. But Eminem is probably my go to… I could undoubtedly out rap Eminem.  (I HAVE to hear this 😜 )

4. What’s something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you don’t get the point of?

Kristi: Game of Thrones. I’ve only watched the first season and I was like ‘meh.’ Everyone says to stick with it but I’m just kind of like…next!  (Kristi & I have already discussed this tragic flaw of hers & she promises to give it another shot… 😉 )

5. What are you looking forward to most in the next 10 years?

Kristi: Watching what my boys accomplish! (Said with excitement and fear!!) 🙂

6. What fad or trend do you wish would come back?

Kristi: I’m going to have to go with 80’s hair. My God, that was a lot of work and very hazardous to my lungs from the hairspray. This ponytail/messy bun era is ridiculously easy. Totally unfair.  (I’ll bet my hair was bigger than yours 🙄)

7. Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month?

Kristi: I’m a wee bit OCD (a lot bit)…I’d have to go with the internet. 😝

8. What’s your guilty pleasure on Netflix?

Kristi: I’m not a huge Netflix girl but my sons and I watch Shameless and Walking Dead—like to the point that we plan fun meals for the season premier or finale. (We clearly have sad lives) 🙂

9. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

Kristi: Left lane drivers!! ROAD RAGE… I pulled a gun out just thinking about it. 🙂 If you are in the left lane—go fast or get the hell out of the way!!   (Preaching to the choir here, woman! 😠)

10. What do you munch on when writing?

Kristi: Nothing…ever.

11. Have you ever Googled yourself? 😉

Kristi: Indeed…is there someone who hasn’t??

12. Music or silence when you write?

Kristi: Shhh!

13. Is there any other genre you’d like to try writing?

Kristi: I’d love to write a parenting manual for raising boys… a comedy of course! ( 😆)

14. How do you choose the names of your characters?

Kristi: I started off with people in my life—

15. What does literary success look like to you?

Kristi: Accomplished!  It has nothing to do with money or bestseller status (though I reached #33 on Amazon with Slick). For me, it was receiving emails from readers that a book touched them. People I didn’t know. Knowing the community was talking about a book that I wrote thrills me to the bone. (I adored Slick!)

16. Anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Kristi: Thank you, thank you, thank you…from the bottom of my heart.  There are so many books/authors…that you chose me… my cup runneth over!!

17. Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up next?

Kristi: I’m working on a sort of sexy, legal, romantic comedy. I’d like to reveal a release date- but honestly, I don’t have one!!!  😦  (Can’t wait!!)

Thank you so much for stopping by, Kristi!! I wish you the very best & many, many years of success with your fabulous books! ❤

*Enter the giveaway below!*

You can purchase Kristi’s latest book Scars and Tats on Amazon KU by clicking the gorgeous cover below!

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Kristi’s giving away TWO ebooks and ONE signed paperback to three lucky winners, winners’ choice of which book! To enter, either “Like” her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter or Instagram or “Friend” her on Goodreads (or do all!) then comment on this page that you did! Good luck!

 

 

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Meet an Author–Megan Matthews!

I’m so pumped to introduce my guest author for August!

*insert some swanky Chick-fil-A music here 😂*

Megan Matthews!

I’ve known Megan for going on four years now! Damn, how time flies! I met Megan when she and Trish ran the book blog Bedroom Bookworms, which was a super awesome site! She and Trish worked hard on getting not only my books out there to new readers, but other indie authors’ books as well, and we all love them hard ❤

As for the Chick-fil-A intro music, well, I’ve noticed on Instagram that Megan might kinda love that place…I could be wrong…but I don’t think I am LOL

Megan is now the author of the hit series The Boys of RDA—where hot video gamers abound along with a sexy soccer player who has some strange apartment rules 😉 —as well as her latest series Pelican Bay Security which starts with the first book, Security Risk, that just might include a hot ex-Navy SEAL. Hell yes! 😏

Let’s get to know a little more about Megan!

1. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal for?

Megan: Reading the most minutes without moving. There are times my fitbit thinks I’ve gone to sleep when I get into a good book. (🤣)

2. What’s your go-to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?

Megan: Mariana’s Trench. They are my all-time favorite band and I love just about everything they’ve released

3. What’s something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Megan: Get in the car and just drive without a destination in mind. (I’m so gonna do this!!!)

4. What’s something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you don’t get the point of?

Megan: Snapchat… Snap Chat <— See I can’t even spell it. I don’t know what this app does differently than all the other social media apps I have on my phone. (I agree lol I have it only to see the pics/vids my niece posts of my adorable great niece!)

5. What fad or trend do you wish would come back?

Megan: Tamagotchi pets. Weren’t those the coolest things ever? The first edition ones in particular. (I JUST wrote a Tamagotchi line into my next book lmao)

6. What was your favorite childhood book?

Megan: The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn. I recently found a copy in a used bookstore and snatched it up. I’m sure my family thought I was on drugs from my squeal of excitement.

7. What’s the first book that made you cry?

Megan: Bridge to Terabithia. And then because back then I was a glutton for punishment I promptly read it five hundred more times. Crying more and more. I also made my husband and mother see it when it was made into a movie a few years ago. They laughed at the box of Kleenex I brought in, but they weren’t laughing on the way out.

8. If you could market/sell only one of your books for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?

Megan: Grind (The Boys of RDA). There is just something special about Marissa and Ryland’s relationship that makes me have warm fuzzy feelings inside.

9. Which character have you written that’s most like you?

Megan: I think in a way every character is a bit me in some way or another. If I had to pick the one that I resonate with the most it would have to be Katy from my Pelican Bay series. Fans meet her in Security Risk as a friend of Tabitha’s, but she’ll be popping in here and there on occasion until she gets her own story later in the series. Katy is feisty and always has a quick comeback. She leads with her emotions and is quick to get angry and defend others if she thinks something/someone is being treated unfairly. She’s also a tad (read a lot) snarky and I love being able to write that in a character.

10. What is your writing kryptonite?

Megan: Children 

11. Have you ever Googled yourself? 😉

Megan: YES! What’s the fun in life if you can’t give yourself a good Google?  One of “me” is very smart and is an executive vice president somewhere. Another “me” is a porn star. So I have all of that going for my career. 🙂  (ha!) 

12. Music or silence when you write?

Megan: Music. But only music no one else can be talking or walking or moving around me.

13. Is there any other genre you’d like to try writing?

Megan: I have a Psychological Thriller finished that only close friends have seen. One day I’d like to write a bunch more and publish them, but right now my heart is with the romance. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

14. If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Megan: It would definitely be Aspen from my very first book, Rush. (FREE on all retailers 🙂 ) We’d explore San Francisco together and eat some amazing food. She always seems to have a good food hook up.

15. Which character in your books would you be least likely to get along with?

Megan: Simone from Lag ! She’s so sweet and always sees the best in people. I’d want to shake her a bit if we ever met in real life. While writing her story I yelled at her to get mad ALL.THE.TIME. She was just too nice and wouldn’t do it.

16. How do you choose the names of your characters?

Megan: I spend a lot of time on Nameberry. I also steal names from people I hear on the street. Today my child made a friend on the playground named Kandace and I decided that’s a perfect heroine name for someone lol

17. What does literary success look like to you?

Megan: Being able to feed my family more than Cup O’ Noodles on my royalty checks. ( 😛 )

18. What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten when it comes to your books?

Megan: I love to hear when people couldn’t put them down and/or they finished them in one sitting.

19. Anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Megan: You guys are the best and I seriously wouldn’t be doing this job without the amazing people in this community. If I could I would drive to every single one of your houses and hug you….except I don’t hug and I’m not a bazillionaire….. yet.

20. Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up next?

Megan: I have TWO books on the schedule for the rest of this year. In October I’ll be publishing a Novella, Holiday Risk. It’s a super cute story set in Pelican Bay so there is a former Navy SEAL involved. Then in either November or December I plan to publish Future Risk. Another Pelican Bay story with hot SEALS, bombs, and bullets. It’s going to be a busy, but awesome year. I can’t wait! (Woohoo!!)

Thank you so much for joining me, Megan! And I wish you much continued success with your amazing books! ❤

You can pick up Megan’s books on Amazon by clicking the image or on other sites below!

The Boys of RDA (4 Book Series) by Megan Matthews

 

 

 

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Meet an Author–BB Miller & Leslie Carson!

I’m excited to introduce my guest authors for July!

*suspenseful music builds to a big-ass cymbals crash*

BB Miller and Leslie Carson!

I’ve known these two talented ladies for a long time! Leslie & I met maybe seven years ago, I believe! Crazy how time flies!

Pretty sure BB & I have chatted before about her WSU Cougars (I was probably griping about my OU Sooners at the time 🙄 ) and Swess (I call Leslie this because, well, no reason, except she’s just Swess ❤ ) had me edit for her yearssss ago and I loved getting to read her stories before anyone else did! 😏

These lovelies published their first book together, Rock the Dream–Redfall Dream Series (Book 1), on February 1, and it not only made a huge splash as a debut novel, but the reviews have all been raves!

And Kennedy Lane? Oh, my. He’s as sexy as he is infuriating. And just when you wanna smack him, he makes you swoon 😛 I think I’ve found my new book boyfriend! lol ❤

Let’s find out more about these girls!

 

Thank you so much for these questions and for including us! (Thank YOU for participating! ❤ )

1. What’s your hidden talent?

BB—I can make a mean Cosmopolitan!

LC—BB, that may be the best talent ever. 😊 Back in the day, I won several lip sync battles- before they were popular and featured on late night TV. 😊

2. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal for?

BB—Cocktail shaking. ( 😂 )

LC—Reading.

3.What’s your go-to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?

BB—This is a hard one! I guess either Ed Sheeran or Kings of Leon or Mumford and Sons or the Beatles…

LC—There are too many to list! Queen would be at the top, The Eagles, Foo Fighters, Blue Rodeo

4. What’s something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

BB—Get a bird’s eye view. Whether it’s zip lining, or hang-gliding, or finding the tallest observation deck around, find somewhere you can take a few minutes to see the world from high up. Your troubles slip away and it gives you new perspective.

LC—Get lost in a city. Too many people travel with these high activity, stressful itineraries when they’re on holiday. One of the best times I’ve ever had is when I got lost in the Underground in London and got off at the wrong station. I spent the day just exploring without an agenda, and it was fantastic.

5. What’s something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you don’t get the point of?

BB—Selfies. I can see taking a couple of you and a friend if you get together once in a while and you want to remember what you did. But constantly taking pictures of yourself with nothing but your car, sushi, or whatever? I don’t get it. (My 20 yo daughter would SO disagree 🙄 )

LC—Selfies are bad, and those selfie sticks are equally horrible. Right now, it’s bottle-flipping. It makes no sense at all, and I think my 13-year-old would medal in that if it was an Olympic sport. Please, please, MAKE IT STOP! (hahaha)

6. What are you looking forward to most in the next 10 years?

BB—Being cancer-free. (That would be fabulous! ❤ )

LC—BB and my sister being cancer-free. (Also fabulous! Keeping you all in my prayers ❤ )

7. What fad or trend do you wish would come back?

LC—Roller skating. Ah, the memories of Studio 801!

BB—I loved roller skating!!! I’m a danger on ice skates.

8. Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month? 😝

BB—Easy! I’d give up the internet over showers.

LC—The internet! There’s no way I’m giving up my showers.

9. What’s the first book that made you cry?

BB—The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I loved that book. I still do!

LC—Charlotte’s Web—I distinctly remember bawling my eyes out in class.

10. Which character have you written that’s most like you?

BB—I think that’s best answered by someone else!

LC—I think there’s a little bit sprinkled into most of them.

11. What do you munch on when writing?

BB—I try not to! But I have to say I’m addicted to sweet potato tortilla chips.

LC—There’s this trail mix that I love far too much, and I have a weakness for chocolate almonds. If they’re in the house, they won’t last long.

12. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

BB—I would have paid more attention to punctuation drills!

LC—Holy cow–commas! BB can tell you alllll about it. 😊

13. Have you ever Googled yourself? 😉

BB—I have for work, but not for writing.

LC—No way!

14. Music or silence when you write?

BB—Depends on my mood! Sometimes, even music is distracting to me.

LC—I almost always have music playing. Unless I’m writing at work, which I’ve been known to do.

15. Is there any other genre you’d like to try writing?

LC—I’d love to give horror a try. Not gruesome, bloodshed horror. More along the lines of suspenseful, you want to sleep with the lights on horror.

BB—You’d be great at that!! I’ve had a mafia storyline floating in my head for a couple years—one day, I’d like to get that on paper.

16. If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

BB—Kennedy Lane. I’d like to spend the day listening to the band rehearsing in his home studio. (I could stand a day with KL 😉 )

LC—Sean Murphy. Give me a British accent, and a free spirit, and I’m hooked. (Well, damn…I could hang out with a drummer too lol)

17. Which character in your books would you be least likely to get along with?

BB—Nadia (although there’s another one coming up that I detest as well).

LC—Brodie (I’m with Barb on this though. There’s a new one that is beyond awful in Cameron’s book).

18. How do you choose the names of your characters?

BB—Hmm…I seem to remember one evening in a bar in San Francisco and names scribbled on a cocktail napkin…

LC—*laughs hard* Yep- cocktails are usually involved.

19. Your latest book continues your Redfall Dream Series. What got you into writing about rockstars?

LC—I’ve been writing for a while. (Side note: On a recent trip back home, my mom gave me a stack of old short stories I wrote, which included an entire soap opera set in the eighties. I had completely forgotten about it, and spent the next several hours laughing so hard I was crying at the scenarios I put these people into.) RTD actually started out as a graduation surprise for a very dear friend of ours who finished nursing school. We’re so proud of Mandy!!! (YAY Mandy!!) I’ve always been drawn to Rockstar romances. There’s something a bit mysterious about musicians and what drives them. And who doesn’t love a talented, tattooed man playing just for you? (This girl does!)

20. What’s one thing you’d like readers to get out of your books?

LC—To never, ever give up.

BB—To be true to yourself.

21. What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten when it comes to your books?

BB—That we convey emotions well. I think that is really hard to do without being melodramatic, and I love it when people say we’ve struck the right balance.

LC—That people can relate to the characters and the challenges they try to work through.

22. Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up next?

BB—The next book, Live Your Dream, focuses on Matt Logan, Redfall’s bass guitarist. (Aw! I wanna give Matt a great big hug for all he’s gone through)

LC—Yes! Matt makes me swoon just a little. 😊 He’ll be out in the fall this year. We’re also working on Cameron and Sean’s books which will be out sometime in 2018. (*squees*)

Thank you both so much for coming by! I LOVED Rock the Dream & can’t wait to read Live Your Dream! mwah! ❤

You can purchase Rock the Dream (Redfall Dream Series, Book 1) from Amazon by clicking the amazingly hot guy on the cover below 😉

(or from BN on the pic beneath!)

Thank you again, BB & Swess, for stopping by! I wish you both TONS of success! ❤

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Meet an Author–Anne Mercier!

Introducing my guest author

DA-DA-DA-DA!

Anne Mercier!

Anne is one of the first authors I met & we immediately became friends. She’s one of the most generous people I know & I love her tons ❤

After she published Falling Down (Rockstar Book 1)–along with drooling over Jesse Kingston (GAH!)–I had the best time celebrating the success of her first published book as it rocked the charts for weeks! I almost had to fly to Wisconsin to administer oxygen to her because she was freaking out so much LMAO

So let’s find out a little about Anne!

1. What’s your hidden talent?

Anne: Remembering things. I still remember my locker combination from 8th grade.

2. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal for?

Anne: Reading. Definitely reading.

3. What’s your go-to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?

Anne: Not so much a band as I have a playlist on Spotify with songs that always work for me.

4. What’s something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Anne: Go on vacation alone. It’s amazing how much a person can need solitude and not know it. (I SO wanna do this!!!)

5. What’s something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you don’t get the point of?

Anne: Shoes, specifically those high heels. I get it. They’re pretty and all, but I prefer comfort over foot torture.

6. What are you looking forward to most in the next 10 years?

Anne: Traveling to other countries and meeting readers.

7. What fad or trend do you wish would come back?

Anne: Wow, I don’t know. Slouch socks? Shaker sweaters? Honestly, I don’t know. (Slouch socks *snorts* Gotta love the ’80s 😛 )

8. What question do you most want to know the answer to?

Anne: Is heaven real?

9. Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month? 

Anne: Well, I’d give up bathing if I could still wash with a wash cloth… LOL Giving up the Internet for a whole month? Yikes (I think I could do it…I stayed off for about 3 weeks a while back, but I did feel completely lost when I returned EEP!)

10. What’s the first book that made you cry?

Anne: Like really ugly cry? When It Rains by Lisa De Jong. Holy crap, that book gutted me. 

11. If you could market/sell only one of your books for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?

Anne: The Way Back To Me. Why? Because it’s good as a standalone and I think most people enjoyed that book more than any of my others. (OMG The beginning of this book killed me! Poor Olivia 😥 )

12. Which character have you written that’s most like you?

Anne: A combination of Lucy and Sera from the Rockstar series.

13. What do you munch on when writing?

Anne: Fruit… grapes, pineapple, cut up watermelon.

14. What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Anne: I’d give up just about anything to become a better writer—just about. I wouldn’t give up my laptop. That’s going too far lol

15. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

Anne: Hang out with a different crowd, not party so much, and focus on my grades.

16. Have you ever Googled yourself?

Anne: Only to search for pirated copies of my books. I don’t want to know what people are saying. It’s better this way. LOL ( 😛 )

17. Music or silence when you write?

Anne: MUSIC! I need music for my creativity to feed off of.

18. Is there any other genre you’d like to try writing?

Anne: More young adult. I started the Truths series but I have a lot of ideas for more YA books. Also, police procedural with heavy romantic elements. (Yasss!!)

19. If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Anne: I’d want to just goof off all day and act like fools. Sing out loud in public places, dance in the middle of the street… just, have fun.

20. Which character in your books would you be least likely to get along with?

Anne: The snobby prissy chicks that annoy my characters.

21. How do you choose the names of your characters?

Anne: I choose first names that sound sexy or intriguing. I tend to Google surnames a lot.

22. Your latest book continues your Rockstar Series. What got you into writing rock?

Anne: I suppose it’s my love of music, for one. Another—I was writing the first Truths book when the Rockstars showed up in my head. Their voices were demanding and drowned out the Truths characters.  That’s how the Rockstars were born.  

23. What’s one thing you’d like readers to get out of your books?

Anne: To be able to go to that place—you know the one… the one where they can escape reality for a while and leave all the stressors of life behind.

24. What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten when it comes to your books?

Anne: That they’re the best someone’s ever read. That they prefer them over FSOG <- shocker! (Nice!)

25. Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up next? 

Anne: I’ve got Xander: Book 2, The Present (Rockstar 10). After that I think I’m going to change it up a bit and write something different. I’m looking forward to when we finally find the time to collaborate on something!! It’ll be epic. (Excited for the next Xander! ❤ And I’d love to collab w/ you! It’s gonna have to be one of those “Let’s just do it” kinda things ’cause if we wait until we have time, well, it’ll never happen lol)

You can pre-order Anne’s next book Xander: Book 2, The Present (Rockstar 10) on Amazon by clicking on the gorgeous cover below!

Xander: Book 2, The Present (Rockstar 10) by [Mercier, Anne ]

Great big thanks to you, Anne, for the interview! You’re the best, chica! ❤

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Meet an Author–TC Matson!

Meet my guest author–who graciously agreed to be my first author interview–*drum roll*

TC Matson!

TC’s one of my very best friends & I lobe her tons (yes, lobe, inside joke 😛 ) She writes contemporary romance and her dudes are YUMMY. I think they’ve all been my book boyfriends at one point or another 😉

Let’s find out a little bit about TC!

1. What’s your hidden talent?
TC: I have a selective photographic memory. More times than not, I won’t remember your name, but I can tell you what you were wearing, where you were standing, etc. (Except for when I was 11-20. Those are pushed back for good reasons.)
2. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal for?
TC: Post-It Note scribbling. I’m surrounded by them and I can scribble something down, stick it somewhere only to forget about it faster than you could write your name 😊
3. What’s your go-to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
TC: Oh damn. I have a huge mixture in taste of music. From pop to country. My go-to music is definitely heavy metal, but again, it’s all on my mood. If you check out my Spotify, you’ll understand I’m all over the place. I’m like a one person party.
4. What’s something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
TC: Hug a stranger. It’ll spread some love in this hate-filled world. 
5. What’s something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you don’t get the point of?
TC: You’re trying to get me shot! I don’t get the obsession with The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Walking Dead, or Games of Thrones. Maybe I’m not normal, but I cannot get into any of the shows. (DUDE…The Bachelor/Bachelorette & GoT?? Do I have to call off this friendship? 😛 )
6. What are you looking forward to most in the next 10 years?
TC: With my writing—Growing and bettering myself.
With my personal life—Watching my kids grow up to be something fabulous and change the world.
7. What fad or trend do you wish would come back?
TC: I’ve never been super fashionable, so I’m stuck with a blank.
Oh! Do you remember Umbro shorts? HAHA! They were the best! I don’t know if they’re still around, but that would be funny as hell to see everyone sporting a pair. You know, basketball pros. Are they still around? Do you remember them? Can you picture the guys in them now? HAHA! They were so short we’d get a “sneak peek.” (I remember them & I think they were mostly for soccer? Sneak peeks? LMAO reminds me of Bleeker’s track team in the movie Juno 😳 ) 
8. Would you rather give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month?
TC: Bathing! I can’t live without the internet, but I can wipe down with a baby wipe and insanely overuse dry shampoo. (Uh :/  …same 😂 )
9. What’s the first book that made you cry?
TC: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Omg, I’ve never cried so hard over a book in my life.
10. If you could market/sell only one of your books for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
TC: This is harrrrd! (I whined that just so you know) I think Open House because it shows that you can have strength in anything you do. Life is how you make it regardless of the hand you’ve been dealt. It’s up to you to make the decisions to fix it.
11. Which character have you written that’s most like you?
TC: Most of my female characters, at some point, have a part of me, whether it’s something they say, do, wear, or how they act. Not much. Just a smidgen to drop more of my heart into the pages.
12. What do you munch on when writing?
TC: Any damn thing I can get my hands on! Red Hots, Smarties, sunflower seeds. Lately I’ve been on a beef jerky kick. (Right now I’m tearing into a box of Red Hots while filling this out.) (Smarties mmmmm 😉 ) 
13. What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
TC: Give up? As in a limb? A sense? Shit, I’d cut off my left leg to become a better writer LOL Maybe even my Post-It note sport… ( 😂 )
14. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
TC: The experiences I’ve lived through offer me some “inside” information most people shouldn’t have to experience.
15. Have you ever Googled yourself? 
TC: I’m scared to LOL My son has for a class project. Nothing too interesting came up.
16. Music or silence when you write?
TC: Music is a MUST. Silence causes the chatter to become way too loud.
17. Is there any other genre you’d like to try writing?
TC: I’d love to try a full on mystery with a touch of paranormal, but with my romantic brain I’d have two ghosts falling in love, creating ghost babies or some crazy shit like that. (bwahahaha)
But you and I have spoken about a curveball of a book that spawned from an incident in my life. That would be a twisty mystery with a touch of CRAZY. I’ve poked around on that idea here and there, but pulling it together…we’ll see. I’ve got to tap into a side of me that’s sinister. (Sinister TC sounds awesome <–sang that last word in an opera voice 😝 )
18. If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do? (I know which of your characters I’D spend the day doing “things” with 😈 )
TC: Really? Who would you do these “things” with? (Psh Ryker, of course…or maybe Levi…or Tanner…or… 😉 )
Female—I’d chose Candice (No Holds). Her personality is hilarious and I swear we’d spend more time laughing than anything else. Truthfully, most of my secondary females are fun.
Male—Ryker. All day long. He’s got a rough shell to his sweet side and I’d do my best to have him forget Whitney. Wait. On second thought, maybe Trenton (Open House). No, probably Adam (Awakened). Crap! I can’t decide on just one. This question isn’t fair. I call for a party with them all!
19. Which character in your books would you be least likely to get along with?
TC: Hmm…Brian from Open House. He’s an ass. Or Allison from the Fighter Series. I can’t stand her. She’s no good and twatty. (twatty 😂 )
20. How do you choose the names of your characters?
TC: Some of them come to me like: Levi, Paige, Ryker, Whitney, and Trenton. They “birthed” themselves. They came to me as a whole, meaning their looks and personality was already there. I didn’t have to fill in the blanks. With the others, I write down names I really like and once I get a feel on the character’s personality, I match the name with them.
21. Your latest book, No Holds, continues your Fighter Series. What got you into writing MMA?
TC: The sport. I love UFC and all things martial arts. Pair that with a sexy hunk and a taste of romance, and you’ve got yourself a gem of a man.
22. What’s one thing you’d like readers to get out of your books?
TC: Never, ever, ever give up. Always remember when times seem dark, the sun is shining behind the clouds. It will shine again. Always push forward.
23. What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten when it comes to your books?
TC: This is a toss-up. I LOVE receiving messages from readers of how much they loved something from one of my books or “when’s the sequel releasing.” But the best compliment is when I see my fans/readers spreading the word. THAT gives me the feels.
The next up would be when a “bigger” author has read my book and contacts me. Gah. Talk about fangirling.
24. Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up next?
TC: Well, of course we have No Hesitations, which is Ryker’s sequel releasing in the fall *screams and twirls* I also have a surprise novella that I’ve planned for the end of the year *throws confetti* But after that, I’m taking a little break from my MMA men. I’m working on a new standalone series. Three well-off business owners who enjoy the single life way too much. Those will release throughout 2018. (Sa-weet!)

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Thank you, TC, for the interview! You rock, woman!

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