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USA Today Best Selling Author of adult and new adult contemporary romance

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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