Tuesday, January 16, 2018

You

Someday. 

Sometime.

I will stop thinking about you. Random songs won't remind me of you. Certain sounds won't make me remember.

Someday.

Sometime.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Spotlight Saturday: C.L. Monaghan




Welcome to Kira Adams' Spotlight Saturday! Every week I will be featuring a different author in the industry. Indie, trad, small press, etc. The point is to help get the word out about new authors and books they are releasing. Maybe you will find your next favorite author. Maybe you will find a story that will touch your soul. Maybe you will participate in the giveaway in hopes of winning a prize. Whatever the case may be, thank you for being here. 


This weeks featured author is C.L. Monaghan.




• What inspired you to begin writing?
It's something that's been on my mind since I graduated university in 2004. I began my first 'story' in 2005 but then got married again and had two more children and decided to homeschool. The writing got put on the back-burner for 11 years! Then, in 2015 I discovered the Indie writing community through the books of the late great, Ednah Walters. We became friends and I went to meet her in 2016, flying all the way from the UK to UtopiaCon in Nashville. She encouraged me to take up writing again and mentored me through my first novel. I published Immaginario in April 2017 and The Hollows in October.

• How long have you been writing? 
In my head, 11 years! Officially, about 18 months.

• What book inspired you to begin writing?
I think it's fair to say that no single book inspired me to begin writing, more that the worlds that I swallowed up, as a child and as an adult, fuelled a very overactive imagination that I just had to put to use. Studying history and classic English Literature at university enabled my love for all things Gothic and romantic.

• Who is your favorite author(s)?
Gosh, so many! Tolkien is my number one go-to in terms of pure mastery of words and literary style. I love the satirical storytelling of Sir Terry Pratchett (an author I would always recommend if asked.) I like Phillipa Gregory, Kate Griffin, Dan Brown and many, many more.

• If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why? 
Only one? Hmm, I'd say Joe from Immaginario. He's Italian and can cook and is very sexy so that's a no-brainer lol. But, I'd also love to lunch with Midnight from the Hollows. A wealthy Victorian lord of the realm with supernatural powers, who wouldn't want to lunch with him? It's impossible to choose!

• What has been your biggest accomplishment since publishing?
Actually publishing a book! It's hard lol. I was gobsmacked (quintessentially British word for you there lol) that Immaginario won a finalist place in the Indie Author Network book of the year awards 2017 for best paranormal. The Hollows surprised me even more by hitting the top 100 bestsellers lists in Gothic in 3 different countries! I told myself I'd be happy just selling 10 books so it was a nice, if slightly overwhelming, feeling seeing it reach those numbers. It's a great feeling knowing people like reading the stories I write.

• Do you have anything else in the works apart from your book/series?
I'm currently working on the final part to Immaginario, I have at least 3 more Midnight Gunn novels planned and next year I plan to start another new series about the Templar Knights. Lots and lots of research!

• What is the one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?
-The most important thing I tell myself is never give up. It's a long, hard slog and the work doesn't end when you click 'publish'. Be prepared to spend many hours promoting and marketing your books. Be prepared to accept constructive criticism and shrug off the not so helpful. Be prepared to learn your craft. Writing is an art, no beginner ever writes a perfect book. You will make mistakes, there will be tears and tantrums and you'll learn from them. I'm always looking to improve, I'm my own worst critic but that also transpires into a gruelling work ethic. I sit up till 3am reading, questioning and assessing my work. Ask for advice, practice, edit and practice more. Don't be afraid to put samples of your writing out there for others to appraise. Finally, be prepared for the long haul. 



(Editorial Review of The Hollows)
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel is an historical mystery novel written by C.L. Monaghan. Detective Inspector Arthur Gredge had a serial assailant on his hands. The circumstances surrounding the latest victim, a Miss Emmeline Rowbotham, were particularly troublesome due to her being a member of a prominent family and to the fact that she had not survived the attack. The assailant’s other victims were from the lower classes of society and had been found alive, if barely so, and, while conscious, strangely devoid of volition. The case was bizarre and troubling enough that Gredge felt compelled to bring in Midnight Gunn, a paranormal investigator whose familiarity with the dark shadows made Gredge decidedly uncomfortable. But he was convinced that only Midnight would be able to resolve the situation.

C.L. Monaghan’s historical mystery novel, The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel, had me hooked from the first page. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will delight in watching the two detectives look for clues in 1860s London and risk life and limb tracking down a diabolical miscreant. Midnight Gunn is one of the most exciting new detective characters to come around in some time. As I read this book, I began hoping that Monaghan comes up with any number of new and extraordinary cases to occupy the fine minds of Gunn and Gredge. This author makes her historical setting come alive, and watching as this finely plotted detective yarn unfolds is sheer joy. More Midnight Gunn adventures, please. The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel is most highly recommended.

“Any Sherlock Holmes fan will delight in watching the two detectives look for clues in 1860s London and risk life and limb tracking down a diabolical miscreant. Midnight Gunn is one of the most exciting new detective characters to come around in some time. As I read this book, I began hoping that Monaghan comes up with any number of new and extraordinary cases to occupy the fine minds of Gunn and Gredge. This author makes her historical setting come alive, and watching as this finely plotted detective yarn unfolds is sheer joy. More Midnight Gunn adventures, please. The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel is most highly recommended.” - Jack Magnus of Readers’ Favourite






C.L. Monaghan was born and raised in Lincolnshire in the UK. Aged 8 she moved to Sth Africa (a land of adventure!) with her parents where she befriended a mother cheetah and her cubs, chased gigantic dragonflies after the rain and watched the most incredible forked lightning split the sky!

A headstrong tomboy; she climbed trees and rooftops to read books from a very early age. Her childhood favourites were Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Forest, The Wishing Chair, Famous Five and Mallory Towers.

Discovering The Hobbit began a lifelong fascination with Tolkien and the fantasy genre.
In 2000 C.L. Monaghan attended Lincoln University and gained her B.A. Honours degree in History and English Literature. From there it has been her ambition to write her own adventures to share with fellow book lovers. Her debut book 'Immaginario' was placed as a finalist in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

She lives in her home town in Lincolnshire with her husband, 3 boys, 5 cats (it's customary for writers to own several cats) and Casper the miniature schnauzer.




Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Joesbookbar  










Saturday, January 06, 2018

Spotlight Saturday: Riley Jean


Welcome to Kira Adams' Spotlight Saturday! Every week I will be featuring a different author in the industry. Indie, trad, small press, etc. The point is to help get the word out about new authors and books they are releasing. Maybe you will find your next favorite author. Maybe you will find a story that will touch your soul. Maybe you will participate in the giveaway in hopes of winning a prize. Whatever the case may be, thank you for being here. 


This weeks featured author is Riley Jean.














• What inspired you to begin writing?
I started writing almost six years ago. It was just after I graduated college and got married. For the first time in forever, with no wedding to plan and no finals to study for, I had time to devote to my very own hobby. So, I rediscovered my love of reading. It quickly became an obsession. I devoured over 250 books that year. I lived and breathed words. Even my dreams were narrated. Naturally, my own creative juices started to flow.

I didn't set out to write a book. It was more like journaling. Thoughts about friendships, family, life lessons, grief. Sweet moments from the chaotic year that my husband and I first met. Because these days I can't remember why I walked into a room, and there are some memories I never want to forget :]

What began as a creative outlet to document my thoughts evolved into a cohesive story about angst, romance and coming of age that I was honored to share with the world!

• Who is your favorite author(s)?
Colleen Hoover and Amy Harmon. These women inspire me daily. Colleen with her community outreach and dry humor, and Amy with her humility and faith. Did I mention their unforgettable stories? "Slammed" and "Making Faces" are my all-time favorites!

• Do you have anything else in the works apart from your book/series?
Sadly, I am not like other authors that can whip out multiple masterpieces each year. (How do they do that?!) Or even balance writing and social media (FAIL). My first book took me three years to write, and I'm currently two years into my second. I'm SO excited for this one! It's the highly-anticipated spin off from my first book, titled "Lose Somebody." It follows Ricky Storm, a wandering artist who unknowingly meets a beautiful violin player moments before she goes missing. The next day when he recognizes her face on a flyer, he must retrace his steps, follow the clues, and ultimately battle with his own inner demons to save her. 

Meet Ricky Storm in Use Somebody, out now! And lookout for Lose Somebody in 2018!

• If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
Recently I've spent A TON of time in Ricky's head, so of course he springs to mind first. I find him fascinating. He traded in his tattoo gun and motorcycle to travel all over the country. He's seen sights, met people and lived a life on the edge that I secretly envy. If only I wasn't so... you know... conventional :]

But honestly, it makes me laugh to picture it... the two of us sharing a meal. Ricky's a bit rough around the edges, and I'm rather awkward. It takes a special leading lady (enter Giselle) to bring him out of his shell. We'd probably spend the time alternating between sitting quietly and me bringing up topics discreetly written on my hand while pretending not to be intimidated.

• What is the one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors? 
Write from the heart. Don't scribble out a trendy trope for the sole purpose of making money. Tell YOUR story. Be unique. Take your time. Polish. Readers will feel the difference.





One broken girl. One irresistible boy. Can he bring her back to the light, or will they both succumb to darkness?

For straitlaced Scarlett Rossi, college was supposed to be all about finding herself. But when a whirlwind romance goes tragically wrong, what she finds is much darker than expected. Reeling from the fallout, she returns home, lost, alone, and scarred. Determined to rebuild what was stolen that night, she embraces the fighter within.

With a heart of gold and a smile like the sun, Vance Holloway can light up any room. So when his charms are rejected by the new girl at work, his curiosity is piqued. Vance sees right through Scarlett's stubborn walls. And he'll stop at nothing to break them. Over ice cream, music, and a handful of moments, he slowly earns her trust. Finally Scarlett's found somebody safe... that is, until he falls in love.

So begins an explosive tryst of push and pull between one broken girl and one irresistible boy. Scarlett won't survive another heartbreak. Can their friendship survive a compromise?

Vance may be set on healing her heart, but he has no idea what he's up against. As her walls continue to crumble, grief looms and triggers resurface. Until both are faced with the heart-stopping truth: what really happened the night she swore she'd never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood?


Join Vance and Scarlett on this powerful journey of romance, mystery, and redemption.

Use Somebody is a full-length standalone novel.































Life has made me fearless, God has made me strong, and being married to my best friend has me laughing every single day. Sunny Southern California is where we call home. I enjoy scrapbooking, autumn sunsets, and surrounding myself with music and books. By day I am Pepper Potts: pencil skirt rockin’ executive assistant to a top leader at a Fortune 100 company. By night I am Riley Jean: reader, writer, rock star in disguise.






Monday, January 01, 2018

The Start of a New Period?

I met someone. 
Finally.
They aren't perfect, but they feel right for me. 
There are some things we will need to work out, but for now, I am enjoying spending time with him. 
It feels weird to say but I don't want to see other people. 
I deleted my dating profiles: Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish, Ok Cupid. 
I haven't done that for anyone in 8 years. 
He's so sure about me, and I'm still so hesitant about it all. 
We have all the time in the world, so I don't want to jump into anything. 
I really hope this is more, like he's been telling me. I really want to stop looking. 
He's an Aries. The first I've ever dated I think. 
I hope it works out. I hope it's real. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Spotlight Saturday: Tijan



Welcome to Kira Adams' Spotlight Saturday! Every week I will be featuring a different author in the industry. Indie, trad, small press, etc. The point is to help get the word out about new authors and books they are releasing. Maybe you will find your next favorite author. Maybe you will find a story that will touch your soul. Maybe you will participate in the giveaway in hopes of winning a prize. Whatever the case may be, thank you for being here. 


This weeks featured author is Tijan. Full disclosure: She’s one of my favorite authors!!





What inspired you to begin writing?
I started writing after I had graduated college already. Nothing triggered it in me. I think I had storylines in my head all my life and I just needed to get them out of me one day. Once I started typing them out, I knew that's what I wanted to do: write stories and get paid for them! Dream job.

How long have you been writing?
Like twelve years maybe? But I've only been making money from it for four or five. 

What book inspired you to begin writing?
No book! 

Who is your favorite author(s)?
Oh boy. A ton! JK Rowling, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, Jennifer Armentrout. 

If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
Logan Kade because he's hilarious and dark. Though, he's guarded too. 

What has been your biggest accomplishment since publishing?
Oh my gosh... um.... When I started making enough money to pay the rent, that was a huge accomplishment. Since then, it's been hitting this list, then this list, then hitting a list multiple times. I've been saving up so when I finally buy a house, I'll probably break down crying that first night because that'll be from writing. 

Do you have anything else in the works apart from your book/series?
Yep!! Ryan's Bed is a young adult stand-alone coming. It's very very sad. When I was writing it, I kept thinking who is going to want to read this? It's so depressing, and then I revealed the blurb and cover, and the response was huge. So, we'll see how that one goes. I've got a Hollywood Bad Boy actor meets a mustang whisperer type romance coming in May, Bad Boy Brody and after that, I do have a series coming. I've not announced anything, and I need to wait to finish Heather Jax's book before I can start saying anything yet. ;) 

What is the one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors? 
Write for yourself. Honestly. Truly. If you write for money, for others, for other reasons--you'll have a hard time. 





Mason Kade is not known to be nice. He is ruthless, manipulative, and unforgiving. Most will say that he is a jerk and he is to those that cross him or cross his loved ones. However, he does not want to be who he is. He does not enjoy hurting others, but there is no limit to the lengths he will go to protect himself and his brother. This is the story of how he came to be and this is why so many love Mason Kade. 

This is a story of a destroyed family and the effects it had on a son. (46k novella) 




Tijan didn't start writing till later in life. She's hoping she's doing it right, and if not, she'll continue to keep trying! She is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of various romances in different genres, which include series and stand alones. She has an English Cocker that she absolutely adores, a man she couldn't be without, and this insatiable need to keep writing the words, all the words!




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Spotlight Saturday: Mya O'Malley

Welcome to Kira Adams' Spotlight Saturday! Every week I will be featuring a different author in the industry. Indie, trad, small press, etc. The point is to help get the word out about new authors and books they are releasing. Maybe you will find your next favorite author. Maybe you will find a story that will touch your soul. Maybe you will participate in the giveaway in hopes of winning a prize. Whatever the case may be, thank you for being here. 

This weeks featured author is Mya O’Malley. 








What inspired you to begin writing?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing. I wrote an entire series of mermaid stories (I still have some) for my grandmother when I was a child.  I also enjoyed writing poetry.

As a young adult, my focus was on college and becoming a special education teacher. I still kept journals filled with poetry, but those poems were for me and I didn’t consider publishing at that time.

Years later, I felt that familiar tug to start writing again.  This time, I wanted to write a full-length novel.  The first novel I ever wrote is titled, Where There is Love.  This book is special to me because of course, it was my first, but also because of my vulnerable, realistic characters.  The plot involves a mentor and protégé relationship and how both characters learn, grow, and heal from one another.

Now, I’m excited to tell you that I just published my tenth full-length novel and have several published novellas as well.

My inspiration comes from within, but it also comes from wanting to inspire my daughter and others to reach for their dreams and to persevere, even if at times, if that journey is tough. There’s truly nothing else quite like the feeling of holding your own book in your hands and knowing that somewhere out there, someone is reading it and becoming part of the story you created.

How long have you been writing?
As I mentioned above, I’ve been writing since I was a small child and loving every minute of it.

When I was taking post-graduate courses for my master’s degree in literacy, I got back into the routine of writing. (essays this time) Once I finished my coursework, I knew I had to keep going– I had to take a chance and write that first novel.

What book inspired you to begin writing?
As much as I love writing, I have always enjoyed reading as well. I’ve always devoured books and I’m a lover of so many different genres.

Growing up, I read books by Judy Blume, among many other great authors.  Later, I enjoyed Dean Koontz and then James Patterson.  Patterson’s early books like, Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls were such great mystery/thrillers. I also loved reading nearly ever novel Nicholas Sparks has written.  Liane Moriarty is another favorite author of mine. Her stories are unique and have such relatable, emotional characters.

I guess you could say that the eclectic compilation of authors I was exposed to helped to inspire me and to create my own stories as an author.

If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
This would be so amazing.  Among my choices would have to be Liane Moriarty. I adore all of her books. Liane Moriarty has a way of sucking you into her world as if you were right there, experiencing everything as if you were the characters. The way her protagonists think and view the world is so relatable and familiar. Her stories always have surprising twists and characters and plots that stay with you long after the story is finished. What Alice Forgot was one of my favorites.  

I would love to have lunch with Ms. Moriarty and learn about how she plots out her books and unforgettable characters.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since publishing?
I can remember when I wrote my first book and started the search for a publisher. It was a dream come true to sign that very first contract. I have been so lucky to work with amazing publishers such as Clean Reads, Solstice Publishing, Touchpoint Press, and Blue Tulip Publishing. The fact that I published a book is something I will always be grateful for, and with each title, I’m still so thankful.  Each book and all of my characters stay with me and I consider that to be such a wonderful accomplishment.

My last few titles have been self-published, and I’ve enjoyed the experience of handling every aspect of the publishing process on my own. I love the feeling of being part of a publishing family as well as venturing out there on my own; it’s the perfect combination.

Do you have anything else in the works apart from your book/series?
I recently published The House that Adelia Built, a paranormal ghost thriller. My plans are to go back in and finish the last book from the paranormal Maggie series. It will be the last of the ghost/mystery trilogy and I have so many ideas for how to finish off this series. These characters have a way of sticking with me– growing, and evolving.

I might even give a certain character her own spin-off book once I’ve completed the trilogy. (If you are familiar with this series, think about a tough as nails female cop with a major attitude and a big heart.)

What is the one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors? 
I would advise aspiring writers to never give up on their dream and keep writing. It’s important for writers to colloaborate with fellow authors and accept constructive criticism from a good support system. Writing can be a very challlenging dream, but there’s nothing like getting your story out there for others to read and holding your own book in your hands.



                                                          Prologue
                                                              1876

It was an evening like any other, yet it was to be a night that she would never forget—for it was a crucial piece of the puzzle that would ignite the course of Adelia’s destiny.
 Sharp, crisp wind bit at every inch of her exposed skin. Almost completely winded, Adelia spun her head once more, just to be sure she hadn’t been followed here to the towering cliffs. A darkened sky matched her desperate, dismal mood.
            Augustus never disappointed in stealing any smidgen of brightness from her mind, but tonight he had pushed until she too had crossed the thin line over to the brink of madness.
            Yes, her husband was going mad. 
Insane.
Insane with rage, jealously, control, apparently sparked by boredom and gin. Adelia couldn’t imagine a worse possible combination. One could activate a fire sure to burn through and destroy any soul with those caustic ingredients.
            Whenever Augustus would finally place his head on the pillow beside her, Adelia would wait out the thickness, the raw stench of alcohol and bitterness, until she could finally allow herself to breathe once Augustus began to snore. It was only then that her hands would grip the quilt, which rested upon her body. Then she would cautiously count to fifty. Fifty usually did the trick, but at times she had added a few seconds more, just to be sure.
            Tonight, she had run for her life, not waiting for Augustus to pass out, leaving before his before his head had even hit the pillow.  
Now safely outside, her fists unclenched and her breathing slowed until she could release the soft wail that fought to escape. As if she couldn’t control it, her neck craned to spy behind her once more. Augustus had been at the gin for hours today, starting much earlier than ever before; she could only hope he wouldn’t give chase, that he would pass out cold. 
            Recently, she had fooled herself into thinking that, if only she could try hard enough, perhaps they could get back to that sunny place where they had first fallen deeply for one another.
Was there such a spell? She frowned, knowing such a magic ceased to exist. Her trick no longer worked; she couldn’t fool herself into thinking everything would be okay.
            Not now.
            Not anymore.
            Months of self-reflection had consumed Adelia. She could hardly think of anything else. At first, she wondered if their downfall could have possibly been partly her own fault—Adelia may have played a hand at her heart’s demise.  But, no, she had yet to find one shred of proof that argued against the fact that Augustus had been the one who had changed. Oh, it had been ever so slightly at first. An offbeat comment here and there, a sideways look. But after a few months, as surely as the dark tides shifted, it seemed that once they made the lighthouse on the cliffs their home, the very beacon which served to steer ships to safety in these treacherous waters diminished her own brightness and replaced it with a gradual shift to darkness. 
            She clung to the small sliver of a chance that she could fix this. Yes, she could throw her shoulders back and help this stranger her husband had shifted into, before it was too late.
Surely some came back from the brink of madness, right? But then the horrifying image that haunted her dreams plagued her mind once more. She shut her eyes tight, pushing the vision out of her head. 
            Tonight her husband had sunk to a new low, even for him.
            Before the hole proved too expansive to dig out of, she told herself she needed to act—now.
Was that a shadow lurking in the distance? Was it Devon, arriving early, or had Augustus found her?
Her heart leapt with fear. No, nobody was there. It must have been the wind or possibly her mind playing tricks, for once she focused her gaze on the spot, she could see nothing but the trees close behind her.
Adelia purposely slowed her breathing. She would need to put her plan in place quickly, but for that, she would need to speak with Devon. He should be here any minute.
            But, there was the sound again. This time, she was sure she heard footsteps, and when she called out, nobody responded. Now she stood, hands clenched in tight fists, determined to face the unidentifiable figure approaching from beyond.
There was nowhere to go, of course. No choice but to face the unknown. Adelia turned her head, her vision lit by the full moon above. She judged the distance from the edge of the cliff. There was no place else to go but down. 





It all started with a woman and a lighthouse. The House that Adelia Built spins a tale full of love, lies, and betrayal at the hands of a man Adelia calls Augustus—her own husband. 

In the late 1800s, Augustus finds a job as lighthouse keeper on a beautiful, but isolated island. He can’t wait to bring his new bride home to the lighthouse, set on majestic bluffs, which have laid claim to many shipwrecks. 

Augustus soon suffers from the effects of self-induced isolation, as Adelia watches him slowly lose his grip on reality until he turns mad, bringing forth dire consequences.

Meet Hope, a modern day quiet, quirky young woman with a case of agoraphobia—or so it would seem. She feels an inexplicable pull toward the lighthouse and the bluffs beyond. Hope struggles with her internal battle and seeks to find the truth about her unsettling, recurring nightmares. Maybe then she can discover why she has always felt so alone and unusual. 

Enter Clooney, a handsome, unassuming stranger who soon becomes so much more to Hope. The very woman who has guarded her heart in the past will soon find herself wrapped in a web of denial, leading to a heart-wrenching reality. 

For every truth she exposes, more heartache is found. Hope must come face-to-face with her worst fears as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her spellbinding connection to the lighthouse.







Amazon:

Amazon- ASIN # B076R3S3P5

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

iBooks:

Goodreads:

You Tube trailer for The House that Adelia Built:   

Smashwords:












Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, and step daughters. The family also consists of a boxer, Destiny, and a ragdoll cat named Colby.

Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her eleventh novel.

















Twitter: @MyaOMalley
Instagram: myaomalley