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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.


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 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.


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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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Spotlight Saturday: Rose Montague

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 Rose Montague. 

What inspired you to begin writing?

One of my hobbies was as an advocate for those I felt were falsely accused or wrongfully convicted and I was very active on the blogs and discussion boards for a few years. At some point I realized that in a matter of just three years I had written over a million words on this topic, in my spare time, and without even trying. I have always been a big reader and I just felt I didn't have the time to write. This realization changed that, and I managed to write my first book in my spare time.

Who are your favorite authors?

I write urban fantasy and that is also my favorite genre to read in.  I love the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Charlaine Harris, and Patricia Briggs are all awesome. I also read and write in the young adult genre and I am not ashamed to say I loved both Twilight and Hunger Games. 

What has been your biggest accomplishment since publishing?

I started out with my first book published by a small press. That was exciting, but I think when I self-published my first book that gave me even more of a sense of accomplishment.

4 LOLs, 5 WTFs, & 6 OMGs Surprises, plot twists, & shockers keep coming ♥ (From Jade - Book One in the Three J'amigos series)

Meet Jade Smith, a magical mutt with a mission. A detective partnered with a shifter named Rolfe, she’s on the case to solve a slew of murders: Vamps are killing humans, and nobody knows why. When London Jane, the most powerful vamp in town, is implicated in the murders, Jade knows something isn’t right. Together with Jill, the Winter Queen of Faerie, Jade and Jane take their investigation underground. On the run, with nowhere to hide, they uncover a secret that could destroy Faerie, as well as the human realm. Will Jade stop the killer in time? Or will she be the next victim? 

Magic, mayhem, and mystery abound, and the odds are stacked against them; it’s three against three hundred.

Rose Montague is the author of The Three J'amigos (Jade, Jane, & Jill) series as well as the Norma Jean's School of Witchery series (Jewel & Ghost School). Rose has worked in several libraries and book stores and currently lives in Elon, NC.

Her books feature kick-but female heroines, supernatural creatures of all kinds, non-stop action, a good bit of humor, and a light touch of romance. 

For a complete list of her books, check out the author page for Rose Montague here...

Twitter: @RoseMontague

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Lover and the Liar

It's been awhile...but what else is new.

I feel like my life is in shambles, when in reality things are going really well. I have a very good job, and I kick-ass at it. I love my job, but it's everything outside of my job I need to work on.

I've been having trouble writing lately because I'm 31 years old, and I'm worried if I don't focus on finding the person I want to spend the rest of my life with, I won't.

The problem is that I'm kind of a hermit and don't really enjoy going out to bars or clubs anymore. Maybe when I was 21.

Online dating has not been going so well either. Is it so difficult to find someone who genuinely has their head on their shoulders? Has a job, a car, and a place of their own or with roommates? It cannot be this difficult.

I am trying to be more social in general though. Attending poker nights, onesie parties, our Holiday ugly sweater party, etc. I don't anticipate to meet anyone at any of those, but it will still get me out of the house.

The next few weeks are going to be kinda crazy for me. On Monday, I have a new intern starting. On Tuesday, a second intern will begin.

On Wednesday night, I'm taking a red eye with my coworker at midnight to New York. I am so excited, anxious, nervous. I've never been, and even though we will only have maybe 2-3 hours to explore anything. Apart from that, we will be producing a Gotham Themed Event equipped with a Two-Face Dj, Poison Ivy Greeter, Batman/Catwoman servers, Riddler and Harley Quinn servers and a Joker Magician. It's going to be a lot of fun. I am really excited for all of it.

I'll be in New York for a whirlwind 48 hours and then I will be headed back to Vegas on Saturday morning. The following week, I will be headed to San Francisco on the 15th. Quick trip again, no more than 24 hours. That one is a Studio 54 theme. Before that however, we have our third intern starting on the 12th. We are growing quickly.

When I come back, I'll be home for about a week before I am headed back to Oregon for my Christmas vacation. I'll be in Oregon for five days, and then I will be jetting back home on the 27th. And then it's freaking New Years. This year flew by. Every year that passes does so faster than I can imagine. I'm really running out of time and freaking out a little about it.

One thing that's happened a couple of times recently is I've been told that I need to do stand-up comedy. I don't think I'm that funny, but apparently the way I tell stories is very animated. I feel like it's been this way my entire life, I just figured people laughed cause they were uncomfortable. Haha. I figure I will try to write down some of my stories/memories and recite them to people and see if they laugh and go from there.

I know I am jumping all over the place, but I am really proud of myself. I need to pay off some credit card debt so that it will eventually allow for a car payment. In the last 2 months, I've paid off 3 cards totaling $1550. Right now, that only frees up about $75/month - but I am getting there. I've been really diligent in putting down payments whenever I can. I am working towards getting a new car and renting a house all in the same month/time - May. That gives me five months to free up more money. Ideally, I'd like to pay off another 3 cards by then. With the way things have been going, I don't see that being a problem.

I've been writing down my wants and desires. I know it's best to speak things into existence. I'm anxious to see how it goes.

Listening to:

Another Day - Mest
Better Open the Door - Motion City Soundtrack
Thanks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard
Walking on Broken Glass - Mest