Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Alyssa Rose Ivy!
Where do you live: North Carolina
Your favorite dessert: Anything chocolate
Your favorite TV series: recently the voice
Last book you read: Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
Last movie you watched: Kung Fu Panda (it’s one of my daughter’s favorites)
Last song (or album) you bought: Snow Patrol, Just Say Yes
A book/series you could read over and over again: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Coke or pepsi? Coke
Day or night? Night
Pen or pencil? Pencil
Summer or winter? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog, but I have a cat.
Tea or coffee? Coffee!
Plotter or pantser? Both.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t decide to publish until I was home with my daughter. I had so much fun, that I haven’t stopped.
What are you working on now? I’m working through final edits of Focus (The Crescent Chronicles, #2). I’m also busy with Wrecked (Clayton Falls, #3).
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? If I wasn’t writing, I’d use my Library Science degree and work as a librarian. The dream job part would be finding the perfect job with the perfect hours.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Moving across the country for college was one of the scariest experiences, but it was one of the best experiences too.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My father. He taught me about taking chances, and never giving up.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I wish I had artistic ability.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I love my hazel eyes.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Write what you love, and do lots of it.
Author Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet. Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.
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Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.
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I have a New Adult novella coming out next month with Decadent Publishing. Since it deals with Valentine’s Day, I’m guessing it’ll come out around that day …
For now, I can show you guys the cover of my novella:
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: 30,000
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release date: February 2013
In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. And it isn’t even with the cars his father produces. Because of that, his father forbids his presence at the ball that will mark the launch of the US plant of his company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.
Hayley Allen is a failing model with the worse luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Better than admit having a weak nervous system that always reacted during her gigs. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career.
Dylan shows up at her door, wasted as usual. Friends for a long time, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s bullshit, and he appreciates that, but not the way her heart wants.
Even though he doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, Dylan has an idea for his father’s ball. When he suggests a deal to Hayley, a deal that could finally put her in the spotlight of success and help him impress his father, she doesn’t hesitate. Even if it means hurting her heart a little more.
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Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!
Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:
- Writing: start Breaking the Reins. Send Destiny Gift to the editor. Monday: wrote 2000 words and recycled 1500 words. Just to explain, I say recycle when I copy and paste from some other version or idea, and revise it to fix and adapt it to the new novel/version. Tuesday: wrote 3525 words and recycled 2407 words. Wed: it’s snowed = no school = kid home = no writing. Thu: wrote 2000 words. Fri: 1500 words. Also, sent DG to the editor, and sent the first 13k words of BtR to my CP ;)
- Reading: finish reading book #4 and #5 of the year. Finished #4, and I’m around 80% on book #5. I also read 15 pages of one CP’s ms (and finished it) and 80 pages (of 155) from other CP’s ms.
- Social media: Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times. Done. I’m turning the internet off while writing, so I’m not tempted to pop on twitter.
- Exercising: at least 4x. Six times.
My goals for the next week:
- Writing: continue writing Breaking the Reins.
- Reading: finish reading book #5 and #6 of the year.
- Social media: Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times.
- Exercising: at least 4x.
This week will be complicated. The kid doesn’t have school on Monday, and she has early dismissal on Wed, which means less time for me to write. And, if that was not enough, apparently, it’ll snow a lot this week. If it does, my daughter’s classes will be canceled and I won’t write … I’m not sure how many words I’ll be able to write this week, but I hope it’s enough to keep my self imposed deadline.
On my blogs (this one and NA Alley) this week:
- Entangled Publishing Name the Line Contest Winner
- State of Emergency Release Day here and here.
- The Next Big Thing, take 2 (about the ms I’m writing right now!)
- NA Alley Call for New Members
Have a great week, guys!
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kinley Baker!
Nicknames: I don’t have any. Is that sad? Will someone give me one?
Where do you live: Pacific Northwest
Your favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Your favorite TV series: There are too many to choose from! Probably The Big Bang Theory. I quote Sheldon often.
Last book you read: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Last movie you watched: Magic Mike
Last song (or album) you bought: Red by Taylor Swift
A book/series you could read over and over again: Any series by Nalini Singh.
Coke or pepsi? Diet Coke!
Day or night? Day. I believe in vampires too much to choose the night.
Pen or pencil? Keyboard.
Summer or winter? Winter, unless I have to drive in the snow.
Cat or dog? Dog.
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Plotter or pantser? Both.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I always loved the idea of being an author. I went to college for creative writing. After I graduated, I went on a romance reading binge, and that’s when I knew romance was it. The road has been rocky and fabulous and more than I ever could have imagined.
What are you working on now? The final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy. Ari’s story is challenging me to my limits, but I hope it’s all for the best. I’ve cried so many tears over this book. Ari guts me. Her hero guts me. Their scenes together gut me. You get the idea. Lol.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? There isn’t really anything I want to be. Except maybe a rock star. But I can’t sing. Or play an instrument, despite my best efforts.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? I scare so easily it’s hard to decide. Probably publishing. It’s very hard for me to put myself out there both on social media and in my stories. But it’s easier for me to put my stories out there than blog about myself.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My husband. I’m pretty sure all the inspiration he’s given me has been completely accidental on his part. He challenges me though. I can spend days thinking out logical conclusions related to the world and writing, and he never fails to find a flaw in it. Free philosophical help.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I’d love to be able to sing and rock out on stage. I love music so much.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? The chicken pox scar on my nose. I grew up figure skating with this impossible pressure to be perfect. When I saw that scar one day and decided I loved it because it made me unique, I knew beauty was much more interesting than what I’d been taught to believe.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Whatever first made you want to write, cling to that and keep going. The destination might not be where we expect, so enjoy the journey. And if you’re having trouble enjoying the journey, you are not alone. I’m working on that, too.
Author Bio: Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy releasing from Etopia Press in December 2012.
Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.
Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land–and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.
But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.
Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.
When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits.
Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture.
When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most–including each other.
After mortal invaders slay a Shadow Shifter woman, Queen Ella knows there is more blood on the horizon. As the most powerful Sensitive in the village, Ella has always known she’s destined to save the kingdom. But her task seems impossible. She must move the Well of Souls to a new realm to save her people or risk failing the Ancestor gods.
The woman King Falon loves will never love him back, despite a binding marriage built on regal decorum. Falon’s first duty is to his people, and he only wants to provide the Shadow Shifters with a safe future. He must assert his power to gain the respect of the warriors.
Harder still, King Falon must accept the salvation of his people lies with his own Queen Ella, a woman who speaks madness… a woman he’s always loved, but hardly knows.
Excuse My Fairy
Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.
Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.
Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.