Guest Post: Alena Des – Heartless

Treason has consequences and Riley knows them all too well. He has betrayed Lucifer and now he is on the run.

As an Angel of Deception and the son of The Sex Goddess, Riley has always been reckless; and it’s finally catching up with him. With his heart encaged by the Demon Lord himself, he is slowly losing his soul, but when he meets Oriana something in him stirs. Used to women falling all over him, Riley becomes captivated when she is able to resist his charm.

The unlikely pair is thrust together while murder, intrigue, and mayhem runs rampant during a newly raging Vampire war. Can these two souls save each other in a world that’s crumbling around them?

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I created Riley in the second book of my Kings series as a dark angel and the brother of my main female character. He was supposed to be a side character, a character that played his role and then jump back into non-existence. But Riley I created soon became much more. He was rebellious enough to take off on his own, defy my plans for him to be nothing more than a side character. Soon, he was backstabbing me as his creator, talking to my readers, making his secretive connections to a large fanbase. Every time he talked, he was mysterious, manipulative. I knew he was the King of Deceptions and soon began to believe he was playing with all of us.  Readers kept asking:  Is he good? Is he bad? Who is he?

The sexy, humorous and cocky angel soon had my readers panting after him. By the time I was done with my second book, I faced desertion by them unless I wrote his story, the angel who had captivated their hearts.  Oh, well…So, I was stuck with Riley. He almost screamed in my head as I was writing his book. I stopped apologizing to my readers for his vulgarity, rudeness and shallowness. He couldn’t help it, he was the son of the Sex Goddess. And, I was merely his voice. Besides, my readers wanted to know more about him, right? This was it. They were free to hate him.

It didn’t really work that way. Riley effused a natural charm. Who am I kidding? There was nothing natural about it. Women were after him. And he just didn’t give a damn. I almost didn’t like him. Almost. But as I scratched the surface with Riley, I found out so much more about this dark Angel.

I knew I was dancing with death. But I was gonna play the game until it claimed me. And eventually it would. There was no escape.”  

I began to wonder: Who was he running from? And why was he behaving this way? I had to find out.

I needed help to bring out the fun, vulnerable side which was bottled deep down Riley. For that, I needed to save him from himself and from the one who was after him. I found the help I needed in Oriana. The woman who lived among the humans but was so much more. The woman who was immune to his sex appeal. The woman who held her own secrets. I knew she would be my savior. And, she would be his.

“Hi there, luv,” I said, turning on the charm. From up close, she was an even better catch. Though she was shorter and not as curvy as I desired, there was something about her which made me pause. “My name is Riley, baby.”

“Get lost, Riley,” the woman said.

I had misheard her. There was no other explanation.

“C’mon,” I said, making sure I touched her. It was done.

I had her. I was sure. “I’m rather impatient, honey. What’s your name?” I asked, knowing full well I would not remember it a few seconds after she told me. It was still polite to ask.

“My name is Oriana,” she said politely, but I noticed the sarcasm. “Now get lost,” she repeated. I watched in amazement as she raised her middle finger.

She was making a ‘fuck off’ sign.

I was confused. I was shocked. There were only a few things that generated those feelings in me. I was having a truly weird moment right now. I liked it.

I can tell you that this whole book blog is all part of his plan. It is nothing but his masterful Deception. Read him at your expense, available since 15th of September, beware that he is waiting to charm you.  And, no one, but Oriana, is immune.

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Author Interview with Author, Shelley Wilson (@ShelleyWilson72) #BlogTour #NonFiction

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Thank you so much to my lovely host, Mackenzie, for being a part of the blog tour for the release of my latest non-fiction book, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed.

What part of the world are you from?

SONY DSCI live in a small town called Solihull in the United Kingdom which is about two hours from London and about half an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, birth place of Shakespeare. It’s a very pretty place to live with plenty of green spaces and woods.

What inspired you to write non-fiction self-help?

I have always been interested in personal development, self-help, and inspirational people. The late, Louise Hay, was a huge influence on my life after I left an abusive marriage and started my life over. This genre played a large part in my recovery and my self-discovery and the more I learned, the more I wanted to share this knowledge and help others.

My non-fiction books tend to fit into memoir as well as self-help as I always share my personal experiences, the highs and the lows, as I’ve travelled along the path of reinventing myself.

What is your work schedule like when writing?

Oh dear! I’m a bit scatty when it comes to my work schedule. In every other area of my life I am uber organised and, dare I say it, a bit of a control freak. However, when I get sat behind my computer everything falls apart and I end up flipping between screens – manuscript, Twitter, Facebook, Email, manuscript, Facebook, Email, lunch! I need to teach myself how to switch off all other notifications when I’m supposed to be writing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure it’s a quirk, but I plan my books using pen and notebook, but then have to type the manuscript directly to my computer. I may also have a slight obsession with post-it notes!

Give us the title and genre of your latest book. 

The title of my latest non-fiction book is How I Motivated Myself to Succeed and it fits into the self-help, memoir, and women’s biographies genre. 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I was quite ill during the time I was writing this book and actually threw away 30,000 words because the ‘voice’ wasn’t right. My editor was wonderful and called me brave which made me cry ha ha. Eventually, I was able to pick myself up, shake off the doubts, and start over. I was surprised at how much my writers’ voice changed when dealing with external issues.

Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?

Absolutely! Here’s a section from the opening introduction:

Screenshot-2017-10-04-01.34.23When I wrote How I Changed My Life in a Year, I used the many personal development tools that have helped shape my new life. The book you hold in your hand right now is my way of sharing the what, why, and how of making life changes, and sticking with them for the long term. I finally understand why my readers needed answers. How I Changed My Life in a Year was like making a cake without the recipe. Here was the final twelve-layered chocolate sponge, covered in gooey icing and sprinkles, but with no instructions on what was needed, or how to go about making it. Luckily, it tasted great and went down a storm at tea parties, but people wanted more – as is normally the case with chocolate cake!

I’m not a life coach, a specialist guru, or a big name in the world of self-help. I’m a single mum with grey hair and back fat, but I have an insatiable passion for life, and I want to share what I’ve learned with you, in the hope that my journey can tempt, motivate, inspire, and assist you on your voyage of discovery. Empowering women to be the best they can be has become my mission in life.

The decisions we make in life, and the incredible treks we take, don’t just happen. We are in control of our destinies, and this means that it’s down to us to make them happen. I hope this book fills in the gaps for you. I want it to inspire you to try something new, change a habit, set a few goals, release your limiting beliefs, or stay motivated to achieve the dreams you’ve already set yourself. You’ll notice the title reads How I Motivated Myself to Succeed; this is intentional. I wanted to share my personal thoughts, experiments, successes, and failures, so writing this book in the form of a self-help memoir felt right.

There are a ton of fantastic self-help books on the market today; some even include workbooks that can help you with a specific area of your life, and some are linked to online or audio courses. I’m not reinventing the wheel here; my aim is to give you, the reader, a comfortable read that feels familiar and safe. Self-help, how-to, supportive, counselling- driven books are incredibly personal to the individual reader. I’ve bought loads of motivational books because of media hype or because a favourite author has written it, only to find it to be unhelpful. I slot it on my bookshelf and wait – in time, my life will change direction, or certain circumstances will present themselves, and that book will be just the thing I need to read at that time. I fully support the saying, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears.’

What can we expect from you in the future?

Screenshot-2017-10-04-01.33.05I’m currently working on a sequel to my last young adult fiction novel after being inundated by readers for a ‘what happens next’ book. Oath Breaker is my first werewolf book and I had so much fun writing it – and apparently readers had fun reading it!!

I’m also working on a meditation for children book that I hope to finish this year.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Paying for a professional editor, without a doubt! Best money I ever spent. My editor is fabulous and she totally gets my quirks, voice, and hang-ups. She’ll tell me off when I use far too many exclamation marks (!!!) and boost my confidence by telling me what she loves about the book we’re working on. Yes, best money every spent was on my editor.

How can we contact you and find out more about your books?

You can find me on my author blog www.shelleywilsonauthor.com or via my personal development blog http://www.motivatemenow.co.uk.  Or my website http://www.shelleywilsonauthor.co.uk

I’m also on Twitter www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72, Facebook www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog and Instagram www.instagram.com/authorslwilson

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073QXLN4H

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073QXLN4H

Author Bio:

Shelley is a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction. Her latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to her bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. She writes a personal development blog (www.motivatemenow.co.uk) as well as an author blog (www.shelleywilsonauthor.com) where she shares book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. Shelley was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and to scoop second place in the same category in 2017. She is a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, loves pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and has a slight obsession with list writing.

Author Interview: S.R. Mitchell

Today I’m fortunate to present S.R. Mitchell, author of Shifted by Fate.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview!

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from? FB_IMG_1501031623883

I am a southern born Texas gal!

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

A good story grabs ahold of the reader making the reader hope the story never ends and helping them forget where they are for a while.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved to write. Writing is exciting and relaxing all at once.  When I write I get lost in the story and it’s characters.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write when I can as often as I can. As a mother and wife, this sometimes means writing at night.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

I like to write for long periods of time.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

shiftedbyfateShifted by Fate, Paranormal Romance.

Blurb:

Kelly knew one thing when it came to Eric… He drove her absolutely crazy.
Eric knew as soon as he scented her that she was his mate.
And with other wolves now after her… he would protect her at all cost.

Where to buy:

Amazon/Kindle US: http://amzn.to/2r6Hk7a
Amazon/Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/2tpEMlB
Barnes&Noble/Nook: http://bit.ly/2pEF2sL
iBook: http://apple.co/2rf0LHn
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2oN6QMW

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Just all the ends and yours of the book community and finding my way through. Everyone in the book community are so welcoming, helpful, and I am enjoying every moment of it.

Question 8) What can we expect from you in the future?

I am releasin, A Chance to Love a Highlander, September 4th! This is the last book in my Historical Paranormal Romance series.

Question 9) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Making sure I have a wonderful editor which helps to producing the brst work possible.

Question 10) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author-SR-Mitchell-1698828853706347
My Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AuthorSarahM?s=01
My Amazon pg:
http://amzn.to/2sqEacv
My Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15556350.S_R_Mitchell
Website: https://authorsrmitchell.wixsite.com/author
Author Newsletter: eepurl.com/caukKf

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