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4 Stars for Dreamsnare by Althea Claire Duffy #Bisexual #Fantasy @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Dreamsnare
Author Name & Publisher: Althea Claire Duffy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2016

Synopsis

Once Kereda was a successful shoemaker, but she lost everything: her career, her marriage, her home. When her new roommate tells her a curse might have been haunting her all these years, she seeks out Serin the dreamworker to have it undone.

But the curse isn’t what Kereda expects—and she and Serin end up trapped in a twisted dreamworld, forced to confront their painful pasts together if they hope to uncover the plot against them.

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 FourStars
This was an interesting, engaging short that makes me want not only more in this universe, but also to see Kereda and Serin again. The two come together as a result of the machinations of Gilya, but her evils aren’t the only ones plaguing Kereda. As Kereda and Serin try to unweave the snare they’re in, they find things they have in common, things that bring them closer together. The end seems to come too quickly; I’d like to know more about their budding relationship. The end is slightly bittersweet; friendships of long ago have been destroyed while something new and promising has begun. Definitely a good story.
AmyP

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TWO 3 Stars for No Place Like Somewhere Else by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil #FF #Bisexual @LT3Press

CoverTitle: no Place Like Somewhere Else
Author Name & Publisher: Caesar J.M. Kauftheil (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: June 15, 2016

Synopsis

Josie has a passion for running away—or, as her girlfriend Marjorie would say, a fear of commitment. She runs away from home, from making decisions, and most recently, from having a serious discussion about her crumbling relationship.

Upon discovering a pair of tennis shoes outside a Chinese restaurant, Josie feels a sense of lightness on her feet, but each time she wears them, she finds herself running into trouble—in the form of a strange man named Jay, who might just be what she needs to break her own bad habits.

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 ThreeStar
I must admit this felt more like an epic poem than a short story. It was fun, had good banter but left me feeling that I still was waiting for something to happen.
It felt more like a long conversation, an introduction a good opening without a middle or an end.
Definitely different, perhaps a good book to read while  sitting drinking a good coffee on a sunny day outside a vegetarian cafe in Amsterdam.
Chris
ThreeStar
I have to admit that I didn’t see the point to this story. Josie, our protagonist, is in a failing relationship with her girlfriend, and rather than discuss anything about what is going on between them, Josie is ignoring any problems or requests for discussion. She runs away from any confrontation whatsoever. Running away from the latest fight, she finds a newish pair of tennis shoes on the sidewalk and decides that they’re perfect for her. This is an obvious way to show that she’s running headlong away from her life, but she doesn’t seem to be running to anything. Every time she puts the shoes on, she runs into this new person, a man named Jay. And after they finally meet and get to know each other, one might think that Josie would make some decisions one way or the other about her relationship with Marjorie. She doesn’t. She continues on drifting through her life with less and less interaction between the two women, until Marjorie finally takes action, albeit based in a misconception, that allows Josie the freedom to finally leave without blame. My problem with this is that Josie was already gone. She had left the relationship long before she even found the shoes, and after the shoes appeared, she got further and further away from any chance of reconciliation or honest communication. The introduction of Jay into the narrative is a final nail on the coffin. If we’re supposed to sympathize or empathize with Josie, I fail to see a reason to. I simply feel she’s immature and flighty, and she doesn’t mature or grow an inch before the end of this story.
AmyP

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One 5 Star and One 4 Star Review for the Clan by Archer Kay Leah #Menage #SecondChances @LT3Press

CoverTitle: For the Clan
Author Name & Publisher: Archer Kay Leah (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn’t live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn’t mean safety.

And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn’t matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom.

Roan is desperate to escape the governtary’s exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54σK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected.

As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?

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FiveStars
This is a book that I would be scribe to be about lost love, second chances, new beginnings, and new perspective.

Roan has a major chip on his shoulder about being Ven and the fact that he hates his magic does not help either. I think that if he and Jace would not have been split up at an early age when Roan was kidnapped by the government and made into a weapon then he would have embraced who was sooner and accepted that yes he may be somewhat different but it did not make him a monster not did it hinder him as a person.

Once he was reconnected with Jace the old Roan started to slowly come back but with reconnecting with Jace after his escape from the military both Jace and Roan was given a new beginning along with the very much added love of Cayra.

I believe that all three of these people was missing something in their lives and even if just two of them was together it was not complete. The three of them together made each other whole. They completed what holes was left in their relationship by coming together and loving each one equally.

But the three do not get their happily ever after without fighting for it. Even still they may lose one or all for standing up for their clan but if they do not stand and fight, they will never have their freedom and they will not all be together since the government is willing to do whatever it takes to get their machine (Roan) back. So it is a fight to live, to love, and have freedom.

This book was so much more interesting the. I thought it would be from the description and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope many more will also.

Tosha

FourStars

This was an interesting paranormal dystopian menage story. I really liked all three characters because they were all so different from each other and thought about and approached each situation in a bit of a different way.
While I would call this a menage story, it sort of wasn’t at the same time. We get to see the rekindling of the two men’s relationship while one is married and we get to see little bits and pieces of the blossom of a new female/male relationship. However, I felt like we didn’t really get to see that relationship grow the way I thought it should have for the way everyone came together so easily.
So while I thought the writing was quite good and the story was excellent, I really felt like the relationships, both new and old, were just too easy to come together in the end.
However, that being said, I do like drama and angst in my stories so this could totally be a personal thing.
Renee

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4 stars for The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore @tushmore_ #Bisexual #MM #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: The Haunted Pub
Author Name & Publisher: Melanie Tushmore (Less Than Three)
Publication Date & Length: May 10th, 2016 – 364 Pages

Synopsis

Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…

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FourStars

The Haunted Pub is a charming, fun story about a mischievous ghost tormenting a motley group of earnest, gay characters who run a run-down pub in England. There’s an ensemble rather than one pairing, which was a nice surprise, narrated mostly by Ryan, an even-keeled fellow at odds with the weirdness around him.
The story aspires to scary but remains a farce. There are hi-jinks and a bit of camp, and everyone gets a happy ending. It’s even quite sexy.
The story also aspires to some depth, but doesn’t quite get there. Fizz, our introductory character, suffers from clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. His portrayal is realistic enough, but gets too pat a conclusion. There’s also a harrowing account of rape that has meaning but lacks…accountability, somehow.
That makes The Haunted Pub a somewhat guilty pleasure, but a pleasure indeed. Action, drama, scrappy humor, and British accents make a splendid escape for an afternoon’s read.
C. E. Case

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NEW RELEASE: TWO 4 Star Reviews for Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White #FF #Fantasy #Steampunk @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel White (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2016 – 205 pgs

Synopsis

Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel, to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best.

The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel’s past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going to be the easy part of the assignment—if they can live long enough to complete it.

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FourStars

A very different take on witchcraft. This author relied on her characters to relate the story rather than concentrate solely on magical spells or potions.
It was  interesting to hear the plot from two such contrasting points of view. The tension between the two witches was almost palatable.
I enjoyed this novel because of its uniqueness but found it difficult to like one of the main characters, which is why I awarded it four stars.
Chris
FourStars

This was an interesting world, and although we don’t get the reason for why everything is the way it is, there is an underlying order and basis for the way the world works. I really enjoyed Enne and Muriel as witches, and their relationship was fascinating in the way they interacted with each other. It’s very rare to sit in on the end of a relationship, to be able to watch how miscommunication and pride get in the way of the feelings that are still there. The crisis that they have to address forces them to work together, and that closeness makes them each notice the other in different light. It makes them look past their own prejudice about what happened in the relationship and remember what drew them together in the first place. Muriel’s beliefs about balance, made more poignant by her own past wickedness, are an interesting theme within the story. I like this book because it shows that sometimes things work out, that sometimes good things don’t have to end, and yes, that sometimes love conquers all. I definitely liked this book.

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New Release: ONE 4.5 Stars, THREE 4 Stars, ONE 5 Star and ONE 3 Star for Lover On Top (Six-Alarm Sexy #3 – Standalone) by Kristine Cayne #MM #Romance @KristineCayne

Lover on Top FinalTitle: Lover On Top (Six-Alarm Sexy #3 – Standalone)
Author Name: Kristine Cayne
Publication Date & Length: May 2, 2016 – 110,000 Words

Synopsis

A straight firefighter discovers an irresistible attraction for his best friend’s younger brother—one that could lead to complete disaster.

A perpetual bachelor, firefighter lieutenant Hollywood Wright hops from one woman’s bed to another, searching for something he never finds. Has his father’s emotional and physical abuse somehow damaged him? Or is something else going on, something that involves the intense and uncomfortable feelings aroused by his best friend’s little brother?

Sexy-as- sin paramedic Chad Caldwell has always been out and proud. Sure, some gay-bashers are harassing him, but he’s determined to be true to himself. There’s just one problem: He’s hung up on Hollywood, his older brother’s straight best friend. When Hollywood’s apartment is damaged by fire, Chad reluctantly takes him in. Will Chad’s heart survive such close proximity to a man who’s both unattainable and everything Chad wants?

To their mutual surprise, Hollywood finds Chad and his world fascinating—and much hotter than anything he’s ever experienced. But with a rabidly homophobic father, is Hollywood doomed to die in the closet? Chad won’t accept anything less than a public relationship, no matter how amazing the sex is. Can Hollywood ever accept the man he’s always kept buried deep inside?

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FourandHalfStars

I know this says that it can be read standalone, but I recommend the series – you will gain so much more knowing all of the characters.  I am so happy that Chad finally got his own story.  However, I was slightly disappointed in the story too.  I guess I had built up, in my own world, how his story would pan out and this was not it.  Despite those preconceived notions, I still enjoyed it.

Chad is out, proud and not afraid to tell people how it is.  However, due to his job, he is finding that not everyone is OK with his attitude.  He has been the victim of vandalism, hatred and gay slurs.  Not only that, but he has also been the victim of some violence.  Despite that, he keeps his head held high – after all, he has a supportive family who would tear anyone who messed with him apart.  He loves his job, he loves his family and he loves Hollywood…well, all but the last are not issues.

Hollywood is another story entirely.  Not only is he known for being intolerant, he also has a huge stick up his a**.  He is crass, mean, a closeted alcoholic and his biggest issue is that he can’t seem to get Chad out of his head.  When his own stupidity lands him at Chad’s apartment as a temporary roommate, he learns more about himself and discovers that he’s not all that likeable.

With a history like Hollywood has, he has to either buck up and be true to himself or hide away and never be happy.  I found that his ups and downs were very difficult.  He swung high and low like he was taking uppers and downers – and he dragged poor Chad along for the ride.  I found the apologies to be somewhat juvenile and Hollywood’s uncertainty somewhat painful to read.  Yes, he had a difficult past – but that does not mean that he has not turned in to a stand up guy who can make his own choices.

The antagonist in this story was very predictable and even with the predictability, I still found that I liked the story.  I do wish that we had been able to see further in to their relationship, but I am crossing my fingers that more will come from Cayne.

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ThreeStar

I think this is this author’s first attempt at MM. She brought together a hot firefighter named Hollywood and a younger paramedic named Chad. Hollywood is Chad’s older brother’s best friend and Chad has a crush on him. Too bad Hollywood is straight.
Of course like most MM books, the “straight” guy isn’t always so straight. I liked these two characters well enough to finish the book. With that said, I won’t be rereading cause it just wasn’t that exciting for me. It deals with some past abuse about Hollywood and poor Chad gets a hot and cold answer from him, which got annoying.
I also wish the cover was better.
Cookie
FourStars
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and this book was really good. I understand that this author primarily writes M/F books but I loved her M/M romance and she should consider writing more M/M romance. This book had real depth and I loved Chad and Hollywood. The secondary characters were great also, even though I’ve never read any of the other books in this series. I really loved Chad’s family and was glad they supported Hollywood. This was an excellent book on self-discovery and most of all love.
Lynn
FourStars

When I requested this book, I didn’t think much beyond the “Sexy” in the title and the firefighters in the picture. I was hoping for sexy firefighters and I wasn’t expecting much more.  So I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and the depth of character development.  
Hollywood and Chad are very sexy, but they are also complicated and their romance is well developed.   Hollywood’s gay-for-you story is almost believable (and I usually take some convincing).  I enjoyed the other characters in this story enough to look for other books in the series.  Chad’s family is fantastic and I can’t wait to read each of his siblings’ stories.  
While the storyline with Hollywood’s father was more than a little exaggerated and one of our leading men does end up in hospital (my least favourite and most overused m/m plot device), there is heart as well as heat here and I really enjoyed the story.  

Sarah

FourStars

Although I haven’t read books 1 & 2, it seems each book can be read as a stand-alone. There were parts that would be better understood if the books are read in order. That being said, I thought this book was wonderful. At times. You will get your HEA. Always a plus in my book. I just didn’t care for who the bad guy was and how that played out. The topic of counseling should have been pursued. I received a free copy of this book from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

I love Chad! He is the all-around fun loving guy you want to be friends with. He’s confident, strong-minded, sweet and funny. He has been out and proud since his early teens. He has also had a crush a Hollywood “Nate” since around that time as well. Because of Chad’s sexuality he becomes the focus of someone’s hate crimes in town. And when things get really bad, he reaches out to Hollywood for help.

I like Hollywood. But he is the type of person I would approach with kid gloves. I feel for Hollywood. What he needs is a great counselor. He should have sought out someone in his early twenties for all the abuse he suffered by his Father while he was growing up. In doing that he could have discovered his true self earlier in life and he wouldn’t have turned to alcohol to hide his feelings. Much the same way his Father did.

After a fire in his kitchen, the water damage is too extensive for Hollywood to stay. At the urging of his friend and partner, Chad offers his spare room to Hollywood. Soon after he moves in, Hollywood is unsure how to deal with the sudden feelings he has for Chad. When his Father gives him a “friendly” reminder of events that happened when he was a child, he begins to recall all his repressed memories of his childhood best friend.

I know at times it seems like the story may drag a bit, but, I think it was important for Hollywood to go through all the emotions he did, the way he did. That’s what we as humans do. Some more than others. We process differently. I found it hard to believe the Fire Chief was able to get away with all the crap he did. But, I’m also from small town America where that kind of crap wasn’t unheard of. It just sickens me. That’s why I left.

Kris

FiveStars

Wow….talk about HOT!!! Who does not love a fire fighter and fire fighter EMT. I have to say that I just loved this book.

Chad is the persona of a sexy fire fighter EMT. He is sexy, confident, and he is out and proud gay. I believe that it takes a truly remarkable individual to be out and proud in what some would consider “a mans job”. I think that he is even more remarkable after all the crap that he has had to put up with when it comes to harassment by an anonymous homophobic ignorant individual/individuals. He is trying to let all of the harassment role off his shoulders and stand by his convictions with the help of fellow work mates and family/friends. It takes a remarkable person to insure the things that he indures on a constant basis and still have a love for life.

Hollywood has not had an easy life with who he has a father. He was abusive mentally, emotionally, and physically. He is also homophobic. So it is no wonder it took Hollywood so long to except his feelings for another man. He wants to be with Chad but he lets fear guard his heart and he pushes and pulls so much I don’t know whether Hollywood even knows if he is coming or going. The question is can he decide how he truly feels and stand by it before it is too late and he loses Chad?

This book is a perfect example of how hard it is for some people to be truly free to feel the things that they feel. It is not always an easy journey to get to where we would like to be but if we are strong like these characters are then we may find our happily ever after.

Tosha

Excerpt

Hands gripping his head, Hollywood paced back and forth between Chad and the neighboring building, like a caged lion. “I’m confused. It’s your fault. You and your tight ass.

Your tattoos. And don’t get me started on your little twink boyfriend.”

“My boyfriend?” There was no way Chad could follow Hollywood’s leaps of logic.

“Fucking cowboy told me about it. You slept with Blondie. It was that same night with Candy, wasn’t it?”

Chad clenched his jaw. “Sandy.”

“Who the fuck cares?” Hollywood shouted.

“Why are you so upset?” Chad asked. “You’re straight.”

“I don’t know what the fuck I am. You’ve got me watching gay porn. Fantasizing about—”

Hollywood gritted his teeth together and rubbed his face with both hands. The sound of his stubble scraping against his palms had Chad’s heartrate shooting up. Even when he was a mess, Hollywood was hot.

“What do you fantasize about?” Chad couldn’t help asking any more than he could help the rasp in his voice.

Hollywood stopped his pacing, hesitated, then advanced on Chad. Each step slow and deliberate. Chad sucked a breath into suddenly deflated lungs. Oh God. He was so fucking turned on. And what kind of slut did that make him? He didn’t know if Hollywood was going to kiss him or beat the shit out of him. All he knew was that he needed to find out.

With rough movements, Hollywood gripped the sides of Chad’s head. “I can’t think of anything except kissing you. Your lips, are they soft or hard? How would your stubble feel against my skin? What do you taste like? It’s driving me crazy.” He stared into Chad’s eyes.

“You are driving me crazy.”

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New Release: 4.5 Star Review for In The Present Tense by Carrie Pack #Bisexual #ScienceFiction @carriepack

 In the Present Tense 1600px (Smashwords, Amazon)Title: In The Present Tense
Author Name & Publisher: Carrie Pack (Interlude Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 19, 2016 – 336 pgs

Synopsis

Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?

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FourandHalfStars

In the Present Tense is an exciting time travel adventure and great romance. This is my first book by Carrie Pack, but I plan to read more!
The three main characters in this story are well developed with rich histories that span many years. It really helps bring them to life. The time travel aspect is crazy and topsy-turvy, as anyone should expect if they’re fans of time travel books. I can see how some readers might find this kind of thing confusing, but I love it. The pacing is perfect, and the story is very engaging.
There are a few questions left unanswered, and that’s my only complaint about this book. I am really hoping there will be a sequel to tie up the loose ends, but I haven’t seen one mentioned anywhere. This is a romantic story but is not sexually explicit. I don’t recommend it to someone looking for a highly erotic romance.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong time-travel sci-fi story with romantic drama.
Amanda

Excerpt

Miles sat there and tried to make out shapes and colors in the dark room as he searched his brain for a memory of anything.

Nothing looked familiar. His desk, his drum set, the sheets—all gone. Not one thing looked the way it had when he’d fallen asleep, and Ana certainly hadn’t been in his bed.

He tried to replay the previous day’s events, but everything seemed fuzzy, like a fogged bathroom mirror that he couldn’t wipe clean.

Why was everything so fuzzy?

Last night… What happened last night?

Adam had come over and they were watching TV together, and Adam had given him a small stuffed giraffe because Miles was scared about having surgery. He reached for his left arm, expecting to find the cast that had been there for the last two months, but it wasn’t there. His heart began to beat so loudly he glanced over at Ana to make sure she was still asleep.

Unable to determine what had happened to his cast, Miles resumed his tally of the previous evening’s chain of events. At around ten-thirty, his mom said Adam had to leave because they had to get up early to go to the hospital. He had taken his pain meds and gone to sleep with the phantom of Adam’s goodnight kiss on his cheek. He’d been happy.

He’d gotten a text from Ana earlier in the evening, but she was only wishing him luck with the surgery. She hadn’t come over. In fact, as far as Miles knew, Ana had been several hours away in her dorm room.

So how had she gotten into his bedroom? And who had changed his sheets?

He threw off the covers and stood up, noticing he was only wearing a tight-fitting pair of boxer briefs instead of his usual basketball shorts.

He looked around the room for anything familiar, but it was still dark out, and all he could see were shadows and vague shapes. On the dresser opposite the bed, he found a few framed photos.

Squinting to see without turning on a light, Miles studied the images carefully.

As his eyes focused, he recognized a couple of the photos. One was from last year’s prom: Adam wearing that ridiculous corsage Miles had bought him, Ana being dipped by her date, David, as all four of them smiled widely in front of a cheesy faux tropical scene. One of the frames held a collage of photos of his and Ana’s friends. He recognized Adam, Lucky, Antonio, Dahlia and Brienne. But the last one, the largest of all the photos, was of him and Ana—her in a flowing white dress and him in a black suit, both wearing broad smiles and flanked by Miles’s parents and a woman Miles had only seen once: Julia Espinosa, Ana’s mother.

A loud clatter echoed through the bedroom as the frame hit the edge of the dresser and fell to the hardwood floor. This wasn’t his room, and he didn’t remember that photo being taken.

“Go back to sleep,” Ana mumbled, her voice muffled by the pillow.

“Ana,” he whispered, risking her full anger, but unable to stop himself, “we’re married.”

“Thanks for the update. Now go back to sleep before I divorce your dumb ass.”

He dropped to the floor on his knees, barely even noticing the sharp pain of bare skin hitting the hard surface.

Married. To Ana?

What the hell had happened?

AuthorInterview

  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I have a really great office where I could write, but to be honest, I often end up writing on my couch. I try to get in a few words whenever I can and I keep my laptop next to me. I usually have a cat or two trying to get my attention or lounging across my keyboard. That makes for some interesting typos.

 

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

I relate to Ana in In the Present Tense because she’s protective of her family but also pretty independent. She tries her best in every area of her life, to the point of being a bit of a perfectionist, but, because she’s human, falls short sometimes. I also understand her need to help her husband get better when his mental illness worsens. I would do anything for my loved ones. And that’s Ana at her core.

 

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

Well, because I’m not yet a full-time author, I get to follow my other passion, which is teaching. I’m a part-time instructor at a local liberal arts college, where I teach media and advertising courses. It’s fun to see students harness their own creativity and grow as adults. It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but I still hate grading.

 

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

That it’s okay to be a pantser instead of a plotter. I think George R. R. Martin said something once in an interview about how some writers are gardeners; they plant their seeds and let the story grow, while others are architects and plan everything down to the last doorknob. I think it’s a better description than the pantser vs. plotter thing because as Martin says, gardeners still know if they planted flowers or cabbage. They still have an idea of what is going to grow, even if they don’t know the exact shape the plant will take. I may fly by the seat of my pants, but I’ve flown before.

 

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

Of course. I think that’s natural for all writers. But in this particular case, that’s what sequels are for. I can’t tell you what I wish I could change because I’m going to use it when I revisit these characters in the future.

 

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

I wish I knew because then I could bottle it and keep it around for when my idea well is dry. Usually, though, I get ideas from my own life and my personal interests. My first novel, Designs On You, was about my former career in graphic design. In the Present Tense was inspired by my love of time travel stories and the stigma of mental illness. And my next book is inspired by early ’90s feminism.

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m already deep into my next novel, a YA story that takes place during the early ’90s feminist movement known as Riot Grrrl. I love the music from that era, and because I sort of missed the boat on the full impact of Riot Grrrl —I was just a couple years too young to have been a Riot Grrrl—I wanted to write a love story about that time.

 

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I live in Florida, which I often call America’s Wang because it’s such a ridiculous place and also disgustingly hot and humid. It’s also home so it definitely influences what I write. In fact, In the Present Tense takes place in Central Florida.

 

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

I am a huge fan of high fantasy. I admire the world building that goes into the genre and the commitment to inventing worlds that are completely different from our own. I write things that I know and sprinkle fiction on it. I know the world I’m writing in because I live in it, even if I’m adding fantastical elements. It’s a lot like making a cake from a box mix. It’s still baking, but the ingredients are already blended together and ready to go. You just have to add to it. But high fantasy requires a deft hand and the right ingredients or you don’t have cake at all. Of course, that’s fine too because you might be making brownies.

 

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Pizza. Iced coffee. Red lipstick. Lifetime movies. Can’t say no to any of those.

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