Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marsha Black

I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Hi Marsha, Thank you for stopping in so we can get to know you better. You said your genre is more Young Adult but that your anthology stories might not be suitable for the average YA reader. Maybe for a more mature audience. That is great to know. Congratulations on your first book, The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One. I can’t wait for you to tell us more about you and your books. 

1) Do you have a favorite character from The Triplet’s Curse?

Marsha: I really enjoy Hope. She reminds me of how I was when I was a teenager and I had so much fun writing her story.

Red: How interesting to get a peek into your teen years while reading this book. 

2) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Marsha: I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Red: Fangirling is a real thing. Trust me, just doing this interview with you I have to control myself. Authors are superstars in out world. 

3) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Marsha: I had a series idea come to me on the way to the dentist, lol. I thought that was quite funny.

Red: I ask this question of each author and I have to say that this a first for the idea box. 

4) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Marsha: This completely varies, I work full-time, taking online college courses and have a toddler, so with the help of my boyfriend I get writing done, but it’s not every day and not always a lot at a time.

Red: Sounds like me when I am trying to clean house. Writing is much more fun than cleaning up after a toddler. 

5) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Marsha: I do read them. Thankfully I’ve only had good reviews, but I wouldn’t mind bad as long as there’s a reason why. I don’t see the point in giving a book one or two stars, but not explaining or contacting me about what you didn’t like about the book. I want to make my book an enjoyable read, and I can’t do that if I don’t know where mistakes are being made.

Red: Very well said. The star rating system is severely flawed in my opinion. Here at The Redhead’s Book Blog we don’t use stars. The written content in a review is what is important in determining the opinion of the reviewer. Ok, I am off my soapbox now. As you can see this is something I have put a lot of thought into. 

6) What do you do when you suffer from writer’s block?

Marsha: I have thankfully not had to suffer through writer’s block as of yet.

7) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Marsha: I currently have The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story released. A novella in Dark Waters: A Mermaid Anthology and The Triplet’s Curse – Destiny’s Story(Book Two) rereleased Aug 2018.

Red: You have been busy. 

8) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Marsha: I did not. I was a reader and participated in Facebook events before starting back writing.

9) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Marsha: Go for it. It can be scary and nerve-wracking. You may worry about if anyone might like your story or not. The best thing I can say is…do it for you. There will be people who like it and people who don’t. If you enjoy writing the story and it’s something that you would read, then more power to you. Have faith in yourself. Even if you’re book isn’t well liked, you accomplished a goal in writing a book, and there are people out there who would be willing to help make it better by working with you on it. So never despair.

Red: That is awesome advice. I had some tell me to carry a notepad and if I felt like writing a few sentences to do it. It’s fun to go back a look at those little bits from months ago. 

10) What can we expect from you in the future?

42 & Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology is available for preorder and is releasing Oct 12, 2018. I’ll be working on the 3rd book of the trilogy. Fingers crossed I’ll get it released by the end of the year. I do have about 4 or 5 other anthologies I’ll be part of this year, all of varying genres and story lines. I have a YA Fantasy stand alone I will be working on as well as a series I’m hoping to start next year.

11) Anything Else

Follow me so you can keep track of future books of mine!

Amazon Author page https://amzn.to/2xzSUtH

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarshaBlack

 

Thanks for spending the day with us today. I look forward to checking out all of your books. Please come back again soon.

~Red xoxo

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The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2xG1J4z

When the moon is full High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter, born with the knowledge of the future, yet blind of those closest to her

Hope, your normal teenage girl, other than being one out of a set of triplets’, dreams about the day she turns 16 and can get her license.

Unknowingly, as her 16th birthday draws closer, a curse that has been around for centuries will activate, causing her to have visions, giving her knowledge of the future. The things she sees, she hopes are just hallucinations.

New guy Bryce, comes to town, knowing of the curse. He’s part of a group that prepares their whole lives to train the triplet sisters, who are unlucky enough to have it befall them. Hoping, the town he moves to doesn’t have the sisters they are looking for, once his eyes rest upon Hope, he knows without a doubt that his life will be changed and with the spark at contact, he knows it will be changed forever.

With Bryce’s help, Hope must accept these changes and train, learning how to control her ability and preventing more visions from becoming a reality. As the fight hits closer to home, will Hope be prepared to defeat the evil, making the world safer, for just a little bit longer?

 

About Marsha Black

Mother of 2, avid reader, lover of anything and everything paranormal/supernatural. Enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with her kids. Hopes that through her written books, readers can escape from reality, as many books did for her. Writes clean YA/NA, with some toe-dipping in other genres. Loves reading reviews and interacting with new readers/fans, so don’t be afraid to befriend and/or get in touch with her.

The anthologies I am part of, even my stories may not be acceptable for teens, so make sure to check the ratings of anthologies if looking to get them for teens.

Adults, I prefer writing clean YA/NA. I can write make-out scenes as far as anthologies or possible co-writings may go.

Please keep these in mind going forward, since I don’t want any of my fans blind-sided by a descriptive make-out session within a story or anthology the is not rated PG-13 or below.

 

 

KittiKat’s Reviews and Recommendations

KittiKat has some reviews and recommendations for you.

KittiKat has some reviews and recommendations for you.

What Happens in the Dark: The Complete SeriesWhat Happens in the Dark: The Complete Series by Ashley Jade

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2OMWZRG

 

This book had me belly aching laughing in the beginning during a particular scene. and when I was all comfy and snug and happy as a bug in a rug reading this book, the author rips the rug out from under me and sends my heart rolling across the floor!

“Things were so much easier in the dark”

How do you write a raving review without spoilers yet convey Why this book…why this series is so amazing!?!

Be prepared to have your socks knocked off…hold on tight, cuz you’re in for one helluva ride!

This book will shatter your heart, have you hoping, have your heart soaring, make you cry, and leave you with one helluva  book hangover! And EVERY bit worth it!

This is a very dark series….and there are triggers galore.
I hope people read this series…i hope people can find hope and inspiration from the author’s charachters…from the words that effortlessly flow off the pages and squeeze your heart like a vice.

They say “things that don’t break you…will make you stronger” but sometimes we shatter into itty bitty pieces…we crawl within ourselves and hide.
We try to escape the pain.

Can someone who shatters be put back together?

If they can…will they ever be the same?

Can love be enough to save somebody?

READ THE BOOK!

This is a gut wrenching read, trigger laden, darkie dark dark….and i would highly suggest taking the warning seriously. HOWEVER…if you decide to read this book…and I HOPE HOPE you do!!!! May you find the light and keep on reading…cuz this series is absolutely amazing!

Take deep breaths
Grab some kleenex
Grab a blanket…cuz sometimes we all need a security blanket ❤


Complicated Hearts (Complicated Hearts Duet, #1)Complicated Hearts by Ashley Jade

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2xt5mv7

Complicated Hearts had me hook line and sinker! Ashley Jade dove into m/m m/m/f and nailed it! Her mastery at story telling takes you on a journey of love, heartbreak, and picking up the pieces even if it scares you to death. But what happens when all the pieces get jumbled together in one lump sum? You get Complicated Hearts! If you love that “punch in the gut” feeling, you’re gonna love reading this! A tangled web woven around different lives and hearts, I can’t wait to read book 2! It’s about to get real!


SparrowSparrow by L.J. Shen

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2NqYgl9

I f’ing LOVE Sparrow! i have read Vicious and Defy by L.J Shen, and am anxiously awaiting Ruckus’s release, i love the Hot Holes! But i had never read Sparrow and was lucky enough to win an e-copy through a contest
Sparrow is a hate to love mafia romance. There is murder, kidnapping, betrayal, cheating, secrets, love, hot buildup to hot sex scenes, a twist i didn’t see coming, and a kill list.
Sparrow is a woman after my own heart. Feisty, mouthy, tomboy, and an independent redhead. Kidnapped by the well-known “Fixer”, son of a dead mobster and forced to marry him. Tho they grew up in the same neighborhood, he is 10 years older than her. He is a well known womanizer and had never even so much looked her way, now…now Sparrow is marrying him, and she doesn’t know why…and Troy is not about to clue her in. She may have to marry him, but she doesn’t have to like it, or make it easy! Tho she is scared of him and the rumors surrounding him, she shows her disdain by being mouthy and calling him on his sh$t. Troy is intrigued, her hard life (mother left her and her father, and her father worked for Cillian, Troys father and is an alcoholic) and neighborhood made her feisty, and stronger than Troy originally gives her credit for. The attraction grows, on both ends, but sooo many secrets, no trust, and the pretty boy, married, Brock that works for her husband…so nice and seems concerned about her, where Sparrow’s new husband is hot, he’s still “dangerous” according to gossip, and an asshole, yet, tho she may hate her husband, her body reacts traitorous towards him. Can they build a life on their “arrangement”? what will happen when ALL the secrets come to light? can u forgive betrayal? Leigh had me glued to the recliner and on the edge of my seat as the story of Sparrow and Troy unfolded. The characters are well-developed and the story flows like a river into the falls towards the end leaving you with a pounding heartbeat and breathless in anticipation as the story reaches its climax. a MUST read by L.J Shen!


51K6gOc72uL._SY346_Fragile by Drew Sera

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2OG4QAD

This was my first book by drew sera, and it won’t be my last! You hear people say “i like bdsm” yay, cool, me too! but omg! do you ever think about the poor souls that end up in the wrong hands? This author takes you there, in a graphic horrifying realization, that somewhere, someone experienced this. the quiet receptionist, that for some reason draws and keeps Colin’s attention. Colin and his best friend Anthony, (2 master Doms at club Irons) come to a surprising realization one day out in the courtyard when they go to talk with “fragile kitten” aka Sydney when she drops her Kink magazine! They give her their cards with contact info and there, Drew Sera pulls you in to a world filled with anger, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, lust, and the sweetest pure love.
This is just book 1, and i ate it up like a fat kid in a candy store! i can’t wait to get book 2! I have hopes and fears, and i just don’t know whats gonna happen!

Red TBR and PREORDERS

Yep. I blew my whole book budget today.

A list of Reds recommendations. Yep. I blew my whole book budget today. All of these are waiting for release day except for Pucked up Love. This one is live now and I had it on my TBR since release day. Finally 1clicked it and will start reading it this weekend.

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9/24 Letting Hope Enter -Multiple Authors Maggie Jane Schuler getbook.at/LHpE

 

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9/21 Menage a Moi by James Crow https://amzn.to/2pkl3jQ

 

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10/1 Angel of Mine Zane Michaelson   getbook.at/ZMAngl

 

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11/16 Zander Zane Michaelson  getbook.at/ZMZndr

 

 

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out now Pucked Up Love by Helena Hunting https://amzn.to/2MKx4Z9

 

 

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11/27 Love With Me by Kristen Proby    https://amzn.to/2NlHns2

 

 

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11/13 Pucked Love By Lili Valente   https://amzn.to/2MJ804Y

 

 

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9/24 Once Upon A Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely
ebook and audio cuz its Sebastian York, if you have never heard one of his book do it!!! https://amzn.to/2xuRPCA

 

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10/2 Indulge With Me by Kristen Proby  https://amzn.to/2DiOi0y

 

 

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10/23 Tempting Brooke: A Big Sky Novella by Kristen Proby https://amzn.to/2MKaGPM

Reds Reviews and Recommendations

A few recommendations from the books I’ve reviewed recently.

I have been a reading and reviewing queen lately. Even taking the time to go back and make sure I have reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads and Bookbub. I found a few I flat out forgot to review. Here are a few recommendations from the books I’ve reviewed recently.

Angel Of MineAngel Of Mine by Zane Michaelson

Pre-order Amazon Link getbook.at/ZMAngl

This story is a new writing path for Zane Michaelson. All of his previous series and now this standalone book, have something new and original for the reader. No set theme or mold to fit into, just the telling of a story that flows from his mind to paper.

Angel of Mine made my heart flutter with sadness and joy. A deep story of love and total commitment. It isn’t full of physical love the way some of this authors previous books have been but it is no less romantic. It is full of pure love. Zane Michaelson slowly discloses Gabriella and Angelo story and reached inside my heart. I found myself tearing up in one chapter only to be smiling with the next. I am looking forward to reading it again. I have a feeling the words will take on a different meaning after reading the ending.

Side Note:
The only similarity I have found in Zane Michaelson’s books are the little twists that take you away from the direction you think the book will go. He has a creativity with his stories that keeps you on your toes. I am looking forward to Zane Michaelson’s next book journey not know where it will take his readers.


Destination WeddingDestination Wedding by Lily Ryan

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2pgHqXv

This short read is the perfect bedtime book. Lily Ryan did an amazing job drawing me into this story and throwing some super hot and sexy scenes to keep me squirming while turning the pages. I can’t wait to read more by this author.


51+XIDuBMqL._SY346_His Weekend Wife by Rhonda Lee Carver

Amazon Link mybook.to/KntBro2

I reread this story after seeing the new cover Rhonda Lee Carver introduced recently. I forgot how much I loved this story. It’s a second chance at love which isn’t uncommon but Rhonda’s details as to why and how  they are getting this second chance just flowed perfectly to make this an amazing read.
Ash is a simple girl who just wants to love the man. Not his money. Declan has the money and the means to care for Ash is a hush class expensive way but that just doesn’t fit her.
I love how Ash works hard for what she want. She is real. Someone I would be friends with.
No spoilers so I just have to say this is a must read.
I really hope Rhonda Lee Carver will write more about the Knight brothers. The series is captivating and leaves me craving lots more from this family of sexy men.


The Lying Game (The Game Duet, #1)The Lying Game by Mickey Miller
Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2xmRi6l

Each time I read a book by Mickey Miller I fall in love with his writing a little more. I said his last book was my favorite but that one has been dethroned by The Lying Game and Lacy and her arrogant basketball star Carter. The back story of these characters is perfect. I can see these two as friends through elementary school and then how they progressed to more in high school. I was rooting for them the whole time. Lacy’s dreams and Carters career seem to be on different paths but I desperately want them to meet somewhere in the middle.

The sexy was hot but the story was what I loved more than anything. Please hurry up and write book 2. I am not as patient as these characters have been their whole lives.

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The Last Check (Hell's Phoenix MC Series #2)The Last Check by Kristine Dugger

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2D8rEHP

Kristine Dugger has written a story that goes beyond the MC romance. Don’t judge someone by how dresses, their appearance, or their first impression. Get to know the real person. You may find a friend or the love of your life.

Presley and Avery have strong armor surrounding their hearts. Its how they protect themselves. Presley and Avery are not what they project to the outside world. Like I said, looks and first impressions can be deceiving. Once they break the seal around their hearts you learn who they really are.

This story brought me to that ugly cry place which breaks your heart and heals it again with the love story between this unlikely couple.

Book 2 has left me anxious to learn more about the Hells Phoenix-Freedom Riders MC club. Red Recommended

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Freebie Ignite by Drew Sera and Thorn Black

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Never/Ever by Susan Meachen

Can two strangers with hardened hearts find peace in each other? *Adult Content 18+ May Contain Triggers*

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Losing the love of my life the summer before we were set to go off to college together destroyed me beyond repair. James committed suicide weeks before we were to start our lives together, leaving me broken and haunted by the ‘what ifs’ of life. There just wasn’t any way I could attend the college we chose together, and I was certain there wasn’t another option at what most would call last minute. When another University agreed to take me, I packed up my car and headed to the Sunshine state. I needed to get as far away from home as I possibly could- reinvent myself, protect my heart and concentrate on college while never allowing anyone inside the fortress I’d built around me.
But Brandon wasn’t just anyone…
Brandon wasn’t your average college boy; he’d been there, done that and had no time for childish play. His cool, confident mask hid a man with deep wounds of his own. He was in college for one reason and one reason alone. He was there for his degree and to learn the life lessons his father set out in his will for him – a condition required to gain his legacy. Women were trouble, a distraction he didn’t want or need. His bed was open for a few hours, but never anything more.
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