Red’s Author Chit Chat with Kimberley O’Malley

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

Hi Kim. I feel like we are old friends so I hope its ok to call you Kim. Thank you for agreeing to chat with me today. You are my first author interview so please be patient. Most of my members know that I am the crazy redhead with nothing but the best of intentions. With that said I have no idea what I am doing. I am just making it up as I go along.

Let’s get started. I see that you currently write contemporary but may branch out to other genres. That sounds like a lot of fun to stretch your creative mind.

So I am going through the interview form I asked you to fill out and I am blown away. When did you figure out time travel? I see you started writing in 2092. Is this a secret or can you share your travel plans with us? I would love to be able to see what the future holds, like get the lotto numbers and…..

Oh, that was a typo. I feel so silly. OK, So you started writing in 2002. Although that’s not quiet as exciting as the time travel spin it is still very interesting.

1) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Kim: Coming Home is my first and favorite because I wrote in 2002 while waiting to adopt our daughter from Russia. It saved my sanity.
2) How about a favorite character from your books?

Kim: I really like all my characters. They’re like my children in a way. I love Katie from Taking Chances. You would too. She’s a feisty red head!

A feisty red head? You are a genius.

3) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Kim: I use names that I like. Ones I hear and think I’ll use that…

Ever consider using Red??? Just asking for a friend. 

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

Kim: When a stranger tells me they’ve read my book. I write because I have stories to tell. The fact that someone not related to me chooses to read them? That blows my mind.

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

Kim: Not so much a strange place as time. I’m wrapping up my first series this year and starting the next one in 2019. Then a friend mentioned wanting to write a cozy mystery…and I’m off!

6) I am sure you dont sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Kim: Not really sure.. 15 years for the first one. I’m getting better! I’ve released 4 in 13 months!

You are on a roll! Go Kim! Go Kim!

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

Kim: I read everything, even though they say not to. They are what they are. I try to learn from bad ones. I treasure the good ones!!

8) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?

Kim: Hasn’t happened thankfully. My issue is more about never having enough time.

Crap, I hope I didn’t jinx you. No writers block, no writers block. There that should work. 

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

Kim: All. Of. Them! 

GREAT ANSWER. I WILL GET TO ALL OF YOUR BUY LINKS SOON!

10) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Kim: Yes’m the lovely Jeni Burns, who is now my editor.

Shout out to Jeni Burns!!!

11) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Kim: Write the book! Don’t give into self-doubt. Just write it. Then spend the money wisely. Use an editor. Have a cover designed.

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

Kim: Book 5 in my series will be released this fall

The Crowd goes wild!!!!

13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.

Kim: I’m obsessed with Candy Crush!

Ok, just a thought, if you are looking for some more time to write delete Candy Crush from your phone. I am just looking out for your fans that don’t want to wait for your new books. xoxo

Anything else you would like to share?

Kim: Thank you for this fabulous opportunity!!!

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

~Red xoxo

Oh and heres some more good stuff. Kim’s first book and a little bit about her.

Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) by [O'Malley, Kimberley]Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2PCrZVx

Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

About the Author

Kimberley O’Malley is a transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.
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Red’s Author Chit Chat with Isobelle Cate

I wish readers were more aware of the Second Chances series – my steamy contemporary romance series.

Today we are here with Isobelle Cate. Thanks for stopping by to chat. Let’s get starts.

1) Tell us what genre you write and when did you start writing.

Isobelle: Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. I began writing when I was still in high school but became a published writer in 2013

2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Isobelle: Gosh this is a tough one. Ha! Paranormal, I’d probably say My Haven, My Midnight (Book 5 of the Cynn Cruor Bloodline series), and Take all of Me (Book 3 of the Second Chances series). They’re my favorites because the characters are placed through the wringer. It’s about sacrifices, and secrets that can make or break a relationship and the protagonists have to go through inner and outer conflicts and come out stronger than they were before.

Red: Those sound amazing. Reds review team have read several of these. Their reviews will be listed at the bottom of this interview.

3) How about a favorite character from your books? Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Isobelle: Female character would probably be Amaryllis Hart from My Have, My Midnight. Male character would probably be Zac McBain from Midnight’s Fate (his story isn’t over yet! 😉 As for their names, I look for the oldest Scottish male and female names since my paranormal romances involve vampire/wolfen hybrids who trace their origins in Scotland. At times, the names just come to me full-blown like Amaryllis’ or Eirene Spence’s name. Eirene is the heroine from Rapture at Midnight.

Red: Eirene is so original. I don’t think I have ever seen it on a book I have read before.

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

Isobelle: That I’m able to write stories that readers will love and get to engage with readers when I can.

Red: It must be amazing to see your words come together and then have other read it.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? Continue reading “Red’s Author Chit Chat with Isobelle Cate”

Red’s Author Chit Chat with Joz Maxel

My Absolution by Joz Maxel
Have you ever loved a woman with your heart and soul, just to watch her slip away?
I had her.
I broke her.
I left a piece of me behind.
My best friend put her back together.
Cherished her.
Loved her the way she deserved.
My time for absolution has come.
And I’ll stop at nothing until I get it.
Now I’ll have to fight my way back to what I left behind.

It’s time to share another Red’s recommended author with you. Joz Maxel’s books were introduced to me when I first started my blog in January 2018. I have became a fan instantly. Let’s find out a bit more about Joz.

Hi Joz, Thanks for agreeing to stop by today. Let’s start with what Genre you write.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

1) When did you start writing ?

Joz: October of 2016

Red: Wow not too long ago. I’m glad I was able to find you. You know I love My Absolution. I have fangirled over you for the past year.

2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Joz: Probably My Absolution because it was to prove to myself I could do it…and I did. And people actually like it.

Red: I am so glad you wrote it! LOVE THAT BOOK!

3) How about a favorite character from your books?

Joz: I don’t have a favourite because I love them all.

Red: OK, I will let that answer slide. It’s a good thing I love you or I would make you choose.

4) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Joz: Names are from characters in my favourite movies and kids’ names are usually what I had in the running to name my kids.

Red: What a great way to use those favorite names. I always wanted a girl name Aurora Rose. I have 4 sons. Aurora would not have worked for them. Maybe if I ever write a book I can use it.

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

Joz: Interacting with people all over the world.

Red: Like me.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? Continue reading “Red’s Author Chit Chat with Joz Maxel”

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Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marci Belle

Hi Marci, I am so happy to have to with us today. I was one of the lucky ones to read your debut Delicious and I fell in love instantly. Food, cooking and sex! Yes please. I just finished Earth and Desire, your latest book. Amazing! Let’s get to this interview. I can’t wait to learn more about you.
1) What genre do you write and when did you start writing?
Marci: Contemporary Romance. I’ve written poetry since childhood, except it got dirtier as I grew older. I didn’t take it seriously until I started culture blogging 4 years ago, and I only just started writing romance last November.
Red: I didn’t know we had blogging in common. No wonder we have bonded.
2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?
Marci: “Delicious is my favorite. I love the cast of characters and the protagonists are pretty sexy. It’s based around food, London and California which was easy for me to make happen because I’m a California girl based in England who loves food.
It was also hilarious at points. At least it was in my head. I felt like it was my true writing voice as well. Although that is still developing. The actual plot was mad and really fun to write too.
Red: Ok, now I am starting to think we are twins separated at birth since I am a born and raised Californian.
3) Do you have a favorite character from your books? How do you select the names of your characters?

Continue reading “Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marci Belle”

Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marci Belle

Hi Marci, I am so happy to have to with us today. I was one of the lucky ones to read your debut Delicious and I fell in love instantly. Food, cooking and sex! Yes please. I just finished Earth and Desire, your latest book. Amazing! Let’s get to this interview. I can’t wait to learn more about you.
1) What genre do you write and when did you start writing?
Marci: Contemporary Romance. I’ve written poetry since childhood, except it got dirtier as I grew older. I didn’t take it seriously until I started culture blogging 4 years ago, and I only just started writing romance last November.
Red: I didn’t know we had blogging in common. No wonder we have bonded.
2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?
Marci: “Delicious is my favorite. I love the cast of characters and the protagonists are pretty sexy. It’s based around food, London and California which was easy for me to make happen because I’m a California girl based in England who loves food.
It was also hilarious at points. At least it was in my head. I felt like it was my true writing voice as well. Although that is still developing. The actual plot was mad and really fun to write too.
Red: Ok, now I am starting to think we are twins separated at birth since I am a born and raised Californian.
3) Do you have a favorite character from your books? How do you select the names of your characters?
Marci: Well, Jack Connors in Earth & Desire is my favorite character to be honest. He’s earthy and has a very unusual magnetism about him. He’s not your typical character. He’s an Irish Traveler and brings a lot to the table.
I try to be a bit realistic about names. Geography and culture has a lot to do with naming a character. Although, the names can sometimes form a character. I feel that coming on in my future books because I have some great ideas that need interesting characters.
Red: I fell in love with Jack. His subtle calmness drew me in.
4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?
Marci: Having people say they love your work.
Red: Well let me just say, “I love your work”. LOL
5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? 
Marci: My head. Seriously, it’s a pretty strange place.
Red: Great answer!
6) I am sure you dont sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 
Marci: I’m not as organized as other authors, I’m only just getting this right, but I would say that when I am writing, I write about 3 hours a day. A novella can take me about 3 weeks. Sad right? I have to be into the story and sometimes there are those mental block things.
Red: Being organized is hard. If you find the secret to that mystery please let me know.
7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Marci: I do. I am a firm believer in constructive criticism. My Betas I think have saved me from brutal criticism because so far I love all my reviews. Of course, I haven’t read all the reviews for my new release.
Red: Here is my review of Earth and Desire- I loved it!Earth & Desire
Marci Belle continues to keep me turning the pages of her books. The way she describes the characters and the scenes paints a picture that allows me to dive into this story like a movie set. I had a clear picture of who Jack is and why he was such a great man for Annie. I love that he isn’t overpowering, just a calm man who is falling in love with a women who is content to let it happen. Earth and Desire is a sexy easy to read book that I highly recommend.
8) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?
Marci: Go out and have fun. What’s the point in sitting around and dwelling? Or I read, because there’s always inspiration in another author’s work. I find I’m relaxed and when I’m ready, well, I’m ready.
Red: Secret? I was struggling with blogging block and I jumped in and finished our interview. You helped me today and you didn’t even know it.
9) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?
Marci: Delicious. I think it’s a great first read.
Red: I recommend Earth and Desire too! Can’t wait to see what else you have for your readers
10) Did you have a mentor when you started?
Marci: Yes. I love my mentor. Jade West is still my mentor. I worship the ground she walks on. Aren’t I just the luckiest?
Red: Yes! You are lucky! Jade is amazing! I have been a fan of hers from the beginning. Dirty Bad Wrong is on the top of my list. I remember waiting for her release and then devoured it. Oops sorry, I was fangirling. Please tell Jade I love her…. maybe you can introduce us and I can interview her soon… hint hint.
11) What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Marci: Hang on tight and keep persevering. Also, find a mentor. Facebook has started a new mentoring program for writers. I’m open to more mentors so I’ve signed up. One thing that was told to me was to read. Read a LOT.
Red: Great advice. 
12) What can we expect from you in the future?
Marci: Well I’m doing a Christmas anthology that will be full of amazing dark romances by amazing authors. I just can’t reveal who. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying writing the darkness. I also am working on a full-length after that. Terrifying.
Red: Something different for you fans is always fun.
13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.
Marci: I just found out that cold showers help men produce more testosterone are rather helpful in the bedroom.
Red: And here we thought is was just to cool off.
14) Anything Else?
Marci: Please help support indie authors like myself. It’s a rough ride without support form the book community. Trust me, we appreciate you all.
Red: I agree! It’s a give and take and I appreciate the support I receive from the indie authors too.
Thanks for sharing with us Marci! I look forward to reading more of you books.
~Red xoxo
Delicious: A Sexy Foodie RomanceDelicious: A Sexy Foodie Romance by Marci Belle
https://amzn.to/2ybHKL6
blurb: “Love Your Enemies, For They Tell You Your Faults.” – Benjamin Franklin
CALVIN
He’s the London restaurateur and lady-killer who almost had his dreams shattered by the merciless American food critic, Evie Cooper. After publishing her damning review his restaurant is crumbling to dust.
The relaunch is Calvin’s last opportunity to salvage his aspirations of owning a Mexican restaurant in London’s most exclusive neighborhood. He’ll do anything to keep Evie away from The Aztec of Mayfair. The problem is, he has no clue what she looks like.
EVIE
When Evie meets the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on during a crammed flight to London, she’s unaware of what she’s getting herself into. At the point of introduction, she’s faced with the horrible reality that she’s stuck in mid-air with the man who has claimed her as his mortal enemy. She must hide her identity at all costs.
Just when she thinks she’s had a lucky break, he reappears, and this time, he’s shamelessly flirting with her.
A Stand Alone, Enemies to lovers Novella for the foodie in us all.
Reds Review
Two of my favorite things, food and sex. OK 3, hot man! Marci Belle brings us into the mind of Evie the food critic. How she meets the one man she should have never met, let a lone fall for. Reading this story kept me looking for more about each of these main characters. Great quick read and definitely left me wanting to see what else this author has for me in the future.
About the Marci Belle
A California native living in beautiful England. One of the many things that keep me busy is my English-born daughter who likes to correct me when I don’t say things the British way. “Mum, it’s tea not dinner, and dinner not lunch.” Do you feel my pain? There’s also my jazz singer, artist, spiritual daughter who broke my heart when she grew up and moved back to California. She refuses to read my naughty books. I think we can all agree that is wise of her. I love to write sultry contemporary romances made up of characters I’ve observed over a pint of Hereford cider or a spot of lunch in this foreign world I inhabit. And of course, I like to create amazing American characters inspired by the melting pot I grew up in. Throughout the years’ people have repeatedly suggested I write my life story, but I prefer to put a little bit of myself into each book. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you anyway.
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Red’s Review of Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

LJ Shen made me fall head over heels in love with Alex. I’m still shaking my head as to exactly when my heart switched and exactly how she did it.

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Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen

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I wanted to hate everything about Alex Winslow. From the beginning of the story he is an arrogant jerk. Nothing about him was attractive to me. I wondered how LJ Shen could put such a leading man in her story.

I related to Indigo as the simple, caring and determined woman who is willing to do anything she can to better her life and help her family. There was no way Alex and Indie would every be a believable couple.
Then came the switch in my attitude towards them.
LJ Shen made me fall head over heels in love with Alex. I’m still shaking my head as to exactly when my heart switched and exactly how she did it. Page after page, I stayed up for hours needing to know more about them.
Then came the twist! I screamed at my iPad! Blindsided! Not at all what I expected.
This was my first book by LJ Shen. I have already downloaded the next one.
If I could rate it higher that 5 Stars it would be at the top of my list! Not just for a Rockstar rom but on my overall list!

The Audio Review- this book is also available on Audible
The narrators fit perfectly with the characters. I was able to distinguish each person without any confusion which is sometimes difficult to pull off. The switch between genders and narrators flowed seamlessly. 

The Redheads Book Blog MUST READ RECOMMENDATION!

Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen

https://amzn.to/2OXuJLy

It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.