Showing posts from November, 2021

A short story offering from Laura Austin - The Applicant

When the door opened, every face in the room lifted from his or her various distractions: cell phones, magazines, and nervously twisting hands. Yet another pair of hopeful eyes swept the small waiting area. Jobs were hard to find in this busy business district, and jobs that paid what this one was offering were nearly non-existent. The newly arrived young woman spotted the only remaining chair and sat stiffly, clutching her purse in her lap. Her skirt rode up over her knees and she worried that she should have worn different shoes. Her appearance today shouldn’t matter beyond looking clean and professional, but she knew that it did.    Across from the woman was a middle-aged man from West Africa. His suit and tie were respectable enough, but they did nothing to hide his age; the gray at his temples made sure of that. He was confident in his credentials, but worried that his strong accent would be a disadvantage. The extreme competition made nearly everything a disadvantage.    A ne

A short story offering from Laura Austin - Hunting One Another

  The low branches of trees and undergrowth swished noisily as they were roughly shoved aside with callous disregard for their tender leaves. The furious face of a man emerged, his glare of hostility as hot as the sun that tried in vain to worm it's way through the heavy canopy. He had a rifle slung haphazardly over his shoulder as he sought the one who'd wronged him. He hunted her. **************** Two weeks ago, Manuel had been slouching in his favorite bar stool in his favorite hangout, Quirky's. It came by its name honestly and managed to attract the oddest clientele, but the beer was good so most people overlooked the idiosyncrasies of its various patrons. This was not a good place, however, to pick up women. Most women avoided it in favor of more popular, hipper clubs. They wanted to dance and meet young men. Quirky's had a nearly non-existent dance floor and the youngest man here was nearly 50. When she had strutted through the door it had been like a bre

An invite to a Facebook event from MM Romance

What began as a celebration for reaching 500 followers has morphed into a larger celebration of the MM Romance genre - we have 60 authors whose work spans a multitude of subgenres including Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Daddy, BDSM/Kink, MPreg, Dark, Taboo.. the list goes on! 60 authors will each be posting information about their books, a giveaway or freebie reads, and there will be an overall giveaway running featuring an Amazon GC. The party runs from 7AM EST - 10:30 PM EST on December 1st, 2021 but the giveaways will all be open for 24 hours to let everyone enter! I've attached a static graphic and a video featuring all of the authors, as well as a link to the tiktok featuring the same video. The Party will take place in The tiktok promo is here:

Praising others - Sheila Sellinger praise of Chris Hicks

First of all please introduce yourself:     My name is Sheila Sellinger Now, you are here to let us all know about someone so who is that? Chris Hicks OK, why should we know about them? Okay, I recently met Chris on Twitter. He is an author and creator. What do you personally love about them or their work? He enjoys doing things for others and has designed video book covers for others out of the goodness of his heart. His main desire as far as I can tell is to be supported and understood. Where can people connect with them? He is on Twitter @ChrisHicks1138

My Ideal Holiday - Sheila Sellinger

First of all where are you going?   The Virgin Islands Are you going on your own or taking people along (if you're taking people then who are you taking)? I’ll take my best friend (name withheld for privacy) How are you getting there? We’ll fly. What 5 books are you taking with you? Honestly, I wouldn’t take any books because it would be a vacation away from work and a time to rest and reconnect without being distracted by a book waiting for me in my room. You've arrived, do you unpack straight away or are you going to leave it until later? Leave it until later. The beach is calling. What are you going to do during your holiday? Swim in the ocean, hang out on the beach, eat wonderful local food, and sight see. What memento do you bring back from your holiday? Since I’ve never been, I don’t know what all I’d bring back with me.

Chase Taylor Hackett interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I’m a funny guy working at a New York law firm, writing about funny guys working at a New York law firm. This greatly simplifies research. I have two novels so far, published by Kensington Books. When did your love of books begin? My family valued reading a lot—I remember I couldn’t wait to learn to read. I was the youngest of a big bunch and, between my mother and my older brothers, I was reading well before I started school. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I started to get attention for my writing in my teens. My first job was as a stringer for the local newspaper. I won a few small writing things, I got an honorable mention in a big writing thing, and I began to think there was maybe biochemistry wasn’t for me after all. How have you found the process for becoming an author? My degree is in dramatic literature. When I landed out in the world, what I really wanted to do was to write musical theatre, and a couple of thos

Scarlet Lee Winters interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I’m Scarlet Lee Winters. I am an author of erotica that oftentimes is erotica with fantasy elements and creatures at the forefront. I only recently took the plunge into publishing erotica as I had been writing and publishing safe for work fantasy stories. Like many writers I am also an avid reader of fiction and a lover of storytelling in all mediums. I can be a prolific writer with random bursts of inspiration and drive. When did your love of books begin? My love of books started young when I was about two years old. I loved being read to and hearing the usual children stories like  The Cat in the Hat  and One Fish Two  Fish Red Fish Blue Fish . When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I wanted to become an author from a very young age--as far back as I can remember. I probably solidified the idea when I was about three or four years old. How have you found the process for becoming an author? The long process: I pitched to the sl

Matthew Arnold Stern interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? Books have always been a part of my life. We had bookshelves in several rooms in the house where I grew up. One of them was built into a planter in our living room. The earliest book I remember reading was  Hop on Pop  by Dr. Seuss. We had  Shakespeare Stories for Children  and a full set of  The Great Books . When our family went shopping, I liked to look around the B. Dalton bookstore at our mall. I was attracted to a number of books, including science fiction and humor. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? In high school, I started writing a personal journal to deal with typical teenage stuff. My English teacher, Darlene Loiler, read it and encouraged me to keep writing. I joined the school’s creative writing magazine and newspaper. But by the time I got to college, I doubted whether I can make a living as a writer. I considered switching my major to business because it was the 80s, and business was what everyon