Day Reaper by Melody Johnson

Welcome to the blog today, Melody Johnson! She’s here today to give us some writing tips!

Tips and Tricks to Fool Your Brain into Writing

Writing is a rough gig. It’s a solitary activity, so either you wake up at ungodly hours before the sun and your loved ones rise for the day, like me, or you give up part of your day to spend quality time with a blinking cursor and a blank page, both of which SEEMS less important when your husband is itching to go on an adventure and the sun is shining and the day is beckoning and staying inside the perfect little writing cave you’ve created feels akin to death.

Then why do we write, you ask? Because it IS important. Most writers, myself included, have stories and characters and unexpressed emotions tumbling inside their brains whether we write them down or not, but we’re compelled to put fingers to keyboards and solidify those stories. It’s an expression of self, an exploration of humanity and the ties that bind us, and God help us, we can’t stop.

Even when the last thing I want to do is write—even over laundry, washing dishes and scrubbing the bathroom tile mold—I need to find that perfect word to describe her regret. I need to solidify that first kiss I’ve been envisioning for months, and I need to flesh out a fresh, unique way for a damaged man to learn to trust again. That need fills me with drive, and after almost ten years of being in the driver’s seat of my writing life, I’ve learned how to smoothly shift gears, accelerate into the turns, and balance my day life and the people in it without crashing. And so can you.

Write what you love

Many people advise to write what you know, but I’d like to take it a step further. If your subject doesn’t excite you, if you’re not writing characters in settings exploring situations that excite you, than your writing won’t excite anyone else either. Whether you’re writing romance or non-fiction, write with passion and you’ll sweep readers off their feet along with yourself.

Writing is a long distance event, not a sprint

One page a day. That’s all it takes to write a 365-page book in a year. It sounds overly simplified, but it’s true. There are days I write much more than one page a day, but I never write less. It’s like training for an event. If you start to skip days in your training, you’ll never get back into shape, you’ll never be as in shape as the people training every day, and after skipping one day, the temptation to skip again is almost irresistible. Don’t skip. Don’t make excuses. Just write that one page.

Read, live, love

The books you read and the days you experience are the fuel for your writing. When the passion and drive for my characters and story overwhelm me and I’m bursting with inspiration, sure, I’ll spend my whole day writing, and then when I unearth my head from the deep, dark depth of my imagination, I realize I’ve missed a beautiful day at the beach or a cuddle/movie/popcorn day with my husband. So sprinting is great for one day, but no one can sustain that pace for an entire book and remain sane, keep healthy relationships, and enjoy life. And by doing so, you’re compromising the very thing that fuels your imagination: living. So take a book and read on the beach with friends. Or write a few paragraphs on your phone while in line for that concert. Being a successful writer doesn’t have to correlate with being a recluse or alcoholic anymore. That’s a stereotype long gone by the wayside. Let life inspire your writing by living it.

Learn the industry  

Writing is a solitary activity, but you are not alone. Hundreds upon hundred of writers are out there—the hundreds upon hundreds of books filling libraries, bookstores, and Amazon shopping carts can attest to that—and that’s only counting published authors. Find a writers group. Attend a conference. Surround yourself with other writers who are hungry to improve their craft and absorb knowledge from industry professionals. Not only will they inspire you to write, but you’ll better understand the secondary people you’re writing for: agents and editors.

Once you write your manuscript and then edit it to within an inch of its life, you actually have a novel! And then what? Then you get to research agents and publishers and decide your next step. You start crafting your query letter, you shape your synopsis, you submit to agents and editors, and you pitch to them at conferences. And where do you learn to do all these things? I learned them from my fellow authors at writers group meetings, at monthly presentations with industry professionals/speakers that my group recruits to teach us the trade, and at conferences. Become involved, and you’ll surprise yourself with how little you actually know about the business of publishing after reading and writing for a lifetime, or at least, I certainly did.

Don’t be afraid to delete

Your writing isn’t carved in stone like the Ten Commandments, and as Jodi Picoult so wisely said, “You can’t edit a blank page.” So just write. The great American novel isn’t going to pour from your brain onto the page in a first draft, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it doesn’t for me either. It doesn’t for my favorite author or yours or anyone. We vomit the story onto the page until everything swirling in our brain is purged into some concrete format—usually Word but sometime the notes app on my phone and once in a great while, actual paper—then we take that mess of a manuscript and we get started on draft two. And then draft three. And then… you get the idea. So don’t let the fear of imperfection or mediocrity or bad writing prevent you from writing. Accept up front that it will be bad—it can’t be any other way because it’s a first draft—let go of the fear and excuses that do nothing but choke creativity, and just sit down and do what you’ve been dying to do all along: write.


Day Reaper
The Night Blood Series #4
by Melody Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s
master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter,
Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared
and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she
could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her
world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk,
especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against
Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy,
and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .
When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed
might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes
to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the
Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only
accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but wield them in her
favor. Irresistible and enigmatic as Dominic is, he no longer has
command over the city or its vampires. Only Cassidy has the
connections to convince the humans, Day Reapers, and the few vampires
still loyal to Dominic to join forces. And maybe, if Dominic can
accept her rising power over the coven he once commanded for the past
several hundred years, the two of them together might forge a bond
more potent than history has ever known. . .
Eternal Reign
The Night Blood Series #3
Last week, Cassidy DiRocco had some influence over the vampires that stalk
the streets of New York City. She was never completely safe, but with
her newfound abilities as a night blood and her honed instincts as a
crime reporter, at least she had the necessary skills to survive.
Now, thanks to the injuries she sustained while saving her brother from a
fate worse than death, she’s lost her night blood status just as
another crime spree hits Brooklyn. Dozens of people are being
slaughtered, and each victim bears the Damned’s signature mark; a
missing heart.
Cassidy will need the help of all her allies to survive the coming war,
including the mysterious and charismatic Dominic Lysander, Master
Vampire of New York City. But as his rival’s army threatens his
coven and his own powers weaken with the approaching Leveling, even
Dominic’s defenses might not be enough protection.
With nothing left to lose, Cassidy must find the power inside herself to
save Dominic, his coven, their city, and survive.
Sweet Last Drop
The Night Blood Series #2
Trust No One
Cassidy DiRocco knows the dark side intimately–as a crime reporter in New
York City, she sees it every day. But since she discovered that she’s
a night blood, her power and potential has led the dark right to her
doorway. With her brother missing and no one remembering he exists,
she makes a deal with Dominic Lysander, the fascinating master
vampire of New York, to find him.
Dominic needs the help of Bex, another master vampire, to keep peace in the
city, so he sends Cassidy to a remote, woodsy town upstate to
convince her–assuming she survives long enough. A series of vicious
“animal attacks” after dark tells Cassidy there’s more to
Bex and her coven than anyone’s saying. That goes double for fellow
night blood Ian Walker, the tall, blond animal tracker who’s supposed
to be her ally. Walker may be hot-blooded and hard-bodied, but he’s
hiding something too. If Cassidy wants the truth, she’ll have to
squeeze it out herself… every last drop.
The City Beneath
The Night Blood Series #1
As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved
thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering
what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn
into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target
of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of
New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven’s
secrets safe…
But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a
night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to
become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in
the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him
stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the
help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle
between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into
her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust…
Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated
magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative
writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as
an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a
copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson;
Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash
Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is
her debut novel. When she isn’t writing, Melody can be found hiking
the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and
swimming at the beach.
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Our New World by Desiree King

Our New World
New World Order Chronicles Book 1
by Desiree King
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The world has changed and humans are an endangered species.
After centuries of war famine and plague, a new society has risen and
grown. Magical races, such as fae, vampires, magi, and weres, have
joined forces to ensure everyone’s survival by creating the highest
order council and the new world laws.
Unfortunately, the cost of survival could be the freedom to be with
someone you love.
Sidney is on the edge of womanhood. Soon she’ll accept her birth right as
lady of her people, the magi of San Diego.
However, she is torn between her duty and heart.
Can she have both or will she have to choose between her people or the
feelings she’s kept secret for years?
I’m a author from Phoenix Arizona. I’ve been writing most of my life but
only in the last few years have I had the guts to put my work out
there for others to read. Books are my passion as well as my two
loves my husband and son. I believe in supporting local art whether
it is a band an artist or author go out and experience the art of the
world in all its forms.
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Masked Desire by Alana Delacroix

The Masked Arcana #2
by Alana Delacroix
Genre: Paranormal Romance
A Perfect Disguise
As security chief of the supernaturals’
ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of
disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and
strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered,
Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation
are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And
her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and
worse, distractingly attractive.
A Hidden Truth
An exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the
experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand.
But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure
his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her
lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d
know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration
bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust
him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share . . .
The Masked Arcana #1
A Man Who Can Wear Any Face
Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now
working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen
mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric
Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start.
Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their
face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles
her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?
A Woman Without A Past
Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny
insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near.
Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk
becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and
claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong,
clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the
fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . . .
Alana Delacroix lives in a little house filled with books in Toronto,
Canada. She loves exploring the city, on the hunt for both the
perfect coffeeshop as well as ideal locations to set her paranormal
romances. A member of RWA, Alana worked as an archaeologist before
forging a slightly more stable career in corporate communications.
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Keepers of Eternity by Devyn Quinn

Welcome to the blog Devyn Quinn! Get to know her better:

What inspired you to write this book?

A: The Eternity series was inspired when my favorite soap opera character died. I wanted to find a way to resurrect his character. Suddenly I had an idea for a whole Southern Gothic type saga.

What can we expect from you in the future?

A: Many, many books. I have recently begun writing after a 5 year hiatus to care for a dying relative, so I have a lot to catch up on.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?

A: The main character in the Eternity books is Morgan Saint-Evanston. On the outside he appears to be a cranky bi-polar alcoholic with nothing better do to than chase women and spend money. However, he hides a secret, as an immortal in exile. He’s also much, much more powerful than he appears to be, even though he denies it.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

A: Once Morgan appeared in my mind, he kind of wrote his own story. The one thing I like to focus on is that my characters have real world issues: mental illness, bad decision making, etc…that I believe allows reader to root for them when they are down and cheer when they overcome adversity.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

A: I have no idea. They just show up.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

A: The Eternity books are blood, sweat and tears for me. Every time I walk away from the series, it pulls me back. It has been off-again, on again for almost 30 years.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

A: Morgan is a 1200 year old Irish assassin, and direct descendant of the goddess Cerredwen. He is also a demi-god, though he skirts around the responsibilities of such and refuses to accept his full power. He doesn’t believe he was rightly chosen to carry the legacy and that is should have gone to his twin sister, Megwyn. Morgan does everything he can to dodge the knowledge that he can’t hide from the power growing inside him, and that one day he will have to face it—even though it will probably destroy him in the end.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

A: I actually stole the title from a song lyric from a Vertical Horizon song. After that, the theme for the rest of the books came naturally.

Who designed your book covers?

A: The model for Morgan Saint-Evnaston is actor/model Dmitry Korikov. His look was designed by VM Hawthorne, who added his crazy hair. I have to admit, she nailed the look of how I envision perfectly.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

A: No! I love it!

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

A: That every time I think there isn’t enough plot to fill the pages, I end up with too much plot and have to start another book.

 If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

A: Tom Hiddleston is Morgan Saint-Evanston

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

A: You really need to catch up, for book 5 is coming!

How did you come up with name of this book?

A: Rise of the Beast begins Morgan’s transformation from immortal into a full fledged god. It isn’t going to be pretty, or easy.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

A: The Djinn Yadira and her accidental release of Morgan’s true identity.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

A: I’d spend the day with Yadira. Being a Djinn handing in opium dens seducing humans while meddling with the minds would be great fun!

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

A: They are all imagination.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

A: My characters always take over. My mind is their stage and they have control.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

A: Because not only do you have a crazy-sauce Irish assassin and his oft-gone-wrong witchcraft, you have his vampire girlfriend, his witchy ex-wife, the cop turned Berserker, and a naked purple Djinn with a love of spanking!

Have you written any other books that are not published?

A: Yes, the second book in my Vampire Armageddon series for NAL. The contract negotiations over money fell apart, and I withdrew the book and had the contract cancelled.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

A: Sandalwood and cinnamon.

What did you edit out of this book?

A: Not a damn thing!

Echoes of Angels
Keepers of Eternity Book 1
by Devyn Quinn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
If you like dark paranormal romance, you’ll love the Keepers of
Eternity series by Devyn Quinn!
This is an exciting, atmospheric story. . . . A dark fantasy with tortured
characters and dramatic events,
Echoes of Angels is
a very promising start to a new series. 4½ stars.” —
Romantic Times
With her life in shambles and nowhere to turn, Julienne Blackthorne has no
choice but to accept her grandmother’s offer to return to her
ancestral home—a home Julienne’s mother fled in fear more than
twenty years ago. What she finds there is a world so macabre it
haunts her senses and fills her with dread. And the darkly compelling
Morgan Saint-Evanston, whose mysterious pull haunts her in more
sensual ways.
Morgan was once the most feared mercenary in a sinister realm and was
destined to become the leader of his people—a duty he abandoned
when his tormented soul drove him to seek exile in the mortal world.
Tortured by his betrayal and the knowledge that those who dwell on
the dark side will one day have their vengeance, he turns to the
beautiful Julienne for one last moment of solace. Because the veils
separating the worlds are about to open, and Morgan knows he must
take the fight to the enemy before the forces of darkness unleash
their unholy hell on mankind.
As Julienne surrenders to the undeniable passion that flares between
them and Morgan prepares to confront a fate he cannot ignore, both
will be plunged into a realm where human souls are open barter and
even the power of love may not be enough to save them.
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Descent of Demons
Keepers of Eternity Book 2
Devyn Quinn writes compelling characters, a chilling and gripping story,
and a setting that is easily seen within your mind’s eye.”
Rogues and Romance Reviews
Left for dead in a hellish corner of the dark realm, Julienne Blackthorne
refused to surrender, and through her own force of will and her love
for one man she managed to survive and escape. But survival brings
its own new hell when she makes a horrific discovery. A demonic
sorcerer has begun a search for the forbidden Scrolls of Cachaen,
ancient texts that will restore his waning magic and give him the
power to take his final revenge on the man Julienne loves, Morgan
In a desperate quest to save Morgan and stop the diabolical sorcerer
from gaining control of the scrolls, Julienne will be forced to
confront the most sinister powers of this dark world. And in a race
against time that will determine the fate of all mankind, Julienne
and Morgan will find themselves in a perilous battle against evil
that will either condemn them to eternal misery . . . or grant them
everlasting love.
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Genesis Awry
Keepers of Eternity Book 3
Since Julienne Blackthorne succumbed to the dark passion of the erotic and
erratic Morgan Saint-Evanston, she’s been forced to draw on her
deepest strengths to survive the demonic realm of the otherworld and
the treacherous existence of an immortal. But when Morgan obtains the
Scrolls of Cachaen—said to be the keys controlling the forces of
nature itself—it unleashes a deeply sinister beast from the astral
realm who wields an unholy power capable of defying their efforts to
destroy him.
Morgan knows that safeguarding the scrolls is his only hope for protecting
Julienne and all of mankind, but the powerful and mystical scrolls
are taking a debilitating toll on him, even as very mortal enemies
scheme to control him for their own purposes. As he is stripped of
the strength he needs to wage an epic war against the beast hell-bent
on their destruction, he realizes he will have to turn to a dark
magick for their salvation—one that may consume his soul.
And as Morgan and Julienne struggle to defend themselves and the
hard-fought love that fires them both, they will come face-to-face
with a cruel fate that would turn their one hope for survival into
the very thing that could lead to their ultimate destruction.
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Rise of the Beast
Keepers of Eternity Book 4
Morgan Saint-Evanston has prevailed over every demented beast sprung from
the otherworld, but now he finds himself tormented by an earthside
foe who could destroy everything he’s built in the mortal realm.
Forced to turn to a magickal ally to preserve the sanctity of
Blackthorne Manor and safeguard its secrets, he discovers that the
bewitching creature’s services come at a chilling price: the very
part of his soul that harbors his humanity.
Julienne Blackthorne is bonded to Morgan by blood, but the emotional and
erotic ties that bind them are fraying as his lost humanity sends him
spiraling downward to the furthest extremes of darkness and
depravity. As Julienne struggles to save the man she loves from utter
and eternal ruin, she must delve into her own dark powers at the risk
of forsaking her sanity.
As Morgan and Julienne steel themselves to do battle with his greatest
inner demons and those who would deny him his legacy, they must
confront the very real threat that his fragmented psyche will lead
him to the edge of self-destruction—and the destruction of all they
hold dear, both in this world and in their hearts.
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Devyn Quinn lives in the scenic Southwest, though she has called several
other states home. She is a huge fan of dark gothic music &
shoot-’em-up action movies.
Having published through traditional channels, Devyn got fed up with the
antiquated New York system & decided to head into indy publishing
with Beyond the Page. Beginning in 2017, she will be releasing new
work. She is also planning to reissue her former NY titles with fresh
material & smoking hot cover art. More exciting is the
forthcoming “Ocean Deep” mermaid series, which will tell
more tales of the Mer. The Kith & Kynn, Eternity, and Wildcat
series’ will also be continued with new books.
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Awakened by D.C. Gambel

Today I’m hosting D.C. Gambel and her urban fantasy Awakened. D.C. is giving away a signed paperback copy, so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

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The Horsemen Chronicles
Book One

D.C. Gambel
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: March 16, 2018
ISBN: 1981137491
Number of pages: 391
Word Count: 96k

My vulnerability, that’s kept me secluded from the world, is now the one thing that can save it.

Evie has lived most of her life as a recluse, terrified that she might hurt someone. On her twenty-first birthday she meets Derek who informs her there’s a reason behind her gifts.

As someone that had to spend her entire life avoiding human contact, learning the truth about her origins as one of the Four Horsemen was a hard pill to swallow. Especially once she realizes that her fellow Horsemen are the only people she’d ever met that can withstand her touch.

The struggle to overcome her seclusion becomes very real when Evie discovers an attraction has sprung up between herself and one of her fellow Horsemen. Nothing good can come from pursuing the allure, especially when she knows that it not only would jeopardize her team, but her heart as well.



“Break it down for us, Cam.”

“I met my informant last night,” he said, leaning between the opening of the front seats. I angled myself to face him so I could hear him better. “He claims that Axel Reese, pack alpha of Summery, was contacted by Asmodeus.”

There was a swirl of profanities, but I was clueless to why. So I asked.

“Asmodeus is one of the seven princes of hell. He’s also the prince of lust. Apparently they were rumored to have met the night the succubus attacked the fraternity party,” Cam went on to explain.

“I’m sure that was no coincidence,” Tyler muttered. “I thought the succubi broke off from Asmodeus decades ago when he started demanding that they worship him as a god.”

“They did, but with the seals being broken the demons of lust are returning to their master in hopes he can protect them from the apocalypse. They don’t even realize that he’ll use them a cannon fodder to save his ass. If Axel really did meet with Asmodeus we need to be prepared for a shift in the packs loyalty.”

“Why not just go to Asmodeus first?” Derek asked keeping his eyes forward.

“Axel would be a lot easier to handle then walking in to Phoenix.”

“Phoenix?” I asked.

“It’s a demon club,” Tyler answered. “We don’t get the warmest reception. Asmodeus owns it.”

“Stole it is more like it,” Derek chimed in. He glanced at me. Seeing the quizzical look he elaborated. “It used to be a safe haven for the powers of good. Demons attacked it as a distraction for whoever is breaking the seals. The club has been in demon hands for almost three decades after two centuries of it being in the hands of good. Only positive thing is the demons can’t put up their wards to keep us out.”

“They’ve tried,” Tyler announced.

“Yes they have,” Cam agreed. All three men chuckled and I felt like I was being left out of the joke.

“Hair of the dog?” I asked when we pulled up outside the dive bar. “I thought you were joking.”

Cam chuckled. “They’re not the most creative bunch.” His hand found the small of my back as we headed to the door. I could feel its warmth seeping though the fabric of my shirt almost like it was melting it away until his skin touched mine. I shook my head subtly clearing those thoughts. “You stay near one of us and we’ll make sure no one touches you. What skin is exposed no one should be touching anyways unless they’re looking for trouble.” The other two nodded in agreement.


D.C. Gambel is a mother, army wife, and a hopeless romantic. Romance has always been her genre of choice whether it’s contemporary, historical, paranormal, or even pushing towards erotica in both reading and writing. When she first decided to try her hand at writing, romance was the obvious choice. Getting lost in a different world, living unimaginable lives is something she strives for, even if it’s just a temporary enjoyment.