I haven’t written a book review in a minute. Why? Because I’m swallowed in my own writing to give my fellow authors a fair chance. But when one of your favorite indie authors pairs up with another fantastic author you line up for a chance to read the words. That’s what happened here.
I have read Heidi and Amy’s work. I love their style, and their prose. They can write intense characters but also bring in the sweetest or romances. When I heard that this was a dual venture in the paranormal world, I was even more excited. Paranormal and fantasy were my first loves in books.
Now the book, Roman. Roman is intense, and he should be. I like his character a lot. He’s well developed and the reader easily falls into his story. There is depth and value in him. Roman is likable and likable quickly.
Now Fiona, I’m a bit bias, I like her name. She is the one that at first I wasn’t sure about until the story built. Fiona also has depth and she brings a whole lot to the relationship and story development. Now that I’ve read the story through, I get Fiona and I love her. Trust these ladies, they know what they’re doing with their characters. Two thumbs up on character development.
Now, Heidi and Amy nailed the story and plot. They created a world that was easily followed but also had layers of complication that added twists. I’m not one to giveaway plots and high point conflicts so you have to read the book but they nailed it here. Seriously, good work.
Roman and Fiona struggle and fight against all odds to be together. Heidi and Amy do a good job leading a reader down a great journey, a journey I highly recommend you take.
Only thing I’m disappointed with is that this is a stand alone. I wish there was more, but I always do when I love the characters. Who doesn’t?
Series: The Clutch Series: Book One
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs
Genre: Vampire Romance
Release: March 29, 2018
Everything about him tells her to stay away, yet she can’t seem to get the vampire out of her mind.
For Roman, humans are the bane of his existence always having to follow their rules. In all his years, he’s never needed one, until now.
For Fiona, vampires are off limits, evil members of society, until the one known as Roman crosses her path and shows her he’s no different than her.
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2I6XP8c
Praise for Roman:
“What a fabulous collaboration! Amy and Heidi rocked the paranormal romance world venturing into the unknown with their first go ahead. Roman was so much than I expected.” ~ Amazon Review
“Amy Briggs and Heidi McLaughlin are a duo to watch! Roman was intense, romantic, sexy, and beautiful, but it was also so much more than a love story.” ~ Amazon Review
Heidi Author Bio:
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.
Heidi Social Media Links:
Amy Author Bio:
Amy Briggs is a Texas based writer. Formerly a firefighter and EMT in New Jersey living next to a military base, Amy was initially drawn to creating stories around emergency services and the military, and draws on her experiences to show the depth and emotional side of the lifestyle. Her love of fairy tales carries through each of her novels and she hopes to inspire readers to fall in love with love.
Amy’s Social Media Links:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/amybriggsauthor
Bookbub – http://bit.ly/2jNIxtr
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/amybriggs23
Twitter – www.twitter.com/amybriggs23
My reader group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmyBriggsRedHotReaders/
I really hemmed and hawed about posting this as a blog. It isn’t 100% about writing, but my mental clarity and emotional state have everything to do with how much or how well I write. It certainly impacts my productivity.
70% of my time, I am okay. I am what anyone would consider “normal”. I have a stable level of anxiety, I am productive and get my stuff done. The other 30% of my day, I am overwhelmed. I feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest. No productive moment occurs during these 30%. I also feel uncontrollable amounts of emotional pain. All linked to loss, and grief.
Everyone knows that grief is a monster that rears its head whenever it wants. It can be as simple as a lucky penny, or a whiff of a familiar scent. Grief is normal and expected. It only becomes problematic when it consumes your mind and impedes your ability to get your work done.
Well it happened.
The pinnacle of all of this occurred this Fall. I was sitting in a hotel room and two friends had to intervene because my mental fortitude and stability had crashed and crashed to a place I hadn’t visited in a very long time. I felt like I was consumed by a dark hole with no way out. Everything served as a massive trigger. Sitting in a Starbucks would make me feel like I was dying. Airports, airplanes, malls, and classrooms (I teach.) were all triggers for overwhelming, soul crushing anxiety.
Yes. I saw professionals. I asked for help. But it took a lot for me to get there. Even now, I am resistant to therapy. In my day job, its what I do. So words like PTSD, anxiety, depression, cognitive dissonance, stressor, triggers…. yea…. no. How is it that a professional in the field is struggling with all of the above? (Very big pill to swallow.)
Well, I do. I haven’t found my perfect therapy person yet. Shoot, I hate that I can see what they’re trying to do. I certainly am still refusing to go to group, but I am asking for help and I am getting it. Don’t be me…. don’t be stubborn.
So what does this have to do with writing?
Well, its been a huge block in the flow of creativity. Some people do best when their “angst” level is high. I don’t. I get consumed by the angst. Now that things are simmering down to manageable levels, I am writing. I am writing warm fuzzy feelings.
And writing makes me feel good. ❤
Hello beautiful people. If you haven’t been a part of the fun cover reveal of my first novella, I want to first introduce you to the cover. To be honest? I can’t believe this is my book’s cover. My team is absolutely incredible.
This is a fictitious story inspired by my friend’s love story. He lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in May and this was a grief project for me. I miss him dearly but the memories, words and thoughts he left behind will forever stay with me, and hopefully now with you. Literally, a piece of my heart is in these pages. I’ve said it before and I will always say it.
To my extraordinary team, wow. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for you. To Cat and Melissa, my PA extraordinaire, to my design team, starting with CJC Photography’s image, and TE Black Designs Cover Design. Then every single person who has held my hand through this, has offered an encouraging word and has sent me your love while I processed through the loss and the words, thank you.
The exciting and less mushy news is that the book is already on pre-order on Amazon.
I hope you check it out and get a glimpse of my writing voice. Pursuing Hope is to come in the Fall with a different take!
Hello everyone! I am so excited to share with you about E Kay Sims! She is one of my writing buddies. I really
❤ Kristen shared some fun information about herself. I always love learning about the authors I follow. Her work is fun, loving and just all around great reads. I encourage you to seek her out! If you’re lucky to have Kindle Unlimited, all but a few of her books are free on KU!
Without further adieu, here is our blog interview with Kristen Hope Mazzola!
Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Do you write full time?
KHM: I am a Florida girl, born and raised! I absolutely love the ocean and fishing. I do a day job but am phasing myself out to become a full time author.
my heart a little bit.
Hello my lovely people!
I am very excited to announce my next Author Spotlight! Kristen Hope Mazzola will be having fun here on FTW and on our Facebook page
I found Kristen in one of my rabbit holes I found myself in looking for a book to read. The first book I read of hers was Hat Trick. I fell in love. I love Kristen’s writing and I love her creative, sometimes guiltily dirty mind. She is probably one of my favorite authors to follow on Facebook, because she goes Live and interacts with her readers so much. It means a lot as a reader!
So I know you want to know more about her. Here is a little more! Can you tell I am super excited??
Bestselling author, Kristen Hope Mazzola, lives in the suburbs of Tampa soaking up the sunshine while watching hockey or football at beach bars. She writes contemporary romance ranging from steamy romantic comedy, angsty new adult, all the way to sports romance – with dirty bikers, hot military men, and swoon-worthy rockstars in between. A portion of her royalties goes to the Marcie Mazzola Foundation.
You can find her here:
Reader group: http://bit.ly/2bA3i9o
And these are her books (I still have so many to catch up on!):
The Shots On Goal Standalone Series:
✦Hat Trick: http://amzn.to/2dwmBzx
✦Cross Checked: http://amzn.to/2kItVyV
✦Cherry Picked: http://amzn.to/2nxZl99
✦Low Blow: http://amzn.to/2oabqCt
✦Playoff Beard: http://amzn.to/2rCczaW (pre-order for 99c until June 15th!)
Today, I am SO excited to introduce to you one of my favorite authors, Nancee Cain. She is one of few people to hold my hand in this industry, and probably one of the few authors I can say I pray for them to hit it big, because they truly deserve it. I can’t wait to share you her work!
Without further delay, here is Nancee Cain, romance with a serrated edge!
Here is a little about Nancee Cain! ❤
During the day, Nancee works as a counselor/nurse in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge. Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list on her e-reader qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder. Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.) http://ow.ly/i/v167D