Book Review: Roman by Heidi McLaughlin & Amy Briggs

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.

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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?

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Title: Roman

Series: The Clutch Series: Book One

Authors: Heidi McLaughlin and Amy Briggs

Genre: Vampire Romance

Release: March 29, 2018

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38616158-roman

 

Blurb:

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.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GwvCus

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2I6XP8c

iTunes: https://apple.co/2GclyaA

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2pKyF7M

 

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:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeidiJoVT

Website: http://www.heidimclaughlin.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/HeidiNews

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heidimclaughlinauthor/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568302.Heidi_McLaughlin

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-McLaughlin/e/B00AV872O8

 

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

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Briggs/e/B01F2TA4UY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

My reader group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmyBriggsRedHotReaders/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15144820.Amy_Briggs

 

Giveaway:

Direct Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/81aa78941751

 

 

 

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. ❤

Behind the Scenes: Abounding Love

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.

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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.

♡ ♡ Pre-Order Links ♡ ♡
US: http://amzn.to/2tQHyA9
UK: http://amzn.eu/jeUY4G6
CA: http://a.co/5JD9BoT
AU: http://amzn.to/2tTiaYL

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!

Author Spotlight Blog Interview: E Kay Sims

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share with you about E Kay Sims! She is one of my writing buddies. I really

 

Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Do you write full time?
EKS: I’m a retired US Air Force veteran, wife, mother and grandmother. I was born in Naples Italy; my father was a Marine stationed there. I’m a military brat so we lived all over. Now I reside in Oregon with my husband. I write part time. I’m a certified yoga instructor and T’ai Chi instructor and I teach yoga for veterans with PTSD. Someday I want to write full time.

 

Q: How did you get into writing?
EKS: I’ve always written stories from the time I and my sisters were very young. We wrote stories to entertain each other, especially when living in a foreign country, the television stations were not in English. In high school, my creative writing teacher encouraged me to write more stories after reading a story I had written for an assignment. She said, ” I know someday you will become a famous author.” I really didn’t believe her at the time. I’m not famous yet, haha. Years later after retiring from the Air Force, I went into commercial and community radio, writing and producing commercials and doing the voiceovers for them as well. I caught the writing bug again and played around with writing a novel. But it took me 13 years to get serious and now here I am, just finished my first book in a series of seven I plan to write.
Q: What does your writing space look like? Do you want to share a photo?
EKS: My writing space is wherever and whenever the mood strikes. It’s usually at the kitchen bar or sitting at my fold down secretary desk near the living room and sometimes it’s while taking a bath in my soaker tub. I even bring my laptop to the yoga studio and write between teaching yoga classes.
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Q: Do you have a favorite book of your own? If not, which book was the hardest to write?
EKS: I’ve only completed writing my first book and working on book two. So right now, book one, Eve of Destruction is my favorite. So far, book two is the hardest to write because it’s about human and drug trafficking, which is never an easy subject to tackle. A lot of technical research is involved.

 

Q:Who was your most favorite character, and why?
EKS: SSgt Wyatt Powell is my favorite character. He’s gorgeous! He’s a giant of a man, at six foot five inches, he looks like a sexy as sin Viking. Powerfully muscled, strong, Alpha male, badass for sure. He’s very charismatic, not overly macho, a little old fashioned. He knows how to treat a woman like a lady and he’s highly skilled as a lover, putting his woman’s needs before his own. He is a warrior definitely first and foremost, with a strong, patriotic sense of duty and love of country. (He’s on the cover photo portrayed by model, Gideon Connelly)
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?

EKS: I do research, and take notes for the book, and books in the series I’m writing. Or I call my technical advisor for his personal stories to use as inspiration. He’s a combat wounded purple heart recipient, retired Army Ranger from the 75th Ranger Regiment. Or I listen to music, take a walk, play with my dogs or granddaughters, watch a movie, those sort of things.
Q: Pick one of your books (if you have more than one), and if it were being made into a movie, who would play the lead roles? Why?
EKS: I’d choose Charlie Hunnam for the male lead because he’s how I picture SSgt Wyatt Powell/Dragon in my head, and who doesn’t love Charlie Hunnam? Or Chris Hemsworth, no explanation needed there. For the female lead, Scarlett Johansson because she is one of my favorites and she’s a badass female. I love her as the Marvel Comics character Black Widow. And she’s the same height as my female lead, Katica/Capt Eve Stone. Or Charlize Theron, because she’s another of my favorites and she plays badass females very well: Mad Max Fury Road and I can’t wait to see her latest film, Atomic Blonde.
If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
Well, for obvious reasons, my first and only published book, Eve of Destruction, Book ONE and it’s the first in the Soldiers of Destruction Series.
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
EKS: That true love and even love at first site does and can exist. Love transcends time and even death. Good can still overcome evil. Never give up or give in. The world we live in was changed completely by technology and modern warfare. I want to give readers a glimpse into the military experience, military culture, the camaraderie, the bonds that are made between service members which make them closer than family could ever be. Also the sense of duty, honor, loyalty, patriotism and love of country. But also my book shows some of the uglier sides of the military as well; war, technology for evil purposes, rape, chauvinism, etc.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
EKS:I would like to express my gratitude for the the honor and privilege of sharing my words with the readers. I hope they enjoy the story of Wyatt and Katica as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope to meet readers at future signings.

Author Interview: Kristen Hope Mazzola

❤ 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.

Q: How did you get into writing?
KHM: I got into writing by mistake. I started writing short stories to pass the time at a desk job I hated. I slowly started realizing that I was writing a novel and that is how Crashing Back Down (my first book) came to be.
Q: What does your writing space look like? 

KHM: It’s my bed. hahahaha
Q: Do you have a favorite book of your own? If not, which book was the hardest to write?

KHM: My favorite book that I have written… that’s a tough one. I really love The Hysterics because the characters have so much of me in them, but Hat Trick has stolenGorgeous tattooed girl with provocative make up sitting between

my heart a little bit.

Q: Who was your most favorite character, and why?

KHM: Fallon Dunbar from The Hysterics – hands down. She is my heart. I just love her so freaking much.
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?

KHM: I take long baths or I start working on another book. I typically write 2-3 books at a time just for this reason.
Q: Pick one of your books, and if it were being made into a movie, who would play the lead roles? Why?

KHM: Ok. I’ll pick Playoff Beard (just because it is the newest and freshest in my brain)… Will Crosby would be played by Chris Pine and Jordan Bates would be played by Jessica Stroup
Fiona Note: Playoff Beard release 6/15!
Q: If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
KHM: Either Hat Trick (the first int he Shots on Goal Series) or The Hysterics (a

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standalone rockstar romance)
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

KHM: I want them to feel love and happiness by the end of my books.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?

KHM: I just want to say thank you. Without all of the readers out there I would have never seen my dreams come true.
Kristen, thank you for sharing some of your heart to us. ❤
If you want to see more of Kristen join us on my Facebook page.

Author Spotlight: Kristen Hope Mazzola

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:

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2mbeAbv  
twitter: @khmazz
IG: @khmazz
Snap: @khmazz
Reader group: http://bit.ly/2bA3i9o
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kOzfNB
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/29RST64
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2c8VNad 

And these are her books (I still have so many to catch up on!):

The Crashing Series:
✦Crashing Back Down: http://amzn.to/2d47L3f
✦Falling Back Together: http://amzn.to/2dOujci
✦Crashing: The Wedding: http://amzn.to/2dOw09S

The Hysterics – Rockstar Standalone Series:
✦The Hysterics: http://amzn.to/2dieb1B
✦Colt & Serena: http://amzn.to/2dOu40O

The Unacceptables MC Standalone Series:
✦Unacceptable: http://amzn.to/2dwmDqU
✦Unspeakable: http://amzn.to/2dOu68W

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!)

Standalones:
✦Rough & Tumble: http://amzn.to/2dELCNP
✦Stupid Hearts: http://amzn.to/2d48cus

The Huntress Series (Co-written with Author Dawn Robertson):
✦The Huntress: http://amzn.to/2dHXURL
✦The Hopeless: http://amzn.to/2qwri2E
✦The Nameless: http://amzn.to/2dGh4Le

Boxsets:
✦The Crashing Series: http://amzn.to/2dEMv9g
✦Lust & Love: http://amzn.to/2dOwEns

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