Hi! I’m back with another author interview. This time, I am talking with Dee Stewart! Find out what she has to say.
Anna: Hello, Dee. Why don’t you tell the readers a little about yourself, where you are from, hobbies etcetera.
Dee: I am a wife, mother, and a high school English teacher. I live in Spring Hill, Florida. I started writing at age 13 and finished my first romance as a junior in high school. I’ve been an indie author for almost two years now, with nine books on the market. When I’m not teaching or writing, I love reading, watching movies with my husband, and socializing with my friends.
Anna: What genre do you write?
Dee: Contemporary romance/ romantic suspense
Anna: Tell us about your latest release.
Dee: Fighting for Brielle is the first book in a brand-new series – Laguna Beach Cops. Justice McQuaid is a former SEAL and lieutenant commander who loses his team in an ambush. When he’s forced to retire, the Secretary of State offers him a job as chief of police in Laguna Beach, where something fishy is going on that threatens the country. While patrolling the beach, he meets Sergeant Brielle McAdams, a feisty woman who is training for SWAT and his partner in every sense of the word. When she goes missing during a thunderstorm as they are working a major accident scene, Justice will stop at nothing to find her before a self-proclaimed revolutionary leader can turn her against her country. I especially love this couple!
Anna: What can we look for in the future from you?
Dee: More books in my Waiting Game series. I’m working on book three Waiting for Addie as we speak. And more books in my Laguna Beach cops series, and possibly a spin-off series of my Choice novels that have a darker edge to them.
Anna: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? Contact info? Social media links?
Dee: You can find me here: Email email@example.com
And here is the cover and blurb for Fighting for Brielle!
Forced to retire from the Navy after an ambush kills his SEAL team, former Lieutenant Commander Justice McQuaid is sent to Laguna Beach by the Secretary of State to be its newest chief of police. His mission is to investigate a possible domestic threat, though he questions why he was specifically chosen for this job, especially since he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Nothing is going to deter Sergeant Brielle McAdams from achieving her goal of becoming a SWAT officer for the LAPD. But unless she can pass one final physical challenge, she’s out. When she meets Justice patrolling the beach, she finds herself drawn into his life and his investigation.
When Brielle goes missing, it is a race against time to rescue her from a madman. For Justice, this is a mission he cannot fail to complete. Losing his men and his career nearly destroyed him. But losing Brielle, the woman who holds his heart, will break him.
Rescuing her is his greatest mission.
Thank you for joining us, Dee! Best of luck with your new book.
Readers, join me next week when I interview Author Jenny Plumb.
Today, I’m talking to Bethany Bliss. She’s going to tell us a little about herself and her newest book.
Anna: Welcome, Bethany. I’m so glad to have you here today. Tell the readers a little about yourself, where you are from, hobbies, etcetera.
Bethany: I struggle during interviews and can’t tell you how long I sat staring at this question before I could formulate an answer.
I’m quite a boring person who has done some interesting things. Flew to Reno and Utila Honduras to visit friends and learn to scuba dive. Traveled from east coast to west in a car, just me and the dog hiking through grand canyons and driving up pikes peak. I have a kink for learning and love immersing myself in diverse cultures.
I was born and bred in Maryland, but I migrated down to Virginia after our home burned down. In the mountains of Shenandoah Valley, I discovered a passion for natural healing and, of course, writing.
My first attempts at fifteen were pathetic, fifty or so pages of nonsense, completely illegible, though after eight attempts, I managed a draft a publisher wanted. Blushing Books gave me the chance I needed and published two of my manuscripts right off, and I’ve finished two more with a goal of eight submissions to them this year. I’m still surprised when people like them. Last I checked, I hadn’t gotten a review below four stars, yet I’ll always think of my books as I had those first drafts: plenty of improvement to be made.
Anna: What genre do you write?
Bethany: I favor romance. Fantasy or contemporary are my favorite sub-genres to write. I just never tire of constructing stories with danger, suspense, sexy heroes and kick-ass heroines, all submerged in their own little world of my imagining.
Anna: Tell us about your latest release.
Bethany: The Bladed Tiger’s Empress was released April 15th and is the start of a Fantasy romance series called “Claiming Her Empire”. Book one follows Princess Marilla as she is exiled from her castle, becomes a fugitive in her empire, learns to defend and protect herself, then reclaims her crown as Empress all with her most loyal general by her side. The fiercest, strongest, and sexiest warrior, who earned the warrior name Bladed Tiger for his formidable duel blade fighting style.
Anna: What can we look for in the future from you?
Bethany: Another release is anticipated the last week of May as a start of another trilogy. I hope to complete the eight books I have been working on for Blushing Books within the year, releasing two trilogies and two standalone romance novels. That is my ambition. I have already completed four!
Anna: That’s great! Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? Contact info? Social media links?
Bethany: Stalk me for fun times, book reviews, and chances to win giveaways of author swag and free books!
Thank you so much for joining me today, Bethany, and good luck with your writing.
Readers, join us again soon, for another author interview.
How are you all holding up with social distancing? Starting to get back out there? We’ve been home since March, only going out for essentials and doctor’s appointments. But I think we’ll venture out on Thursday for our wedding anniversary, very carefully.
I have lots of exciting things to share today. I’ll start with what’s coming soon. The first three books I wrote as Isabella Kole, back in 2013 and 2014, are coming back in a three book collection on May 14th. It’s titled Desire for Discipline Collection.
Also the very first book I ever wrote, Crossroad to Love, is in production for audio. No release date yet, but it should be available in a few months.
And today, another audio book released! Her Promised Dom, by Isabella Kole, is now available.
And the really big news is that I’ve decided to start sending out a monthly newsletter. If you’d like to be on the mailing list, here is the link to subscribe.
Welcome back! Today, I’m going to tell you all about Karia and the Prince, book two of Isabella Kole’s Avalon Adventures series. Soon, some other very talented authors will be adding a story of their own to the series, but right now, let’s talk about book two.
She’s dating the most eligible bachelor in the country, the heir to the throne, yet she craves the discipline of another man.
Follow Karia’s journey as she begins another year at the Academy of the Arts in the secluded Avalon Mountains. This year, she is deepening her relationship with the prince and finding out what dating a royal is really like. The paparazzi continues to stalk her whenever she is in the city.
Her assignment for this year is to write an article about the fashion industry. Designer Melinda Matthews has been a good contact and has helped her tremendously. Fashion Week is an experience she will never forget.
Still torn by her feelings for both the prince and the master, Karia continues to be confused as she excels in her work and studies. Should she just give up on men completely? Prince Henry is too busy for her at times, and even though the master still seeks to demand her submission, Karia feels that maybe she should forget them both and concentrate solely on her work.
Publisher’s Note: This is a story about power exchange.
And here is an excerpt from this story about a college girl and the love triangle she has found herself in:
Bloody hell, I thought I was going to get out of this. What does he want now? I hope it’s only discuss my week in the city,she thought as she waited for the other students to file out of the room.
Oliver wasted no time in getting to the reason for his request that she stay behind.
“Ms. Daly, I understand your visit to Fashion Week was a smashing success,” he began.
“I’m not sure what you mean, sir. I was able to get a lot of inside information for my article, which Professor Evelyn says is nearly ready to turn in.”
The man smiled, and his dark eyes seemed to twinkle. “That’s good to hear. And only one incident with the tabloids, which turned out not to be bad.”
“Yes, sir,” she replied as she looked down at her hands in her lap.
“Now, Ms. Daly, I doubt that you are going to agree with my rationale on this matter, but I believe you need a subtle reminder that you are no longer in the city with glamourous designers and high society people, attending one of the largest events of the year. You are back at the academy, a student, and you are not staying with the royal family, being given a driver and a royal guard for your use. You are living in a dorm room, attending classes, and your job right now is to study.”
“I’m not sure I understand, sir.”
He smiled at her again, and a shiver ran up and down her spine.
“My reason for saying you would most likely not agree with me. Now, I want you to stand and come forward.”
Karia got up, wiping her sweaty palms on her skirt, and walked to his desk where he now stood.
“Bend over my desk,” he commanded in a low tone.
“Yes, sir,” she answered as every nerve ending in her body stood at attention. He was going to punish her! She hadn’t done anything wrong. What was it he had said? This was a subtle reminder. He was putting her in her place, so that she wouldn’t forget where she belonged. It wasn’t in the city, attending fancy events, wearing designer clothes, or staying in the palace as a guest of the royal family. She was Karia Daly, student, commoner.
Why was she feeling excited? Was she one of those people who enjoyed the pain, the kinky side of life. Did she really like being spanked by the master? Was it just Oliver, or would she take it from any man? Henry certainly wasn’t willing to dish it out. Was she just a slut who wanted to have her cake and eat it too? She was using Henry for sex and Oliver for punishment? No, that wasn’t it at all. It couldn’t be. She was so confused.
She didn’t have time to dwell on it, though, because she felt the cold air hitting her bare behind when Oliver lifted her skirt and pulled down her serviceable white cotton panties required by the school. She missed her sexy lacy ones she had worn last week, the ones Henry liked.
As he rubbed the creamy white globes, Oliver said, “I will give you twenty with my hand and twenty with the paddle today, Karia.” He had used her given name! Not Ms. Daly!
She braced herself for the onslaught, and a second later, the first smack hit. She jumped, having not had a punishment in several days. The sensations began immediately, causing her juices to begin flowing. She only hoped she was spared the embarrassment of having him know.
Oliver rubbed her cheek before administering a second blow, this time, to the other one. His touch ignited something in her that she couldn’t explain. Eight more slaps rang out before he took a break and walked over to his cabinet to retrieve the wooden paddle she hated so much.
Karia was more confused than ever by this point. Her ass was on fire from only ten smacks of his hand, but there was a more intense fire burning within her. What did it mean? Was she attracted to her professor? He was young and handsome, in his dark and brooding way, but really? He was as different from Henry as the dark night was to the bright day. What did it all mean? She would not be able to deny him if he were to throw her over his desk and make love to her right this minute. And that thought, more so than any of the others running through her mind at that moment, greatly disturbed her. She was with Henry. They had never discussed being with others, but she assumed that he thought they were exclusive. Even with his reputation as a playboy and womanizer, she had no reason to believe he was seeing anyone else.
And then, Oliver returned. He had the paddle in his hand, and he commanded in a low tone, “I want you to count each swat of the wood. There will be ten in all, as I said before.”
“Y-yes, s-sir,” she managed to get out.
She heard the whooshas the implement swung through the air before making contact with her already red bottom. “One,” she said, wishing with all her heart that she could reach back and rub out the sting. Oliver prevented that by holding her hands with his free one.
“T-two,” she said, fighting hard to hold back the tears that were threatening to fall.
Another whoosh, and the wood smacked again, causing her to cry out, “Ow!”
“Count,” was all he said before she did.
“Four,” she said, tears now making their way down her cheeks.
The fifth swat hurt like hell, and then he started on her sit spots.
“Halfway there,” Oliver said as he placed a sixth on the top of one of her thighs.
“Seven,” she said as he placed a hard swat to her sit spot.
“Eight,” she groaned between sobs as the top of her thigh took another hit.
“Nine, ten,” she managed before she heard him lay the paddle on the desk. He pulled her up and she was in his arms before she really knew what had happened. What was this? He was holding her and whispering in her ear as she sobbed against his chest.
“There, there, it’s all over now, Karia. That’s a good girl, let it all out,” he was saying.
And she did. She cried and sobbed and held on to his shirt. When she had finally calmed and the sobs became occasional hiccups, he reached down and pulled her panties up gently. Her skirt fell back into place and he positioned her at arm’s length. Then, he handed her a tissue.
“How do you feel?” he asked.
How did she feel? Really, he was asking that after he’d just blistered the hell out of her ass? She couldn’t be honest with him. That was for sure. She couldn’t tell him that she wanted him to kiss her at this very moment, to tell her that he wanted her. What in the bloody hell was wrong with her? So, instead, she simply said, “May I go now, sir?”
USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Kole presents her new Avalon Adventures series. Set in a mythical mountain, this book is very much a contemporary suspense filled romance with many twists. Combining the magical place with the real world and acknowledging some very true to life royal concerns, the first book is like nothing you’ve read before. The Academy tells the tale of a young journalism student destined to follow in her father’s footsteps being sent away to a college in the mountains where old fashioned discipline is practiced. A sexy playboy prince, a darkly handsome professor, and one young student begin a four year adventure that will end with Karia choosing the man she will spend her life with and her future role.
Here is some more information for you:
Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift. Take some time to relax during all the hustle bustle and read! $0.99 for a limited time only! USA Today Bestselling Author, Isabella Kole, presents book one of her new series.
He’s the PlayboyPrince.
Prince Henry never had to worry about anything – until his brother died. From that moment on, his life was turned upside down, and he enrolled in the prestigious academy. Karia wants to follow in her famous father’s footsteps as an investigative reporter. Her first assignment: Prince Henry. The only way to get close enough is to spend time with the handsome young royal. And can she do that without falling for the Playboy Prince? But there is danger afoot, and the very stern, very dark and handsome Master Armstrong doesn’t like the idea of Karia and the prince spending so much time together. Now, Karia is torn between the two men. She is secretly dating the prince, but there is something about the master that keeps drawing her to him… Publisher’s Note: This steamy academy romance contains strong elements of power exchange.
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When two very different worlds collide…
Hailey is a palm reader, a fortune teller, complete with crystal balls and Tarot cards in her little shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She is a throwback to the sixties with her boho style and long, blonde hair.
Joshua is a marketing guy; a handsome business type who has been seeing Hailey professionally for over a year. She predicted his promotion, that he’d find the perfect condo, and just about everything that’s happened in his life recently. But he is ready to find his soulmate, and Hailey hasn’t quite been able to tell him about her, except that there will be someone in his future.
They are as different as day and night, but Hailey has fallen in love with Josh. She knows it can never happen, and it would be unethical for her to predict that she was his soulmate. Josh is attracted to her, too, even though she’s just not his type. But when they begin to go out as friends, they soon discover they have much more in common than they realized. When a lifelong dream that Josh thought was out of his reach becomes a possibility, will he have to choose between that and his new love?
Publisher’s Note: This sweet romance contains a theme of power exchange.
Isabella Kole has a new release. Let me tell you a little about it. It’s a standalone about two brothers and the women who love them.
Dane and Dax Daring are brothers. They are also Doms who are having problems with members of the opposite sex.
When Dane met Ann Slade, Annie to all who know her, he fell head over heels… so much so that he ignored what his brother and his friends said about being her rebound lover. He married her after three months of dating, giving up the lifestyle without even telling her he was a part of it. But once the couple starts having trouble, Dax suggests that maybe it’s time things change if Dane wants to stay married.
Dax, on the other hand, has always been adamant about exclusive relationships in that he just doesn’t do them. Now that he has gotten to know his new sister-in-law, he knows he can never settle for anyone who isn’t just like her. The problem with that is he’s been in love with Annie’s best friend, Angela, since he met her. And she is nothing like Annie. Will he keep fighting the temptation, or can Angela convince him they are meant to be?
Publisher’s Note: This sweet romance about two brothers and their women contains elements of power exchange.
Be sure to one click today to find out how these brothers win the women who hold their hearts. If you like anguish, adventure, romance, and happy endings, this one’s for you! Isabella Kole writes romance with a dash of discipline.
Find out how it all ends! Book seven, the final book of USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Kole’s Dominant Men series is live!
Her Ambitious Dom is now available on Amazon, along with the other six books in the series. Each can be read as a standalone, but you won’t want to miss any of them.
Here is the blurb for Her Ambitious Dom:
Combining work and play…
You met Holly Evans and Chris Winters in Her Yuletide Dom. Now, their story continues as they return to their lives in the city to try one of the biggest cases in either of their careers. How will they adjust to being co-workers in the legal field and also husband and wife? To complicate the relationship further, Chris is Holly’s Dom.
This case will determine whether Chris makes partner or not, but what began as a simple environmental issue soon escalates into something much deeper and darker. Danger is all around them and could threaten not only their careers, but their very lives.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.
Her Hesitant Dom by USA Today Bestselling Author, Isabella Kole, is available now on Amazon!
When Kayla finally told her fiancé about her past, she feared he was going to call off the wedding. But twenty-four hours after storming out of her apartment, he returned and told her that he still wanted to marry her. He even promised that once they were settled, he would be willing to discuss the lifestyle with her.
Six months passed, and that conversation had never taken place. Until one night, when he let her know that he was displeased with something she had done. Now, Kayla is torn between her sweet, vanilla Zane and the new Dom he has become. She should be ecstatic. After all, this was what she wanted, wasn’t it? Then why is she having such a problem with it? To add to her confusion, the past rears its ugly head and questions need to be answered. It seems they both have issues to overcome.
Will her once hesitant Dom prove to be the man she needs, the one she craves? Can Zane learn to blend his vanilla persona with the new version of himself into the perfect man for his beautiful, sexy wife?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange. While it is book six of the Dominant Men series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
Hi, again! This week, I’m going to talk about my latest release, Her Second Chance Dom. What would it be like to find the love of your life after twenty years? The one you let get away? Well, you’ll find out in this second chance romance as Camille gets her second chance with the guy she walked away from all those years ago. But a lot has changed since then, and some things have stayed the same, so will they be able to put the past behind them and make it work this time? Maybe.
Here’s the blurb for Her Second Chance Dom:
Camille Robertson, savvy professional woman, has found herself alone again. She and her husband have just divorced. However, an old lover reappears in her life at about the same time, so maybe she won’t be alone for long. Twenty years ago, Camille had ended things with this man, the one true love of her life, because he wanted to marry, and raise a large family. He also wanted her to be his submissive. But Camille was on the fast track, climbing the ladder to success, and no one was going to tell her what to do.
Cody Larkin is recently widowed, raising his four children alone. Amazingly, the one who got away has recently come back into his life. They both made mistakes twenty years ago. Can they make it work this time around?
Surprisingly, Camille is ready to compromise with Cody to make a go of it, but his oldest daughter continues to be a stumbling block for the couple. Will Camille ever win her over so she and her second chance Dom can be together?