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Meet the Author – Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds is a native of North Alabama. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.

She is a multi-genre author who focuses mostly on post-apocalyptic novels with plagues and zombies as their source of destruction and paranormal romances, especially shifters, weres, and ghosts. She does occasionally dabble in other genres such as general fiction, horror, and suspense thrillers.

When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver of her elderly in-laws, a stay at home wife, an avid reader, and the mother to two kitties, Lilith and Midnight.

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.


Supernaturals Book 3

A BBW Paranormal Romance

The loss of a job, her husband, her home, and her quiet life has Talia dreaming of a life she’s only read about in paranormal romance novels.

An inherent need to find his mate and settle down has werecoyote Bane hoping that the human who’s just entered his life is the one for him.

Peace is all Casen, the king of the werewolves, wants but with half his pack yearning to be the warring pack they once were, he’s sure it won’t come in his lifetime.

Max is determined that the war between his people and the coyotes continues even if it means kidnapping and torturing a group of coyotes and the human with them to make it happen.

The Fates, on the other hand, have their own agenda for these four, and their desires are all that matter.

  1. How long have you been writing?

All my life, but I published my first book in 2012.

  1. Are you traditionally published, or self-published?


  1. If self-published when/why did you take that route.

    I took this route because I have a master’s in creative writing and while getting that degree I worked for two small press. I learned a lot from them and figured I could do most of this on my own. I have an editor and cover artist that I love dearly, and I am teaching myself the marketing process.

  2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?


  1. How many hours a day do you write?

Unfortunately, in the last two years, I’ve only managed to write about an hour a day. My FIL was diagnosed with Dementia, and I became his full-time caregiver.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

On occasion. The bad ones don’t bother me, especially the ones that I know are honest. I use them as learning experiences. I take the comments, if they are valid ones, and try to apply them to my current project.

  1. What was your hardest scene to write?

There wasn’t one particular scene Captive that was hard. For some reason the first few drafts of the novel didn’t feel right. My editor and I finally got it right, but Captive was one of my most difficult to write, but that probably had more to do with the fact that I was adjusting to my new life as a caregiver while working on the novel.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Where the Red Fern Grows

  1. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Aside from marketing, I’d say getting time to write at this point in my life. Usually, once I start a novel, and have time to give all of my focus, I don’t have much difficulty in finding the flow.

  1. Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Stephen King. No. I’d give up on writing if I aimed to be like him.

  1. What book changed your life?

The Stand. The uncut version. I made me want to be a writer. I long for the day when I can create such a world as that.

  1. Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Nearly all of my novels have happy endings. I strive to show that we as a people can be better than we are. I’m also not afraid to be real and graphic. My romances aren’t overly erotic, but there is sex. I do describe rape as what it is, dead bodies as they truly look, and my characters got to the bathroom, have morning breath, stretch marks, and almost always over a size 14, and have flaws.












If you’d like to know more about me, Author Jennifer Reynolds, then check out this informational brochure or one of my many social media sites.
















Author Interview with Rebecca Bryn

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I began writing about fourteen years ago. I didn’t aspire to write; rather, I fell into it helping a fellow author with her novel. One day, on a whim, I wrote Chapter One and I was off.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished editing The Dandelion Clock, a tale of young lovers torn apart by the Great War. It was inspired by my grandfather’s exploits in Egypt and The Holy Land from 1916 to 1918, while Grandma, the girl he’d promised to marry if he survived, kept life together at home in England and waited for him to return. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. The horrors soldiers endured in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine were a real eye-opener. Bill’s struggle to survive and keep his promises to bring home his beloved warhorse and marry his sweetheart are inspirational and heartbreaking.

The Dandelion Clock is available now at the special pre-order price of 99p/99c at http://mybook.to/DandelionClock – Royalties until the Remembrance Day Centenary will go to http://ABF Soldiers’Charity.org https://www.soldierscharity.org/about-us/what-we-do/  and www.thebrooke.org a charity that rescues horses, mules, and donkeys from some of the poorest parts of the world and was founded to rescue the old warhorses abandoned by the army in Cairo in 1918.

My next project, ‘Th1rte3n’, forming silently in my mind, will be something completely different – contemporary and maybe bordering on horror.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?

Write with an honest heart, a personal truth, and don’t duck the difficult bits – readers respond to honestly told stories with which they can identify – and be prepared for a lot of hard work both during the writing process and after – promotion is harder than writing. Research your subject thoroughly. Write whenever you can, put your writing out there, and accept criticism as a method of improving. It doesn’t much matter what you write because every word is honing your craft, and it’s a very steep learning curve. If you love writing, you’ll climb the hill. Someone once said writing was a selfish profession. It’s true: you have to immerse yourself in a different world, and it takes a lot of time and concentration, and it can feel exclusive to those around you. Don’t forget reality exists, and there are people there who need you.

What of your own writing was your favorite piece?

That’s a hard question to answer. Each of my books has its own place in my heart and there are passages in each I especially love, usually descriptive or emotional pieces, but I think I’m most proud of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ series. It was inspired by my own family history, and I wrote it for myself, my children, and grandchildren. It turned into an epic tale I loved researching and writing. I learnt a lot about my roots.

A quote by you or your Life motto?

‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’


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Silence of the Stones http://mybook.to/SilenceoftheStones

Touching the Wire http://mybook.to/TouchingtheWire

Where Hope Dares http://getbook.at/WhereHopeDares

For Their Country’s Good series


Book 1 On Different Shores http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

Book 2 Beneath Strange Stars http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

Book 3 On Common Ground http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

The Dandelion Clock http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

Your Genres: Historical fiction, Contemporary fiction, Dystopian

Official website: https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/rebeccabryn

Bookbub page: – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-bryn-5527e97a-146a-49e7-95c7-a30b0f603c80

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authorshow/8434030.RebeccaBryn

Blog: – https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rebeccabryn1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.bryn.novels

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Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/jandrcoulson

Google +: https://plus.google.com/+RebeccaBryn   

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjL99ImZV_TdNpDaOxiVOw

Any other page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/rebecca-bryn


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Please welcome Val, check out her interview with me, her books, and like, share – READ.

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

I’ve published seven novels, one box set (The Valiant Chronicles), and some short stories. The Valiant Chronicles is also available as a series of individual novels. My main genre is romance (romantic suspense, paranormal romance).

The Valiant Chronicles set is a supernatural thriller comprised of three novels: The Experiencers, A Ring of Truth, and Earthbound.

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The Experiencers introduces the main characters and the conflict. It’s a story of good versus evil but with the added challenge that some characters believe they’re working for the greater good when they’re not. I’ve always enjoyed exploring perceptions, truth, and reality.




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A Ring of Truth completes the journey after a much darker turn. The two main characters get to a point where they have some closure. Their story continues beyond the scope of the novel, but this was a good place to leave them. I’ve considered revisiting this world a number of times but haven’t started working on anything yet. Instead, I wrote a prequel, which is where Earthbound came from.



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With Earthbound, I explore the afterlife from the perspective of a murder victim who is instrumental in triggering the epiphany that changes the course of Michael Valiant’s life in The Experiencers. Michael is an anti-hero. With this character, I wanted to explore a number of concepts, one of which was how a person can kill but still be a good person. How can someone like that carry on? How much remorse can one live with? How do you recover from committing heinous crimes if you have a conscience?


Gillian's Island EBOOK COVER 3march2016.2500Gillian’s Island tells the story of a socially anxious divorcée who confronts her greatest fears when she’s forced to sell her island home and falls for the dashing new owner. The idea for it came to me when I was looking at a website for a friend’s island resort. I thought that would be a wonderful place for an introvert so long as they had someone else deal with the guests. Then, of course, I thought about that saying that no man is an island. The character of Gillian Foster sprang to life from that, and the story evolved around her.



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Injury is another romantic suspense and grew from my ruminations on what it must be like to be famous and not know your father, to believe he abandoned you. How would that affect a young woman’s self-esteem over the years? Her relationships with men? Would she wonder if her father regretted abandoning her? Was he out there wanting to contact her? Then I took it even further and wondered how her view of herself would change if she discovered her father hadn’t abandoned her after all—that he’d been murdered and her mother killed him. This story begins with the revelation about actress Daniella Grayson’s father and the resulting fallout when the media get a hold of the story.

WALK-IN ebook COVER 15june2016.2500Walk-In explores the new age concept of walk-ins but in the context of a paranormal romance thriller. I’d always been fascinated by the possibility that a soul could contract to leave the body and allow another soul to inhabit it. This isn’t possession, because the exiting soul agrees to relinquish the body for another soul. Without getting too much into it, I contemplated what an evil being might do with this and the story evolved from that.



Storm Lake is a short horror story with children as the main characters. I wanted to take a thirteen-year-old girl and make her a hero. I also have a small non-fiction story in Angel Words by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue, which was published by Hay House. Aedammair’s Choice is a short fantasy story that will be published in an anthology for charity with fellow authors from the Indie Author Support & Discussion group.

How long have you been writing?

Ever since I could read (around age five), I wrote. I started putting my work out there around 2000/2001 when I wrote tech articles for Community MX. I wrote for other online publications after that but didn’t get into fiction writing professionally until 2013.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I’m self-published (except for the story in Angel Words, which was published by Hay House.)

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

An author friend who is a hybrid author (traditionally and indie published) discussed the pros and cons with me based on what he’d experienced. He steered me towards indie publishing, and I published my first novel, The Experiencers, in 2013.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?


How many hours a day do you write?

When I’m working on a draft, I use word count as my target rather than time. I’ll typically target 1,500 words. Sometimes that means I can move on to something else after a couple of hours. Other times, that means I’m pecking away at my manuscript all day.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I read some of my book reviews. If a bad review contains constructive criticism, I’ll learn from it. The good reviews also provide opportunities to learn. They tell me what readers like about my work, what works.

What was your hardest scene to write?

The scenes in Storm Lake were difficult to write. I don’t like mutilating and killing characters, but this was a horror story, and the situation called for some horrifying stuff.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Harold and the Purple Crayon.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I enjoy all parts of the artistic process. I love nothing more than taking an idea and turning it into a story filled with interesting characters. Even editing and revising turns me on. What makes me cringe is blurb writing and marketing.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have a lot of favourite authors, for example, Margaret Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Tolkien, Richard Adams, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, and so many more. I learn from them but don’t try to copy their voice. As an author, I have my own style, my own voice.

What book changed your life?

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien changed my life. I read it when I was fourteen and fell in love with fantasy novels then. The Valiant Chronicles is my homage to LOTR. While it’s not a fantasy story, it’s an epic, multi-character journey with the modern world as its backdrop.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

My main goal when I write a story is to entertain. I want to pull the reader into the life of one or more main characters. Readers will, hopefully, relate to the characters and live vicariously through them. I want readers to get lost in the story and forget about the real world while they’re immersed in my worlds.

Check out her LINKS!

Website: http://valtobin.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/valtobinauthor/

Blog: https://bobandval.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/valandbob

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/val-tobin

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Val-Tobin/e/B00KC5S69K/

ALLi profile page: https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/members/val-tobin/profile/




I’m pleased to share my interview with Gordon Bickerstaff! Like, Follow, Share, READ and review!

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books are in the crime/thriller genre but not police /detective. They take inspiration from a TV series in the 70s called ‘Doomwatch’ centered around a government department which investigates high-level crimes. So in my books, the department is called The Lambeth Group. The series is now 6 books, and all the stories are stand-alone but there are recurring characters and in each new episode. The series features ex-Special Forces Zoe Tampsin and scientist Gavin Shawlens as the principal protagonists.

How long have you been writing?

I started pulling ideas together and writing scenes about twelve years ago. When I retired in 2011, I started writing full-time.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

Self-published. I have been trad published, but they were academic textbooks.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I prefer self-pub because it is easy to enhance the stories weeks, months or years later.  Self-pub is less pressure. Even with academic books, I had publishers asking for a synopsis of the next book and the next and their deadlines are rigid because of schedules.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both researching and writing are energising. Editing and marketing are exhausting.

How many hours a day do you write?

Depends on the scene. Creating a new scene can consume 10 hours a day. Modifying, tweaking or enhancing can take a few hours in a day.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I try to. Good reviewers can provide useful feedback, which has led me to tweak a story. I don’t bother with bad reviews. If someone didn’t like a book, then that is a personal choice. You can’t please all of the readers. I’m a reader, and I’ve read books that weren’t for me. It is also about numbers if I have 20 reviews and only or two are negative then that can be ignored. If 15 reviews were negative, then there is something wrong with the book.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I haven’t found any scene hard to write.  I prefer to research a topic, so I have material to inform me and help me create a new perspective.  Having said that, some of the research I’ve done has been harrowing.


What is your favorite childhood book?

The Biggles adventures by W.E. Johns were my favourites.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

One the story is done, going over and over and over it to find plot holes, errors and scene glitches that need to be fixed.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I like Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I think I am aware of their style and as I enjoy reading them, I aim to reach their standard.

What book changed your life?

Jules Verne ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ made me want to become a scientist, which I did.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Feedback is always welcome.  Try one before you decide. On my Website, there are Free PDF samples of first 8 chapters of each book. No sign-up required.

Please add all your links below.

Twitter                 @ADPase

Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552

Website               https://gordonbickerstaff.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gordon-Bickerstaff/e/B008KK5Q9W/

The most recent book (June 2018) is ‘Tears of Fire’

Two serial killers have been getting away with murder for years. For them, it’s a well-paid hobby while they bide their time. It’s about to stop when everything slots into place for them to leap to the next level. Payback for the people who killed their parents.51QX4h7EdlL._UY250_

Lambeth Group investigator, Gavin Shawlens, is on their trail. But all is not as it seems and he is pushed way out of his depth when the killers turn on his family. Gavin’s Lambeth Group partner, Zoe Tampsin, is cut off from him and fighting her own battle to stay alive.

They need to connect, but Zoe will face an impossible choice. Stop the killers before they pull off the most audacious murder that will shock the world and change it forever. Or, rescue Gavin’s family from the jaws of evil.

Thank you Theresa

How does a scientist write books for kids? Find out here.

Introducing Paul Ian Cross

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Hi Paul, tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Hi Theresa, thanks for having me! I’m Paul Ian Cross and I’m a children’s author and scientist from London, UK. I work in clinical research (developing new medicines). I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories!

How long have you been writing?

I loved creative writing and art at school; but I was also good at the sciences. I ended up doing a biology degree and went into a science career. I always loved writing but I didn’t think I would be good enough. I now understand that most writers feel that way! I have been writing fiction on and off for around five years, but I’ve been doing it part-time for two years now.

Are you traditionally published, or self published?

My first books have been self-published but I’m hoping to move into traditional publishing as well.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

Breaking into children’s traditional publishing is so difficult that I decided to build a profile first. The best way to do that was to publish my own stories, gain feedback from readers and develop my writing. I hope to submit a manuscript to traditional publishers later this year, but I’ll also continue to self-publish some of my work as well. I feel that a ‘hybrid’ approach will become a much more popular method in future, as you get the best of both worlds.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I’d say it’s a combination of both. I think plotting and developing a story really energises me, but the writing process through to editing and polishing the manuscript can become exhausting. Yet, I still love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

How many hours a day do you write?

I aim to do at least one or two hours a day. I realised that I make a lot more progress by building writing into my day rather than trying to doing everything in large bursts.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read reviews as I feel that the readers’ perspective is so important to help you develop as an author. There are always some reviews that don’t add any value but more often than not, reviewers will help show you areas where you need to develop your writing. This can only be a good thing in my opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I found it very hard to finish my first novel, The Lights of Time. As a time travel story I wanted the time travel elements to fit together and this was very challenging to do!

What is your favorite childhood book?

One book that comes to mind is my first picture book, Zeeb and the Martians, by John Webster and Ian McCullough. This was the book that started off my love of science fiction, so I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for this book!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I find there are always excuses not to write and you must actively make it part of your day. The creative process needs time and a lot of effort.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have so many favourite authors. I love Kelly Barnhill and Abi Elphinstone. I would love to follow them in their footsteps and have an award-winning novel!

What book changed your life?

A eureka moment came for me at the age of twelve, when I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a Tyrannosaurus rex chasing Jeff Goldblum. A movie with real dinosaurs! Well, they looked real enough to me. My interest sparked instantly. As an avid dinosaur fan, I looked forward to it with great delight. After some careful research, I discovered the upcoming movie was actually based on a book. I couldn’t wait for the summer release, so my Mum bought me a copy of the book instead: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Using a combination of scientific theory and well-crafted storytelling, the book fascinated me. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. Me, a reluctant reader, who couldn’t usually get passed the first chapter.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I’m really excited to launch my first upper middle grade novel, The Lights of Time in July. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch on paul@pauliancross.com!

Thank you for having me! 😊

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Featured Author Melanie P. Smith

Please give Melanie a warm welcome, check out our interview, give a like or a share, and become a stalker.


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  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve actually been writing all my life.  It has taken many forms over the years.  In college, I put aside my fictional writing to focus on term-papers and other assignments.  In my job, I used my writing skills for web development, awards citations and annual reports.  In 2015, I returned to my passion and published my first novel.  And the rest, I guess you could say… is history.

I wrote a fun blog about this very topic.


  • Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I am an Indie (or self-published) author.

  • If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I decided to go the Indie route because I like the idea of having complete control over my work.  I decide the plot, the cuts, the covers and the marketing strategies.  I’m fairly picky about what I want; so, it seemed like the best fit for me.

  • Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me.  When I’m forced to take a break for too long, I miss it and cant’ wait to get back.  It’s everything else that is exhausting (web updates, marketing, networking, etc.)

  • How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a set writing schedule.  Some days I write for hours at a time, other days I can only dedicate an hour or two.

  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I rarely read book reviews these days.  When I published my first novel, I read them religiously but I found I was second guessing myself too much.  I actually prefer personal contact with my fans over written reviews.  My favorite fan is ten and she loves my Warrior Series.  I had the honor of meeting HayLee for ice cream one day and I think our time together was as special to me as it was to her.  I will occasionally skim through reader comments if I’m actively promoting a certain novel; but, I don’t dwell on them anymore.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a small child, I loved the Boxcar Children.  Eventually, I progressed to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries.  In my teen years, I devoured anything by Agatha Christy.

  • Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have many favorite authors, there are so many truly incredible stories tellers to choose from.  But, if I had to pick just one, Nora Roberts would be at the top.  She is truly talented and I admire the way she can develop any character, in any story so the reader feels like they are hearing from an old friend; someone they’ve known for years.   Her vivid descriptions draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there, experiencing the events first hand.

I consciously work to develop my stories to achieve this same feeling of familiarity.  I also work hard to describe my scenes using all the senses to make the reader feel like they are smelling the flowers, tasting that hot dog, hearing the crowd roar or swiping that bead of sweat from their brow on a hot day.


  • Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I currently have multiple projects in the works.  In addition to my third criminal suspense novel, I am working on a new Immortal Trilogy.  The release date for book one – Divergence – is still unknown but I’m having a lot of fun writing about a group of Demi-Gods and their rivals; the Titans.  In the meantime, check out my other books.  My Warrior Series is a complete paranormal romance collection that consists of seven books and two novellas.  My brochure has detailed information, book links and eBook trailers.  Be sure to check it out.


I’m also participating in a multi-author anthology this fall.  The entire collection consists of psychological horror stories written by amazing authors.  It is sure to be dark, disturbing and will certainly go bump in the night.

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Thank you Theresa Jacobs.




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