Author Gemma K. Murray is here today!

Thanks for being here today, Gemma! Everyone sit back and relax, take a moment to grab some coffee before we get started! 😀

A little about Gemma:

I was born and raised in a small town in lower Michigan. A farmer’s daughter, my greatest ambitions were to become a large animal vet and to read every book ever written. The veterinarian dream fell by the wayside, but I’m still working on reading every book I can get my hot little hands on.

But I’m a dreamer…I love to sit and look out the windows, daydreaming about what could be. I love getting tangled in my dreams when I fall asleep at night. That is how Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart came to be. It started with a dream and spun into something beautiful.

 

Hi Gemma! Please tell us more about your latest book!

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart is set in the U.P. of Michigan. Cedar River is a community of shifters. We have everything from dragons to wolves to otters and fischers. Bowie is a golden dragon shifter and sheriff of the town. Ana is a puma shifter/witch. Their story is a complicated one. When Ana’s parents died, Bowie’s parents took Ana in and raised her. So, Ana has known the Golden boys her entire life. She’s always thought of the three younger ones as brothers. Bowie was always a little different. He was more of her protector than the others. Falling in love was not something either one had considered. Trouble finds its way to Cedar River and puts everyone in jeopardy, but sometimes you just have to believe.

Wow, sounds like a fascinating read! You’ve said on your Author bio that you were raised on a farm, and love to daydream. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood or some of your favorite daydream experiences?

It was a family run farm so everyone had to pitch in to help. I had a great childhood.

One of my favorite things to do was to gather a small bag with lemonade, a sandwich, a book, and a blanket. I’d wander through the pastures to the creek. I’d settle down on the bank under a giant willow tree and while away the afternoon. When Dad came back to bring the cows in, he and I would walk back and talk about all sorts of things.

That’s an awesome childhood to have experienced. 🙂 What has been the most difficult scene for you to write for your current project?

Believe it or not, it was Bowie and Ana’s first kiss. I kept thinking “Readers are going to think this relationship is incestuous.” I kept hearing Bowie’s voice in my head saying, “Just write it. It will make sense, but you have to trust me.” I did and the story just flowed from my fingertips.

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

Not really. I simply put in my earbuds and write. I’m a pantser so flying by the seat of my pants is the only way I know how.

You love to read, can you share with us what the last five books you read were?

I’m working on Book 3 in the Cedar River series so I just re-read Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh, Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall, A Dance with Bogie and Bacall by KevaD, The Starlight Key Episodes by Samantha Lucas.

If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

There are so many, but I think I’d go with Nora Roberts. Her career is so inspiring and she is one of my favorite authors. I always tell people “When I grow up, I want to be Nora.”

Awww – great choice! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Seeing my first book published and watching the series take on a life of its own have been the best part. I’ve watched two new series begin to spin off from this series and I cannot imagine where this whole thing will end up.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

Write! Write every single day of your life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 5 words or 5,000 words. Write. And when you finish the book, believe! Believe in yourself. Believe in your book. Believe you will make it.

Great advice! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Word has it that Natural Born Enemies- Book 2 in the Cedar River series will be out late this fall. I’m currently working on the third book, the first book in a new series, a young adult book, a few contemporary romances, plus I’m fleshing out the premise for a third series.

You can find my books at Leap of Faith Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Coffee Time Romance’s e-bookstore.

If your book became a movie, what would the opening song be?

Okay, first off can I just say, “How cool”? I think it would have to be “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. For some reason, that is the song that jumped off the playlist when I scanned over it. (I make a playlist for each book.)

I also make up a new playlist for each book. LOL So…now it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions! Are you ready??

 

White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? I have a girlfriend who I’m going to get a good teasing from, but I LOVE white chocolate. (She tells me white chocolate is delusional in thinking it’s really chocolate.)

In-home Dining or Restaurant? In-home because it’s cheaper

Tent or Hotel? Oh goodness, HOTEL! I spent too many summer nights camping in tents when I was a kid.

Beach or Pool? Either one works for me. As long as I can be in the water.

Shower or Bath? Shower

eReader or Paperback? Paperback

Heels or Flats? Heels when I can, otherwise, it’s tennis shoes all the time.

Bra or No Bra? Bra

 

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan seems like it is another country. The rawness and beauty of the land draws people from every walk of life. What most people don’t realize is there is a little town nestled on the banks of Lake Superior that an entire group of supernatural beings call home. Shifters of every shape and size live there. They raise their families there. Tourists come from near and far to visit the quaint town of Cedar River, Michigan. The tourists never realize they are walking among some of the most unusual beings on earth.

Bowie Golden is a dragon shifter who is in charge of Cedar River’s safety. Until now, the biggest threat to anyone’s safety was Anastasia Plum, a witch/puma-shifter. She has been the town hellraiser since she was a teenager. Now someone has discovered the secret the residents of Cedar River keep for one another. These radicals are determined to eradicate the entire town. It’s up to Bowie to keep them all safe.

Ana has always idolized Bowie. She may have stirred up trouble from time to time, but Bowie or one of his brothers would always get her out of the trouble she was in. One day, it happened. The unthinkable, the unimaginable occurred. Anastasia Plum fell for the “golden” boy. What an unlikely duo- the sheriff and the hellraiser!

Just as these two discover their passion for one another, a group of people is determined to keep them apart. It’s up to Ana to prove that she is the only Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.

 

Thank you Gemma for joining us today – I wish you and your books the best!! 😀 Happy reading, everyone!

Eternal Island Releases Wednesday!

It’s almost here! Kristie Haigwood’s next book – Eternal Island (With Ella Medler) will be released on Halloween! But first – a little about the Author:

Kristie Haigwood (a.k.a. K. S. Haigwood) is currently writing her 7th novel. She lives in Arkansas, US. She is the mother of 2 awesome kids and 2 great dogs. She is happily married to her soulmate who thinks reading is a solid waste of time. Opposites attract. Kristie’s works include Save My Soul and Forbidden Touch (both available on Amazon in ebook and print) Eternal Island, Eternal Immortality, Eternal Inception, Hell’s Gift and The Last Assignment. All coming very soon.

And now…Eternal Island…

A place where vampires rule, witches play, danger lurks and dreams really do come true. According to the crystal ball Ariana and Abe are destined to be together. The powerful attraction they feel confirms this, but others are determined to keep the two of them apart. With a seemingly endless supply of dead ends and obstacles in their way, will love be enough to bring them together and keep them safe? Will Ariana be able to discover and fulfill her ultimate responsibility? Or will an ancient evil destroy everything? How much would you sacrifice to save the one who owns your heart?

Eternal Island is a paranormal suspense novel, deeply rooted into myth. Vampires and magic form a unique backdrop to a love story with long reaching consequences. Human girl Ariana Lochalan finds herself transported from the relative calm of her ‘Nowhere, Arkansas’ life into a diametrically opposite existence when she discovers she is a powerful witch and meant to wed High Vampire of Eternal Island, Abe Cambridge. Despite first-sight magnetism, the two protagonists are being pushed apart, obstacles tripping them at every step, outside forces interfering and threatening their peace, and ultimately their lives. A world rich in magic and intrigue, Eternal Island is the first instalment of a saga which has love at its core and delves through the mire that is human nature in a turmoil of feeling and emotion. Would courage, resilience and love be enough to bring together two soul mates?

Follow Kristie Haigwood on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Blogspot! You can find Ella Medler on Amazon!

Don’t forget to pick up YOUR copy of Eternal Island Wednesday, October 31st!

Available on Amazon US

And Amazon UK

Happy Reading!!! 

Review of Karli Rush’s ‘Crescent Bound’

Crescent Bound is a story about friendship, love, loss and…witches. It’s the first in a series. I was intrigued to read the story told from Alyssa’s point of view; the young, beautiful, sexy and strong female lead that has a penchant for casting spells with her friends and racing cars. From the beginning I wanted to learn more about Alyssa and her world, especially the Arcane, and was drawn in quickly as the characters were developed quite nicely. The story was full of plenty of twists and turns that left me, as the reader, unsure of what was going to happen next, or who the ‘bad guy’ was. I don’t know a whole lot about the witch world, but this book made me want to grab up all I can find! Though at times I was a bit confused as to whom the book is written for – as the main characters are teens, but the sexual content was more for a mature audience.

The only thing I would add is a really good editing. There were some grammatical errors; spelling mistakes and typo’s, and there were parts within the chapters that felt as if a block of time was lost between paragraphs – easily fixed with a little divider between sections. I wanted to know where the story went, so it was easy to overlook these things, but again, with a solid edit and better defined audience, this story would be near perfect!

Crescent Bound is a great fantasy read for those who like to lose themselves in the witch’s realm. It was fun, and I for sure will be following the series with interest – as I feel ‘Bound’ to follow these characters and see where Karli Rush takes them!

I give the book 4.5 out of 5 Stars:

 

 

You can find Crescent Bound on Amazon and be sure to check out Karli Rush’s other books on her Amazon Author page!

Thanks for reading!