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Esther Loftus Gough, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Hi book lovers! Today I will be writing an author spotlight for an incredible author called Esther Loftus Gough who writes engaging but educational children’s books! Esther’s book Blue in the Tooth is phenomenal and is a brilliant educational book for young children but it is also fun at the same times! Blue in the Tooth is just one of a few books written by Esther so I am excited to be sharing them with you today. Now I think it is time that I let you readers know more about the author! Here is a short author bio.

Esther has always been a storyteller but only decided to be published recently having decided to add the Colour Therapy twist. Having attended The London College of Fashion and also a medical background. Being a trained Colour Therapy counsel consultant, Esther enjoyed creating the colour therapy reading concept. With the Colour Therapy element comes a fun, colourful, educational flow of words, with the added bonus of bright colours that hold the attention span so also great for educational learning difficulties. Esther has a partner, a son and 2 dogs and 3 cats!

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J.A. Anderson, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

J.A. Anderson, also known as Judith A. Anderson is an incredible woman and a phenomenal talent who has recently written her first novel titled Rogue Waves. A short while ago I reviewed Rogue Waves and my verdict was that “Rogue Waves is an incredibly moving, fantastic novel that gripped and hooked my attention from the prologue alone.” and so I awarded the fantastic book a dazzling five stars. As J.A. Anderson is a talented wordsmith it is only right that she receives her very own author spotlight. In my spotlight, I will be interviewing J.A. Anderson and her questions are wonderful but before I share the Q&A, here is a short author bio.

J. A. Anderson was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1967, and moved to Naples Florida in 1973.  She is not only a published author and freelance writer, but is a Florida Registered Paralegal with approximately thirty years of experience, specializing in the field of real estate.  She lives and writes from her home in Naples, Florida.  Judith is an animal lover, romantic at heart and an avid reader.  When not writing or thinking about writing, she can be found either reading the latest romance/mystery/suspense/action novel, listening to her very extensive and eclectic collection of music, horseback riding, cooking or baking.  On top of everything else, she is a self-taught baker/cake decorator and creates one-of-a-kind specialized cakes for weddings, anniversary’s, birthdays, etc.  She lives with her very understanding and patient husband of twenty-six years, their dog, cat, horse, donkey and four parrots.  Rogue Waves is her first novel.

J.A. Anderson is clearly a talented and very busy woman! It is admirable how she manages to juggle so much in her life and write a noteworthy book. J.A. Anderson is a fantastic woman and you will read this in our Q&A, which is here now for you lovely book lovers.

I have actually been writing since High School. I had an English teacher who taught creative writing, and one assignment, in particular, was to come up with a fictional animal that didn’t exist in the real world. You had to name your animal and explain it’s habitat what it liked to eat Etc. I have always had a large imagination and this subject matter hit home with me and it was a lot of fun to write. once I started writing about my fictional animal I couldn’t stop. By the way, I still remember my fictional animals name was a Picky poo.  I got an A on that assignment.
 

The Rogue series is planned to be a 4 book series at least. one book dedicated to each main character.  One each for Colt, TJ, Hunter, and Jake. I am currently working on the second installment which revolves around TJ. I hope to have that installment available toward the end of this year if not sooner. as a side note, I have 2 other series that I have begun that are completely separate from the Rogue series. 1 series revolves around a motorcycle club and the other revolves around a family full of law enforcement officers in the south and their personal struggles and adventures.   I haven’t decided on when those will be released.  Both series still need editing and polishing…

My advice would be to never give up, be patient but tenacious at the same time and always write about what interests and inspires you the most. It took me approximately a year to a year-and-a-half of writing, editing, re-writing, researching,  re-editing, etc before I came up with the final version of rogue waves that is out today.  Just being able to complete a book is an accomplishment in itself and if you have gotten that far, kudos!  There are a lot of people who write that haven’t gotten even that far.  To have the courage and self-confidence to actually have a disinterested third party read your book or novel and actually like it is one of the most exhilarating feeling ever.  and that is before ever getting the book published. I admit it is hard to put yourself out there for others to criticize and critique your work but if you stick with it and take constructive criticisms well you will find the time and effort you put into your book will be well worth it in the end.

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Hardened Hearts, Book Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Book lovers, for this months book spotlight I will be featuring an incredible book called Hardened Hearts, a fantasy anthology composed of seventeen brilliant and captivating stories to keep you entertained for many evenings! Hardened Hearts is written by seventeen very talented authors who have each written a fantastic story that will surely captivate its … Read more

Christina Kaye, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Today’s author spotlight will be featuring the incredibly talented, well-accomplished author Christina Kaye! I am so thrilled to be featuring this author for you book lovers; she is a fantastic crime writer whose books will leave you terrified but also engrossed! Before I get started with my author spotlight, I want to bring your attention to Cristina Kaye’s award-winning thriller series entitled ‘Flesh & Blood Trilogy.’ This series of hers has received critical acclaim for all over, so I implore you lovely readers to check this excellent series out because I know I most definitely will be! All I had to do was read the first chapter of the first book in the trilogy, Like Father Like Daughter and I was sold! So please, check this series out, I will be attaching bok previews of each book of hers so that you lovely readers can have a read! Now, here is a little bit more about the beautiful author Christina Kaye:

Christina Kaye was raised in suburban Central Kentucky in a family full of right-brainers.  With a photographer/artist for a grandfather and an author/illustrator for a mother, she was bound to turn out on the creative side of the spectrum.  She honed her writing skills in school, winning awards for her essays and short stories. Christina tried her hand at about every sport imaginable, which only went to prove that her efforts were better spent in other creative outlets such as art, singing, and writing. But it was writing that really stuck with her and she spent the next several years trying her hand at writing fiction novels, just for the fun of it.  

She took a break for a while and focused on putting herself through paralegal school while raising two amazing Irish twin girls.  She quickly learned that being a certified paralegal was the best career choice she could have made. On top of all of the cool cases she has worked on over the years, she was able to write original legal documents autonomously.  When a national magazine for attorneys approached her in 2013 to write a short story for them about the life of a paralegal, she jumped on the chance.  When the article was published and garnered her some amazing feedback, she realized how much she missed writing for leisure.  She sat down and wrote her very first full-length fiction novel that year and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She loves reading (all genres except romance, erotica, and sci-fi), folk music, caramel macchiatos, puppies, thunderstorms, antique jewelry, dragonflies, the color purple (not the movie), and enjoys a large sweet tea from McDonald’s every single day.

Christina Kaye lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her two teenage daughters.

Christina Kaye was always destined to be involved in the arts in some way, and this is thanks to her parents who both have a history in the arts too! I genuinely believe that some people are destined to be writers, and Kaye certainly was! When I spoke to Kaye, I asked her three questions, and here they are with her wonderful answers!

1) What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed creative writing, even since I was a little girl.  But in 2013, I was asked to write a short story for a national magazine for attorneys. When it was published, I received such amazing feedback, I was encouraged to try my hand at a full-length novel. It was awful, but it helped me learn. I spent the next two years writing book after book after book and trying to learn how to “make it” in the publishing industry. In 2015, I secured an agent for Like Father, Like Daughter, but only a few short months in, we realized we had some major creative differences. We parted on amicable terms and I began searching for a new home for my book. I was offered a publishing deal by Limitless Publishing. Two years later, I’ve published four books with them and Like Father, Like Daughter was recently selected as the Suspense Finalist for the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards. 
 
2) When can we readers expect to see more wonderful books from you?
As I mentioned, my next novel, A NECESSARY EVIL, will release on December 19, 2017. I hope to finish PRESUMED DEAD in the coming weeks and then I’ll be seeking an agent and/or publisher for that book. My goal is to release at least one new book each year.
 
3) Lastly, what would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Read and Research. Of course, everyone will tell you to never give up. That’s a given. But I know writers want a more specific response, so I say read and research. Read as much as you can in your chosen genre. See how best-selling authors in your category write and what is working/selling books. Of course, you have to have your own style, but you do want to follow the rules of writing, especially in your genre, if you want to be successful. Research everything you can about the skill of writing. Find out everything there is to possibly know, whether that be by going online or by attending workshops, conferences, etc. Don’t just assume that because you can tell a good story you can write a best-selling novel. You have to learn and hone your craft. So learn everything you can about the technical aspect of writing novels and all there is to know about how to find agents and get your book published.

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