“A perfect secret baby story…a gut wrenching journey that leaves you on edge the entire time. -T. Hogan, Goodreads
“Cate C. Wells is becoming a one-click author (without even reading the blurb) for me. I love her writing. It’s raw and uncompromising, with characters that are flawed, real, and relatable versus being perfect caricatures.” Jen, Booksprout
“This was a fantastic read. It was so incredibly well written and such a beautiful story. I LOVED it! Got sucked in and then wasn’t able to put it down until I finished, which was slightly problematic with my work and family life.” BookLoverinSeattle, Goodreads
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I write steamy, heartfelt, small town contemporary romance. I like to call it happily ever afters with sexy times, a healthy dose of snark, and all the feels.
For fun, I read all the panty-melting romances I can get my hands on and drink gallons of coffee. I also love tacos. And the beach.
Currently I live in North Georgia, but I hope to move to the beach in the next few years.
By day, I work in finance. One of the things I like about being an indie is that I’m able to use my business skills and created a small press that I do all of my book things through.
How did you come up with the idea for your “Madison Ridge” series?
Originally, it was going to be set in a small island resort town off the coast of GA. But then I had this idea that ended up being Trouble Me, which was what if a recovering alcoholic is forced to work in a winery? So I moved the setting to the small mountain town I live in that is touristy and has several wineries. It was great fun researching and easy since I’m about a ten minute drive to about a half dozen wineries and tasting rooms. As much as I love the beach I don’t live near it right now, so it made research a little more difficult.
What are your current projects?
Currently, I’m working on a story that will be part of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero World as well as a novella for the Madison Ridge series. I’m also getting the process started to have my second book in the Madison Ridge series turned into an audio book. So I’ve got my hands full!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not really for me. I think that your mind can make you believe you don’t have a word to say, making you feel “blocked”. But in my case, that’s usually a symptom of some other issue I’m having. It can be a story issue I can’t see yet or it can be an issue with the story that I don’t want to acknowledge for whatever reason. Once I get past that, I’m good to go. But getting past that is the hard part.
I see you wrote a non-fiction book, “30 Days to the End”. Do you actually write most of your books in 30 days?
No, I wish! But I have done several novel length stories in 30 days. The purpose of the book was to offer writers 30 days of inspiration. It can be a long and sometimes tedious road to write a novel in that time-frame. We all need a little cheerleader!
I see you are Indie published, what would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Advantage: being in control of what you publish, when you publish, how you publish, being able to pivot and keep up with trends while they are happening. Better royalty rates.
Disadvantages: being responsible for what you publish, when you publish, how you publish, and having to cash flow it yourself.
What is your favorite positive saying?
To help remind me with time management and priority, I say
“I can make more money, but I can’t make more time.”
So when I’m short on time, I try to prioritize the things that I know will move the needle (such as writing) over items that need to be done (like admin items) but can be done when I have more time.
But my all-time favorite positive saying that I apply in all places of my life is
“One Day at a Time.”
You can apply it to anything and in reality, it’s really the only thing we have semblance of control of, the present time. If I think of the past, I get depressed and if I think of the future, I get anxious. So I try to stay in the one day at a time.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Take the time to learn the craft and a process that works for you. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you do that first.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
They can find me at elizapeake.com and on Facebook where I have a page and a reader group, as well as Instagram.
Title: Chasing Her Trust
Series: Dare to Surrender
Author: Danielle Pays
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance (tropes small town, enemies to lovers, detective)
Release Date: January 31, 2020
When Lauren Harrow’s life is threatened, she’s forced to rely on a man she doesn’t trust, Detective Nick Moore. His good looks are overshadowed by his arrogance and she’s done dealing with egotistical, controlling men. After her home is vandalized, she would rather sleep in her car than spend a minute with Nick. But when he’s assigned to her case, sparks fly in all the wrong ways. Accepting his help might save her body, but could ruin her heart.
Lauren Harrow. Town princess and a pain in Nick Moore’s neck and his… He transferred to Fisher Springs Police Department to redeem himself after the biggest mistake of his career. But as the newest hire, the only action he’s seen are calls involving pets. But he’d take a cat rescue any day over working with Lauren. She’s a heart breaker and his heart is closed for business.
The stakes are raised when someone wants Lauren dead; now Nick must work fast to keep her alive. She might not want his support, but like it or not she needs him.
With no obvious motives, everyone is a suspect and he won’t rest until she’s safe.
Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited
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Danielle Pays writes steamy romance novels with a touch of suspense. When not trying to write her characters into some kind of trouble, she can be found guzzling coffee at her kids’ soccer games. Black coffee is a requirement as she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Title: You Were Always Home
Author: C. Lymari
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2019
Cover Design: Net Hook & Line Design
They say People change over time. That might be true, but I’ve had people look down at me not once, but twice. Both times, I dusted off my shoulders and carried on. When my fiancée broke things off with me, it wasn’t her voice that I heard. Instead, it was Juliet Dunnett in my head, her snobby tone telling me why I wasn’t good enough. Now she’s back in town. No husband, no ring, looking sad and lonely as ever. I can’t help but want to help her out. Can I get close to her without falling for her again?
Coming back to town when I swore people would watch the dust settle after I left wasn’t as humiliating as I thought it would be. Looking for Jake Carson was another story. We were never friends and I was never his girlfriend, but we had something. Something that wasn’t but still was. I didn’t need a new relationship, but I was alone. All my bridges were burned and who would have thought he of all people would be my hero? Could I be near him without letting sins from our past catch up to us?
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It’s Not Home Without You
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The Way Back Home
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Claudia lives in the Chicagoland suburbs, and when she’s not busy chasing after her adorable little spawn, she’s fighting with the characters in her head. After not being able to keep up with them, she decided enough was enough and wrote her first novel. C. Lymari writes both sweet and dark romances that will give you all the feels. Her other talents include binge-watching shows on Netflix and eating all kinds of chips.
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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clymari
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/c.lymaricoffeeshop
Title: Be Brave With Me
Series: Finding Love in Green Springs
Authors: J.B. Havens and CA Miconi
Release: October 31, 2019
Genre: Small Town Steamy Romance
Welcome to small-town romance—with heat! Introducing the “Finding Love in Green Springs” series, a collaboration between J.B. Havens and CA Miconi. The first book, Be Brave with Me, is set in the small southern town of Green Springs, Mississippi, where the days are hot and the nights are hotter!
Meg always thought she was strong until tragedy struck—twice. Now she’s alone in the world. For six months, she’s been running from her demons, never staying in one place for long, until she lands in Green Springs, Mississippi.
Drew was the golden boy of Green Springs, destined for football greatness. After a tragic accident, it all went to hell in an instant, forever changing his life. He clawed his way out of a pit of despair and settled into a comfortable but lonely life. Sparks fly when Meg comes rolling into town. Immediately, he recognizes the pain hiding behind her brash exterior.
Drew wants to help her heal. Meg wants to flee to continue searching for peace. Is she brave enough to stay? Is he brave enough to let her go?
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Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2MZOKUc
J.B. Havens Author Bio:
B. Havens grew up in central Pennsylvania. Her love of books started when she was young, reading the Little House on the Prairie books and Goosebumps, and graduated into Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Her favorite books span the spectrum of genres, everything from Stephen King’s The Stand to Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series and all the way to the romance. She’s a wife and mother of three. When not with her family, she’s writing, researching, or furiously reading on her kindle. She has a serious love affair with iced coffee, a good Philly cheesesteak, and hockey.
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CA Miconi Author Bio:
CA Miconi began reading at the age of five and has never stopped. Her childhood was filled with multiple readings of Gone with the Wind, the ultimate tragic romance. CA got her own happily ever after when she married her retired military hero, Gary, in 2010. She began her author services company, Lucky 13, in 2015 as a result of her love of reviewing, sharing, and talking about her favorite books, mostly romantic suspense and stories featuring strong alpha heroes, especially law enforcement and military. CA also hosts and sponsors author and reader events, and never dreamed she’d one day attend as a signing author. When she’s not reading, writing, or working with authors, CA enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, boating, motorcycling, and cheering on her beloved Baltimore Ravens.
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