Author Spotlights

Author Spotlight: Ashley Johnson

My name is Ashley Johnson and I live in Lake Charles, La with my fiancée and our three year old daughter. I graduated high school in 2003 and graduated college in 2008 with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
I have a serious addiction to Amazon and iTunes. I love to cook and eat but I guess that’s what I get for living in Louisiana!
I’ve always loved to read and write and that’s what I do :)
1.Why do you write?
*I write because I love it. I love bringing characters to life and being able to share them with someone.
2.What was the inspiration behind your book?
*My best friend and I went to the Houston Rodeo in March of this year mainly to see Luke Bryan. We had good seats but they were pretty high. I’m terrified of heights so I stayed glued to my seat the entire time. We watched every event and the idea of a girl meeting a cowboy and possibly falling in love attached itself to me and I thought on it for a while before making it reality.
3.Where do you write?
*I write mainly in my home.
4.Who is your writing inspiration?
*My writing inspiration is grandmother. From the time I was little, she always instilled in me a love of books and reading. I don’t think I’d be doing this today if it weren’t for her.
5.What inspires you while you’re writing?
*I’m easily inspired, it’s mainly music I’m listening to or just seeing something in the store or as I’m driving down the road. I can see the perfect situation and be inspired.
6.Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
*In five years, I see myself improving more and more. I see myself putting out books with characters that people will love to read about.
7.If you could cowrite with anyone, who would it be?
* I’d love to cowrite with Abbi Glines or Teresa Mummert. They are two of my favorite authors.
About the Book:
blurb for Ashley’s upcoming book Spurs & Stilettos  planned release is release in early December
·         Hope Trahan has everything she wants and everyone she needs…except her sister and someone who really is deserving of her. Who knew two separate events would turn everything completely upside down? When her best friend drags her down to the rodeo to help clear her head the last thing she expects is to meet a sexy, sweet talking cowboy. That’s not what she came for but fate had other things in mind.
Wesley Tyler owns two national titles and is riding his way to the next. The day he meets Hope, he knows there’s no going back. He soon learns Hope carries ghosts with her she can’t quite shake. She holds things she wishes she could let go of. Wesley just may hold the key to helping her overcome it all. Can he win her over and help mend her broken walls or will her past hold her down?

And A teaser:
“His lips brush lightly against mine. His free hand rests against my stomach. My stomach flutters at his touch as my lips meet his fiercely. A moan escapes my lips as his body presses against mine. “I love you so much Hope, you and our little baby. Nothing on this earth could make me happier. There is nothing or no one on this planet that could take me away from you. If I wasn’t happy you would be the first to know. I’m not that guy who will pull you along for the ride Hope. I thought you knew that.”
I’m so looking forward to this book!!!!!
Go check out Ashley


Author Spotlight: Olivia Luck
1.    When did you first begin to write?
I wrote my first romance novel at ten. The main characters went on a date to the beach, it was captivating stuff.
2.    Why do you write?
Writing fulfills a creative itch and takes me away from daily life. I get completely enthralled by my characters, they become apart of my life. I write because if I didn’t, I would go insane dreaming up stories in my head without giving them proper resolutions.
3.    What was the inspiration behind your book?
Like every other novel I’ve started writing, the initial concept behind In Pursuit came to me one night before I fell asleep. The next morning I woke up and pulled out some pen and paper to outline the first book in by hand (I had some serious cramps!).
4.    Where do you write?
            Anywhere that has an outlet for my laptop.
5.    Who is your writing inspiration?
I don’t have a particular person that inspires my writing per say, but the names of my characters come from people that have touched my life.
6.    What inspires you while you’re writing?
Reading other indie authors made me decide to take a stab at selling my own work. I’ve dreamed of being a writer for as long as I can remember, seeing some of my peers gain success from self publishing has encouraged me to take the plunge.
7.    Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
My dream of dreams is to write as a full time career. Indie publishing works just fine for me.
8.    If you could cowrite with anyone, who would it be?
No disrespect to my fellow authors that I admire greatly, but I prefer to write by myself. I guess that’s just the introvert in me.

About Olivia Luck
Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her overbearing obsession with writing. When she’s not reading, editing, or drafting, you can find her cooking in the kitchen. Her debut novel In Pursuit is coming to an e-reader near you in January 2014.
Get in touch with Olivia, she loves messages!

TEASER from In Pursuit, coming January 2014 (subject to change)
“I think I’ve been waiting for you my entire life,” he admits.

Me too, this time I respond silently.

“There’s been so much bleakness for so long but something told me not to give up, something pushed me to keep going. Some part of me deep down knew that you were waiting for me before I even met you.”

I wish I could say the same to him, but truly he was the best gift I never saw coming. Now here I am, feeling cherished for once in my life. It’s a surreal feeling that I don’t dare to let go of, at any cost.

Author Spotlight:

Amber Skye Forbes

1.      When did you first begin to write?
I first began to write at eight, when I was in second grade just journaling. I had this voracious need to start writing stories, and I can't even tell you why. I guess it was just in my blood. I have a relative who is published, so perhaps I got it from him. My brother also used to write stories, but his passions began to move elsewhere.

But I didn't start seriously writing until I turned fourteen, which is when I seriously began considering publication and researching how to go about doing it, like finding agents, publishers, writing query letters, and all that jazz. Of course, my first book was a wreck, which is the sequel to When Stars Die, The Stars Are Infinite. Obviously, TSAI is much better than it was, as I've matured as both a person and writer.

2.      Why do you write?
I write because I have to. I love it, but I really just have to write. It's in my blood, it's probably the only art I'm truly good at (well, I am getting better at ballet), and life would feel pretty dull if I didn't write. I think all people should take up some artful endeavor because, let's be honest, the world as it is, all full of consumerism and crap, takes the life out of just about everything, but art adds life back into this world, which is why I think it's so important that the arts are funded. For example, schools don't need to cut art programs. They need to cut spending for sports teams. But that's just my opinion.

3.      What was the inspiration behind your book?
I get asked this a lot, so I'll just sum it up and say there was no one inspiration behind this book. I will, however, talk about why my book is unique compared to other paranormal romance books with witches, vampires, whatever.

First off, the romance is not your typical romance. You'll have to read the book to find out why. At first, it seems the romance is, but as you near the end, it isn't what you expect at all. Many readers, in fact, were surprised by the ending, so I hope it surprises you too--in a good way.

Second, my witches are not your typical witches with spells and potions and familiars and all that. No. My witches are a blight upon the world--or so the religious text, The Vulgate, says they are. Fire does not exist as magic for them. It exists as a mark that they are witches, and once a witch's fire is discovered, the only outcome is death. But fire is special, don't get me wrong, and you'll have to read When Stars Die to figure out why. Fire is also very, very special in the third book, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Third, this paranormal romance is much darker than many paranormal romances others have read. In fact, I'd argue it's probably the darkest PR book you may ever read.

4.      Where do you write?
I write primarily in my bed with my electric blanket, but I'll also write in geography class because if I had to pay attention to that lecture, I would stab my eyeballs out. Seriously, the class is that boring, so I have no other choice but to write. In short, geography is a GREAT incentive to write, or to do anything else but pay attention to that class.

5.      Who is your writing inspiration?
I would say John Green and Libba Bray.

6.      What inspires you while you’re writing?
My own imagination inspires me--and, of course, external life circumstances. Books can inspire me too, as well as video games. I was in a psyche ward twice, so, trust me, that is going to inspire A LOT of YA contemporary books to come, as well as a Victorian drama I'd like to write, a story about a boy who gets raped by a girl (because this is inconceivable in our society), among a plethora of other things.

7.      Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
I would love for it to be full time, but I'm one of those authors who has to start out small. I'm not an instant success like Stephenie Meyer or John Green, and I'm okay with that. I aspire to be like them, though, and I know that with hard work and dedication and building up my fan base along with my publisher's help, I'll get there. I dream big, and I-will-get-there.

8.      If you could cowrite with anyone, who would it be?
            John Green, hands down, or my publisher, Raymond Vogel. John Green and I could work on a contemporary literary book, and my publisher and I could work on fantasy or something, and he can write ALL the action scenes since those are my least favorite scenes to write.

Bio: Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn’t like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward…again. But she doesn’t care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

Blurb: Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.
Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.
Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves? 

Excerpt: The sound is a dagger scraping crosshatches on a frosted windowpane, its echoes loud in this insensible room I’ve been locked in for the past few days. I want to remedy my fears over the sound, but I’m more terrified of the impending trials that will determine my readiness to be professed in the Order of Cathedral Reims. The trials are the reason I have been locked in here.

Colette sits beside me, lost in knitting a scarf she has been working on for a week—the amount of time we’ve been trapped in here with minimal food, water, and sanity. Her ability to shut out the world with a click of the needles is something I have always envied. For her, the world is nonexistent.

But not for me.

The sound strips my nerves raw, so I tighten my shawl and rise from the creaking mattress. My boot-clad feet meet the floor, and in spite of my stockings, cold still shoots through the soles, hibernating in my bones. Pulling in a deep breath of biting air, I tiptoe over to the door and press my eye to the keyhole that overlooks a bright hallway. The air freezes in my chest. I knew I heard those blasted shadows, the eerie, almost impossible sounds they make whenever their black cloaks trail along the cobbled floors of Cathedral Reims. Sometimes I wonder if they’re witches, people born of the Seven Deadly Sins and considered worse than murderers in the eyes of the law. Then I remember my little brother is nothing like them. They are mere shadows. Mere shadows.

Two of them stand outside the room. I recognize them. The tall one is Asch, and the little one is Sash. I don’t know where I heard their names. Here, in my dreams, in nightmares, or somewhere else.

I wish they would go away. I wish, I wish, I wish. I close my eyes. Open them. They are still there. Why must they be here? Theosodore, our Mother Superior’s lackey, could gather us any moment for the first trial, a trial that will test everything we are made of, and here are Asch and Sash teasing my nerves with their cold, white fingers. But I don’t know what it is about them. They haven’t done anything in the two months since I’ve started seeing them, but their presence makes sharp fear burrow into my muscles and knot them. I believe I’m the only one who can see them. This frightens me. Perhaps waiting for these trials has made me mad. 


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