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Author Spotlight: Kimberly Amato

I love this image from my first ever book signing at the Book Revue. My niece, Emily wanted to come up and help me during my Q & A. Like I said before, head and heart. Many people would have said to go up by myself. I couldn’t. I needed her for support as much as she wanted to be with her Aunt Kimmie.

authorspotlightWelcome to the Literary Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors. Today, I am chatting with  Kimberly Amato from Hicksville, New York who I met at a local author signing at the Levittown Public Library this past summer.

Thanks for joining me, Kimberly.  Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Do you have a pen name that you use or do you write under your real name?

I write under Kimberly Amato, but I am working on a Graphic Novel/Comic so I am considering the pen name of K.C. Kompass.

How long have you been published? What titles have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

I am 100% self-published since 2014. I wanted to go what many consider the normal route, but I was impatient. I had my first book, Steele Resolve, done and edited already. I had worked on it for over a year and wanted it released. I had emailed many agents and publishing companies with cover letters. They tell you a specific amount of time for a reply; but, at a certain point, I was months passed that. So I hired a company Deranged Doctor Designs to do my formatting and cover. Then I released it on my own to Amazon. My second Book, Melting Steele, was released the same way. Recently, I published a spoken word video on YouTube about the 2016 election. It has been getting positive feedback. In the end, you have to do what you feel is best for you and not be afraid to try something outside of your comfort zone.

That makes a lot of sense. Large publishers are so swamped with materials and most will not even look at authors without agents. The query process is so time-consuming. I’ve had a little luck with small publishers, and I recommend them to new authors. However, I am aware that some people who self-publish do quite well.

Tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

I love the crime/thriller genre – but I have several things outlined that span so many more. My series, The Jasmine Steele Mystery Series – or just the Steele Series for short – has Breaking Steele coming soon. After that is released, I am focusing on my Graphic Novel/Comic and In The Shadow of the Needle – a crime novel set in Seattle. I’ve also started outlining a new series based on my mother’s RV travels entitled Granny’s On The Go – a fun mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie and Murder She Wrote. I wish I had specific dates, but I am at the mercy of editing.

I can relate to that also. It sounds like you are quite a versatile author. I also don’t like to conform to one particular genre, although my series is considered a cozy mystery. I have a psychological thriller in the works that I’m also editing. Your Steele books sound very interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My goals… I want to be able to write as my primary career. I want to create stories that are vivid, richly detailed and thought-provoking when meant to. I hope to continue to entertain people and have them truly enjoy reading. Over the next few years, I would love to have an agent and several books released. I am actively writing, outlining like mad and investigating my options in regards to agents that fit my needs and vice versa.

I create very sketchy outlines, but I know they work well for many authors. I also would love to write full-time, but I also enjoy my work as a librarian and hope to do both for quite a few more years. I’m currently working on presenting my psychological thriller to an agent once I have it polished and have crafted a good synopsis and query for it.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

I know I have specific genres for different books, but I hope to attract any kind of reader. The fact is, everyone who is odd, different, part of the masses etc – everyone can understand the emotions in my books.

I think my Steele Series would be for anyone who enjoys crime mysteries with psychological undertones. My untitled Graphic Novel would be more for those who enjoy dark, super hero type of comics.

My ultimate goal is to entertain everyone with something I have written at some point in my life. A lofty goal, but I think it is possible.

I think that’s a great goal. I hope to attract more readers and that’s my main reason for hoping to publish with a large publisher one day. By having my work available in more formats and more widely distributed, I can reach more people.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Listen to your heart and head. People are going to tell you so many things from “It’s not what we’re looking for” to “This is exactly what we want!” or “You can’t write yourself out of a closet.” You have to be willing to listen to your head when it comes to the marketing, the money people might want from you and the reality of how good your story really is. Then you use your heart to ensure that you protect your product. It sounds overwhelming, but the simple truth is – no one protects your best interest other than you.

Very well said. I totally agree.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

I find it so difficult to believe in myself. I had my first book written. I had cold emails out to agents and publishers. I was getting rejections back from some and nothing from most. I was sitting here trying to figure out why anyone would care about Detective Jasmine Steele other than me. I put it on Amazon because I thought if my Aunt Christine (a published author herself) said it was good – it had to be worth a sale or two. I still struggle with my confidence in my stories, but I feel more comfortable about putting them out there.

That’s a common issue with most authors. I still feel nervous about how the “public” will receive my work, but I realize not everyone will love it but those that do make it all worthwhile.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

I took a creative writing class at Hofstra University but other than that, no. I went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College – so my writing was limited to various reports, psychological exams and things like that. I began acting and writing scripts for productions with my business partner in crime Michelle Tomlinson. I know it might not have been the normal way people go about writing novels – but I think it works for me.

I don’t believe there is a “normal” way for people to go about writing novels. I started with articles for my student newspaper at C.W. Post and then wrote for pet magazines. Every author has their own path to publishing. Yours sounds very interesting.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I love creating things. As I mentioned before I work with people on films and other endeavors. That helps keep my mind sharp on the work front. Truthfully, I love video games. I love the stories, the gameplay and being online with friends playing. That, gardening and minor house renovations always keep me relaxed.

Interesting. I used to be very active in the virtual world of  Second Life where I met librarians from all over the world, and I still have a pet memorial center there. I have less time to participate at this point, but I still maintain that area. I wrote about it in my very first book, Cloudy Rainbow. 

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

The least – marketing. I know I can do it but it can be overwhelming and so tiring. I think this could also be my toughest challenge. There are only so many hours in the day and marketing can demand all of it on certain days. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience for it, but it has to be done.

What I like most… the fact that people are giving me the opportunity to share these whacky ideas in my head. People spend their hard-earned money on my books. That feels amazing to me. Especially when I’m at an event and I get to meet people and other writers in person. I really love that part.

Yes, it’s great to meet readers and other authors, and marketing is definitely something most writers dislike because of the time it takes away from their writing. When I first began talking at libraries, I was a nervous wreck, but now I actually enjoy that part of marketing, the part where I connect in-person with people as opposed to the social media marketing which is also necessary.

Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc.

Thanks so much, Kimberly. It’s been a pleasure. I wish you all the luck with your upcoming books and search for an agent.


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Author Spotlight: Lisa Diaz Meyer

authorspotlightWelcome to the Literary Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors. Today, I am chatting with Lisa Meyer who writes under Lisa Diaz Meyer, from Wantagh, Long Island, New York. As we are practically neighbors, I met Lisa at an author signing at a local library this past summer.

Thanks for joining me, Lisa.  Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I understand you have a short story collection that was recently released that is the second of a similar collection you published recently which also contains a continuing saga. Can you give me some details about them and your publishing history?

I have been published with Outskirts Press since April of 2015, ALL ROADS HOME: A Collection of Short Stories and recently this year in September 2016, with the sequel ALL ROADS DESTINED: A Collection of Dark Fiction and Poems.

img_3506ALL ROADS HOME is a collection of what I’d written throughout my life, short stories, essays, poems and stage plays. I consider myself a dark fiction writer, which doesn’t particularly mean only horror, I just appreciate an unhappy ending or a twist. I also choose to write about awareness issues and depression situations. In both of my books there’s a post-apocalyptic saga, called the Outposts. I’d never done that genre and wanted to give it a try.

 all-roads-destined-coverIn ALL ROADS DESTINED, the Outposts continue and will slowly slide into the science fiction genre, because I’d never tried that before either. There are short stories and poems at the end as well, that are again different in nature.

Right now, I’m working on my third and fourth installments of my ALL ROADS books that will include more Outpost stories, my usual, weird short stories and poems. I will be adding another saga-esque storyline in that leans toward dystopian. I hope they are as likeable as the Outposts.

For someone who has read and very much enjoyed your first book and who is looking forward to the follow-up collection and the continuation of the Outpost stories, I can say that you truly have a unique writing voice, Lisa.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My goals as a writer are to be part of the literary world, not so much as pop culture. (Though, I’ll take it should it happen!) Perhaps some short stories and poems could be in a curriculum for high schools or colleges. Ya’ know how kids just love a Nathaniel Hawthorne story! (Although I did) Sorry, a little lit humor there but it’s actually what I’d like to see happen for some of my work. Required reading, what was the author trying to say, that type of thing. And for other works, maybe some will be considered camp. Right now, I’m just trying to get myself out there and noticed and hope that people like my writing style.

Very nice. I think most authors would agree that building a fan base is the most important thing; everything else will follow. You certainly have a good start and some interesting ideas.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

People who like something different. People who need a change from the norm. I want people to think. Readers who enjoy dark fiction, a little macabre and aren’t afraid of unhappily ever after’s. Someone who wants to hear the voices of the victim, the hero and villain.

As a librarian as well as an author, I like to expose myself to a variety of genres and other authors’ styles of writing. I guess that’s why I found yours a nice change of pace. As part of my job, I also edit the monthly staff picks at my library and like to feature debut authors as well as those from the New York Times bestseller’s list. I find that readers are always looking for new and distinctive voices.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Not to be afraid of indie or self-publishing. We’re a huge community. If that’s just not for you then just keep trying. Start a blog, make a you-tube channel for discussions, create a following on Twitter. Believe it or not, pre-book I was told I needed a “following” first. Sounds ridiculous. How does one get followed BEFORE the book? Social media. Don’t fight it. It’s a window, climb on in. It’s also time consuming and a numbers game but a breakthrough opportunity writers didn’t have before.

That’s so true. I self-published my first book, Cloudy Rainbow, but then was lucky enough to find a small publisher for my following novels. I know many self-published and Indie authors who do quite well. I believe there are more opportunities for authors today due to the proliferance of print-on-demand technology and ebooks. However, whether you self-publish or publish through a traditional publisher, you, the author, are still responsible for marketing and promoting your books in as many venues and media outlets as possible both on-line and in person. An author who doesn’t have a website, blog, or pages on Facebook and Twitter is like a job seeker today who doesn’t have a college degree. Your options are severely limited.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

My life! Ha! Actually, being a short story writer, I didn’t have enough material at first. So I had to write more, taking me off my time frame. Also… fear but I decided to stop that. It’s counterproductive and takes up more energy than you’d think.

Yes, fear can be quite debilitating. Everyone goes through it, but some people are better able to cope. You certainly seem like you’ve developed a way of combating the different fears a writer faces — fear of rejection, fear of criticism, even fear of success.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

I’ve gone to writing groups maybe twice in my life but always stopped going after the first meeting. Too shy.

We have a writing group at Hicksville. I actually started it. They found a very good teacher to run it, but there are people who are still reticent about sharing their writing. Most authors are sensitive because the words they pen are often quite personal. Writing groups aim to be non-judgmental and their members are advised to only offer constructive criticism.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Writing is always number one but there are many others. The theater; just before the play starts and those lights begin to dim, I am home. I crotchet. I paint abstract art. Photography. Abandoned places. Antiques. Reading my favorite authors. History. Science. I love to research things. Gardening. I get ideas to make something and I make them. I love to design things and decorate my house with them. Pretty much ANYTHING creative. Or anything spooky. Certain video games and promoting other indie’s (music, movies, writers and artists).

Wow, Lisa. You have a variety of interesting interests – lol.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

Right now, I love everything about being an author. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to be. The toughest challenge is marketing and patience.

Marketing is most author’s achilles heel. I know it’s mine, although I actually enjoy some parts of it.

gray-me-1Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. and include some book cover graphics and author photos if possible.


Blog: Blah Blah Blog …

Twitter: @LisaDMeyer


Thanks, Lisa. I hope my readers connect with you. It’s been a pleasure having you in my author spotlight, and I wish you the best of luck with your books. I can’t wait to read your latest.






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Have you Read Promoted Beyond Glory: Afterlife by Stuart Pisligo

beyondgloryPromoted Beyond Glory: Afterlife by Stuart Pisligo @richardfoleyrfi

Recovering from a near death experience following a car crash, Nathalie Lamont is left with a terrifying vision of the afterlife. Struggling to understand the experience, she seeks out others like her and together they discover the horrifying reality of the Abrahamic dystopia that exists beyond death….

Part of the Promoted Beyond Glory series.


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Announcing Cobble Cove Mystery 2: Between a Rock and a Hard Place


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Cobble Cove Mystery #2

Welcome to book two of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.

If you had the chance to read A Stone’s Throw, you came to know widowed librarian, Alicia, and followed her through the mystery that brought her to Cobble Cove and her meeting with John, the town’s newspaper publisher. In Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Alicia is faced with several new mysteries and one that is particularly close to home.

This new story features the main characters from book #1 and introduces new Cobble Cove residents.


Between A Rock and a Hard Place releases October 12, 2016

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Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

brhp-teaser-2Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.

John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare…

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

debbiedelouiseAbout the Author:

Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island and has been involved with books and writing for over thirty years. She received the Lawrence C. Lobaugh, jr. Memorial Award in Journalism for her work as Features Editor on the Long Island University/C. W. Post student newspaper, the Pioneer. More recently, Debbie received the Glamour Puss Award from Hartz Corporation for an article about cat grooming that appeared on She has published a short mystery in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology and two novels, Cloudy Rainbow and A Stone’s Throw, the first book of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. Her short stories, The Path to Rainbow Bridge and Deadline appear in the anthologies, Realms of Fantastic Stories  and Project 9, Vol. 2 published by Solstice Publishing. She is currently working on a psychological thriller, the third Cobble Cove Mystery, and a new pet-related cozy series. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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Author Spotlight Steven Lindahl

authorspotlightWelcome to the Literary Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors. Today, I am chatting with  Steven Lindahl from McLeansville, North Carolina.headshotlimitlesslibrarylounge

Thanks for joining me, Steven.  Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.

How long have you been published? What titles have you published and with which publisher?

My first short story was published in Space and Time – the winter 1984/85 issue. I’ve had a number of other stories published including my story, Clay, which was in Alaska Quarterly Review – Spring/Summer 1989 issue, alongside a special section featuring Grace Paley.

My first novel, Motherless Soul came out in 2009. It was published by All Things That Matter Press. My second novel, White Horse Regressions was published in 2014, also by All Things That Matter Press. Hopatcong Vision Quest is my third novel, but my first with Solstice Publishing.

I’ve also had some experience with the editing side of writing. I was a co-founder and associate editor of The Crescent Review for five years and I’m the current managing editor of Flying South.  Both of these are literary magazines with fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Crescent is no longer being published, but there are rumors of a comeback. Flying South 2016 just came out recently and is available on Amazon.

It sounds like you’ve been involved in many different areas of writing. I also have experience with editing and have written articles in addition to my novels, the third of which, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, will be published by Solstice this month.

Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

No. When it comes to choosing a publishing method I like the middle road of small and mid-market publishers, more control and individual attention than writers receive at the big presses, and more input from others than the self-publishing method.

That’s an interesting answer. I self-published my first book with, but I find traditional publishing is of more interest to me because I get to network with other authors from my publisher, such as you. However, I’m still hoping to publish a book with a large publisher one day. I agree that some of the smaller publishers, such as Solstice, give more attention to their authors, but I’m a librarian, and I’d like to see my work published in more formats such as hardcover, Large Type, and Audio.

Tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

hopatcong-001My novels are past life mysteries. Hopatcong Vision Quest will be released on Oct 6. The books are part of a series, but they can be read in any order. The only character who is in more than one book is the hypnotist, Glen Wiley. In all the novels a crime has been committed. Glen Wiley is brought in to send people back to past lives they shared to find clues. I use past lives as a device to combine present day stories with historical fiction, much like time travel books, but without the problem of changing the timeline. Motherless Soul is set in the present and during the American Civil War. White Horse Regressions goes back to memories of Victorian England and the Han Dynasty in ancient China. Hopatcong Vision Quest is set at Lake Hopatcong, NJ, during the present time, and at the same location in the 16th century, when it was occupied by the Lenape Native Americans.

In all the books the characters in the present share souls with the characters in the past. Part of the mystery is in determining who is paired with whom.

My next book will be straight historical fiction. I’ve started a novel that takes place in Anglo-Saxon England and Viking era Sweden.

That sounds very interesting and a unique premise for books. In addition to mysteries, I enjoy time travel tales as well as those that involve reincarnation. I remember reading Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine and finding it extremely intriguing. I imagine your books would be a bit like that.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t admit that I’d love the money and recognition that comes to writers who are well known, but I prefer to keep my goals to things I can control. So I’ll let fate decide where I’ll be in the next few years, meanwhile my three main goals are:

1. Keep writing, every day. Countless people have said to me that they would love to do what I do if they only had the time. Making the commitment to sit in front of the computer on a regular schedule is the single most important thing a writer can do.

2.  Try to write work that is accessible and interesting, but also as carefully constructed as possible. My critique group and my family are my best critics. My version (bastardization?) of the serenity prayer is as follows:

God, grant me the judgment to accept the revisions I need to change,

Courage to change the words I love,

And wisdom to know when to leave the thing alone.

3, Be the best marketer I can be, without being obnoxious. I didn’t write my books to leave them in a drawer. I want readers who will enjoy my plots and characters and who will think about the issues I raise. They won’t be there unless I get the word out.

Great advice, Steven, and  I love your Serenity Prayer for Writers. I agree completely.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

My books appeal to people who enjoy stories that make readers think, but also come with romance and mystery. You don’t need to believe in past lives to like my books, but you do need to be willing to lose yourself in the plot.

Those are exactly the type of readers I’d like to attract. Although my series is a cozy mystery one, I still include themes that have serious aspects. For instance, one of the young characters in my new book has leukemia.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

My advice to other writers, published or not, is to find others with whom you share your love of words and fictional lives: join writers groups, go to open mic sessions, take workshops, read to your family and friends. A community of like-minded people can provide the advice and support you need to step up a level or two. And you might find satisfaction in offering your own support to others.

Yes, I think there’s great benefit to writer’s clubs, associations, and other in-person and online groups that bring writers together.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

Like most writers, I received many rejections when first starting out. It was difficult to keep up my confidence at that time.

I think most writers will relate to that.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

I took some classes years ago, from the continuing education programs at local colleges. I still take workshops when I’m in a position to attend them. Press 53, a publisher out of Winston-Salem, sponsors a “gathering a writers” annually, although they skipped last year. There were a number of great workshops at those events. I’ve gotten a lot from those classes, mostly motivation, but also some hints.


What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

I try to get out on a local lake in my kayak three times a week, during the warm seasons. I also enjoy singing in my church choir and used to be active in local community theater groups. My wife is an artist and I enjoy critiquing her work and touring art galleries and museums when we travel.

Those sound like great ways to take a break from writing.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I love talking to readers at the book fairs and my readings. Even if they haven’t read my book, I love talking about the particular historical periods I wrote about or the concept of past life regressions.

My toughest challenge is marketing, especially social media marketing. My inclination is to be a bit of a lurker on Facebook, which is great for keeping up with others, but not so great for keeping others up to date with me.

I’m with you about social media marketing. It’s tough and not always effective. It also take a lot of time away from writing. I try to be as active as I can, but it’s hard to keep up sometimes.

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Wonderful. Thanks so much for the interview, and best wishes with your new book and those that follow.





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Cover Reveal: Fame and Obsession by Cora Kenborn

Title: Fame & Obsession
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Editor: Gillian Leonard of Lilypad Editing
Expected Release Date: Oct. 25th, 2016
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Struggling writer Phoebe Ryan abandons her southern roots and heads to New York, determined to leave her nightmarish past behind…

She was not expecting to meet a famous rock star, or to be coerced into ghostwriting his autobiography. But she tries to maintain focus on her dream of becoming an author, despite the attraction she feels for the sexy rocker, not to mention the baggage that comes with him.

Julian Bale’s world was shattered one drunken night, and it almost ruined him…

Weighed down by guilt, he blames himself for an accident he could’ve prevented. He will play the game, but swears his hot little ghostwriter will never get that story out of him. As much as he wants her, if he has to choose between his dream and hers, it’s no contest.

Phoebe and Julian give in to a forbidden attraction, and their public romance risks both their lives…

An obsessive fan is on the loose and now that the secret’s out, it’s made them both targets. The psychotic stalker is determined to have Julian for herself, even if she has to reveal their sordid pasts and eliminate Phoebe to do it.

He lives for fame. She lives to hide. Obsession lives to ruin them both.
Cora Kenborn writes romantic suspense novels with strong heroines, complex alphas, harrowing danger, and snappy banter. She is the author of the rock star stalker series, Lords of Lyre but refuses to be pigeon holed into one specific genre. She loves delving into the twisted mind of a dark villain as well as giggling while writing rom-com banter.
Cora lives in Eastern North Carolina and is a true Southern girl, growing up on sweet tea, front porches, and the simple life. She says “y’all,” “fixin’ to,” and should you deserve it, will “bless your heart.” She’s the proud mother three hyperactive and occasionally adorable children, and the wife of a husband who tolerates her chaotic writer’s cave.
Although reading is her passion, she can usually be found watching true crime shows and crafting inspiration for twisted new tales. Cora admits to being a horrible cook, an even worse baker, and believes she’s more dangerous with a hot glue gun than any weapon on earth. Oh, and she and autocorrect are mortal enemies.
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The coiled body behind me tensed, ready to detonate. Whoever defended me could hold his own, but I could still take everybody out with one flick of the wrist. Chivalry felt warm and fuzzy but I learned a long time ago that one hundred and fifty volts felt electric and twitchy.
Turning my chin to the side, I whispered on an exhale, “It’s fine, I’ve got this.”
A low laugh against my neck curled my toes.
“You so don’t got this.” His chest rumbled as a strong hand ran skilled fingers around my hair. I tilted my chin, watching his eyes harden. “You’re up my ass, shit-for-brains. Don’t ever touch what’s mine.” He shifted his lips against my ear. “Right, baby?”
One suitor tested my patience, but two pushed my limit. I opened my mouth to tell him off when he stole the moment and pressed his lips against mine. Resisting, I murmured veiled threats as he pulled me toward him. The impromptu kiss dissolved into failed waves of aggression, and I inexplicably responded to him. Before I knew it, I’d wrapped my arms around his neck.
After a few heartbeats of kissing a complete stranger, I finally regained what dignity I had left, shoved his chest, and faced him with fire blazing in my eyes. He snickered and waved as my aggressor stalked off. Shooting him a death glare, I reached for my drink. After scanning for witnesses, I brought it to my lips and drained it.
“Thirsty?” He smirked.
“What the hell was that?”
He snatched the drink out of my hands, giving me a wink before tipping it back for the last drop. “You weren’t exactly pushing me away. Besides, I just saved your ass. Heath Vaughn was inches from having a hand up that thing you call a dress.”
“I didn’t ask for your help!” I bit back. “I don’t even know who the hell you—wait, who?”
“Somebody had to step in or you’d have spent the night in jail with that concealed, illegal shit in your purse. You’re telling me you didn’t know that was Vaughn? Maybe because we haven’t time-warped back to his 1995 five minutes of fame.” He walked past me with a smirk plastered across his face.
 Struggling to catch up with him, I grabbed his shoulder in disbelief. “That’s a joke, right?”
“Afraid not. Vaughn in the flesh, and apparently in the sauce too. Why do you care so much what he thinks?” He eyed me curiously, his jade-green eyes knocking me breathless.
Finally allowing myself a full look at him, I quickly averted my eyes before he could see my racing pulse reflected in them. Chaotic chocolate spiked hair pointed in every direction and hinted at a carefully constructed morning-after look. A small silver earring caught flashes of light in the darkness and tattoos decorated each uncovered arm.
Remembering to breathe became a chore.
“Because I’m screwed!” I shouted, frantically waving my phone. “My boss is already pissed at me, and I was supposed to meet Vaughn here for an interview, and—why am I telling you this?”
“Calm down.” He grinned, revealing a deep dimple in his left cheek. “Look, the dude’s so far tanked he won’t remember he was here, much less you were. Give me your phone.”
“I’m not giving you my phone. I don’t even know you.”
Rolling his eyes, he snatched my phone out of my hands. “Didn’t stop you from making out with me, did it?” He scanned the email I’d been checking all night. Typing furiously, his lips curved upward and he handed it back. “All fixed.”
“What did you do?” Thankfully, previous defense training taught me to never label emails with personal information. In the darkness, he’d never scroll back far enough to know my name.
“Why must you question brilliance?” he countered with a sigh. “You sent him an email concerned for his safety since he never showed for your interview. You waited but had to leave because you actually work for a living. You’d love to reschedule since you’re such a huge fan and were disappointed at the missed opportunity to hear all about his crap-ass reality show, since I assume that’s all he would’ve wanted to talk about.”
I could’ve kissed him—if I hadn’t already.
“You’re an evil genius.”
“So I’ve been told.”