Monday, November 30, 2015

Author Brien O'Raighne & Southern Hospitality

Hi all!

I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite Authors Brien O'Raighne!

Author Bio:

I am an author and artist. I am a family man, love my future wife, daughter, and son. My daughter is not biological, she is my future wife’s daughter, but she calls me Daddy.
I love to write. It is a passion of mine. Some would say an obsession, but those don’t really support me when they call it an obsession.
My writing usually combines my influences of Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sagas, Paranormal, Classic Horror monsters, Superheroes and more. With what I like movie wise it would be hard for most people to understand some of my major influences in writing.
My influences include: J.K. Rowling, E.B. White, Homer, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Claremont, Lara Hama, Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman, J Michael Strasczynski, Todd McFarlane, Scott Lobdell, Timothy Zahn, Roald Dahl, Cassandra Clare, amongst others.

Series: Southern Hospitality
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Erotic romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Destiny Phoenix returns to Storm City a two year absence.
She had been hunting her ex-husband, Chris Carpenter.
She lost track of the werewolf.
She, then, decides to meet up with an old friend, Elise Matthews.
It’s not long before Destiny is found by Chris.
All hell breaks loose.
Chris is nothing like he was when he and Destiny last met.
Terror and fear comes with his return.
This brings others into the situation.
Their lives change forever…


Lester's Diner...
A lone biker, on a Harley-Davidson Fatboy, roars into a parking lot of a diner. The diner's neon sign is sputtering with sparks from the cracks. The sign says Lester's Diner.
The biker pulls into a spot. The bike stops. The biker kicks out the kickstand. The biker is wearing a pink and purple leather outfit. Her helmet is pink with purple ghost flames. On her back she carries a pink Eastsport backpack.
She disembarks the bike. The biker removes her helmet. She runs a hand through her pink hair. Her hair is cut in a short bob. Sweat runs down her forehead.
There is a scar running across the bridge of her nose. She sighs. The sun sets in the distance. I hope Elise is here.
The pink haired biker heads on into the diner. She shakes her head. With helmet in hand, the biker walks up to the counter.
A young black woman, wearing a blue and black polo over tan pants, greets her. The young woman's name tag says LaShondra. "How many?" She has a smile on her face.

"Two. I have a friend meeting me here."
LaShondra grabs two menus. She directs the biker to the right side of the dining room. LaShondra looks at the pink haired biker. "Table or booth?"
"Booth, please."
LaShondra leads her to a booth along a glass partition near the back of the room. The biker sits her helmet down along with her backpack on one of the benches. She sits down next to them. LaShondra sets a menu on each side of the table.
"Your waiter will be with you shortly."
"Thank you."
The biker begins to scan the crowd within the diner. She notices the variety of denizens in the diner. The biker chuckles. "Hopefully there's no trouble."
She opens her backpack to check her gear. Inside the backpack are two custom ivory handled .45 caliber pistols. Each is loaded and ready to go in case of trouble. Stamped into the bottom of each is one letter. The letter L is on one for lycanthropes. The letter V is on the other for vampires.
Each is loaded with specialized bullets as well. The bullets for lycanthropes are tipped in silver. While the bullets for vampires are tipped in white oak ash. The bullets are specially made for her.
She turns to her left to see a young curly brunette enter the diner. She is wearing a white lab coat over a blue shirt and jeans.
LaShondra, the host, leads the young woman over towards the biker. The biker waves her hand to notify her friend. She gets up as the host brings the young brunette forth.
"Elise, you made it." The biker hugs Elise.
"Wouldn't miss it, Des. Like the new look." Elise and Destiny sit down. "When did you get back in town?"
"Just now. Called you on the way in."
"So, what brought you back?" Elise asks. "It's been years since I've seen you."
"Chris brought me back." Destiny admits. "Been tracking him since his mind was torn apart."
The waiter comes up to their table. He is dressed just like LaShondra. In his hand are a pencil and an order pad.
"What can I get you ladies to drink?"
"I'll take a coffee." Elise says.
"Diet Coke for me." Destiny replies.
After jotting it down. He looks up. "Are you ready to order?"
"Give us a few moments." Destiny says.
"All right. Be right back with those drinks."
The waiter, then, walks away. Destiny watches as he strolls away. She licks her lips. "Um. Scrumptious."
"Destiny!" Elise says. "You're married!"
"Really?" Destiny retorts. "Sure doesn't feel like it."
Destiny breaks down and sobs. Elise pats her shoulder from across the table. "Look, I'm not sure I can help. I don't know what to do."
"I don't either." Destiny admits. "I lost track of Christopher a month ago. I thought he might return here. So I came here and sought you out hoping that you could help."
"If he came back here..." Elise rubs her chin. "...he'd have to check in with an Alpha. Not sure that he'd get a warm reception, though. He and Michel have some bad blood between them."
"I know." Destiny sighs. Elise and Destiny, then, turn their heads towards the front of the diner. There is a loud argument coming from there.
Elise rolls her eyes. "Great."
Destiny removes the two custom pistols from her backpack. She holsters them into pockets on her custom biker outfit. The two ladies start to head towards the front of the diner. They are not pleased.
As they near the front, Destiny and Elise can hear a person growling and another hissing. Destiny removes her pistols. She pulls the hammers back to arms them.
Destiny and Elise see the two arguing patrons. One patron is pale skinned. He is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and matching tie. His hair is dark brown and slicked back. This patron is hissing.
The other patron has thick bushy brown hair with mutton chops. He is wearing a blue flannel shirt and jeans. This patron, who is growling, stands beside the table where his family is sitting.
"Cool it." Destiny says as she aims the pistols at the two arguing patrons. "Go back to your party." Both the vampire and the lycan back away from one another.
"Fine. I don't want to be any closer to this dog than I have to be." The vampire says. He turns and heads back towards his party. Others in his party sit while sipping on their drinks. Elise holds the lycan, who is growling.
Destiny holsters one pistol with the other still pointing at the lycan. He puts his hands in the air. "Whoa, kiddo. Please put the guns away. There is no need for it."
"What's going on?" Elise asks. "Why would you go and rile up a Sangre, Tom?"
"Not intentional. I promise." Tom tells them. "I just came here to have dinner with Melanie and Marissa."
Destiny holsters the remaining pistol. She, then, runs the back of her neck. "What I can't understand from this is his motivation? Why stir trouble now?"
"Little lady, I couldn't tell you." Tom says. "Now do you two mind. I would like to get back to my dinner."
"Of course. Nice to see you again, Tom. Melanie. Marissa." Elise says. She leads Destiny back towards their table.
"Elise, what's going on?" Destiny asks.
"I don't know, Des." Elise replies. They sit down at their table. "I am going to have to call my contacts. You might want to call on Brandon."
"You think he can help?"
"He might know something we don't."
"You make a very good point." Destiny gulps as the waiter returns with their drinks. "Maybe he'll have some word on Chris."
"Who knows, Des." Elise stirs some creamer and sugar into her coffee. "Anything's possible."

"True." Destiny runs a hand through her hair. "Very true."

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 Please thank Brien for joining us today! Let's wish him well on his new book! Check it out! I started reading it and can't put it down!!!!
Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Brandi Kennedy & More Than Friends release

Hi all!

I'd like to rewelcome Author Brandi Kennedy to my blog today as she's got big news!

Brandi Kennedy is a romance novelist who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world, and through adulthood, that love of words has never changed. Brandi is now a contemporary romance novelist and poet with a deep love of writing and a curiously adventurous desire to someday write in several other genres.

A woman of varied interest, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crocheting, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer -- bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.

AND now for the news!

 November 10th is coming, and that means release day is coming! More Than Friends (the fourth book in the Kingsley Series) is now well into the editing process, and is on track for a great release day! I'm so excited!

More Than Friends is the fourth book in the Kingsley Series:
The first book was Fat Chance.
The second book was Prescription for Love
The third book was Wrestling Harmony

Fourth book synopsis:

Michael Kingsley is a broken man. How could he not be, when the wife he thought he’d love forever, the one he thought would love himforever, just picked up and left him with no explanation? It took him a while, but he’s finally putting his life back together. He’s doing his job, he’s paying his bills – he’s even getting back into his old hobbies.

He’s finally doing alright again … mostly. And maybe he doesdrink too much, but at least he’s finally stopped sleeping around. Now he’s settled on one woman, a curvaceous and flirtatious bartender who never misses an opportunity to warm his bed.

But when Michael’s mother ends up in the hospital, it’s his best friend Renee who stays by his side, and he begins to see her in a whole new way. But when they take a step beyond the boundaries of friendship that cannot be undone, what will happen to their relationship? Will they find something more, something neither of them even realized was there? Or will the fear of changing – and maybe losing – their friendship, be the thing that ends it all?

  6.) With More Than Friends almost ready to go live, I've been thinking about my next major focus project. I'm currently working actively on several different projects, but I do usually have one major focus, so what's my next major focus? Well, I looked back on the feedback I'm getting from my readers, and it looks like my next most wanted project is ... *drum roll please * ... Selkie II!


Sounds great! Can't wait to read More Than Friends and the new Selkie II! Please check out her links and stalk her! She loved to hear from her readers so sign up for her newsletter too!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brandi Kennedy & Prescription for Love (Re-release)

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Brandi Kennedy to my blog today!

Brandi Kennedy is a romance novelist who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world, and through adulthood, that love of words has never changed. Brandi is now a contemporary romance novelist and poet with a deep love of writing and a curiously adventurous desire to someday write in several other genres.

A woman of varied interest, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crocheting, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer -- bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.

The Kingsley Series is a series of stand-alone contemporary women’s fiction romance novels, each connected to the next by the bonds of family. Each book in this series follows the personal journey of one of the Kingsley couples – however, each story is continued and updated in the following book. These books can be read in any order, but are best enjoyed in order of publication. This series contains mild sexual content.
Prescription For Love is the second book in the series:
Cameron Kingsley is jaded; a traumatic event from her past is still haunting her, and even running her own wedding planning business isn’t enough to make her believe in love that lasts. She spends her days choosing flowers and china settings with serial brides who marry serial grooms, and she spends her evenings locked in a cycle of flashbacks and panic attacks.
But a family wedding changes everything; a request from her brother’s fiancĂ© sends Cameron to the office of sexy Mackenzie Caswell, who might be just the man to help her see things in a new light.
Mac is a widower and a single dad who still treasures the memory of his deceased wife and loves nothing more than his young son. A man with heavy baggage, he’s been walked away from more times than he cares to count, and he’s ready to try one more time. But who is the one with the heavier burden – Cameron, or Mac? And will they be able to help each other shoulder the weight of moving on?

Please go to her website and blog, which are together at Purchase links for the book will be updated on her website as the various markets catch up to the release, and those links can be found at Her most updated contact information and social media sites are listed here:

Please thank Brandi for joining us today! Don't forget to check out her links and books. I'm reading the first one and it's amazing so far!!!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sabrina Samples

Hi all!

I wanted to introduce you to Sabrina Samples who is currently represented by Immoral Publishing. Here are the three books she has out. Check the bottom for her newest release.

Author Bio
Sabrina Samples was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Even at a young age she always loved writing. She would write poetry and short stories. It wasn’t until one of her teachers submitted a poem of hers to a poetry company that she realized she wanted to write more for people to see. From that point of inspiration, she has been constantly writing. Sabrina finds motivation and desire to write in the need to leave something behind for those who come after her time. When Sabrina is not busy working on her writing she enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, spending time with her husband and daughter.

Blurb for Pieces of my Soul... Love was fleeting... Just a whim... I had lots of fun... I cried tears... Some of joy... Others of sorrow... Then he came into my life... All was erased... I know now that I have found the one to piece back together my once broken soul.

The blurb for Shattered... She thought suicide was the only way out. She struggled with every breath, every smile and every word she spoke. Nothing seemed to fix the overwhelming need to take the blade to her skin. Let yourself be transported into the author’s shoes. Feel the pain and struggles as she does. Rejoice and celebrate as she overcomes those struggles and hardships.

The blurb for Wicked Souls... Spencer Bishop’s past was nothing more than a falsified case of fake memories. Every birthday, holiday, and special moment was changed in order to protect her from evil. Aiden, the lover who was erased with her other memories, came back into her life and caused her to question reality and figure out who she was. After an act of bravery, Spencer was granted her memories back. Aiden, her true love and the Angel’s in Heaven desired for her to see her true destiny and fight evil. Can Spencer defeat the evil before it destroys her and Heaven?

Coming Soon

Hidden Secrets (Book two of the Wicked Souls Saga) Recent actions caused all to be wary of everyone else’s loyalty and trust, including Spencer’s. Once believed to be a close knit group is now feared to contain a spy. With an edginess surrounding her new family in Heaven along with a collision course with her former family now living in Hell destined to happen. Will Spencer become Heaven’s victorious General or known as the killer of all angels when she takes the mantle in Hell?

Wish You Were Here (Part of the Fragmented Tears Poetry Collection) I have spent so many years whispering words to the Heavens. To my father who was taken too soon. I have spent every day since his death wishing he could hear my words to him. This book holds all the words never spoken and all the memories he never got to be part of. All my words, my tears, and my memories are being sent up to Heaven one final time for him to hear.


Please thank Sabrina for joining us today! Check out her books and links!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fae Books & Fifty Shades of Truth

Hi all! presents...

a dark journey into the Light
By Josef

Genre: Adult/Erotic
Age range: 18years +
Approx. Length: 174 pages.
Publication Date: June 7, 2015.
Publisher: Fontaine Publishing Group.

Book Description:

This is a wonderfully entertaining, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, sometimes challenging, but always entertaining account of this man’s life. Many other men can only fantasize about what he has experienced. Could the variety and extent of his sexual world really belong to one man? How did he keep this side of his life secret? What trigger­points in his life can explain his behaviour?


There was a leather armchair in the corner across from me, and next to it some kind of apparatus against the wall.  I wasn’t sure what it was but it looked like something you could use to restrain someone.  It might be my first time here, but I knew where I was and had some idea of what went on.  Or at least, I thought I did.  It was like a large “X” shape and had small metal eye hooks attached at various points. It had a foreboding look, but at the same time I was excited and intrigued looking at it.  I would later learn that it’s called a St Andrews Cross, and I would come to love the view from it, with my arms and legs spread, and my naked body shackled against it.  But that would all come later, as I dived headlong into the exciting world of BDSM.  For now I felt like a country rube that had been dropped into the middle of Times Square. 

There were other various loose items around the room, on shelves and hanging from the walls.  There were masks, whips and dildos.  Lots of leather.  I smiled to myself through my inebriated haze, ‘lots of leather, what did I expect?’ Even without visiting a dungeon, everyone who thinks about it has the stereotypical images of a mistress.  Tall, dressed in tight leather outfits, long leather boots, and the mandatory leather whip.  But in the end, mistresses come in all shapes and sizes and dress in all kinds of ways, although always sexily.  They are such delicious creatures.

After a while I heard footsteps approach the door.  It opened quietly and the receptionist came into the room with my drink.
“Here you are,” she said, handing me the glass.  “The mistresses won’t be long now.  Make yourself comfortable.”
I thanked her as she left the room, and drank my scotch, syphoning it through the ice she had put in the glass and drained it in a gulp.  I remember thinking it was way too much ice, and made a mental note to pass on the coke next time.  I placed the glass on the table and stood up, wondering where I’d be most comfortable, and whether I should be sitting or standing when the mistresses came in.  I decided to sit, and went to the other side of the room and sat in the armchair, next to the St Andrews cross.  The armchair was facing the door directly, and diagonally opposite.  I sat and waited.  My mind was numb with anticipation……and what the fuck was taking so long!   It was like time had gone into slow motion.  I couldn’t think anymore, wondering what was going to happen, and what it would be like, so I tried to sit quietly, and waited.

More footsteps; finally!
This time when the door opened I got my first look at a Mistress.

Featured Review

Subtitled “a dark journey into the Light”, “50 Shades of Truth” is the story of one man’s journey through and out of the world of BDSM. Josef takes the reader through the incidents in his childhood that he feels precipitated his interest in the world of bondage and discipline and uses encounters from his 60 year journey to explain his path and the mental and emotional consequences that he is still working through.

Josef describes for the reader the life of lies and deceit that he was forced to live because of his participation in bondage. He details his encounters with transvestites, mistresses and gay men, and takes you through his thought processes during these encounters and afterward. The depth of his guilt and shame over these encounters is evident but also evident is the complete control that his urges for this type of behavior exhibited over him.

The writing in this book is top-notch. The writer’s style is clear and approachable and made the book easy to read. This book would, however, not be suitable for younger readers due to the language and the explicit descriptions of sexual scenes. Josef’s urges, as described here, feel like an addiction and as with most addictions he makes many attempts to change before finally being able to succeed with the help of a therapist. The struggle the author felt as he watched his urges destroy two marriages and several other relationships is palpable.

Josef also goes into great detail about how he views the role of the Catholic Church, where he was raised, in developing his feelings of guilt and shame about the activities which gave him such pleasure. He also goes into his views on how society’s attitudes toward sex make life more difficult for people like him. Josef points out to us the humanity of those people who are involved in the sex industry and presents them to us as people just wanting to have a life they can enjoy. Josef does not push the reader to want to participate in this world but he does push for it to be accepted by non-participants as a valid choice for an individual.

The obvious readers of this book are people who also engage in the world of bondage and enjoy reading about it. But I think this book could also be a good choice for people who would like a greater understanding of something they are not already familiar with and also for those who enjoy stories about people who struggle but find their victory in the end. Josef exposes some very ugly truths in his book and he bares his soul to his readers. I believe there are some who will take courage from this story and be able to apply that to their own lives. I tip my hat to Josef for being willing to share his story with the world and allowing his readers to make up their own minds about whether they are willing to change their viewpoints after reading it.

Reviewed at the Hungry Monster Book Review

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Brandi Kennedy & Courageous

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Brandi Kennedy to my blog today! She has a new book coming out on August 20th (today!) so check out her info:

When Allie Jensen opens her door to let the new bodyguard in, the last face she expects to see is that of her high school crush, the boy who broke her heart. She tries to play it off, but the past is heavy on her mind. So when danger intrudes on her quiet little haven, will Allie be COURAGEOUS enough to leave the past behind her?

Also by Brandi:

The Kingsley Series

Fat Chance, Book One
Prescription For Love, Book Two
Wrestling Harmony, Book Three

The Selkie Trilogy

Selkie, Part One

The Freedom Series

Fighting For Freedom

Author Bio:

What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)?
  • My name really is Brandi Kennedy – I’m proud of my writing, and I have no reason to write with anything other than my real name.

Tell me a bit about yourself:
  • Well, I’m 31, and I think my largest accomplishment to date is mothering my kids. I’ve got two daughters, and there’s nothing I take as seriously as my responsibility to them as their mom. After mothering duties, my life revolves around building my career as a romance author, which has been my dream since I was a child. Other than that, I’m just mostly a regular girl. I love music, movies, and good TV. I love books of almost all kinds, crafting, and photography (I even took my own author photo!). I have BIG travel dreams, the sweetest dog on the planet, and a super varied personality – I can be introverted and shy, or totally outgoing, quiet or loud. Whichever me I’m being though, you can count on one thing: I’m unbelievably emotional, and I feel everything with complete passion. Maybe that’s why I write in the first place – to release “the feels.”

What type of genre do you write?
  • I don’t write just one, actually. I mostly write romance, and all of my books so far have an element of romance running through them in some way. My Kingsley Series is contemporary romance, and they are largely what you’d imagine a crossover NA/A Contemporary Romance series to be. The Selkie Trilogy is fantasy/romance, and the Freedom Series is women’s fiction/romance. My new short story, Courageous, is a romantic suspense, which may or may not eventually be extended into a series as well.

What genre to you personally read?
  • Mostly, I read romance. But I also enjoy fantasy, dystopian, mysteries and thrillers. I like comedies, too, and I really like sagas and long series’ because I get attached to the characters. Sometimes, I even like non-fiction – I’ll read biographies, memoirs, comedy, whatever strikes me in the moment.

Tell me about your latest?
  • Courageous is a short romantic suspense that I wrote for the East Tennessee Creative Writer’s Alliance short story contest in April 2015 – it’s my very first contest entry, and also my first win! The story is about an actress named Allie Jensen, whose security guard is being temporarily replaced due to illness. But when she opens the door to meet the new guard, she is in for a major surprise, and that’s only the beginning of the most hectic night of her life. The official blurb says: “When Allie Jensen opens her door to let the new bodyguard in, the last face she expects to see is that of her high school crush, the boy who broke her heart. She tries to play it off, but the past is heavy on her mind. So when danger intrudes on her quiet little haven, will Allie be COURAGEOUS enough to leave the past behind her?”

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
  • I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl – honestly, I’ve been writing for so long, I can’t remember a moment when I just became a writer. I always felt like I was just born with writing planted somewhere in my soul. It’s my “thing,” I guess. But I do remember one moment when I decided I wanted to be an author, and I remember the moment so vividly, if I close my eyes, I can still feel the embossed print on the front of my first drugstore paperback romance. It was Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey; it had a yellow cover with print that stood up from the paper, and the story inside was unlike anything I had ever experienced at that time. I’ve read it probably a dozen times, and I’ve been in love with romance ever since the first. I’m not sure I’d have chosen writing as a career option if not for that pivotal moment.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
  • Most of my books have an undercurrent of personal strength. It’s so important for people to nurture a sense of confidence and self-respect. I think there’s a wealth of books out there, especially in the romance genre, that focus on co-dependency and so many different aspects of unhealthy or abusive relationships – I want my books to be different. They have real-life characters, but they are also strong people that I hope will inspire the people who read them.

What has been your best moment as a writer?
  • 1.) Holding my first book in my hands for the first time in print. I cried.
  • 2.) Reaching a best seller list for the first time on Amazon. I cried.
  • 3.) Talking to Marie Force one day about writing and publishing. For her, it was probably just a regular thing, but for me, that was huge. I’m sure you can imagine how I reacted to having “met” her …

Who is your author idol?
  • Diana Gabaldon, no contest.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
  • Sure. I think there’s a little of me in all of them. But there’s a little of a lot of other people, too. I think that’s the nature of writing. Art imitates life, or so they say.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
  • Well, I’ve come a long way, and I have a career that I’m proud of. But am I finished? No. Not by a long shot. I like to think I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life – it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, and I still have so many goals to reach.

What does your workspace look like?
  • That depends on when and where I’m working. If I’m at home, I’m usually in the living room with my laptop. If I’m in my room at night and trying to be quiet because my girls are sleeping, or if I’ve run away from home to write in peace, then I’m handwriting on my tablet. If I’m on the go and for some reason my tablet isn’t charged, then I’ll even write on my phone. In an emergency, I’ll have pen and paper handy – really all that matters to me is that it’s quiet and I can think. The medium and the actual setting don’t really matter as much.

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?
  • Yes, but not because of reviews or word counts or any of the things that are hard about being a writer. For me, it was a challenge to go from being a stay at home mom to a work at home mom. It’s hard to find the right balance when your work and your home are in the same place, and one is always intruding on the other. When I realized that my kids were deliberately sabotaging my writing time because they wanted their mommy back, I almost just gave it up right then. But no, this is my dream. I’m just working on balancing work-a-holic and mom-a-holic, learning that I can do both.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
  • Mom duties. Cook, clean, play, teach, drive to appointments and play dates and school. When I’m not being mom or writer, then I read. I listen to music almost every minute that I’m awake, I surf the web, I watch TV. I’m a very serious WWE fanatic. You know, the usual.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
  • Balance, for sure. You need to be able to balance writing and living, and balance being in the real world with being in the worlds you create. And having a thick skin is valuable, too. You need to be really secure in yourself and your writing, otherwise you can’t maintain your own voice. And while you need to keep reader feedback in mind, you can be made or broken by one person’s opinion – but that isn’t always easy to remember.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?
  • Not  really. I’ve been doing it off and on all my life … I was writing stories by hand as a kid, and then I was still writing when I had an old-school DOS computer, back when floppy disks were actually floppy. It’s more high-tech now, sure … but writing is writing. I think I need to write almost as much as I need to breathe.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • 1.) If you don’t love it enough to be willing to work at being good at it, then don’t do it. Sometimes you have to work to develop a talent, no matter how present it is. If you don’t care enough to make the effort, don’t waste other peoples’ time and money.
  • 2.) If you do care enough to work at it and be serious, then be serious. Work on your writing. Polish it. Proof it. Edit it. Edit it again. And again. After that, let some other people read it. See if they like it. If they do (and it’s not just because your mom thinks you’re the next best thing), then get a serious editor. Have them go over your work and re-check all of your editing, lots of times. You don’t have to be perfect, but please, be serious. Don’t crowd the waters if you don’t actually want to swim.

After this book, what is next?
  • More books, of course.

Your website/blog?
  • I try to post at least once a week on my blog site, which is also where I keep pages of all my book information. Buy links are there, blurbs, cover images, my official bio. And I talk about everything there, from writing to reading, to what’s been going on in my life. It’s a great place to get to know me, both as a writer, and as a person.

Other websites?

Where can your book be found?
  • Purchase links can be found on my website, where I have links to all of my books and all their available markets. But if you like things simple, just head on over to You can find all six of my books there, in e-book and paperback formats.
  • Thanks so much for having me! It was great to be featured here today, and I hope to see you again on social media!

Please thank Brandi for joining us today! Please check out her books and her links! Thanks Brandi!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce