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Thursday Thoughts with Amazon best selling author Twyla Turner #darkromance #novelswithcurves #BWWM

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW feature Thursday’s Thoughts. When I have a chance, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

Today’s featured author is Twyla Turner .

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 4 years (Fall 2013). I wrote here and there all my life, but never seriously until recent years. I’d always hoped to eventually write seriously. I’m glad it finally hit me.

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?

Uh…not really. I like to sing and dance, but I don’t do them very much anymore. I used to be a karaoke queen. Ha!

What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Several different things. Some are literal fantasies of mine (Star-Struck, THR3E, Winter’s Beast). Others come to me out of nowhere or from a simple idea that blossoms into a fully fleshed out story (Chasing Day, The Red Scot). Other times it’ll come from a news story I hear or an experience someone else has had (Scarred, The Rescue).

What do you love most about the writing process?

When the story is flowing so well that the characters start writing the story for me.

What is your advice to someone new to writing?

I truly believe that if everyone writes the story they want to read that they’ll always be passionate about writing and someone in the world will want to read it. And something that I just truly started to understand is to always, always write the five senses. What does the character see, feel, hear, taste, and smell? If you write that it will fully immerse the reader into the story.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Watching some of my favorite shows (This Is Us, Outlander, Scandal, etc.). Go to the movies because I adore movies. And when my own stories aren’t getting in the way, I love to read. I’m a reader first and a writer second.

Who is Twyla Turner? I was born in Joliet, Illinois and was almost immediately enamored with all things entertainment and yearned for something “more”. I wrote my first story in the 3rd grade and fell in love with creating a whole world from my mind. But it was a long winding road to self-publishing my first novel Star-Struck. An interest in science and animals, to wanting to be the next Oprah, majoring in radio/television with a minor in creative writing, to a year in Japan, four years in California and then to Arizona where a trip to spiritual Sedona awakened something in me and the need to write finally hit me like a brick wall. And once I started, the ideas flooded my brain like I never dreamed possible. My love of romance and travel, as well as my struggle with body image and the male species combined into wanting to write romance for ‘real’ women. I have 13 full-length novels to date and 2 novellas and my dark romance trilogy The Damaged Souls Series was a 2015 Amazon Bestseller. I have become known as a champion for the underdog and I’m only just getting started.

You can find her latest book here: http://bit.ly/wintersbeast

Winter’s Beast Blurb:

I had only one rule: Winter is mine. He defied me and captured her heart. Now they both must pay. Winter’s Beast is one part sugar and sweet, two parts sex and sweat. It is not your typical Romance and although it has a HEA, it’s a dark, twisty road to get there.

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Thursday Thoughts with author L.A. Remenicky @remenickywrites

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW feature Thursday’s Thoughts. I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

One of April’s featured authors is L.A Reminicky.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since November of 2012. I had been toying with an idea I had for a book when a friend introduced me to NaNoWriMo. I signed up, wrote over 50,000 words that month and that mess eventually became my first book, Saving Cassie which I released in 2013.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m usually reading or playing on Facebook. I’m also trying to get healthier so I walk every day.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

The biggest thing is to start writing earlier, put that story down on paper that’s floating around in your head. And, to try and be more social.

Which celebrity actor would cast as your main character and why?

Alex O’Loughlin will always be my Logan. As the character came alive in my mind that’s the image I had of him.

Interested in learning more? L.A. Remenicky writes Love Stories With A Twist. She is a wife and mother of two fur kids. An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.

You can find her here:
Website: http://www.laremenicky.com
Blog: http://laremenicky.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laremenicky
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/remenickywrites
Goodreads

Where There’s Faith
A past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.
After hitting rock bottom, Robert Newlin embraced sobriety and tried to live his life quietly and alone at his family’s lake cottage. Blaming himself for the accident that claimed his wife and unborn baby, he spent most of his time alone and grieving until Faith moved into the cottage next door.
Faith McMillan had no memory of her life before that day three years ago. The physical scars had faded but the emotional ones were still fresh and raw. Living rent-free seemed like a great way to finish her second book and would give her the time to figure out her next move. But then she met the reclusive guy next door.
Robbie and Faith – can two broken people who vowed to live their lives alone find happiness together?
Available on Amazon 
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Thursday Thoughts with Award-winning author Christine Nolfi @christinenolfi

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

One of February’s featured authors is Christine Nolfi.

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How long have you been writing?

First let me say, thank you for inviting me to post on The Opinionated Woman’s Musings blog. I’ve been walking around on happy feet since Booklist said my February 28th release “…has such a charming small-town vibe and endearing characters that readers will find themselves falling in love with quirky Sweet Lake and hoping for a series.”

Ok, back to the question. I can’t recall a time in childhood when I wasn’t writing stories. After college, I owned a small PR firm, and took on writing tasks for companies in northeast Ohio. Once my four adopted children were all in elementary school, I began writing novels fulltime.

If you’ve read the Liberty Series, you know I love writing stand-alone stories without cliffhangers, and with characters reappearing in later books. Creating a fictional town packed with eccentric, heartwarming people that readers will enjoy visiting time and again—is there anything more exciting? For me, there isn’t.

If you could be an animal, which would it be and why?

Years ago, I had reading by a medium who said mine was the spirit of the Great Black Wolf. It seemed a bizarre comment at the time. As I drove home, it dawned that I’ve always owned at least one dog. I was also born in the Chinese year of the dog, so it seems the choice has been made on my behalf.

What is your advice to someone new to writing?

Find a critique group of serious writers, with at least one published author in the group. Writing is a solitary occupation, and it helps to find the members of your tribe. If you’re not sure where to find a critique group, check with your local chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) or MWA (Mystery Writers of America).

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’m the last woman alive who will freely admit she enjoys cleaning her house. For reasons unknown, great ideas for the next novel pop into my head while quietly ironing or mopping a floor. I also love to work out at the gym, cooking, gardening—and reading, of course!

Please tell us about your February release.

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In Sweet Lake, Linnie Wayfair battles to wrest control of the family’s inn, a historic Ohio landmark, from her flamboyant, filmmaker brother. During the tussle for control, she inadvertently sparks a romance with his attorney. Not that she thinks romance is a great idea: the tourist town of Sweet Lake, Ohio is dying. If she doesn’t turn the Wayfair Inn around, her beloved hometown will be all but shuttered.

She has help along the way from her two closest friends, Jada and Cat. She’s also aided by a group of older women in town who refuse to see the inn shut down. The Sweet Lake Sirens intervene on Linnie’s behalf in hilarious, and often poignant ways.

I don’t want to give all the fun away. Let me leave you with this quote from Kirkus Reviews: “The theme that ‘any event capable of breaking a woman could break her open instead, to reveal her true beauty and power’ reveals itself in surprising ways. In this uplifting and charming story, each room of the inn is filled with friendship, forgiveness, and love.”

Interested in learning more about award-winning author Christine Nolfi? She provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists the books in the Liberty Series as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. Look for her 2017 series, Sweet Lake. Join her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/AcuEH and chat with her on Twitter at @christinenolfi.

Christine’s website: http://christinenolfi.com

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4811669.Christine_Nolfi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christinenolfi

Christine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinenolfi

Link to Sweet Lake on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Lake-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B01IH81XUM/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484075291&sr=8-1&keywords=sweet+lake

Link to The Comfort of Secrets on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4N00OR/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Link to the Liberty Series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-5-Book/dp/B014Z0T9D4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1484075616&sr=8-7&keywords=the+liberty+series+by+christine+nolfi

Thursday’s Thoughts featuring author Anna Muir #paranormal #urbanfantasy

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Welcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday in the month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions posed to them.

One of October’s featured authors is Anna Muir.

How long have you been writing?

When I was a toddler I would give my mom a pencil and a pad of paper, and she would write down the story I told her. Thanks Mom!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I really love the idea of a nom de plume. The idea of letting my work stand on it’s own, without people attaching their ideas about who I am to it, is absurdly thrilling. I kind of feel like I’m getting away with something.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Pachacuti built Machu Picchu, and I’d love to ask him why. Enheduanna was the daughter of a Mesopotamian king and one of the first recorded female poets. Who wouldn’t want her feedback? And Boudica was a Celtic queen who went up against the Romans, she would be fascinating to interview.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read! I’m currently reading a biography of Lyndon Johnson, who was a real rat. I also love hiking and traveling.

Who is Anna Muir?  Anna Muir is a nom de plume for a writer who lives in South Carolina. She makes really yummy jambalaya, head bangs to Viking death metal, and loves poofy dresses, mythology, and history. She has a beloved cat named after a 15th century Vatican assassin.She is a jack of all trades and master of none. She writes, hikes, takes pictures, and has a bucket list a mile long. Pretty much everything she does is with the goal of traveling somewhere new in mind. You can check out her blog  for more interesting tidbits or her Amazon page for her latest books.

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Book Blurb: Set in beautiful Peru, Legendary tells the story of Inti, god of the sun, and his quest to save Killa, goddess of the moon. After learning his love was kidnapped from the sky, Inti sets out to rescue her and bring her home to Machu Picchu. Joined by a Celtic war goddess, a Nabatean caravan god, and a young river goddess from Cameroon, he begs a mountain for information, fights with a monkey, and learns to let go of his fear and rage. Meanwhile, Killa is trapped by the water dragon’s daughter, and must keep herself safe and her captor docile while she searches for a way to escape.

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