Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

We had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Callie Rose! I’ve been following Callie since her very first book, The Help, and have LOVED how she has grown as an author. She has dipped into supernatural worlds, standalone, heartbreaks, reverse harem epicness, basically everything I love. And so many upcoming stories! I’m so excited for the Broken Bond series and Sweet Retribution series!

I want to also say that a lot of authors have been on the receiving end of social bullying right now. These authors are pulling their works because of this and other issues and thats never okay. When an author puts our a book, they probably put a shit ton of time, effort, and heart into it. It doesn’t matter if they received all the praise in the world for it, it really only takes one bad review, one mean comment to bring an author down. We want to be as strong as our characters, but in reality, words do hurt. Please remember that when you are demanding a book be finished, harassing an author to change something, or writing your reviews, these authors are real people, and will be affected by your words.

Interview

Q: What got you into writing? A: I’ve always loved stories. I’m a sucker for a good book, a good movie, even a poem or a song that tells a story. I started writing when I was little and kept up with it as a hobby for a long time. It was only after college that I started to get more serious about it and think about sharing the things I wrote with the world. It was a scary leap, but I’m so glad I took the plunge into publishing my work!

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: Hmm, that’s a really hard question. I guess the sort of “cheat” answer is that my favorite book/series is usually the one I’m working on at the time. When I’m in the middle of writing a book, I spend so much time with the characters that I’ll often dream about them. I get totally absorbed in the world and the characters that I’ve created, and I love that feeling. So whichever book I’m currently working on definitely holds the biggest piece of my heart and my focus.

But my favorite of all time? Ahh, I don’t know if I can pick! Maybe the Ruthless Games series. That’s my answer today, anyway, lol! Ayla is a character I relate to so much, and I love that she always manages to find her strength, even when she’s going through some shit.

Q: What got you into writing reverse harem books? A: I fell in love with the genre a few years ago, and I think it just really fits my writing style. I love writing strong female characters and complex heroes, and I think those qualities fit really well into reverse harem. I also love how much variety there is in reverse harem! I’m a sucker for both contemporary and paranormal romance, so it’s been really fun to create harems and stories in both worlds.

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? (Or another book/series) A: Ooh, another hard question. This answer totally depends on the day! I already mentioned that I love Ayla (from my Ruthless Games series), but I also really love Piper (the heroine from my Fallen University series). Piper is funny and snarky and not afraid to say what she thinks. She’s someone I’d definitely want to hang out with in real life. I think we’d have a blast!

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the series? A: Dreaming up characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. Usually they sort of reveal themselves to me slowly, long before I ever start writing the book. I’ll hear snippets of conversations in my head (does that make me sound crazy? I swear, I’m not, lol!) or get little flashes of their backstory. Sometimes I’ll see a picture of a person, and it’ll spark the idea for a new character. Something in their eyes or the way they carry themselves, some question I want to answer about them.

I think imperfect people are the most interesting to write about, so I spend a lot of time with my characters, finding out both their flaws and their strengths, their secrets and their fears. And then when it comes time to write them, I know them well enough that the words just flow out of me!

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? About writing reverse harem? A: For me, the most difficult thing about writing is the non-writing part. Being an indie author is amazing, but there are a lot of hats you have to wear, and I’m still learning the ropes of all of that!

When it comes to the actual writing, the hardest part is managing distractions. I’ve had to explain to my husband that when I’m zoned in at my computer with my fingers flying across the keys, I’m literally in another world and he should imagine I have a big “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging above me.

When I get into a groove, it feels like I’m seeing the whole book play out in my head like a movie, so I try really hard to make sure I don’t get pulled out of that zone when I’m writing. Luckily, my husband is 100% supportive and respects my writing time. My puppy, on the other hand? Not so much!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write? A: From all over. Pictures, songs, movies, conversations or interactions I overhear on the street. I think a lot of authors are “character gatherers.” We’re constantly creating worlds and people in our heads. Okay, now I definitely sound crazy…

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! And write every day if you can, even just a few hundred words. Even if you don’t publish the first thing you write, or the second or third, you’ll be building that muscle, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and finding your voice.

Also, there are dozens of writing craft books out there, and tons of social media groups for writers and indie authors. They can be such a valuable resource!

Q: How do you handle bullying from social media? A: That’s a really hard question to answer. The indie author community and social media sphere are pretty small, and while that’s amazing in so many ways, it can also have a very ugly side.

I guess the biggest and most important thing for me has been to focus on the positive, to focus on the people who approach the world with kindness, and to make my tribe out of those kinds of people.

The world feels like a mess right now. 2020 has been so hard for so many people, and cruelty and bullying only bring more negativity into the mix. So I’ve just made the choice for myself, my family, and my own mental health that I’m not going to play that game.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: Can I pick a place I haven’t been to yet? Hawaii is on my bucket list, and I would love to vacation there someday!

Q: What is your favorite food? A: My husband makes a crazy-good shakshuka that I’m addicted to!

Q: What is coming next from you? A: Next up from me will be Sweet Salvation, the final book in my Ruthless Games series. It’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m so excited for people to read the final installment!

Thank you again Callie Rose! We appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions and are exciting to read your upcoming works!

The Lie-Callie Rose

Book Review: Bloom (The Order, 1)

Book Review: Bloom (The Order, 1)
Bloom:The Order-Nikki Rae

Blurb

When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order dwell. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.
Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.
It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.
Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him

Trigger warning – this book contains sensitive subject matter dealing in human trafficking, abusive and violence


Boom by Nikki Rae was exciting, erotic and fascinating. Nikki paints a world for our MC Fawn for this dark romance. Through pain and suffering she will survive.

Fawn was taken at a young age by the “Order” a league of people above everyone else. They take what they want and treat those below them worse than animals. Raised to be a submissive girl for her “suitor”, thinking she will be praised and loved – only to be caged. After finding out what her role is to be she ends up being returned to the Order after an accident with her Master.

In comes steamy Master Lyon, Elliot, to train her where others have failed.

Emotions run high throughout the whole book, try as I might not to – tears were shed. Fawn tries to lock her emotions up and not feel, but with a steamy master to serve that is harder said than done.

Holy hotness! When things heat up between Fawn and Elliot there are fireworks. Fawn learning more about her body and not to be ashamed of herself.

Finally after a night where barriers are dropped she escapes! I was right along with her, running through the house. Heart pounding, terrified of being discovered and the chance to get away fleeting in the wind.

While I loved this book, I also found parts to be hard to read. Reading about someone that is subject to abuse and violence with no hope in sight definitely kept the pages turning hopping that Fawn finds the strength to stay alive.

If you have a hard time reading about these sensitive matters, this book is not for you. Besides that I recommend this book to everyone else. It will leave your on your toes right alongside Fawn, waiting to find out what happens next.

-Jess

Book Review: Famished: Part One (The Broken Series)

Book Review: Famished: Part One (The Broken Series)
Famished Part One: Broken-Ellie Messe

Blurb

Moms a junkie, Dad’s not dead.

After lying to me for the past twenty-one years, Mom got in too deep with her debt and had to call not-dead dad to bail her out. But wait, there’s more; not-dead dad is a biker who thinks he knows what’s best for the daughter he’s never met. Agreeing to bail dear mom out for the low, low price of one grown ass adult.
So here I am in some hot as sin city with my junkie mom racking up more debt, living day to day with a needle in her arm without anyone around to make sure she’s bathed or fed. I’m sure Ricky will love the fact his favorite hostage is MIA.
Like I don’t have enough problems I’m trying to deal with.
I just need some no name to make it all go away for a little while.
I don’t need love or romance; I just want to forget.

I’m a hungry man, plain and simple.
I’ve got a bomb ass family, great job, and a f*ckable face.
Everything is perfect on the outside; it’s the inside that’s f*cked up.
People die, relationships fall apart, good people turn ugly, and others leave you in the dust. That’s life.
The only problem is when shit gets too dark, and you’re no longer able to lose yourself between some girls thighs, what the f*ck are you supposed to do?
Like I don’t have enough demons trying to claw free.
I just need to lose myself in some piece of pussy that doesn’t reek of tequila.
I don’t need love, f*ck; I don’t want it. I just want to forget.

Due to the sexual nature of this book it is recommended for 18+
This is the second book in the Broken series. It is PART ONE of Two, so there is a cliffhanger. Part Two will be released in May2019.
Some content could be considered triggers. Read at your own digression.


Famished: Part One by Ellie Messe is book two of the Broken series. I loved, loved, LOVED book one of the Broken series. I was a little skeptical of reading Famished because it was in the POV of Drew and Emma and not Haley and Parker. I was hoping for a continuation of Haley and Parker’s story, and yup, we still see that. I can say that I was not disappointed at all! This book does come with a trigger warning like the first one. There may be dark parts that some may not want to read. I don’t think it’s as dark as Broken, but it does bring up things than happened in Broken.

The book starts out with Emma and her POV and how she came to Arizona. Then it switches to Drew and lands in the middle of Broken. We get to see how Drew felt during all of Haley’s issues, attempts at running away. Emma ends up moving in with Drew as his new roommate and holy hot roommate chemistry. I like that Drew just never gave up. He thought it was going to be a one and done. F*ck that, he should have known better. 

This book has ALL THE DRAMA! You know you want to read it. If you haven’t read Broken, I highly recommend reading that one first. I’m team Haley/Parker, but I loved reading about Emma and Drew’s story. They are both trying to keep their feelings in check and don’t want to catch any because they really don’t want a broken heart and Drew just doesn’t know what to do with feelings/a relationship. The steamy scenes are hot, hot, hot!

Emma’s dad is the president of a local MC club, but they are legit, no illegal stuff happening at all. I love that she plays poker with her uncle. One of my favorite chapters is when Emma and Drew are playing truth of dare. You know that’s not going to end up well. If Drew wins, they get to have sex and get rid of all the angst roommate chemistry. If Emma wins, Drew has to abstain from sex for a week. Obviously I’m rooting for Drew, because come one, hot, steamy, scene, I’ll read that. But the things they ask and do just keep getting worse. Drew gets a tattoo, A TATTOO! But where? Go read it and find out. It’s pretty funny.

Your heart will break during this book because of course, neither character wants to give in to the other. I felt like Emma developed more into who she is throughout the book. She starts off all pissed at the world and then ends up defending Drew and being there for him even though she should really just walk away and say screw it, he’s not worth it. With a body like his, ehhhh, I’d stay also. Book Crush! (I have a lot of those) Drew finally feels something in his chest and is wondering WTF is this. I am man. I can not catch feelings. Well, too late dude, you did, now go get your woman!

This book also ends in a cliffhanger! But lucky you, book two of Famished is out! AHHH, that ending! I was so sad and upset and just worrying over everyone! 

Sizzle Factor: 5 out of 5

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