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

Author Spotlight: Serenity Rayne

Author Spotlight: Serenity Rayne
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Serenity Rayne is a new, up and coming author, known mostly for her Aurora Marelup Series, that you are going to LOVE! She writes hectic, action packed, gory, reverse harems about shifters. If you like shifter books, fated mates, thrillers, then these books are for you! A little trigger waring, these books might not be for everyone. For someone who is obsessed with Halloween, being scared, loving the reality of the books, it was for me. Serenity is a down to earth Author and will answer any question you have, or just chit-chat about how much wine you’ve consumed throughout this quarantine. She is excited to hear from her fans and likes to interact with them on a daily basis. She is legit amazing and I can’t wait to see who comes next!

Onto the Interview!

Q: What got you into witting? A:To be perfectly honest with you I couldn’t find anything on the market that sparked my interest in the least bit. So I decided to write something that I was interested in. If it happened to take off then wonderful.

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: Well that’s honestly a toss-up. I have Aurora series which is shifter paranormal reverse harem that falls on the side of thriller/horror. Then I have Once Upon a Raven that is a Edgar Allan Poe inspired book that is the first of many to come from the Poe inspired series I intend to write.

Q: What got you into writing thriller reverse harem books? A: Reverse harem is fun all by itself. But I tend to like my horror movies thriller action movies things of that nature so I brought that love and passion into my stories.

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? A: I’d have to say that Alaric and Jayce are my favorites from Aurora series. And Kol is my favorite from the Raven.

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the series? A: It honestly wasn’t that difficult. Aurora is basically me with none of the human restraints upon her. I took some of my favorite qualities that I thought were embodied by a specific animal and gave them to each of the mates.

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? A: Honestly, It’s staying focused, and ignoring those that decide to nick pick and rip a book apart instead of enjoying it for what it is..

Q: About writing reverse harem? A: That’s actually a funny answer It’s more like when you have intimate moments with more than one mate in a scene. Keeping track of where all the limbs and appendages are and making sure that nothing is misplaced.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write supernatural/shifter books? A: As i said earlier I absolutely love horror movies. I grew up watching some of the old favorite black and white movies all the way up to current day.

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Definitely find a good editor and proofreader for your novel. Do not trust and editing program to handle your document the same as a human would. A program cannot and will not ever understand how an emotion needs to be portrayed.

Q: What is your favorite writing spot? A: Usually I’m sitting on my bed. or or I’m going for a long walk and using my dictation program.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: I’m not a big fan of being around large groups of people. So anywhere that I can isolate and just enjoy myself is perfect vacation spot for me.

Q: What is your favorite food? A: I love extremely rare steak. I love sushi and sashimi. I love all sorts of Japanese and Indian cuisine. And I also enjoy cooking traditional German or Italian dishes.

Q: What is coming next from you? A:There’s actually a lot on the table currently. Just finished up book one of Hybrid Royals. Working on book five of Aurora’s series Welcome Home Little Wolf. After that I am probably going to be working on Jayce’s daughters series and my Bear Claw Ranch series that will feature two of Dimitri’s daughters and Ellis. I also have a Valkyrie series slated for 2021. There’s also a reverse harem vampire novel that I have outlined. There’s also going to be a three book series with Klaus’s daughter that will be reverse harem. There’s several other things that are in the works in the background The hybrid royal series is going to be four books when it’s completed and then there’s another four book series that is on the back burner currently.

Thank you again Serenity! Check out our Book Review of Ascend Little Wolf and the Book Tour with all the links!

Book Tour: The Aurora Marelup Series

Book Tour: The Aurora Marelup Series

About the Author

Hi I’m Serenity Rayne and I love to write paranormal stories. My first book out Hide Little Wolf is a dream come true. I’ve read a ton of books over the years , I’ve always felt they were missing something. So I was encouraged to write the book I’ve always wanted to read. In real life I’m a mom, wife and outdoors woman. I love supporting and being supportive of others. You’ll find in my books that the female characters are strong independent women that don’t lose their bite no matter what is thrown their way. I hope you enjoy reading it!


Ascend Little Wolf: The Aurora Marelup Series

My name is Aurora and I am the last of my bloodline. The Strigoi killed my family within moments of my birth. They entrusted my life to my Guardians Dimitri a Great Bear and Andre a Golden Eagle.

They sent us through a portal to the new world to hide and protect me. We’ve spent the last two hundred years on the move like gypsies. The time has come and I’ve obtained my full power. The hunt for my mates is on. Once I succeed, I will take back my mother’s throne and dance on the bones of the Strigoi.

**Trigger warnings: Decapitation. There is m/m & m/m/m scenes. There is shifted sex. (Wolf on mate) Blood and Gore. Why choose romance (multiple men faithful to one female). Cliffhanger. This is book one of five

Links: Amazon * Goodreads


Hunt Little Wolf: The Aurora Marelup Series

My name is Aurora. I am the first of my kind. After I ascended, it became clear to my Guardian’s that I wasn’t your average Lycan. My father’s noble bloodline has gifted me with powers unheard of for a Lycan. Half Lycan.

Half dragon. I am a lethal hybrid of the two. With the help of my mates, I am hunting down the traitors to my kingdom, one by one. The Strigoi may be an ever present pain in my ass, but even they can’t compare to what I feel waiting for us.

I feel that something lurks in the background, a puppeteer pulling the strings of the usurpers. With only two mates left to gather, my harem is almost complete. With their added strength, I will finally be able to avenge my family and take back my Mother’s throne.

On my blood, I will triumph over my enemies… let my bloody coronation begin.

**Trigger Warning: Decapitation. There is m/m & m/m/m scenes. True mates, blood and gore. A Why choose romance with a Cliffhanger

Links: Goodreads * Amazon


Fight Little Wolf: The Aurora Marelup Series

My name is Aurora and this is my journey. I have traveled far, hunting down my enemies. What I’ve learned so far hurts, the betrayal runs bone deep. So many cogs in the machine, and so many traitors to pursue.

The ice dragon castle is a place of wonder and great danger. I settle two scores and receive a surprising arrival. Oberon, King of the High Elves takes an interest in my journey. He bestows a powerful and lethal gift upon me. Sometimes it pays to be a beast of legend.

During my time in the castle, I finally complete my harem and reach my full potential. With all five mates at my side and an army at my command, I am almost ready to return to my ancestral home. Along the way, we’ve discovered the identity of the puppeteer, and there’s a major score to be settled there.

The body count is rising and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. By my blood, I swear I will avenge my family and take back what is rightfully mine. This is the second coming of the Blood Queen.

* Trigger Warning: True/ Fated mates, M/M, Mate Orgy, Betrayal/ Retribution, Paranormal Reverse Harem Romance, Surprise Guests, Puppeteer discovered, Blood & gore, Why Choose Romance

Links: Goodreads * Amazon


Once Upon a Raven

Do you know what it’s like to be cursed? I do. The last ten years of my life I can only return to my human form for five days. All because of the Voodoo Witch Doctor Jacques. One of the idiots in my congress broke his daughters heart.

In turn, He dubbed all raven shifters evil, and cursed us. He gave us calavera’s and a choice, kill or die. I’m a survivor, and I plan on beating last years body count. There’s one unforeseen glitch in my plans, and her name is Mina.

** TRIGGER WARNING** BDSM elements, torture, prostitution. Graphic death scenes in unique ways, Stockholm syndrome elements. Mass murderer turned anti-hero

Links: Goodreads * Amazon


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Book Review: Pack Ebon Red

Book Review: Pack Ebon Red
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Blurb

I am wolf; I am human; I am neither; I am both.
I am werewolf.

And I have seven Alpha Males as my mates.
All mine to kiss and hold and touch, seven handsome men for my bed.
My boys represent the biggest packs in North America.
But I am the Alpha Female and I rule them all.

One day, the packs might force me to choose.
But my heart, it won’t allow it. Things could get…bloody if I have to fight for my boys.
For now, three glittering dark courts threaten our existence with their glamorous cruelty:
the vampires, the witches, and the fae.

Werewolves are missing from all the packs, and my boys and I, we have to find them.
Or find out who’s killing them.
Because I’m the mistress of my men, my packs, a girl known simply as White Wolf.
I’ve promised to protect the men I love, the family and friends I cherish.
And the White Wolf…always keeps her promises.

***PACK EBON RED is a 300+ page full-length reverse harem/menage, urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel for mature teens and adults 18+ with a happily ever after waiting at the end of the series. It features one strong woman and her seven hot men that will do whatever it takes to protect and support their alpha. This book contains: werewolves, magic, vampires, dark fae, witches, intrigue, steamy sex scenes, romance, paranormal politics, and true love. This is book one of seven.


If you haven’t dived into C.M. Stunich yet, Pack Ebon Red(The Seven Mates of Zara Wolf)  might be a good place to start. This is currently book 1 of 5 (four are currently out), so you can binge read all you want! We got the shifters, kick-ass female, seven sexy men who all want Zara’s attention (well, most of them) drama, action, MAGIC, and oh so much more. Like Fae, I’m on a Fae binge and love reading about how authors portray them differently in their books. 

Zara is the next Alpha of the North American Packs and is from pack Ebon Red. Her mother is the current Alpha and you don’t want to get on her bad side. She tends to wear her silver like a badge…on her naked skin…so everyone can see how strong she is because silver will make these shifters bleed. Zara must prove to her mother and grandmother that she can be strong enough to lead their packs, which neither thinks she can handle the stress and difficult decisions an Alpha must make.

This reverse harem has 7 shifters that Zara must choose to become her next mate. 7 guys! While she really only wants one (currently) she must uphold tradition and welcome in these 7 hunky men who will live with her for the next year in the packhouse. Right as these packs are showing up for the pairing ceremony (which BTW, is so hot, one of my favorite parts of the books when meeting the guys) Zara and her love interest Nic, from pack Ebon Red, share a moment that they fear will be their last together. While experiencing this sexy scene they discover a burst of magic, which has been long lost to the packs. This leads to Nic being able to be one of Zara’s choices of mates. Yay!

While reading this book you won’t get bored. I think the only thing I had a hard time was trying to figure out which guy was which. You have to remember 7 guys! That is a lot of hotness to figure out. So we have Nic, Anubis, Silas, Monty, Jax, Tidus, and Che. After the pairing ritual, these 8 must figure out who is taking all the shifters and what is happening to them. They must complete this before their time is up and in the end, Zara is expected to choose one singular mate. But why choose right? Ha, Zara ain’t gonna choose, she’s gonna make her own path! Like all the lovely bad-ass females we read about, Zara doesn’t take shit and owns her body and her men.

On this adventure, we have a normal best friend, who likes the bad boys, witches with some crazy cats and scary magic, and some Fae that just like to create trouble. This book will keep you entertained with all the action, drama, sexy scenes and mystery. CM Stunich does an amazing job at creating a landscape for you to hold in your mind and great character development without too many of the mysteries about what might happen next. I love it when the authors just get right in there! You know that CM writes some steamy scenes and you won’t be disappointed in this book. Che and Zara, on their pack run, yeah I thought that was hot 😉 

Sizzle Factor: 5 out of 5

When won’t I give CM Stunich 5 out of 5? She writes amazing steamy scenes.