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Marisa Cleveland | How a Song Inspired a Novel
Author Guest / November 11, 2019

Hello Everyone! Thanks so much for finding me here! I’m writing from chilly D.C. and dreaming of sunny South Beach! Have you been? Did you love it? Where did you stay? What did you do? One of my favorite reasons for visiting South Beach is the music. Victor Hugo is quoted as saying, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” I love how music can evoke so many emotions and create moods from absolute silence. Music bridges cultures and feelings, and unpacking all the ways music can change a person is truly magical. Plenty of articles exist regarding the benefits of music, and according to Harvard Men’s Health Watch, “Bright, cheerful music can make people of all ages feel happy, energetic, and alert.” My latest release, Reforming the CEO, started with a song, and as I worked on the first draft, so many songs reminded me of my characters. Every love song and break up song hit me in the heart, and like many other authors and many times before, I created a playlist to put me in the moment when writing. The list changed while I was writing – at…

J.S. Scott | Exclusive Excerpt: ENAMORED
Author Guest / October 22, 2019

I watched a couple of construction workers come into the coffee shop. Followed by several other customers. I should be heading back to the office. The late-afternoon crowd is starting to come in. It wasn’t that I didn’t like swimming with the sharks in the corporate world, but I wasn’t used to a sedentary lifestyle cooped up in an office all day. I glanced at the grubby men in orange vests who were ordering their coffee, knowing I had more in common with them than I did with all the other suits I saw on a daily basis. But I wasn’t one of them anymore, the guys who busted their asses physically every single day to make a living. In some ways, I really missed the comradery I’d had in construction with all of my fellow builders. I’d been part of a team. Yeah, it had been tough, exhausting work sometimes, but I’d liked getting my hands dirty, and most of all, I’d loved being outdoors as much as possible. It was my restlessness in the office that had drawn me outdoors. The walk to the Coffee Shack had helped some. It usually did, which was why I was here…

Angelina M. Lopez | Author-Reader Match: LUSH MONEY
Author Guest / October 15, 2019

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Angelina M. Lopez! Writes: I write sexy contemporaries about strong women and the confident men lucky to love them. My debut book, Lush Money, is about a self-made Mexican-American billionaire businesswoman who makes a deal with an impoverished prince: If he marries her and has sex with her three nights a month for a year, she will give him enough money to save his struggling winegrowing kingdom. All she wants is a marriage of convenience and three hot nights a month. And, oh yeah, a royal baby! It’s the first in the three-part Filthy Rich series, which are all about powerful, wealthy women who get what they want because they’ve earned it. About: While I have a long history as a writer — I’m an ex-newspaper journalist with a story in the Newseum and a romance writer for 19 years — my first published novel didn’t come out until yesterday, Oct.14. So please, be gentle. I enjoy wine and love spending…