Showing posts with label Fixation Fridays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fixation Fridays. Show all posts

Friday, 8 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Faye Hall

Hi lovelies! It's Fixation Friday time again. This week we're joined by another Aussie author who loves to write historical stories packed with passion. 
Check out what she has to say in the interview and read an excerpt from her book Shrouded Passions. Enjoy!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring K.E. Osborn

Hello and welcome to another Fixation Friday! Today we have a special treat. Author K.E. Osborn has answered some of my questions about her writing and the characters in her Satan's Savages MC series. 
She's giving away the Kindle version of books 1&2 of the series. ENTER BELOW!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Susanne Bellamy

Hi all and welcome to another Fixation Friday! We're getting our country on today with a new release from Susanne Bellamy. She joins us to tell us all about the evolution of her rural romance series, Hearts of the Outback
And there's a GIVEAWAY!!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Anita Gillham

Welcome to another Fixation Friday! Hot bikers are the flavour of the day with our visitor this week, Anita Gillham. Book four of the Break Series is coming soon. Check out the interview with Anita, and don't forget to enter the MASSIVE GIVEAWAY at the end!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Adele Jones! #FixFri

Hello to all on this fabulous Fixation Friday. Books are my fixation and today we're talking to Adele Jones about her awesome YA, thriller series. I met this lovely lady at Readers and Writers Down Under (RWDU) where she told me all about her books, in particular, her character, Blaine. I'm a bit of a science geek, so this one definitely peaks my interest. Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kathleen Kelly

Happy Fixation Friday everyone! Brace yourselves because the Savage Angels MC boys are in the house with the release of Savage Sacrifice by Kathleen Kelly!
She joins us today to tell us what she thinks is behind the MC fascination. And she's offering you a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Enter via the widget at the end of the post.

There is something to be said about the allure of hot men on large steel machines and the vibration between their thighs. I write fairytale MC romance where my characters are all about love and loyalty. I believe readers are drawn to the world of MC for numerous reasons though. Often the storylines are full of action, suspense, sometimes dark and dangerous but I think for the most part it's the character development. Female readers crave an alpha male who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it and for the females in their world I often hear from readers how they love a strong, sassy woman. Possibly it's the colliding of worlds, an innocent wrapped up in the dangerous world of an MC.

Thanks Kathleen. I definitely think it's the allure of the dark and dangerous and the chance at redemption. That maybe an alpha male with a dark past could have his heart warmed by a woman with enough courage to enter his world and try. 
What do you all think? What's the allure for you?

Rockstar Princess Kat Saunders is enjoying her world tour with the band, RockPlay a little too much. Captured on camera kissing bad boy rocker, Will Van Ryken, her world is about to get turned upside down.

When Dane Reynolds, President of Savage Angels MC tries to confront his wife, another kind of hell descends upon him.

Guilty, ashamed and disgusted in his own behavior, Dane skips town and heads home to Tourmaline knowing what he must sacrifice for his wife.

Will he give up the club, his family, to save his marriage?

It seems Will Van Ryken is harboring some dirty secrets of his own and when the Savage Angels receive a tip about his associations with a known drug lord, they instantly fear Kat may be slipping back into old habits.

Dane has no intention of giving up on his woman. Can The Grinders and the Savage Angels work together to keep their princess safe from the clutches of this devil in disguise?

What will it take for Kat to go running back into the arms of the only man she's ever loved?

**Disclaimer: Please note, things are not always as they seem and you will not find cheaters in my books.

Don't miss the other books in the series. Book one is FREE!

Available from Kathleen's website and all good retailers.
Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Kathleen Kelly was born in Penrith, NSW, Australia. When she was four her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Although born in NSW she considers herself a QUEENSLANDER!!

She married her childhood sweetheart and they live in Toowoomba with their two furry kids. A British Short Hair named Grace and a Burmese named Jack.

Kathleen enjoys writing contemporary, romance novels with a little bit of erotica. She draws her inspiration from family, friends and the people around her. She can often be found in cafes writing and observing the locals.

If you have any questions about her novels or would like to ask Kathleen a question she can be contacted via e-mail: or she can be found on Facebook. She loves to be contacted by those that love her books.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Kristal Hollis

It's Fixation Friday time again, and this week we're getting our shifter on with Awakened By The Wolf. 
Due out on June 1st, this paranormal from Kristal Hollis, and Harlequin Nocturne is sure to get your blood pumping. 

Who's been sleeping in the Alpha's bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker's Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie's reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Fixation Fridays - Featuring Diane Demetre

Hello lovely readers! Get your dancing shoes on because it's Friday and Diane Demetre is in the house! 
Today she shares a glimpse into her fascinating life. 
Check out book two in her Dance of Love Series!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Fixation Fridays - Featuring Tania Joyce! #FixFri

Welcome back to another Fixation Friday. Today we have the talented Aussie author, Tania Joyce, joining us. Her recent release, Acquisitions is available now. It's book two in the Strictly Business Series. 
Tania talks about reading, writing and what's in store for the future!
Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY to win an eCopy of Acquisitions, and prepare to smoke up your Kindle!

Friday, 6 May 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Eden Summers!

Hello lovely readers!
Another exciting Fixation Friday and this week we have the lovely and brilliant, Eden Summers joining us. We had a talk about saying goodbye to her Reckless Beat Series and what else she has planned for the future. 
Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY to win one of two eBook copies of Book One in the Vault Series, A Shot of Sin.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Fixation Fridays - Feature Author A.L. Simpson

Hi readers!
It's Friday! Time to talk about our reading fixation again. This week we have author A.L. Simpson joining us on The Flare Up. Her latest book in the Born Series, Born to Achieve, is out today! Happy book birthday Ally! Read on for a deeper look into the characters in the book.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Fixation Fridays - Featuring Wendy Louise!

Hi readers!

I'd like to extend a huge, awed welcome to Wendy Louise, our feature author on Fixation Fridays here at The Flare Up. What an inspiring, talented lady. Her Forever Series is out now. You can get books one and two of the series as a boxed set for FREE. But not for much longer.

Wendy Louise talks candidly about juggling her careers and family, and about taking on the big C and winning.

There has been a lot of talk lately about the guilt that writers and those with artistic pursuits feel for wanting to devote time to their craft. Have you experienced this personally?

Most definitely. I love to spend time writing and when I am in the midst of a story which just keeps flowing, I don’t want to stop. With a full time career and a family, I need to be able to juggle my time so that nothing gets neglected. I am fortunate that I have a very supportive hubby and kids who allow me the time to write.

How do you deal with the juggle of taking time out of a busy life to write?

When I am writing, I set time aside to concentrate on the story, usually a day at least per weekend and time in the evening when the kids are in bed. I love the writing process. I love it when I am in the middle of a story and the characters are ‘talking’ to me. I can’t get the words down fast enough. The most difficult part for me is after I finish writing, when I need to make time to edit, proof and market the book. That takes time and I find that my writing takes a back seat when I am in the middle of that part of the process.

Some authors, particularly those who write steamy romance, prefer to keep their ‘other life’ a secret, or somehow separate from their normal day to day. Is this something you feel you need to do?

I write under the name Wendy Louise which is my first and middle name. I don’t use my surname as I do like to keep my writing separate to my corporate life. Most of my friends at work know about my writing, but I don’t ‘advertise’ it to them as such, as I work in a very conservative, corporate environment. I’m sure if they knew about it though, they would be really supportive. I do get a little bit embarrassed when my friends or family read the steamy scenes that I write, but in the end, they are an important part of a contemporary romance so they can’t be left out.

How has your family adjusted to your burgeoning second career?

They are so supportive. My kids are way too young to read my books but they are very proud and get so excited when I am writing or releasing. They love to see where the book is sitting on the charts and follow it’s progress. My husband has been a huge help to me with self-publishing. He has set up my website, assisted me with uploading my books and helped me to navigate the scary path (that is now not so scary) of sef-publishing my first book. Most of all they allow me the time to write and that in itself is a wonderful gift.

In your bio you disclose your battle with breast cancer, and how you realised it was ‘now or never’ to pursue your writing. Your story is incredibly inspiring. How did you push past the challenges you faced to take on the huge commitment of a writing career, on top of everything else?

I had always wanted to write. I considered becoming a journalist in High school but then went in a different direction. I have always loved to read and I have always had stories in my head, but never the time to write them down. After a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgeries and treatment I realised that life is short. You need to take every opportunity to fulfil any dreams you have. I sat down and started writing my first novel, which was a much easier process than I thought it would be, and I loved it. I loved the process. I loved getting to know my characters and I realised it was a great way to relax for me. After cancer, ensuring you stay stress-free and relaxed is really important. For me, writing is my pleasure and I love it, so I don’t feel like it is a burden or a commitment for me. It is now just part of what I do.

If you could offer advice to someone who is facing a similar battle, what would you say?

A breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 43 is pretty scary. I’m sure it is scary at any age, but you just don’t expect it in your early forties when you have young children and a busy life. I found out that I carried the BRCA2 gene (just like Angelina Jolie) in 2012 and was on the wait list for a preventative mastectomy and ovary removal to reduce my risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. (There is a huge history of breast cancer on my Dad’s side of the family and I inherited the gene from him). While I was undergoing a routine MRI, my breast cancer was diagnosed and my surgery was rushed forward. It was a big surgery and long recovery time, and while going through it all, it was difficult, but at the same time I had time to spend with family (who looked after me), to sit and reflect and to think about what I wanted to do moving forward. My writing is something that was born from this experience and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Breast cancer is frightening but it is those negative experiences that make us who we are. They shape our future and make us re-evaluate life. I feel like I live my life to its full potential now. I appreciate every day and feel thankful to be here.

Thank you so much, Wendy! What an inspirational lady.
Check out Wendy Louise's Forever Series below

Every so often someone special comes in to your life and it is so monumental that it marks time. It’s like a date is forever imprinted on your heart. After that, everything before pales in comparison and you wonder what you ever did without them….

Feeling the need for a change in life, Ava Lucas boards a plane for LA to work with her movie star sister. After making a vow to steer clear of men while she is there, she comes face to face with danger and temptation - all wrapped up in a 6 foot, blue-eyed, smoking-hot package. Her promise to herself is compromised as soon as she locks eyes with her sister’s gorgeous co-star, but already knowing his reputation with women, can she resist?

Ethan Drake is Hollywood royalty. Hot and charismatic. A total player. He sets his sights on Ava from the moment he lays eyes on her and what starts as a conquest turns in to more as she manages to chip away at the walls he has built over the years to protect his heart.

Can Ava resist the powerful lure of Ethan and stay true to her promise? Can Ethan bury his demons and turn his back on his playboy ways to convince Ava to be his?

When I look at you, I smile for no reason. I had no idea that the day I met you, I was meeting the person who would become not just my heart, but my everything….

Olivia Lucas is the latest Hollywood ‘it’ girl. Her first movie is a huge box-office success and she is in hot demand. For a down-to-earth Australian girl, her life is pretty spectacular - beyond her wildest dreams in fact - and although she is revelling in the limelight, she really just wants what her younger sister Ava has…. Someone to love her for herself and not the star she has become.

Grayson Adams is the lead singer of Awesome Rebel. He is a hard-working, dedicated and supremely talented musician who has the looks to carry his talent all the way to the top. Awesome Rebel has just been signed to a major record label and Grayson’s life is about to change monumentally. 

Grayson has been wildly attracted to Olivia since his best friend, Ethan, introduced them, but she has been unavailable to him…until now.

When circumstances find them both living under the same roof, a special relationship develops. When filming movies and touring with a rock band intrudes, their time together is ripped apart and the relationship is put to the test.

Can they put their relationship first while still fighting for the careers that they have both worked so hard for? Is there a way to have both?

Currently FREE!

Sienna Adams wants to dance. It’s all she’s ever wanted. When she has the opportunity to tour the world and dance on stage with her brother’s band - Awesome Rebel, she takes it. But Sienna gets a lot more than she bargained for when she falls for the lead guitarist, the laid-back and gorgeous, Cooper Lane.

Falling in love wasn’t part of her plan, but sometimes plans change.

Cooper Lane loves to have fun. He’s easy-going and never takes life too seriously. Until a shock discovery in his family has him torn between touring with his band, staying with Sienna, or going back home to Australia to support his mother.

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and the dreams that were always so important to you no longer seem so meaningful.

With everything life throws at them, Cooper and Sienna face some hard decisions. But sometimes it’s the hard times in life that make you realise which dream is the most important, and that love is all you need to carry you through.


(Book 4 in the ‘Forever’ series)
Coming soon.

Madeline Rose is one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. Her career is soaring, making her one of the most sought after stars on the planet. After finally discovering who her mother is, and finding out about a brother that she never knew she had, everything is finally starting to make sense. Her life is full of sparkle and attention, but there is always something missing, something out of reach that she can’t quite capture. 

When she embarks on a friendship with Christian Adams, brother of Awesome Rebel’s Grayson Adams, she starts to discover that the simple things in life are sometimes the best.

But can she settle for simple, when she lives a life of complicated?

Christian Adams has no interest in the Hollywood scene, but somehow he finds himself totally absorbed in it when he agrees to work on the behind-the-scenes doco of Madeline Rose’s latest blockbuster. After touring Australia with his brother’s band and spending time with Madeline, he sees her as a friend, one of his best in fact. The more time he spends with her, the more he falls, until he has a decision to make. 

But how do you make a decision when you’re not sure what the options are? Christian needs to decide whether he can live a life in the spotlight, or give it all away to live the life he already knows.

Sometimes the road less travelled is the one we need to take, but taking that first step is always the hardest part.

Paperback of Forever is Mine and book swag from Wendy Louise!

Hi, I’m Wendy Louise.

I’m a wife and mum living in Melbourne, Australia. I love to read and write, and I somehow manage to fit writing my books in between my regular daytime duties, which include a full-time job and life in general with two busy children.

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After many surgeries and treatments, I learnt that life is short and you need to grab it while you can. I always wanted to write, and I realised that it was now or never.

You can usually find me with a few books on the go at once – whether that be reading them, or writing them. I love chocolate and trashy reality TV. It’s not unusual for me to combine all these and attempt to write, while watching an episode of the Kardashians or The Bachelor, and devouring a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk.

I am so excited to bring my ‘Forever’ series to you all. It has been such a labour of love for me. I have a number of projects in progress at the moment, and I’m excited to introduce those to you all soon.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them.

Much love,

Wendy X
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