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Author Interview with Cassie Laelyn ~ Unforgotten, The Fallen Guardians Book 2 ~ + a Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Cassie Laelyn…

Hello, Cassie. Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets? 

Hi! I’m Cassie Laelyn and I’m addicted to paranormal romance. I mean, I write paranormal romance! I live with my husband, two BMX-mad boys and a crazy, very spoiled dog. I grew up in a military family, so I moved around a lot as a kid, but the family and I finally settled in a small beachside town in sunny Queensland, Australia. Right now, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere more beautiful.

Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc, you’d like to share?

The whole Fallen Guardians series is based on the notion of soulmates. I’ve always believed that soulmates are two halves of the one soul. No matter what choices they make, regardless of the obstacles they face, those two halves will always find their way back together. After all, it’s destiny! But with Unforgotten, I wanted to take that one step further and show that even during great tragedy, there’s always a reason to choose hope.

In Unforgotten, Aric and Willow are two immortal soulmates living blissfully happy until one devastating choice tears them apart. Now, centuries later, those two halves are desperate to reunite. Consumed with never-ending love, commitment and a dangerous amount of hope, even Hell won’t stand in their way.

What book have you read that you wish you had written?

Anything written by JR Ward or Kresley Cole! Those ladies have an amazing ability to create complex worlds and characters in a long-standing series. I would love to have written the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. It’s a series based off the Major Arcana tarot Cards, and the whole world she created has blown me away. I can’t wait for the final installment.

Do you collect anything?

Books, books and books!! But I guess all authors collect books, right? Something else I love collecting are Willow Tree figurines. They’re tiny sculptures that come with a message, usually one of love, hope, comfort or inspiration. I like to buy a new one each time I experience a significant milestone in my life, such as releasing a book!

What do you want readers to come away with after they read Unforgotten?

Even when all seems lost, never lose hope. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeves

What is your favorite quote?

I have two favorite quotes I turn to when things seem impossible:

“It is often in the darkest night that we see the brightest stars.” – Richard Evans.

“Follow your soul, it knows the way.” – Unknown.

What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?

You said “celebrities” right?? Ha ha! I’d like an island with me, Ryan Reynolds, Ian Somerhalder, Scott Eastwood and right now, I’m adding John Krasinski to that list!

If you could be a character in any of your books, who would you be?

If I had to choose only one, I think I’d like to be Fate. She’s mysterious, powerful and not afraid to do what’s right. Even though many immortals think she’s the enemy, I believe her heart is in the right place.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

I’ve written Book 3 in The Fallen Guardians series, which is about to enter the editing stage. I also have a bear shifter novella plus a short story as part of a charity anthology to raise money for the Australian bushfire appeal. Both are due to release in mid-2020.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

My favorite romance authors are: JR Ward, Kresley Cole, Jennifer L Armentrout, and fellow Aussie Kylie Scott… and many more! I love how they all write over-the-top flawed heroes who will stop at nothing for the one they love. They’re intense, fiercely protective and loyal, powerful and hot! I also love how the heroines are strong and not willing to sit on the sidelines while all the action happens!

Tell us your favorite… 

Movie – Sweet Home Alabama and Ten Things I Hate About You.

Music – Anything by Lifehouse!

Place you’d like to visit – New Zealand and the USA!

TV show from adulthood – The Vampire Diaries / The Originals

Food – Woodfired pizza

Sports team – My boys are mad into BMX, so that’s my favorite sport right now!

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? – It depends on my company – I love doing all three!

GIVEAWAY!!! To celebrate Unforgotten’s release, I’d love to give one lucky reader an ebook copy! To win, tell me why love reading paranormal romance!

Unforgotten, The Fallen Guardians Book 2

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/Unforgotten_GR

Blurb:

Fate offers no mercy. Especially not to those who betray her.

Lethal Guardian Aric’s loyalty never falters. Not even when Fate exiled him and his brothers from the Heavens, separating Aric from his soulmate. He’ll do anything to reunite with her. But when Willow suddenly appears in the mortal realm, Aric’s greatest fear comes true—she’s no longer the angel he left behind.

Since Aric abandoned her, the Heavens have become Willow’s personal Hell. Centuries of bitterness and hurt is a toxic combination. It even affects her angelic powers. When a Fallen offers Willow a chance to escape, she accepts. But shunning her connection to the Heavens comes at a cost.

In a twisted battle of loyalty, trust and hope, what price will two soulmates pay for a second chance at love?

Excerpt:

Pivoting around, he peered over the cliff. Flames consumed the mountainside like bright orange burning fingers reaching for him.

Fuck. The fire surrounded him. No way out.

“Help!” Willow shrieked, her voice screaming through the roaring flames.

He had to find her before it was too late. Shielding his face with his arm, he crept closer to the flames.

“Willow, where are you?” A blast of heat scorched his face, forcing him back. “Fuck!”

Any gulp of air he managed burned in his chest. The smoke swirled around his body making his head swim and legs wobble. His stomach rolled.

The moment his throat squeezed shut, his legs gave out, falling to his knees in the ash, gasping for breath. Fire licked his arm as he reached for Willow.

He couldn’t find her. He couldn’t save her.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon US – https://amzn.to/2GMnzbg

Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/3b5t8jb

Amazon CA – https://amzn.to/2OpzYGC

Amazon Aus – https://amzn.to/2GQbvWO

 

iBooks – https://apple.co/37TQ7vo

B&N – http://bit.ly/Unforgotten_Nook

Google – Coming Soon!

Kobo – Coming Soon!

Bio:

Growing up in a military family, Cassie had a childhood filled with countless crazy adventures. Eventually, sunny Queensland stole her heart, and she now calls it home with her husband and their two BMX-crazy boys.

Borderline obsessed with the paranormal world, Cassie has a passion for crafting stories involving strong, otherworldly characters in need of redemption. She’s a self-confessed book-a-holic and a sucker for a gut wrenching happily ever after.

When she isn’t narrating imaginary characters, Cassie loves binging on TV shows, spending time at the beach, and curling up listening to the rain.

Join Cassie’s newsletter (www.cassielaelyn.com) to stay up to date with release information, including the next instalment in her action packed, steamy paranormal romance series, The Fallen Guardians.

Stalk Links:

Facebook Reader’s Group (Cassie’s Log Cabin) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/CassieLaelynsLogCabin/?source_id=151798248858993

Facebook – http://bit.ly/Cassie_Facebook

Instagram – http://bit.ly/Cassie_Instagram

Twitter – https://mobile.twitter.com/CassieLaelyn

Website – https://www.cassielaelyn.com

Bookbub – http://bit.ly/Cassie_BookBub

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/CassieLaelyn_GR

Amazon Profile – https://amzn.to/2ZlZcwP

 

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Author Interview with Pamela Thibodeaux & Re-Release of The Inheritance

Please help me welcome my friend, Pamela Thibodeaux, sharing her ‘refurbished’ release, The Inheritance…

Welcome, Pamela. Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

A native of SW Louisiana, I live on the outskirts of the city of Iowa, which is about 20 miles east of Lake Charles. I am the mother of 4 (2 by blood, 2 by marriage), mother-in-law to 2 and grandmother of 3 (1 girl, 2 boys) and a German Shepherd.

Where did you get the idea for The Inheritance?

The Inheritance evolved out of one thought: They say life begins at 40 but for Rebecca Sinclair that’s far from the truth. Of course, being the nosy person I am, I had to find out why this was so for her.

Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

When I first began writing, I wrote romance…steamy, sensual romance, but after I recommitted my life to Christ, and my writing to Him, the focus of my stories became more spiritual. Although I do write “Inspirational with an Edge!”

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it? I’ve worked in many occupations and am currently a licensed insurance agent and yes, if I have to work, it is the most fulfilling (so far).

What was your first job? I was a bookkeeper for my father’s construction and home improvement business.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time? My job LOL! Seriously, if I could make a living off my writing and writing related endeavors, that’s exactly what I would do.

What’s your favorite book of all time and why? Actually it’s the Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts. There is something about the characters in those books that touch my heart in a way that is indescribable. What’s your favorite childhood book? Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read The Inheritance. God is a god of second chances, we can start over in any given moment and love and forgiveness are the keys to both.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be? A Cross (to remind me to pray and never give up hope), a picture of my family (to love them in spirit as I can’t be there to love them in person) and a deck of cards (to occupy my time and keep my mind active and alert)

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? “You can’t have that in a Christian novel.” What has been the best compliment? Actually a reviewer said, “Although undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular — she offers faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams; Reviewed by Elizabeth Burton ~ Blue Iris Journal (2001))

How did your interest in writing originate? 

I’ve always been an avid reader but it wasn’t until my early twenties, and pregnant with my daughter (who is now 34) I got plain fed up with one-too-many romances and thought I could do better. A bit arrogant I know and much harder than I thought, but that was the impetus to my writing career.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?  Nora Roberts, I adore her power of description and characterization.

Your favorite… 

Movie: Actually I have 2 favorites that I watch every chance I get: Pretty Woman and A Few Good Men. Different ends of the spectrum I know but there is something touching and powerful in both.

Music: With the exception of heavy metal and rap I enjoy all kinds of music!

Place you’ve visited: I love to travel! This past summer I went on a 7 week camping trip, travelled through 14 states and visited 15 National Parks, 1 National Historic Park and a famous lake.

Place you’d like to visit: Ireland

TV show from adulthood: Heartland

Food: Bread

Sports team: New Orleans Saints

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Card – I love playing solitaire (traditional or on my computer) to decompress.

 

Thank you, Pamela. I enjoyed getting to know more about you. Tell us about your book. Readers, check out Pamela’s Rafflecopter giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4752b1262/?

 

Book Title: The Inheritance (2nd edition – newly edited, revised, and updated!)

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1nXB8Z0

 

After her husband’s death she discovers a future she never expected and a family she never imagined.

Blurb: Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness.  Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now.  Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again?

US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her.  A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?

 

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” 

Links:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2fzAdN7

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-s-thibodeaux

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