Category Archives: Sci-Fi Romance

♥♥♥ A cover contest with BLUE VISION! ♥♥♥

If you liked the cover of my book,
Blue Vision (The Code of Endhivar Book 1), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com!

Click to Vote for the cover on AllAuthor!

😀

Also, starting yesterday, voting began for the Critters Annual Readers Poll for titles published in 2019. Now until January 14th, you can vote for this same sci-fi romance in the Romance and Science Fiction categories!

Have a great weekend!

Writing in the Modern Age blog New Year’s Eve Post

The publish button wasn’t working on my other blog, so I had to move the post here… 😥

Writing in the Modern Age 2019 Year in Review:

Big Reflections – Past and Present


 

Hi, everyone! A year I imagined would crawl right by, in fact, did

not. Instead it flew so fast, I suffered vertigo several times. 😉

 

Tomorrow we’ll adjust our calendars to reflect that life has

changed in a blink, welcoming 2020. For this year’s annual review

post, I’d like to commemorate the evolution of Writing in the

Modern Age. Six years ago, I opened the blog to guest authors and

it’s been a wild ride ever since. WritModAge grew from the initial

seed of a place to help other writers at any stage of their careers, all

the way to not just that, but also a site where readers can

comfortably discover their new, favorite authors! Through author and

character interviews, book and writing service interviews, guest

articles, book spotlights and mega giveaways, it has become a unique
resource for writers and readers alike.

 

So…give a warm round of applause to all 350 content writers and

authors who visited us via various events from 2013 to 2019.

However, there were 104 guest writers this year alone. That’s

awesome! 🙂

 
Geralt, Pixabay

Each author in this post will be listed according to their latest
book title, a site where you’ll find more information about
that writer, plus a top viewed or most popular post on the
blog. Without further ado, let’s take a look at all the authors
and books represented, starting from the launch of Writing
in the Modern Age.

 

 

Stefan Vucak

 

 

 

Laura Graham

 

 

K.C. Sprayberry
  
D.J. Swykert
 
https://books2read.com/u/mBOWvM
Friday O. Abumere
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1728604087
 
Gail Picado
Jaime Martínez-Tolentino
https://books2read.com/u/mBOWVM
Marie Lavender
 
https://books2read.com/u/bpEJZW
 
KateMarie Collins
 
https://books2read.com/u/brVnyY
 
CJ Heck

 

 

Nancy Wood
 
https://books2read.com/u/mZBG0B
Andy Ruffett

https://books2read.com/u/bWBD01
T. J. Banks
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1644382482
 
Robin Leigh Morgan 
 
https://books2read.com/u/bM9jNX
 
Sarah Baethge

https://books2read.com/u/mlaV8q
Rebecca L. Frencl 
 
https://books2read.com/u/3JVdoe
 
Penny Estelle/P.A. Estelle 
 
https://books2read.com/u/bxvLr6
 
Branka Čubrilo

https://books2read.com/u/mdGBjw
Pam Handa Nee Kochhar
 
https://books2read.com/u/3np0D9
Sally Carpenter 
 

 
Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
https://books2read.com/u/4j1k5Z
Jessica Tornese
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1625261233
Paula Hrbacek
https://books2read.com/u/m2rwQj
Susan Mac Nicol
Elaine C. Pereira
 
https://books2read.com/u/mdGBjO
 
Steve Christie 
https://books2read.com/u/3np0DR
Mira Prabhu

https://books2read.com/u/47E9Vj

Jeffrey Gonell
 
 
Michele Harvey
 
https://books2read.com/u/4j1k5X

 

Linda Lee Williams 
 
https://books2read.com/u/bzv5Kz
 
Lois W. Stern
https://books2read.com/u/bPRPNA
Author Link:  www.tales2inspire.com/
Aubrey Brown
https://books2read.com/u/4AxZRq
Pallavi Pissay
 
Rosemary Richings

https://books2read.com/u/m2rwQO
Catherine Y.
Writer/Editor Link:  http://critiquemynovel.com/
Ann Morris
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1643070509

 

 

Kristal McKerrington
https://books2read.com/u/bw2PNY
 
Lance Sheridan
Edie Hart

 

https://books2read.com/u/3Ge0pa

 

 

 

 

 

Adra Young
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1945604565
Shannon MacLeod
https://bookgoodies.com/a/0764345885
 
Rita Plush
https://books2read.com/u/49Q1dM
 Author
Link: 
https://ritaplush.com/
Nina Soden
https://books2read.com/u/baWeBa
Author Link:  https://ninasoden.com/
R.S. Novelle/Renee Novelle
 
https://books2read.com/u/31rpVl

 

 

Marianne Petit
 
https://books2read.com/u/mKxn7d
Lannah Sawers-Diggins
 
https://books2read.com/u/mBOW5v
L. Anne Carrington
 
https://books2read.com/u/mYKwQx

 

 

Maxine Flam
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/098211740X
Mark Conte
 
https://books2read.com/u/brVnee
Murray Alfredson
 
https://books2read.com/u/bQaLAe
Kenneth D. Maness 
https://books2read.com/u/mZBGXp

 

Caryl McAdoo
 
https://books2read.com/u/bxvLND
 Author
Link: 
http://carylmcadoo.com/
CN Bring
https://books2read.com/u/bowRqA
 Author Link:  http://www.cnbring.com/
Margo Bond Collins
 
https://books2read.com/u/mdGBXO

 

 

S.C. Rhyne
 
https://books2read.com/u/3np0NR
L E Barrett/L.E. Barrett 
 
https://books2read.com/u/47E9Wj
 
Jean Erhardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liza O’Connor
https://books2read.com/u/bzv5nz
Jane Dougherty
https://books2read.com/u/4DEMDA
 
Laura Vosika
https://books2read.com/u/bpEvYW
Belinda Y. Hughes
 
https://payhip.com/b/ZFcg
Annie Edmonds
https://books2read.com/u/bw2PBY
Doug Bolton/Douglas A.
Bolton
https://books2read.com/u/baWeqa
 Author
Link: 
https://dougbolton.com/
Doc Krinberg
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/0999463373
 Author
Link: 
https://amzn.to/2LRIA7s
LaRae Parry
 
https://books2read.com/u/4XZpea
Devika Fernando
 
https://books2read.com/u/3yvAQv
Matty Millard
 
https://books2read.com/u/mKxnVd
Olga
Núñez Miret
https://books2read.com/u/mBOW8v
P.I. Barrington
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1497340837
William H. Joiner Jr.
https://books2read.com/u/brVnBe
 
Debra Hartmann 

 

 
Carole McKee
https://books2read.com/u/bQaLee
James W. McAllister
https://books2read.com/u/mZBGqp

 

 

Dianne Hartsock
 
https://books2read.com/u/bWBD6Y
Brandon J. Hall
https://books2read.com/u/mVrEel
Jim Anders
https://books2read.com/u/mqDdBQ
Joseph M. Rinaldo
https://books2read.com/u/m0rDoA
Mika Jolie
 
https://books2read.com/u/3RaAYj
 Author
Link: 
https://mikajolie.com/
Dr. C.P.
White
https://books2read.com/u/mv2gBV
Wayne Neely 
 
https://books2read.com/u/bO6ge9
Miles Rothwell
 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/672024
Jordyn Meryl
https://books2read.com/u/3JVdeA
T.W. Embry
 
https://books2read.com/u/47E9v8
 
Linda Heavner Gerald
 
https://books2read.com/u/4j1kYD
Sunday Erhunmwunse

https://books2read.com/u/bzv5rL

Tamara Thorne
https://books2read.com/u/mgGQY0
Alistair Cross
Lisa Shiroff
Author Link:  http://lisashiroff.com/
J. Rose
Alexander/Katherine Rhodes
 
https://books2read.com/u/4AxZaK
 
Barb Jones
 
https://books2read.com/u/b5QyYk
 
Fiona Tarr
 
https://books2read.com/u/m2rwKR
 
Lisa Day
 
https://books2read.com/u/38EaOd
 
Sue Raymond
Nancy Christie
 
https://books2read.com/u/4DEMnP
 
Philip Watling

https://books2read.com/u/bw2P9y

Ivanka Di Felice
 
https://books2read.com/u/bpEv1q
 
Tina Donahue
https://books2read.com/u/bw2PgP
Amber
Skye Forbes
https://books2read.com/u/3Ge0ln
Debbie
White
https://books2read.com/u/4XZpl7
https://books2read.com/u/4XZpl7
Bernard
Foong/Young
E.J.
Frost
https://books2read.com/u/4NQzlY
Celia
Kennedy
https://books2read.com/u/49Q1Ap
Chris
S. Hayes
Edita
A. Petrick 
Susanne
Matthews
Rachael
Stapleton
Natalie Alder
 
https://books2read.com/u/mYKwWp
 
Ryan
O’Leary 
Scarlett Jade/Caitlin Tull
https://bookgoodies.com/a/B00RLXDZJC
Author
Link:  
https://sablehunter.com/
Nicole
Andrews Moore/Emma Nichols
Palessa/Palessa D.
https://books2read.com/u/mlaVQM
 

 

Author
Link:  
https://gingerring.com/
Lauren
Peyton
Emily
A. Lawrence
C.J.
Anaya

 

Crystal Miles Gauthier/Crysmisty Lee
https://books2read.com/u/3Lp7JM
 
Michael
Aronovitz/Nicholas Fisher
Rival
Gates
Rolando
Calzada
Author
Link:  
http://amzn.to/1IzPFiX
S.A.
Starcevic
Diana
Rubino
Author
Link:  
http://dianarubino.com/
William
DeSouza
Chad
A. Cain
A.B. Funkhauser
 
https://books2read.com/u/3kpMzG
 
 Author
Link:  
https://abfunkhauser.com/
Raegyn Perry
S.C. Alban
https://books2read.com/u/mlaVgA
 
Malay A. Upadhyay
Frederick H. Crook
https://books2read.com/u/bxvLXJ
Nathaniel Danes
 
https://books2read.com/u/bowRAp
 
Samantha Cross
https://books2read.com/u/mdGBMX
Carl R. Brush
 
https://books2read.com/u/bzv5Nq
https://books2read.com/u/bzv5Nq
 
Barbara Weitzner
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1681602288
Vicki-Ann Bush
https://books2read.com/u/mgGQdD
 
Kris Noel
https://books2read.com/u/bPRPMl
 Author
Link:  
https://krisnoel.com/
Brandon Harper
 
https://books2read.com/u/3Lp7MJ
 
Maighread MacKay/Margaret
Hefferman
https://books2read.com/u/4AxZ6o
 
Natalie O’Neil
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1625262604
Nicole Garcia/Nicole Rose
https://books2read.com/u/47E9pA
Austen Knowles/Lacy S.
Kinsley
Francis H. Powell
Gloria Weber
https://books2read.com/u/mgGQdv
Mark H. Newhouse/Mark
Newhouse
Jennifer Chambers
Viv Drewa
https://books2read.com/u/4AxZ6N
Author Link:  https://vivdrewa.me/
Giulietta M.
Spudich  
https://books2read.com/u/m2rw5G
 
Mel Massey
https://books2read.com/u/38Eawa
 
Silvia
Villalobos
https://books2read.com/u/4ExVrO
 
Sheila R. Lamb
https://books2read.com/u/4DEMYe
 
 Author
Link:  
https://sheilarlamb.com/
David B. Chandler
https://bookgoodies.com/a/161546462X
 
A. Silenus 
https://books2read.com/u/bpEvoX
 
Luke Green 
https://books2read.com/u/bw2PGe
 
Richard Ayre 
 
  
Cyn Ley/Cynthia Ley
 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1625266693
 
Kathleen
Andrews Davis/K.A. Davis
https://books2read.com/u/3yvAwZ
 
Heidi
Renee Mason/HR Mason
 
  
https://books2read.com/u/baWeO2
 
Alisa
Mullen
https://books2read.com/u/31rpLr
 
Kat Schuessler 
https://books2read.com/u/meBYOg
  
Dan Buri 
https://books2read.com/u/b6kNEZ
 
Arie Farnam 
Jennifer Conner 
https://books2read.com/u/mVrEO2
 
Amber Daulton
https://books2read.com/u/mYKwOG
Angela Ford 
https://books2read.com/u/brVnAw
 
Sharon Kleve 
https://books2read.com/u/bQaLOP
 
Vanayssa
Somers
https://books2read.com/u/mZBGOE
 
E.B. Sullivan 
https://books2read.com/u/3kpMn6
 
 Author
Link:  
http://www.ebsullivan.com/
Lisa A.
Sniderman/Aeode 
https://books2read.com/u/m2rwkr
 
 Author/Musician
Links:
Jim Cronin 
https://books2read.com/u/38EazZ
Sandra Perez
Gluschankoff 
https://books2read.com/u/4DEMGg
Alicia Sparks 
https://books2read.com/u/bpEvJz
 
Andrea Perno 
https://books2read.com/u/bw2PJa
Elliot
Richard Dorfman 
https://books2read.com/u/3Ge0Nr
 
 Author
Link:  
https://elrite.webs.com/
Frank
Borne 
https://books2read.com/u/4XZpJ6
Linda Covella 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1643720767
Belinda Celayir
https://books2read.com/u/3yvAnV
John Stamp 
https://books2read.com/u/4NQzBo
JR Wirth 
https://books2read.com/u/49Q1gd
 
Ashley Fontainne 
https://books2read.com/u/31rpW6
 
Susan
Lynn Solomon 
https://books2read.com/u/meBYJr
 
Natasha Lane/Natasha D.
Lane
https://books2read.com/u/b6kN7J
Karen Milstein/Karen L.
Milstein
https://books2read.com/u/mKxneP
 
Theresa Dalayne 
https://books2read.com/u/mBOWpy
 
JoAnne
Keltner 
https://books2read.com/u/mYKwJW
  
Tracy Kincaid 
https://books2read.com/u/brVnJ7
 
Linda Diane Wattley
https://books2read.com/u/bQaLQ7
 
Michael J. Sahno 
https://books2read.com/u/mZBGJ2
 
 Author
Link:  
https://msahno.com/
Tom Johnson
https://books2read.com/u/bWBDJx
 
Kelli Sue Landon
https://books2read.com/u/3kpMJg
Kim Smith
https://books2read.com/u/bM9jo8
 
Chad McClendon
  
Theresa Mae 
https://books2read.com/u/mqDdJ2
 
Tory Allyn 
https://books2read.com/u/m0rDZP
 
 Author
Link:  
https://www.toryallyn.com/
Lana K. Dempsey 
https://books2read.com/u/3RaAZv
 
Laura Ranger
https://books2read.com/u/mv2gJJ
 
C.L. Bush 
https://books2read.com/u/mlaVJB
Author Link:  http://www.clbush.com/
Uvi Poznansky
https://books2read.com/u/3JVd1P
 
Margaret Egrot 
https://books2read.com/u/bxvLdl
 
M.R. Rutter 
https://books2read.com/u/bowRJR
CS Patra
https://books2read.com/u/mdGBJZ
 
Henry Anderson
https://books2read.com/u/3np0J6
 
Christopher Davis/TJ Adams
https://books2read.com/u/47E9j7
 
Jane Riddell
https://books2read.com/u/4j1kJl
 
Tanya W. Newman
https://books2read.com/u/bzv5MD
 
David M. Mannes
https://books2read.com/u/mgGQpK
 
Natalie Silk
https://books2read.com/u/bPRPBJ
Grey Francis
https://books2read.com/u/3Lp710
Author Link:  http://greyfrancis.com/
Cleo Scornavacca
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1083097318
 
Jill Marie Denton
https://books2read.com/u/b5QyV7
https://books2read.com/u/b5QyV7
Monica DeSimone
https://books2read.com/u/m2rwWr
 
Q.L. Pearce
https://books2read.com/u/38Ea7Z
 
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
https://books2read.com/u/4ExVwo
Mikki Smith/Mikki Jo Smith
Stef Smulders
https://books2read.com/u/bpEvez
Rhonda Cratty 
D.L. Owens
Tom Starita
https://books2read.com/u/4XZpV6
 
Author Link:  https://goppygots.com/
Tracie Podger
Hayley Oakes
https://books2read.com/u/4NQz6o
Nikki Ashton
https://books2read.com/u/49Q1jd
https://books2read.com/u/49Q1jd
 
Honcho Mars
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1985671409
Nina Mason
https://books2read.com/u/baWeAq
Cindy Tomamichel
https://books2read.com/u/31rpZ6
 
Laura Barnard
Ricardo Mejías
https://books2read.com/u/mZB9r5
Jenny Lynn
https://books2read.com/u/bWBXGz
 
Adriana Kraft
https://books2read.com/u/3kpReG
https://books2read.com/u/3kpReG
Author Link:  http://adrianakraft.com/
Leah Hamrick
RB Hilliard
Dating Connections
 
 
Mark Giglio 
https://bookgoodies.com/a/1364893177
Diane Merrill Wigginton
https://books2read.com/u/m0ryBV
 
Aisha Malik
https://books2read.com/u/3RaEJn
Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
https://books2read.com/u/mv2Aoq
Serge de Moliere
https://books2read.com/u/bO65JJ
Beverley Oakley/Beverley
Eikli
https://books2read.com/u/mlavEA
 
Toni Kenyon
https://books2read.com/u/3JVzZE
 
J.J. Montgomery
https://books2read.com/u/meBW9Y
 
Lashanta Charles
https://books2read.com/u/b6k6v6
 
Rachael Tamayo
https://books2read.com/u/mKxgwZ
 
Chris Karlsen
https://books2read.com/u/mBO02D
 
Carol
Ann Kauffman
https://books2read.com/u/mYKNGP
 
Sarah
J. Pepper
https://books2read.com/u/brVzwZ
Author Link:  http://sarahjpepper.com/
Molly
V. Lovell
https://books2read.com/u/bQa8yZ
 
Raelle
Logan
https://books2read.com/u/mZB9Z5
 
Andrea
Roche
https://books2read.com/u/bWBXQz
 
https://books2read.com/u/3kpRLG
 
Gemma
Snow
https://books2read.com/u/bM9LYa
 
Author Link:  https://gemmasnow.com/
Annabelle
Anders
https://books2read.com/u/mVrGRr
 
Tammy Tate
https://books2read.com/u/mqDjwv
Lance and James Morcan
https://books2read.com/u/m0rylV
 
https://books2read.com/u/3RaE6n
 
Caris Roane
Debbie De Louise
https://books2read.com/u/mgGMjD
 
Sandra C. López
Louise Ashton
H.D. Thomson
Victoria Johns
Kayelle Allen
Andie M. Long
Ri Adam
https://books2read.com/u/mdGZdR
 
Jeannette de Beauvoir
Madelon Smid
Leslie Wolfe
Author Link:  https://wolfenovels.com/
Clayton Graham
Barbara Monajem
Roxanne D. Howard
https://books2read.com/u/bPR2yr
 
Mary Martinez
https://books2read.com/u/3LpPy1
 
Sam Boush
https://books2read.com/u/4AxqpN
 
Author Link:  http://boushbooks.com/
H.A. Leuschel
https://books2read.com/u/4ExOlO
M.K. Dawn
https://books2read.com/u/4DEvKe
 
McKenna Dean
https://books2read.com/u/bpE7wX
Justin Robinson
https://books2read.com/u/bw25Ke
 
Melissa Chan
   

 

Kenneth Sumerford
Frank McKinney
WomELLE/Naghilia
Desravines
Service Link:  https://www.womelle.com/
Richard Godwin
CJ Warrant
https://books2read.com/u/49QYvW
Bry Ann
https://books2read.com/u/baWY62
Nermin Bezmen
Erin Kane Spock 
Kathleen Rowland
https://books2read.com/u/b6k6RZ
Pandora Spocks 
C. Kindler 
https://books2read.com/u/mBO0zZ
 
Melisa Marzett 
 
 
S.A. Soule/Sherry Soule
Robert Eggleton
Talkspace
 
David Russell
https://books2read.com/u/bQa8PP
Heather Boyd
James Glass/James C Glass
https://books2read.com/u/b6x2Jy
 
Cindy Fazzi/Vina Arno
https://books2read.com/u/mVrG82
 
Aaron Dennis
https://books2read.com/u/mqDjE9
Autumn Bardot
https://books2read.com/u/m0ryvJ
 
Dana Ross
https://books2read.com/u/mv2A1z
Massimo Marino
https://books2read.com/u/bO65zW
Debra Taylor
https://books2read.com/u/mlavL9/
Mark Iles
https://books2read.com/u/4j1kxY

 

 Author Link:  https://www.markiles.co.uk/

 

 
 
K.T. Rose
https://books2read.com/u/3JVzEB
Author Link:  https://kyrobooks.com/
Sara F. Hathaway
https://books2read.com/u/bown2V
 
Jonah Evarts
https://books2read.com/u/bxv21k
Robert Sells
S.V. Cobets/Stjepan
Varesevac Cobets 
Kate Hill/Saloni Quinby 
https://books2read.com/u/47EKYA
Author Link:  https://kate-hill.com/
Kaitlynzq 
https://kaitlynzq.boutique/ancient-script-of-lovecontu-audio-poem/
Author Link:  https://kaitlynzq.com/
Eric Silverstein 
Maggie Blackbird
Karina Bartow 
https://books2read.com/u/mgGM7v
 
P.T. Macias
  
Charity Parkerson
David W. Thompson/Davina
Guy
Chrys Fey
https://books2read.com/u/31rNDr
 
Author Link:  https://chrysfey.com/
Empi Baryeh
Virginia Babcock
S. Cinders
Pamela Q. Fernandes
https://books2read.com/u/mYKN8G
Khaled
Talib
https://books2read.com/u/brVzXw
 
Leslie Hachtel
Sheryl Dee
Jes Drew
https://books2read.com/u/3kpRY6/
 
Sierra N. Terry
Judi Getch Brodman
https://books2read.com/u/mVrGA2
Nicolina Martin
https://books2read.com/u/mqDjX9
 
Alice J Miller
Bradley Campbell
https://books2read.com/u/mv2AXz
 
Jane Burrelli
https://books2read.com/u/bO65nW
 
Skye McNeil
https://books2read.com/u/mlavX9
 
Holly Bargo
https://books2read.com/u/3JVz6B
 
Lynn
Chantale
https://books2read.com/u/bownyV
 
Viviana MacKade
https://books2read.com/u/mdGZ1R
 
Sally Brandle
https://books2read.com/u/3npdXx
Bella Jeanisse
https://books2read.com/u/47EKgA
 
D.E. Haggerty
Dana Littlejohn
https://books2read.com/u/bzvEVG
 
Madison Michael
Eliot Grayson
Alexis Marie Chute
https://books2read.com/u/4j10ql
 
Intisar Khanani
https://books2read.com/u/bzvEKD
 
Laura Tolomei
https://books2read.com/u/mgGMPK
 
Mary L. Schmidt/S.
Jackson/A. Raymond
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Beverley Bateman
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Eleanor Webster
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Dougie Brimson
Re:Fiction – Tal Valante,
founder 
Service Link:  https://refiction.com/ 
Tony Flood
Alex Hayes
Christina Bauer
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Faye Hall
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Halo Roberts
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Ryan Lanz
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Christal Mosley
Melanie Robertson-King
https://books2read.com/u/4XZy06
 

 

Readers, I hope you enjoyed our full guest list this year! Now

let’s take a look at the specific posts from 2019.


Again, one hundred and four authors had their work featured
on the blog in 2019. Here are some of our top viewed posts
for the year… 
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And these are all the posts from this year, divided by respective category.

Character/Author/Service Interviews 
New Release/Book Features
Blog Tours
Giveaways
Guest Posts
My Articles
Special Events
Poetry

Kudos to all these authors on their successes

through the years! 🙂

Also, mega thanks to the participating authors

and guest content writers throughout 2019, and,

of course, from the time Writing in the Modern

Age officially launched six years ago!

One final note…we lost a talented writer of

action/adventure, sci-fi, noir and pulp fiction. He

passed on November 5th.

 

 

Rest in peace, Tom Johnson. You will be missed. 😥
 
Once again, thanks to all the authors and loyal followers
of the blog for helping to make it a special site to visit
over the last six years.
 

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 Coming in 2020 thus far… 
 
1/20 – 1/27  MEGA POST-CHRISTMAS 
WINTER
RETREAT GIVEAWAY
 
1/31  Richard DeVall’s
guest post
 
2/7  Samuel W. Reed
 
 
Don’t forget to mark your calendars, so
you won’t miss our exciting mega giveaway in January! 😉

 

Happy New Year, readers! 

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A Sci-Fi Romance You Just Can’t Miss!

Hi, readers! Just wanted to inform you that Blue Vision, a science fiction romance and book one of the Code of Endhivar Series, is available on Amazon again. I republished it this week…yay! 🙂

https://books2read.com/u/bpEJZW
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If you need to get it from somewhere other than Amazon, it is on Smashwords now, and should be distributed to Barnes & Noble and Kobo soon. 

In any case, if you’ve never read this book, I hope you have a chance to do so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy Brooke and Colin’s journey the way I loved writing the story. 😉

Happy reading, as always! And have a wonderful holiday season!

Author Newsletter!

This month’s issue of my author newsletter just went out last night. Here is the full link. Don’t miss the exciting news! ♥

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MARIE’S NOVEMBER 2016 TO
JANUARY 2017 FLASHBACK NEWSLETTER

 

Here’s a guest post that I had to include below because the owner of the blog decided to shut her site down this year.

 

A Labor of Love

by Marie Lavender

 

It all started with my love of literature. I recall my mother reading me bedtime stories. I got so lost in those fictional worlds that I didn’t want to find a way out.

My own stories began to formulate in my head whenever I’d play with dolls as a child. As soon as I learned to write, I finally had an outlet. They found their way onto the page. Throughout my childhood, I knew I wanted to be an author. As I grew a little older, I’d stalk the reference section of the library, finding how-to books on writing, as well as writer’s market books, exhibiting lists of publishers I could submit my work to.

This was my dream. I pursued it steadily, did anything I could to accomplish that aim – I kept writing, entered young writer’s contests, I familiarized myself with the industry as well as possible, and took creative writing classes whenever they were available.

In college, I made a goal of finally finishing a novel. In 2002, I had the idea for a historical romance book, which would be set in France. Of course, I didn’t know it would take nearly nine years of organization, writing and perfecting to complete the novel. I was aware of the growing popularity of self-publishing. With this one, however, I wanted to find a traditional publisher.

Still, I was reluctant to let the trend pass me by. I selected some works-in-progress and set to completing them. Between the years of 2010 and 2012, I’d released twelve books in various genres. Yet I maintained my dream of getting published traditionally.

After numerous rejections I finally found a home when Solstice Publishing offered me a book contract for Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series. In February of 2013, the novel was released. Since then, I’ve submitted six other novels and stories to the same publisher, and they’ve accepted every one. I now have four series published, and many others planned for the future.

Just before UYR was published, however, I quickly realized I’d have to jump on the ‘public presence’ bandwagon. I began to develop my social media accounts. I wrote guest posts for book blogs or writing blogs. I learned how to participate in author interviews, radio spots, author timeslots during Facebook events, placed book ads whenever necessary, and, well…I also launched two blogs (which actually became three later on). I struggled with them at first (i.e. What did I have to say, to offer?). But I eventually figured it all out. By the time Upon Your Return was published for a while, I had official book reviews on blogs as well as sites where the book was sold.

Now? I know I’m never finished learning about this industry, but I can say I’ve made quite a bit of progress. With 5,000 friends on Facebook, 1400 followers on my profile and 2500 likes on my author page, over 3500 Google+ followers and almost 15,000 Twitter followers, I haven’t done too bad.

Additionally, I’ve evolved from a romance author to a true multi-genre author, covering literary fiction, poetry, various types of romance, mystery/thriller, fantasy, science fiction, to wherever this crazy muse will take me. I no longer try to box myself in.

I am also proud to call the Heiresses in Love Series completed, as the final book, Upon Your Love, a full-length historical romance/family saga, comes out on February 28th. The series has been nearly fifteen years in the making, and it quickly became an empire of Victorian maritime drama, suspense and passion. I couldn’t be happier that the series pleasantly surprised me with its twists in development, all the characters coming alive on the page. I am beyond grateful to the wonderful people at Solstice for giving me a chance. I look forward to many more years with them, as they’ve taken me under their wing, and helped me to soar on my own. With my two books coming out soon, that makes a total of 25 published books to date.

And the muse, as always, is tireless, a true blessing for a writer. I just love writing, learning all about my characters, and experiencing their stories.

It’s been quite a journey, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Meet Monday- Marie Lavender Interview and Spotlight.

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Meet Marie Lavender!

A little about the author-

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since 2010, Marie has published 23 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, dramatic fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

We haven’t had the pleasure to read any of Marie’s work so we are getting to know her along with some great answers to fun questions…

Do you remember what made you want to become an author? How old were you?

I was around nine years old when I was telling everyone in my family that I wanted to be a novelist. What made me want to do this? I think I was always obsessed with books, found myself immersed in those fictional worlds, and when stories began to spin in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, it just felt natural to write them all down.

Who are some authors that you look up to or admire?

Some of my favorite authors are J.R. Ward, Chloe Neill, Nora Roberts, Kris Tualla and P.C. Cast. The list just goes on. I was also inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, and classic authors like Emily Dickinson, Aphra Behn, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. They weren’t afraid to be real with the reader or break the mold on their genres.

Who would be your dream co-author?

Chloe Neill, maybe. Writing a paranormal with her would be a fascinating experience. I always love kick-ass heroines and she masters that so well.

Out of all the characters you have created, which is your absolute favorite?

Tough question. I love all of them! But, I guess Fara Bellamont (Hill) still tugs at my heartstrings. It’s probably why she has a new spotlight in the final book of the Heiresses in Love Series, Upon Your Love, which is coming out in late February.

As you know, Crystal likes to create recipes based on books. If there was one recipe you would say would go hand in hand with your book, what would it be?

Probably cheeseburgers made with California marinade (I can scan and email you the recipe). The female main character of Blue Vision, Brooke, is a vegetarian at first, but she starts to warm up to the idea of meat later on.

What do you look for when designing or purchasing book covers?

I look for something that really captures the idea of the book. I like to find stock images that look close enough to the characters, and if I can include other elements related to the story, I will.

Do you listen to music or create a play list when writing or do you need complete silence to be with your muse?

I listen to music sometimes while writing, but music is a no-no when I’m editing. When I’m in the midst of writing a scene, I usually like to listen to music that isn’t too harsh on the eardrums or distracting to the story I’m creating. I’m a big fan of Pandora and I Heart Radio because you can input your favorite artists, and they’ll not only cater the music to that band or singer, but also ones that sound similar. It’s a great way to discover new music while immersing myself in writing.

How often do you find time to read? How long would you say your TBR is?

When I’m not writing, I try to read a few books per month. But when I’m focused on a project, I will read a book now and then, sure, yet I don’t want to get too distracted. And yes, my TBR list on my Amazon Wishlist, my Kindle and Goodreads is pretty long. You can’t be a good writer without first being in love with books.

What advice would you have for your younger self who just started writing?

Have more patience. Know when to pursue the things you want, but don’t be a pain-in-the-ass in the process. LOL.

As an author do you have any regrets?

Not really. I think I ended up where I’m supposed to be. The path is always moving, and I never know what to expect around the corner. I think that’s better than having everything mapped out because you can’t really plan your writer’s journey to a tee. Opportunities you may never have imagined will arise and it’s good to be ready for them.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose?

My grandmother. Man, I miss her so much. She was dynamic, the glue that held our big extended family together. I know she had so much more to teach me. I’d like to know more about my Irish roots, which I didn’t discover until a few years ago.

How often would you say your real life inspires your writing?

Now and then, it does. I’d like to think there’s a jumble of consciousness in the chaos that is my mind. My muse draws from past experiences in many ways. At least, I believe it does. I’ve heard people close to me say they can see me in my writing. It’s not always intentional, but I think it’s still there.

Would you ever want any of your works to become a television show or movie? If so, who is on your dream cast?

Well, sure! Who wouldn’t? I’ve always pictured the Heiresses in Love Series as a movie. Probably the Blood at First Sight Series and the Code of Endhivar Series too. Here is my cast for each series:

The Heiresses in Love Series

Grant – Gerard Butler

Fara – Isla Fisher

Chloe Waverly – Julianne Hough

Gabriel Hill – Simon Woods

Adrienne – Jessica Green

Christian – Eduardo Verastegui

Annabelle – Molly C. Quinn

Andre – Matt Lanter

Eric – Russell Crowe

Claudette – Olivia Wilde

Elena – Ashley Benson

Pierce – Michael Trevino

Marcel – Ian Somerhalder

 

The Blood at First Sight Series

Desiree – Moon Bloodgood

Alec – Matt Bomer

Myah – Megan Young

Oliver – Jessie Pavelka

Jared – Bradley James

Rhiannon – Lyndsy Fonseca

 

The Code of Endhivar Series

Brooke – Emily Black

Colin – Brandon Routh

Kemara – Sarah Gadon

Sean – Tyler Hoechlin

 

How do you react or deal with negative reviews of your work?

It’s discouraging at first, but I’ve never responded publicly to them. That just makes you look rude and pathetic as an author. I read them, and then move on. What good will it do to dwell on something negative?

Do you have any upcoming signings you will be attending?

Signings? No. I do have some upcoming releases, however, and any reader can go to Authorgraph to get any of their ebooks signed by me. You can also check out my news on the Updates page of my website or subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

What are you currently working on?

 I’m editing a contemporary romantic drama collection titled Directions of the Heart. It’s comprised of four stories about eight different people on a journey of loss, growth, redemption, healing and romance. Additionally, I’m finishing the second book of the Blood at First Sight Series, which is titled Blood Instincts. It’s a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy. And this year, I plan to work on a paranormal romantic thriller collection, which is called Awakening.

How do you prepare to write? Do you have a ritual before you are ready to write?

Usually scenes come to me randomly, but when I’m focused on a project, I need a nice gel pen and a pretty journal. Then I work on a full outline of the book before I launch into writing more scenes and chapters. I usually need some quiet time so I can think about where I last left off.

Do you believe in magic and or a paranormal world like in your books?

Sure! I’ve witnessed some paranormal activity before, and I’ve written about paranormal characters. And as for magic? I’ve written about witches. I just try to keep an open mind. Hence why Blue Vision came about (Aliens are people too. LOL). I think my take on paranormal phenomenon or magic is that there’s still so much about this world we don’t know. So why can’t these things exist?

As an author do you prefer to read via ebook or paperback?

I’m usually more comfortable with paperback or hardcover. I think it’s a tactile thing. I have to touch the story in order to be absorbed into that world.

If you could have anyone and we mean anyone featured on a cover of your book who would it be?

Oh…hmm. I have a little crush on Hugh Jackman, so if he was willing to be on a cover, it would be hard not to have fan fever.

Who would you say most supports and inspires you?

My fiancé is endlessly supportive and constantly inspires me in my work. Not only because I default to writing romance and our relationship is inspiring, but also because he backs me up no matter what I want to do in life.

As an author how do you feel about the pressure that can be put on you to release new books?

There is some pressure, of course. I guess I feel more pressure when it comes to series’ books rather than standalones. I know readers are waiting for the next book in the series, and they won’t wait forever, right? However, the muse has its own timeline and I’ve learned to pay attention to it. It usually knows what to do, and I have to honor my characters when they’re ready to come onto the page. Forcing something will only disappoint me and my readers. So, I guess I just let my instincts lead me.

What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

Actually, this one was positive, but different for me. I guess sometimes I’m still a Luddite. But I stumbled across a really great review for a romantic suspense one day, and I was shocked that when I clicked on the link it was actually a video of the fan touting the book! It was such a rewarding and humbling experience, and I have enormous gratitude that she went to all that trouble.

How did you become part of the indie community?

That’s easy. I guess I became a hybrid in some manner. I not only have traditionally published books, I also publish books on my own. It just depends on the book. Being an indie author and blogger has led me to interactions with lots of other indie authors.

How do you deal with fear or jitters before a new release?

I feel nerves the same way I do when I’m doing a radio interview. Public speaking and being in the spotlight always made me nervous. That’s probably weird for someone who was in choir for years, and often had solos. But I still feel it. I’ve noticed, though, that it starts to fade as soon as I launch into whatever I’m doing…

Eating Between the Lines

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Meet Marie Lavender!

A little about the author-

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since 2010, Marie has published 23 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

We haven’t had the pleasure to read any of Marie’s work so weare getting to know her along…

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Vote for BLUE VISION!

My first sci-fi romance, Blue Vision, has been nominated for the P&E Readers’ Poll.

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Yay! 😀

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You can vote now in one of two categories, Romance or Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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This interplanetary romance novel needs your help! 🙂 The poll runs through January 14th.

Have a great rest of your holidays, everyone!

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Que Sara Sera Review: 3.75 stars for Blue Vision by Marie Lavender

A great new review for BLUE VISION on the Que Sara Sera blog!

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Blue Vision Author:  Marie Lavender Genre:  Science Fiction, Romance Synopsis: Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bil…

Source: Review: 3.75 stars for Blue Vision by Marie Lavender

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Meet Author Marie Lavender

My interview on Margaret Egrot’s blog! 🙂

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Today, the best-selling American author, Marie Lavender, features on my blog.mariealternate-400 

What is the title of your latest book?  

My book which is closest to release is called Blue Vision. It is a sci-fi romance about a young woman who goes on vacation in Montana, and begins to experience some strange phenomena. She also meets a stranger in the forest, only the man isn’t who she believes he is. Blue Vision is due for release on November 15th

 What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

I think it’s challenging that we take on so many roles during our journeys. It can be hard to juggle everything. The most rewarding aspect is not only being in the midst of a scene and feeling that freedom while writing, but also when a fan tells you how much they loved the book…

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UNSTOPPABLE MARIE LAVENDER

My interview on A.B. Funkhauser’s site! 🙂

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Solstice Rocks!

Just wanted to pop in here and tell you that my publisher rocks!

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Why? Well, because they accepted two more manuscripts from yours truly.

So, that’s a historical romance/family saga, Upon Your Love, coming to booksellers soon, as well as a sci-fi romance, Blue Vision! Woo hoo! It’s all very exciting, don’t you think? 🙂

Upon Your Love is the third and final book of the Heiresses in Love Series.

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Here’s a sneak peek of the blurb:

The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?

Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?

Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?

Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge, and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.

But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…

Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?

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Blue Vision is the first book of the Code of Endhivar Series. Yeah, that’s right! A new series is just beginning…

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Here’s the blurb:

Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

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So, that’s what is going on these days. I just got assigned my editor for UYL. That should keep me out of trouble, right? 😉 AND I have plans for two more books this year, fate willing. I am so excited for you to read these titles!

I’ll check back with everyone soon. Take care and have a wonderful week! ♥