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Gods on Trial: The Series – Beyond the Father
by Opeshum Patroz





“Beyond the Father” sets the scene for the 8-book Sci-Fi Epic “gods on Trial: The Series,” delving into life’s determination to transcend all limitation.  Set on the planet Xżyber, citizens of the Sub-Median Region, imperfectly reborn into metal, oppress those who are organic.  Elsewhere, in the Central Kingdom, religion supports royalty’s brutal domination of the lowest class.  War over scarce resources is coming, revolution within each region is brewing, and none know of the eccentric god who created them. This being watches, has fascinating conversations with his often-wiser companion, occasionally learns, and rarely intervenes.  The many levels and threads of struggle distract nearly all from a far greater threat.  Meanwhile, the young Prince Anglid’s vision quest into the unexplored Area X may ultimately change everything.  However, just when you think you know the direction of the story, the author has yet another surprise.

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“Fleet number, rank, and make?” asked the assignment officer at GATE 11, on the central floor of Team Command.

“44772PX, cadet, 40% Non-Mollard,” the next in line replied, quickly.

“Cleared. Report to HAS 4 in Field 8,” the assignment officer abruptly responded. “Next? I need Fleet number, rank, and make!”

“23619RX, cadet, 30% Non-Mollard,” replied the next in line.

“You’re cleared. Report to HAS 1, in Field 10,” said the assignment officer. “Next!”

“Thank you, yes! I’m next,” responded another cadet, rushing up to the window. Her rucksack slid off of her shoulder, where the stub of a missing arm stuck out just beyond the sleeve of her shirt. “Here are all of my papers,” the cadet said, spreading out a pile of disheveled notes.

“Hold it! I just need a fleet number, a rank and your make. I don’t need your life story,” snapped the officer.

“Of course. I’m 24005RX . . . sub-cadet, 100% Non-Mollard.”

The assignment officer studied the cadet disapprovingly. “100%—non-Mollard,” he repeated, carefully scanning the cadet’s face. “Didn’t know they still let your kind in. And who is your commanding officer?” he demanded.

“Umm . . . Officer Liara, sir. And my name is Purvi,” continued the sub-cadet.

The assignment officer pushed the papers back at Purvi and frowned. “I don’t need all these papers,” the officer scowled. “And I don’t need your name!”

“I see. Thank you, sir,” Purvi responded, retrieving her papers. But then she paused. “But, you’re a Non-Mollard too, aren’t you?” she pressed. “In which case . . . well, it’s just so hard connecting with anyone here. My whole fleet is mostly Mollard, and . . .”

“Why are you still talking?” the assignment officer interrupted, while entering something into his database. “You’re cleared for HAS 12 over in Field 3.”

Realizing her gestures were unwelcome, Purvi quickly repositioned her rucksack and turned to walk away. But then she turned back around and reapproached the window, consumed by what had become a theme in her life—the burning desire to challenge what she felt was wrong. “Why are you so full of hate when you are still part flesh yourself?” she challenged.

Shocked, the assignment officer slowly looked up to meet Purvi’s bold stare and revealed the circuitry behind his colorless, prosthetic eyes. “How dare you talk to me that way, you little ‘scunt!” he seemed to growl through clench teeth. “How dare you even open your mouth to speak to me without being asked a question? You remind me of everything that shouldn’t be. You’re an unfortunate arrangement of flesh and mineral—with a mouth!” Growing even more impatient, the assignment officer stood up quickly from his chair. “You are just a waste and a burden to us all. Your kind shouldn’t even be here,” he sneered, leaning forward to make his point. “Make no error in. I am part of the new Xżyber and you’re . . . you’re completely expendable.” His voice became deeper, as did his frown. “Now get out of my line!”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Opëshum has been writing since she was a child, and believes that authors are selected by their characters to bring their stories to the world. Incredibly shy and introverted, Opëshum does not make public appearances. She prefers to remain behind the scenes as the characters in her books take center stage. Her current work, the 8-Book SciFi Epic gods on Trial: The Series™ kicks off with Book 1, BEYOND THE FATHER.

Opëshum calls Sheridan, Wyoming her home, where she is currently writing Book 2 of this series. She lives in a modest Cape Cod dwelling on 3 acres of land where she lets a robust variety of sunflowers grow wild and untamed, while Aloe Vera and other succulents decorate almost every ledge within her house. An avid writer in the early morning and late at night, Opëshum often works on her manuscripts in rooms lit only by homemade candles.

She enjoys nature walks, full moons, and open spaces where she can stare up at the stars.
I live my life in the shadows, and I am shy. For I know that my appearance is not pleasing to the eye.” – Opëshum Patroz

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The Resistance Is Rising

Weylyn, Olwen, and other members of the marginalized and subjugated group known as the Tóráin are trying every day to gain equality and freedom. Their enemies, which consist of vile human monarchs, their soldiers, and a masked witch assassin known only as The Dove, continue to tighten their grip around the necks of the Tóráin.

Leading The Resistance, Weylyn and Olwen endure many trials that test them physically and mentally, relying on their loved ones to keep them from losing hope. They both wish to see a time of equality and peace, but to achieve that requires more than what they have. Desperation leads The Resistance to find new allies all across the continent of Kosavros with the goal of finally defeating their oppressive overseers.

Their fight for freedom and respect leads Weylyn and Olwen down paths that open their eyes to new dangers, both involving themselves and the rest of the world. However, they do not waiver. For the Tóráin are known for their resilience, and they have already endured much. What comes next will be hard, but they’re ready to fight for their lives. Together.

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I considered myself a fair-sized lycan. It wasn’t common for others to be taller or stronger than me, so fighting someone who was both of those by a wide margin was a difficult task. We wrestled on the floor for only a moment before he threw me off him, sending me down the hallway we had come from earlier. Quickly recovering, I kept my eyes on Greagoir as he got to his feet and growled. Both of us charged at each other this time, the hallway wide enough for Greagoir’s large frame. Right before we collided, I pounced on the wall and leapt off it, bringing my arm under Greagoir’s chin and dragging him down to the ground. He roared as he fell onto his back, clearly unhappy that he was bested. Foolishly, I had admired my good work too long, and Greagoir spun around, swiping at my legs with his massive arm. I fell, landing on my ass. Now on all fours, the large lycan clawed at me. He just missed my thigh as I pushed myself back and away from the small knives he called claws. I tried to get to my feet, but before I could, Greagoir leaped from his crouched position and caught me. He pinned my arms down with his massive hands and reared his head, showing off his teeth during a thunderous growl.

“A good try, but you can’t kill me. Around here, I do the killing.”

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Marc R. Micciola lives in Ontario, Canada with his two dogs Rielly and Ace. He has a great passion for hockey, movies, and books. He possesses a book collection consisting of a multitude of fantasy stories. Many of these novels are from his favorite authors: Mark Lawrence, George R. R. Martin, Tom Lloyd, and J. R. R. Tolkien. His prize possessions are his two replica swords from the Lord of the Rings films and his growing number of fountain pens. When Marc isn’t writing, he’s spending time with his dogs, his family, and his friends. Photography and wood art are other things that Marc enjoys doing. Marc’s goal when writing any book is to put together a story that is enjoyable, emotional, and intriguing. If the words on the page make you feel something, then this author feels he’s done his job.


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Rebirth of a Sage
by Lani Gonzales


GENRE: Spirituality/Self Help/Memoir




In Lani Gonzales’ intimate self-help debut, Rebirth of a Sage, readers meet the woman she was when she discovered ayahuasca and commenced her journey toward spiritual rejuvenation. Panicked, fearful, and drained, she hoped for an escape for both her and the lonely little girl she’d buried inside. Guided by the Shamans and supported by friends she made along the way, her cleanse progressed one ceremony at a time, culminating in a state of pure spiritual refinement.

Through eleven soul-stirring chapters enriched with enlightenment and healing, readers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions as they journey with Lani. A heartwarming chronicle ensues, traversing the blissful highs and devastating lows she faced along her way to rebirth. Unburying her darkest demons, she inspires us to do the same, gradually weaving threads of transformation and encouraging us to reconnect and reignite the divine flame within our souls.

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I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is yours to carry, and not my own.
When my innocent eyes looked to you,
You took your life, and I slowly lost my own.
But that is your sin to carry, and your sin alone.

I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is yours to carry, and not my own.
You taught me that life was worthless,
Something that easily comes and goes.
But that is your sin to carry, and your sin alone.

You trespassed on my innocence, the pureness of my soul.
But that is your sin to carry, and your sin alone.

I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is yours to carry, and not my own.
You told me to be silent. You told me to be still.
But something inside me rotted; something inside me grew cold.
But that is your sin to carry, and your sin alone.

I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is yours to carry, and not my own.
You violated my body, using it for the needs of your own.
But that is your sin to carry, and your sin alone.

I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is yours to carry, and not my own.
The weight I’ve tried to shed.
The weight I’ve tried to purge.
Deceived into believing it should be shed from my body, the vessel for my soul.
But the weight that should be lost is that of your original sin, your sin, and yours alone.

I will not carry the weight of your sin.
It is not mine to carry.
It is yours and yours alone.


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Born in the Philippines, Lani Gonzales immigrated to Virginia, USA, with her family when she was only two years old. Determined to emulate her parents’ discipline and ambition, Lani worked through college and law school and is now a practicing partner in a successful law firm in Tampa, Florida. A world-traveling, volunteering, energy-healing, aspiring hypnotherapist, Lani is committed to using her light as a beacon to help others find theirs.

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Tell us about you as a person.

I was born in the Philippines, and my family immigrated to the United States when I was two years old. Growing up, I witnessed how my parents’ perseverance and work ethic created a new, beautiful life in America. I worked through college and law school and am now a practicing partner in a law firm in Tampa, Florida. I’ve travelled the world solo and have fallen deeply in love with so many cultures and countries.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

I would spend the day with Jesus. I’m not particularly religious. However, there are so many interpretations of the Bible and Christianity, and I would be curious to see what Jesus thinks about today’s religions.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Our secrets keep us sick. Rebirth of a Sage shares the story of how I learned to unbury the traumas of my past and find true healing. After participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, I learned that I am greater than any grief. I wrote Rebirth of a Sage to honor the little girl that I once was who suffered in silence and shame. I wrote Rebirth of a Sage as an offering of my love and my light to those still searching in the darkness.

What is your writing process?

I meditate every day and I strive to stay connected to my intuition. This ritual allows me to tap into inspiration. When I write, I allow words to flow without judgment or hesitation.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role(s) and why.

Rebirth of a Sage shares the story, my story, of a first generation Asian American. I would love for Lucy Liu to be the star of the movie. She is an empowered, poised and confident Asian American woman.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their latest book?

Social media is a necessary evil than can be used for good. Social media is a great way to share your story and promote your book.

List 5 things on your bucket list.

  • Hike through Patagonia
  • Start a hypnotherapy and intuitive healing business
  • Create a volunteer program to teach children mindfulness and meditation
  • Travel to Antarctica
  • Find my forever life and adventure partner

In what way do you think that this current pandemic has changed the book & publishing industry?

The pandemic slowed down our lives and allowed time for introspection and reflection: tools for shaping a story and writing a beautiful book. For me, the time to reflect on my own life inspired me to publish my first book.

Any final thoughts?

Trust your intuition, honor your truth and let your story flow from a place of love and authenticity.


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This true story is about a girl who is born up north; into a conservative, fundamentalist/evangelical family—but then becomes a Liberal Buddhist.

Her family moves back to their roots in the Appalachian south, where Pam is molested by her grandfather. She later owns her sexuality by becoming promiscuous; beginning a pattern of serial dating, marrying, and divorcing.

She is first married at 18 to another 18-year-old, who gives her a beautiful son—but he is a redneck and they have nothing else in common. Her second husband is a talented musician but turns out to like sex with men. Her third husband speaks five languages and is a Pakistani, but he beats her up. Her fourth husband is a chef who makes delicious meals but turns out to be a felon and a crackhead. Finally, the love of her life neglects to tell Pam for seven years that he is married.

In the meantime, Pam completes two degrees and works as a counselor, and then 20 years as a hospice social worker. She begins her hospice career in Southern California, where she has moved to get away from the DEEP South. That is where she converts to Buddhism. From that point, she begins to look inward for the answers to her questions about life’s meaning.

Pam leaves the country after two failed relationships, some years apart. She spends a year teaching English in South Korea and goes from there to Pakistan with her third husband. In between, her dad dies and Pam reconnects and bonds with her mom, backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. When she leaves the love of her life, she goes on Pilgrimage to India and Nepal. The meaning of her life is coming into focus.

At the end of the book, Pam goes on a trek in the Himalayas, on the Annapurna Circuit. Just over the three-mile high pass is a magical Pure Land in Muktinath, with a Buddhist temple that is dedicated to the female Buddha Vajrayogini. With a new perspective, Pam has the realization that her Enlightenment is ensured; she WILL become a Buddha someday.

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Our fathers worked at farming factories, making things like Farmall and John Deere tractors. Although we all lived in the suburbs near the Mississippi River, I remember still: mile after mile of corn fields, as far as the eye could see. The North was flat with black dirt and straight roads, while the southern mountains were very steep with curvy roads and red dirt.

Corn was the view, as the two families all took the trip every summer, back to the brothers’ beloved mountains in the DEEP South. We stayed with both sets of grandparents. We kids usually slept on the floor with feather beds that made me sneeze. Mom’s parents still had an outhouse in those days, with actual Sears & Roebuck catalogs to wipe with.

Mom told a story about how after she got saved, “I was ‘convicted’ about wearing make-up and jewelry. Because of that, I threw my wedding band down in the outhouse potty. Your dad fished it out and wouldn’t give it back to me until decades later!”

I inherited that band several years after dad died, and still wear it today, but I’ve promised to pass it along to my niece.

About the Author:

Pamela McConnell, MSW, LCSW was raised in a fundamentalist/ evangelical Christian church and family. At age 34 she converted formally to Buddhism. She has recently completed a Pilgrimage in India and Nepal. Earlier, she spent two years in Asia: a year teaching English in S. Korea and a year in Pakistan with her 3rd husband. She worked as a counselor after earning a B.S. in Psychology. She worked as a hospice social worker for the last 20 years of her career after earning an MSW degree and becoming licensed as an LCSW. She is an avid backpacker and trekker, having done 500 miles on the Appalachian Trail and more than half of the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas.

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Light, Dark, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
by Scott Benjamin Gracie


GENRE: Non-Fiction (SCIENCE / Physics)



Since the dawn of time, electromagnetic energy has permeated through the universe, surrounding and interacting with everything it touches, illuminating, destroying and giving life.

The colourful section of the electromagnetic spectrum we see in the form of visible light, rainbows and other phenomena is tiny when compared to its vast entirety. Using many parts of the electromagnetic spectrum have become common everyday occurrence for the majority of people on Earth, as it’s been integrated into our lives in ways that we don’t even think twice about it.

This book illuminates many parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and its effects, the endless ways we have harnessed its energy, and how we interact and live with its influence.

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Through the Ages of Fire and Light

Inhabitants of Earth were using light in its most basic forms long before they even began to understand what it was.

Humans are the only species that have learned to control fire and use it for light. Making fire at will led to the need for vessels to hold the different emitters of light.

The first evolutions of the use of light throughout the millennia were very slow, with technology and design overlapping during time periods and civilisations.

Today, all of us control fire using its light or infrared energy. Whether it’s the fire from flammable liquids in the engines that power our transport systems, or gas cooking from a stove or heating our homes. Even the electricity we use may come from gas- or coal-fired power stations.

Most of the time we don’t even see the fire; we just turn a knob or push a button and use its effects.

Evolution of Fire to Light Fittings and Luminaires

Circa 2 Million to 1.7 Million Years Ago

Early hominids would have been very aware of fire. Fire from lightning strikes on grasslands or perhaps even fires starting from flowing volcanic lava would have been observed for thousands of years before it was tamed and used.

Hominids would have also witnessed the effects after fires: animals running from it, and the vegetation and regeneration of life that would happen as a result.

The early use of fire must have been something of a miracle, totally unexplained but something that would become so needed it would integrate itself into the heart of every early community.

Taming fire was one of the most prominent turning points in the evolution of early human beings. Fires encouraged groups of early peoples to gather together and provided warmth, light, the ability to cook and protection from predators. It was these things that led to changes in diet, cultural advances, and geographic migration with the ability to survive in colder regions.

Fire also allowed for activity to not be constricted to the day but also continue into night for longer hours. The caves in which a lot of these peoples lived could also be illuminated and further explored.

Circa 1 Million Years Ago

The earliest use of fires that have been uncovered so far are from about 1 million years ago in the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa.

From stationary fire pits, fire in the form of portable lighting was developed. Torches were possibly made by binding plant material in resin from trees. It wasn’t until the use of stone for lamps that we can truly begin to see the use of light throughout civilisation.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Scott’s passion for light and the electromagnetic spectrum began in his early teens while tinkering with electronics as a hobby. He was formally introduced to the lighting industry while studying Electrical and Electronics in Sydney, Australia, and in 1998 he started his career making custom light fittings and lamps in his dad’s garage. Formal lighting design qualifications expanded his opportunity to help project-manage and design on many industry levels.

Twenty-two years on, and Scott has worked on many major infrastructure, commercial and architectural lighting projects. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand, the Colour Society of Australia, the International Dark Sky Association and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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Disaster Dates – Feature Film

Disaster Dates – Feature film.

Mike and Susie decide to explore the world of online dating. However, they find out that dating has changed quite a lot, and everything that can go wrong, does go wrong as they have one disasterous date after another.

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Heal Your TMJ
by Dr. Haissam Dahan


GENRE: Health



TMJ clicking. Jaw locking. Headaches. Migraines. Ear pain. Stiff Neck. The evidence is overwhelming: the roots of these issues may be caused by your TMJ! TMJ is the name of the joint of the jaw, and groundbreaking research has now revealed that it may be the cause of many chronic pains we suffer. TMJ is the second most common musculoskeletal pain, and as many as 1 in every 3 people will experience TMJ pain in their lifetime. For the longest time, people suffered in silence with TMJ pain, but new breakthrough advancements in research and treatment reveal that you can life a life TMJ-pain-free!

Drawing on his private practice, where he works with people suffering with TMJ, Dr. Dahan reveals in this book his 6 steps to eradicating chronic TMJ pain from your life. He will draw experience from his years working with TMJ sufferers to teach you how to heal your TMJ and live your best life ever!




After years of studying, treating, and learning about chronic pain, I know one thing for sure: Pain is a mask of something else. Pain is a thermometer of your life. Pain is a warning that your life is heading in the wrong direction. Essentially your body is saying, “You’ve made some stupid decisions, and I’m not happy, so I’m going to let you know.” So your pain isn’t a curse but is, in fact, a blessing.


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Dr. Haissam Dahan became a dentist in 2005, and furthered his education by completing a clinical fellowship in orofacial pain at the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He conducted TMJ research, earning a PhD from McGill University in 2014. He has lectured at Harvard, McGill and Tufts University, and has spoken at national and international conferences. He has a successful private practice in Ottawa helping patients who are suffering with TMJ pain.

Dr. Dahan lives in Ottawa with his wife, and has two young boys and a girl. He enjoys running, cycling, and spending time outdoors with his family and friends.

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Leather & Lace
by Lauren Sevier & A. Smith


GENRE: Dystopian/Western Romance



Three years wandering the desert is enough to drive anyone insane, and the limits of Bonnie and Jesse’s minds and hearts will be put to the ultimate test.

A deadly showdown with a murderous outlaw ripped Bonnie away from the relative peace and ragtag family she’d built at the end of Guns & Smoke. In the thrilling next chapter in The Fool’s Adventure series, we finally get the answer to the biggest question: What happened to Bonnie?

After three years of fighting to get her back, literally, Jesse James finds her in the most unlikely of places– New Orleans high society. With the help of his rival-turned-friend Will Ellis, and a sassy staff member, Jesse’s tasked with infiltrating the house of the man he believes was responsible for killing his parents in order to get her back. Jesse’s biggest challenge yet will be learning to fight for Bonnie in a way he never expected before: by fitting in.

Mired in high society politics and scheming, Bonnie is at the epicenter of one of the most ruthless gangs in the world. Years trapped in a gilded cage of wealth and lies has irrevocably changed her from a crass outlaw into a southern debutante. Gone is the dangerous glint in her eyes, replaced with suspicion when the devilishly handsome street fighter named Montana suddenly joins her father’s staff.

Can Jesse remind Bonnie of who she really is in time to keep her from giving her heart and hand away or will he discover that the wild, beautiful outlaw he fell in love with is truly gone?




Staring at her now, knowing that I’d desperately fallen for her all over again sent a stark jolt through me. This feeling between us wasn’t some average infatuation. Most people could live a lifetime and never experience the raging, all-consuming need to be close to another person, no matter whether you knew why.

My soul called out, and hers answered.

Everything that I’d lost three years ago was suddenly before me. In the span of a breath, I closed the distance. I clutched her hips, a smile curling over my lips at the little gasp she let out as her back met the steel door and my mouth covered hers. I reached behind her, flicking the lock. Too many times we’d been interrupted. I’d be damned if I let it happen now. Not when she loved me again.


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Lauren Sevier and A. Smith are longtime friends and co-authors from southern Louisiana. Guns and Smoke, their first joint publication, began as a “short” story after having too much wine on girl’s night. Nine years later it is now the first novel in a Dystopian/Western Romance series. The duo has plans to publish several series together in the future. A. Smith spends her time with her two rescue dogs and rescue cat surrounding herself with books and Labyrinth paraphernalia. Lauren Sevier collects antique tea cups and tries to stay sane, though as the mother of a toddler she fails brilliantly most days. She also has a growing collection of crowns and tiaras and likes to act silly on Tiktok. Look for more thrilling novels from The Fools Adventure series in the future!





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Q & A With …

Tell us about you as a person.

Abbie: One of the biggest things to know about me is that I am a huge dog person. I recently interviewed for a job and when they asked me what motivated me, the first thing I said was my dogs, and the second was being an author. My entire life, I’ve always imagined up stories, and I knew that what I wanted to do was tell those stories to the world.
Lauren: Starting with the hard-hitting questions, I see. LOL! There’s not much to know about me honestly. I’m a simple person from a small town. I like growing my own food, cooking, spending time with my family and friends. I have a husband that I’m crazy about, a son who reminds me every day to enjoy the little moments, and some of the best friend’s a girl could ask for. Namely, Abbie. I’m not hugely successful, wealthy, or well-known. But in many ways I think my life is richer for that. There is a quiet nobility in living a full and happy life and learning to be present in the moment. I dream about other worlds and characters with lives that are important and interesting, but I don’t aspire to have those kinds of adventures myself. Who am I as a person? I’m a neighbor. The parent who goes on field trips and volunteers at the book fair. The friend who brings over medicine and a can of campbell’s chicken noodle soup when you’re sick. The sister at the family get together who’ll hold a sleeping baby until they’re ready to wake up. A daughter who’ll work in the garden next to you. That’s me, in a nutshell.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Abbie: Probably Sarah J. Maas. I adore the ACOTAR series and I would love to be able to pick her brain about being an author and how she plots her stories because she is truly a fantastic author.
Lauren: Good question, I had to think long and hard about this one. I would have to say probably… Michael Chricton. Not only was he a brilliant author, but an intimidatingly intelligent man. I’ve only read one or two of his books throughout the years but he also happened to be my father’s favorite author. When he passed away, my dad was upset that he’d never get to read anything new. My father was the driving force behind fostering my love of reading, and I’d probably ask Mr. Chricton if we could (in however limited our time was) mottle together a short story for my dad. To pay him back for all the books he’s shared with me over the years.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Abbie: Leather & Lace is the sequel to last summer’s Guns & Smoke. Previously, it was a YA series, and we wrote books one and two. When we decided to publish the series and make it more of an adult romance, we revisited that early draft and decided to cut the plot into two novels. That being said, this book takes place in a city near and dear to my heart: New Orleans. We wanted to explore what the city would be like in a near dystopian future heavily inspired by the old west. Mix that with the mystery of the world ending and steaming hot romance, and you’ve got Leather & Lace.
Lauren: Abbie is always so concise and thorough it’s hard to add anything about the release. But if I delve further into the themes of the book, I think this book is about the everlasting nature of love. And about reconciling your past in order to have a better future. It’s about a lot of things, really, but mostly it’s about weathering hardships and learning to recognize that your own worth doesn’t come from the approval of others or any outside force. That when you learn to love and accept yourself as you are, then and only then can you be truly loved in return.

What is your writing process?

Abbie: I don’t have a process, per se. I struggle sometimes, because I am not one of those “write everyday” type of authors. There are times when I don’t write. I find that if I try to push myself into writing something that I’m not feeling at the moment, all I’m going to do is not write and subsequently beat myself up. So, I really hone in on what’s inspiring me, and when I am, I write. There are times that I have to be reined in by deadlines and such, which I can make work, but I’m much more of a write as inspiration strikes type of person.
Lauren: I’ve often likened it to trying to catch a ferret hopped up on methamphetamines. In other words, absolute chaos. Abbie is actually the more diligent of the two of us and has to rein me in more often than not. At times I feel a bit like Bonnie at the beginning of this book whenever I talk about my writing process. Drafting is absolutely the worst. It’s hard for me to stick to an outline, to finish anything really. My executive dysfunction hits an all time record whenever I sit down to write on the number of ways I can distract myself from the task at hand. Editing however, is another story. Once the zero draft is done… it’s like I have a completely different brain. I’m hyper-organized and know exactly how to fix all the problems I wrote into the draft and tighten up the plot and give the writing a real narrative voice. So, writing… terrible. Editing… priceless. LOL!

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role(s) and why.

Abbie: Oh gosh, this is difficult. I’ll leave Will and Bonnie to Lauren, since she wrote their characters. I think that Jessica Lucas (The Covenant, The Resident) would be a fantastic Savannah. She’s witty and beautiful, with a quiet inner strength that I think would be perfect for our sassy friend. For Jesse, I have always struggled when it came to casting him. There are a plethora of male actors that could play him, but I think Taylor John Smith (Where the Crawdads Sing) is probably the closest I could think of to cast.
Lauren: You know, this question has been asked a lot and my answer is very different than it was back in 2012 when we initially drafted the story. Something I love about the world we built in this series is how naturally diverse it is. Almost all of the main characters are POC characters, or bi-racial. The post-apocalyptic society we created isn’t worried about labels the way we are today. Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, no one bats an eye at those things. The society we built is Darwinistic at its core, the weak vs the strong. That’s the only label that matters. Because Bonnie is known to be half-Korean, I’d love it if an unknown or debut Korean or Korean-American woman were to play her. Similarly, I’d really love to see a Latin actor play Will, someone who perhaps hasn’t been seen yet in the US. To be able to give a vehicle to actors and actresses who may not have many unique character role opportunities would be really great. And they could do, in my opinion, wonders for the authenticity of the characters they’d be portraying.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their latest book?

Abbie: Marketing is hard, y’all. When you have a small backlist, it can be really difficult. I think finding people that have read your book and enjoy it, and enlisting them to help in promotion is probably one of the best things you could do. We did a lot of stuff prepping for Guns & Smoke last year, and the things that really worked were finding our readers!
Lauren: Good luck! And hire Goddess Fish Promotions for your virtual book tour! LOL! Honestly, just talk to people. Not just about your book but about the books they like too. Share your passion for things with them and the right people will find your books. At least, that’s my belief. But hey, I’m still pretty new at this too.

List 5 things on your bucket list.

  1. Spend the entire holiday season in a cottage in the UK.
  2. Fall madly in love.
  3. Rescue as many pitbulls as I can.
  4. Build enough of a readership that I can quit my day job.
  5. End up in a nursing home having wheelchair races with Lauren when we’re old.


  1. Travel. Widely, and often.
  2. Eat well. As often as I possibly can.
  3. Keep sharing my stories with the world and inspiring others to do the same.
  4. Help my son to grow into a kind, responsible person.
  5. End up in a nursing home having wheelchair races with Abbie when we’re old.

In what way do you think that this current pandemic has changed the book & publishing industry?

Abbie: I think the biggest change is how digital everything has gone. I’ve seen it in my every day jobs, in my relationships with others, and in how people market their books.
Lauren: The first huge shift I saw in publishing was around 2014, when Amazon made it so easy to self-publish novels through their platform. It took away a lot of the fear of rejection and gatekeeping that traditional publishing had instilled in aspiring authors to that point. The pandemic seemed to just break that shift wide open in my opinion. Authors began to realize that through social media they could effectively market their own work and network. It made self-publishing become even more competitive because the standards for the published content became the same standards (or very near) to traditionally published novels. We’ve seen in recent times how the big six became the big five, and tried to become the big four with large publishing houses trying to acquire each other. As well as Barnes and Noble hiring a new CEO and now shifting their store policies and practices. To be more inviting, have less returned books, fewer hardcovers, etc. As Abbie said, we’re increasingly digital. But I also think this makes sense, as there may be less waste overall. Customers getting the content they want without stores having to overstock in order to provide it. Instant gratification with the click of a button. It also brings the authors and the readers closer together. Closer than I think they’ve ever been. Which could be good or bad depending on the context. I don’t think the changes have stopped or slowed down either, so it’s hard to say the long-term effects of the pandemic just yet. But, I do believe the best is yet to come.

Any final thoughts?

Abbie: I am incredibly proud of Leather & Lace. This book was a hard one to finish (there’s always that dreaded second book syndrome, but I am really excited to get this book into reader’s hands!
Lauren: Parroting Abbie, I’m really proud of this novel. It was personal in ways I didn’t expect and though I was riddled with imposter syndrome the whole time… seeing the final product… It feels a bit like a fairytale. I didn’t realize I could write something that felt so true. Or so dear to my heart. And I just really hope that readers feel that too. Thank you so much for having us on your blog!

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