Serena Akeroyd: Author Spotlight [Giveaway!]

I have had the privilege to interview another amazing author. This woman is a writing wizard. Everything she writes is seriously amazing. I love it all. You can see my reviews of some of her work below. Her name is Serena Akeroyd and she writes some super steamy books that don’t fade to black (who wants that?!). She has amazing story-building skills and creates characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. ❤

GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

See my review for The Kingdom of Veronia trilogy here!

See my review for the Charmed By Them (Quintessence series) here!

See my review for Screw You & Screw Me (Five Points series) here!

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’m such a boring person, Julia. Seriously. It’s depressing, lol. My life is literally revolved around my writing and my books. Oh, and don’t forget my dog! 😍 His name is Trev, and he’s got more attitude than a Kardashian. 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 18, I first picked up a Harlequin book from a library. I devoured about ten of them in a week and thought, holy crap, I need to write like this. It seriously went from there, and I devoured everything and anything Harlequin. I have about 2000 books in my backroom, 🤦‍♂️, and from there, it went to erotica, and then menage! My first ever menage was a Maya Banks novel. 😋 When I read that, wow, it was like a hurricane to my brain. I knew I wanted to write poly because I connected with it so hardddd.

Do you have a pen name? If so, what made you decide to do that? 

I used one because I thought all the best authors used them! 😂 Talk about bowing to peer pressure. Well, of the self-imposed variety.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It can take me anything from three days to a month, story depending. A Quintessence book can take about a week. The story is developed to the point where I have a lot going on. At the moment, I’m struggling with one of the stories as I’m trying to fight where it’s going. I average about ten thousand words a day.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is impossible to schedule. 😋 I sleep mostly through the day and am awake at night. I could be writing at 5am and 5pm, then sleep for fourteen hours to start again. Sleep is one of my biggest issues. I have a crappy sleep routine.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That my characters drive me to the point where I go completely off script. I’m scheduled to write a few books in the upcoming months, and yet, I’m writing none of them at the minute. 🤦‍♂️ A story popped into my head and I have no choice but to follow its lead!

How hard was it to get your books published?

I actually had a few publishers interested in my earlier books, but then I went the self-publishing route which is sooo much easier.

Where do you get the ideas for your books? 

From anywhere and everywhere. I tend to find my story roots in a question. Like why did someone do this? Why wouldn’t they? Etc. It’s pretty random. My story concepts can stir from a single line and boom. There’s a book. My brain is nuts.

How much research do you put into your writing?

A shit ton! OMG, so much. It depends on the story, though. Dare You To Love Me required a ton because I’m British so never went to American High School. I had to learn everything and it went through so many editors to make sure it was authentic. Then Hotter than Hades was packed with Greek mythology. I had so much to learn but I love research!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first one, I was around 21.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Very little. 😂 I’m reading or watching TV, walking my dog or trying to persuade myself to do yoga. I told you already-I’m super boring. 😂

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That people connect with my work. It’s a dream come true to know that people like my stories. That people follow my series for more. It’s a revelation.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think I’m coming up toward fifty. My favorite? Impossible to say. 😉

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read. Just read. Seriously. Read more. Then some more. Get a KU subscription, see what’s popular, and go where the market leads you but ALWAYS stick to your guns and your own voice. Write your story the way you want, and hold fast. ♥

Who is your author idol?

Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.
Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed. 

Which book/series was the most fun to write?

Five Points was one of the funniest series because I was totally enthralled with the characters. Finn in Screw You and Screw Me had me enraptured from the start. That’s always a good sign. I wrote that duet in two weeks. I’ve never written anything so quickly in my life.

Which book/series was the hardest to write?

I’d say The TriAlpha Chronicles because it was long, in-depth, and so convoluted plot-wise for me that it was like weaving a tapestry. I loved it though but it was difficult because each book was super long and I had to get each one ready every month for half a year!

What kinds of books do you like to read?! What books are on your TBR?

I’m currently in an MC and Mafia phase. I’m addicted to the mobsters. 😂 I just devoured a crap ton of Hayley Faiman books.

I am way past fangirling! Serena is freaking amazing. She is a writing machine. Somehow she is able to put books out at such a fast pace and they are freaking amazing. She is such a kind soul and super interactive with her readers. If you aren’t swooned by her yet you are crazy!

Find Serena’s work here!

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[Giveaway&Excerpt] SSS Year One

Hi dolls! Are you ready to hear about this awesome book coming out?! I mean look at this cover, how freaking gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to share some info with you about this book and I wish you all luck in the giveaway!

Let’s get into it ❤

Title: S.S.S. Year One (Supernatural Spy Academy Book 1)
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Pub. Date: April 5, 2019
Publisher: Yumoyori Wilson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 500
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Excerpt

No way are his eyes real.

I had to blink a few times to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

The shifter standing before me was 6’2″ and had long bright orange-gold hair that shifted to a dark blue-black.

Only tiny specks of gold that appeared as though they were glowing descended into the darker half of his ombre hair.

His hair wasn’t as long as Yuriel’s, just reaching the midpoint of his back, but it complemented his milk chocolate complexion.

He had smooth lips, and his face was oval shaped with a small stubble growing.

He wore a button-down black shirt, three of the buttons intentionally left open to reveal a glimpse of his sculpted pecs, and gold jeans that had a hint of shine to them, making them appear rather expensive.

He wore a gold earring on his left ear with a moon gem in the middle, one that changed colors.

What still caught my gaze were his gorgeous eyes. Having different colored eyes was common, but usually one eye was normal and the other was an odd shade.

In this guy’s case, both eyes were brilliant with color; the right one was red with a mixture of orange and gold while the left one was teal like the ocean with hints of purple and green.

They captivated my attention and drew me in, but I remembered he had the quest I needed. I tugged the paper slightly, and he arched an eyebrow at me, tugging it back in defiance.

“I got to this quest first,” I announced.

“Sorry, cutie, but this quest is going to be mine and my partners’. Now let go.”

He had an interesting accent, but I wasn’t going to be wooed over so easily.

I tugged the paper again, and he did the same. I wasn’t worried that it would rip; the paper was thick and most likely enhanced with magic to ensure it would survive the basic risks like tears, fires, or being drenched by water.

“Nope. You let go,” I argued.

I noticed steam coming from his nostrils as he huffed, a smug smile forming on his lips while his eyes narrowed at me.

“There’s nothing you can do about this. Let the quest go. Or I’ll just have to take it by force.”

Think, Silver, think! There has to be something I can do.

An idea popped into my head, and I couldn’t fight the sinister grin that cloaked my lips as I stared into rainbow eyes.

Yup, I was going to term him rainbow for now.

I noticed a person behind him, a 6’1″ male with gold eyes and onyx hair. He wore white jeans that had gold chains hanging from the sides and a silver T-shirt.

He leaned over to meet my gaze. “Why is she grinning like she unlocked a master plan in her mind?”

That made my smile grow bigger and I took a step forward. Before Rainbow Eyes could figure out what I was doing, I pressed my lips against his, giving him a solid kiss.

“Oh, shit,” Dimitri said.

“Well then,” Yuriel commented.

“Uh…is that a weapon?” the other guy inquired.

I focused solely on the guy I was kissing, noticing how his eyes went wide in pure shock.

Five seconds went by before he let go and pushed back, bumping into his friend, who had to catch him from falling onto his ass.

“Y-y-you just KISSED ME!” he stuttered, pointing his finger at me accusingly.

I grinned and waved the quest paper in front of him.

“Yes, I did, but I got what I wanted. Too bad you didn’t kiss back.” I winked teasingly. His cheeks were so red, I wondered if he was super angry or super embarrassed.

Poor guy must have not kissed a girl before.

“T-that’s cheating!”

“No, it’s not,” I commented. “Any tactics can be used at S.S.S. That includes kissing someone to get what you want.”

About Yumoyori

Yumoyori Wilson is a full-time author who has a slight addiction to bubble tea.

She previously was a Pediatric Registered Nurse, working her night shifts away and reading her kindle during her breaks. She decided to take the chance at becoming an author and is now working on multiple projects in various genres, including Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and more.

She lives in Toronto, Ontario and loves to bother her lovely Mother (also known as her Queen) and has many projects and plans for her readers.

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Giveaway Time!!!

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

Click here to enter!!!

Tour Schedule

Week One:

4/1/2019- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review
4/2/2019- Julia Swoons– Excerpt
4/3/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
4/4/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt
4/5/2019- Page Reaper Book Blog– Excerpt

Week Two:

4/8/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt
4/9/2019- JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder– Spotlight
4/10/2019- Taking It One Book at a time                – Review
4/11/2019- 4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼– Excerpt
4/12/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– Excerpt

Week Three:

4/15/2019- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt
4/16/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
4/17/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt
4/18/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight
4/19/2019- Book Briefs– Review

Week Four:

4/22/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd– Review
4/23/2019- Tyto Forest– Excerpt
4/24/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Excerpt
4/25/2019- Life With No Plot– Excerpt
4/26/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

Week Five:

4/29/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review
4/30/2019- The Reading Life– Review

[Giveaway&Review] Swooned over Battlefield Love

Oh em gee. This book is seriously good. I sat down and read this book in a few hours and the whole time I couldn’t put it down. Serious swoons. I am so happy to share this book with you guys and so excited to be a stop for the Rock Star Book Tour ❤ Let’s get into it, shall we?!

Title: BATTLEFIELD LOVE (Operation Cupid #1)
Author: Skyler Andra & Mila Young
Pub. Date: November 26, 2018
Publisher: Skylar Andra & Mila Young
Formats: eBook
Pages: 266
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
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We start off with our female main character, Locke Casey, living by herself as a sex line operator. I found myself as I sat in the bathtub reading this book considering a life of sex line operating, I mean just on the side of course. I read enough smutty books to have a good rapport, I feel. But this could also be like my thoughts after watching Orange is the New Black that it would be cool to live in prison or after watching McLeod’s Daughters and deciding I needed to be a farmer. My husband says I sometimes lack a good grasp on realty (he may be correct 😉). Anyway, Locke is having a typical night of answering sexy phone calls where she takes on different roles to the men’s kinks from doms to subs as well as some other more strange kinks. She then receives a sinister call. A call from a man that seems to know too much about our girl and has a deep super villain laugh. Obviously freaked she hangs up the phone and ends her night.

Locke is awoken by bright white lights and then everything goes black. She finds herself locked in her bathroom and can hear strange men in her apartment. Fight or flight kicks in and after questioning some fight scenarios she goes with flight deciding on an escape from her bathroom window. Strangely, as if this night could get strange enough, there is a very attractive man outside her window. He has a mischievous glint in his eye on and is able to do completely unreal things to save her from the men in her apartment. Can she trust this sexy man named Mads (pronounced Mass) that seems to live life on the edge? Or will hopping into his black BMW put her in far more trouble than she ever envisioned?

Locke life turns into turmoil as she is forced to run from these mysterious men that broke into her apartment. She finds herself thrown into a world of Gods, avatars, and discovers powers she possesses that she can’t seem to wrap her mind around. Mads isn’t the only man that has captured her attention. The dark and mysterious Rane also bring about a strong attraction that neither of them can ignore. Then there is Bryon, her friend from college that she is reunited with before her world is again flipped upside down. Steam ensues, betrayal, and crazy magic that would give any sensible person into whiplash.

I read the blurb for this book and I thought it would be good. I did not think that I would get as sucked in as I did. This book was perfect parts swoony and steamy that had me devouring the entire thing within a matter of hours. The whole time I couldn’t keep a smile off my face. I seriously loved all the characters so much that I couldn’t choose who I loved more. Luckily, I don’t have to. My favorite (and least favorite) part is that Locke isn’t some mind numbing woman that just gets swept up by these men and does whatever they tell her. She keeps her head on straight even if they are the sexiest things to grace the planet. She feels the sensible feelings of mistrust for these men that have just appeared in her life with stories of legends that she can’t wrap her mind around. In short, this book is fucking amazing. Truly. I can’t wait to get started on book two and book three. Like ASAP.

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About Skylar

Never say never. That’s Skyler’s attitude, and she fills her heroines and heroes with that same philosophy. Skyler is an Aussie who loves traveling and her goal is to one day visit every country in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s snuggling with a good book and her furbabies. At heart she’s a gaming nerd, Pilates and martial arts enthusiast.

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About Mila

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow.

 By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

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Giveaway Time!!

Giveaway Details:

1 lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

3 lucky winners will win BATTLEFIELD LOVE Swag Packs, International.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

3/25/2019- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review
3/25/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Excerpt
3/26/2019- Daily Waffle– Spotlight
3/26/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt
3/27/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review
3/27/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight
3/28/2019- Book Briefs– Review
3/28/2019- Romantic Reviews– Excerpt
3/29/2019- Reese’s Reviews– Review
3/29/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd– Review

Week Two:

4/1/2019- Julia Swoons– Review
4/1/2019- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt
4/2/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt
4/2/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt
4/3/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
4/3/2019- The Reading Corner for All– Review
4/4/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
4/4/2019- Love in a time of Feminism– Excerpt
4/5/2019- AURELIA LEO– Review
4/5/2019- Hauntedbybooks– Review

Ready for the swoons dolls? ❤

Of Wolves & Witches by Elena Lawson: Spotlight & Giveaway!

I am so excited that OF WOLVES AND WITCHES by Elena Lawson is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Elena Lawson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 GC courtesy of Elena and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: OF WOLVES AND WITCHES (Arcane Arts Academy Book 1)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: February 23, 2019
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

I messed up. I broke two of the Arcane Council’s laws in one day. I swear it was an accident—but try telling that to the Arcane authorities.

Before I could catch my breath, my simple gypsy life of peddling potions with my guardians is wrenched away. I’m forcibly enrolled into the prestigious and supremely snotty Arcane Arts Academy, given shackles under the guise of mercy for my crimes.

As if that weren’t enough, my volatile magic bound me to two infuriatingly overbearing shifters in the woods near campus, making me an instant pariah.

At least the history teacher is helpful—not to mention insanely gorgeous. And besides giving me a dangerous distraction, there’s something else he can provide—a way to finally find out more about my father and unravel the dark mystery surrounding his death… but some secrets have claws, and if I’m not careful, knowing the truth could get me killed.

Follow Harper Hawkins as she unravels more than she bargained for in OF WOLVES AND WITCHES, the first book in the Arcane Arts Academy series, an exciting new slow-burn reverse harem paranormal romance series perfect for fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Hex Hall!

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Excerpt:

It wasn’t fair, I mused, pursing my lips from my seat at the back of the classroom. Having to watch him from his untouchable spot at the blackboard.

The sun decided to show up to work today, heating the academy through the many tall windows, creating a sort of greenhouse effect that left the air hazy and just a bit too warm for comfort. I was sure there was a spell, or sigil, or some sort of incantation they generally used to cool it. Some sort of witchy air conditioning.

But I was glad whoever was in charge of doing that hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Elias—er—Mr. Fitzgerald had removed his suit jacket, and I couldn’t help but notice the top button of his crisp white dress shirt was undone, showing off smooth tanned skin at the shallow dip of his collarbone. He didn’t look to be sweating at all. Which was so unfair.

Even though I’d put on the weird kilt-like skirt that morning and had opted for a short sleeve blouse, I was still sweating.

I brushed the hair from my neck, trying and failing to stare at what he was writing on the board instead of at him.

The sleeves of his dress shirt were rolled up to his elbows, settling in the crease there. His biceps—I didn’t think I’d paid enough attention to them before.

What a mistake that was.

The thin white cotton material was stretched taut against the bulge of his arms, making him look more like a bodybuilder than a teacher.

I licked my lips, suddenly wishing I’d stopped for a glass of water before class. One of these days I’d wake up in time for breakfast.

It’s so damned hot in here.

“Harper?” Elias said, pointing at something he’d written on the board. And I got the feeling it wasn’t the first time he’d said my name.

“Sorry I… I didn’t hear you. What was the question?”

Oops.

About Elena:

Elena lives in a small town in Canada with her family. She writes reverse harem fantasy romance stories full of feisty heroines, unforgettable heroes and spellbinding romance. When she comes out of her writing cave, she can be found obsessively rearranging her bookshelves, drinking wine somewhere sunny, or cooking overly fancy meals for her family and friends.

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