Release Day Author Spotlight + Giveaway: Lucy Eden

Happy Monday, Folks! 

It’s Thanksgiving week, and we’re nearing the end of NaNoWriMo!🦃 Sweet baby, Jeebus, I’m trying my damnedest to type The End on my WIP. Sending tons of good wishes to those of you in the same boat. BEST OF LUCK!!!🍀 After you stuff your face with deliciousness on Thursday, perhaps you want to snuggle with a book while waiting for your food to settle? Good thing Lucy has a book out today to fulfill your post-feast needs. Get to know a little more about Lucy, a FABULOUS baker, and off the cuff blurb creator. Really, folks, she can create a blurb at the snap of a finger. That’s serious talent. Take it away, Lucy…


I always find author interviews kind of boring. We only get to see one side of an author, the polite side. If you had an evil doppelganger, what detail about you would they enjoy revealing to the public that people would find surprising and possibly questionable?

Hmmm… I think most people would be surprised but the amount of varying jobs I’ve had.

I’ve been an actor, singer, blogger, bartender, short order cook, nanny, maitre’d, phone sex operator, personal assistant, Sunday school teacher, poet,  candle designer, restaurant server, event coordinator, fashion stylist, interior decorative painter, personal organizer, Fashion Week dresser, restaurant manager, cashier, restaurant hostess, bus girl, telemarketer, diner waitress, cake designer…I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

But, if you were looking for something more salacious, I do read a lot of dark romances and no, I will not give recs. You have to put on your giant sunglasses and trench coat and find your own. 😎

How do you move forward after a friendship has broken down?

I’m a very non-confrontational person and the older I get, the more I realize how valuable my time is. If I’ve made a mistake, I’m pretty good about owning up to it and making every attempt to rectify the situation and I love my friends, but if a relationship can’t be saved I move on pretty easily. 

Sorry to this man.

Finish this sentence: Creativity is ________.

Creativity is my definition of freedom. I have ADHD - among other things- and I’ve spent a great portion of my life frustrated because I was trying to fit myself into societal parameters. Creativity and a penchant for hustling has allowed me to create a life where I can support myself on my own terms without feeling trapped or stifled. I learned pretty early that I can’t work for other people and clocks are not my friends.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

I don’t do anything specific. When I need to get writing done, my mood will dictate what the situation calls for. I do tend to write wearing a tiara and listening to music. Large quantities of bulletproof coffee help, too.

How’d you come up with your pen name?

I know I wanted my pen name to be short, sexy & easy to remember. Short to make it easily visible on a book cover in large fonts. Sexy, because I write romance novels, duh. Easy to remember because there is such an abundance of romance novelists - contemporary, especially — anything you can do to stand out is helpful. 

Lucy has a lot of meaning for me. The oldest human skeleton found in Ethiopia is called Lucy - after the Beatles song (another fave), St. Lucy is the most northern parish in Barbados and is my favorite place on the island, also, if I had a second daughter, I would name her Lucy and since the shop is closed, it became my pen name.

Eden is another name for paradise and I hope to provide my readers with a momentary escape from the trash fire of a world we live in.

Would you rather be uncontrollably laughing for the rest of your life or uncontrollably crying?

Definitely laughing. I love to laugh. I can make anything funny… ANYTHING — this is not always a gift. I wish I knew how to stop laughing at inappropriate times. 

What are your thoughts on “sexting?”

Sexting is great as long as there’s consent. Be warned: send me an unsolicited dick pic and you will get dragged. I wrote great sexting scenes in Cherishing the Goddess and Everything’s Better with Lisa.

If you were the opposite sex for one hour, what would you do?

If I could be a man for an hour? Definitely sex —for research purposes. I’m sure my husband would love a stop to the incessant, “but what does _______ feel like?” questions.

What does being a successful author look like to you?

Freedom would be the ultimate goal. I’d love to publish 2-3 full length novels a year and spend the rest of my time traveling, hanging out with my family/ friends, paying my bills and buying expensive stuff I don’t need.

If you were casting the next James Bond movie, who would be your Bond?

Idris. I’m still not letting that one go.

**Bonus Question**

Ever tried BDSM? If not, would you?

I haven’t tried BDSM, but I never say never. I’ve often thought about whether I’d be a dom or a sub. Being in charge sounds likes fun, but a lot of work. I also don’t like being told what to do. I could also be a switch, but that’s double the training. Thanks, I hate it.

So that’s a head scratcher. The closest I could come (I’ll see myself out.) would be Embry from American Prince, by Sierra Simone. No responsibility, no training & all the fun.


Bio:

Lucy Eden is the nom de plume of a romance-obsessed author who writes the kind of romance she loves to read. She’s a sucker for alphas with a soft gooey center, over the top romantic gestures, strong & smart MCs, humor, love at first sight (or pretty damn close), happily ever afters & of course, dirty & steamy love scenes. When Lucy isn’t writing, she’s busy reading—or listening to—every book she can get her hands on— romance or otherwise. She lives & loves in New York with her husband, two children, a turtle & a Yorkshire Terrier.


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Get your one-click on and purchase Lucy’s latest release, Everything’s Better with Lisa for all your post-Thanksgiving veggin’ out needs! 

Giveaway:

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Release Day Author Spotlight: Ruby Lang

Hey Folks!👋

It’ssssss Monday! Brand new week, brand new feature. Hard to believe we’re in the 46th week of the year. Before I kick off this spotlight, I want to acknowledge those currently serving in our military, those who have previously served, and those who risked their lives protecting our freedoms. The guy in the White House may not show you the respect and appreciation you deserve, but I do. Thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day! 

With that said, I’ve been MIA on social media because uh… it’s NaNoWriMo! I haven’t been logging into the site religiously as I should, but listen, I don’t care about daily word counts. I want this project D-O-N-E by the time Nov 30th rolls around. But enough about me let’s talk about an author who met her writing goals and has a brand new release out today, Ruby Lang. If you don’t follow Ruby on Twitter, you should. She is hilarious. She’s one of few authors who can make me laugh out loud with her tweets. Keep reading and get to know a little more about this charming lady!

Take it away, Ruby…

I always find author interviews kind of boring. We only get to see one side of an author, the polite side. If you had an evil doppelganger, what detail about you would they enjoy revealing to the public that people would find surprising and possibly questionable?

Ruby acts like a Goody-Two-Shoes, but she has unpaid library fines, no skincare routine to speak of, and is a little shaky on the geography of the United States of America, a country she’s lived in for, like, 20 years.

What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is unsnap my carpal tunnel wrist braces, and with my arms free FREEEE to do anything they please, I spread my wings and… brush my teeth and make tea and stare blearily at objects in my kitchen.

Name a book that changed your life.

I read Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in my second year at university, and this passage from the book has stayed with me: 

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

This what I love about Middlemarch. It’s a story about those very ordinary, unhistoric people getting on with their lives, being scared, worrying about money, falling in love, and changing their part of the world.

In the last week, what made you feel challenged, and what made you smile?

I’m having the worst writer’s block, and release week is here. Nothing makes me feel more like an imposter than not being able to put one word after another during release week.

My daughter started a petition at her school to ban the use of whistles at recess. She’s presenting at assembly, and she told me, “I have to draft a solution! And type it! And pick a font!”  

Pick a font! I died.

Name a song that helps you relax at the end of a long and stressful day.

I love Lizzo’s “Juice.” It’s taken me through summer, and it’s probably going to make my decade.

Tell me about a small change you have made in your life to improve your focus. What did you do, how long did it take until it became effective, and how you sustain this habit? 

Change is good, and I hate it.

I have to switch up my writing routines every couple of months. So last year, I started working in the library instead of at my desk at home. I produced two of my Carina books that way (Open House and House Rules). More recently, I tried drafting in Comic Sans. (It’s very legible!) I slogged through half a draft. But then I got stuck, and I’m now reduced to writing longhand in parent waiting rooms while my kid does her kid things. By next year, I’ll probably have to tap everything out in Morse code while traveling on the B17 bus.

So yeah, my conclusion is that any change itself works (for me, for a short while), and it’s terrible.

What’s more important to you: prose or story? 

As a reader, if someone’s voice doesn’t work for me, I often won’t be able to get into the story. I’ll read the book equivalent of a long thirst tweet if the voice is right.

The Voice is Right sounds like a nightmare reality game show, by the way.

Would you rather travel to space or visit the bottom of the ocean?

Am I a person who wants to plumb the depths or float far away into the cold, unknown void? Honestly, both sound terrifying, although at least the bottom of the ocean has phosphorescent sea creatures. So, I guess it’s the bottom of the ocean floor for me. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.

Finish this sentence: In a new Disney Channel original, Hannah Montana struggles with ____________.

Trying Not to be a Problematic Douche.

In your opinion, what does it mean to be good in bed?  

For me, it’s enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Look, it’s cool if you want to look deep into someone’s eyes and do breathing that sounds like Lamaze or whatever in order sustain the act for several days–that’s great as long as your partner or partners are A-OK with your Olympic feats. Technique is awesome, but it can be learned! Attitude is harder to fake and ultimately can make one’s partner feel more important and cared for!

**Bonus Question**

Ever tried BDSM? If not, would you?

B-eing a

D-etective

S-olving

M-urders?

Sounds great!

*LOL, Ruby is a mess!* 😂

Bio:

Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast. Her work has also appeared in The New York TimesSalonBitch, and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly), and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child and a medium-sized husband.


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Author Spotlight: Tasha L. Harrison

HAPPY MONDAY FOLKS!

More importantly, HAPPY INDIGENOUS PEOPLESDAY!✊🏾

Hard to believe we’re in the third week of October. Time is flying, and we only have a few more weeks left in the decade. THE DECADE. Insane, right? I’ve been getting my NaNoWriMo preparation underway. The month of November is *always* my most productive time of year. It seems appropriate to spotlight Tasha this week since she’s been helping me up my writing game with her #20kin5Days sprints.

Learn some juicy tidbits about this dope lady!


I always find author interviews kind of boring. We only get to see one side of an author, the polite side. If you had an evil doppelganger, what detail about you would they enjoy revealing to the public that people would find surprising and possibly questionable?

My doppelgänger would probably take pleasure in revealing the fact that I’m frequently an anxiety ridden basket case who spends a lot of time in my closet meditating. While I don’t hide my anxiety from anyone, I strongly feel like it’s my damn business to deal with in the way I see fit and sitting on the floor in my closet is it. It’s quiet in there and if I’m lucky, a sip of whiskey is involved. 

If it were possible, would you want spoiler alerts for your life?

Nah. While there have been some bumps in the road along the way, I truly believe that all of that contributed to the person I am today. No losses just lessons, nah mean?

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Listen. I used to think people who treated their writing too preciously were kinda weak and constant victims of their “muse.” While I still don’t believe in writer’s block and my only muse is me, I have found comfort in putting some rituals around writing like burning sage and palo santo, good instrumental music, and my magic rocks (crystals). It gets me into my writing headspace a lot faster and while it’s pretty precious process, it’s also portable so I don’t feel like I need to be in a particular space at a particular time to get words on the page.

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

My fav 90s jam is Murder She Wrote. I love 90s dancehall. I spent way too much time in basement parties windin’ mah likkil waist. *Harper here. Had to insert the YouTube link, I may have had a mini dance break*💃🏾

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?

I don’t know that I would get rid of any state in particular, but I would request that Florida get a major goddamn audit from top to bottom. Between stand your ground and the fucked up laws that keep police from solving crimes, I don’t know if anything but it’s beaches make it salvageable. 

What were you like in high school?

So, a few years ago my school hosted it’s 20th reunion. I didn’t get an invite and only found out about it weeks before the event from a few friends I’m still connected with on FB. According to these folks who still follow me in some capacity, I’m the same ole Tasha. Opinionated, independent, and well acquainted with who I am. I don’t think I ever felt that way in high school but as a military brat, I was accustomed to being the perpetual new kid so I didn’t stress too much about having or making friends or even getting attached to the ones I did make. Somehow that translated as confidence to them, but my therapist seems to think it’s detachment. I just think it’s a survival tactic that comes in handy from time to time.

How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Constantly. I like books that make me feel uncomfortable. Pain and discomfort precede growth (most of the time) and I always want to improve on the person I was yesterday.

If you could kill off a character from any current television show, who would it be?

Most recently it was Corny Carl from The Walking Dead, but now that he’s dead, I’m to sure. I don’t watch a ton of TV, to be honest.

Finish this sentence: Self-care means _______.

Skipping the bath and retail therapy and learning or doing something new. Self-care is more than face masks and a new hippie—but those can be nice on occasion, too.

Name a Romance novel you believe more people should read. 

Is it wrong to say mine? LOL I’m mean yeah, read The Truth of Things, but if I must recommend a romance that I’ve read and loved recently, I’m going to call out A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. It was smart, trope-y, mainstream, and still Black as hell. I loved it. 

**Bonus Question**

Ever tried BDSM? If not, would you?

I have no answer for this except to say that if you’re in a long-term, trusting relationship with someone, it’s smart and good for the relationship to try everything at least twice. Three times to really see if you like it. 



Bio: 

Often accused of navigating life without a filter, Tasha L. Harrison has managed to brand herself as the author who crafts characters and stories that make you feel all of the feels. She writes African American, interracial and intercultural erotica and erotic romance with heroines just as brazen, emotionally messy, and dramatic as herself and heroes that love them anyway. 


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 WHERE I COME FROM, COPS AREN’T SUPERHEROES.

Photojournalist and wedding photographer Ava Greene has been unlucky in love, and even though she calls herself a hopeless romantic, she is more than a little bitter about it. The only attention she seems to get is from the men she has absolutely no interest in and has become unintentionally celibate in her effort to avoid “trash ass dudes.” Ava has officially given up on the idea “the one” when Officer Friendly rolls up on her block.

NOT ALL COPS…”

Arrogant and just shy of being a cornball with his bad-dad jokes, she knows that this stocky cop might just be the one to make her second-guess every thought she ever had about those who protect and serve. 
Ava tries to make it clear to Levi that she doesn’t need saving, that she doesn’t need to be worshiped, but he is convinced that is exactly she needs. But when Ava finds herself on the wrong side of the law, will he be the hero she needs or toe the “thin blue line?”

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