Writer THURSDAY? Yes! Meet Andrya Bailey

HalftoneI have to tell you, when I realized I’d completely forgotten to post Andrya Bailey‘s Writer Wednesday interview last week, I felt so bad. SO BAD. I was on a crowded bus full of Girl Scouts headed to NYC when that nagging suspicion I’d forgotten something hit me. Luckily, it wasn’t my daughter, or our luggage.

But it was a blog post, and Ms. Bailey has my profound apologies. Luckily for me, she’s been incredibly gracious about the whole oops, so I am tickled to bring you this Special Edition of Writer Wednesday – on Thursday.

Come meet the ever-so-understanding Andrya Bailey, and learn a bit about her and her books!

Heart shaped book pagesWhich type of romance do you love most, and why?

I like contemporary romance, but I’m also drawn to historical romance and fairy tales. Magic and seduction fill our lives with passion!

Relief of Pluto and ProserpineName one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

My upcoming book, the second novel in the Olympian Love trilogy, is set in Greece. While researching Greek mythology, I came across the bouquet of Persephone, which was a bouquet with the flowers Persephone was gathering when she was kidnapped by the mighty Hades. This was a nice touch to insert into one of the scenes in the romance.

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Sheila Kell, the writer of the HIS novels. They’re fun, sexy, with steamy scenes and interesting characters, especially the alpha Hamilton brothers.

wutheringWhat’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

If I have to single out only one, I’ll say Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, although I have several favorites.

Even though it doesn’t have a happy ending, I find Heathcliff’s love for Catherine sickly passionate and full of devotion.

Olympian_Passion_Cover_for_KindleA Bit on Olympian Passion (book 1):

Sabrina loves everything about Greek mythology and is excited to be accepted for an internship at the Fine Arts Museum in Houston. When she meets the handsome Greek archaeologist Nikos Soulis, who will spend two months at the museum, she falls head over heels for him. But the sexy professor seems too busy and already spoken for… so why does he insist in helping her with her project? Can Sabrina avoid heartbreak when she is seduced by the hot Olympian god of her dreams?

“A great romance that does justice to the mythological theme.”

Find Olympian Passion here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

writingAuthor bio:

Andrya Bailey is an award-winning contemporary romance writer who lives in Texas, USA. One of her favorite things to do is travel, and when she does, she loves to visit museums and learn about art, which she usually incorporates into her stories. She loves to write love stories with strong alpha males and exciting scenarios.

Olympian Passion is the first book in the Olympian Love series and it has received the 5 star seal from Readers’ Favorite. The second book, Olympian Heartache, will be released in late summer 2016. Her short story “No Inhibition” is published in the romance/erotica anthology Waves of Passion, by the Houston Writers Guild Press.

Want to connect further with Andrya? Find her here:

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Andrya-Bailey/e/B01667R2D8
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andryabailey/
Twitter: @andyb0810

Thanks so much for being here, Andrya! It was a pleasure having you. 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Julieann Dove!

View More: http://nataliejaynephotography.pass.us/julieThat’s right! It’s Writer Wednesday! Time to PAR-TAY!

And by party, I mean read this whole interview, because learning about authors is way cool.

The weather is stunningly gorgeous here in Virginia today – a true spring masterpiece. I hope you can say the same wherever you are. Speaking of Virginia, I’m delighted to have fellow Virginian and romance author Julieann Dove with us today, sharing about her life as a writer, and giving us a glimpse into her newest book, Waking Amy!

Welcome, Julieann! And away we go…

Business concept. keyboard and crumpled paper on table.What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

I would’ve liked to be told that no matter what skill set I thought I had, or how I might’ve thought my imagination was good…go take at least two or three writing workshops before submitting anything to an agent. Let’s face it, you get one chance to make an impression, and although I got my fair share of requests, it always came back to a craft problem that enabled me from getting representation.

What’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

Wuthering Heights. I can feel the love Heathcliff had for Catherine. Right down to my bones. The way he wanted her to haunt him when she died. There was such passion between these two characters. I never tire of reading it!

MusicButterflyWhat inspires you to write?

Music. I can hear a song and write a novel around the lyrics. I wrote my first novel from listening to the song Gravity, by Sara Bareilles. I even titled it “Gravity!” I’ve since changed the title, but I won an award for it, and I have the certificate with the original title. That was neat. 🙂

And now, a bit on Waking Amy:

Waking Amy DigitalAmy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

Find Waking Amy on Amazon!

A bit about Julieann Dove:

Passports to world travel Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

Thanks so much for joining us, Julieann! Wishing you great success with Waking Amy!