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Meet The Author: Interview with Stephanie Hazeltine

Stephanie Hazeltine is a contemporary fiction author who writes about fearless females as they fall in love, navigate motherhood or tackle mysteries. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two kids and two cavoodles. Stephanie stopped by to chat about the inspiration behind her new book, upcoming projects and more.

Q & A with Stephanie Hazeltime

What inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration for this book came from my own mothers’ group. None of the characters are based on the women I met but I found the concept of a mothers’ group interesting. We live in the same area and had babies in the same month, so we’re put together and then become friends – it’s strange. The women I met are all so different and come from all over Australia and have different backgrounds and jobs, etc. I wanted to write unique female characters and give them each a distinct voice so I thought basing it around a mothers’ group would be a great way to do it.

What can we expect from you in the future?

There is a sequel to ‘While the Baby Sleeps’ coming in 2023.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in While the Baby Sleeps?

Amalia, Marnie, Peyton and Fleur are the four main characters from ‘While the Baby Sleeps’. They are all complete works of fiction.

Marnie is a first-time mum in a new town, paralysed by anxiety and pushing away her police-officer husband. She suffers from post-natal depression and is really struggling with her new identity as a mother.

Peyton is a teen mum, living with her parents and longing to behave like other teenagers her age. She has a constant internal battle because she loves her son so much but she also wants to go out drinking and meet people.

Fleur looks like the perfect picture of a mum who is coping and loving motherhood, but no one knows that under her beautiful dress, her body is covered in bruises caused by her husband. She puts so much effort into hiding her demons and comes across bubbly and happy to others.

Amalia, a single mum, lost her parents in tragic circumstances and will do anything to honour her mother’s dying wish and protect the family she has. She is recently single and has a hard time trusting others.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I really enjoyed writing as different people. Getting myself totally into the mindset of a character and trying to speak and behave in the way they would so that it’d come across authentic. It was fun to write the different women.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

One of the most annoying sayings that new parents hear is ‘Sleep while the baby sleeps’ because it just rarely happens. This is a bit of a play on that because so much happens while the babies sleep in this story.

Who designed your book covers?

Elle Maxwell Design

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learnt so much about the writing process, character development, editing, the publishing process, marketing, everything! It’s been a whirlwind and I’ve gained so much from it.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

Without giving anything away, I love the bond that develops between these mothers. They are there for one another during this new stage in their lives.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

This book isn’t just a thriller with a murder mystery, it’s so much more. It gives a real insight into motherhood – the highs and lows, the joy and fear. It’s relatable and will make you laugh, leave you shocked, make you want to shake some sense into these characters and hopefully fall in love with the them too – well some of them, some are entirely unlovable.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

I have finished the first draft of the sequel to ‘While the Baby Sleeps’ and written an unrelated YA dystopian book.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

‘While the Baby Sleeps’ was mostly written while my babies were asleep.

There is a reference to Top Gun in my book because a friend dared me to include it when we were talking about the new Top Gun movie.

The café in the book is named after the Australian rules football team I follow.

While the Baby Sleeps

by Stephanie Hazeltine

Genre: Thriller

Four mothers.
One body.
Many secrets.

Marnie is a first-time mum in a new town, paralysed by anxiety and pushing away her police-officer husband.

Peyton is a teen mum, living with her parents and longing to behave like other teenagers her age.

Fleur looks like the perfect picture of a mum who is coping and loving motherhood, but no one knows that under her beautiful dress, her body is covered in bruises caused by her husband.

Amalia, a single mum, lost her parents in tragic circumstances and will do anything to honour her mother’s dying wish and protect the family she has.

When these women meet at mothers’ group, they bond over feeding schedules and baby products, but when a local is found murdered, they discover it’s not their babies who will tie them to one another forever.

Each woman has a motive to kill and secrets to hide, but do they know who the real enemy is?

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Meet The Author: Interview with CB Samet

Christina is a four-time award winning author in thriller, romantic suspense, and fantasy.

She is a mother of two energetic boys and a Jack Russel Terrier. She is a lover of suspense, adventure, and happy endings. She completed The Avant Champion epic fantasy series at over 450,000 words, and is working on a new urban fantasy trilogy. The Rider Files books 1-7 are complete, and she’s plotting and writing books 8 and 9. She writes action and adventure in fantasy and romantic​ suspense genres with strong female leads.

Q & A with CB Samet

How do you maintain your creativity?

I have a full-time day job so my weekly writing consists of squeezing in time in the evenings around the boys’ dinner and activities. I find a change of scenery is motivation. I write copiously on vacations or plane rides, especially when there is no distraction from emails or social media. Also, I brainstorm about novels on walks or runs so I have to mix in these breaks from staring at a screen or notebook.

Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.

Ragnarok happened. Survivors converged on earth many millennia ago, breeding and blending with humans. Now, a secret battle of bloodlines is being waged in the shadows of the real world. 

What do you hope people will get out of your book?

First and foremost, I hope people get enjoyment—an escape to a fantasy world of magic and mayhem woven with romance. Next, I hope that readers will relate to the characters’ struggles. While we may not have magic and the world isn’t on the brink of destruction, we all face intermittent overwhelming challenges. We may react to these challenges as the characters in my urban fantasy series do—fear, insecurity, anger, and self-doubt—before we transform those feelings into productive engery to face the task at hand.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

My superpower of choice would be psychokinesis—the ability to move objects with my mind. After all, it’s a rather Jedi trait to have (more than just moving rocks, though). As a writer, I envision churning more books out if I could jog and write at the same time… while walking the dog! Imagine how easy I could fix my next cup of inspirational coffee without disrupting the writing process. As a mother of two boys, I could be reining hide-and-seek champion forever (insert diabolic laugh here); I picture myself levitating to a closet ceiling, undetected. And, with the ability to manipulate objects, I could finally beat my husband in tennis! Of course, I would also use my powers toward achieving world peace.

Do you have a favorite author who you look to for inspiration?

In my youth, I enjoyed Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. I devoured Michael Crichton books. More recently, I’ve picked up a lot of Nora Roberts books. She writes such an array of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, thrillers, and romantic suspense that she’s inspired me to explore multiple genres with my own writing. I also admire her determination and work ethic. In addition, I enjoy Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Jim Butcher, Sandra Brown, and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling).

Outside of writing, what do you consider to be fun?

Pina coladas and getting caught in the rain! But more practically… I like playing tennis, family time, beach trips, jogging, and walking the dog (we have a 16 year-old Jack Russell Terrier). And of course, I like to read. I’ve always got a paperback at home, an ebook on my phone, and an audiobook for my commute.

On what are you currently working?

I am currently writing Book 2 in this series

The current sequence of this series is as follows:

  • Raven’s Flight, prequel novella
  • Raine Down, Book 1
  • Rosalyn’s Run, novella
  • Storm Surge, Book 2 (releases Spring 2023)
  • Anka’s Orb, novella
  • Sky Fall, Book 3

Where can readers connect with you ?

Website * Facebook * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Raine Down

The Shadow Guardians Book 1

by CB Samet

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense

Ragnarok happened. Survivors converged on earth many millennia ago, breeding and blending with humans. Now, a secret battle of bloodlines is being waged in the shadows of the real world.

Raine Thoren became a Shadow Guardian to protect non-magical humans from threats they aren’t even aware of. But the latest killer on the loose has stealth and power unlike any adversary she’s faced. She won’t be able to bring this one down alone.

FBI Special Agent Will Decker prefers to work by himself. When a mysterious woman saves his life, she’s suddenly assigned to work with him in his quest to track an elusive killer. The more he learns about his new partner, Raine, and what demons lurk in shadows, the more fantasy becomes reality.

If they’re going to stop the demon and unravel prophecies of the future, they’ll need to work as a team and unlock each others’ hearts and untapped powers.

***Raine Down is the captivating first book in The Shadow Guardians urban fantasy romantic suspense series. If you like engaging characters, sizzling tension, and magic, then you’ll love this series.***

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Episode 59 Interview with YA Christian Fiction Author Briuana Green

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Welcome to A Reader’s Book Corner!

In today’s episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Young Adult Christian Fiction Author Briuana Green. Briuana Green graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Psychology and a secondary in African-American Studies in 2018. She also received an MFA from Emerson College in 2020. She was born and raised in Forrest City, Arkansas. Her motivation for writing is to help the youth realize that there is purpose embedded within them, despite what goes on around them. When not writing, Briuana loves spending time with Jesus, family, and friends and watching sports.

We discuss her King High series, the inspiration behind it and her upcoming projects. Her books can be purchased at

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Happy Reading!

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Meet The Author: Interview with Vanessa MacLellan

Vanessa MacLellan is a fantasy author born and raised in the farmlands of eastern Washington, works as an environmental engineer, and is an avid birder, naturalist and hiker living in Portland, Oregon. Her first novel, Three Great Lies, an Egyptian fantasy published by Hadley Rille Books.  She loves mythology and tries to slip it into every book she writes. 

Q & A with Vanessa MacLellan

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Let me start by thanking you for this opportunity to answer your questions. I’m Vanessa MacLellan and I live in Portland, OR, USA.  I write fantasy in a variety of flavors.  My previous book, Three Great Lies, was a portal fantasy/women’s fiction set in ancient mythological Egypt.  Awaken, my current book, is a dark fantasy/horror with a young protagonist set in a frontier fort settled by a Norse-descended people.  I love mythology.  And while not all of my writing includes mythology, it is a component you’ll see often.

When not writing, I’m often camping, birding, backpacking, studying medicinal properties of plants… you get it.  I’m a greenie.  I also just started water coloring.  I’m finding as I’m getting older, I want to create more.

I don’t know when exactly I ‘became’ a writer, but at a very young age I would make up stories for my mother filled with atrocious adverbs.  I wrote fan stories for role-playing game characters and fan fiction for published works.  I’ve done NaNoWriMo 15 times.  One thing I wrote in junior high was a fan fiction poem for Stephen King’s short story, The Mist.  This story is just one needle of inspiration for Awaken.  I am always inspired by the world around me.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Very few intentionally.  I have been to the House of Five Gables and to Platform 9 3/4.  I drove through Forks and Beverly Cleary has a middle school named for her near me.  I’ve been to the Carl Sandburg house twice, though I’ve never read his works.

What inspired you to write this book?

Great question!  I love moody, thematic horror.  I like seeing the cliff coming for you and wishing you could veer away and knowing you’re going over.  I like sacrifice characters.  I like heroes, who no matter the odds, will do the right thing. 

Heroic fiction.  My happy place.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have a superhero series I’m working on.  The first book is done and I’m planning on finishing all of them before I publish them.  I also have an environmental fantasy that’s in rough draft phase I hope to polish up next year. 

I have a day job as an environmental engineer, so writing is a slow process for me. I diligently plod along and get the work done.

What’s your process when you sit down and decide to start writing a book and do you have a system?

Years ago I would have answered this totally differently with plans and plots and diagrams.  After having written so many rough drafts, I don’t really have a process anymore.  I find it’s different based on the book, how busy I am, how excited I am, etc.  But I’ll give you my ‘perfect’ process.

* Have the world built before I start.  Ponder it, think on it, daydream on it. Get an idea of what everyday people do. Get an idea of how the magic/power affects day to day activities. Know my characters and their choices inside and out.

* Know my ending and work backwards. This way I won’t write myself into a horrible box canyon… which I have done. This also allows for heightened tension and Oh Damn moments, because I know how they get out of it already, so I can create crazy scenarios that hopefully will keep the readers on the edges of their seats.

* Outline it all, step sheet, focus on emotions and what I want the readers to get out of each scene.

* Sit down and write daily.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Awaken?

Balin is the main character.  He’s 16, the orphan son of a traitor who was gunned down before his eyes when he was 5.  A commoner, he’s given certain privileges because his guardian is the Mistress of the College of the frontier fort they live in.  He’s in a relationship with the only single noble girl his age, Elaine, who is promised to be married to the Hauld’s son, William.  William is like the prince of the keep and he and Balin survived incarceration at the hands of the enemy together, so have a bond through that.  Tristan is Balin’s best friend, second only to Elaine, and also of noble birth.  These four work together to help fix Fort Resonbirg, the sentient keep they live in. 

Then there is the Sallaedi… The Plague Man.  Enda.  Sometimes called Dust.  He wants Balin… but for what purpose?  Read the book and find out!

A lot of this book is held in dreams or in in-between dreamscapes.  Thus, the name Awaken.  Balin just wants to Awaken from his living nightmare. Balin is given choices that at first he refuses, because they are not good options.  But as other avenues are cut away, he soon realizes what he must do.  Balin is a real kid, wishing for a future, hoping for happiness.  And he does what he must do.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

Have you read The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot?  Please do.

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

This poem played a HUGE influence on this story.  Moody, moody, moody.

Awaken has three major plotlines.  There is Ursulard the Dreamspinner, who is the main external antagonist who lays siege to Fort Resonbirg.  There is the surrounding mist wall and the dragon, Nidhogg, swimming within entrapping them further and feasting on dreams.  And then the Sallaedi and his demands on Balin and his offer of power.  I wanted to do one of those intricate, entwined books with a lot going on.  I hope I didn’t bite off more than I could chew, but it was fun. 

Fort Resonbirg is a sentient building and I love the idea of an intelligent, aware house.  I see it rarely in fiction.  I also loved the idea of an entity feeding on fear and causing nightmares. 

And Balin, my battered bruised boy who still tries and wants to do whats right.  I love that kind of character and I wanted to bring him to life in my story.  I hope he walks strongly in your imagination like he does in mine.

Who designed your book covers?

I went to Crowdspring to get my cover.  Essentially you submit a proposal and people create covers to vie for your contract.  I felt bad for those I didn’t pick, honestly.  Khalid_art20 came out on top with the amazing cover of Resonbirg all misty with the hint of Nidhogg swimming in the mist.  Love the mood it creates!

Where can readers find you and your books?

They can find me at my Author Links.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon * Goodreads

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope you enjoy Awaken.  If you like it, please consider giving my other works a read.  Though different, I hope I deliver you quality.  My goal is that you come away from the story with it in your memory, with you thinking about it a few days later, and with you feeling deeply for the characters.

Thank you for having me!  It was great to talk to your followers.


by Vanessa MacLellan

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Balin stands between two great Powers. One will shatter his mind; the other will destroy his soul. Only one of them can save his people.

Fort Resonbirg, a Norse stronghold in the New World, is besieged by the evil sorcerer Ursulard the Dreamspinner. Though their fields are scorched and homes destroyed, the residents and refugees do not worry, because Fort Resonbirg is Awakened with the power to provide, protect, and grow. But not all is as it seems when a wall of impenetrable mist surrounds the fort, and within the mist hunts the dragon, Nidhogg. Nidhogg hungers for more than flesh and bone. It instills nightmares on its prey, feeding on fear and pain, inevitably taking lives.

Balin Tremore, a commoner bound for the militia but hoping to stay by his noble love’s side, never expected to amount to grand things. When the great power of Cradleweaving is awakened within him, Balin unknowingly becomes the one person with the power to pierce the wall of mist and banish the deadly beast within before it destroys them all—if he can master the new power in time. But to master the power, he must sacrifice much. The question is, will it be his position, his Lady, or his very soul?

The Mist meets Nightmare on Elm Street in this classic tale of personal sacrifice.

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