Purrfect Match (A Hunted Novel Book 1)
Out of the Shadows (A Werewolf Wars Novel Book 1)
The Werewolf Wars Series Box Set (A Werewolf Wars Novel)
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Alpha Heat: 21 Tantalizing Contemporary & Paranormal Romance Short Stories (Alpha Heat & Alpha Fever)
Bethany took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions regarding her writing process, about her writing life, and her work including her work in some upcoming hot boxsets!
Tell us about yourself. When you’re not writing all the awesome words, what are you doing?
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my family. I’ve been married to my husband for 12 years this month and we have two kids 8 and 5. We enjoy going on bike rides and spending time outdoors.
Before a book is published, it goes through rigorous rounds of edits. What does your editing process look like? How has it changed from when you first started out?
I was a total punster when I first started writing and at that time I had a critique partner that I traded chapters with weekly. Now, I plan out my stories chapter by chapter, sometimes the characters follow the outline sometimes not. As much as I love being a punster, having the story planned ahead helps keep writers block at bay because I already know what is going to happen.
After I finish a rough draft I edit it several times myself, making sure there are no plot holes or crazy errors then I send it off to my team of beta readers. Once I get their feedback I make changes where needed and then send it to the editing.
It goes through a copy and proof reading edit before I do a final check and send it out to the world.
How much of a hands on approach do you take in creating your covers? Do you do them yourself, or hire them out? If you hire them out, how much input do you have in the creative process?
I used to have covers made for me, but then I started playing around with photo programs to make teasers and eventually started making my own covers.
I’ve been creating my own for over a year now and really like putting it all together, but hate looking for stock photos. Finding the perfect couple is hard work.
Balancing a work life, a family life, and being an author can be like juggling with knives. How do you make it work? Is your family supportive of your writing career? Do you write full time, or do you see yourself writing full time at some point in the future?
I am very fortunate to have a supportive family. My mom buys all my books, and my husband is supportive by listening to me talk and taking care of the kiddos if I have something I need to do.
I even get to run off to the library for some peace and quiet occasionally. Now that my youngest is in school I have a lot more time during the day to write.
Writing is my full time job.
Which of your stories did you enjoy writing the most? Why? Which caused you to bang your head against your keyboard?
I really enjoyed writing Finding Our Way.
Both Nora and Daniel were such great characters and so different than others I’ve written. I think I connected with them more because I’ve always kind of been an outsider myself, which both of them are, so it was so much easier to bring the emotions and feelings into the book.
The hardest book I wrote was, probably, Lucky In Love. The finished product turned out great, but for some reason the words just didn’t want to come for that story. I’d start it then get stumped.
And now for the silly…if you had to choose, who would you say is your all-time favorite book boyfriend, and why?
Only one? LOL. I’d probably have to choose Jamie from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series.
Do you have anything specific that you’d like to say to your readers?
Never be afraid to follow your dreams.
What’s in the works for you right now? When can we expect to see it released to the world?
I’ve had a busy summer of writing. I’m in 3 box sets coming out this fall: Alpha Beta Omega coming out 9/13 (pre-order it from Amazon), Coming In Hot coming out 9/19 (pre-order it from Amazon), and Shifters Hallows Eve which is due 10/25 (pre-order it from Amazon). Each set features an all-new novella from me. I’m also releasing Pursued, A Hunted Novel Book 4 on 10/18 (pre-order it from Amazon).
Can you share an excerpt of your upcoming book, or recently released one?
I’d love to share something from all of them with you, but here’s a sneak peek at my novella On Call, which is included in the Coming In Hot boxset coming out 9/19 which you can pre-order now.
Erin shoved a forkful of pancakes into her mouth and savored the way they melted on her tongue. Her belly grumbled and she took another bite. When was the last time she ate? Breakfast? That had been rushed too due to running late. She was starving. The few minutes she’d promised Adam had turned into three hours. She’d almost finished processing his paperwork when a patient had a code blue.
To her surprise, Adam had waited for her even after getting discharged. She was glad he had. She was starved and her packed PB&J didn’t sound appetizing.
“Thanks for dinner,” she said as she picked up her soda and took a gulp.
“No problem. But I wouldn’t call pancakes and bacon dinner.”
She rolled her eyes. “Are you one of those types?”
“The ones who can’t eat breakfast as another meal,” she said with a laugh.
“Breakfast is breakfast.” He picked up his burger and took a bite.
“I could eat it anytime of the day.”
“If you say so.”
“Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing.”
Adam chuckled. “You work doubles often?” he asked.
“Lately, yeah.” She picked up her bacon and took a bite. Money was tight right now. Her boyfriend had walked out eight months ago, leaving her and her son to fend for themselves. Life had been too hard for him apparently, or that’s the excuse he’d given in the note he’d left for her. He was in Texas with his mom and dad, living on their couch and doing nothing. With the responsibility of a three-year-old, rent, and a car, she needed every penny she could get. Thank God for her mom helping out and watching Caden so she could work extra shifts.
Her mom knew all about being left with a young kid to raise. Erin’s dad had done the same thing to her. Men were pigs. She met Adam’s gaze. He seemed nice, but she knew he was only after one thing. Sex.
Heat pooled in her belly at the thought. It had been a long time since she’d seen any action other than her vibrator. A girl had needs too. But could she do a relationship without getting romantically invested? Was that even what Adam was after? Sure he flirted and was always nice, but what if he was just being friendly? Yeah right. Men like him—playboys—would probably get involved with anyone they found pretty. She’d had a crush on him for a while, but had never thought it could be something more. It wouldn’t be a relationship –just fun. Hot sweaty fun. Can I do that?
“It must be hard working sixteen hours. I know when I do twelve it’s rough.”
She shrugged, focusing her attention on him again. “I’ve gotten used to it. I need the hours to pay rent and make my car payment.”
“Us single people have it rough since there is no one to share the expenses with. I wouldn’t want to get married though. I know I can depend on myself and divorce is too messy.”
“You’ve been married?” she asked, lifting her brow. Maybe that’s why he went through women so quickly.
“How do you know then?”
“My mom. She gets married and divorced at least once every five years. At least she doesn’t get completely screwed in the divorce. Graham on the other hand,” he trailed off and took a sip of his soda.
“Right.” She nodded. Laney had told her about Graham and his bitchy ex. The poor guy had gotten taken to the cleaners. Kirk and her had never gotten married—thank goodness. Her breakup wasn’t so bad, considering her ex didn’t want custody of their son and pretty much just wanted out. It was a win in her book. She just wanted to start getting child support. Her mom only helped out in the evenings due to her own work schedule. Day care was expensive. Not being married had its benefits. She could wipe the slate clean of Kirk. Caden was another story. She felt bad that her boy was going to grow up without a dad. This isn’t the time to think about that.
Last, but not least, where can our readers find you online?
I’m always on Facebook and I have a twitter account and newsletter too. Please feel free to message me or subscribe to my newsletter. I’d love to hear from you.
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