Author KateMarie Collins

I have had the privilege of reading Kate Collins’s book, Daughter of Hauk, in a genre, I will admit, that’s not in my usual zone. Kate’s adventure, character development, and plot twists have the reader satisfied and looking for more by the end of the book. Which is good news for you sci-fi lovers, because another of KateMarie’s books, Mark of the Successor, is due out soon! Read more about Kate, her books, and get the information for links to her blog and where to get her books below:


For the orphaned elf, Arwenna, life had treated her kindly.  Her human foster parents raised her well, preparing her for life as a cleric of the God, Silas. The illusion shattered when she was convicted of treason by the Paladins of Silas and executed.

Death wasn’t the paradise she expected.  Tortured by demons, the layers of lies that had clouded her mind began to peel away.  She’d been tricked into betraying Senyan, a man she thought she loved.  Her skills had been used to bind the Demon Lord, Corse, to him.  She was never intended to serve Silas.  Arwenna bore the mark of a Daughter of Hauk.

Would Hauk give her the chance to stop Corse from fully manifesting in the world? And would she be able to save Senyan from the abyss she helped send him to?

IHere is a quick blurb to her next highly anticipated novel- Mark of the Successor-


Dominated and controlled by an abusive mother, Lily does what she can to enjoy fleeting moments of normality. When a break from school only provides the opportunity for more abuse at home, the sudden appearance of a stranger turns her world even bleaker.  Disappearing without a trace, he has left a lingering fear in Lily. His parting words to her mother, “Have her ready to travel tomorrow,” is something her mind refuses to accept. Running away is the only answer. But before Lily can execute her plan, a shimmering portal appears in her room. Along with two strangers who promise to help keep her safe. With time running out, she accepts their offer for escape and accompanies them into a brand new world. A world in which she is the kidnapped daughter of a Queen, and the heir to the throne of Tanisal.

Can she find her own strength to overcome both an abusive past and avoid those who would use her as a means to power?


KateMarie and I had a chance to share a few words. Read all about KateMarie below:

What can we expect from you this year?

My second novel, “Mark of the Successor”, is going to be released! It’s a stand alone fantasy novel, suitable for all ages.

What genre do you like to write? What genre is your favorite to read?

So far, I’ve only written fantasy. There’s something about being able to create an entire world and society that appeals to me. I’m a huge fan of the genre, too. At least 90% of the books I have on my bookshelf are fantasy.

Where do you get your ideas?

My first novel, “Daughter of Hauk”, began after a Dungeons & Dragons game I played in ended badly. I really wasn’t happy with it, so I took some of the characters and asked myself what I thought would happen next. For “Mark of the Successor”, it came from the online writing group I’m part of. We do challenges, where someone tosses out a subject and we write very short stories about the topic. Once I did that, however, the main character I created would not shut up until I wrote an entire novel.

What was the best thing ever said to you about your work?

I get amazed with every good review! I had one that remarked “this book is destined for the big screen”, and that really blew me away. It would be surreal and exciting at the same time if that came to pass.

Do you have a system to writing? Favorite place? Time? Music playing? Quiet? Food/Drink?

In my office, with the stereo cranked up. The music depends on what characters I’m writing about. Protagonists tend to be more celtic or movie soundtracks, whereas the antagonists demand my heavy metal albums. A bottle of water, maybe some finger food to nosh on during a short break. When I really get going, I have my eyes closed. I’ve found I can visualize a scene really well in my head and let my fingers find the right words.

Do you have people read your book before submitting it? Or do you keep it a secret?

I’ve got four beta readers, and three crit partners. The beta readers will let me know about gaping holes in the plot, or areas they really get confused on. My crit partners, though, are truly amazing. They’ll do very extensive, in depth line edits that make me think even deeper about the characters.

Who is your favorite character and why?

Arwenna from ‘Daughter of Hauk’. There’s a lot of me in her, and I put her through some situations that I’ve experienced to a lesser degree. Finding the words to get her to work past the after effects really helped me do the same.

What is the hardest thing to write? Setting/Character Development/ Climax or Intense Scenes…

Emotionally charged scenes are the hardest for me. I get so involved in what my characters are going through that I have to take time afterwards to decompress.

Name some of your favorite authors or people who influence your writing.

David Eddings, for one. He had this way of being able to make his characters seem like real people, had dialogue that was something I could say to someone. I really admire the naturalness of his work. I also love Nick Pollotta. That man can make me fall off the chair laughing from a single sentence!

What other hobbies do you have besides writing?

I’m a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, make candles, chauffeur my daughters, sew, read, play D&D, and love visiting comic book stores with my hubby. I’m a geek and I know it!

Is there anything else you want readers to know about you or your books?

My cat, Athena, is 15 years old but doesn’t even weigh 5lbs. She has a set amount of time she insists on napping on me every day, usually when I’m at my computer trying to write. It took several tries, but she can curl up across my shoulder and take her nap and leave my hands free so I can keep working.

Author Bio:

Born in the late 60′s, KateMarie has lived most of her life in the Pacific NW. While she’s always been creative, she didn’t turn towards writing until 2008. She found a love for the craft. With the encouragement of her husband and two daughters, she started submitting her work to publishers. When she’s not taking care of her family, KateMarie enjoys attending events for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA has allowed her to combine both a creative nature and love of history. She currently resides with her family and three cats in what she likes to refer to as “Seattle Suburbia”.


Book links:


Solstice – my book:

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Twitter:  @DaughterHauk






Author- Lisa Bilbrey

I am excited to host author, Lisa Bilbrey, in my consecutive weeks of “The Next Big Thing in Authors!” In the following weeks, I will host authors in all types of genres, hopefully with something that may catch your eye and get you reading!

Check out what Lisa has to say about her work, her passion of writing, and read an excerpt from her newest novel, Angel’s Heart.


An Excerpt from Angel’s Heart: The Keeper


The closer they got to Sayar Island, the more anxious Sophie found herself getting. Her toes tingled, and her hands shook; the feeling seeped up her arms and into her chest. Soon the feeling had spread throughout her body. Sophie’s heart began racing. Reaching up, she wrapped her fingers around the small heart-shaped charm hanging around her neck.

The stone burned under her hand at the same moment she heard a familiar voice whisper in her ear, “Don’t fight it.” Gasping, Sophie brought her other hand up, covering her mouth. It had been her father’s voice, like he’d been sitting right next to her. “Let go, honey.”

“Dad!” Sophie yelled, scrambling to her feet. Everyone turned, staring at her, but she didn’t care.

“Sophie, sit down,” Tabitha ordered, throwing herself onto Sophie and trying to drag her down onto the seat. “You’re going to fall overboard.”

“Didn’t you hear him?” Sophie wailed, struggling to free herself from the arms wrapped around her. Before she knew what was happening, Sophie found herself being pulled from Tabitha’s arms. Looking up, she saw Henry holding her. “He’s here.”

Henry didn’t argue with her. Instead, he settled back on the bench seat with her in his lap, holding her even tighter. Sophie’s nails dug into her palm while she gripped her necklace, ignoring the fiery burn scorching her flesh. Still the tingle inside of her grew, intensifying at an agonizingly slow pace. By the time Oliver pulled the boat up to the docks at Sayar Island, Sophie was nearly gasping for air. Scrambling out of Henry’s arms, she jumped off the side of the boat, landing on the dock, and took off running toward the crystal white sand.

“Sophie, stop!” Deva yelled, but Sophie ignored her.

She stepped off the wooden dock, letting her foot touch the sand. Just as on the boat, the feeling inside her increased. Falling onto her knees, she brought her hands up, eyes popping open when they began glowing. The glow shot up her arms, wrapping around every inch of her body. Crying out again, Sophie tumbled forward, seeing everyone run toward her just before everything went dark.


Find out a little more about Lisa:

1.)   How did you get the idea for Angel’s Heart: The Keeper?

The inspiration for Angel’s Heart came from a dream. I’d been having trouble sleeping, as I seem to have a lot, and I had a dream about a woman standing on the shore of a beach, her arms were wrapped around her body and she was sobbing. A light mist was falling over her and the waves were crashing upon the shore. I don’t know why, but I knew that the storm was tied into her emotions. When I woke up, I had this urge to write it out, so I scrambled to my laptop and began writing. This whole new world opened up to me and swept me away.

2.)   Why did you choose Sophie as the name of your main character?

One of the hardest tasks I had with Angel’s Heart was coming up with the name of my main character. To me, the name of a character sets the stage for how the book is written and I have to love it. I went through a long list of beautiful names such as Grace, Olivia, Hannah, but none of them were right. Then one day, while I was complaining to my husband about it, I looked in the backseat of our car and watched my daughter, who was around five at the time. Her name is Sophie and I knew I wanted her to be my heroin. Of course, now she’s convinced that she’s a witch, but who am I to argue with her.

3.)   What’s your favorite sport?

Oh, that’s a hard one, but I have to say that I am a huge fan of football. My oldest son, who is fifteen, plays and I love watching him. In fact, he was the inspiration for my novella from Harvest Treats, Book Three of the Candy Collection. The Journey Home is the story of a professional football player who is facing the end of his career, but still loves the game. Suddenly, he finds himself trying to figure out what he’s supposed to do now. It’s not until he goes home for the first time in ten years that he finds his true path in life.

4.)   Have you been to Hawaii or Ireland, since the book was set there? Would you like to go?

I haven’t been to either places, and had to do a ton of research on both locations while writing Angel’s Heart. I tried to convince my husband that I needed to go for research purposes, but he wasn’t keen on the idea since it meant him having to stay at home with our three kids. One of my dreams is to be able to go to both places and see for myself the inspiration that brought Angel’s Heart to life.

5.)   How did you come up with the appearance of Henry?

When I started coming up with my supporting characters, one of the decisions I made was to make Henry and his family Chinese. Though they are native from the small island in Hawaii that I created for the Angel’s Heart, their backstory is important to the second book and I wanted to set that in motion from the beginning.

6.)   When did you start writing?

I started writing about seven years ago, once again after having a severe bout of Insomnia. Unable to handle just lying in my bed, staring at the ceiling, I opted to write out the stories I often had running through my head. I’ll be honest, they weren’t very good, but I learned and grew as an author, as I still am. I believe that with each book I write, I hone my craft a little more.

7.)   How do you handle writer’s block?

Writer’s block is such a huge issue for most of us, and for me, I find that starting a new project often helps to get the creative flow going. Sometimes, it becomes my next book and others, it becomes trash in my recycle bin, but I find that focusing on something new and different works for me.

8.)   Do I listen to music when I write? If so, who?

I always have music on. My iPod is a permanent part of my body. I find that different music helps to inspire different types of writing. When I’m finding myself in a particularly emotional passage, I turn on what I call my Endless Awakenings playlist. It has a bit of everyone from Evanescence, to Nickelback, to A Fine Frenzy, but all of them are gut-wrenching and help feed my emotions. When I am in a more upbeat story, I hit my Sing Me to Sleep playlist, which has Linkin Park, Fran Healey, Amos Less, Timothy Bloom, and more.

9.)   What’s next?

Well, I always have a new project on the line. Right now, it’s getting the next three novellas in The Journey Collection ready to be released. The first book, The Journey Home is, as I mentioned before, a part of Harvest Treats. The second book, The Journey of Champions will be released in April as an eBook, while the third book, The Journey to Forever comes out in June, also as an eBook. The fourth book, The Journey to a New Life is scheduled for release in September as an eBook. Also, I have the second book in the Angel’s Heart series, The True Enemy to finish, and another two-novel series, the first of which is entitled What Should Have Been to complete. There’s never a dull moment for me.

I’d like to thank Jessica for having me on her blog and I hope that y’all will check out my books.

Lisa Bilbrey books:

Angel’s Heart: The Keeper:

Sophie Crenshaw always knew she was different, but the last thing she expected was to find out that she was a witch. Now, with the world literally in her hands, she must come to terms with her new found position in a society that she never knew existed. Henry Chang is tied to her by an unbreakable bond. Will he be able to help the woman who holds his heart?

Life’s Unexpected Gifts, part of Life is More Than Candy Hearts, Book One of the Candy Collection:

With the recent loss of her father, Emma Dawson struggles to get from one day to the next. When she starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer, she finds herself being forced to reevaluate everything she thought she knew. Will she open her heart to the mystery man of her dreams, or will a blast from the past sweep her off her feet? Can they be one in the same?

A Season of Change, part of Summer Confections, Book Two of the Candy Collection:

Meredith Murphy ran when life became difficult. Ten years later, she once again finds herself rolling down the highway, and seeking refuge in the arms of her father. When Jonathon Wentworth shows up at Camp Willow Pines, she must decide if she’ll wallow in the past or follow where fate takes her.

The Journey Home, part of Harvest Treats, Book Three of the Candy Collection:

Travis had it all until a hit threatens to end his career. Upon receiving an invitation to return home, he realizes that not everything in life is as simple as he thinks. Will he be able to handle learning that the greatest gift in life has been just an arm’s reach away?

Broken Hearts & Dusty Dreams, part of Sugarplum Dreams, Book Four of the Candy Collection:

Riley Farris and Natalie Sloane were the best of friends who spent every summer together on the sandy beach of Mustang Island. Then, just when Riley is getting set to spend another summer with Natalie, she disappears. As the years pass, he struggles to understand what happened to the girl he knew. Until, one night while walking on the beach, he stumbles upon a woman who is broken and lost.



Author Bio

Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996.
Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she’d found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she’s spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.

In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley.











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