In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Samantha Long
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Samantha! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a SAHM who writes YA paranormal and adult romance in between breaking up fights and watching Supernatural.
*high five* I’m a Supernatural fan as well. (Stuck in Season 7, but a fan.)
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst.
My journey has taken a while. I’ve always wanted to be a published author, even as a little girl. While my dream was big, my confidence was so very small. It took me several years to write my first novel and I only published at the insistence of my husband and best friend. The best things about it are the friends, near and far, who I’ve met along the way. They are the friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The worst has been the crippling self-doubt. And the trolls. I don’t mind getting constructive criticism, but the trolls are evil.
It always makes me so nervous leaving a negative review or even just including bits I didn’t like when I write a review. I’m always worried I’m going to hurt the author’s feeling even though I try to be clear about what I didn’t like. And I agree, trolls who just hate on everything are evil.
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
My latest release is the last book in the Kismet Series. It’s an Adult romance about the middle sister of a close family. Halle’s been divorced for a year from a cheating man and Luke has been in love with Halle since high school. Luke will do anything to prove to Halle that not all men are like her ex and that he will be there for her no matter what.
I loved writing this one, because of personal experience. My ex cheated and my husband now has been so patient and kind about my issues with it.
It sucks that your ex cheated on you. I’m glad that you found someone who understands you. I hope the book was therapeutic in helping you deal with the issues related to your ex.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
Oh man, such a tough question. Y’all have to know that it’s so hard to pick a favorite.
*laughs* I know it’s a tough question that why I keep asking it! 🙂
I’d have to say that paranormal romance is my favorite to read because not only is there romance, but hot, powerful men and strong willed women. And the added danger of something big and evil. The three books that I recommend over and over are Scoring Wilder by RS Grey, The Sterling Shore series by CM Owens, and Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
Are we talking books or anything? Because Supernatural is a major obsession of mine. Love me some Dean Winchester. And Crowley. He’s so sassy haha.
Well, if I had known, I would have asked you a bunch of Supernatural questions. Oh, well, next time!
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
I’d have to say the question would be “What is your favorite food?” and it’s French fries. Or anything potato related, because who doesn’t like French fries??? Food is always an acceptable topic to talk about.
French fries are amazing. I’m picky about my fries. I don’t want seasoned fries. If have a truly great french fry it just need salt and maybe a tiny bit of ketchup. K.I.S.S.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
For all the people out there who are writing and want to be published, DON’T GIVE UP. It may seem like all hope is lost, that what you’re writing is crap and that no one will want to read it. Don’t worry about that. Well, I know you will, because I do every single day, but don’t let it stop you. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to writing. Trust me, people will read it. They will like it. Hell, a few will even LOVE it. Never stop writing.
Thank you being In the Spotlight, Samantha. I hope you’ll come back soon and tell us about your next release. And as a thank you for being here gift, I’m leaving you with a gif of Dean eating. I tried to find one of him eating french fries, but didn’t have much luck. I’m sure one exists, right?
Synopsis: Victoria doesn’t have time for love after a bitter divorce. She’s too busy. Her twin daughters are approaching puberty and her interior design business is expanding. So when Nick enters her life, she has to remember why she’s too busy for a little lust. Which is difficult considering he’s the contractor hired to redo her office. Besides, his tattoos and MMA past make him a poor candidate for a woman who’s trying to level out her life.
Nick thinks Victoria’s hot but doesn’t want to get involved with a woman who has kids, much less one that’s been hurt by a man. Too much baggage. He’s sworn off relationships, tending to stick with one-night stands. Victoria is a client, one he doesn’t want to cross the line with, but the more he’s near her, the quicker his resolve weakens.