FEATURE: Amber Laura

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Amber Laura lives in the beautiful, wild country of northern Minnesota—tall pines and birch bark, hiking trails, lakes, and fresh air. But that’s only a technicality; in her imagination, Amber Laura has lived all over the world. She considers it one of the best perks to being a writer: easy, cheap travel. Well, that and the oddball characters she meets along the way….

Excerpt from Topaz and Lace 

Moving gingerly into her living room, Cassie sat down on her lumpy couch. Kicking her feet onto the scratched coffee table, she let her head drop back against the cushions. Closing her eyes, she tried to look at the situation objectively.

Instead, all she could see were Brannt’s wide, thin lips catching against her own; feel his warm breath as it melted inside her mouth; remember his rough hand as it massaged the back of her neck, bringing her head closer…closer.

A key turned in her lock outside.

Eye’s springing open, Cassie had just enough time to gain her feet before her front door was unceremoniously thrust open, with a thunderous Brannt standing over its threshold.

“What are you…? How did you…?” Cassie sputtered, her terrified eyes unable to look away from his dark, angry stare.

Brannt dangled a pair of keys in one angry hand. “I grabbed the spare copy from downstairs.”

“But those—” Cassie shook her head confusedly. “How did you get them?”

“I asked BJ for them,” Brannt answered her easily enough. “She was only too happy to oblige.”

“Those aren’t for public use,” Cassie moaned, but she wasn’t talking to Brannt. She was going to kill BJ. While she made one hell of a receptionist, she was clearly a terrible apartment manager.

Brannt smiled. It was cold, filled with mockery. “Which is why I told her you’d accidentally locked yourself out.” His smile widened. “Then she was only too willing to hand ‘em over.”

“Ah, and you were what, the Good Samaritan in this ruse?” Cassie batted her eyelashes sarcastically.

“Something like that.”

“You’re a real jackass, you know that.”

“Yeah? And you’re a little coward,” Brannt returned just as quickly.

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The Challenges of 1st Person POV

Up till last year, I’d written exclusively in 3rd person limited omniscient and then I did some deep diving into the mind of my hero and totally fell in love with 1st person. It’s kinda my writing drug of choice now. That said, I find it waaaay different than 3rd person. Like, I’ve switched a couple chapters from one POV to the other, and it took a ton of (painful) rewriting. Anyhoo, I came across this little article some of y’all might find helpful…

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Mad as hell

Here’s mine:

I am pissed.

Absolutely mother-fucking livid.

I might deserve to die for what I did to him, but I don’t deserve this.

The world isn’t well defined. Lines are normally blurry. Boundaries aren’t typically clear. Right isn’t always good and good isn’t always just. Wrong isn’t necessarily bad and bad is rarely objective, if ever. The majority of choices aren’t black-and-white. Most decisions exist only in grayscale.

Except this.

No man, woman, or child deserves this.

He knows that better than anyone.


If you’re an author…

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Indie Spotlight Bella Emy

Thank you for this interview!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing… that’s interesting lol. I’m always writing, plotting, or editing lol. If I happen not to be doing one of those things–which is rare, let me tell you–I’m probably spending time with my family, reading, or trying to catch up on some sleep..

When did you start writing?

Around 12/13 years old

Your book A Love Beyond Time was nominated for the Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards. Can you tell me a little about that and how did you feel when you found out you were nominated?

It’s an awesome feeling to be recognized for something you did that you put your all into. Just being nominated alongside all those amazing authors is an accomplishment for me. I’m honored.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Somewhere on a deserted island so I could just write and write without any “real-life” interruptions lol.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Continue writing lol. I have four short story/novellas I need to finish in four months to be included in anthologies so the extra time would definitely help.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I’m thinking Paris or Rome in the future… maybe. Who knows?

Why was writing A Love Beyond Time so important to you?

It was the first fairy tale I’ve written; I love fairy tales. It was my first book to be published with my new publishers & I can’t wait for all my books to be re-released through them.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

A lot of time in the shower or when I’m in bed; It happens a lot. Not sure why lol.

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.

I’m currently in the middle of a holiday themed story for a Christmas anthology, but I won’t say anything more about that just yet.
I have another three projects that I will be working on as well. All I will say is that they are all for anthologies with other authors that I am really excited to be able to work with. They are all super amazing and I’m totally a fan of their work!

Part II This or That?

Q: Alpha male or Rockstar?

Alpha male

Q: Winter or Summer?

Winter – I love cuddling

Q: Salad or Soup?

Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean??


Q: Earthquake or Tornado?


Q: Bath or Shower?

Q: Coffee or Soda?

Q: Sausage or Bacon?


Q: Football or Baseball?

Q: Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise?
Brad Pitt

Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations?
Short mini vacations

Q: Exercise in a gym or at home?

Q: Rock or Country music?

Q: Cruise or Resort?

Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?
Chocolate AND flowers lol

Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy?