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Review: Just Maybe by Marilyn Faith



WARNING: This is an erotic novel, with both graphic sexual content, and strong language. Recommended for 18+.

A girl from the wrong side of town. However, she has one thing going for her. She’s determined to make something of herself.

A boy from a prominent family who has his own struggles.
But there’s something about this girl that draws him in.
Will he be able to have the girl that is deemed forbidden?

And, will girl and boy have what it takes to overcome the obstacles they encounter?

An erotic, contemporary romance.

As I was reading Just Maybe, I instantly got a Pretty in Pink vibe (I’m weird books have been reminding me of the 80s lately). What was your inspiration for this story line?

My inspiration for this story was; the fairytale that is not a fairytale, yet it is. The struggles that most people outside don’t see or hear, but they exist. The grime and trenches that two people in love go through, we don’t see that.

Ryan and Evelyn seem to have a problem keeping secrets/their thoughts to themselves in Just Maybe is that going to continue to be an issue for them?

I wouldn’t call Ryan and Evelyn sharing their inner thoughts an issue per se. But rather, it’s them giving the reader snippets of what they are afraid to voice.

I have to admit reading a certain scene was hard for me. As someone that has been sexually assaulted how were you able to write with such conviction?

I’m so sorry to hear that such a horrible thing has happened to you. I know sexual assault is a touchy subject for most to have, especially if a person has experienced it. So, to answer your question, I know people personally that have gone through it and is still working through what they have experience. I see and hear the struggles, the tears, the self-blaming, and the unanswered questions they have. And my heart goes out to them; I empathize with their pain, and I understand their self-doubt.  These are the reasons I can write with such conviction about it. I also understand that it’s not just women who experience these types of abuse. Men do too, and unfortunately, when it does happen to men, it leaves them feeling that they are somehow less of a man, to not be able to stop it. It almost as if we understand why and when it happens to women, but we can’t fathom and understand when it’s a man that went through it. With that said, I also think that if it’s deal with, instead of being buried. The person that has experienced it can be a stronger version of the person they were before it happened.

Getting back to a lighter topic, did you make a playlist for Just Maybe? Any favorite song you would like to share?

Actually, I didn’t make a playlist for Just Maybe. They’re only random songs that may pop up in my overactive mind at times.

What can you share about Ryan and Evelyn’s future? Or is that an ‘You’ll have to wait and see?

Your guess would be right. You’ll have to wait and see in Bliss. What I will say, though, is you won’t want to miss the conclusion.


I really like Just Maybe.

It started off quickly and kept a steady pace, I truly enjoyed Evelyn’s character as she is a strong young woman that is able to keep her wits about her and is able to see behind the facade that a couple of people tried to put up. The other MC Ryan grew on me through out the book, but he still has some redeeming to do. He does a lot of things that are hurtful, but even what happens to him is unforgivable. I look forward to the next book to see what happens with this couple and if they are able to overcome so many obstacles that face them.

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Interview: E.E Bertram

unnamedNovember Fox has never even heard of other dimensions when a teleporting magical cube appears on her doorstep. With a hole in her heart and a cosmic identity yet to be discovered, the orphan rock star accepts an invitation to find the key within herself that will unlock the mysteries of form.

Little does she know, The Architect, from the race of philosophical beings who create our world of form, has been watching over her all her life.

Realities eclipse as we embark on a metaphysical “Alice in Wonderland” like adventure through time and space. November learns the necessity to harness the power of her mind and heart if she wishes to unlock the cube and escape the different levels of reality she continually finds herself within.

Grieving Erica, a teacher and writer from London, finds The Architect’s fascinating letter in a glass bottle washed ashore on Brighton Beach. Pages continue to magically appear as she, too, is compelled to follow November’s quest.

Realities eclipse as we embark on a metaphysical adventure through time and space. November learns that harnessing the power of her mind and heart is fundamental, if she wishes to unlock the cube and escape the sometimes sinister, sometimes wonderful dimensions into which she is propelled.

Combining elements inspired by the new thought movement, the law of attraction, magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder, November learns that she can use the power of dreaming, imagination and positive thinking to remake herself and her world.

November Fox will be enjoyed by readers who liked wisdom-filled, visionary fiction fables like “The Alchemist,” the escapism of “Alice in Wonderland” or the Mind-bending nature of the movie “The Matrix.”

As an idiosyncratic fantasy/science fiction crossover, it is suitable for teens and adults alike.

It comes with 39 illustrations with an Augmented Reality technology feature, enabling readers to further expand their experience.

“Things aren’t always as they seem, do we wake or do we dream?”

Release Date: November 1
Website | Book Trailer | Amazon


What is your writing Kryptonite?

I work best writing for longer sessions over shorter, consequently my writing kryptonite is distraction by any interruptions to need to do something or be somewhere. This being the case I was quite a hermit for the years I spent working on the book and my friends got use to me rarely coming out of the igloo.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I didn’t write at all to please readers, yet I wrote with the hope to inspire them. The content had a framework although once I got started it seemed to write itself and had a life of its own. This is also why it doesn’t fall into any clear genres and is a cross-over of various styles, and with the Augmented Reality it is in a new world of its own. I added this element for the readers, yet it is not because they expect it. I added it to enhance their experience and push the boundaries of what’s possible when you mix technology and art.


Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

The first three have connecting threads yet also can be read in isolation. As I’ve been a songwriter my whole life, when I create an album I like each song to stand alone, yet they share some thematic and instrumentation similarities and can either be listened to alone or as part of the full album. This is the same approach I’m taking with the series.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. This was a beautiful book that follows the journey of Siddhartha and his spiritual awakening and path of self-discovery. It was originally published in 1922. I love the sophistication of simplicity and this book manages to have deep meaning within the easy and lyrical style framework. Very few people seem to have heard of this book.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Normally my animal is giraffe due to my head being in the sky, feet on the ground, looking into the future and with perspective, and being vegan. Yet as a writer I’d say I’m a flying turtle, walking the land, diving deep into the sea, soaring the skies, yet always with my hermit home with me, enabling me to tuck inside and escape the world. Also being a turtle gives me the patience needed to take things slow and steady.


E.E. Bertram (Esther Bertram) is an Author, Musician & Media Artist. Her dedication, creative mind, and technical skill set enable her to create innovative and orig
inal expressions, combining wisdom and fantasy, to assist her life’s mission – “To inspire wonder and growth.” After more than a decade of touring Europe and recording as a professional singer/songwriter and producer of electronic music, Esther has spent 5 years creating the media-fusion, metaphysical, fantasy, science fiction novel “November Fox.” The book incorporates Augmented Reality with a connected music project. This pioneering way of story telling is on the leading edge of what is possible when you combine technology with art.

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Author Interview: Rhew 2 Rhew part 2

Thank you for having me on your site today, Lisa, and thanks to her readers for joining us!

I’m here as part of the Rhew 2 Rhew tour! My husband, Deek Rhew, wrote an amazing thriller called 122 Rules, published by Pandamoon on April 5! In addition, my publisher chose the month of April to feature my trilogy, so Deek and I decided to make a thing of it. And the Rhew 2 Rhew Tour was born! 😉 Stay tuned because there’s an opportunity for you to enter a Rafflecopter drawing for a chance at a $50 Amazon gift card!


Lisa thought it would be fun if Deek and I interviewed each other. Instead of those standard writing questions, you’ll get a bit of a sneak peek into our personalities and lives on a deeper level. So, without further ado, my husband interviews me.

D: Hi, Erin! It’s totally awesome to get to interview my beautiful bride! Of all the people in the world, there’s no one I’d rather talk to than you. Okay, let’s see if I can ask some questions no one else thinks to ask. 🙂

Let’s start with writing and the Fulfillment Series questions.

1) Your friend Danielle did a fantastic job of designing the symbols to represent each nation. Each of them has multiple layers of meaning, that represent the abilities and beliefs of the people of that nation. What I don’t think people know about is the origin of the name of each nation. Can you tell us about that?

Dream Team member Danielle did a LOT of research on these symbols, and though she’s told me a lot about them, I can’t remember the details like she can. Thankfully, she wrote a blog post leading up to the release of The Fulfillment that explains them all. The posts can be found

vanguard_officialhere (Vanguard)


here (Ethereal)

volton_officialhere (Volton)

here (Ecclesiastic)


here (Outlander)

But the long story short is they all represent the five different elements: wind, water, earth, air, and spirit. And three of them are deeply rooted in Greek mythology. Each symbol says something about the people groups who wield them as well. Take a look at each picture and see if you can see warriors in the Vanguard, powerful yet calm in the Ethereal, smart and scientific in the Voltons, religious and studious in the Ecclesiastics, and dangerous and mysterious in the Outlanders. I think so, and I think that’s the genius to Danielle’s designs.

2) The love triangle in your stories is unique and unconventional. But Layla isn’t the only one lucky in love in these stories. When you started writing did you know who Grant, Vespa, Sampson, Mia, and everyone else was going to end up with at the end? Or did they surprise you with their choices?

I think I knew about Grant from the start, but everyone else developed along the way. You can’t trust the feelings of Layla, Wil, and Nash because they’re being manipulated by a supernatural force. But the other members fall in love over time as people do. I don’t consider myself the creator of their story as much as the transcriber. So, I waited with bated breath to see what would happen just like a reader would! LOL!


3) You have some fiercely loyal fans that have done some amazing things to show you their support. Tell us about a couple of your favorites.

I have completely amazing fans. They go above and beyond to support me. Some fans started a Prophecy fandom website. People tweet me as they read my story and share with me how they’re feeling. I’ve had bloggers drive across the country and fly around the world to interview me. And one fan/blogger connected with Deek and I so much that she came to our wedding!

6557521_origIt was a HOT Southern day! LOL!

4) When the writing flows–the characters are speaking quickly and clearly and you just can’t type fast enough–it’s a completely amazing, almost euphoric literary experience. Can you tell us about a time when that was happening? Where were you and what scene(s) were you writing?

I think most of my creative process is like that. It’s the editing that slow everything down. But I remember writing a scene in The Outlanders, that’s now common referred to as “THE scene.” I was sitting in my bed writing and listening to “My Immortal” by Evanescence. The words and emotions were just pouring from my heart. I even started to cry. And for the rest of the day, I was in a funk. And I remember wondering if it would effect other people the way it did me when I wrote it, and from the feedback I’ve received, it did.

5) Trinna is the feline literary equivalent of Rick Riordan. What writing advice do you think she would give you if she could talk?

LOL! She’s something, that’s for sure. I think she’d tell me to listen to the characters. It’s never worked for me to try and control the fate of my characters because they want to tell their story the way they want to tell it.



Okay, let’s talk about YOU!

6) You and I are planning to be professional vagabonds in a few years. For you, what place are you most excited to go experience?

New York City. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE New York, and I’ve always wanted to live there. The city has a pulse and an aliveness I’ve never experienced anywhere else. When we were there in June, we discovered the part of NYC we want to live in, and I can’t wait to do it. I may have already looked at apartments, even though we won’t be vagabonds for quite some time. LOL!

I’m also REALLY looking forward to Europe. I’ve never been outside the United States, so I’m stoked to see England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. After spending so much time studying the English monarchy, I’ll be particularly jazzed to see and go inside the Tower of London! And of course, I must see all things related to the Master Bard as well as Michaelangelo’s work in Italy.

7) In the movie About Time, the MC discovers he can go back and relive–and in his case change–events the past. Let’s say you are granted the ability to go back and relive–though not change–a day in your youth, what would you pick?

Wow, I don’t know if I could pick just one, but I think they’d all revolved around my family. I’d like to go back to the time I went to Busch Gardens with my uncle, aunt, and cousins or the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas Eve at my great-grandma’s house. But I think I’d pick this simple time:

I adore my grandfather (PaPa). He’s always been such a hero in my eyes. Well, one day, my Mema (grandma) had to go somewhere, and she left PaPa in charge of “babysitting” me. She gave him specific instructions to feed me this special dinner she’d left in the fridge. Well, as soon as she left, he said, “Do you want French fries for dinner?” Of course I said yes. And he went to the back, grabbed a big box of potatoes is brother had dropped off, and made homemade fries. They were the BEST fries I’d ever eaten. And best of all, I got to spend the time talking and laughing with my PaPa.

3386204_origPaPa has always called me his “BabyDoll.”


Let’s geek!

8) The next season of Game of Thrones is coming! Tell us your theory of Jon Snow and who you believe will ride the dragons?

Oh boy! What a loaded question! Hahaha! Ok, I believe that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. In the first book, Ned kept remembering his sister whispering, “Promise me, Ned.” And I think she was asking him to promise to take care of her child and to make sure Robert Baratheon (to whom she was supposed to be marrying) never found out the child was hers and Rhaegar’s. Which means…Jon Snow is the actual legitimate heir to the throne of Westros.

Targaryen tradition always has three riders on the three main dragons. So, I’m hoping the riders will be Jon Snow (who’s brought back to life by the Red Woman–and having “died” is now free from his bond to the Night’s Watch), Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister.


9) Favorite characters for each of the following:

Game of Thrones: Gah– it’s a toss up between Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister

A Knight’s Tale: I think I like Chaucer the best. Little known fact, I’m an English major who does not enjoy Chaucer. So, I enjoyed this portrayal of him, and I like recognizing moments in the movie that related back to from the tales I’d been forced to read in high school and college. 😉

Star Trek: What are we talking here? Old, new, Next Generation? I love old Captain Kirk, new Spock, and Picard from The Next Generation.

Star Wars: I would have said Hans Solo, but after seeing the new one, Rey is now at the top of my list! #GirlPower

Justified: Wow, I surely can’t pick a favorite between Rayland Givens and Boyd Crowder because they’re two sides of the same coin.

Vikings: Lagertha for sure! With Athelstan as a close second.


Favorite Star Trek scene. Go! It gets me every. single. time. when Spock tells off the Vulcan High Council in the opening of the new Star Trek. I replay that over and over again in my brain. There are tons of good scenes in those movies though.


Favorite Percy Jackson scene. Go! Let me clarify we’re talking about the books here because I refuse to even acknowledge the movies use the same characters. With that out of the way, pretty much any scene with Percy in it. He’s the snarkiest dude, and he makes me laugh and laugh. I really love scenes that involve both him and Leo (from the second series Heroes of Olympus) because Leo is a mini-Percy.

10) You love dystopians. If you could live in a dystopian world, which would you choose?

Let me first say I’m fairly certain I’d die in any dystopian world. While I’ve got ninja fighting skills, I’m not super “outdoorsy.” But if you came with me, Deek, I think we’d have a good chance at survival. You are like MacGuyver after all.

Hmmmmm…let’s see. I think I’d like to live in the time after the time that’s portrayed in Justin Cronin’s The Passage. The books starts out with these historical notes, and I’d like to be the people studying this massive event that happened rather than experiencing the actual event myself. How’s that for chicken? LOL!


Thanks for interviewing me, honey! And thanks, Lisa, for letting us have a little fun. Readers, here’s the giveaway information…

For those that don’t know, Erin is a young adult fantasy author who is married to adult thriller author, Deek Rhew. Together, they are “the Rhews,” and their street team is the Rhewination!

8659935_origDeek and Erin– Join the Rhewination! 😉

Last week, Deek went on blog tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, 122 Rules. And this week, Erin is on tour to promote her fantasy trilogy, The Fulfillment Series! PS. There’s a giveaway–a $50 Amazon gift card!!

So, here’s a little bit more about Erin, Deek, and The Fulfillment Series:

The Prophecy(Fulfillment Series Book 1)


Title: The Prophecy

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

Available Now! Amazon Buy Link


Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.


The Outlanders (Fulfillment Series Book 2)


Title: The Outlanders

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

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The Fulfillment (Fulfillment Series Book 3)


Title: The Fulfillment

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

Available Now! Amazon Buy Link

About Erin Rhew


Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by- side.


Connect with Erin Online!

For the latest and greatest, visit her web page:


About Deek Rhew


Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

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Author Interview: Rhew 2 Rhew

Today we welcome, Deek Rhew, author of the newly released 122 Rules.

Instead of me providing the usual list of question that bloggers normally ask I thought it would be fun for Deek to be interviewed by this wife, Erin, who also will be featured on Lisa Writes and Reads in a few weeks! Please sit back, enjoy a drink and let’s get to know Deek better.

E: What a pleasure to get the opportunity to interview my husband! Since we talk ALL the time, I know most of what there is to know about Deek, but I’ll use my “insider knowledge” to show you some different aspects of his personality.

D: Woop! Let’s do this thang!

E: First, I’ll start with his books: 122 Rules and Birth of An American Gigolo as well as his work-in-progress, 122 Rules Redemption.

We talked about the fact that Birth of an American Gigolo might be controversial. Talk a little bit about how you felt about that aspect as you prepared to publish and market it.


For those that don’t know, Birth is about a domestic diva that catches her husband cheating on her. Because of finances she can’t leave him, so she starts a business to support herself…a gigolo business.

To answer your question, the controversy–especially the part at the very end–was a huge concern of mine when I was writing it. I remember thinking that Lindsey’s antics might get me shunned right out of the writing world before my career even began. Then I got to the end of the story and I was like, oh wow, even if they didn’t hate me before, people are REALLY going to stone me now! But my characters had a story to tell, and I wasn’t going try and stifle it. That would be an injustice to Lindsey, Dios, and Angel.

I wrote a blog post during the tour giving out my own top 10 writing tips. In it, I said to write what scares you, and the potential controversy of Birth scared me a little. But I let that go and let the characters’ story carry me.

You have some of THE most hilarious and creative descriptions in your books. When your mind is thinking of how to say something, what’s the process that goes on in there? How do you manage to strike the balance between clever and witty?

As always, you give me WAY too much credit! I don’t really think about it when I’m writing. The funny stuff is just Angel and Chet being Angel and Chet. The stuff they come up with just slays me. Chet’s humor comprises almost entirely of mocking Sam. Chet has access to information that no one else does, and it makes for fertile ground for derision to grow.

Monica is super-smart, but the ultimate straight man. This gives Angel the chance to play up on Monica’s obliviousness. There’s this scene when they are driving down through the central US and they have this conversation about the Girl Scouts and a French rock band named Pimps and Whores. This is Angel at her best, and it cracks me up every time.

I see parallels everywhere, so maybe that’s how I come up with the descriptions. I’m not sure. This is like this, and that is like that.

When you’re over there editing 122 Rules, I often hear you laughing. What, in particular, amuses you most about your characters?

Some of the stuff that my characters come up with just amuse the stuffings out of me. Chet and Angel say the darnest things. Chet is merciless in his mocking of Sam who thinks he’s the sniz. Sam really does think he’s got all his ducks in a row and that he’s above reproach. Nothing quite like smacking someone like that down.

Angel just says the most unusual things. In one of the “inspirational” speeches she gives to Monica when Monica is thinking about giving up, Angel actually calls her a pimple on the donkey ass of society. What? Yep. And the best part: It works. She raised Monica’s spirits and together they rally.

Forget Trump, Hillary, and the Bern, let’s vote Angel for president!

Tell everyone what happened when you started writing 122 Redemption and how your books grew from two to three…

Oh, man. So when I first wrote 122, I missed the memo about debut novel length. My first draft was over double the legal limit. Okay, I’m an adapter, so I broke it up into two books. Well, during the edits of the new version of 122, a funny thing happened. A bad guy, a really really bad guy, decided to NOT die. He survives and turns up in Monica and Angel’s home town of Alabaster Cove.

Well, stink. This messes things up a little bit. Suddenly what was supposed to be book two becomes book three because, ya know, because there’s a mad man running around The Cove. Now Sam, Angel, Monica, and a slew of new characters have to deal with him. This means that all the trouble Sam has in the future–including a certain lady love interest–is bumped out. Sorry, Sam. Gonna have to go stag just a bit longer!

In 122 Redemption, we see some of our favs return from 122 Rules, but there’s also a whole host of new characters. Who’s your favorite and why?

Oh, wow. It’s so tough to choose just one. Of course I love the trouble twins: Angel and Monica. Love ya, ladies. Sam and Chet are the dynamic duo. <fist bump to my bros> One of my new favorites from Redemption is Max. He’s laid back and smart and a self-starter. He’s got dreds, builds surfboards for a living, and practically lives on the water. I also stole his name.


Yep. Originally his name was Deek, a nod to one of literary heroes, Stephen King. But I was looking for a pen name a ton less common than my birth name, so I stole it and gave Max a new one. Now, I can’t think of him by any other name but Max.

To the baddie in Redemption. Man, you know I love ya. You give the world color and the papers something interesting to print. Also, please don’t kill me.

E: Now, let’s talk about YOU! I *love* to talk about you because you’re so interesting and fascinating!

D: I’m just a simple man, my love. You are the interesting one!

You’ve always said your dad is your biggest hero. Tell us what it is that you admire about him so much.

There are just so many reasons. My dad spent his life serving his country. A career in the military made me want to follow in his footsteps. It almost happened too. Like most soldiers, he worked long hours and never complained. When he wasn’t working, he was at home with the family. He taught me how to drive, how to wire an outlet and plumb a sink. My father showed me how to raise children and to treat a lady. He’s self-sacrificing and humble. He’s only a smidge over five feet tall, but he’s the biggest man I’ve ever met in my life.

We’re in the process of turning all the physical pictures we have stored in boxes into digital pictures. How do you feel when you look back at yourself as a child and see where you are today? Did you turn out at all like you thought you would?

It’s SO crazy to see pictures of myself from my childhood. My parents are YOUNG too. Oh, wow. I remember so much: playing in the rock band, hanging out with my friends, playing Nintendo, getting pizza after work at 11 at night, riding my bike to school, and playing ball. Mostly, I think the pictures bring back memories of the adventures I went on and the fun we had. I had a great childhood, and I’m beyond grateful to have grown up with such a great group of friends and with such a loving family.

When I was a kid I didn’t really know what I was going to be when I grew up. In high school, I thought that being a pilot was my destiny. Then it was being a musician. Whatever I did when I grew up had to be fun, because I swore that I’d never retire to a La-Z-Boy and a whole day of TV. Now I’m living that fun life I imagined. Erin and I go on crazy adventures, and there’s always something new and interesting to do. I think that my adult life is just an extension of my childhood in the best possible way.

You’ve always said you’d love to have the ability to fly. Why does this ability appeal to you, and why do you think it’s superior to other super powers?

There’s nothing freer to me that being able to soar through the clouds! Especially if I could just will it to happen. I’m all about simplicity, so driving to the airport, getting a plane ready, getting clearance, and taking off sound like a huge pain in the butt. But stepping out on my porch and just flying is exactly my speed.


There’s the element of being able to go anywhere you want. Look around. There’s nothing to stop you from going anywhere! Heck, in the original Superman moving, ol’ Clark went into outer space (while his cape flapped majestically behind him as he soared). Everything we do on the ground is so two dimensional and subject to limitations of just about everyone around you. In the clouds there’s no traffic, if the weather is bad just go up a little higher, if something is interesting drop down and see it.

Time to get our geek on:

We’ve been watching Vikings from The History Channel. Tell us what you find most fascinating about the Viking culture that you may or may not have known before.

The Vikings were fearless warriors who believed it to be honorable to die in battle. In fact, if you didn’t die fighting, than there was almost no other way to get into Valhalla (their version of Heaven). There was an episode where an old guy wanted to be taken on the raids so he had his chance to die with honor. What? Yep.

I think one of the things I love so much about this show is watching the amazing fighting tactics. No one in England or France had ever seen such a way of fighting. The shield walls, merciless killing, fearlessness in the way they fought is admirable. The Christians were afraid to die, but the Vikings welcomed death. It’s no wonder they conquered Rome!

We watched Justified recently, and you loved how Raylan Givens (“the good guy”) and Boyd Crowder (“the bad guy”) walked a fine line between good and bad: Raylan’s not all good and Boyd’s not all bad. Explain why you like this dynamic and how it shapes your writing.

The thing is that no matter what people say, things are NOT black and white. People cannot be all good nor can they be all bad. Everyone and most situations are a various shades of grey and absolutely depend on your perspective. The moralist difference between the man that kills for the law and one that kills because it gives him power is only slight. Both men have killed, but just for different reasons and even then it’s arguable that their reasoning isn’t all that different.

These two guys are walking the line between good and bad. Raylan frequently crosses that line, doing bad things sometimes for the right reason, and sometimes for selfish reasons. Boyd, too, will come to the rescue when no one else will.

I think that both of these men love one another like brothers. They grew up together, mined coal together, now they just happen to have slightly different occupations. These guys are like amoebas looping around one another in a continuous orbit. This is totally fun to watch.

The writing on this show is beyond brilliant. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen better dialogue–the only thing that comes close is an old TV show called Sports Night–and the dynamics between good and evil fascinate me and push me to be a better writer.

Thank you for having me on today, Lisa and thank you, Erin for the totally fun interview! Readers, are you ready to learn a bit about our books and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card? Woop! Let’s go!


Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – 122 Rules Book Blitz Extravaganza!
How’s that for a catchy title? What a crazy adventure this has been FIVE years in the making, and it has finally arrive: 122 Rules has been born unto the world. The stories I could tell just so I could tell you this story…well, let’s just say it’s been an interesting, educational, and life-altering adventure.


This has been a grand journey, filled with hardships, fun, learning, and growth. But of all the things that have happened on the writing road, meeting the love of my life is the most unlikely and easily the luckiest, most blessed things to have ever happened to me.

Ahhhh, it’s cold out here!
Do ya feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?

Erin Rhew and I started out as critique partners, became friends, and now she’s my bride. She’s my best friend and partner in all things. Even if I don’t sell a single copy of my writings, I’ll always be a smashing success because I met Erin.

Book Blitz


On this half of the Rhewination tour, I am visiting blogs all over the globe, from Australia to the farthest corners in Canada. Next week, on the second half of the tour, Erin will be gracing the pages of 50+ bloggers!

In addition, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Prepare yourselves to win!

122 Rules


Today, we are announcing my adult thriller novel, 122 Rules.


In his black and white world, Sam Bradford–former Marine turned government assassin–finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either severe or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity.

Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency sends him to find and eliminates them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, Monica Sable, a SoCal girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance…one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam’s soul. He’s killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.

When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he’s not the only one after her. Ruthless henchmen, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica’s heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.

What are readers saying?

122 Rules is a fast-paced thrill-ride, filled with rich characters living in an expertly woven world of mystery and suspense. Deek Rhew’s debut novel will take readers by storm, and keep them coming back for sequels.

​~Michelle K. Pickett, Bestselling and award-winning author of PODs and Unspeakable.

The perfect, fast-paced novel for fans of kick-butt heroines, creepy killers, and getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. An absolute must-read!

~Meradeth Houston, author of Travelers, An Absence of Light, and the Sary Society Series

Visit the 122 Rules Web Page

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While you’re on Deek’s site check out Birth of an American Gigolo.



An old party girl shoehorned into domestic divaship, infuriated by her husband’s cheating and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend, inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.


Take a selfie with your ebook or paper copy of Birth and post it on social media with the tag #BirthSelfie. We’ll post you on the Rhewination web site!

Deek Rhew


Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

Connect with Deek!

For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:

Next week be on the lookout for Erin’s:
The Fulfillment Series Blitz Extravaganza!

Erin Rhew’s book that started it all, The Prophecy!


Erin Rhew’s, The Outlanders!
Erin Rhew’s, The Fulfillment

Erin Rhew

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written

word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”

A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.



Authors, do you think the artwork for The Prophecy, The Outlanders, The Fulfillment, Birth of an American Gigolo, and 122 Rules is as stunning as we do? Visit to find out how you can get the amazing Anita to work on your book as well!



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Author Spotlight: Ella Emmerson

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Ella Emerson lives in Florida with her husband and three wonderful children. When she isn’t writing you can find her watching movies or playing games with her children. She loves to read, write and eat pizza. A true lover of the beach, she enjoys the sun, surf, sand and sea. She also is a huge fan of the cinema and enjoys crazy 80’s chick flicks. She was raised a military brat, and has seen her fair share of the world. She loves using her own experiences and turning them into lovely romantic tales.

In high school she discovered her love for reading, and even had one of her poems published in a national magazine. She continues to read, write, review and hopefully she can become an inspiration to her own children, as well as others.

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Atlas has it all, power, wealth, great-looks, and any girl he wants.
He’s happy living his care-free life and has no intention of ever changing.

That is until he meets Gwen,
Gwen is beautiful, mesmerizing and beyond graceful. Long dark hair with an exotic look Atlas finds alluring. Only problem, she doesn’t want him.

Atlas finds himself evolving to be the man that Gwen could possibly love. Atlas implores us to explore his mind and soul with an ever loving grace and poise. Can this controlling bachelor have everything he wants? With the weight of the world on his shoulders, what is he willing to do for the woman he loves?

This is a standalone novel, which can be read by itself. It is part of the PLAYING GOD series and some of the characters will appear in JUST AN ECHO releasing soon.

18+, Not suitable for persons under the age of 18. STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, MATURE CONTENT, and STRONG LANGUAGE.






This story is unlike others out there. With a great mix of humor, and an incredibly hot guy it is sure to leave you panting for more.

The prequel will be released sometime next week, so be sure to stay tuned.


I’m an ordinary girl, nothing exciting has ever happened to shake up my mundane life. Until the day Freak Phillips, office freak extraordinaire, tilted my existence.

This is the story of my own personal freak show.




Trace Weston lives in the beautiful Palm Beaches. A college student who would rather party his life away than accept his father’s company. He loses a bet at a college party and has to have a “vanilla” relationship with a girl he has never met.

Vanessa Summers, moved to Florida to attend college for her love of the arts. She also left behind a dark past that haunts her every day. She meets Trace and is instantly taken with his irresistible charm. Will she be able to keep her secrets hidden? Will Trace be able to help her find the answers to what she is searching for? Will they be able to find who and what is trying to keep them apart?

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Sky Watcher Synopsis:

Allison Singleton divorces after her husband tells her he no longer loves her. Left to pick up the pieces she moves to Alabama with her sister.

Destined to be alone forever, her sister sets her up on a blind date with the sexy lawyer, Gavin McDermott.

He offers her a job on his mother’s chicken farm, and Allison accepts hoping it will be what she needs to find herself.

While working on the farm, she meets Gavin’s much younger brother, Luke.

Luke is full of life, and pursues Allison. She tries to fight her feelings for the country boy who is a whole ten years younger than her.

With a new sense of freedom, Allison soon discovers her heart has never fully understood love before.

Follow along as Allison discovers things about herself, and the brothers that will change her life forever.

In the midst of tragedy and turmoil, will she be able to find love in this world where anything is possible?


Recently divorced and lost in life, Allison takes a new job offered by her blind date, Gavin McDermott.  He can’t wait to get to know Allison better while she works on his mother’s farm. But, what neither of them counted on was Gavin’s younger brother Luke.  Allison tries to fight her feelings for the much younger Luke, but will she be able to resist his southern charm? Follow along as Allison discovers things about her heart she never imagined.

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Author Interview: John Mathews

John and I ‘met’ through emails and I find him absolutely amazing. Please grab a cup of coffee (or tea), pull up a chair and take a few minutes to get to know this great author.


LW: Let’s start with an easy one, what’s your full name?
JM: It’s John A. Mathews

LW: Where are you from?
JM: Cleveland, OH
LW: Get out! I lived there for just about a year. One winter there and I was done!

LW: When and why did you begin writing?
JM: I love good stories

LW: What has been your favorite thing to write so far?
JM: My first novel, A Game of Greed and Deception

LW: What is your favorite part about creating a story? The least favorite?
JM: My favorite part is creating shocks and plot twists that will stun the reader. The least favorite is the editing process that requires going back over everything time and time again.
LW: I hear you on that one.

LW: What do you consider your biggest accomplishment professionally? Personally? JM: As a tenured University professor, I have gotten a great deal of satisfaction from enriching the lives of young people.



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John Mathews is a tenured University Professor of English and living in Rome, Italy. Immersed in a long and somewhat stressful career, he feels the desire to break out of the mold and delve into macabre thriller fiction novels which focus on the dark side of human nature. He writes captivating thriller and suspense fiction books with the goal of pulling the reader into the plot through the minds of unforgettable characters. Complete with great suspense, plot twists, and shocking scenes, his stories will keep you guessing until the very end.

Check out John’s latest work, A Game of Greed and Deception on Amazon.