In case you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you may not have heard about the newest release to hit the book world! LRuthless Noble by Alley Ciz is book 2 in a duet about Savvy King and Jasper Noble. **See my review at the end.**
Now, onto the lady of the hour, Alley Ciz.
In honor of Alley Ciz and her newest release, Ruthless Noble, she was generous enough to do a little Q & A
𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲 (𝟭) 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 (𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼) 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆. I would just want to live in a Rebecca Jenshak book to hang out with all her characters 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴? I love music. All my books have playlists to them. Sometimes I need to listen to a certain song when working on a scene, but usually it’s all kinds of random stuff. But sometimes that backfires—like when I start to dance party on my couch to Britney 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻? 𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗼, 𝘄𝗵𝗼? 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹. I have a few that are my favorites, so it’s hard to pick just one so let’s just go with my most recent Savvy. She’s so fierce and sarcastic, I loved how she didn’t back down from anything. I like to write strong heroines, but she might be my most badass—and that’s saying something. 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲? There’s no way I would be able to contain myself to just 3 questions, I know me lol. I would sit there with a gel pen and one of my five-million notebooks and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me” 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆? When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write. 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱? Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane. 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲 There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆? Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂. That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever
A ps and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me” 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆? When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write. 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱? Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane. 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲 There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆? Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂. That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever
In honor of Kristy’s first day as a Full-time author, let’s get to know her and her books a little better. While some of you may ask, ‘who is Kristy Marie’, there are others saying, ‘what do you mean you haven’t heard of Kristy Marie’. Well, I’m here to hopefully answer that question and give you another author to read and follow.
In a quick and concise paragraph, here’s her official bio:
‘Kristy Marie is an international bestselling author who loves writing witty heroines and temperamental heroes. She is also a ‘six-pack of abs’ biggest fan. When Kristy isn’t writing, she’s being a total dude and screaming at the TV while watching baseball. Go Braves!’
Kristy started her self-publishing writing career with, Commandeer, a friends to lovers sports romance with Theo and Anniston. Since then she has developed a whole world of characters within this Commandeer in Briefs military world. With that, let’s find out a little more about Kristy, her writing, and the band of characters that she deals with.
What are 5 things you would have on your bucket list?
This question is tough. I don’t even know why. I guess I’m just not very adventurous. *Hangs head in shame* But I’ll try.
I’d like to see a pipeline tournament on the North Shore
I want to be brave and try acupuncture.
I’d like to meet the Braves players and see their locker room. J
I’d love to buy a beach house—you know if I ever hit the lottery.
I want a jet ski. (Totally not a bucket list thing, but I want two, so I can beat my husband in a race when we’re old and bored.)
If you could visit five (5) places you have never been, where would you go and why?
So this is probably going to sound strange, but I’m not a traveler. I find such peace at home or close by, like the lake. But I do enjoy the beach and have visited many states on the East Coast. Four places (because I can’t think of five) I’d like to see one day eventually are: Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, and California. I’d love to see all the beauty of Hawaii and see the pipeline tournament on the North Shore. Alaska just seems like a dream, and my husband is stupid giddy about visiting it one day. So most of my excitement comes from seeing him act ridiculous about a place with 24 hours of daylight, snow, and bears. Colorado because obviously, they have the best scenery from a hot tub. And California because I want to be a total tourist and see everything Hollywood.
When you are writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc.) scene, how do you get in the mood/mindset?
Writing emotionally draining scenes are brutal. Most of the time, I save them for bad days where I feel tired and emotionally strained for whatever reason. It sounds counterintuitive, but it isn’t. When I’m one comment away from crying, I add an emotional song and poof! The words (and tears) just flow.
Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?
All my life, I’ve written. Back then, it was just certain characters and the scenes in my head. It was my outlet. Whenever I felt lonely, sad, bored, I would get out my pen and paper and create a different world.
I grew up as an only child with a single parent who worked long hours to provide. We had no cable, phones, or internet and lived twenty minutes from the nearest town. I had to create fun, and since I’m not very keen on sweating, I chose to write wild and entertaining characters to keep me smiling on those lonely summer days when school wasn’t in.
This habit carried over into my adult life. When things were tough, I pulled out the paper. I had gone through a divorce, and when I was dating my current husband, he asked me why I never wrote an entire story. I waved him off, making every excuse I could think of: I wasn’t a writer. I was playing around. People would never read it. I didn’t graduate high school—didn’t finish college. Writers were these brilliant, cultured, and educated people.
I was none of those things.
My husband disagreed and suggested I try it, even if I never published. I’m competitive, and he knew it and so weeks later, I kept thinking about writing an entire novel, and one scene turned into five, and before I knew it, I had half a book and pen name ready to go.
I was inspired—challenged.
Then I made a friend (Hey, Jessica!) in the book world and eventually built enough courage and asked her to read a little of what I had written. She did and I was so excited that I wrote the rest of the story a couple of months later.
After that, I found an editor, a cover designer and googled everything I could about self-publishing. Jessica was an angel and asked her friends to give my story a shot and gathered several arc readers for me.
Then I hit publish.
So many things happened after that.
But what stood out the most? Determination.
I learned I could do this. I could be an author. I could write another story better than this one. I could hone my craft and learn to be a better writer. I could stomach criticism when presented kindly. I could learn ads and the business of self-publishing.
I COULD DO IT.
And so I did.
Commander, the first book I ever published, is still one of my bestselling novels. I’ve built an entire world around that first book.
Is it perfect? No.
Could I pull it and redo it now that I’ve learned more? Sure.
But I won’t because that book is my proof that a small-town girl with a GED wrote a book with no education on the matter—just her heart.
That girl chased a dream she thought she’d never had.
She made it in all the ways that mattered.
Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook?
All of my books have audio (two are still in production). I’ll admit with the first few, I had no idea what to do or how to go about making audio happen, but I had a great publicist who helped me get started. Now I produce my own audio, which is a lot more time-consuming and expensive. But the biggest challenge is mainly schedules for narrators and the production budget. Both are things I’m able to work through, though, reminding myself that I’m just grateful that I’m able to do this daily.
Does one of your main characters (any book) hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Absolutely. Theo, the main character in my Commander in Briefs Series, will always be my man. He’s been the character I wrote about when I was just tinkering and writing standalone scenes. Honestly, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to write other characters. Theo comes so easily, and when I suffered the loss of my mother at seventeen, he was the voice—the hero—in my head and on paper that made me feel like I wasn’t alone and still had family, even if he was imaginary.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about? OR How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?
Oh wow. I see you saved the hard questions for last. As far as plots waiting to be written, I have dozens—literally. They are often tropes or vague ideas that I’m unsure how I want to use until the right book or characters come along.
Currently, I’m working on a new romcom releasing this summer. You might have heard of the hero in one of my previous books. Cooper Lexington? Maverick Lexington’s little brother. He was in high school back then, but not now. Now, he’s all man, angry and annoyed with the one who thinks she got away. Their story is hilarious, heartfelt, and has several cameos of your favorites. *Cough cough—Maverick and Ainsley. *Cough chough—Aspen and Bennett.
It’s due out this summer, so keep your eyes and ears open!
Favorite quote (does not matter the source)
I have so many, but recently, as my life has gone through so many changes that this quote is the one I have framed on my desk.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “Why did you doubt?” Matthew 14: 29-31
Every day I want to remind myself that I got out of the boat and stepped out on faith. If I fall, I know God will reach out and save me. Fear and doubt do not control me anymore.
How many bookshelves are in your house?
Oh gosh, I have floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my office and then three bookcases in my bedroom. It’s ridiculous, and the dusting is such a buzz kill.
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be, and what would you cook (and Chris Hemsworth does not count)?
Ha-ha. Umm… Can we eat out at this dinner? I don’t want to do any cleanup. Seriously though, I’d say my readers. These are women I talk to every day on social media that I’ve grown to love. I can’t wait to see them in person and hug them and have the most awkward conversations.
Tell us 5 things that most people do not know about you.
I rarely call my children by their real names. I love nicknames—the cringier, the better.
I have eight calendars and even more planners—yet I’m never on time.
Routinely, I hide in the house and scare my kids just to keep them on their toes.
When I’m stressed writing a book, I will watch Humor Bagel on YouTube and laugh until I cry. I won’t tell you what he does, but it amuses the twelve-year-old boy in me.
I hate seafood. All of it. If it looks at the ocean, I won’t eat it. Heart-healthy or not, I can’t take the smell.
What is a secret indulgence of yours? Talent?
I love soaking in the bath. For EVERYTHING.
Happy? You guessed it. Tub.
Like I will literally toss in a bath bomb and write in there for hours. I call it my aquatic office. It drives my husband crazy, but he’s learned to live with this crazy side of me.
Thank y’all for taking the time to read and learn about Kristy Marie. If you’ve made it this far, this is where an alternate cover of Rebellious is being given away. That’s right, it’s a GIVEAWAY (US only). Go check out my IG post, @lagerlefsebookblog, to enter.
Thank you Kristy for your time and giving us a little peek at the women behind the computer screen. Sincerely from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!
Hey y’all! I’m so excited to start a new monthly segment on LLBB called Ask An Author!
Our first author is Annie Emerson (@emotionallyunhingedromantic on IG). This inaugural author is getting ready to drop her debut book, 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗧𝗼 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵. Let’s see what Annie is up to.
•.What music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
Black by Pearl Jam – I wanted to write just like Eddie Vedder. I was 15 and that song changed my life, so I mimicked his style until I found my own.
Literally too many to list (Bahaha!) Maybe change to ‘what song.’
•What five things would you find it hard to live without.
Pen and paper
•What words of advice would you give to your younger self?
Every last thing that happens to you, good or bad, will lead you to a place you could never foresee but will place you right where you meant to be. Be patient, have faith!
•Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I’ve had agoraphobia, PSTD, depression and anxiety for 27 years.
I’ve never been told I love you, outside of my family.
I have two doggies, sisters, their names are Tilly and Daisy.
I live in the middle of nowhere rural Australia, where the dust is red and the land is dry.
I’m a qualified band manager, make-up artist and personal carer. I used to work in a funeral home and it was the best job EVER!
•What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?
Fall in love.
Have a child.
Meet Eddie Vedder and write a song together.
Travel the world.
Write a book that people connect with and can’t live without.
•Quote you live by?
“It takes years and one minute past desperation…” – Stella, Drive – by Kate Stewart.
This means never giving up, you never know when things will change for the better. Just hold on…
•How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
I cry! I think having a good cry can really help. Feel your feelings, don’t deny them.
•What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
No matter what has happened to you, no matter how damaged or broken you feel you are, you’re NOT irredeemable. You’re worth the happy ending, so chase it, it’s yours!
•What is the significance of the title?
There was only thirteen hours between two people destined for one another. Just thirteen hours. It’s kind of amazing how much time and space can separate you from your destiny but will always bring you back to exactly where you belong, and who you belong with.
•Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Music is what fuels me, inspires me. So yes, music is a huge inspiration, but there are times where I need complete silence. I have a playlist of songs that inspired the book!
•Can you give us a little description on your main characters?
Boo Radley Cooper: Radley has been through so much in her seventeen years. She’s suffered at the hands of many, and has never really known true friendship, a life with peace. She has faith, but she is still full of doubt. She is insecure, but she has courage. She’s the perfect contradiction who just wants to find her happy.
Meekai Lannister: Gorgeous, curious, gentle, patient. He has his own scars, his own cross to bear. He’s lost so much but has a never give up attitude. He’s funny, intense, and loves HARD! He fights, wouldn’t know how to do anything but fight for the ones he loves.
•If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
I wouldn’t. I have in the past, and I never would again. We’re all so different in our thought processes and habits, that even though interesting to know how they themselves work, doesn’t mean that will work for us. You eventually fall into your own way, your own process over time. The more you write, the more you read, the better a writer you become. It takes time.
•First 10 songs that show up in your shuffle?
Lost – Dermot Kennedy
Hollow – Jome
Rome – Dermot Kennedy
My Thoughts On You – Band CAMINO
Before the Worst – The Script
Somebody to Die For – Hurts
Pieces – Red
What If – Safetysuit
For The First Time – The Script
Tribulation – Matt Maeson
•Your debut book is coming out soon. What little tidbit, additional little blurb can you share?
This book is based on fate. So, if you don’t like the unbelievable, you’ll find this a stretch. This book was written with the attention to heal our female lead. Fate keeps knocking on the door, showing her where she needs to be. It’s one situation after the other telling her to wake up, let go, fall… fall into him, I made him for you.
•What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing? What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The ending. Ending something so big feels like you’ll only do it a disservice if not done right. In the end I found the perfect ending, a satisfying ending. I hope others smile when they read that very last line, a lot of thought went into it.
•Your debut, Thirteen Hours to You is coming out April 12th. What part/section of the book are you most proud of?
Chapter 18. That satisfied me in so many ways, writing Meekai the way we see him in this chapter was everything this book absolutely needed. I can’t give it away, but it’s the one I’m most proud of.
•Tell us a secret indulgence?
I love cake. Cake smeared in buttercream. I have eaten almost a whole cake before. I was sick as fuck and regretted it, yet I’d do it again… insert winky face!
Thank you Annie for your time! People, if you’re looking for a debut author to try out, give a