Indie Author Spotlight: It’s Launch Week for Aimee Shaye

Indie Author SpotlightWelcome to week EIGHT, which is awesome! I’m still learning so much and loving getting exposed to new indie authors on a regular basis. I’m definitely opening myself up to different genres, and I hope you will, too. My favorite part, though, is to get to know the person behind the books – what makes them tick? As I learn more about them, it’s a lot of fun to see how parts of each author emerge in their writing. There’s a lot more to come, so please keep coming back and supporting the wonderful people who have signed up to chat with me!   


Aimee's NEW NEW Logo V3.jpgToday I’m bringing you a conversation with Aimee Shaye, whose new book, The Broken Daughter, launched this past weekend after Aimee took a two-year hiatus from publishing. You’ll find Aimee to be very open about her struggles, and how they shape her life, which is so brave and encouraging to others (like me) who battle our own mental illnesses. In the spirit of full disclosure and to follow Aimee’s lead, I have to be honest and say I did not finish reading The Broken Daughter; the book has a lot of emotion tumult and dark magic, and I’m in too emotionally-vulnerable of a place right now. I felt like I was taking on all of Aymeri’s fears and insecurities, which is a testament to the fact that her character is powerfully written. So, I made the difficult decisions to DNF, but still wanted to share Aimee’s work with all of you because I am impressed by her strength and honesty. When I asked her what she wanted readers to know about her, this is what Aimee said: 

I want readers to know that I am just like them. I’m not anything special. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I have made many bad choices in my life. But I stay grounded by my family, by my husband. To me, family is everything and to find friends in your family is magical. I write for myself, not for what is going to sell. I want them to read my books and get a semblance of what my life is like beyond the pages. 

Wow. Thanks for joining me, Aimee, and being so candid. Can you start by telling us what genre you write?

I write fantasy, and just published The Broken Daughter. About two years ago, I published two romance books based on a previous emotionally abusive relationship because I needed it out of my system. Then I took two years off to recuperate and find my true self. I also have stories in a few anthologies; you can find all of my published works on my Amazon author page.

Have you, like many authors I’ve profiled here, always written? 

I was very young when I started writing. I started making up stories when I was eight years old. One particular memory I have is going to my mom’s bank where she worked. It was summertime and it was take-your-daughter-to-work day. I was sitting at Mom’s desk and wrote a story about a girl going on an adventure with animals. Everyone in the office asked for copies so my mom taught me how to use the copy machine. I have no idea where the original copy is, though! I wish I did! Then it got really serious in high school. I published a poem and short story under my real name in a high school catalog of writers. Then in 2014, I published again. It was my first fantasy novel and I did it because my ex told me I’d never amount to anything. It got stellar 3-5 star reviews but the poor editing (due to my rush of proving him wrong) was always commented on. I finally took it down this year and I am rewriting it.

That is so brave of you, and I look forward to seeing your rewritten book! You mention that you wrote your romance novels to get things out of your system. Is writing cathartic for you? How do you fit writing time into your life? 

It is. I write because it makes me happy. When I get depressed or anxious, it helps me to cope. Whenever I have free weekends, I spend as much time as I can writing. My day job is as a teacher and I plan my lessons a month in advance, making small tweaks here and there. All of my grading gets done at work. So I also write during the week when my night winds down around 9 or 10. 

You clearly devote a lot of time to your writing! What else is important in your life?

I am married and live with my parents so these are two very important things in my life beside my job and writing. It’s an easy balance because my husband is a graphic designer and he helps me write (he’s a great writer who refuses to admit it). I also have three nephews who are constantly at my house since my siblings live mere blocks away!

Ok, now please tell us about your new release! 

The Broken Daughter (The Cursed Kingdom Book 1) by [Aimee Shaye]Of course! The newest book I am releasing is The Broken Daughter. It is the first novel in a trilogy titled: The Cursed Kingdom. This book took me six months to write and I could not be more proud of it! The main character in the book is Princess Aymeri Maudlin. She believes she is an ordinary princess, until it turns out that she is not. She’s actually the Princess of a Sentinel Kingdom, Dramolux, whose royalty has long protected the world from all magick. At the start of the novel, she finds her mother dead and things go downhill very quickly from there. I don’t want to give too much away but there is magic and strong female leads. The men take a backseat here.

All right, like I said, the emotions are powerfully written, and I think a lot of people will be able to identify with Aymeri (even though we’re not magical). Can we wrap up by hearing your author dream?

Just to sell books. As long as I sell a couple, I consider it success! I just love writing so much.

Ok friends, let’s help Aimee Shaye’s author dream come true and buy her books. You can find Aimee at the following places: 

Website  —  Facebook  —  Twitter  —  Instagram  —  Pinterest  

And the following cover images will take you directly to where you can purchase her books:

The Broken Daughter (The Cursed Kingdom Book 1) by [Aimee Shaye]  Silenced by [Aimee Shaye]  Have Mercy by [Aimee Shaye, Matthew Picinich] If You're Listening...: A Short Story Collection Kindle Edition  


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New Release: Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher

My oldest read and really enjoyed Marina J. Bowman’s two Legends of Pineapple Cove books, and so I joined the Code Pineapple email list on her behalf. Not too long later, I got an email inviting people to apply to part of the Scaredy Bat #2 Launch Team; I applied, was accepted, and read the e-ARC with my 8 and 6 year old daughters. And today, on Launch Day, I’m sharing it with you! Get your copy FREE or $0.99 from today through May 31!

Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher (Scaredy Bat: A Vampire Detective Series Book 2) by [Marina J. Bowman]

“Scaredy Bat” is actually a 12 year old vampire named Ellie, who loves solving mysteries. But she scares easily, and when she does, she turns into a bat. Each installment of the book follows Ellie as she both solves a mystery and overcomes a fear, while working closely with a group of supportive friends. In Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher, Ellie overcomes her fear of clowns, learns not to judge people by appearance (or, rather, smell), and remembers the importance of working closely with others as a team.

My kids LOVED it, and each gave it five stars. My rating is more like a three – it was a fun book for the kids, with some wholesome and important lessons. It made a great read-aloud and bridged the age difference between my girls, which is hard to do sometimes. The publishers describe the book as an early chapter book geared for kids ages 8-12, but it feels more appropriate to me for the 6-8 crowd, and kids who are ready to move up to early chapter books like the early Magic Treehouse series. Advanced readers and older kids will likely find it simplistic to read on their own, but the storyline will hold their interest as a read-aloud.

I guess to be fair I have to average the ratings, which gives us four stars!

Indie Author Spotlight: Reina Williams ~ Sweet, Cozy Fiction from a local (to me) author!

Indie Author SpotlightThanks for coming back for week seven of Indie Author Spotlight by The Edifying Word, and welcome to all of you who are newly following me! I’m really loving getting to read so many new indie authors and introduce them to you. I would love it if you would support their writing, and tell your friends about them! My list of authors is growing, so look out for more, and a continued variety of genres. Today I’m talking to Reina Williams, who writes sweet, cozy fiction.   


True to plan, I read one of Reina M. Williams’ books before writing up this post, and it was a fun, enjoyable read. Being “new” to California and living just outside the Bay Area, I selected one of her California Fairy Tales Series, and it was a lot of fun to read a story set in this general area and see how many places I could recognize. Please read on to learn about Reina and her writing! 

Your website says, “cozy, sweet reads.” Can you expand for us on what genre you write in?

I write sweet, kisses-only romance, both contemporary and historical. Works in progress also include cozy mystery (historical), historical fiction, and children’s fiction. My hope when I write is to tell sweet, heartwarming, uplifting stories that leave us all with a smile. 

Certain Sure definitely left me with a smile, even if I was super frustrated with some of the characters at some points of the story! Where do you get your ideas, and do you outline or plan?

Stories come to me and want to be told, so I write them; I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I only started writing novels in 2009. I don’t plot – I’m definitely a panster, though I wish I could be a better plotter!

How do you fit writing into your life?

Often, I don’t fit writing in. After ten years of indie publishing, it’s become more challenging, especially with the state of the world, my personal life, and my two sons’ challenges as they’ve transitioned to their teen years. As a single mom, I strive to put my sons’ needs first (alongside my own health and well-being), which means writing gets pushed down the priority list often. Writing also, practically, has to come behind more steady paying work, though right now I’m only working as a freelance editor, and homemaker, aside from the business of being a writer. Incorporating tiny habits into my life (like just committing to write for fifteen minutes a day) is something that has kept me writing and works best for me as a working single mother.

Despite the difficulty of fitting it in, you’ve been quite prolific – your Goodreads author page lists 20 books! I assume there are more to come; can you tell us about them? 

Books four and five of The Montana Matchmakers, a contemporary sweet romance series, are in progress and will be out this summer. Return to Pemberley, an early-Victorian set Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility trilogy that follows the children of the characters from those novels, will be out at the end of 2020.

Do you enjoy reading in the same genres you write in? Do you have any favorite books you’d recommend we check out?

I have too many favorites to name! Mostly, I read sweet romance, Christian romance and fiction, gentle fiction, cozy mystery, YA, children’s fiction, and nonfiction. Favorites from 2019 include: Unmarriageable (Kamal), Other Words for Home (Warga), A Hope Divided (Cole), There’s Something About Sweetie (Menon), I Wanna Be Where You Are (Forest), Some Places More Than Others (Watson), Sugar Lake series (KM Jackson), and the Lady Sherlock series (Thomas). Also, my current favorite rereads are Jan Karon’s Mitford series, Miss Read books, and Susan Wittig Albert’s Cottage Tales.

So, where can we get your books?

My books are available on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble—most of the ebook retail sites. Some are also available in audio on Audible, and you can request print and ebook copies from your local bookstore or library. I love libraries!

Learn more about Reina M. Williams or buy her books at the links below:


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