Hi everyone! I’m a little late posting (was at work all day), but here’s day four of the Swirling Around Love event with today’s featured author, Steven Steps!
Hello everyone. Its day 4 of the Swirling Around Love ‘Multicultural Event’. I hope you all are enjoying yourself. It feels great to shine the light on so many talented authors. So, if you haven’t checked out their books go ahead & do so. Don’t forget to enter each giveaway throughout the event.
Today we have Seven Steps joining us. Let’s get to know who she is …
Seven Steps is a new author with a flair for telling original stories filled with action, romance, and beautifully detailed settings. She specializes in diverse science fiction romance with strong heroines and hot heroes.
Seven Steps is a working wife and mother, as well as a devoted owner of a beautiful cat named Rosie. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, thrifting, and anything that reminds her of the 1990s.
“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”
–William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
1. What inspired you to become a Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance writer?
I enjoy writing most when the story reflects me as a person. Growing up, I was always attracted to a particular type of man: tall, blonde haired, and blue eyed. I was obsessed with boy bands, particularly the Backstreet Boys. That didn’t change much as I grew older, though my taste veered more towards dark hair, dark eyes. Very Black Irish or
Italian. So, naturally, my writing reflected that. All except for one of my upcoming books feature an interracial couple.
2. Besides writing, what are some of your favorite things?
I love music, particularly 90’s music. Everyone thinks that the music of their generation is the best and I am no exception. I love the Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews Band, Blink 182, and Incubus. Mostly rock and punk. My dad gave me a classic rock album when I was a teen. That album introduced me to a new sound that I absolutely loved. It was one of those late night infomercial cd’s with songs like, American Band, Ballroom Blitz, and My Sherona on it. It really created a soft spot in my heart for classic rock. My husband listens to a lot of hip hop, so we play that as well. Not new hip hop, old hip hop. Ludicrous, Busta Rhymes, stuff like that. We were both born in the 80’s, so 90’s and 2000’s hip hop is the only hip hop allowed in the house.
3. Name at least two (2) authors that you admire who write Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance?
Jasmine Parker is an Indie Author. She doesn’t write much anymore but, I really like her books because they are clean interracial romance. I try to write clean romance as well so that the books have a broader appeal. I remember my first book with an IR couple was Aliyah Burke’s book, A Knight’s Vow. I really enjoyed it. Oh, and J.J Murray is awesome for contemporary romance.
4. What types or genre of books do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I love science fiction books. Anything with aliens and spaceships. I love historical romance and contemporary romances. My favorite author is Brittinay Cherry. Her book The Air He Breathes, is probably the best book I’ve ever read hands down.
5. Are you working on anything new? If so, when can we expect it to be released?
I have three books coming out this year. The Slave Planet 2: Civil War, is a sequel to The Slave Planet. That should be out by the end of the summer hopefully. Civil War picks up where Slave Planet left off. This story has more fantasy elements in it, which I think people will really like. There is a huge betrayal by one of the main characters, giant monsters, new loves, old enemies, and, of course, a Civil War.
The Last Rock King is my first contemporary romance, interracial of course. It’s about a rock star whose career is failing and he goes on a world tour to try to revive it. On the tour he meets a woman named Cassie, his on staff nurse. Things go great between them until a serial killer starts targeting women who are associated with the tour. It’s a romantic suspense that I’m sure everyone will enjoy.
Peace in the Storm is another contemporary romance that I hope will be out this year, depending on how I publish it. It is about a divorced couple who find themselves
stranded on an island. The island holds many secrets, and some of the more deadly ones are gunning for the couple. They have to work together to stay safe and stay alive. It’s an interracial clean romance with lots of action, romance, and close calls. Be on the lookout for it.
6. Do you have any scheduled upcoming events; such as book signings, interviews, etc.?
Only this interview. LOL.
7. Where do you expect to be in your career as an author five (5) years from now?
Five years from now I want to be a well-known name in the Clean Interracial Romance genre.
8. What advice can you give to new authors who’s interested in writing in this genre?
Write every day. Lean on the shoulders of giants by finding out what more established authors are doing and do that. Join mentor groups. Keep writing. Outline. Get an editor and a great cover.
Special message from Seven Steps to you …
Thank you for your support, messages and encouragement. For me, the road to becoming an author was a long one. Even though I wrote constantly, my work was never really supported. After publishing my book, The Slave Planet, the outpouring of support was overwhelming. Every time someone says they enjoy something I’ve written, I feel like I’ve sprouted wings. I hope to continue to take readers on journeys of discovery, adventure, and most of all LOVE for as long as I can. Thank you all.
The Slave Planet Series
The Slave Planet
Love is the ultimate crime. On a planet where women are born to rule, Empress Nadira’s secret affair with her slave threatens to rip her family apart. When she joins the highest council in the land, her secret is revealed. Will Nadira go against everything she believes in to protect her family, or will she choose her heart and doom everyone she loves to death? The Slave Planet is a, science fiction, interracial (black woman white man) romance. It is a thrilling journey into an alternate history where women rule the world. This is the first book in THE SLAVE PLANET trilogy.
Available for purchase here.
The Slave Planet 2
Before I Wake
In the spirit of The Twilight Zone, Unsolved Mysteries, and the X Files, BEFORE I WAKE contains two haunting love stories with a mind blowing endings that will leave you with one simple question: Was It Real?
The Cottage Ashling’s quiet farm life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when a handsome stranger, bloodied and unconscious, appears next to a haystack. When he awakens, her world will never be the same again. The Playthings People are disappearing by the second, including Samantha Patterson’s husband. As her world shifts around her, Samantha questions everything that she knows is real. Her husband, her child, her life… was it all just a dream?
Available for purchase here.
The Last Rock King
Coming September 27th | Available for Pre-Order September 17th
Cassie Washington thought spending her summer touring with a rock band would be an adventure… When Cassie’s father invites her to take time off from medical school and go on tour with the rock band he manages, she envisions traveling the world, meeting celebrities, and finally making peace with her estranged father. But when the rock star sets his sights on Cassie, she’s forced to make a life-changing decision. Fulfill her lifelong dream of being a doctor, or become the Rock King’s new queen?
Noah LaRock was once dubbed The Last Rock King, but that feels like a long time ago… Noah’s popularity has waned, but he hopes this world tour will change all of that. After getting off on the wrong foot with the new on-staff nurse—Cassie, who just happens to be his manager’s daughter—his best friend Dondo is introduced to Cassie’s friend Kelly. The next morning, Kelly is found murdered. As the tour goes on, more girls wind up dead… Cassie pleads with Noah and the authorities, convinced that someone with ties to the band is behind the murders—but even after an arrest, the bodies keep piling up. And that’s not all for Noah—he learns that his record label’s dropping him, his money has run low, there’s a killer targeting his fans, and his on-staff nurse has taken up permanent residence in his thoughts. Can Noah revive his career, catch a killer, and win Cassie’s heart—or is it already too late for the…Last Rock King?
Peace In The Storm
Coming October 3rd
A vacation was just what Lisa Matthews needed. After spending the past five years picking up the broken pieces of her life, Lisa is finally ready to move one. Flanked by her best friend Trish, Lisa arrives in Jamaica ready to meet new people, swim in the ocean, and finally forget about the brown eyes that have haunted her for the last five years. But the past has a strange way of showing up when you least expect it. Chance is working on the deal of a lifetime. After spending the last ten years growing his fortune into the billions, workaholic Chance Gionatti is forced to take an unwanted, weeklong vacation. No work phone, no email, nothing. On the first day of the worst vacation of his life, the one woman he’s been trying to forget for the last five years literally falls into his arms, and just like that, his world changes. A doomed boat tour. When a devious tour guide drops them on a strange island, Chance and Lisa must find a way to work together despite their past. Can they survive the monstrosities that have taken up residence on the mysterious island? Will they allow their past to consume them, or will they finally find a way to be each other’s Peace In The Storm?
Book Excerpt ~ The Slave Planet
Click here to read an excerpt from The Slave Planet.
Enter for a chance to win an advance copy of The Last Rock King by signing up to Seven Steps Newsletter. The Last Rock King will be available for pre-order on September 17th. Giveaway ends September 18th.
Did you miss the previous posts of the other featured IR, BWWM or Multicultural authors of this awesome event? If so, check them out below
Day 1 – Shantee A Parks
Day 2 – Theresa Hodge
Day 3 – Blue Saffire
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the next featured author. Also, make sure you follow my blog as well as the host of this event.