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5 Random Things5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know authors while having a bit of fun. These are posted weekly as part of Friday Feels Fun, which also features the top three clicked books of the week, a free book, and the pet of the week.


 

Originally Posted in S.E. Smyth, Top Books, Freebie, and Beautiful Cat

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Here are five random facts about S.E. Smyth.

1. I collect 78 RPM shellac records from the early 20th century. Several times a year, you can find me following up on leads and digging records out of retired folks’ basements. My favorites: Bessie Smith, Gwen Farrar, Ma Rainey, and Lucille Bogan!

2. My favorite toy when I was a kid was my He-Man dress up outfit complete with sword, belt, and wristbands. Welp, I loved that costume.

3. I’ve struggled with mental health throughout my life and consider myself gratefully in recovery. I don’t talk about it a lot, but you often find emotional characters in my books.

4. My wife is adamant I tell you I was a raver, skateboarder, dork, vegetarian, vegan, and punk in high school. Not necessarily in that order. You may or may not find these character types in future books.

5. Twenty-odd years ago, I worked as an archaeologist in the forests of Pennsylvania. With a lack of entertainment choices in the middle of nowhere and only two radio stations, I learned to belt out the full lyrics to classic rock hits such as Hotel California.

S.E. is a sapphic author and her first book from NineStar Press out in the world now! Find it here.

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Originally Posted in Cheri Ritz, Top Books, Mega Sale, and Adorable Dog

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Here are five random facts about Cheri Ritz!

1 I’m a Disney fanatic—I love Disney World and I was so proud to see my son march in a parade down Main Street last spring.

2 Wet paper completely weirds me out. Like seriously, gag-reflex inducing weirded out.

3 I don’t like cheesecake. I believe sweets and cheeses should remain apart. I will not bend on this no matter how much my wife tries to convince me otherwise.

4 I’m a late bloomer—I didn’t come out until I was in my forties.

5 I have a collection of PEZ dispensers and it includes all types: Star Wars, Minnions, Simpsons, Holiday, Hello Kitty. My favorite: Peppermint Patty.

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Originally Posted in Isabella, Top Books, Freebie, and Furry Besties

5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know authors all the while having a bit of fun.

Here are five random facts about Isabella!

1. Isabella is a fourth degree black belt.
2. She met her wife in her TKD class on base. It was love at first site, but they didn’t reconnect until 15 years later.
3. Isabella paints, draws, and loves digital art.
4. She owns a motorcycle and has ridden as part of the Dykes on Bikes contingency in the S.F. Pride parade for 4 years.
5. She made over 30 matching bowties, pocket squares, and masks during the pandemic. Just because it’s a pandemic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look marvelous!

Have you read Isabella’s latest book? Get it here!

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Originally Posted in Britney Jackson, Top Books, Freebie, Adorable Dog

5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know authors all the while having a bit of fun.

Here are five random facts about Britney Jackson.

1. I have a stabby collection! Swords, daggers, rainbow throwing knives, and an ungodly number of pocket knives. I’m totally useful if you need a box opened!

2. I majored in music during my first few years of college. I played piccolo in marching band and flute in concert band, ensembles, events, and weddings. I haven’t played as much since the pandemic started, but music is still my other passion—second only to writing. 💙

3. When I was five, I got lost in the woods behind my house and was out all night. I found my way home the next morning by following the creek. I don’t remember being afraid—just really curious. I also fed some of my snacks to a raccoon and may have caused a tiny raccoon problem. 😅

4. One of my favorite ways of spending time with my kids is going to parks and playing Pokémon Go together. I know a lot of people see technology as a barrier to spending time with loved ones, but we have a lot of fun with it.

5. Both of my forearm tattoos are bookish. On my left arm, I have an owl and books, and on my right arm, I have a quill and the word “write.”

Have you checked out Britney’s award-winning pirate novel yet? Get it here.

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Originally Posted in Barbara Winkes, Top Books, & Adorable Pup

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Here are five random facts about Barbara Winkes.

1. I have synesthesia – for the longest time, I had no idea other people didn’t see colors when thinking of numbers/letters/words etc.

2. I met my wife online in the Women’s Murder Club fandom, but the first in-person meeting was in Paris. We intended to meet for a coffee and ended up spending all my days there together.

3. I am celebrating my 10-year-publishing anniversary this November (2022) – sapphic crime drama and Christmas romance under my own name, and steamier stories as Raven J. Spencer.

4. My love for food winds its way into all my books – even when they hunt serial killers, characters enjoy pizza, dessert, and a good glass of wine on occasion.

5. I was born in Germany but became a Canadian citizen in 2017. Being able to vote was one of the main reasons.

Preorder Barbara’s Destination Christmas, Next Stop Love. Out November 7th!

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Originally Posted in JE Leak, Top Books, Freebies, & Adorable Kitties

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Here are five random facts about JE Leak.

1. I live in a barn.

2. I have three tuxedo boy cats. Not related. All walk ins.

3. I HATE to vacuum

4. I own and have restored close to 500 vintage fountain pens.

5. I collect action figures.

Have you started JE’s exciting historical fiction series? Check out In the Shadow of the Past (Book 1).

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Originally Posted in Adrian J Smith, Top Books, & Cute Pups

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Here are five random facts about Adrian J Smith.

1. I graduated high school at the age of 16. There were two of us who graduated early that year, both of us went to seminary. I became a minister and my friend became a rabbi.

2. I am hopelessly afraid of muppets, any kind. There was no Sesame Street in my house! In fact, I wrote to PBS to ask them to change the time it aired (and they listened!).

3. I love all kinds of pumpkins. I try to have fresh pumpkins in my house year round, and I usually make it to the start of summer or the end of summer. Unless my children decide to randomly carve pumpkins in March.

4. I love handwritten notes and cards, and I write and mail them frequently.

5. I failed reading exams until I was in high school. Reading and I have a long history of hatred between the two of us, and it wasn’t until I was in high school that I semi-started to enjoy it and really in college when I fully felt like reading wasn’t just a chore. I’m still bad at it, but I do enjoy it.

Have you read Adrian’s latest: Dead Women Don’t Tell Tales.

 

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Originally Posted in Jamey Moody, Free Books, and a Beautiful Border Collie

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5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know authors all the while having a bit of fun.

Here are five random facts about Jamey Moody.

1. When I was a kid I thought candy corn was nasty! I don’t know how it happened, but a couple of years ago I ate it again and now I eat it year round. Don’t judge.

2. My dog Leo can hear me drive up when I come home from work or if I’m out. He always goes to his toy box and grabs a toy then meets me at the door. Every time!

3. My family used to make fun of me when we went clothes shopping. If I got something new, a shirt, shoes, or whatever, when I got home I would put it on. I wore it the next day to school for sure!

4. My parents didn’t give me or my sister middle names. We were supposed to use our last names as our middle names when we got married. I’ve never been married…yet. Oops!

5. One of my favorite things is to sleep late on Saturday mornings.

There you go. Thanks for including me. These have been fun to read.

Thanks Jamey for participating and check out her latest: The Woman Who Climbed a Mountain. Get it here.

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Originally Posted in Laina Villeneuve, Free Books, and an Adorable Yorkie

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Here are five random facts about Laina Villeneuve.

One, I have a very tiny head. Even my eight-year-old niece has a bigger head than I do.

Two, I count food. Tater tots, green beans. I figure out how many each person is going to consume before I cook them.

Three, I have to crack a peanut M&M in half with my front teeth and check to see if there is a peanut in the middle before I eat it.

Four, I always always always have a song playing in my head.

Five, when my family got a TV -I was in grade school — my parents kept it in the linen closet because they could lock it. If we wanted to watch TV, we sat in the hallway or on the steps.

Have you checked out Laina’s latest release? Get Birds of a Feather here.

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Originally Posted in Rita Potter, Free Fall, and a Kitten Named Kismet

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Here are five random facts about Rita Potter.

1 I have a huge fear of heights, or maybe it’s a fear of falling. It’s so bad that when I play video games and my character jumps from building to building my palms sweat.

Photo of Rita Potter2 I have a journal where I record and rate every book I’ve read. I’ve been keeping it since October 1997, which means I’m approaching my twenty-fifth anniversary.

3 I’m obsessed with Jan Van Haasteren jigsaw puzzles. I own fifty-eight, including a 5000-piece puzzle of the United States. It took my wife and I over one hundred and ten hours to complete.

4 I have no self-control when it comes to Doritos, so my wife has to secure them in a lockbox that only she knows the combination. So far, I’ve never broken into it.

5 My favorite types of movies are cartoons and disaster movies. I know it’s a weird combination. I especially love Minions and own more Minion T-shirts than I care to admit.

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Originally Posted in Brooke Campbell, Shannon O’Connor, and Georgia Beers’s Dog

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Here are five random facts about Brooke Campbell.

1. I was the only girl in Future Farmers of America (FFA) in my high school. (Should have been my parents’ first clue, doncha think? Course me turning out to be a femme was probably more of a shocker.) I was known for making the neatest soldering lines when we learned welding.

2. I believe that bread – any kind, any form – with cheese – most any kind, any form – is the perfect food. Yes, this includes nachos.

3. Thanks to a Liverpudlian I met when I was 17, I am a hopelessly annoying tea snob. I even went to a Specialty Tea Institute conference. I’m literally certified in black and oolong teas. Also, it’s ridiculous how much I love to say “Liverpudlian”.

4. I organize chips from the tiniest crumb to the largest whole and eat them in that order. No, I don’t want to know what that says about me. Please keep your opinions to yourself.

5. I watched every movie Fred Astaire ever made. Over and over and over and…I think you get the idea. Ginger danced on air and was classically gorgeous. Rita Hayworth, though. Oh, geez.

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Originally Posted in KC Luck, Cameron Darrow, and a Dog Named Lucas

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Here are five random facts about KC Luck.

1. I have driven through parts of every single US state except for Alaska.

2. I have a false front tooth.

3. When I was a kid I used to sing solos in my church choir.

4. I have shaken hands with four US presidents.

5. I’m a huge fan of the TV show Survivor and have auditioned for the show three times.

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Originally Posted in Chelsea M Cameron, Hildred Billings, and a Doodle Named Thorten

Here are five random facts about Chelsea M. Cameron.

1. When I was a kid, my career aspirations ranged from marine biologist to actress (I even went to Marine Biology Camp!).

2. I worked for the parks department as my summer job, but it wasn’t as chaotic as the TV show!

3. The first romance book I ever read was Kushiel’s Dart and it was given to me by one of my best friends in high school. I now have a tattoo of a quote from that book.

4. I am absolute TRASH for reality TV. The Bachelor, Project Runway, Love Is Blind, Real Housewives. I love it all.

5. One of my favorite snacks is potato chips dipped in ketchup.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About KJ

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Here are five random facts about KJ.

1. I lived in Hong Kong for 8 years.

2. My wife and I have moved house 9 times in the 20 years we’ve been together.

3. Our son is adopted.

4. I have a tattoo of a baby owl standing on three stacked books on my inner left forearm.

5. I have only ever owned silver or grey cars. It’s purely coincidence.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Milena McKay

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Here are five random facts about Milena McKay.

1. I adore Cate Blanchett and pine for everything (movie-verse) Carol, but would absolutely refuse to meet her in real life, for fear of embarrassing myself. Playing it cool is not an option, not when it comes to this particular celebrity (yes, I’ve met others, including President Biden, and managed to keep my cool-factor intact—Cate Blanchett would be a different story)

2. I can recite pretty much every episode of The West Wing by heart which created in me an overinflated sense of expectations that politics are an instrument of good. I keep getting my heart broken every day. Curses, The West Wing!

3. My coffee order goes from cappuccino to latte back to cappuccino in 6-month cycles.

4. I am a massive cat aficionado, despite having the sweetest puppy in the world. Please, do not disclose my love for cats to Jameson.

5. Blueberries are the superior berry and it is not even close.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Stephanie Shea

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Here are five random facts about Stephanie Shea.

1. Stephanie Shea is a pen name, but Stephanie is my legal middle name and Shea is a variation of Shay, based on the character Leslie Shay from Chicago Fire.

2. I’m a big snack lover and I have a sweet tooth, but only for gummy candy. I didn’t eat chocolate until I was sixteen, and I’ve never had a PB&J sandwich because peanut butter and I don’t get along

3. Whenever I get stuck writing a scene, I move around to different spots in my apartment until I inevitably end up writing from the floor, and I trade my laptop for my journal.

4. I followed love to Mexico City and now I live there.

5. I’m a stress cleaner. Throw in a good playlist and it’s my favorite kind of therapy.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Max Ellendale

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Here are five random facts about Max Ellendale.

1. I’m really bad at random facts. It took me many many minutes (longer…) to come up with these. I suppose that can be summed up as, “Sucks at talking about herself!”

2. Special interests fuel my fire. At any given moment, I will hyperfixate on a topic/subject/music/game, anything. My current special interest: music by Carolina Deslandes (a singer/songwriter from Portugal). Former special interest: quantum physics (RIP).

3. I met my wife through a shared fandom. #Supercorp

4. I’m simultaneously a pop-punk/emo stan and super hippie. These two sides of myself live quite harmoniously (ha!).

5. My characters I most identify with currently are a mix of Lauren (of Maverick fame) and Samirah (Nocere). Sali is for always though…

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Things About Lise Gold

Photo of Lise GoldHere are five random facts about Lise Gold.

1. I can not fill up the fuel tank of a car unless it’s near empty. It’s a thing; my father has it too. It gets me in trouble.

2. I like color-coordinating food on my plate. I’m not OCD, quite the opposite, but I like things to look pretty before I put them in my mouth.

3. Rod Stewart is my guilty pleasure. He once bought me a drink to apologize for something, and I didn’t even recognize him!

4. When I’m in an outdoor pool in a tropical country, I’ll spend most of my time saving beetles, other bugs, and even cockroaches who have fallen in from drowning. It makes me so happy when they survive.

5. Three of my sisters are gay; it runs in the family.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Monica McCallan

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Here are five random facts about Monica McCallan.

1. I’m a righty, but I play pool, throw a frisbee, and snap my fingers left-handed.

2. Before I realized I was a lesbian, I’d read thousands of m/f romance novels. I just love love!

3. My dog Chips was given her name because of the tv show Trailer Park Boys.

4. My favorite types of non-fiction books to read are on behavioral economics. I always struggle with “absolute” ideas, and realizing the confusing, often counterintuitive things people do when making decisions helped things click for me much better.

5. I moved to California because I met people at a music festival (Bonnaroo), and they said I could come stay with them for a couple of weeks while I was traveling. I absolutely fell in love with the queer culture there and didn’t move to Brooklyn like originally planned. It really showed me how much one person could change someone’s life!

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Em Stevens

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Here are five random facts about Em Stevens.

1. I spent a year in college studying in Scotland.

2. I still live in my childhood home, which was built by my dad.

3. I never wanted a dog, but we adopted ours because he was basically a cat and now I’m fully a dog person and cannot pass a pup on the street without stopping to give them all the pats.

4. I may be a romance reader, but I am a horror lover — the grimmer the better!

5. I have a Gideon the Ninth tattoo.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Anna Stone

 

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Here are five random facts about Anna Stone.

1. I recently adopted a cat named Pip. She’s the sweetest little cuddlebug and likes to keep me company in my office while I write. When she isn’t trying to sit on my keyboard, her favorite spot is the bookshelf next to the window.

2. I hold citizenships for three different countries on three different continents, including Australia where I live.

3. I have a mild obsession with the color purple. Although, everyone who knows me might disagree with me about the “mild” part!

4. I love houseplants and have accumulated a big collection over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a green thumb, so keeping them alive is a constant battle.

5. June marks 4 years since I released my first novel and became a full-time author!

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Cara Malone

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Here are five random facts about Cara Malone.

1. I was a ballerina for 10 years as a kid – the inspiration behind Falling Gracefully.

2. I have never traveled west of Illinois but I’ve been all over the east side of the US.

3. My mind is face-blind – I see scenes and people in my head while I’m writing and dreaming, but rarely their faces.

4. I’ve had over a dozen rabbits, mice, birds, turtles and a miniature pot-bellied pig – I’ve never had a dog but if I did it’d be a dachshund.

5. As a kid I wanted to be a doctor but I flunked chemistry 3 times in high school and college – so I write about them instead!

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Hildred Billings

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Here are five random facts about Hildred Billings.

1) Most of my readers know that I’ve lived in Japan for a good bit of my youth, but I don’t think they know how many times or where. My first stint was in high school, when I did a summer homestay in the rural city of Imabari on the island of Shikoku. I then did part of my Japanese Studies degree at Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Saitama. After college, I had a job in Gifu Prefecture, about one hour away from the central Japanese city of Nagoya. Before the pandemic, I used to go to Tokyo about once a year to recharge my creative juices and to eat way too much Mos Burger. I haven’t been since! (Yes, I am going crazy.)

2) Many people compliment my name and misattribute it to my mother’s creativity, when in reality it’s just a really old Germanic name that most Americans haven’t really been exposed to. I was actually named after my grandmother. Thank goodness her name wasn’t Myrtle or (gasp) Mildred. (Sorry, any Myrtles out there. Not sorry to any Mildreds. You know how it is.)

3) I wrote my first full-length novel, complete with subplots and character arcs, when I was in fifth grade. I used to come home every day from school to sit down at the family computer and write until it was dinner time. In high school, I used to write before bed and often forgot what I had written the next day. I like to think those teenage years were me getting my 1 million words of crap out!

4) My favorite color is orange. In college, I had a number of friends and acquaintances who would give me random orange things because it always made them think of me. Before I ended up in a relationship (with someone who likes, gasp, BLUE) my whole living area would be wall-to-wall orange.

5) I can’t drive. Or ride a bike. Or swim. Or roller skate. Or stand up without almost falling over. I can, however, write a book in a month. I think it’s a fair trade.

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Originally Posted in 5 Random Facts About Jae

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Here are five random facts about Jae:

1. I have aphantasia, which means I can’t form mental images (plus I also can’t recreate sound, taste, smell, etc., in my mind).

2. I’m a fountain pen nerd and always have at least 10 fountain pens inked up, each one with a different ink.

3. I have a twin sister, who is 7 minutes older, and she never lets me forget it.

4. My roommate says I sing like a nightingale…a nightingale with a really bad case of laryngitis.

5. Jae is my pen name, but it’s also my legal name since the German law allows authors & artists to add their pen/stage names to their IDs.

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