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Autumn is a professional writer and stay at home mom with three kids, a dog and an active imagination. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is known to bring her flowers "just because".
After 34 years in Alaska, she moved to Washington with her family to enjoy a state with actual seasons.
She started self-publishing in 2010 after a string of rejections that read, “We love your writing, but we’re not sure how to market it.” She published on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which lead to a number of bestsellers. After The Charmer hit #1 on Barnes & Noble for fantasy romance, she threw herself into editing and uploading her backlist.
The next year and a half passed in a blur as she worked non-stop, and productivity declined as she took time to homeschool her autistic son, who was suffering from bullying issues. With boxing lessons and a year to boost his confidence and academic skills, he’s now doing well in mainstream high school.
The strain of maintaining a business and home schooling while taking care of her family was draining, but God blessed her efforts and the results were worth it. Her income for 2011 was $100,000, far exceeding her best year with traditional publishing.
In 2012, Amazon acquired Dorchester books and Autumn gave Amazon the right to publish two of her Spark Series books, When Sparks Fly and No Words Alone, believing that diversification is good business.
While Autumn is grateful for the opportunities traditional publishing provided, she remains passionate about self-publishing. Keep an eye on her blog for news about upcoming books!
on May 01, 2012 :
I liked this sequel as I liked the other books by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 25, 2011 :
This sequal to Ride the Stars was another good read. The characters from RTS are pretty well integrated. However, I was trying to figure out when this took place in regard to the other story. Was it after the last one finished or during Jaide's two year absence? I would have thought she would meet Bali and befriend her at least at the epilogue. After all, Domino and his sisters would be hanging out with Skye's kid(s) wouldn't they. That was the only problem I had with this as a sequal. The story in itself was great. Very enjoyable reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2010 :
Originally released as Once Bitten - has been retitled Careful, He Bites
Good read - action plot with a futuristic setting. This is the sequel to Ride the Stars. Do you have to have read RTS to enjoy this one? No - but you really should read both in order. Some of the characters were introduced in the first story.
The heroine's father would make Dr. Moreau look like Father of the Year. As a child he tortured her repeatedly - purely in the interests of science, of course! [If you've read Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker books, the two mad scientists would have A LOT to talk about...]
Cut to the present. Our heroine is dying as a result of the mutations forced on her body by her father. Her doctor feels that if she can get a Drac to bite her and thus convert her, she will live - probably losing her mutations to become a 'normal' drac. What he doesn't tell her is the bite is part of the mating process. When he sends her to Domino [Skye's brother from Ride the Stars] she figures she'll pay him, he'll bite her, and then they'll go their separate ways. Not happening...
The plot has further complications having to do with other mutants, 'pure' blood radicals, and some blasts from the past.
Good read. As of now there are only the two stories - if there were more, I'd buy them.
Ever kissed a Drac? Careful, they bite....
Bali Itara is the daughter of a mad scientist, and daddy's favorite toy.
Domino is the man who can help her escape the madness, for his bite holds the cure. There's only one catch....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)