Author: Aileen Erin
Title: Lunar Court
Series: Alpha Girl #8
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: June 11th 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin
Chris is the guy Cosette always wanted.Fun. Funny. Lighthearted and sweet. Chris always manages to find beauty and laughter, even when fighting a chapel full of demons. He’s exactly what she needs. Except he’s a werewolf and she’s a member of the Lunar Court — the only fey court that holds sway over the werewolves. Even on his best day, Chris isn’t strong enough to last a few hours in the Lunar Court without becoming a slave. No matter how much Cosette’s heart wants him, she knows she has to let him go.But when Chris goes missing, Cosette realizes how much she has to lose if the worst happens. Except her mother — the Queen of the Lunar Court — won’t let her go after Chris. Being forced to stay at court is dangerous for Cosette. Assassins keep coming after her, and unless she accepts a mate, it’s only a matter of time before one of them kills her.
Cosette is the girl Chris has always dreamed of.Chris sees through the tough facade to the girl exhausted from a lifetime of fighting off assassins and court politics. She needs a true friend, someone who she can be herself around, and craves solitude. The same solitude that Chris craves. But he knows he’ll never be enough to survive in her world. So, when Eli — a mysterious archon — requests his help, he figures why not? The guy might be a little shady, but he needs every distraction he can get.But when Eli says that Cosette’s in trouble, Chris is more than ready to play by Eli’s rules. At least until Eli takes him to the Court of Gales. Chris knows he’s about to play a very dangerous game. Bargaining with the fey is something only a desperate person would do. But what wouldn’t Chris give up to save Cosette’s life?
“These books go by so very quickly, with the pacing making me think I just started reading. I could gobble up a dozen of these novels!” – Carrie Reads a Lot
“Aileen Erin: You did a great job as usual and I’m so excited for Invocation and Lunar Court.” – Lenniland
Hello Aileen! How long did it take you to write Lunar Court?
From start to finish, about four months. Half of that was writing, and half of it was editing.
From starting writing books to becoming a recognized author, it’s a long way. How was it when you first started?
Being an author means having passion for your work. That’s what has to drive you in the beginning because it takes a bit of time to build an audience. I have a very “if you build it, they will come” mentality in my work life. I definitely work on the craft a ton and make sure what I put out is good quality, and then I do my best to get my book in front of as many people as possible. But some of it is just left up to chance. Will someone buy the book? Will they like it? Will they review it? And you can’t control any of that. So, I do the absolute best I can to put out good books and consistently timed to gain readers. In the beginning, it was all faith, but even now—with an ever-growing audience—it’s still faith. But I love writing so much that I don’t think I could ever stop. So, I keep going, and hope that readers will find and enjoy my books. Just like I did when I was starting out. That never changes.
What do you like most about writing for this age group?
I really love the coming of age story. I find it to be very powerful and inspiring to see someone really find their true path in life. There’s just something really special about it, and that’s why I love writing YA.
Was there a moment that you said “I give up”?
When my daughter was a baby and I was having a lot of trouble balancing being a new mom, a wife to a movie producer who was always moving us around, an indie publisher, and an author, I thought it got to be too much. I knew I was going to have to give up something. That was a tough moment. So, I had a talk with a dear friend who had been helping me with some of the authors I was publishing, and we decided to part ways. Once I was publishing fewer authors, everything got to be more manageable. But I could never truly give up writing. It’s a passion and a dream and to be honest, I think I’m probably addicted to it at this point. ;)
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My newest release is Lunar Court. It’s book nine in my Alpha Girls series and is different than any other book in the series. Not only is it from a new POV I’ve never written from before, it’s from TWO different POVs. There also isn’t a true “big bad” that the characters are fighting, just obstacles that they need to overcome. It’s fun and romantic and dramatic, and if I do it right, my readers will laugh, cry, and swoon.
Any tips for aspiring authors?
Write every day. People usually counter that with and “Every day?!” And yes, I mean every day. It doesn’t have to be all day. It can be 15 minutes. But be consistent. Writing is a craft, and it’s something that needs daily practice. Also, finding a critique partner or trusted reader to give you honest feedback. Part of the process is learning to love editing and revising. It’s essential to making an okay book good or a good book great or a great book excellent. Everyone needs an editor, and
realizing that your first draft will never, ever be the final, best draft is liberating. Giving yourself the freedom to write a truly shitty first draft is amazing. So do this:
Write. Every day. When it’s done, give it to someone you trust. Listen to what they say—what they enjoyed, what bored them, what they didn’t understand/see/feel/know—and then get back to work and revise. Repeat until you’ve made it excellent, and then move on to the next. Because every book, every idea, will get better and better. And when you feel you’re ready, then start looking into your publishing options. All of them. Because there are so many ways to go about it these days that you have to be researched and strategic.
Thank you, Aileen!
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.
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