Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday Author Spotlight: Anyta Sunday~ #Interview #Giveaway

My spotlight author this Saturday is amazing! She's written: Rock, Taboo For You, 500 Kisses to Steal a Heart, Enemies to Lovers series, and more. Today, we are going to look at her books, indulge in an interview with this talented writer, and then when we are done with all that good stuff, one lucky reader will have the chance to pick ANY 3 ebooks of hers to own! Let the awesomeness begin...


When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

And then ...

There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.

All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.


Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close ... friendship.

Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers...


But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?

Shane is a little bit screwed. He has just started college and is stuck rooming with that bastard Trey. His sister's boyfriend. His sister's damn fine boyfriend. Uh-oh. This so wasn't going to happen. But try as he might, there's just a little too much to ignore between the two of them...

You can check out all the titles in this series here: Goodreads

 Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . .

Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years. Who also happens to be his best friend. Who Luke needs to tell the truth, but he just . . . can’t . . . seem to . . .

Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon. It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-'cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay?

Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too—

—well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.

A Friends to Lovers Novel

 “… Five hundred kisses are all it takes to steal a heart.”

Chris Montgomery doesn’t believe it, and he’d know. He’s met— and had— many a man. None of whom he’d want to share five hundred kisses with. If you don’t like someone, you just don’t like them. End of story.

No amount of kissing will change that.

Dylan Halsworth doesn’t believe it either. But Chris and his arrogant, “always right, dare I be wrong” attitude has Dylan challenging him to try it. And who knows, maybe watching his most-loathed neighbor suffer through five hundred kisses with the same man is worth it? He’d sit back, crack open a Mountain Dew, and have a good laugh…

But… shit… there is one slight snag in his plan.

Chris has chosen Dylan with whom to prove his point…

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
Photo Description:
Two men are sitting close, a whisper apart, and their gazes are locked onto each other’s lips. The light glows behind them, bright, like the chemistry between them. They are about to kiss…

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


You can see all of Anyta Sunday's books on her website: 


Thank you Anyta for being here today! I am so excited to have this chance to interview you. Rock has to be one of my favorite books of all time. Truly brilliant. I’d like to ask you a few questions, nothing intrusive, but I want to get to know you, the writer, a little better. So, let’s get started.

   In Rock, the symbolism for the rocks that Cooper collects is poignant to the story. Can I ask where that idea came from?

The story had been simmering in my mind on and off in its various incarnations for years until it got to a point where I HAD to write it. I paused halfway through another novel, because the story was begging to get out. The rocks were one of the triggers that pushed me to that point. My son collects all manner of sticks and they are each unique and intensely valuable, and I just knew Cooper collected too. He collected stones, and so I brushed up on my geology, lol, and researched native New Zealand rocks, as well as the histories and folklores and beliefs of certain rocks in different cultures.

     Can you tell us some of the struggles you faced trying to get your first book published?

Struggles . . . A writer constantly faces challenges! When I first started writing, I had no idea how to go about publishing. What did that mean for my book? Did I write up query letters and search for agents? Did I write directly to publishing houses? Did I attempt self-publishing?
I tried a bit of everything, and that first book I submitted to agents for months before deciding to self-publish. Now I’m a hybrid author, who both self-publishes and works with an agent in the hopes of traditionally publishing. I love both!

     How do you come up with the titles for your books?
Some of my books get titled before they get written! Rock was like that. I knew right away. Same with (In)visible, Noticed Me Yet?, Liam Davis & The Raven, The F Words. The others came during or afterwards. Usually I’d be in the proofreading stage when a name might pop out at me.

    When you’re not writing and in fact reading, what sorts of books can we find you soaking up?
A bit of a mix, really. I love romance books, so most of the books I pick up will have a romantic storyline. I love contemporary stories (both MM & MF), historical stories, fantasy, paranormal, and fairy tales.

    When you are hit with writer’s block, what have you found to be the best method to get over it and back to writing?
Every book I write, no matter how much I “feel” it, I hit a slump somewhere. Some slumps are bigger than others—in fact, as I was writing the last book in my Guardians of the Angels series, I hit the biggest one yet. I had to put it aside and write something else (which happened to be rock). Then I got back into it and finished. So sometimes my method is to write something “fun” or something that just begs to be written first. But in all cases, I walk a lot. I find being active helps me suss out the issues I was having with the book.

Go out into nature with no paper or pen, and of course the perfect solution uncovers itself! :P

     What is your favorite movie, favorite song, and favorite band?

Hard. I like a variety of things. But . . . I was a huge fan of When Harry Met Sally in my early twenties. Kings of Convenience’s I’d Rather Dance With You is special as it was the only song I didn’t like on the mixed CD he gave me shortly before we started dating. (I LOVE it now). There are heaps of bands I love, but Stars (Canadian band) come to mind. Their songs are always so emotional. I love it when they perform in Berlin!

    Do you insert yourself in to each book you write or do you try to avoid placing yourself there?

I’m always there, but not by design, I just “feel” a story, and usually after writing it I notice that the reason I might have felt it as much as I did was because of a past experience, or because I find certain traits attractive. Lol. In all stories I’ll explore some family element. And I’m a big fan of friendship, so I’ll weave that in someway too. Usually my boys develop their love through this.

    How do you celebrate a book release?

Lol! I buy books! I’m a book-buying addict. :P

    Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

Other Anyta Sunday novels in the works . . . well, I’ve a couple of projects I’m working on. One is a gay urban fantasy—think Buffy Meets Harry Potter with a gay twist (and dragon-shifter warriors). Another is an historical set in the 1700s inspired by the life of James Annesley (but with a HEA). Quite different projects, but I felt like experimenting.

After these babies have been done, I’m focusing on more contemporary novels.

     How can readers/ fans follow your career? Twitter, Facebook, website?

Actually, I have a quarterly newsletter where I write bits and bobs about how my writing is going. And sometimes I throw in freebies or specials for my reader friends! ;)

I also have a website:

Thank you, Anyta, for sharing a little about yourself with us! I look forward to your future work.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!  

Author Bio:

A born and raised New Zealander, Anyta Sunday has been exploring the literary world since she started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Inspired, stories have been piling up in her head ever since. Fast forward to her mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), and she started putting pen to paper. When she’s not writing or chasing her kid around, she’s reading, hiking, watching a Joss Whedon series, attempting pilates, or curling up with her two cats. Updates on her projects can be found at


As a giveaway, Anyta Sunday will gift ONE fan any 3 ebooks... Reader's Choice! At the end of the contest, which is  June 26th, I will email the winner and you can choose any 3 Anyta Sunday books. Make sure to check your spam. Enter the Rafllecopter below to get your name in this! Thank you to Anyta for being here, sharing some of herself with us, and for this awesome giveaway!

Good Luck!

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  1. I'm sorry to say Anyta is a new author to me and after reading the post I must rectify this her books sound so wonderful. Adding them to my wish list.

  2. havent read anything from this author yet

  3. New to me author. I like to read most anything. Historicals are not my favorite though

  4. It is hard to pick a trope. I have enjoyed every book I have read by Anyta Sunday. I think Rock might be my favorite of hers. The WIPs she has sound great! Thanks for the interview and contest!!

  5. Just to say that Anyta, Rock is one of my favorite books!! It took me awhile to buy it because you were a new to me author and I'm always cautious when that happens but I fell in love with that books and alllll the feels! Thank you for writing it!!!