Saturday, March 23, 2019

In The Hot Seat: Nicholas Bella


We are so happy to have Nicholas Bella here in the Hot Seat. If you've read his books you know he writes with no apologies and delves into the darkness like no other. Today you can learn a little about him through fast fire questions and glancing at his work!





Fast Fire Questions

Name three things you own (not people) that you couldn’t live without. (just list the 3 things)
My pets

My cell phone

My TV

If you were stuck on an island for one year and could only bring ONE book (not a series) what book would you bring?
A choose your own adventure book.

Thinking back to when you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up? (only one thing) A writer


Mpreg, yes or no? (one-word answer) Yes

Trigger warnings in books, yes or no? (One word) Yes

What are three of your all-time favorite movies? (Just list them) Terminator 2, Fright Night and Interview with the Vampire.

Name one person, living or dead, you’d love to spend the day with and pick their brain. My mom

If you could cast one person to play you in your life story who would you pick? Myself. (Always wanted to be an actor too.)

Do you believe politics influences readers in making their book selections? (yes or no only) Yes

Would you rather have a relationship with a vampire or a werewolf? Vampire

And finally, many want to know if you’ll ever go to a signing or convention, will you? (You may answer this in a sentence) Maybe.





Nicholas Bella's Books and Where to Find Them


New Haven Series:
Chained in Darkness Season:
Embraced
Punishment
Lessons
Submission
Control
Acceptance
House of Théoden Season:
Commanded
Ascension
Negotiations
Hunted
Evolution
Prince of the City Season:
Branded
Claimed
Manipulation
Disciplined
Kingdom of Ara Season:
Retribution
Suspicion
Opportunity
Sacrifices

Odin Chronicles Series - New Haven Series Spinoff
Season One:
Come and Get Me
I will Make You Mine
I Will Make You Beg
You Will Bow Down

Odin Chronicles Series - Season Two TBA

Demon Gate Series
Season One:
Chosen
Initiated
Mischief
Hijinks
Charmed
Lovelorn
Chance
Havoc
Mayhem

Season Two:
Chaos –
Fear - Coming Soon

Cobra: The Vigilante
Origins
Noble
Unlawful
Injustice
Vulnerable
Exposed
TBA- Coming Soon

Gods and Slaves Series
Dominion
Destiny
Deliverance- coming soon

Collaborations with author Aimee Nicole Walker:
Undisputed

Genesis Circle Series
Circle of Darkness
Circle of Trust
Circle of Madness- coming soon







About Nicholas Bella 

About me? Hmmm, I'm just a person with a wild imagination and a love for words who was sitting around the house one day and said, "Why hasn't anyone written a book like this before?". As with every storyteller, I wanted to share mine with the world. I like my erotica dark, gritty, sexy... and even a little raunchy. I'm not afraid to go there and I hope you aren't afraid to go there with me. When I'm not writing, I love watching movies and TV shows, clubbing, biking, and hanging out with family and friends. I love life.

I'd love to hear from you, feel free to send me a shout out!

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Guest Post: M. Jameson ~ WHY A YOUNG ADULT ALTER-EGO?




Diverse Reader is excited to help introduce JM Dabney's YA LGBTQA+ alter-ego M. Jameson! They are here today talking about why the new angle and what it means for all of you! So, check it out.





WHY A YOUNG ADULT ALTER-EGO?

First I want to thank Diverse Reader for allowing me space today to talk about a very scary subject for me: Young Adult. You wouldn’t think it would be a big deal, but I’ll explain why in the following rambling paragraphs.

I’ve been writing as J.M. Dabney for several years now and my style is Body Positive/Diverse Romance and Fiction, but I was once asked what scared me the most to write. I didn’t have to think too long on it, Young Adult, but a very wise woman said that my message was needed in Young Adult.

And from that suggestion, M. Jameson was born. As a Gender Nonconforming person who never felt at home in their body, my teens were a nightmare. I was fat. Baby Butch. And searching for my place in the nineties while firmly in the closet. From what I can remember from twenty-plus years ago, not much has changed. Teenagers are still searching for themselves and their safe spaces. While there’s more places for LGBTQ+ youth to come into their own, we still have a long way to go.

We live under the expectation of society. How we’re supposed to look or behave, and with social media culture we’re very much judged on the filtered selfies. As with my adult stories where I say Even the Broken are Beautiful, I’m writing YA under the philosophy that Every Body is Worthy. I want to show fat and happy teenagers who live without shame. The Trans persons who cry the first time they put on their binder or buy their first packer, or look at themselves in the mirror as they wear their first dress. I want to show the non-binary teen that their existence is worthy. That being Bi or Pan or Asexual is an existence to be proud of and to fly that flag as if throwing a fist in the air to resist.

Being ourselves and loving who we are is the greatest revolution. And I want my stories to be a protest against a society shoving a checklist down our throats on the daily. If one of my stories as M. Jameson can show someone they don’t have to suffer on the journey to self-acceptance than I will call it a success. That our futures aren’t a tragedy in the making.

But mainly I want to share stories that show it’s okay NOT to be okay. That we all struggle and come into our own when we’re ready. My stories will range from Romance to Horror, because I think the genres of YA should be as varied as its adult counterparts.

This is going to be an incredible journey for me and an immense challenge, and I hope I just don’t fall on my face when it’s said and done.






COMING SUMMER 2019

WHAT WE ARE - Bohemia was a sanctuary in a world where Tabitha and Orion didn't fit. Words were where they found their peace and comfort. Notebooks of tattered, coffee-stained sheets held their dreams of when high school ended. Other visitors to Bohemia left pages for all to read and some were addressed to specific people. Letters exchanged to make them feel less alone but hidden in the guise of anonymity. Words were everything, and there was a glade of laminated pages waiting for free moments and proof that no one was ever truly alone.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. Jameson is a young adult author who writes body positive and diverse romance and fiction. Everyone should see themselves in the stories they read. Young adults especially should see that they are worthy to be the star of their own story.
Jameson is Gender Nonconforming and uses the pronouns they/them. 


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