Author Interview – L.J. Shen

Don’t miss out on this awesome Author Interview with L.J. Shen!

Author Interview

I’m so excited to do this author interview with an author that quickly became one of my best friends.  I met this cool chick a few years ago when I started beta reading for her, then became her PA for a time. She is the real deal. Not only is she beautiful,  she is the kindest person I know. I couldn’t be more proud of her and all she’s accomplished, including becoming a USA Today Bestselling Author!

Let get on with this interview!

OBW: Hey L.J., how’s it going?  Thank you so much for being here and doing this interview for Obsessive Book Whore!  You know I’m a complete stalker, but for those who don’t know you, can you tell the readers a little about yourself and your books?

LJ Shen:  I live in California with my husband, son and cat. In the evenings, I enjoy jogging in my local reservoir (I sound like a murder case waiting to happen, I know, I know). I’m addicted to Netflix and HBO and watch at least 4 movies a month. I’m also an avid reader and love museums and such. I just feel very inspired by other people’s work, I guess. My son is the most important thing in the world to me, and he is a constant reminder of what’s important in my life. I try and visit my family every year for a month, because I love them and miss them a lot. I guess you can say I’m your very average, very normal girl, with not-so-average ideas for books, LOL.

OBW: I’m down with that. Your books are phenomenal! What is a must have while your writing?

LJ Shen:  Coffee. I started writing in Starbucks lately because I’m trying to get some more gym time, so I grab the laptop and just crash at Starbucks after I work out. But even before that, I always had water and coffee on my desk when I was writing. It’s a must-have.

OBW: What is the first book that made you cry?

LJ Shen:  So many books made me cry. I think the first one that really made me cry big time was a short novella form an Israeli author called Etgar Keret, and it’s called Breaking the Pig. It’s about a little boy who makes friends with his piggybank jar and he tries so hard to suck at collecting money so that his dad won’t break the pig and give him the money for whatever bullshit toy he wants to buy. I was at my cousin’s one day, and she went to get a quick shower, and when she came back to her room she saw me sitting at her desk and just sobbing like an idiot. I was twelve.

OBW: Awww, I love that. It sounds like a great book. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

LJ Shen: At some point, you’ll fail anyway, so stop being scared and just start writing.

OBW:  How did your writing process change after publishing your first book?

LJ Shen:  It’s constantly evolving. Every book is like having a child. Some pregnancies feel long and hard, some are a breeze. Some labors last 38 hours (like mine. Thank you, Ben), and some an hour. I finished Scandalous in two weeks and Ruckus in five months and I hold both books very close to my heart and know for a fact that they’re just as deep. It depends on a lot of factors. What I do know is that I have good betas who are always there to hold my hand, and you’re one of them, Amy, so thank you so much.

OBW: I love your face and I love being your beta! As I’ve told you, you’re stuck with me.   What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

LJ Shen:  Depends on the book. Sparrow took some research because I wasn’t super familiar with Boston, but most of my books are set in California and in the corporate world, and I’m familiar with both of these things. I really try to write what I know, and other than being a billionaire—which I’m not—I’m pretty comfortable with everything I write.

OBW:  That completely makes sense, write what you know is something I hear about a lot from authors. How many hours a day do you write?

LJ Shen:  Sometimes two, sometimes three, sometimes zero, but I try to do something with my WIP every day of the week five times a week. Be it edit a paragraph or continue my outline to make sure it’s flowing well.

OBW:  What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

LJ Shen:  Honestly, I love writing men. I grew up with strong men by my side and I’d like to think that I know how the male mind works pretty well, so I’m very comfortable writing men. The one thing I do have some difficulties with is trying to get it “right” when I describe the male orgasm. Because as much as I know men, I would never be able to experience the way they climax, lol.

OBW:  Lol, well it’s definitely super hot reading about all your hothole-y alpha men! How do you select the names of your characters?

LJ Shen:  People I know, mostly. But sometimes I just think about pretty names I would’ve named my kid if I had more balls. Like Sparrow. I always wanted to call my daughter Emilia, though.

OBW:  I love that.  And Emilia is such a beautiful name. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

LJ Shen:  Varied from two weeks to eight months.

OBW:  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

LJ Shen:  Not that I’m aware of, LOL.

OBW:  Where do you find your inspiration for your books and characters?

LJ Shen:  Everything. Music. TV. Movies. Books. Real life. Nature. Random conversations. Everything inspires me and I am very lucky to be living in a world where art is affordable and ready for me to consume.

OBW:  There’s a lot of inspiration out there. I can’t wait for your next book! What book have you recently read that you would highly recommend?

LJ Shen:  So many, and I’m probably going to forget half of them, so this is so unfair. I LOVED Hooking Up by Helena Hunting. It’s TERRIFIC. And Without Merit by Colleen Hoover was also freaking crazy good. I’ve started ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas and so far so freaking brilliant.

OBW:  I absolutely LOVE Helena and Colleen and I am going to look up Sarah on your recommendation. What is your favorite genre to read?

LJ Shen:  Romance and all it’s sub-genres, including but not limited to contemporary, YA, and NA. I’m also a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries and Women’s Fiction.

OBW:  A girl after my own heart! If you were to date one of your characters, who would it be and why?

LJ Shen:  Oh, dang. I’m not sure I’m ready for any of them. But…probably Dean, if I really had to. He is an asshole, but he is not as bad as Vicious and Trent. And Jaime is lovely but we spent most of our time together when he was a teenager, so that’s weird. Troy and Nate are killers, so, yeah, probably not. No offense. And Tyler is also great, but he is too young for me.

OBW:  As long as Vicious is still mine, you can have Dean lol! Although, I think Alex Winslow may have stolen my heart away from V.  Ok, last question. With Thanksgiving being tomorrow,  what is your favorite food you’re looking forward to eating? 

LJ Shen:  Can I be completely honest and say that I don’t like eating turkey? Because I don’t. I am looking forward to the mashed potatoes and the pecan pie. I live for pecan pie. 
OBW:  I LOVE pecan pie and mashed potatoes! This is why we’re friends lol. Thank you again for doing this interview! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Love your face xo.
LJ Shen:  Omg of course! Thanks again for having me! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 

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This cover is smokin’ hot and I can’t wait for this book!

Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Cover Design: Letitia Hasser



Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.

Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.

I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.

Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.

Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.

I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.

Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?


Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.




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Her heart was guarded…

Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…

Until he tore down the walls…

Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expects to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.

Almost overnight Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose.


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What if everything you think you want isn’t what you actually need…

Dr. Shelly Monroe is a woman who doesn’t shy away from going after what she wants, but lately good sex has been hard to find. Shelly’s become increasingly frustrated with the men she’s been dating and the men she believes are the right choice.

Joshua Daniels is certainly not even close to the right choice. In fact he is exactly the wrong choice. For one thing, he’s Mason Langley’s best friend and best man. Second he’s too much of a risky complication for Shelly to even consider.

Then why can’t she stop thinking about how delicious he looked that first night she met him at Exquisite? Why is it so imperative to keep her lusty desire for a man that doesn’t meet her preconceived mold hidden from Lena and Mason, her trusted friends?

It seems unreasonable that being with a man completely wrong in theory could somehow feel so right. Then why is it the more she sees him the more enticing he becomes?

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Edible, delicious, delectable.

Rachel Langley is more than familiar with those three words in her line of work. After all, she spends her afternoons and evenings creating desserts so divine that your mouth will water and your taste buds will tingle.

They aren’t, however, the words she would have ever expected to think of when she locks eyes with a certain lawyer she knows only as Cole.

With each encounter, the infuriatingly persistent man becomes more impossible to resist, and edible is the exact word that comes to mind.

Crave, demand, covet.

Cole Madison knows exactly what he wants, and Rachel Langley is it. From the moment he spotted her at Whipped, he knew he wanted to grab hold and take a bite.

However, the woman has enigmatic moves, avoiding him at every turn.

But not for much longer.

Rachel’s time is up, and as far as Cole is concerned, he’s waited too long for a taste of what he desires. Nothing, including the woman herself, will stop him from consuming what he hungers for.

The only question left is: Who will take the first bite?

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at and on Facebook at

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Wicked Torture is freaking LIVE!!


Wicked Torture, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is LIVE!


Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.

Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…

Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.

But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …


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Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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I love meeting new authors! Linny Lawless is a new author in town and her debut book is coming soon!


☆☆Meet the Author☆☆

Linny Lawless grew up in Northern VA, right outside Washington DC. Over 20 years have been spent on her professional career in sales operation, and 13 years as a biker chick. She has been riding Harleys with her husband for those 13 years. She loves the freedom, wildness, and rebellion of the biker world. Living the biker life is tribal, and primal at times.

Linny has also been a bookworm ever since she was a young teen. She reads all genres, but the one she loves the most is Romance! Recently a story and characters began to talk to her. Scruffy, sexy alpha bikers who belong to a tribe, their club, and the women they fall in love with. They live in a world full of chaos, not unlike reality. But within that world of chaos, they live their lives the best way they can and discover true love.

She’s a Contemporary & MC Romance Author who’s currently working on her first novel, “Salvation in Chaos.” She’s hoping to release sometime in January of 2018.

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Spider is LIVE!


From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new standalone romance about a flawed hero and the woman he can’t forget.

Spider, a sexy and forbidden new standalone, is LIVE!


Title: Spider
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: November 13th, 2017

He calls himself Spider.

I just know him as the sinfully gorgeous guy with eyes of fire that fate places next to me on the airplane.

I didn’t who he really was . . . future rock star . . . my stepbrother.

He kissed me because he thought he’d never see me again. He would.

Everyone warned me about him.

They told me he was careless and ruthless and screwed up.

They said he’d leave me with a hole in my heart.

Maybe I should have listened.

Maybe I should have built a fortress to keep him out.

But I crumbled instead.

They say an unbreakable thread connects those who are destined to meet. If that’s true, then the moment he sat next to me, we were bound together forever.

He just had to figure it out before it’s too late…


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and paints old furniture.

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Only the good die young. But I’ve never been good.

I’ve lived a life most people only dream about. Famous men, expensive
booze, and the finest drugs money could buy. But every vice has its price,
and living a life of excess has finally dragged me down, forcing me back to
the one place I swore I’d never return.

We met in high school, but we were far from sweethearts. I ruined his life
and then walked away. Losing everything is bad enough, but crawling back to
people who wish you were dead is a nightmare.

Some say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Not always. You either forgive and forget, or fracture and finish.


Seven years ago, Shiloh West was my world. I gave up my future for her.
Then, I spent every waking moment hating her for it. I’ve followed her
train wreck of a career in the tabloids since she drove out of town with
her nose in the air. The woman is toxic.

The fact that a judge has court ordered her back to town means nothing to
me—except maybe the payback I’ve waited a lifetime to collect. I’m going to
build her up and tear her down.

A better man would walk away. I’m not a better man. She thinks she has the
upper hand.

Think again, Starshine.

Beauty is only skin deep, but revenge goes straight to the bone.

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“I don’t scare you?”

“No.” She lifts her heavy lashes, tears pooling in her eyes. “You’ve seen
me at my worst, and you could’ve ended me right then. Anyone else would’ve,
but you didn’t. You don’t scare me, Cary. You’ve seen the ugly, yet you’re
still here.” Raising the back of her hand, she swipes it along her forehead
and chuckles. “I’m not sure if that makes you a saint or really stupid.”

“I’m no saint, Shiloh. I’m not the boy you kicked around in high school.
That boy died when you…” My voice trails off, and I shake my head, refusing
to rehash the past right now. “Anyway, I’m just a guy trying to make the
best of a bad situation. You have to be here, and I have to deal with you
being here. Being dicks to each other isn’t going to make the next three
years pleasant for either of us.”

“Agreed, but I still don’t understand why you did all of this.” She motions
around the empty arena. “You say you’re no saint, but, I’m no angel either.
So, where does that leave us?”

I’ve asked myself the same question at least a dozen times since bringing
her here. I can’t forgive her for what she did to me. The hate I’ve carried
with me is too deeply imprinted to forgive and forget. However, the twisted
need I have to play with her emotions makes me no better than her.

So, if we’re both demented as hell, then her question is valid. Where does
that leave us?

But why does it have to leave us anywhere? We are who we are and not a damn
thing is going to change that. Both of us have done some fucked up shit
that’s caused pain and suffering. Maybe for one day we can block out the
world and pretend we don’t hate each other.

“Even sinners and fallen angels take a break from anarchy, Shiloh. All work
and no play makes us very dull criminals.”

I skate a step, or maybe it’s four or five. Hell, I don’t know. I’m too
enthralled with the fiery look on her face to notice that she’s pressed
right up against me, chest to chest, and stomach to stomach. The frigid air
in the arena heats, and the minute I tip her head back, I know I should
stop this, but I won’t. I can’t.

“Ask me again,” I whisper, the cold air clouding around my breath.

Her chin trembles in my hand. “Why did you go to all this trouble for me?”

“I went through seven years of detox, Shiloh. But one goddamn hit of you in
a bathroom and I’m a junkie again. You make me crave more. It’s never




Cora Kenborn writes twisted romance novels about bad boys and damsels NOT
in distress while shocking readers with unpredictable plot twists.

A true Southern girl from Eastern North Carolina, Cora grew up on sweet tea
and front porches, and knows the real meaning of “bless your heart.” She’s
the mother of three hyperactive and occasionally adorable children and the
wife to a husband who she’s conned into believing Hot Pockets are a
perfectly acceptable family dinner.

Cora can usually be found taking notes during true crime shows, effectively
freaking out everyone in the room. She proudly admits to being a domestic
rebel and plans to pen future self-help books including: “Microwave Dinners
For Dummies,” “Allergic To Laundry and Other Common Household Dangers,” and
“When Hot Glue Guns Attack: A Mother’s Nightmare.”

Oh, and she and autocorrect are mortal enemies.

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After Alejandro Alvarez’s best friend dies of kidney disease while in high school, Alejandro vows to change his life. Determined to help others suffering from his friend’s illness, he rejects joining his father’s pediatrics practice and instead trains as a nephrologist and a transplant surgeon. Fourteen years later, devotion to his career has rewarded him with a reputation as an excellent surgeon, but success has left him alone, with no family that he can call his own.

Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse Tammy Johansen is on duty when an infant must undergo a life-saving transplant. Working closely with famed surgeon Dr. Alejandro Alvarez, she sees the sensitive, lonely man beneath his professional exterior and wonders can such a man be interested in someone like her?

As they battle to save the tiny patient, Alejandro struggles with the emptiness within himself until the lovely and compassionate nurse at his side catches his attention. In that moment, one look at Tammy forever changes his life.

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Anne Stone has been a fan of romance since reading Katherine by Anya Seton her senior year of high school. In college, she penned her first novel which ended up at the bottom of a desk drawer after being rejected by a publishing house. She’s constantly dabbled in drafting stories but her career always seemed to get in the way. Anne decided to take the plunge and self-publish. Self-publishing allows her to write the kind of book that she enjoys reading and doesn’t put a limit on her creativity. Originally from St. Louis, Anne currently resides in Wisconsin with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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