Spotlight on author, Riley Edwards
Military Romance, Suspense Thriller & BDSM
Riley Edwards is a bestselling, multi-genre author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the East coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a “bad-ass” in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father.
Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley’s favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She’s known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She’s mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times. It’s like Criminal Minds, and the Spice Channel mated, and a perfect love child was born.
Nikki K’s Interview with author, Riley Edwards
Riley Edwards is a new to TaSTy author. A good friend of ours suggested we spotlight her and her work. We couldn’t be happier to oblige. Not only is she a very talented storyteller, she is also a pretty cool chick. Take a moment and get to know the fabulous, Riley Edwards!
1 Q. First things first, if we’re meeting somewhere to conduct this interview, where would it be? (A park, bar, restaurant, your home, my home)
We would be in my back yard. It would be a crisp fall evening. We’d be sitting around the firepit looking out over the back field enjoying all the vibrant colors of the trees in the distance. My Doberman would be sitting next to you with his head in your lap begging for attention. No doubt my kids would be running around trying to get your attention, and my hot husband would be in his garage fixing something.
2 Q. What would be your drink of choice? I’m a vodka or Jameson gal myself.
If it was summer, we’d drink gin and tonics, extra lime. But since it’s fall we’d be drinking my famous hot apple pies. Warm apple cider and tuaca. (An Italian liqueur) It is the perfect fall drink.
3Q. Why do you write? What inspired you?
I started writing when I was in junior high. I wrote fan fiction. (I didn’t know that’s what it was called then.) I loved Sweet Valley High Twins. When I finished reading, I would continue the story how I wanted. It was a way to be creative. I guess all my life I’ve lived in my head, in some fashion. As to the why, I’m not sure, I’ve always just done it.
4Q. Why did you start writing in the genre you chose?
I started writing in the military romance genre because that’s what I know. I am surrounded by the military lifestyle in my personal life. My grandfather was in the Navy, my dad was in the Army, my husband was in the Navy, my daughter is currently serving in the Navy, and my son is serving in the Army. I grew up using military slang and acronyms, that continued when I got married. It is like a second language to me.
5Q. What is your most recently published book?
Free- A Black Ops Romance. FREE is a second chance at love story.
6Q. How would you describe your latest book?
Free is a fast-paced, action-packed love story. It mixes military operations and sexy times together telling of a soldier’s sacrifice for his country. But above all else, it shows what the love and dedication of a good woman can do.
7Q. What are you working on now?
I have several projects going. I am in the revision stage of Protective Olivia. That will release January 23rd as part of the Susan Stoker Special Forces Kindle World. If you’re a fan of Susan Stoker, you’ll see Tex, Wolf, Abe, and Caroline crossing over into my Red Team world. I love this book, and as a huge fan of Susan’s, I am so freaking excited to write in her world. I just started writing Jasper. book 2 in the FREE series. AND…. I am starting on season two of The Collective. We (Ellie Masters) cannot wait to announce season two authors and get started.
8Q. Is there a recurring theme through all of you books? (i.e. Alpha male, goofy sidekick, lost girl, music)
This is a great question. Off the cuff, I was going to say hot alpha men and strong women with a side helping of humor. However, the more I thought about this question the answer wasn’t as easy as that. The reccurring theme is family. The family we are born into, the family we have lost, and the family we create. Whether it is one of my military teams, or my BDSM themed books, at the heart of the story, it is always family.
9Q. What genre would you love to write but don’t think that you would do it justice?
I would love to write a post-apocalyptic thriller. The challenge of creating my own world in the aftermath of some global destruction is appealing. I love Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. However, I don’t think I could pull off the level of writing that is required. So, I will just sit back and enjoy reading the words of those that can.
10Q. What is the one thing you would like readers to know about you?
Something I would like readers to know about me…. I am humbled and amazed that people are reading my words. I get nervous every time I hit the publish button. Irrationally nervous. lol. Another thing is after I finish a new book, I panic wondering if I have it in me to write another book. I am a workaholic. I have one speed – go for it.
11Q. What is the hardest part about being an author?
There are several parts. 1 – Having arguments in my head with imaginary people then giving my husband attitude, forgetting I wasn’t fighting with him. 2 – Using a pen name. UGH. I sign author emails with my real name. I introduce myself to people in real life as Riley Edwards. This double life thing is hard. A CIA agent, I am not.
All joking aside I think the hardest part about being an author is that you’re not just an author. As an indie author, I have to write, learn my audience, be a social media manager, market my books, stay on top of today’s ever changing best ways to advertise. On top of all of that, I am a mom. I deal with all the same struggles (and guilt) any working mom feels. Just because I work from home doesn’t mean that I work any less.
12Q. We often hear that writers barely break even on their books. If this is true, why do it?
This is true for most of us. If I wanted to make a nice salary, I would’ve continued to be a photographer. I gave up an established business to write. Why do I do it? I love it. I need the creative outlet, somewhere to put the voices in my head to paper. My secondary reason is I love the puzzle. An idea sparks, or I hear a character in my head. From there I have to put all the pieces together. My stories are character driven, meaning I do not plot a book. It flows as the story unfolds. But I do have to plan the conflict and climax (no, not that kind. lol) That is the part I love, how can I puzzle all the pieces to make a picture.
For shits and giggles.
Q.What is your favorite sexual position?
Don’t have one. I would say all.
Q. What is your favorite word?
Fuck, or any derivative. I.e. fuckery, fucking, fuck a duck, fucker, fuck me. There are so many uses.
Q. What is your favorite dirty word.
See above. If I had to pick a second, it would be douche. It’s a great word if you really think about it. You’re calling someone a vagina cleaner.
Q. What is your least favorite word?
Q. Is there a word we will NEVER find in your writing?
Flower. As in, her weeping flower was begging for me to enter. I can think of much naughtier words to use.
Q. What is your favorite naughty toy?
Clone a Willy. For anyone that does not know what this is. Look it up. And, you’re welcome. 😉
Q. Which of your books would you like to be real so you could live in it? And why?
I would say, Awakening. The book is about Marissa’s journey into BDSM. I think her story is the only one that is not based on a dangerous conflict or great personal tragedy. And who wouldn’t want a nice paddling? That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to meet the heroes of my other books in real life. If I could pick one of them, I’d pick Lincoln “Ghost” Parker from Nightstalker. I just wouldn’t want to live Jasmin’s story.
To learn more about Riley’s books, please visit, http://www.RileyEdwardsRomance.com.
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The Collective Episode 1
Unbroken PT 2
The Collective Episode 6
Free – A Black Ops Romance
A second chance military romance thriller
This might be my toughest mission yet.
None of my SEAL training or my time in the CIA has prepared me for this; a prickly five foot nothing hellcat, Jasmin Smith.
She was MINE. She can fight it all she wanted, but in the end I would have her, every way a man can have his woman. She was a sassy little thing, making me work to bend her to my demands. But I will! I will bend her and tie her to me so tight she would never be able to get free. Only problem is I had to break her first. I had secrets that she needed to know. I have fought to get back here, two years breathing in filth and scum. All for her- my warrior princess. Now all I had to do is make her remember.
I was blissfully living my life as a tier one security contractor, shooting guns and killing bad guys. My life was perfect. Almost. I was missing something; a missing piece of time to be exact. For the last two years I have tried to remember the details of my capture and torture. Two years willing my brain to remember. Nothing. I could remember nothing.
Then he walked into my life, actually he pushed his way in. It was hard not to notice him, tall, bossy, and sexy as hell. He had no respect of personal space, he used every opportunity to get close and breathe me in. He demanded my attention, whispering the filthiest words in my ear and that was all it took. A few words on his part had me yielding to his every demand.
As one secret after another was revealed, lies are exposed and the missing pieces of the puzzle are finally put together. A nervous breakdown was surely in my future. My entire life was a lie.
Just when I thought I could take no more; I am faced with the most important mission of my life. If I failed it might cost the one man I have ever loved his life- Lincoln Parker.
Nightstalker is a high paced action adventure series. Featuring Ex-military badboys and possessive alpha males who use dirty language! Be Advised.
The Gift: A Sadist and His Slave
(The Masters Collection)
A relationship between a Sadist and His slave is an intense, overwhelming, and powerful journey. A bond that is forged out of mutual need. The trust that is built with the giving and receiving of extreme pain.This is our story. A small glimpse into how our journey began. How I took the gift of my slave’s submission and turned it into our forever.
* Adult content. Strong language and BDSM themes including -Sadist and Masochistic, Submission and dominance, BDSM Romance.
The Awakening: A Master and His submissive
(The Masters Collection)
A relationship between a Master and His submissive is a fervent, empowering, and freeing journey. One that is born of deep yearning. Her submission is my addiction. From the first time she cast her eyes downward she ignited something I long ago buried; soul deep need. The need to control her- dominate her every breath – Master her body and own her desire. My life was colorless, bland, tasteless. I wore my well-deserved guilt like a badge of honor, hiding behind the thick walls I built, never allowing anyone close. Then she walked back into my life. She was too innocent, too pure, too good for the man I had become. Every part of me was screaming to let her walk away, not tarnish her perfection. I am the Master, she is my treasured submissive. This is the story of how I found my salvation in her submission.
** Warning** This book contains strong language and explicit sexual content. Please be advised BDSM themes including – Dominance, bondage, punishment, and Master and submissive. BDSMerotica* ENJOY!
Unbroken – Part One
A Second Chance at Love Romance
The Collective – Season 1, Episode 1
A Collective Novel
Season 1, Episode 1
We’ve set the stage, created the characters, and fashioned a world full of twists and turns. Now it’s your turn to sit back and immerse yourself in this incredible series. Each episode weaves the characters and storylines of ten standalone novels together to give you an epic crossover series. We’ve left you breadcrumbs, tidbits of information intertwined throughout our stories. Can you find them? Can you collect the clues we’ve left and become part of The Collective and solve the case?
No one is safe as a killer goes on a killing spree. Will The Collective stop him in time? Will you? Featured authors in order of appearance- Riley Edwards, Erin Trejo, Ellie Masters, Elias Raven, Chris Genovese, and Carver Pike
Unbroken: Part One – Episode 1
Five years after my husband’s brutal murder, I am still trying to piece my life back together.
A series of disastrous events sends, not only my life but my son’s life into peril. With everything spiraling out of control, and our safety on the line, I have no choice but to ask my longtime friend, Reid for help.
I realize my mistake too late. Reid is all in, and is taking over my life completely. He looks at me like a woman, not a widow or a mother. He makes we wish for things I know I shouldn’t have.
Just when he opens my eyes to the world around me, and I see the man that has been standing right in front of me all these years – it’s too late. One kiss is all I am allowed before my life takes another painful twist and all thoughts of happiness are torn from my reach.
*This book ends in a CLIFFHANGER.
Unbroken – Part Two
A Second Chance at Love Romance
The Collective – Season 1, Episode 6
A Collective Novel
Unbroken: Part Two – Episode 6
Reid has made it clear that he is all in. Proving yet again, he will go to great lengths to secure not only my happiness but my safety as well.
Once Reid saves me from a deranged lunatic, I vow to change my life. I promise to stop living my life in the shadow of grief and allow joy and love to mend the pieces of my broken heart back together.
This is our story. How one man can bring you out of the darkness and into the light. Turn your bland colorless world into vivid technicolor.
Our journey wasn’t easy. It was full of twists and turns. Tragedy after tragedy tried to break us. Only, this time I proved with Reid by my side I was stronger than ever.
I have come full circle, I am UNBROKEN.
“Life is short. It can be taken from you in seconds. I am done living in fear. I am done being a bystander in my own life. I am just plain old done. I am telling you that to tell you this… I am ready for you Logan Reid. I cannot promise I won’t screw up. I cannot promise I won’t try and run. But, I am counting on you not to let me go. I will hold on as tight as I can if you promise when my grip slips you’ll be strong enough to hold on for both of us.”
This is the conclusion of Reid and Ava.
FREE – A Black Ops Romance
He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.
Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.
She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.
When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.
Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault
Shane was dead.
Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.
I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.
Free is a steamy last chance at love military romance.
No cheating. Guaranteed HEA. Over 18!
Bad boy alpha military men use foul language and enjoy dirty talk.