Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday's Author Spotlight: Alison Bliss

Today I’m super excited to have Alison Bliss in the ‘Sunday’s Author Spotlight’. Alison is the author of one of my favorite books of 2014 ‘Rules of Protection’. This book is a sexy contemporary love story and it’s also really funny. On Goodreads this book already got an average rating of 4 stars (out of 5) and on Amazon an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5).  

About 'Rules of Protection':
Some rules are meant to be broken...

It’s rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake's determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she's determined to get into the right ones—his.

This book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Itunes.

To read my review of  'Rules of Protection' please go here.

The Book Trailer:




Interview with Alison Bliss:

Tell me about who Alison Bliss is?

Alison is a stay-at-home mom who loves to read.  She first realized she had a passion for writing when her sister dared her to write her own book after Alison spent an entire week upset and fuming over the ending of a series she really loved.  Alison also likes to talk about herself in third person.  Apparently. 
How did you come to the idea of writing ‘Rules of Protection’?

I was actually two chapters in on a different storyline when an epiphany hit me.  Really, it was more like a question.  "If an FBI agent stole a female witness, where would he hide her?"  And that was easy to answer for me.  I grew up visiting my uncle's bird farm located in the Texas backwoods.  So the setting of the Rules of Protection was definitely inspired by an actual place I'm very familiar with.

Did you always wanted to become an author?

Nope.  If someone would have told me ten years ago that I would be writing romance novels for a living, I would have laughed at them.  I had no clue I would find a passion I hadn't known existed.  I guess you can say now I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.  LOL

What are your future plans in writing?

I will be finishing out the Tangled in Texas series, but I have so many other series I want to write.  Some of them are sitting on my computer half-finished waiting for me to return to them right now.  One of these in particular, I'm very excited about.  Can't wait to share it with my readers.

What is the best thing that happened since you’re book ‘Rules of Protection’ came out?

Hearing someone say they love my book absolutely puts a smile on my face and makes me jump for joy.  But I'd have to say that the best thing that has happened to me is getting to know my street team members.  They are the greatest group of people I've ever known.  I can't imagine not having them in my life.

What do you love most about being an author?

Oh, this is a hard one.  There are so many awesome things about being an author.  Like working at home in my pajamas, spending my time doing something I love, meeting others who love books as much as I do, and especially using my creativity to write romances others will enjoy.  It's all very fulfilling.

What is your favorite book? Favorite Author?

Oh, gosh, I have so many.  My absolute all-time favorite book isn't actually a romance.  It is a love story, though, between a boy and his two Redbone Coonhounds.  It's called "Where The Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls.  It's a beautiful, poignant story that makes me cry every time.  As for my favorite author?  Linda Howard, hands down.  I own every single one of her books.  No matter how many times I've read them, I still can't put them down.  But I'm lucky enough to know a bunch of very talented authors who amaze me with their ingenuity and their writing skills.  Four of my critique partners are releasing their debut books in 2015 and I'm so excited that the world will be getting to read these great stories I love so much.

What is your New Years resolution? 

I don't usually make New Years Resolutions because I find most people (including me) don't stick with them.  Instead, I just always try to be kind and help others, hoping someone will pay it forward.

Where do you go to write your books? And where do you get the inspiration?

My writing habits changes all the time, depending on what's going on in my house.  Sometimes I escape to my sunroom to write for a few hours with my dogs at feet.  Or sometimes I'll spend an entire evening writing in my bedroom or even the living room, as long as the kids aren't being too noisy or are already in bed.  But if I get desperate for absolute silence, I've been known to hole up in my garage where I keep a spare desk and chair for such occasions.  Oh, and on road trips, I even write in the car.  LOL

Praise for 'Rules of Protection':

I was laughing SO hard that I’d have to take a breather before going back. Then I’d start reading again and burst out laughing two lines later. Like I said, FUN!!  

The dialogue was great, it’s quick and sharp, I laughed throughout and thought Emily was funny. The girl has no filter- at all. She says whatever pops into her head and it was like conversing with a friend.
 – Smart Mouth Smut

I recommend fans of romance with comedy elements and action to dive into this one head first with no compunction. 

Rules of Protection had a bit of everything; action, murder, fighting, romancing, love, sarcasm, hurt, betrayal and sexy men (can’t forget them). If you’re a fan of romance you should definitely read this one. 

‘Rules of Protection’ is the kind of book you start reading and just never want to quit. 

About Alison Bliss:

As the youngest of five girls, Alison Bliss has never turned down a challenge...or been called by the right name. Her writing career may have started out as a dare by one of her sisters, but Alison hasn't put her pen down since.

She grew up on a small island off the Texas Gulf Coast, where most of her childhood vacations consisted of camping or hunting trips to the deer lease. Although she'll always be a Texan at heart, Alison currently resides in the Midwest with her Iowa farm-boy husband and their two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books."

She's an animal lover, a closet video game enthusiast, and believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison's an avid romance reader who enjoys penning the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

To learn more about Alison Bliss, visit her website at, where you can sign up for her newsletter to keep up with her latest book news.  You can also email her at or connect with her on social media.

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  1. Thank you for the fun interview, Maureen!! I appreciate the spotlight and so glad to know Rules of Protection was a 2014 favorite of yours! You're a gem!

    1. You're very welcome! I'm glad you like it. I loved the interview :D

  2. Replies
    1. It sure does :D! But the book is not only sexy but also really funny and romantic :D

    2. Yes, it's definitely a sexy read, Missie! I hope you'll check it out! And thank you again, Maureen. You're too sweet! <3

  3. Great spotlight and interview, Maureen!
    LOVED this book!!

    1. Thank you so much :D This book was truly amazing. I can't wait to Re-Read it again :D


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