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Kingpin is LIVE, and here’s how it came to be!

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It’s here!!  My beautiful baby, Kingpin is here and ready for you to fall in love with it!!  This book is my absolute favorite, hands down, out of all the books I’ve written to date.  It was a journey getting to Kingpin, and here’s how this novel came to be.

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When I started writing, it all began with Frozen Secrets.  This was my first book, and I knew I wanted to write suspense because all I read is suspense.  So, I came out with a bang and wrote a murder mystery with a detective named Jarrod Granger.  He was a misogynistic asshole in the beginning who grew and became much better by the end, and his story was my favorite (which is why he will be my longest running character over the course of my writing career… That’ll make sense later, trust me)  But, after Frozen Secretsthe book world shifted when a little book called Fifty Shades of Grey came out.  After Christian Gray, EVERYBODY became an erotic author in the indie world, and it was working for them, so I jumped on the bandwagon (no disrespect to the erotic authors out there!  Love you & stuff)  The next thing I knew, I’d written 4 books in a row that were “erotic” suspense or something like that.  My sales declined, and writing started to become less fun than what it was when I started with Frozen Secrets.

So, once Worth Saving released and got no love, I knew I needed to get my shit together and start having fun again.  And that’s how Kingpin was born!! Frozen Secrets was sort of romantic suspense, so I wanted to get back to that and have a blast, and Dominic Collazo was the first thing I thought of.  I needed him to be violent yet calm and collected.  That last thing I cared about was how sexy he was. I wanted him to care about no one except his love; if you deserve to be shot, he’ll shoot you and not think twice about it.  Need your legs broken?  Fuhgeddabout it!  Broken legs it is.  The only person who would matter to him would be his girl, who ended up being Alannah Sullivan.  But I knew I didn’t want to play the game where the guy hides his life from the girl, and when she finds out she loses her shit over it. I’d already walked that road.  So, I wanted Alannah to know that Dominic was a bad ass who’d kill anyone except her, and the only way to do that would be for her to have known him a very long time.  I needed her to be in the loop since the beginning, so that’s how I ended up deciding to start with PART ONE being when the two of them first met in just the fifth grade.  I knew that if I started with them being young, by the time they got to PART TWO as adults when the shit really started to hit the big fat fan, it would all make sense.

This book has everything I’ve been wanting to put in my books, and now that it’s finished and available (for only 99 cents this week, by the way), there isn’t a chance in hell that I would ever go back to writing stuff I don’t want to write.  Kingpin is me, 100%, and even if it doesn’t sell like crazy and become a bestseller, it’s my foundation for what’s to come and I can find peace in the fact that I wrote what I wanted to write.  And it’s been a long time since I felt that way.

I’ll end this by saying that there are so many reasons why you should read Kingpin, but I just wanted to give you my personal reasons now that it’s out.  This book is what I’ve been wanting to give you for nearly 3 years now.  This is 100% WS Greer, which is why reviews are already saying that this is my best book yet, and all the more reason you should go buy Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance).  And you can expect more suspense/romantic suspense from me, because I’m just beginning to show you who I am.  This is only the beginning for me.

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Check out these other great titles from W.S. Greer

Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

Worth Saving

Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance #1)

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Q&A With Bestselling Author WS Greer!!

So, I conducted a Q&A on all my social media sites, and here are the questions I was asked.  If you know anything about me, I’m always as open and honest as possible.  So, every answer is MY answer, and I don’t need anyone to condone or agree with what I say.  This is me being me.

Q: Is Worth Saving a standalone novel or part of a series of books?

A: Worth Saving is a standalone.  I never intended for this story to be a series, but you never know what might happen.  As a writer, things pop into your head all the time, and when they do and they sound good, you roll with it.  So, it’s not in the plans right now, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be later on.

Q: Do you see yourself continuing with your characters from Frozen Secrets?

A: Abso-fucking-lutely!!  Out of all the books I’ve written so far, Frozen Secrets is still my favorite.  Even though in hindsight, I think I made Jarrod a little too misogynistic and shallow, once he grew out of that and got his act together, I loved him.  I have a soft spot for Stacey because she’s based on my wife!  So, there are already plans in the future to write another Detective Granger novel, possibly in 2016, there’s just other plans I have to get to first.  But, I promise those characters are not done!

Q: What can we expect after Worth Saving?

A: BIG SHIT!!  I don’t want to go into detail about what’s next for me, but I can say a little.  #1. I already have a title for my next book.  #2. I’ve already starting writing my next book.  #3. I’m already searching for a cover for my next book.  #4. This next book is me writing for all the reasons I love literature.  It’s me doing 100% of what I want to do, and nothing less.  #5. Even my wife knows this is the best book I’ve ever come up with, and I’m only (at the time of this blog post) 5K words into it.  #6. This next book will define me as an author, and set the path for every book I write after it.  #7. This book will replace Frozen Secrets as my favorite I’ve written.  And lastly, #8. I don’t give a fuck about writing what I believe will sell anymore.  I’m done with that shit, and my next book will be the first of many examples of me writing what I love.

Q: Are you going to continue writing more contemporary romance?

A:  No. Worth Saving is my first and last contemporary romance.  Not because I didn’t enjoy writing the story, but because writing contemporary romance just isn’t what I do.  Up to this point, I’ve think I’ve written every genre I’d be willing to consider, and now that contemporary romance has been checked off the list of things I’d like to write, I know my heart is somewhere else.  My heart belongs to suspense, plain and simple.  I’ve been saying that for too long without going through with what I believe in, and anybody who knows me well knows I always stand up for what I believe in, no matter how unpopular it may be.  This is no different.  I love suspense, it’s what I’m best at writing, and it’s what I’m gonna do.  So, although I loved writing Worth Saving, I won’t be writing contemporary romance again.

Q: What made you come up with Austin and Layla’s story?

A:  Well, the truth is that I was actually writing another story when I decided to try to write a contemporary romance.  I was writing a book called Unsound (which still is not my next book), I was about 14K words into it, and then Austin and Layla from Worth Saving just took over.  I was excited about the idea of writing a popular genre that I thought would sell better than the psychological thriller/suspense I was writing at the time.  So, I put Unsound down and picked up Worth Saving.  When the idea of writing a romance popped into my head, Austin and Layla’s story came right along with it.  It was a package deal, I guess.

Q: Will we ever get anymore Kelvin Carter Jr.?

A: I get this question a lot.  Claiming Carter has sold more copies than any of my other books, by far.  People loved Kelvin, and they seem to love the Carter Trilogy, which is awesome.  However, the Carters are done for sure.  Although Claiming Carter sold quite a bit, I wrote that story for all the wrong reasons.  As I’ve said in past Q&A’a and interviews, Kelvin was supposed to be my version of Christian Grey, and I wrote erotica because it was the hot genre at the time.  Well, fuck all that.  I’ll never do that again.  I had to force myself to finish writing the Carter trilogy, and I won’t put myself through that ever again.  I love Kelvin and how he developed in the end, but what’s coming next will be blow all of that away.  I’m in the zone with this new shit.

Q: Are you going to write the typical bad boy heroes, or more realistic antiheroes in the future?

A:  Uh-oh, controversy is looming.  Here’s my answer… fuck this typical bad boy stuff that’s going on right now.  I refuse to be like everybody else just because it’s convenient.  My heroes are going to be real.  They’re gonna have real issues with backgrounds and stories and feelings that people can relate to.  NEWS FLASH!!  If you look around the world, most men are not bad boys.  Nor are they alpha males.  Those characteristics are rare.  My heroes may end up being bad boys by accident, but I’m not writing it that way on purpose.  Here’s an example: you ever heard of Javier?  He’s a character written by one of my favorite authors, Karina Halle.  That’s the kind of antihero I like.  Javier is a bad ass, but not because he’s trying to be.  That’s just who he is.  So, wait until you see who I have coming up next year.  He’s a bad ass, but not because he’s trying to be.  That’s just who he is, and you’ll get to see how he becomes the bad ass that he is.  My characters and I are different… on purpose.

Q: Would you ever co-write a book with your wife?

A:  Absolutely.  We haven’t come up with a story yet, but I can totally see us doing it in the future.  We’ve got individual goals we’d like to accomplish first, but once we get to where we want to go as individuals, we’ll make it happen.

Q: Do you prefer writing series’ or standalones?

A:  I’m not sure I mind either one, if the story is right.  Up to this point, I’ve written one trilogy and three standalones.  The trilogy I wrote was difficult to complete, but I have reasons for why that is.  My next book just might be a series… I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A:  Somewhere in America (I really hate living in Guam), and a consistent New York Times Bestseller of romantic suspense.  “I’m tired of seeing who you’re checking for now.  Just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now.  That’s real.”  -DRAKE-

Q: What do you wish there was more of in the indie world?

A:  Tough question, but the answer might get me in trouble.  I wish there was more sincerity in the indie world.  All the male authors acting like they’re living the lives of their characters drives me crazy.  Everybody writing the same damn book over and over again drives me crazy.  Every book being an alpha millionaire/billionaire so & so drives me crazy.  Where the hell did the creativity go?  Where’s the diversity?  Why do I keep seeing the same book with different titles?  Why do covers with half-naked men on them get all the attention?  When did depth, and substance, and creativity become bad things?  The horny-ness (is that a word?) of the readers is making it to where good books are being overlooked.  If you’re indie, and you’re not writing erotica then you’re automatically being ignored, and I really hate that.  Not everybody is talented enough to be an author, but it seems like anybody can be an author now, so long as you have a shirtless guy on the cover, and a sex scene for a teaser.

Worth Saving hits shelves October 17th!!

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Check out these other great titles from W.S. Greer

Frozen Secrets (A Detective Granger Novel) 

Claiming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #1)

Becoming Carter (The Carter Trilogy #2)

Destroying Carter (The Carter Trilogy #3)

Defending Her

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Give New Authors a Chance/Don’t Let Negativity Deter You

After a long, hectic week and weekend, I couldn’t wait to record this video. I had some things to get off my chest, and I figured I would use it to motivate you all to go for yours. Don’t ever let the negativity of others keep you from reaching your dreams. Share, share, share!!!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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My first ever video blog!! No more author bullying, and no more book reporting!

It took me forever to figure out how to get this damn video to upload. In the end, I had to go the YouTube route. I posted this on my Facebook pages already, so, sorry for the late blog post. The early support for this has been amazing so far!! Thank you all so much!! I chose some “touchy” topics that were kind of serious in the the author world right now (author sabotage, reporting books to have them taken down, bullying), and I just wanted to keep it real with you and speak from the heart, while also giving you updates about my next book, Becoming Carter. Share the crap out of this video, and comment, comment, comment. I want to know how you feel about this stuff!

 
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Blog Exclusive Teaser!!

So, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided that I will post a teaser from Becoming Carter!!  I’ve been getting a lot of requests for teasers, especially during takeovers and things like that, so I picked one from the 30,000+ words I have written so far.  Obviously, I didn’t want to give too much away, because the truth is, we’re way too early in this process to be dropping teasers.  But, as February comes to a close, I’m feeling generous. PLUS, I really want to share some of what I have written with my awesome fans!!  So, without further ado, here is the blog exclusive first teaser for Becoming Carter.  

 

“Don’t worry about a thing, baby.  I got you.”

I opened my eyes and found Kelvin standing in the hallway.  There were no lights on, and his naked body was surrounded by darkness as he stood there staring at me.  As I marveled at the perfectly proportioned muscles and tattoos that covered his body—not to mention his astonishing package—I was distracted when I noticed he was holding a gun.  The look on his face was one of passion, but also one of pain and worry. 

I didn’t know what was going on, so I smiled at him, trying to gauge the situation and see if he’d smile back.  He did, and it was still the best smile I’d ever seen, even in total darkness.  He waved at me, telling me to follow him as he turned around and walked into the living room, but he didn’t turn on any lights. 

“Kelvin, wait up,” I said, my voice echoing loudly through the penthouse. 

I felt my heart starting to beat faster with every step I took.  I didn’t want to lose him.  I didn’t want to be without him in this darkness, so I started running down the hallway and turned into the black living room. 

The only problem was that when I got there, there was no living room, and Kelvin was gone.  The only thing in the room was a man.  A man whose face I couldn’t see.  All I could make out were the tattoos on his hand.  The same hand that was pointing the gun at my face. 

My eyes bulged, and I tried to scream for Kelvin, but no sound came out of my mouth.  Instead, it was another sound I heard—the sound of a trigger being squeezed and the gun going off…

The loud bang of the gun knocked me out of my nightmare and I woke up sweating and out of breath. ©

 

So?  Are you totally fucking amped for this book to come out now, because amped is exactly how I feel as I’m writing this everyday.  I can admit that I changed my style up for this book, basically going back to my roots and the suspense that made me want to be an author in the first place.  And the results have been nothing short of amazing.  The emotion that Lily and Kelvin are feeling is nothing like what they felt in Claiming Carter.  Everything is on a whole new scale and has been turned up, like, a thousand notches.  So, I don’t know for sure when this book is coming out (I’m still planning and am on schedule for sometime in April), but I can assure you that you haven’t read anything like this before.  Get ready to be turned on, hot, mad, sad, depressed, anxious, nervous, scared, and stressed the hell out, right from the moment you open the book.  This book will change everything.

 

Also, my other half is also writing something that is going to knock your socks off.  My wife, Isabel Lucero, is creating a masterpiece!!  If you haven’t seen it already, book 2 in her Escort Series has been titled Unforgivable Sin, and it is ridiculous what she’s come up with to top her Amazon Bestselling book 1, Living in Sin.  We’re both working extremely hard to bring our fans something that they’ve never experienced before, and from the looks of it, that’s exactly what we’re about to do.  So, get ready for the ride, because we’re coming!!  

Oh, and for the hell of it… here’s another tiny teaser.  Get ready for April.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Moving past Claiming, and on to Becoming

I have been doing A LOT of talking about Claiming Carter over the past week with everyone who is close to me.  In transitioning from Claiming Carter to Becoming Carter, I really needed to look at Claiming and see how I could improve on it.  I talked to my wife, and my mother, and a few close friends about things I had done when I was writing Claiming, and how they affected the outcome of the book.  I won’t go into details, but there are a few things that I regret about how I went about writing Claiming, and I’ve remedied those errors for book 2 in the Carter Series.  After all of the talking and prepping and planning, I’m over 22,000 words into Becoming Carter, and it is already a better book than its predecessor… yep, I said it.  As I’ve stated in the past, I love how Claiming Carter ended, and I love the characters, but Becoming Carter is something else… it is the best thing I’ve ever written… and it isn’t even halfway done yet.  

The people closest to me know that I am extremely competitive.  I use everything as motivation to get better, and right now there is A LOT of motivation out there for me to use.  My job in the Air Force is always motivation, because I want to be a full time author one day in the near future.  The sales and negative reviews for Claiming Carter are also motivation, obviously.  The fact that I’m a male author in a world where there are so few is also motivation.  Also, the fact that I’m totally different than the other male indie authors is motivation as well.  I pride myself on the fact that I can show you all my face, and give you details about my life, and bring you into the writing process as I bring the Carter Series to life.  I’m not jealous of any other male author’s success, however, I am completely motivated by it.  I pride myself on being original by combining suspense with erotica, which is something that is rarely done, especially the way I write it.  I’m not doing anything like anybody else.  I don’t need to knock another author, or another author’s book in order to make my book relevant.  Originality will result in longevity. Which is why I’m so excited about the Carter Series and every single book that I will write after it.  

“Just give it time.  We’ll see who’s still around a decade from now.”  -Drake- 

And lastly, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m officially working on the cover for Becoming Carter.  I’ve emailed my cover designer, and the process has officially begun.  It’s gonna be a pain in the ass, but if it all works out, this cover is going to be amazing and will fit the story line for Becoming Carter perfectly.  Fingers crossed.  

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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