Introducing Book Bestie, Bianca M. Schwarz

Bianca M Schwarz was born in Germany, spent her formative years in London, has a US passport and considers herself a world citizen. She lives in Los Angeles because that’s where they make movies and she used to work on them. She writes novels because that’s kind of like making a movie in people’s heads and because she just loves books. Bianca has one son, because that’s all she can handle and she tolerates her husband because, well, she loves him and there is no help for that.

After publishing A Thing Of Beauty with Penner Publishing in October of 2015, she spent some time figuring out how to promote a book. She made some friends and sold some books, but mostly wasted a lot of time on social media. Eventually she threw up her hands in despair and went back to her writing desk.

Since then, Bianca has completed the second Sir Henry mystery, She Walks In Beauty, and is currently working on a related novella and the third big mystery in the series. She also wrote a short story for the anthology Déjà You, to be published by Emerald Lily Publishing on May 30, 2017. Another short story, Wicked House, will be published later this year.


Hmm, the above bio gives you a snapshot of  the writer Bianca M Schwarz and what she is doing, but it tells you very little about me, or how and why I came to be me. I’m supposed to write a blog to introduce myself to you, my readers and potential readers. So since you already know where I was born, where I live and what I’m working on, I guess I’ll tell you about the things I love, the things that inspire me, the things I dream of.

I feel at home in the world of art and photography, but my first and most enduring love is for stories. Books, movies and the theatre, they all have the potential to thrill me with a well told story. I like to be put into the scene with visual descriptions of time, place and the characters. I try to do that in my stories. I spend endless hours researching the everyday details of life in a bygone era and then do my best to create that picture in the minds eye of my readers. I set my stories in places I have been to so I can describe them in the detail I deem necessary. It’s all part of creating that movie in peoples heads.

Nature always has the power to inspire me.  My landscape photography is my way of honoring nature. Our planet is truly beautiful and in need of our care, love and protection. I also go for long walks in the green spaces around LA, and let my characters loose in my head whilst I do.

I love music and absolutely adore finding it in a lyrical description or a poetic line, but always in the service of telling the story. Less is more, they say, and I agree. I always know when I have found a character’s voice, their dialogue begins to have it’s own rhythm and as the characters get to know each other, there will be rhythmic counterpoints. I love it when my characters start chatting in my head and I can really hear the cadence of their speech. It truly is music to my ears. I also assign melodies to them, like they do in movies sometimes.

My own taste in music is eclectic. I’m mostly an Indie Rock chick with a leaning towards Jazz and a deep appreciation for classical music, but I believe that good music transcends genre. For the second Sir Henry Mystery I listened to a lot of classical piano music and old English folk songs, but because I can’t expect my readers to know the pieces of music I describe or I have my characters play, I use it sparingly and hope that they will use my suggestions for the sound track when it comes to making a movie out of my novels.

And that brings me to one of my long-term dreams. I dream of seeing the movie I had playing in my head when I wrote A Thing Of Beauty, or any of my other stories, come to life on the screen. It would also bring me full circle to the moment I saw Wim Wenders’ movie The State Of Things and realized that I wanted to tell stories like that. I chose film as my first medium, mostly because I’m horribly dyslexic. It somehow seemed impossible for someone who has issues with such a basic element of language as spelling, to become a writer of novels. Writing my own projects for film seemed less intimidating.  I’m happy to report that I no longer harbor such scruples.

My other dreams are of a more practical nature. I dream of  having a room just for writing where I can shut the door and no one is allowed to disturb me when I’m working. I also dream of making enough money from writing to move to a cottage overlooking the ocean. And I would dearly love to travel again. I have been lucky enough to have lived in three different countries on two continents. I have traveled quite extensively in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, but there is still much of the world to explore.

Contact Info

Twitter: @schwarzbianca1

Facebook: @BiancaMSchwarzAuthor


Cover reveal for Déjà You

It’s here! We’re so excited to present the cover for our short story collection, Déjà You.

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TITLE: Déjà You
PUBLISHER: Emerald Lily Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017

In Déjà You, five authors share stories of second chances, as varied in telling as the writers themselves.

Kelly Cain’s We’ll Always Have Oahu takes us on a whirlwind New Adult romance set in the 80s between a young woman on a high school graduation trip and a handsome Navy sailor.

Bianca M. Schwarz transports us to 1760 in The Pearl with the story of Marcus Landover, who attends a card party and ends up with more than he bargained for in the beautiful Sophia Chelmsford.

Amanda Linsmeier’s Joy and Sorrow reunites lovers separated by death in a Women’s Fiction tinged with the unusual.

The Eyes of the Heart by Jamie McLachlan gives us Rosalina, who is forced to confront her attraction and the truth about her blindness when a new gardener is hired at the Greystone house.

Finally, C.H. Armstrong brings us Mr. Midnight, where tragedy reunites two star-crossed lovers, but misunderstandings soon rip them apart. Now, six years later, the stars are realigning with the help of the smooth voice of a late night radio DJ.

Some of the stories are sweet, some sad, some steamy, but all carry the same theme. Déjà You is a collection of stories for those who believe in love, but most of all, second chances.

The Birth of Déjà You

About two years ago, a group of five novice writers signed with the same small publisher, each inexperienced in the publishing world yet committed to understanding the process and finding success. Through their mutual dive into unchartered territory, Amanda Linsmeier, Bianca M. Schwarz, C.H. Armstrong, Kelly Cain, and Jamie McLachlan reached out to one another and became instant friends, sharing laughs, tears, and the struggles of life and writing. We soon dubbed ourselves “Book Besties.”

During the fall of 2016, we decided to write a book of short stories together. As friends, we wanted to combine our talents to create a collection that would inspire hope and happiness. After much deliberation, we chose the theme “Second Chances” and decided to title this anthology, “Déjà You.” Though each story contains the same theme, they all are as unique as the author who wrote it. Including New Adult, Women’s Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, and Contemporary Romance, each short offers a different take on the theme and involves varying heat levels, from sweet to steamy.

About the Authors

kellycain200x200Kelly Cain has published a multicultural adult and new adult romance, but she writes across genres and age groups, currently penning book one of a young adult urban fantasy series. Most of her stories are set in Texas with frequent travels to her home state of California, and all of her stories have an excess of food weaved throughout.

If she’s not writing, she’s probably reading. Or maybe cooking. Check out her website for recipes for dishes featured in her books, and some other fun stuff. She has two adult daughters and lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas.

Kelly is the author of Altered, a new adult multicultural romance available wherever books are sold and Connections: A Steamy Short Story exclusively available on Amazon. Visit her on her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Tumbler.


Bianca M Schwarz was born in Germany, spent her formative years in London, and has a US passport, but she considers herself a world citizen. She lives in Los Angeles because that’s where they make movies and she used to work on them. She writes novels because that’s kind of like making a movie in people’s heads and because she just loves books. Bianca has one son, because that’s all she can handle and she tolerates her husband because, well, she loves him and there is no help for that. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

10254015_492271840927359_9159417025130441003_nAmanda Linsmeier is the author of Ditch Flowers and Beach Glass & Other Broken Things. Her writing has been featured in Portage Magazine, Literary Mama, and Brain, Child Magazine. Besides writing Women’s Fiction, she loves reading and writing fables, fairytales, and fantasy, and sometimes she pretends her Hogwarts letter is still coming. She can be found blogging about writing and books at When she’s not writing, she works part-time at her local library and brings home more books than she has time to read. Amanda lives in the countryside, surrounded by trees, with her family, two dogs, and two half-wild cats. You can Amanda’s blog for book reviews and random musings, or check her out on Twitter or Facebook for more information.


Jamie McLachlan is the Canadian author of Mind of the Phoenix, an Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy and the first novel in the Memory Collector Series. The third, Rise of the Phoenix, is set for release in summer of 2017. When not writing, Jamie reads, dabbles in various crafts, and spends time with her family. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.


C.H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma-native transplanted in the Midwest. A life-long lover of books, she made her author debut with the 2016 release of her historical fiction novel, The Edge of Nowhere, which was inspired by her own family’s struggles during the one-two punch that was The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. Armstrong is currently working on two young adult novels and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota-based women’s magazine, Rochester Women. Visit her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

For more information on Déjà You or the Book Besties, visit their website, or find them on Twitter or Facebook.






We are so happy to announce that Bonnie Klein is the winner of our Book Bundle 1, which includes the six original full-length novels in e-book format by Bianca Schwarz, Jamie McLachlan, C.H. Armstrong, Kelly Cain and Amanda Linsmeier, all published by Penner Publishing.

Our second winner, Mary Valleau, is the winner of our Book Bundle 2 which includes six original short stories in e-book format by Amanda Linsmeier and Kelly Cain.

Don’t be sad if you weren’t selected! We have a lot coming up in the next several months as the “Book Besties” work hard toward the release of our debut anthology, Déjà You, which is a series of original short stories about second chances. While the actual release date has yet to be assigned, we’re looking toward sometime in late May. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for information about our cover reveal and other fun contests and prizes. For more information, follow this blog.

Note: If you are a book blogger and would like to help us launch this title, or would like to be considered for an advance copy of Déjà You for review on your blog, just complete the form below and let us know! We will happily contact you as we get closer to our cover reveal and release date!