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Interview with an Author featuring Lynn Dare

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is the writing duo, Lynn Dare! Their new release, The Perfect Bachelor: A Small Town Workplace Romance (The Perfect Man Book 4) released on August 13th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

Michelle Dare has been writing since 2014 and Michelle MacQueen has been writing since 2012.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

Since The Perfect Man series was a contemporary romance, we shot from the hip and built the world as we were writing it. If we had been writing fantasy or paranormal, we would have done a lot more planning.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

We were chatting one day about different tropes and cliches in romance and thought it would be fun to put those into a book series we could write together.

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

We want them to laugh. To escape reality for a bit and have fun reading while also falling in love with our characters.

Describe your writing space.

Michelle Dare writes wherever she can find peace and quiet. Sometimes that’s on the couch in the living room, others it’s in her bedroom, or it’s at her desk. Michelle MacQueen has a giant bean bag chair in her office she does all her writing in. It’s next to sliding glass doors that look out on a deck surrounded by gorgeous trees.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

At the moment, Michelle Dare is tired, hungry, and excited to write her next book lol. Michelle MacQueen is tired, drained from writing so much, and still happy to be doing it.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

That we got to do it together. It was a great experience and we laughed a lot.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Right now, we’re both working on separate projects. We both write full time so we’re always doing something.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Writing rom-com was new for both of us and we really enjoyed it.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

They’re a fun escape. They let you easily slip into the lives of our characters and enjoy the ride with them.

 

Thank you Lynn Dare for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out the series today!

~Synopsis~

Welcome to Cape Kismet, where the neighbors are nosy, the bookstores offer an escape, and epic romances abound.

The Perfect Man:
What if the man she’s been searching for has been there all along?
Ellie Amore is a writer on a mission: find out what makes women fall in love, what makes a man so perfect readers don’t care if they’re fictional. To do this, she’ll need the help of her best friend, someone who watches out for her, feeds her tacos, and doesn’t mind when her cat hates him.
Sometimes, perfect is subjective. Sometimes there’s no such thing. But all the time, he’s there.

The Perfect Boyfriend:
What if she chose the wrong brother?
Eleven years ago, Kennedy said yes to a date with the man she’d spend the next decade with. Until now. She finds herself heartbroken and homeless. When her ex’s brother shows up like a knight in shining riot gear, all she can think is how much time she’s wasted loving the wrong man.

The Perfect Husband:
What if she accidentally married the right guy?
Cecilia is known for doing stupid, impulsive things, but this is by far the worst. A drunken night leads to a strange man claiming they’re married. Harley is an infuriating rebel with a camera and a panty-melting grin, but he’s also more.
He’s her friends ex, and maybe the one man who can match her irresponsible ways.

The Perfect Bachelor:
What if her boss isn’t the jerk he appears to be?
Sadie hates Grey the moment she crashes into him outside the bookstore. The feeling grows when she realizes he’s the only lawyer in town hiring, and she needs a job. They get off to a rocky start filled with plant pranks, one hundred pounds of potatoes, and a parade of his ridiculous friends.
But the more time she spends with the charming playboy, the more she realizes it’s all an act, and underneath the designer suits and chiseled jaw is a person worth getting to know.

This set contains four complete sweet and slightly spicy romances with plenty of swoons, heartwarming moments, and laughter.

Lynn Dare is the pen name for authors Michelle MacQueen and Michelle Dare. One day, they were talking about tropes and cliches when an idea was born. Next thing they knew, they had a book planned out. The Perfect Man is their first series together where they combine humor and romance. They hope you fall in love with their characters and laugh at their antics along the way.


House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1) by K.L. Kolarich – My Review

Title: House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1)

Author: K.L. Kolarich

Release Date: January 19th 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Luscia when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’haidren to secure his claim.
Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.

Masterful world building! Intriguing characters! Immerse yourself into the impressively crafted world in which The House of Bastiion takes place. K.L. Kolarich enchants readers with a captivating and magnificent tale of magic, revenge, and danger. Beautifully written and darkly alluring. 


Twice as Twisted by Savvy Rose – My Review

Title: Twice as Twisted 

Author: Savvy Rose

Release Date: August 20th 2021

Genre: Erotic Thrillers

The tide pulled us under, she swept us away.

Alyssa

I never wanted to get married again.

I belonged in exotic locations, making a life out of my photography. Lazy days under a high sun in a wine haze, maybe joined by a sexy pool boy. But here I am, engaged and back in Newport Beach where I grew up. I only needed a few weeks, and everything would fall perfectly into place. If I could pull it all off unscathed.

What I didn’t expect was for my fiancé to bring his twin sons along for the ride. Three Greek Gods and one dreamy beach house. What could go wrong?

Judas

I’m the ‘bad’ twin. There’s always one, right? I’m okay with that though, cuz I’m also the one who always gets invited to the party. This move is a fresh start. My chance to explore the taboo part of me that wanted more than friendship with my best friend, Leo.

I’ll admit, I loved attention from both men and women. My Greek bloodline puffing out my chest, a beacon on the beach. I could handle beach life easily.

Then I met Dad’s fiancée. A total stunner.

But damn if it wasn’t a nightmare trying to keep my hands off her.

Jeno

Dad already met someone, just a year after mom left. One brief, elated moment when I received my acceptance letter from UCLA. The next day we packed up for Southern California. A summer job was the only way I could tolerate this obnoxious town. I preferred dusty bookstores and quiet coffee shops.

The day I met Alyssa, that all changed. Left spluttering and speechless. One problem: she was engaged to my father.

How was I supposed to sleep in the same house with a woman I barely knew but couldn’t stop thinking about?

Seductive. Sinful. 

Twice as Twisted is seductive and sinful. From the passionate words the author weaves to the fascinating characters, this story will capture both your mind and imagination and leave you wanting more. 

The story as a whole is well written. I was intrigued by Alyssa. A huge part of me wished I was as confident as she is. Truly one of my favorite characters. The men….dreamy and totally wicked! 

I truly enjoyed this book! I was captivated from beginning to end. This exciting and consuming book is a must read! If you’re looking for something different that will tantalize your senses, this book is for you. I give it 5 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Catcher Interference (Espen Emperors Book 3) by Haven Hadley – New Release

Catcher Interference (Espen Emperors Book 3) by Haven Hadley is now available!

~Synopsis~

Marcus Warnes. The catcher at the top of his game.

A knack for smack talking, a master play caller, and the quickest pop time in the league. The world saw the team playboy when all he wanted was to settle down with someone. To find the one. Marcus longed for holidays at home and a family to spend them with. His time in the spotlight didn’t make it easy to find.

Along came Kasper Wilder, a billionaire bachelor that every single man in the city wanted.

Kasper, owner of the Espen Jetties, showed the world very little of himself. They saw the businessman. The one who made money with every decision. What he kept to himself was the desire to find the one man who could heal his broken heart.

He’d been burned once before and wasn’t ready for it to happen again.

Marcus drew Kasper in instantly. The problem—Marcus was looking for the woman of his dreams, not the man. He hadn’t planned on Kasper being everything he’d been looking for in a partner.

Kasper knew Marcus had the ability to break down every wall he built. He just wasn’t sure he could trust someone who’d never been with a man before.

Broken hearts didn’t always heal. The pain too deep or the cuts too sharp. Sometimes you had to jump in with both feet.

The batter was up. The pitch called. Marcus had to decide if he would catch the ball.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3AeZCmX

 


Interview with an Author featuring Kat Turner

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kat Turner! Her newest release, Blood Sugar (Coven Daughters Book 2) released on August 24th 2021.

Congrats on your newest release! Tell me a bit about your book?

 Thank you! Blood Sugar is the second book in the Coven Daughters paranormal romance series. It follows Eve, a mortician who speaks to the dead and is being stalked by an angry spirit, and Jonnie, a vampire rock star who yearns to be human again. They’re thrown together when he seeks out her help, leading them to discover that their problems converge at a dark, horrific juncture. They battle a simmering attraction while teaming up to fight the forces of evil that bind them together.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

My process is pretty intuitive and spontaneous, though I do draw inspiration from previous books that I’ve written as well as songs and movies/television shows. I often begin with amorphous impressions and feelings about a story, then move to crystalize these initial, nascent ideas into coherent characters and plots.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 On and off. I wrote when I was a kid, then put it down until college, when a brief foray into creative writing didn’t go anywhere. I spent a decade in academia writing articles and book chapters before fiction called me back again in 2015.

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Great question! Writing a book is a very emotional process for me. While drafting, I tend to spend a lot of time daydreaming about the story and characters and listening to music that “fits” scenes in the book. When all goes well, these habits drive me forward and help to generate new scenes and chapters.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I’m a big fan of paranormal romance authors like Ilona Andrews, J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Laurel K. Hamilton, and Nalini Singh. I also love tight, descriptive thrillers with moments of darkly wry humor like The Wicked Sister and Bath Haus. Contemporary Romance has influenced me as well, particularly the voices of Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Olivia Cunning, Kristen Callihan, and Kylie Scott.

What is the best part of your day?

I love a slow day off where I can spend the morning in bed with my coffee, reading, watching videos, or catching up on marketing and social media. Bonus points if my family is still asleep.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Driven, goofy, curious.

What are you reading now?

Wild Love by Lauren Accardo.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t be afraid to send your work out for feedback, because this is a huge piece of how we improve our craft.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

My stories come from my heart and I hope that you love them as much as I do!

 

Thank you Kat Turner for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Blood Sugar today!

~Synopsis~

Eve Conley-Adyemi, a clairsentient mortician being stalked by an angry spirit, is no stranger to supernatural drama. But when a vampire rock star shows up on her front porch begging her to end his undead existence, she gives him a hard pass. Besides, her death magic doesn’t work that way.

Soon, the sensitive rocker named Jonnie Tollens wins Eve’s interest, and they team up to defeat her poltergeist and cure his vampirism. Their quest leads them to a supernatural expat community in Peru who might have solutions, unlocking dark, potent facets of her powers along the way.

As they fall for each other, they lose control of the exact forces they need to harness. Worse, a marathon research session uncovers terrifying facts on who is really pulling the magical strings.

Can Eve and Jonnie fix their broken lives together before a rising tide of dark magic engulfs them both?

If you like Darynda Jones, Karen Marie Moning, K. F. Breene, or Laurell K. Hamilton, you’ll love this fun and sexy paranormal romance!

When not reading or writing, Kat works for a college, teaches yoga, and lives the mom life. She jealously guards her gym time, has too many plants, and has grown rather adept at picking up objects with her toes. Kat is represented by Jana Hanson at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

Links: https://linktr.ee/katturnerauthor

 


Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow is now available!

~Synopsis~

It’s been over a decade since Verona left her childhood home in the hands of Corander and the remaining Noble Borns. With her daughter’s birthday approaching, it’s time to take back what was hers. Completely. Corander, lost in his pursuit to prove himself, has held those who answer to him with a tighter fist than his father, Kurt, ever did. He doesn’t know the hushed murmurs in the halls are once again inciting a civil war. Soon, blood will flow and he will have to fight for the crown.Verona must decide if she will help Corander, her first love, keep his crown or seize it once again for the Sirens. What started with betrayal so many years ago led to remorse, but will it lead to a complete conquest or just the conquest of her heart as she’s torn between family and obligation?


Twice As Twisted by Savvy Rose – New Release

Twice As Twisted by Savvy Rose is now available!

~Synopsis~

The tide pulled us under, she swept us away.

Alyssa

I never wanted to get married again.

I belonged in exotic locations, making a life out of my photography. Lazy days under a high sun in a wine haze, maybe joined by a sexy pool boy. But here I am, engaged and back in Newport Beach where I grew up. I only needed a few weeks, and everything would fall perfectly into place. If I could pull it all off unscathed.

What I didn’t expect was for my fiancé to bring his twin sons along for the ride. Three Greek Gods and one dreamy beach house. What could go wrong?

Judas

I’m the ‘bad’ twin. There’s always one, right? I’m okay with that though, cuz I’m also the one who always gets invited to the party. This move is a fresh start. My chance to explore the taboo part of me that wanted more than friendship with my best friend, Leo.

I’ll admit, I loved attention from both men and women. My Greek bloodline puffing out my chest, a beacon on the beach. I could handle beach life easily.

Then I met Dad’s fiancée. A total stunner.

But damn if it wasn’t a nightmare trying to keep my hands off her.

Jeno

Dad already met someone, just a year after mom left. One brief, elated moment when I received my acceptance letter from UCLA. The next day we packed up for Southern California. A summer job was the only way I could tolerate this obnoxious town. I preferred dusty bookstores and quiet coffee shops.

The day I met Alyssa, that all changed. Left spluttering and speechless. One problem: she was engaged to my father.

How was I supposed to sleep in the same house with a woman I barely knew but couldn’t stop thinking about?

 


Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

Title: Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: August 10th 2021

Genre: Erotic Suspense

The games I play, they’re cruel.

The punishments I dole out, they cause maximum impact.

The words I speak, they’re soul-destroying.

But my place on this earth is not to make everyone think that rainbows and fairies exist.

The world turns and most people just want to turn a blind eye to the bad that surrounds them daily. But those of us that keep our eyes open, we know where the bad lurks and where the enemies live.

I grew up living in the underworld.

I am a natural born leader.

And now it’s my time to rule.

Becoming someone else’s prey isn’t an option.

And neither is love.

I pushed away the only woman I have ever felt anything for because love makes you weak.

Love makes you blind.

And I’ve barricaded my dark heart behind walls made of steel.

The only problem is, the woman in question is a part of my world too, and she’s about to make me question every thing I have tried to do to keep her away from me.

Will she be the one to own my dark soul?

Or will I end up destroying everything she thinks she knows about love?

I’m Marshall Turner, and this is my story.

*Please note that Marshall’s story is a dark romance containing violence which may be a trigger for some*
**Each title in the Games we Play series can be read as a stand-alone novel and is intended for readers 18 years and over.
There are cameos from each of the characters throughout the series. You don’t have to read every book to enjoy, but it may enhance your reading experience if you do.***

You like bad boys? Marshall is the baddest of them all.

The story of Marshall and Sophia is one that will have you feeling a range of emotions. A wild rollercoaster ride! Not to mention the heat and seduction happening between the pages. Enough to heat up your night. Marshall has that effect. Dominating and possessive. Yes please!
From beginning to end, this story will have you engaged and on the edge of your seat. Waiting to see what danger is coming next. I finished this in one sitting. I couldn’t nor did I want to put it down. I had to know how it all would end!!

As a whole, this book is highly entertaining. The pacing is great as well as the characters. I was completely captivated. The author has a unique style of writing and I am a huge fan of it. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next! I highly recommend this book!! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Interview with an Author Featuring Haven Hadley

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is the writing duo, Haven Hadley! Their new release, Base Hit (Espen Emperors Book 2) releases on August 5th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

There are two of us who co-write under this pen name. Michelle Dare has been writing since 2014 and Rebecca Brooke has been writing since 2013.

Describe a typical writing day.

Lots of yelling at our kids. Working, writing, editing, etc. Being pulled in ten directions. Squeezing in meals when we can. You know, the usual lol.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Usually from dreams. Most nights, I don’t remember them, but when I do, they are so vivid the story plays out in my head.

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Enjoyment. We hope they read the book, fall in love with the characters, and it leaves a smile on their faces.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Together, we’ve written six so far. For Michelle, it’s a tie between Catcher Interference and Earned Run. They are books three and four in the Espen Emperors series. She loved the emotion packed into the stories and how perfect the characters were for each other. For Rebecca, it’s definitely Catcher Interference.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Ugh this is a hard one. Michelle would be creative, organized—wait maybe that should be organized chaos—that’s two words. Let’s go with organized. Forgetful would be another. She will legit forget everything if she doesn’t write it down. Rebecca would be procrastinator, disorganized—Michelle keeps her in line, and inventive.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

We had a lot of fun working together on Base Hit. Same with all the books in the series. We mesh well when we write and sometimes think we share a brain lol.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

We started book one in the next series. It takes place in the same world as the Emperors, but this series will focus on the city’s hockey team instead of baseball. We’re so excited about it.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write from the heart. If you love what you write, so will your readers.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

With every one of our books, you’ll get swoon-worthy heroes, lots of emotion, and a guaranteed HEA.

 

Thank you Haven Hadley for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their newest release, Base Hit today!

~Synopsis~

Vander Devlin. The left fielder everyone had overlooked.

An off the charts batting average, a long throw, and fast on his feet. No team wanted him. His downfall was his interest in men. He refused to hide himself for baseball. Then baseball’s golden boy came out. Now, Vander found himself in the majors with a chip on his shoulder.

One dance with Evan Ashland and he was hooked.

Evan, heir to the Ashland cosmetic empire, lived a simple life. Being the CEO of a corporation never appealed to him. Happy with his teaching job, he loved working at the stadium at night to watch the players. He didn’t plan to touch.

Evan let the world see the eternal playboy when what he really wanted was the fairytale. A partner to rule his kingdom by his side.

A dance with the Emperors’ newest left fielder made him wonder what he might be missing.

With the memories of the way he caught his ex cheating, Evan had a hard time trusting anyone with his heart. He’d built fortresses to protect his kingdom, even as he longed for someone to let in.

As he struggled to find his way on his new team, Vander was determined to breach the walls Evan built no matter what it took.

Life was hard. Being alone was harder. The choice of being who you were and being who others wanted you to be didn’t help.

The bat connected. The ball sailed between the outfielders. Now it was time for Vander to race toward the base.

Haven Hadley is romance writing duo Rebecca Brooke and Michelle Dare. After being friends for years, they decided to venture together into the genre they both loved to read—M/M. Slow burn, sexy, angst-filled stories are their favorite. Both are wives and moms who love dogs, the beach, and baseball, even if they root for rival teams. With every Haven Hadley book, you’ll get stories filled with emotion, romance, hot scenes, and a happily ever after.