Interview with an Author Featuring Charissa Weaks

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Charissa Weaks! Her newest release, The Witch Collector (Witch Walk Book 1) released on November 2nd 2021.

Congrats on your new release! How has the new release been going for you?

It’s going amazingly, honestly. Readers have been so wonderful, which is extremely motivating.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was a kid. Back then I mostly wrote poems and song lyrics. I didn’t tackle novel writing until about 12 years ago.

Describe a typical writing day.

A typical writing day would be waking up, getting coffee, sitting down with my laptop (and my doggies), and trying for the rest of the day to draft or edit a complete chapter. If the story is hot and my fingers are flying, I can work for 12-14 hours and knock out two chapters. I tend to put in long days in the editing phase.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

 I wish I had a better answer for this, but the truth is that stories just come to me. It can be due to a museum exhibit or an image I saw or a dream I had, but most of the time, stories just land in my mind out of nowhere. I usually get titles first, though not always. Then the characters arrive. There’s typically one voice that stands out and decides to tell me the tale. I just have to tune in and listen. Music inspires me once I have a story started and helps me stay in the story’s mood.

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

Hmmm. That’s a great question. I really wanted to provide an escape, one of those stories you just fall into, the kind that makes you forget for a little while. I would also hope they take away a little of Raina’s resilience and heart and a touch of Alexus’s vulnerability. He was honest with Raina about his darkness. She looked beyond his past and mistakes and saw the goodness in the man that he’d become.

What is the significance of the title?

The Witch Collector stands for Alexus (the hero), of course, but more importantly, it stands for the biggest obstacle Raina has to face in the story. There’s a terrible villain and an enchanted wood, yes, but Raina has suffered such devastating loss and been irrevocably changed by it–which makes Alexus territory that scares her. It would be easier to avoid anything she’s feeling for the Witch Collector than to chance that kind of pain again.

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

Persistent, hard-working, compassionate.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

The highlight was when I realized The Witch Collector couldn’t be a novella and the publisher said that was okay. I’d been trying to force this big story into limited page space (the three books originally sold as novellas). But they needed to be novels. Getting the Go Ahead from the publisher was a great day.

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

I have a lot of things in the pipeline. I’m working on City of Ruin, book two in The Witch Walker Trilogy, of course. I also have two other fantasy tales I’m toying with and a historical fantasy that I hope to query to literary agents next year. It’s a Count of Monte Cristo retelling set in 1901 Marseille and…beyond.

What advice would you give to other authors?

I’m not big on giving advice because most of it isn’t universal. Every author journey truly is different. I would simply say—believe in yourself, trust your intuition, and accept rejection.

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

About Me: I LOVE chatting with readers on social media. I want to talk about Alexus and Raina and BOOKS in general. Hit me up!

About my books: There will always be a fantasy/magick element, romance, and strong atmosphere. I love a setting and story that makes me feel immersed, so I try to write that type of book.

 

Thank you Charissa Weaks for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Witch Collector today!

~Synopsis~

Every harvest moon, the Witch Collector rides into our valley and leads one of us to the home of the immortal Frost King, to remain forever.

Today is that day—Collecting Day.

But he will not come for me. I, Raina Bloodgood, have lived in this village for twenty-four years, and for all that time he has passed me by.

His mistake.

Raina Bloodgood has one desire: kill the Frost King and the Witch Collector who stole her sister. On Collecting Day, she means to exact murderous revenge, but a more sinister threat sets fire to her world. Rising from the ashes is the Collector, Alexus Thibault, the man she vowed to slay and the only person who can help save her sister.

Thrust into an age-old story of ice, fire, and ancient gods, Raina must abandon vengeance and aid the Witch Collector or let their empire—and her sister—fall into enemy hands. But the lines between good and evil blur, and Raina has more to lose than she imagined. What is she to do when the Witch Collector is no longer the villain who stole her sister, but the hero who’s stealing her heart?

The Witch Collector is book one in a thrilling romantic fantasy trilogy, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Sarah J. Maas, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

CHARISSA WEAKS is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and speculative fiction. She crafts stories with fantasy, magic, time travel, romance, and history, and the occasional apocalyptic quest.

Charissa resides just south of Nashville with her family, two wrinkly English Bulldogs, and the sweetest German Shepherd in existence. To keep up with her writing endeavors, and to gain access to writing freebies and book giveaways, join her newsletter, The Monthly Courant.

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Tamales and Books!

Bienvendios Décembre!

I’m happy and excited to be a part of the 12 Bookish Days of Christmas blog hop hosted by YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts. Each post has a little goodie and a chance to win the MEGA GIVEAWAY!

12 Days of Christmas
Day 1 – YA Christmas Reads + Sweets
Day 1 Bonus – Hosting a Secret Santa Gift Exchange with Your Bookish Friends
Day 2 – Gift Ideas for Friends who Read
Day 3 –  Found Family Trope Reads
Day 4 – White Stag Review + Decadent Vegan Hot Cocoa Recipe
Day 5 – Book Room Christmas Decor + Favorite Christmas Reads
Day 6 – 12 Favorite Fantasy Books of the Year
Day 7 – A Christmas Playlist to Read To
Day 7 Bonus – Christmas Traditions + Favorite Holiday Reads
Day 8 – Tamales and Books!
Day 9 – Winter Book Review: Wicked Lovely
Day 10 – Derby Pie and Fond Memories
Day 11 – Mistletoe Myths & Stories
Day 12 – A Soul as Cold as Frost Review + Coffee Recipe
Day 12 Bonus – Tea Pairings & Winter-Themed Books
Wrap-Up – All the Stocking Stuffers + Big Giveaway

 

Tamales

Tamale season is upon us! Making tamales during this time of year is a tradition in my family. Nothing like curling up on a comfy chair with a plate of steaming hot tamales and a book! Every family has their own recipe and their own way of making them. What doesn’t change is the family all coming together. Sharing laughs and catching up while making tasty pockets of goodness! I have a lot of special holiday memories and they all have tamales and books in them.

Photos by Laura Trujillo

Books To Read During Tamale Season

Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie

Mistletoe Season (The Carolina Girls) by Michelle Major

A Very Avynwood Christmas (Paranormals of Avynwood) by Michelle Dare

 

MEGA GIVEAWAY

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Interview with An Author Featuring Lisa Carlisle

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Lisa Carlisle! She’s a USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal romance and suspense.

What inspired you to start writing?

In sixth grade, my teacher gave us a creative writing assignment one weekend. I got so into it and wrote a story about solving a mystery. It was such a highlight in my shy, nerdy, self-conscious world. I looked forward to more prompts, excited about spending my weekends letting my imagination go wild by writing.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

When I’m actively writing a book, I can rarely take a shower and not rush out to run to a pad of paper. I get so caught up with the characters that I can’t remember if I’ve washed my hair. Over the next few days, I’ll find notes around the house with random words like “jellyfish” or “demon.” My family must think I’m nuts.

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

I go for walks often and listen to podcasts to get out of my head.

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

Over thirty, maybe closer to forty.
I’m greatly enjoying writing the Salem Supernaturals series as the characters feel super real to me. But I probably think that with whatever book I’m writing at the time.

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

I try to fill out some basics on characters and settings but much of that comes as I write.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I’m going to say the Salem Supernaturals again because I just finished writing a fun scene in an upcoming book in the series. I love the characters. They’re misfits in their newfound family and often give each other crap because they’re so close.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

We could be here a while. I have stacks of books on tables around the house. And two Kindles.

Do you have any new series planned?

Yes! I’m finishing up another book in the Salem Supernaturals series now. And then I’m going back to a project I started in 2019. It’s a darker paranormal romance trilogy that ties into the Underground Encounters series. It will be fun to go from a lighter series back to one that’s dark and steamy.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Your first draft can be messy. Mine are downright hideous with loads of question marks and comments to myself. That’s what I tackle during revisions.

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

I like nothing more than to give people a few minutes to escape reality for a little while.

 

Thank you Lisa Carlisle for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest series, Salem Supernaturals today!

~Synopsis~

A witch without magic. A vampire without a cause.

And a mysterious death that brings them under the same roof.

When I learn I’ve inherited a house in Salem, I’m sure it’s a mistake.

Besides, I have zero desire to return to a town where I’m an outcast.

The surprises continue when I meet my tenants, including a broody vampire and a foodie wolf shifter.

But I’m only staying around long enough to sell my long lost aunt’s house.

Even when they convince me to go to a Halloween ball.

Even when I agree to pretend to be the vampire’s girlfriend.

Even when I discover his softer and oh-so-sexier side.

Because a witch without magic in Salem makes as much sense as a pig with wings. And I’ve never seen one fly.

Lisa Carlisle is a USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal romance and suspense. She loves to write about wounded, cursed, or misunderstood heroes finding their happily ever afters. They may be shifters, vampires, witches, gargoyles, or even military, first responders, and rockstars! She especially loves stories with fated mates and forbidden love, second chances, and enemies-to-lovers romance.

Her travels have provided her with inspiration for various settings in her novels. She deployed to Okinawa, Japan, while in the Marines, backpacked alone through Europe, lived in Paris, and now lives in New England with her husband, two kids, two crazy cats, and too many fish.

Website: lisacarlislebooks.com

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Interview with an Author Featuring Ravin Tija Maurice

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ravin Tija Maurice! Her book, Prophecy Girl: Camille Bishop, Book 1 is now available on audiobook.

How long have you been writing?

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing! But the real passion for it started in early elementary school when I realized that I could make the story and decide what happens. That appealed to me a lot.

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically I get a hot beverage, either tea or coffee, and some music together then sit down and do something to clear my thoughts. Recently I have been using a random notebook as a place to dump all the other thoughts before I start working on a project. I have to say it’s incredibly helpful

 Then I sit and write, I try to pace myself but sometimes I can go for hours without stopping. And before I know it I have to stop and cool dinner.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

From a variety of places. I watch a lot of TV and movies and get lots of inspiration from there. Same with reading and books. I also love hearing what other authors are working on, I get inspired by the passion. Lately I have been reading a lot of comics and graphic novels, I find the pacing and format very inspiring.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

That’s a tough one! But I do love Olivia from my Afflicted trilogy, the vampire with no tongue. Trying to figure out how she would operate in the world was really interesting and I had lots of fun learning about her. I also liked writing Lilly Darling, a character who comes up in Believer, my second Camille Bishop novel, in part because she made me laugh out loud. That’s rare!

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

Another great question! I am dealing with this now, the project I am currently working on is more of a psychological thriller and the main character has survived A LOT. I have really had to separate myself while working on it because living in her head space is a lot to deal with emotionally. 

The emotional impact is important I think because if I felt it, then hopefully the reader did too and that’s very important to me. And I have to give them space, especially when I am done writing, to mourn them in a sense. But time to make peace and move on.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Right now I have a few. Sin Eater by Megan Campisi the graphic novel Rat Queens.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I think it’s really important to try to just do a little better than you did previously, and that’s what I want to do with the series. Make sure I tell a complete story in one book but tie them together, and hopefully they just keep getting better.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Caring, loyal, trustworthy

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just keep swimming. Even when you feel like you can’t, this isn’t about anyone but you. You need to share your story with the world in the way only you can. Keep going. Everything can be fixed in edits.

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

That they come from a place of wanting to tell great stories, and wanting to make great memorable characters.

 

Thank you Ravin Tija Maurice for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her audiobook release, Prophecy Girl today!

~Synopsis~

I never thought my life could get any weirder, then Jane Lowry came into my office.

It seemed like a straightforward paternity case; something simple for my first solo assignment as a private investigator. Everyone has secrets. Jane Lowry’s would lead me down a path that would completely change my life. I knew the world was full of crazy things, but nothing would prepare me for how crazy it would get.

Ravin Tija Maurice lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with her husband and daughter.

Her books span several time periods and feature a diverse cast of characters, all with a paranormal twist. She loves to binge watch television, has a large collection of stuffed animals and is a bit of a history geek.

A lifelong writer, she is constantly trying to find ways to grow and learn new skills to improve her craft.

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PROPHECY GIRL AUDIOBOOK; 

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Real Talk with Laura, The Literary Vixen

Real talk. 

Depression is real. It’s ugly and no one ever wants to talk about it. This blog post is going to be different from my usual reviews or spotlights.

I’ve suffered from depression for years. Neither my family or I recognized the symptoms at first. When I was in high school, I was able to see someone. Her name was Teri and she made me feel at ease. I could talk to her about things and I felt safe in that space.

Fast forward to today. I’ve dealt with a lot in my life. Most recently, the loss of my father. There’s also past trauma I’m working through that includes abuse, anxiety, and depression. I don’t talk about it. I usually keep to myself. I’ve been condition good think no one cares. 

You may have noticed that I haven’t had much content lately. To be honest, the past three to two weeks, I was in a huge depression state. It hit me hard. I tried to function but I really couldn’t.

I am fortunate to have a small circle of support. 

A few ways to help a friend who is suffering from depression is, let them know you’re there. Send memes. Maybe order them dinner. 

Some things NOT to do. Tell them to quit being sad or say there are others worse off. 

It took a lot for me to share this. I hope this helps anyone who is going through depression. You’re not alone. You matter. 

If you’re waiting on a review or response, please know that it’s coming. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 


Interview with an Author Featuring Erin Fulmer

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Erin Fulmer! Her newest release, Cambion’s Law released on November 9th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember! My mom is a novelist too so I started emulating her early, and she would write down stories I dictated. I even used to beta read for her! As an adult, I spent a lot of time in fandom spaces and honed my writing skills there. I started to get serious about writing my original work in my thirties. CAMBION’S LAW was the first full-length novel I finished and revised for publication. I started it during NaNoWriMo 2015 so it took six years to get it from first draft to publication.

Describe a typical writing day.

I still have a day job so I do most of my writing after dinner, from about 7pm to 10pm. I start by reading over what I worked on during my last session and doing some light editing. Then I open Twitter…Kidding! (Well, half-kidding.) A typical writing day yields 500-2000 words. I’m not a particularly fast writer. I’m a perfectionist and want to get it right, so I have to battle back my inner editor to get the words out. At 10pm I stop and then my spouse and I watch TV together to unwind.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I get inspiration from a lot of places—media I love, my own life experiences, things I want to see more of as a reader, what if questions, and personal obsessions or interests. Every book I’ve written so far blends all of those aspects together, and then as I work on it, it becomes something of its own. I like to play with tropes but I also like to introduce aspects I don’t get to see a lot. For instance, CAMBION’S LAW uses a lot of urban fantasy and romance tropes, but it really focuses on consent and explicit negotiation in its romance plot because that was something I wanted to see more often. I also flipped the usual paranormal romance trope of having the human heroine falling for a powerful supernatural creature. In CAMBION’S LAW the protagonist is the powerful supernatural creature in the relationship. That was also inspired by something that always bothered me about some classic media in the genre—I’m thinking BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, for instance, where the powerful heroine doesn’t get to have a healthy relationship because her power intimidates human men. I don’t love the implications of that so I created a romance where the love interest appreciates the heroine’s power and isn’t intimidated by it.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

My favorite character in CAMBION’S LAW is actually Lily’s best friend, Daniela (Danny) Rios. Lily can take herself too seriously and drown herself in self-loathing, but Danny keeps her grounded with tough love and provides a lot of humor. I love writing them together because of the way they play off each other—I never get blocked when it’s a Danny scene! Danny’s character owes a lot to the close friends and queer support systems in my own life, the people who accept me for exactly who I am. That’s the kind of relationship that is incredibly healing when you weren’t taught how to love yourself properly.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

Sometimes I close my eyes and try to envision the scene as if it were playing out on film. I try to hone in on the sensory details and feel the emotions in my body because those help me drop into the experience of it. I listen to music and make playlists for every book, too, and that helps, but I can’t listen to music while I’m actually writing. So I’ll listen when I’m out and about in the car or doing other things to get myself in the right emotional headspace for a later writing session. A lot of times that will spark inspiration.

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

Curious, perfectionist, introverted.

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

I do tend to write books that touch on trauma and recovery so at times I have to take breaks from writing pivotal scenes if something is emotionally tough—sometimes that bleeds over into avoidance, at which point I just have to throw myself into it. I have an excellent therapist and she’s taught me a lot of grounding techniques that really help. My spouse is an amazing support and often notices that something is “off” before I do, so I usually talk it over with him and share what part of my work has me feeling that way. I also do a lot of journaling—writing is usually the way I process things, one way or another.

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

I just finished the manuscript for Cambion Book 2 and sent it out to beta readers and my editor, so I probably should be taking a break. Instead, I started drafting a contemporary fantasy that’s about toxic family legacies, small towns, and coming home to a place you never belonged in the first place. Also it’s gay, fae, and involves the Wood Wide Web, parallel worlds, and climate change. Basically, what I said above about writing my obsessions and mixing elements applies here, too.

What advice would you give to other authors?

You’ll never please every reader and publishing trends change all the time, so write what keeps the fires lit in your own heart. Practice the skill of receiving feedback and critique—authors are sensitive creatures, but as solitary as writing can seem, it takes many people and many eyes to get a book publication-ready. Find community with other writers, because they will support and sustain you when you’re losing faith in your abilities. Learn to promote yourself and your work—it can feel unnatural and awkward at first but it makes a huge difference and is a necessity in today’s industry. You will always be your work’s best champion and advocate and marketing is just another skill to nurture.

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

I love genre fiction as a reader and that’s what I write. I don’t shy away from tough topics but ultimately I write from a place of hope, so you won’t get grimdark from me even when I tread in darker waters. My books will always feature bi/queer rep and I do not bury my gays. My foremost goal is to tell a good story and keep you turning pages—hopefully leaving you with a smile on your face.

 

 

Thank you Erin Fulmer for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Cambion’s Law today!

~Synopsis~

Lawyer. Demon. Lily Knight is both—half-human, half-succubus, and utterly dangerous.

Lily protects her secret and the safety of those around her by abstaining from the skin-to-skin contact that would grant her superhuman powers. An ambitious criminal prosecutor, she’s all work and no play, determined to prove herself in the courtroom to atone for the ex-lovers she’s left for dead in her past.

But after a fellow succubus turns up murdered and the police arrest an innocent man, Lily discovers evidence of a supernatural killer stalking the foggy San Francisco streets. And when human justice falls short, she launches an unsanctioned investigation to find the real culprit.

To stop the killer, she must embrace the full power of her heritage and risk the soul of the handsome suspect she can’t help but fall for. Can Lily face her true nature without losing her humanity—or will she become the monster she fears most of all?

If you love Richelle Mead, Lisa Edmonds, or Seanan McGuire, discover a paranormal mystery series complete with a fierce heroine that will have you begging for the next book!

Erin Fulmer is a public benefits attorney by day, author of urban fantasy and science fiction by night. She lives in sunny Northern California with her husband and two spoiled cat daughters. Through her life’s many unexpected twists and turns, words have always been her element and her escape. When she’s not writing or working, she enjoys hatha yoga, taking pictures of the sky, playing board games with friends, and napping like it’s an Olympic sport.


Join us for readings and live Q & A with Ryan Southwick, author of “Angels Fall”

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Angels Fall (The Z-Tech Chronicles Book 3) by Ryan Southwick is now available!

~Synopsis~

Charlie’s life force is fading. His only hope is an aged martial arts master in the remote reaches of China who, as far as Cappa can tell, doesn’t like him very much.

While Charlie and Cappa are away from Z-Tech, William has been raising an empire of his own — one determined to crush any who interfere with his plans for world domination. Worse, he’s sided with the only other organization who had almost succeeded in erasing Z-Tech from the global market, pitting Anne and her friends in a desperate struggle for survival.

The enemy has the advantage of numbers, but Z-Tech has Zima — a one-person army in her own right. Only time will tell if she’s enough to offset the overwhelming forces set against Z-Tech, and if San Francisco will survive their battle.

https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com/angels-fall

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Of Shadows and Crows (The Blood Assassin Book 1) by Aimee Shaye – New Release

Of Shadows and Crows (The Blood Assassin Book 1) by Aimee Shaye is now available!

~Synopsis~

To be a Sister of the Assembly is a birthright, but to be an elite assassin is a legacy.

Bria Allen is not an ordinary vampire. She is a Sister of the Assembly of Shadows, a coven of vampire assassins who hunt rogue vampires and leave the crows to feast on their dead bodies. It is Bria’s dream to become an elite assassin and walk in her parents’ shoes. Until one day, she discovers the truth.

The Assembly of Shadows isn’t what it seems.

Sava Herstoj, High Priest of the Assembly of Shadows, is the real rogue vampire. He has been plaguing the minds of assassins for years, trying to create a world where humans are mindless thralls and ritualistic sacrifices, instead of living in harmony.

It becomes Bria’s personal mission to stop him at all costs and face the hardest decision of her life: standing up to Sava Herstoj and bringing shame to her family or keeping her secrets to herself. No matter which one she chooses, everyone has something to lose.

Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, and other retailers: https://books2read.com/u/4DR8ke

 


Foul Ball (Espen Emperors Book 5) by Haven Hadley – New Release

Foul Ball (Espen Emperors Book 5) by Haven Hadley is now available!

~Synopsis~

Declan Armitage. The right fielder Espen got in a trade.

A powerful hitter, a hard throw, and an unmatched stolen base percentage. Not expecting to be traded, he was happy to learn where he was headed. If only he didn’t need to find a new place to live. One phone call from his brother and the plan was put into motion.

Brock Richmond was loyal to a fault. When his best friend called and asked if his brother could stay with him, Brock didn’t hesitate. Declan didn’t have a home in Espen and Brock had a spare room.

Brock retired from professional football at the end of last season. All he wanted was peace and quiet, a chance to relax. He pushed his body far enough. A break was needed. And he wanted someone to spend his time with.

He also had to get up the courage to tell everyone the one secret he kept his entire football career—Brock was gay.

Declan had wanted Brock since he was a teenager. Not that it was a possibility with a straight man. Except, Brock wasn’t so straight after all.

Being true to yourself was a tough road. The fear of rejection was very real. The chance that not everyone would accept the decisions you made.

The ball was high in the sky. The line of in or out wasn’t far. Declan had to decide to let it fall foul or make a dive for it.

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Fallen (Starbound Book 1) by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey – My Review

Title: Fallen (Starbound Book 1) *Audiobook*

Author: K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

Release Date: January 29th 2021

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy

Sometimes, even stars must share their light to stop the darkness…

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The dream was always the same. Stars falling from the sky, their dying screams echoing across a bleak canvas. Rosalind never imagined the horrors which plagued her sleepless nights were not dreams, but warnings of an uncertain future. Nor that her visions were shared by another.

Across an ocean, Zeke gazes at the sky each evening, helplessly watching as his beloved stars vanish from sight. Most believe these disappearances to be natural, but as the light of the night sky rapidly fades, Zeke knows in his heart, something far worse is at play.

When this unlikely pair meet, romance sparks under moonlit nights. Little do they know their union will awaken a long-dormant power which seeks to consume all within its grasp. Together, they must discover a way to save the stars, before only darkness remains.

Fallen is a refreshing and unique story about the mystique of the stars we see in the sky and two people’s lives destined to change forever.

I have to start with how much I love Kylie Stewart’s voice! I was ecstatic to see she was the narrator. Her voice truly makes any story come alive. 

The story is very well written. Great characters who are relatable! I highly enjoyed the plot and the many mysterious things happening around and to our main characters. I went from smiling to gasping to tearing up. Good times! 

I highly anticipate the next book!! Well done Miss Bone and Mister Wilkey! 5 stars! 

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