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About theliteraryvixen

My name is Laura and I am a Makeup Junkie, Book Dragon, Blogger, Beta Reader, and PA I’ve always loved both books and makeup. I’m always reading at least two or three books at any given time. Email: theliteraryvixen@gmail.com

Interview with an Author featuring Candace Robinson

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Candace Robinson! Her newest release, The Bone Valley: A Romantic Dark Fantasy released on October 13th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I started actually writing stories in 2016, but I always knew I wanted to write. It was just a matter of actually getting the words down! Sometimes it takes a life-altering even to get someone in gear which was my case.

Describe a typical writing day.

Oh boy! So, I normally do my writing during the week when my daughter is at school and I’m a morning writer by nature. At night, I can edit, but it’s harder for me to try and fish out creative things from inside my brain. When I’m working on a book, my goal is to get a minimum of two thousand words a day down. If there is more than that, then that is a bonus!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

So for my dark fantasy things, I draw a lot of inspiration from old horror movies like Bride of Frankenstein or Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro. And then I love romance so anything from Ten Things I Hate About You to Pride & Prejudice, then merge all these things together in on big witchy cauldron lol.

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

Another toughy but a goody! I have so many but out of my published books, probably Lark from Lyrics & Curses. I just really love her snark and the fact that it’s 80s and she likes all the cool things. Plus, she is just so there for her love interest, Auden—in all the ways he needs.

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

I’m generally okay with fantasy, so I think maybe the hardest scenes I’ve ever had to write was in one of my contemporaries because in Avocado Bliss, it deals with diabetes which my husband has. And in Hearts Are Like Balloons, the MC lost her dad, the same way I did. But even then, I loved writing those because they felt real.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco which I seriously hope to read soon because I loved the first book so much!

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

Here’s where I’m totally bad! I haven’t technically written a direct sequel with the same MC throughout. Most are companion sequels. I take that back because Bride of Glass and Shadowed By Despair did have a same MC, but new MCs were also introduced! However, I would love to write a long series with the MC if I could! So I guess I keep my series fresh by having new MCs.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Anxious. Creative. Nostalgic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

You can’t work with a blank page. So put some words down!

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

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

 

Thank you Candace Robinson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Bone Valley today!

~Synopsis~

An unexpected and addictive NA Stand-Alone Fantasy Romance.

He’s a lover. She’s a thief. A magic like no other will bind them together.

After the death of his parents, Anton Bereza works hard to provide for his younger siblings. Love has never been in the cards for him, especially after desperation forces Anton to sell himself for coin. And he has no idea that, beneath the city of Kedaf, lies a place called the Bone Valley.

When Anton’s jealous client plots against him, he is cursed to spend eternity in a world where all that remains are broken bones. There, Anton meets Nahli Yan—a spirited woman who once tried to steal from him—and his cards begin to change. But as the spark between them ignites, so does their desire to escape. All that stands in their way is the deceitful Queen of the Dead, who is determined to wield her vicious magic to break Anton and Nahli apart. Forever.

Perfect for fans of Kingdom of the Wicked, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The Bone Valley is one delicious romantic fantasy filled with swoon, enemies to lovers, and unique magic that you won’t want to miss!

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

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Interview with an Author featuring Alice Ivinya

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Alice Ivinya! Her newest release, Feathers of Blood (Kingdom of Birds and Beasts Book 2) released on October 6th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I live in Bristol, UK with my husband, toddler and the best dog in the world, Summer.

I work as a small animal vet three days a week for a charity treating the pets of those who would otherwise be unable to afford medical care for their pets. The rest of the time I look after my toddler, or write books when he’s asleep! I also love reading and walking my dog.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. The first books were about a group of kids who ran away and became rulers of all the sharks in the sea. Worryingly they all got married at the age of 12-14 but that was old to my 8 year old self! I wrote my first full length novel at 11. It was about a magician’s apprentice who was bad at magic. Throughout my teenage years I wrote epic fantasy after epic fantasy that my poor parents had to read, even when they went over 200,000 words! As a child I was badly dyslexic and struggled with sentence structure and spelling to the extent that many of my early stories were illegible until I typed them up. It took me much longer than all the other children in my class to both write and type, but I just loved to tell stories and have never been able to stop telling them. Slowly I developed techniques to get around my dyslexia and now it never holds me back. I now have eleven published full length books and seven short stories.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Until six months ago, I would write in my son’s midday nap, but just after he hit two, he stopped sleeping in the day unless it was a quick nap in the car! Now I write in the evenings. This was easier in lock down, as now the world is opening up again, I feel there is a lot competing for my time! I now have Wednesday morning child-free where I try and get a good 2-4k words down!

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

It depends on the book. Normally I know what I want the world to ‘feel’ like and everything stems from there, rather than knowing the ins and outs. Often as the characters discover the world for themselves, I’m also discovering it!

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Hands down Feathers of Snow and Feathers of Blood. SO MUCH FUN! I’m so excited to write the last book in the trilogy!

I also have a book coming called The Widow and the Beast, which is like my pick me up project when I need a break from my bigger books. It is set in the land of faery and is so much fun, it always gets me back into the mood.

What book is currently by your bedside table?

The Fair Queen by Lyndsey Hall, which is excellent.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I do, and I have made some amazing friends! I am especially honoured and excited when they make fan art! Mostly they want me to write faster haha!

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Spellfall by Katherine Roberts until about the age of 12 when I became obsessed with Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and then Brandon Sanderson.

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

Hufflepuff, Divergent, Family.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing! Every book published is a game changer!

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

I really hope my books strengthen people to overcome whatever challenges they face. Plus animals. There will always be animals!

 

Thank you Alice Ivinya for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series, Kingdom of Birds and Beasts today!

~Synopsis~

In Brianna’s new world of ice and snow, the coldest things by far are the eyes of her betrothed…Brianna bears a deadly secret: she’s not the princess she is pretending to be. If the prince finds out, her life will be forfeit and her country plunged into war.But there is more to the icy prince than meets the eye, and Brianna slowly unravels the secrets of his dark past while surviving in a strange culture.However her goodness and wit will only get her so far. Terrifying beasts stalk the border and a murderer is at work in the town. They know the truth of Brianna’s identity and will stop at nothing to destroy all she has fought for.

 Alice lives in Bristol, UK, and has loved fantasy all her life. Her favourite author is Brandon Sanderson. When she’s not off gallivanting in other worlds, you can find her looking after her young son, working as a small animal vet, hanging out with her church family, or walking the best dog in the world with her husband.

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Of Shadow And Ember (The Heirs Of Elaerys Book 1) by Shana Vernon – My Review

Title: Of Shadow And Ember (The Heirs Of Elaerys Book 1)

Author: Shana Vernon

Release Date: September 15th 2021

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Murder. Vengeance. Betrayal.

Fire is in their blood.

Three sisters torn apart by grief, centuries-long war, impossible choices, marriage, and death.

Survival is the only way forward, and to save their kingdom, they must unite with unlikely allies, put aside differences, accept the parts of them they kept hidden deep within, and find their way back to each other.

Or be vanquished by their enemies.

Aish protects the brave.

If you like books by Sarah. J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Laura Thalassa, and Holly Black, you’ll love this adult fae series.

Shana Vernon’s debut into the epic fantasy genre is utterly seamless. Of Shadow and Ember sparkles with energy that grabs you the minute you enter the new world. Bravo!!! Please take a royal bow!

I give this 5 stars!

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


Interview with an Author featuring Dr. Maria DeBlassie

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Dr. Maria DeBlassie! Her novel, Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings released on August 25th 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I love everyday life, corny as it sounds. The magic of a Monday, the quiet bliss of an afternoon cup of tea, the illicit joy of reading late into the night…these are the simple pleasures that make life wonderful. It’s easy to overlook them, get swept up in our to-do lists, but when we pause and take in the beauty around us, we remember to be more than that to-do list. We glean wisdom in the whispering trees and the synchronous happenings that punctuate our day.  We remember to dream. And that kind of ordinary joy is pure magic.

I’m also inspired by the ordinary gothic we encounter regularly, from the vague sense of unease, the uncanny experience, the brush with the supernatural…It happens more than people think and it’s always right in front of us, in our day-in, day-out. So my writing came out of this desire to capture the enchantments and strangeness of daily life.  When we learn to see our lives through this mystical lens, the world suddenly gets much more interesting. Or rather, it was always that interesting—we’re just learning how to see it that way!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

It’s a silly thing, but I can’t really write unless I know my house is clean, the kettle is whistling, and me and my familiar, Smoke, have had a chance to read the tarot. It’s like I need that ritual to settle my mind and get ready for the realm of stories long before I sit at my writing desk.

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

Writing has always been a form of conjuring for me. I write to heal myself. I write to imagine better ways of being in the world. I write to conjure the kind of life I want to live.  So my stories always impact me emotionally—sometimes it’s pure enjoyment in getting an idea out on the page or inspiration in seeing a plot point come together. Sometimes they give me nightmares…which usually end up inspiring my gothic tales. I like to let these feelings wash over me, know that they are part of the process of storytelling and healing. After all, if I don’t feel the ups and downs of a story, if I’m not deeply emotionally invested in how things will turn out, I can’t expect my readers to be!

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

I have written a few books now, starting in creative non-fiction. My first book, Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings, has a special place in my heart because it allowed me to find my voice as a writer and bruja. Practically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living came out of that book as did my fiction. Hungry Business: A Gothic Story about the Horrors of Dating is the first fiction piece I published and the one that gave me the confidence to keep writing stories. Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings helped me work through my own complicated feelings towards my mestiza background and my testy relationship with La Llorona.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Too many to name! I grew up reading the gothic classics like the John Silence series, as well as creepy fairytales, and authors like Teri Windling and Tolkien. I think they set me on the path to writing the sort of gothic fairytales and magical realism that I write today. I also love old pulp books and bodice rippers, mostly for their covers, so they always find their way into my stories!

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I love it when I hear from my readers! Many of them reach out to tell me how my books have helped them work through things in their own life, from finding mystic in the mundane, to their journey into the pagan or witchy worlds, to dealing with their own ancestral hauntings and healing journeys. It’s wonderful to know that I am not alone in looking to stories to heal myself.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Well, it’s Halloween season, so I’m all about the scary stories and gothic romances right now. I’m enjoying G.V. Pearce’s Ghost Story, The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor written by Shaenon K. Garrity and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin. I’m also reading K.J. Charles’s Band Sinister, which is a delightful queer historical romance with a fun gothic novel subplot.

What gave you that push to press the publish button?

I had a moment before I committed to publishing where I was afraid to have my books out in the world—it’s a little scary putting your ideas and imaginings out there like that.  But I knew that my books had real medicine in them and that they would find the right people who needed them. That’s what made me finally publish my books and I haven’t looked back since.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing. Find your creative community. Enjoy the process of learning as you go—its fun and liberating once you silence that inner editor and allow yourself the freedom to explore the wonderful writing world.

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

All my books, in one way or another, are about facing the darkness in order to see the light. They’re about hope and healing and more than a little magic!

 

 

Thank you Dr. Maria DeBlassie for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Weep, Woman, Weep today!

~Synopsis~

A compelling gothic fairytale by bruja and award-winning writer Maria DeBlassie.

The women of Sueño, New Mexico don’t know how to live a life without sorrows. That’s La Llorona’s doing. She roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And there’s not much they can do about the Weeping Woman except to avoid walking along the riverbank at night and to try to keep their sadness in check. That’s what attracts her to them: the pain and heartache that gets passed down from one generation of women to the next.

Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone. She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself. But she survived. Only she didn’t come back quite right and she knows La Llorona won’t be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river.

In a battle for her life, Mercy fights to break the chains of generational trauma and reclaim her soul free from ancestral hauntings by turning to the only things that she knows can save her: plant medicine, pulp books, and the promise of a love so strong not even La Llorona can stop it from happening. What unfolds is a stunning tale of one woman’s journey into magic, healing, and rebirth.

CW: assault, domestic violence, racism, colorism.

Dr. Maria DeBlassie is a native New Mexican mestiza and award-winning writer and educator living in the Land of Enchantment. She writes about everyday magic, ordinary gothic, and all things witchy. When she is not practicing brujeria, she’s teaching classes about bodice rippers, modern mystics, and things that go bump in the night. She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there.

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The Perfect Daughter: A Novel by D.J. Palmer – My Review

Title: The Perfect Daughter: A Novel

Author: D.J. Palmer

Release Date: April 20th 2021

Genre: Psychological Thrillers

A thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl’s multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband.

Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?
Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

The perfect daughter. Is she fooling them all?

The Perfect Daughter is a total head spin of a read. You never saw the ending coming!

When reading a DJ Palmer book, I can expect a nice twist or turn. Don’t get me wrong, this book did have one but not sure how well it was executed. I wanted to like this book more than I did. The pacing of the story was up and down. I felt it lulled in a lot of places. The story was good but I felt it dragged on a bit longer than it should have. At one point I almost DNF’d but I wanted to see how everything came together and trudged on. I did feel for the characters. The emotional rollercoaster ride everyone was on. The fighting spirit the mom had. Plus the emotions the author made you feel as you read. Who to trust? What actually happened?

As a whole, this is a good read. If you’ve read others by her, you will enjoy this. This one wasn’t one of my favorites but I do look forward to her next release! I give this 3 stars.

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


Interview with an Author featuring Dr. AudreyAnn Moses

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Dr. AudreyAnn Moses! Her book, The Story Of Wade: The Road From Darkness To Redemption (Saved By Grace Series Book 2) released on May 29th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

 I’ve been writing most of my life, however, my first published work was in 2011.

Describe a typical writing day.

 Ha! Ha! My writing happens when I have completed who knows how many other tasks. I try to write in the morning or at night. That is what seems to work best for me.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My father believed that knowledge started in a book. People that do not read, have no desire to advance in knowledge, not even to learn about what’s going on around them every day. As a young child (elementary school), I would check out at least four books from the neighborhood library and finished them all within the two week time period. The librarian knew well enough to have books waiting for me when I came in.

What gave you that push to press the publish button?

I let one of my good friends read some of my writing. She asked me why I have not published my work. I told her I did not think anyone wanted to read my words. She asked me how I would know if I don’t publish. That was in 2016. I published my first know in 2017.

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

 I consider my books to be in the genres of Christian Romance / Drama. If I get stuck sometimes, I pray for help. Somethings I take a break and come back later. Sometimes I listen to music that will put me in the mood for that scene. Fortunately, I don’t write obviously sexy scenes in my books, so I don’t have to worry about getting in the mood for that. :-D.

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

Christian, Intentional, Honest.

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

My books are novels that touch on the issues people have such as family dysfunction, relationship, emotional confusion and identifying their spiritual position, their relationship with God. When I’m writing an extremely emotional scene, it has my feelings and my thoughts in it. People that know me well can here my voice in my books.

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

Yes, I am working on Book 2 in my The Swing Novelettes. I don’t have a name yet. I am also writing Book 2 in my Earl Grey Chronicles. The title (right now) is State of Affairs. My plan is to have State of Affairs to the printer before Christmas. I plan to start pre-sales in November.  I had a struggle in the last couple years because my daughter-in-law died (before COVID – 2018) and I kinda lost my thoughts for a while. It took me a couple years to pull my thoughts together because I kept changing my deadline. Then I had too much on my plate. So, in two years, I wrote 3 chapters.  I’m better now. I’m praying that I don’t miss my November deadline, but if I do they will be available in January.

What advice would you give to other authors?

(1) Write about what you love. (2) If you don’t know a lot about a topic, do your research. Murder happens when you write a book with incorrect “facts”.  (3) Even though you are Indie Authors (Independent) you still have to make deadlines and stick to them. (4) Start advertising early. (5) Take advantage of every class you can that will teach you how to market. Indie authors don’t have the support that brick and mortar publishing companies provide. (6) Hire an Indie publisher to do you back-door stuff such as editing, ISBN, Library of Congress, formatting, connections with the printer etc.…. It is inexpensive and worth a trillion dollars.

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

My books are about issues that everyday families and individuals have to deal with every day. Every family has dysfunction. Every family and every individual in the family has relationship, emotional/mental issues and disconnect with God. My books are novels, not self-help books, however, my books will help readers recognize these issues in themselves. Also, per people that read my book, they are fun to read, keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wishing there was another chapter. This made me want to write more.

 

Thank you Dr. AudreyAnn Moses for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, The Story Of Wade today!

~Synopsis~

“Some become fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities” (Psalms 107:17 NIV)

Wade paced his apartment, waiting for the explosion. Any minute now, they will see who’s in charge. He turned on the television, flip…nothing…flip…nothing…flip…nothing! Maybe he missed a call, so he checked his cellphone. Thumb up…nothing…Thumb down… nothing!
“What is going on? It has been hours. It should have aired by now!!!” The loud voices started laughing – louder! Pounding his head with the palm of his hand, “shut up! Shut Up! SHUT UP! I don’t have time for you right now! I have to figure this out! I have to figure out why it isn’t all over the news.”
Breaking News Headlines…
“NAVY DECORATED LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER IMPRISONED”
“What happened?”
KNOCK…KNOCK…KNOCK…
On the other side of that knock was Wade’s answer.
Wade was arrested for allegedly sending false accusations to the newspaper, falsifying government contract documents and forgery. This time he went to jail for himself. This time there was no one to frame.
The Evil One laughed, “You always thought you were smarter than the average criminal.”
“I’m no criminal! Just shut up!”
The Voices continued, “Gregory tried to tell you, but you were too smart to listen – now look at you, trying to sabotage innocent people and here you are, about to be exposed, naked to the world!”
“Shut up!” yelled Wade, “Just Shut up!”
Wade implicated Joseph McIntosh and Christopher Gregory. Both squealed like little piglets and testified against Wade. Wade begged Antonio to bail him out. When Antonio didn’t, Wade cursed him. He called him all kinds of horrible names that can’t be repeated.
When he was arrested, he was unable to take his medication. Because Wade chose to hide his illness from everyone, his family did not know he was taking medication for a mental illness. By the time his doctor found out Wade had been arrested, he had already experienced several psychotic episodes. Wade’s family was very upset to find out that for years, not only had he been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but he refused to tell them or allow his doctor to disclose any information. However, it explained many bizarre behaviors he explained away, as well as, his overdosing twice because he was using both legal and illegal drugs.
Although Wade was receiving his medication again, while in court, the voices were loud, causing him, on several occasions, to speak out of turn. Antonio asked the bailiff’s permission for he or one of his sisters to sit closer to Wade, hoping that might calm him down. It did.

I am Dr. AudreyAnn Moses. I am a Certified Christian Life Coach and Mental Wellness Counselor. I am the Owner of NeverSayCain’t Christian Life Coach and Consultant and Transition Life Coach 4U. 

I have several passions that  prove to be extremely helpful in my endeavor to help people help themselves.

I believe the whole person is important. I am involved in several community-based programs focusing on personal and professional development. I offer Christian based coaching services for personal, family and groups in areas of transition, self-care, personal growth, substance abuse, loss/grief, relationships and spirituality, with resources available for  support/recovery groups, as well as, professional resources.

I love to teach. I am an experienced speaker, facilitator and program developer for various levels of workshops and seminars.

I love to write, I have written several professional articles on various subject pertaining to personal growth and transition. I have also published several novels which can be found on Amazon or by contacting me.

    1. “The Story of Wade…The Road From Darkness To Redemption. May 2020. (Book 2 of the “Saved By Grace Series”)
    2. “Saved by Grace: Walking through life’s afflictions into God’s Deliverance.” 2017. (Book 1 of the “Saved By Grace Series”)
    3. “Uninvited Memories” 2018 (Book 1 of  “Earl Grey Chronicles”
    4. “The Swing” 2018 (Book 1 of “The Swing Novelettes)
    5. “Lesson from Grandmother’s Lap, 2018
    6. “RITES OF PASSAGE: Does It Give American Black Youth the “Right to Pass?”. (2010).

My hobbies are almost anything. It if brings me and my family joy, relaxation and adventure, I’m ready … especially if it involves traveling, cooking and/or gardening.

My husband, Leonard, and I currently live in the quaint rural community of Cokesbury in Hodges, SC. We have four adult children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson which I feel more than qualifies me to write stories of Christian family dysfunction, love and devotion to each other and to God.


To learn more about me please review my website and social media sites here: https://linktr.ee/neversaycaint 

 www.transitionlifecoach4u.com.

To book a coaching session, workshop or speaking engagement contact me on my website or email me at neversaycaint@yahoo.com 

For book tours, readings, signings, to order books or just to see what’s happening in the world of AudreyAnn’s Books you can check out my website or email me at audreyannsbooks@yahoo.com

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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*