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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

When the Wind Chimes by Mary Ting – My Review

Title: When the Wind Chimes

Author: Mary Ting

Release Date: November 16th 2020

Genre: Holiday Fiction

SOMETIMES ANGELS COME IN HUMAN FORM.

Kaitlyn Summers is heartbroken.

When she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with her family on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she feels it may be the perfect medicine.

She throws herself into helping her sister’s struggling art gallery, even taking a temporary job for extra money by looking after a little girl from her nephew’s school. She also begins to paint again, something she’s been unable to do since her breakup. It’s tempting to stay on Kauai, but she has obligations back in Los Angeles.

Life gets more complicated when circumstances keep putting her close to Leonardo Medici. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a local celebrity. But Kaitlyn can’t shake the feeling he’s hiding something.

Should she believe the rumors that he’s romancing half the island’s single women?

Or is the random sound of wind chimes when he’s close-by a sign that an angel is near and the secret to her happily ever after?

A delightful story of family and the love that binds them. 

This story is lovely. It has all the feel good moments and will have you smiling all the way through. The story has great pacing and ever greater characters! I love the wittiness and playfulness the characters have with each other. I also love where the story is set in. I imagine beautiful landscapes! *sighs dreamily* Most importantly, the close bond between the families. 

This is my first Mary Ting book and it won’t be my last! If you love romances that make you happy and feel good, this book is for YOU! Get cozy with it today! I give this 5 stars.

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

 


And The Creek Don’t Rise by R. M. Gilmore – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: And The Creek Don’t Rise

Author: R. M. Gilmore

Release Date: November 24th 2020

Genre: Fantasy

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

Waking up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most.

If only to keep them alive.When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

The thing with fate or destiny is you can’t change it. What is meant to be will be. Lynnie Reynolds had to learn the hard way. There’s a lot she must endure but in the end, she is a warrior.

The story has a peculiar and interesting take on fae and shifter. The author has added her own twist on fae/shifter folklore and created a world where magic does exist. Secretly but it does exist. I appreciated the little details she added such as the language of magic spoken and names of the other world. The characters were quite entertaining! Mama Lee was one of my favorites. I like the fact that Lynnie had to figure stuff out on her own. Learn as you go. Her choices had consequences. Some of the sayings had me laughing! There were some I hadn’t heard before. I even shed some tears at some heartfelt and crushing moments. Ah good times. 

This is a pretty good read. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. If you’re wanting a different take on fae, magic and shifters, check this book out. I give this 4 stars.

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


Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2) by E.E. Knight – My Review

Title: Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2)

Author: E.E. Knight

Release Date: November 17th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Dragons

As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.

Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after she’s attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.

Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.

Adventurous. Fantastical.

Daughter of the Serpentine is book two in the Dragoneer Academy series. Ileth is now an apprentice. She still is proving herself to everyone there. She isn’t afraid to work hard. Her dream is to be a dragoneer with her own dragon. A lot of obstacles are thrown her way, along with political matters. Ileth must make choices and hope she is doing the right thing.

I was excited to read more about Ileth! She is a survivor and I wanted to know what adventures she would find herself on in book two. The pacing of the story is slow. I had to start and stop numerous times. I struggled through most of the beginning of the book. I felt a lot of the scenes and information were more filler than actually advancing the plot and could have been left out. The story picks up around 60% and I am there for it! There is action and dragons! A bit of romance and of course, some sort of betrayal. I find it interesting how Ileth always seems to find herself in certain situations and always ready for adventure. A brave one she is! 

As a whole, this book is entertaining and a wonderful follow up to the first book. The book is well written and I love the world building along with the characters. Oh and DRAGONS!! I can’t wait for the next adventure Ileth will have! I give this 4 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Sonya Jesus

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Sonya Jesus! Author of Thirty-One Kisses: New Adult Romantic Thriller (Beneventi Family) and her newly released book, Shook which released on September 30th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I started off writing poetry in my pre-teen years, ventured into songwriting, and then expanded into novels. In 2006, I wrote my first full length (which has not been published yet). Eleven years later, I published the Knights Series. There’s about fifteen books in between, which will one day come to the public. It took me a long time to get the courage to publish. My friend, Cam Johns, showed me the ropes.

Describe a typical writing day.

I get my best writing down in the mornings. When I start my day, I sit at my desk in silence and do some morning pages, where I write down every thought that pops into my head for one or two pages. This is the brain dump to get the real world down on paper. After, I do my writing warm-ups (these often lead to some of my favorite chapters in books). Then I get into the fictional world of whatever project I am working on.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Oh, good question. It’s different for each one. Like for The Bullet Theory, it started with those three words and a theory. I sat with the idea for a few months before Nolan Mills and Eleanor Devero formed in my mind. For Brutal and Raw, I wanted to do a Mafia book and add psychological elements to it. The point was to be dark; I didn’t intend for it to come out quite so dark. But I love it. It’s emotional, twisted, and touches on some horrible things that happen in the world.

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

HAWK! Because his profile captures the evolution of a stalker into a serial killer. He’s the ultimate bad guy: manipulative, cute, secretive. You don’t see it coming. To be honest, I really enjoy writing my villains. Their desires drive my plots. The love comes in between.

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

 My favorite scenes are the emotional ones. This is where I connect to my characters at a cellular level. I feel their pain, their loss, their hate. I get so wrapped up in their world that it usually ends up with a lot of empty tissue boxes in the real world. Aside from some unreleased books (the tear jerkers I have saved for a later time), “Brutal and Raw” made me cry the most. It’s probably why book two has taken me awhile to write. It’s dark and devastating.

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

Unicorn, Strong, and Stubborn.

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

The suspense… But it takes me a bit to think of innovating twists (those are my thing). Unless it’s on purpose and essential to the plot, I try not create characters with similar characteristics and back stories. I rather have characters cross over between seires. To me, my characters all exist in the same world at the same time. So, for example, Kelsie from “31 Kisses” crosses over into “Six Deadly Steps”. Dr. Nolan Mills hints about Breaker’s world in “The Bullet Theory”. You don’t need to read these books to enjoy the story, but it helps me keep my characters fresh on my mind.

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

Hmm. TZE. Is all I can say for now. The second instalment to Dr. Nolan Mills.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t get bogged down with social media and stop comparing yourself to other authors. It holds you back.

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

That I appreciate the people who read my books and/or follow me online. I check in often and love to get to know new readers

Thank you Sonya Jesus for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Thirty-One Kisses today!

~Synopsis~

Kelsie Salvatore
After his right-hand man, my father, was murdered, Costa Beneventi took me in and adopted me. He gave me a home when my life was falling apart and promised me vengeance when my heart was breaking. I’m not the little mafia princess my dad raised anymore. I’m the assassin the Beneventis created. The mafia might have saved my life, but it sacrificed my heart. With every life I take, there’s a little less of me left… The only thing keeping me from losing all of myself is #31 on the Beneventi hit list.

Hayden Masters
The Beneventi family killed my mother in front of me, put a hit on us and savagely killed my father, incriminating me. They orphaned me, tore me away from my life, and forced me into an endless lifetime of pretending to be everything I’m not. After all the fake identities and countless friends I never made, I’ve finally set down roots. Now, I’ve grown attached to this new life—to these new people—but I messed up. As long as I have the one thing that can bring the Beneventis down and clear my father’s name, no one is safe around me, especially not the girl I have fallen for.

Sonya’s a science nerd who decided to give into her creative fictional side in order to balance out the non-fictional scientific side of her PhD. She doesn´t have much free time, but she spends it enjoying her family and friends, watching Netflix and playing with her dogs.

Website: https://www.sonyajesusbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSonyaJesus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sonya_Jesus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorsonyajesus/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17177935.Sonya_Jesus

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sonya-jesus

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The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund – My Review

Title: The Sky Above Us

Author: Natalie Lund

Release Date: April 13th 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

From the author of We Speak in Storms comes a twisty, psychological thriller about three friends searching for the truth in the aftermath of a plane crash.

The morning after their senior year beach party, Izzy, Cass, and Janie are woken by a thundering overhead. Then they and their classmates watch in shock as a plane crashes into the water. When the passengers are finally recovered, they are identified as Izzy’s twin brother, Israel, Cass’s ex-boyfriend, Shane, and Janie’s best friend, Nate. But Izzy can feel when her brother is in pain, and she knows he’s not really dead. So she, Cass, and Janie set out to discover what actually happened that day–and why the boys were on the plane.

Told in alternating timelines and points of view, this powerful and captivating novel follows the three boys in the weeks leading up to that fateful flight, and the girls they left behind as they try to piece together the truth about the boys they loved and thought they knew. A spellbinding story about the ripple effects of tragedy, the questions we leave unanswered, and the enduring power of friendship.

Loss. Grief. 

It’s never easy losing a loved one. The pain that comes from the emptiness you feel, is very hard to bear. Three deaths. No answers.

I was not expecting such a heavy story. I didn’t feel like this story was a thriller. A lot happens within each person’s life and we get a peek into what each person is dealing with. The choices they make/made and how they affected everyone around them. Mental illness is mentioned and I liked that. Too many shy away from that topic but it is a real thing affecting many people every day. While I enjoyed the story, I felt like there was too much going on. Too many characters. I didn’t connect with many of them. 

This is a good YA story and while I expected a thriller, I got a different kind of story and I enjoyed it. This is my first Natalie Lund book and I enjoyed her writing. I will look for more works by her. I give this 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring M.K. Moore

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is M.K. Moore! Her book, Trolled (Internet Famous Collection Book 8) released on September 30th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

3 years!

Describe a typical writing day.

Every day is a writing day. I try to write at least one chapter per day, weekends I can get more done but during the week I have two full time jobs!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life. Love is everywhere, you just have to be open to it!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who?

And what makes them so special. Trista from Madame President. She was a bad b*tch!

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

I have to take frequent breaks. I watch The Office on repeat!

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Pride and Prejudice. It’s my yearly re-read.

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

For my readers, I hope I am giving them a different kind of love story. For myself, I write other books in between so I don’t get burnt out!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Fun. Shy. Loud. (I know those are contradictory, but it’s true, once you get to know me, I’m loud as hell)

What advice would you give to other authors?

Be true to yourself. Don’t try to write what sells unless that speaks to you.

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

I love writing and I have lots of books to choose from!

 

Thank you M.K. Moore for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Trolled today!

~Synopsis~

Jensen
Getting trolled is usually a bad thing, but when she does it, I want more.
Moreover, I want her, whoever she is, to belong to me.
Suddenly, she’s at my house and it’s game over.
She makes me feel like permanent God Mode has been activated. She’s younger, wiser, gorgeous and she’s all mine. I’ll never give her up.

Jessica
Trolling him just kind of happened. I didn’t mean to do it, I swear. He looked so good as I watched him play my favorite games, it was easy to fall in love with the idea of him. Now that I actually know him? It’s a million times easier. He’s older, wiser, tattooed, bearded, and he’s all mine. I’ll never give him up.

Gaming nerds unite in this player vs player safe and sexy romance by M.K. Moore. This is a modern retelling of Snow White. Buckle up, this isn’t your typical fairytale. This book is part of the Internet Famous Collection.

MK is married to the love of her life. She lives in Tennessee with her husband.  She is an avid reader and loves telling steamy stories she deems filthy contemporary.  She loves meeting readers, so come hang out with her!

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/authorMKMoore

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B0745G4CJ4

TWITTER: @smutyourmouth

BOOKBUB: http://www.bookbub.com/profile/mk-moore

INSTAGRAM: mkmoore0320

Email: mkmoore032010@gmail.com

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/KLMKGPR/


Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles #1 by J.M. Sullivan – My Review

Title: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles #1

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Release Date: March 20th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Alice Carroll hardly remembers life before the plague. When the undead first crawled from their graves, it was like a nightmare. When they killed her mother, the nightmare became shockingly real. Now her sister Dinah has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ virus and without a cure, soon she’ll be worse than dead.

She’ll be Momerath.

To save her sister, Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath territory in search of an antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with a cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous Momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.

Alice is a fabulous twist on a classic we all love. One of my favorite things about this book is that its set in Arizona! Ah its the little things. The story is both entertaining and unique with some really great characters. I didn’t like all of them. You’ll know why once you read the book. Going in I wasn’t sure what to expect, seeing as the author put a dystopian twist on a classic. It totally worked and blew my mind! Theres also a ton of scenes that will get your pulse racing! Danger, suspense and action oh my! The twists that were revealed gave me the chills. I did not see any of that coming! 

This is a wonderful read from beginning to end. Did I binge read this book? Yes I did. Its that good! I can’t wait to read the next one. I give this 5 stars!

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


Broken Glass (The Wanderland Chronicles Book 2) by J.M. Sullivan – My Review

Title: Broken Glass (The Wanderland Chronicles Book 2)

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Release Date: March 20th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

The scariest thing about Wanderland isn’t death–it’s the Momerath.

And now Dinah is one of them.

***

Alice Carroll has spent the better part of her life avoiding Wanderland–and the Momerath–at all costs. But now with her sister gone, Alice has only one place to go.

Back to Wanderland.

Armed with only her blade and a raging vendetta against the traitorous Red Queen, Alice storms the undead wasteland to find Dinah and atone for her mistakes. But with relentless Momerath and a ruthless Queen encroaching, will Alice’s determination be enough? Or will she fall down a new rabbit hole searching for revenge?

Broken Glass picks up right where book one ended. The worst has happened and Alice feels responsible. She wants to fix it but there is much more at stake. 

I love Chess! We needed him! I had to mention that before I moved forward with my review. Alice has been through so much. I like how she wants to do the right thing and still has hope in a world that is filled with betrayal and danger. Some new characters are introduced and there’s one I don’t care for. Maybe that will change with the next book. Maybe. So much adventure. More truths revealed. The suspense and action scenes had me gripping my kindle hard. My heart was definitely racing! That ending….had me saying wow. I definitely need the next book NOW!!

Delightful read all the way through! Another fab binge read! This series will have you hooked. I love the authors storytelling and will be diving into the next book soon! I give this 5 stars.

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


The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3 by J.M. Sullivan – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Release Date: November 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

When Alice defeated the Red Queen, she thought the worst was over.

Until the Grey Queen rose.

Ever since her sister, Dinah, contracted the momerath virus, Alice Carroll’s world has been twisted upside down. Spurred by a desperate determination to save her sister, Alice has braved every peril Wanderland has to offer–rogue momerath, hostile survivors, and treacherous queens. But now, there is a new threat creeping in on Alice, one that leaves her facing an impossible choice.
Does she follow her heart and save her sister, or abandon her to save the world?

It’s so hard to say goodbye….

The conclusion of this wonderful series has me all in my feels. These characters and I have been through so much! Sigh. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I NEEDED to know how it ends but on the other hand, I didn’t want it to end. This book is highly emotional. While I loved it, there were certain things that happened that made me yell out loud. Did I curse the author? Yes. Yes I did. She knows why! The story is a rollercoaster ride of danger, action and suspense. It will have you on the edge of your seat and also have you reaching for tissues! This series is a must read and I highly recommend it. What a ride! Thank you Miss Sullivan for writing this amazing series. I give this 5 stars!

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


After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy – My Review

Title: After All I’ve Done: A Novel

Author: Mina Hardy

Release Date: November 10th 2020

Genre: Psychological Thrillers

Writing as Mina Hardy, New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart delivers a thrilling new psychological suspense for fans of The Woman in the Window and When the Lights Go Out.

She’s lost her best friend, her husband–and possibly, her mind.

Five months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing a few months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night–and how Cole might be connected. Worse, it seems everyone else could be involved, too.

Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable–and do the unforgivable.

After All I’ve Done is a fast paced thriller that will have your heart racing and rapidly turning those pages! 

Right from the start, the story had me in its clutches. It didn’t let go till the very end. This book is one crazy ride and I was there for it! There are many questions about what had happened to Diana. As the story went on, I found myself not liking any of the characters. They were all bad people and some were more irritating than others. This might be weird to say but it didn’t take away from the story. In fact, it enhanced the story and the mystery in solving what happened that night. Towards the end, there was an urgency to find out how all the pieces fit and boy was I surprised! That was one twist I did not see coming. Very nice Miss Hardy. 

This is a fantastic and thrilling read! It’s entertaining and an ending you won’t see coming. I can promise you that. The cover is very eye catching and pretty. I know this author is using a different pen name and I hope she continues to write more of these types of books. I look forward to reading more by Miss Hardy. I give this 5 stars.

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