Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring Ericka Shanniak

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ericka Shanniak! Her book, Opening Danger: Dangerous Ties Book 1 – Paranormal Romance released on October 31st 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a junior in high-school back in 2008, haha. After I had both my kiddos, I decided to take the leap of faith and write my first ever book Piercing Jordie (formerly Jordie In Charge) and sent it to a small press publisher. She accepted me, the book (it needed a lot of work) and invested in me. If it wasn’t for her, for Teresa, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I owe her everything. I’ve since paid her back for the series and got my publishing rights back. We stay in touch.

Describe a typical writing day.

Oh goodness, I write when I have a moment. I will write on the toilet taking a poop, feeding the chickens, out fishing, I will even wake from a dead sleep and write about a scene that came to me. But usually, since I work in 911 dispatch, I will write when things are uneventful and I can squeeze it in. Writing at home with kids is hard.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

From everyday living like from an encounter with someone at the grocery store, messages or emails, or phone calls I take in dispatch. For example, back in June of this year, I got a call from a guy looking for his booty call who was a no show. I said sorry I’m not it, but please feel free to use protection and call back when you have an emergency since we’re here to assist. The guy called back 15 minutes later and asked if I wanted to be his booty call… I’m damn serious… So, things like that give me inspiration for characters then I just add in whatever like magic or sexy wolves and voila, I pulled a book outta my butt because I literally pants the entire thing.

What gave you that push to press the publish button?

My former small press publisher, Teresa, said I was a dang good writer and she believed in me. Her believing in me, gave me the confidence I never had. And it means everything to me. So, her taking me under her wing and guiding me gave me the courage to just go for it. Teresa is an amazing woman.

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

Well… If it’s a sex scene, I go to my husband for a quickie just to make sure what I wanna do works bahaha! And if it’s something else, I just tap into that part of my memories I repressed as a kid (I had a hard childhood) and just go into what I felt during that moment and write it. It takes me a few days after writing a scene that’s so draining to get back into the groove and feel like myself again. My husband has to help me come down from those emotions because I will spiral like I did in Uplifting Irie. I went too far deep and he had to pull me out. I later deleted a lot of what I wrote because I went too dark. My husband is an amazing man.

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

Direct, humorous, and unapologetic.

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

First, I shake off the nerves. Then I take a shot and shake off the rest of the nerves. I pump myself up and tell myself that I got this and whatever I am writing is not real (if it deals with my trauma because I got to remind myself that I’m okay and safe). Then I just plunge right in, get it written then tell my editor Tiffany what page and what chapter might need some TLC if I go too far deep into that.

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

I just wrapped up my second book to my Alien RH series. It’s the 30th book I’ve written. I just sent it to my amazing editor Tiffany Purdon. Next I will be working on a contemporary mafia romance set in my small town of Coldwater Kansas. (I changed the name to Coldriver) but I kept the people and their jobs the same, just changed a few vowels of their names. And at the same time, I will be working on a new fantasy romance series. I have no idea where I’m going with that one yet. I am a pantser.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t read reviews. Just work on putting the next book out there and make it better than the last. Don’t get discouraged, easier said than done, I get it, but keep grinding. If you’re going to spend money on an edit, do developmental because with your friends and writing tools, you can do a pretty good line edit yourself but you’re too close to the story to figure out if there’s a plot hole. And get yourself a funny, honest, sarcastic friend to read your book, their advice is helpful whereas everyone else will just be like “it’s good.”

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

Golly… I want people to know that I try my best. I do my best to put out fun, entertaining and unique books with diverse characters. If you pick up one of my books and like it, badass, and if you read it and are like eww, then badass. But I want ya to know that I did my best and stayed true to myself. I have no reeegurtz lol.

 

Thank you Ericka Shanniak for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Opening Danger today!

~Synopsis~

I wanted the quiet life – coffee on the front porch reading a good book – kind of life. And when it came to danger, or any type of confrontation, whether from former boyfriends or nasty pink faeries, I tried to avoid it. This time though? I couldn’t escape it. I’m being dragged toward danger by a handsome, jerk of a werewolf who calls himself Evander.

It doesn’t matter what I say to Evander, what I have or haven’t done, it only matters what I have in my possession – a key. And because this stupid hunk of metal, my death awaits me.

In order to bring an end to this bullshit, I must convince Evander to help me. With his help, I can absolve my name. If not, then death for me is certain.

Opening Danger is an enemy to lovers slow burn paranormal romance where descsex is guaranteed in books 2 & 3.
*** WARNING – this book contains scenes and language that some readers may find disturbing and or triggering. ***

E.A. (Ericka Ashlee) Shanniak is the author of several successful series – A Castre World Novel – Whitman Series Western Romance – Dangerous Ties Series. She is hobbit-sized, barely reaching over five feet tall on a good day. When she wears her Ariat boots, not only does she gain an inch, she is then able to reach the kitchen cabinets to get all the snacks. When not in her fox den for a few hours (writing cave), Ericka loves to spend time with her family – outside having campfires, fishing, camping, or zooming in a car to another midwest adventure. Ericka loves all the animals her kids bring home including numerous barn cats and their newfound bantam chicken named Strip.

Ericka is an emergency 911 dispatcher (used to do medical billing) residing in the small town of Coldwater, Kansas with her supportive, wonderful husband, two amazingly loving kids, and whatever animals her kids bring home this week. So far, it has been her husband who decided she needed ducks. You’re welcome to follow her on her Kansas adventures with these social media platforms listed below.

FACEBOOK

AMAZON

INSTAGRAM

TIK-TOK

or at her Facebook group – Shanniak Shenanigans

Website: http://www.eashanniak.com/

email: erickashanniak@gmail.com

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Interview with an Author featuring Billie Jade Kermack

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Billie Jade Kermack! Her debut book, Awoken: A Paranormal Romance Murder Mystery Book One release on January 3rd 2016.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Some of my earliest memories are of reading, devouring anything and everything that I could get my hands on. I created poems and stories of my own over the years but it wasn’t until I was about 13 when I realised I could actually do what all the authors I loved had done. I had a fantastic teacher at school who encouraged me to pursue my dreams.

What about the genre you currently write in, interests you most?

So my first completed trilogy are paranormal romances with a murder mystery twist. I am a massive horror fan and have always been fascinated with the supernatural. It gave me the opportunity to explore a world that has far more questions than answers, it offered me a freedom of sorts to create a fictional world based on my ideas without too much intrusion from real life. My current book for release is friends-lovers romance with a non-traditional HEA, I’ve loved lending my own brand of humour to the story with this one, as it is intended for a more adult audience than my first series I have been able to play with the characters a little more freely.

Haunted house or corn maze?

Haunted house every day of the week.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

When I say all the time it is an understatement. For me my imagination plans out an idea as though it is fluid. I have no idea where it is going until I get there, which is part of the fun. I do have an off switch, that little voice in my head that screams at me if I go too far down the wrong current with an idea that maybe isn’t right for my audience or maybe it’s a decision that doesn’t fit the characters personality. Life has a tendency to bleed into fiction so my writing can change with my mood.

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

My favourite character that I have created is the villain in my paranormal romance series. I am a sucker for true crime so putting pen to paper and creating Glen Havers; the serial killer spirit who haunts our protagonist was a dream. The intricacies of building a character I couldn’t possibly relate to on any level meant definitely kept the process interesting.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

I try to research as much as possible but usually it is for an existing idea. Thankfully I’m not yet short of ideas, some that will probably never see the light of day but are there if I ever want to change it up. The smallest of details can help to make the story more enjoyable for the reader, that really bring it to life and make it relatable.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

I definitely think I insert a part of myself into everything I write. My paranormal romance series was a cathartic expression of loss that I feel like I needed to write in order to heal from a childhood experience that is at the core of the protagonists story, it allowed me to relate with my character and I think my writing benefited from that first hand experience. I always have a notebook and pen beside my bed, my dreams and nightmares are very vivid, sometimes too vivid, so I will always note it down when I wake up if I find it interesting enough. The male lead characters, as I predominantly write MF romances, has qualities I would like in a partner, I think that is relatively normal for an author though.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

Fun Halloween stories, where to start. My birthday falls on the day before Halloween so every year we have a costume party, they are always fun experiences. Another one of my jobs is as a makeup and SFX artist so I get to play with all things bloody and gory all year round but especially closer to Halloween. It is for sure my favourite time of year.

What advice would you give to other authors?

What advice would I give to other authors? Firstly, there is comfort in numbers, I have some amazing author buddies and we share what we have learnt with each other and offer support to one another if it is needed. It can be lonely being an author so reach out and build your author circle with likeminded people. Secondly – Marketing is not easy, but it is necessary. There are so many great tools online to give you ideas on what, when and where to share your work. And lastly it doesn’t matter if you’ve written the next worldwide phenomenon, not everyone is going to like your book and that’s okay. Side note – Try to shake off the bad reviews because you will get them, your book is for the people that love it, just remember that.

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

One thing I would like people to know about my books is that I have loved creating worlds that people have fallen in love with and I adore getting to know my readers.

 

Thank you Billie Jade Kermack for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her paranormal romance murder mystery series today!

~Synopsis~

Awoken is book one in this paranormal romance, murder mystery series.It’s a modern-day love story that’s more Grimm than Disney; if singing mice and dancing crabs are what you were looking for, this is not the book for you. Seances, time travel, and torture, however – if that’s your thing, you just might fit right in.
Twilight vibes with a splash of horror and some ghost hunting. Perfect for your next young adult read.

Grace didn’t believe in ghosts or demons, she thought magic was something that only lived in the pages of fairy tales.

How very wrong she was.

Hidden away most of his life, Beau had successfully managed to mask his gift from the world. Having the ability to commune with the dead wasn’t exactly the best conversation starter, and that was okay, he didn’t much like people anyway, until he walked back into Gallows Wood and into Grace’s life.

Struggling with the incessant onslaught of nightmares about her father’s untimely death, Grace had accepted that maybe she just wasn’t destined for a happily ever after.

Fate however had a skewed sense of humor. The deeper Grace delves into Beau’s world, the further she wanders from the safety of her own. Plagued by the spirit of a sadistic serial killer long dead, Grace must harness what power she can to defeat him and stay alive. Awakening family secrets that Grace could never have imagined to be true begs the question: Had she been surrounded by magic longer than she had thought?

How far into a world plagued by evil would you go to save the soul of the one you love?

Billie Jade Kermack is an author who lives in London with her family and their crazy dog Gus. As well as being an author Billie Jade is a makeup & SFX artist for TV and film and runs her doll company SIDS DOLL EMPORIUM. She is currently working on a contemporary romance series & has a completed paranormal romance series already published.

https://linktr.ee/billiejadekermack

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Interview with an Author featuring Nia Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Nia Rose! Her book, Horns and Halos released on March 1st 2022.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was very young. I didn’t even know what an author was. I just wanted to tell stories and have them reach people. Later, when I was around seven, I started to make attempts at writing small tales. I would staple together pieces of paper and give them to my dad to read. My harshest critique, but I’m the most thankful for it.

What about the genre you currently write in, interests you most?

The versatility of it. I’m not bound to any real formula or expectations. Young Adult and New Adult gives me the ability to grow with the characters and the world that they live in. It feels so freeing to sit down and let the story flow out of me.

Haunted house or corn maze?

I suppose—if I had to choose—I’d go with a haunted house. It is just a nod to my youth.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

Yes. All the time. Mostly, from my villains. Because I had to be in their head, understand them, and write them flawlessly and not let my own moral compass guide me. So, when I write a villain and they are done well, it scares me a little bit. A great example of this is Draki from Horns and Halos. For a fleeting moment, those thoughts and words he had were mine. They came from me. That should be disturbing in every sense.

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

Oh my, yes! Many. But my favorite character is, hands down, Botobolbillian (aka Bobo) from my Coven Chronicles series. Who doesn’t love a smart, well-dressed, sophisticated, coffee-loving, book-reading ogre that is both slow to anger, but has enough muscle to obliterate anything standing between him and those that he loves? Bobo will always be my favorite. I’m sure I have many that agree with me on that, too.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

All the time. No matter how small the detail, I try to do enough research to make it sound believable. It might be flawed in a place or two, but I hope to do my best with every tidbit that I research. Pottery making, whether or not something existed historically during a certain time period, what farm animals can eat … I’ve done it all. I’ve researched for hours to ensure a fact that I write into a single sentence of my novel is as accurate as I can make it. I’m sure this is why I’m a fountain of knowledge that I’m not sure what to do with outside of putting it in a book.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

All of the above. I could write a book about it, but I’m sure that we don’t have that kind of time. But this isn’t about the things in my life that almost crushed me, fractured me, or tore me wide open … this is about how I use those experiences in my books to show that we can sew ourselves back together. Everything that I’ve been through helps my writing. That’s how I heal. That’s how I cope. We all suffer in one way or another, and I want to write books that don’t just feel real, but help people realize that they aren’t alone. Sometimes that can be the greatest light in the dark. You aren’t alone.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

Recently, my family has swapped up the way we celebrate this time of year. Now, we buy candy and hide it and have a full day filled with hiding and searching for candy, making smores, a big feast, a Halloween-ish movie, and just lots of family fun. We even play games. One of the games I created myself. It’s a large printed out picture of a headless Zombie from the game Plants vs. Zombies and we printed out a picture of its head separately. Pin the head on the zombie!

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up. Some days can be hard. Some years can be hard, but don’t stop. Shoot for a 0% day. One word, one thought, one part of your outline written down, a new thing learned … it all adds up in the end, so don’t stop. Don’t give up. I believe in you. Also, keep a notebook and pen close by. You’re going to need it.

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

Life isn’t easy. It will try to break you in more ways than you can count. That’s why I use my writing to fight my demons and help me win my battles. With every book written, I conquer another negative aspect that has plagued my heart, mind, and soul. May they aid you in your life too. May they be an escape that you need I hope that you find a lesson within its pages.

 

Thank you Nia Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her latest release, Horns and Halos today!

~Synopsis~

My World is Built on Debts and Deals.

Beneath them all, you’ll find horrific secrets that we all hide. It’s lives. It’s souls. Scattered and countless, the dead have built towns, cities, and nations. They are forever damned in the afterlife because they wanted to live without fear. But did they really live without fear, or was it all an illusion?

A pact between devils is the only thing that keeps villages out in the desert-like land untouched by the scourge of this planet. The world we once knew is destroyed and what remains are those left behind trying to build homes to escape the reality that the end has already come. But are we any better than the creatures that loom, roam, tear, and destroy? Are we really worth saving?

At the age of nineteen, I was chosen and cast out of my village as a sacrifice. Now, I have no choice but to make a deal of my own or die out in the endless stretch of the Wastes.

Nia Rose is the author of 3 books in the Coven Chronicles serial, a dual trilogy written along with author Octavia J. Riley. Nia wrote books 1, 3, and 5 in the epic fantasy adventure while her co-author wrote books 2, 4, and 6. The original idea for the novels was birthed from excessive amounts of coffee, no sleep, and Polish accented hand puppets.

In 2021, Nia Rose started to outline 3 stories that would be published in the years to follow after the end of the beloved Coven Chronicles series. She and Octavia built an entire planet and plan to release future books within the world of Raen but on different continents of the globe. Each just as unique and mystical as the series that started it all. But there are countless stories that she still has to tell between those tales.

A mother of 4 children, Nia Rose is surrounded by endless creativity and wild imaginations that feed her craft. She is forever telling in-the-moment-spun fairy tales for her bright, beautiful babies. Almost every moment is an inspiration for a new story.

Nia Rose is fueled by her faith in God and by the love of her family. Oftentimes, she finds herself battling her demons on paper and ever constantly discovering herself through the adventures that she writes. Creating vast worlds and countless stories is her therapy and joy.

Her wish is that her work inspires people to be happy, magical beings that never lose hope and always strive for a better tomorrow.

Website: https://www.poisonedapplepublishing.com/

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

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

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thepoisonedapples

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Of Thieves and Shadows (Twisted Pages Book 4) by Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle – My Review


Title: Of Thieves and Shadows (Twisted Pages Book 4)

Author: Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle

Release Date: September 23rd 2022

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy

A marriage that could save them both. A truth that might destroy them.

And a choice that will break her heart.

All Aika ever wanted was a family — until hers was standing on opposite ends of a war. Trapped between her loyalty to a monster and her love for a man who despises her, she must decide who she’s willing to lose.

And who she’s willing to betray.

Don’t miss this dark Cinderella retelling, where the stroke of midnight could mean the end of everything.

*The Twisted Pages Series wraps up Aika’s story in book four, but don’t worry, Zaina and Einar have their scenes as well! This series does need to be read in order, beginning with Of Thorns and Beauty.

**Content Warning**
Please be aware that this series is intended for adult readers.
Although there is no explicit language, violence, or sexual content, we do tackle dark themes, including history of child abuse and childhood sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and torture.
While we make every effort to handle these situations in a delicate and non-graphic manner, our priority is and will always be the mental health of our readers.
So please mind your triggers and proceed with any necessary caution. ❤

Oh how I waited for this book! It did not disappoint!

You already know I’m a huge fan of this series. It picks up right where we left off. The danger, plotting, and secrecy leaped off the pages. SO much happens! My emotions were high. My heart was racing towards the end. I had to see it through even though I didn’t want the book to end. I tried reading slowly but when it comes to this series, I always fail. I can’t wait for the next book! I highly recommend this series! Skip adding it to your TBR and just one click them. You won’t be disappointed. Addicted but not disappointed. I give this 5 stars.

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

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The Melody and the Master: A Standalone Marriage of Convenience Fantasy Romance (The Book of All Things) by Sarah M. Cradit – My Review


Title: The Melody and the Master: A Standalone Marriage of Convenience Fantasy Romance (The Book of All Things)

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Release Date: October 4th 2022

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance

Her song is death. His offer is life.

Disappear into this twisty tale of a ruthless heir and the sheltered, gifted orphan he chooses as both his wife and his greatest weapon against a growing list of enemies.

Siofra has lived her entire life in isolation, terrified of her unrestrained dark magic. Then the unthinkable happens, and she and her brother are imprisoned for murder.

Before the law can deliver their punishment, the siblings are rescued by a mysterious benefactor, whisked away to a glamorous manor in the far north, where everyone treats them like a prince and princess.

Shadowfen Hall, and the surrounding forest, keeps a wall between Desemir and his rivals. His lack of heir leaves him vulnerable, but to marry within his peerage would ignite the very coup he needs to avoid.

Siofra and Desemir’s needs conveniently intersect. She needs protection for herself and her brother. He needs a wife and children to secure his legacy.

If it all seems too good to be true, it is.

Because everyone knows darkness can only be soothed, not contained.

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The Book of All Things is a series of standalone fantasy romance tales set in the vibrant, epic world first introduced by USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah M. Cradit in the Kingdom of the White Sea trilogy.

The Melody and the Master is a marriage of convenience dark fantasy romance tale set in the Kingdom of the White Sea universe, with hints of Beauty and the Beast, Hades and Persephone, and Jane Eyre. It is the first story in the Darkwood Cycle of The Book of All Things.

The Darkwood Cycle:
Marriages of convenience, age gaps, friends to lovers, and healing love, deep in the Darkwood (medium high heat)
The Melody and the Master
The Hand and the Heart
And more

For content warnings, please visit sarahmcradit.com.

The Melody and The Master lures you in with its sweet whispers and daring promises. This darkly alluring tale will leave you obsessed and hungry for more!

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

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House of Secrets – My Review


Title: House of Secrets 

Author: Various Authors (Review for Ravin Tija Maurice’s story)

Release Date: June 30th 2022

Genre: Thriller, Crime

Six mysterious writers share their thrills and trips through the dangers of crime and punishment.

Join

Yvonne Mason – If The Walls Could Talk

Pete Thron – The Eternal Vow

S. M. Revolinski – Secrets Of The Dead

Ravin Tija Maurice – The House on the Left (A Detective Vesper Drake Story)

AnnaMarie Gardner – Amelia

Kathryn C. Kelly – Marked

This review is for The House on the Left by Ravin Tija Maurice. This short read was one wild ride! From that first paragraph, I was invested. The storytelling is wonderful. Engaging. The more I read, the more I was on the edge of my seat! This suspenseful read had me wanting more. I do hope the author decides to expand on this story! Maybe a series? Either way, this was a fanatic and thrilling read! I give it 5 stars.

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

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How to Date a Fury (Syn City Shifters Book 1) by Luna Joya – My Review


Title: How to Date a Fury (Syn City Shifters Book 1)

Author: Luna Joya

Release Date: September 22nd 2022

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Who knew dying would be the easy part of my day?

It all started the night Chase, my mountain lion shifter ex, reappeared. We’d had a whole good girl/bad boy romance going until he abandoned me a decade ago. I’d gone to Syn City for a little fun before being trapped in my hometown forever.

Then I was murdered by a maniac and my night really fell apart.

But somehow, Chase managed to strike a deal on a blood oath and bring me back as a Fury. He wants a second chance at romance, claiming we’re fated mates.

Now, I have to deal with the guy I thought I’d never see again, find and punish my murderer, and participate in a giant supernatural roller derby (long story)—all while trying to earn my wings.

And if I fail? I’ll end up dead. Again…only this time, it’ll be permanent.

All I can say is that it’s a good thing hell hath no fury like, well, an actual Fury.

How to Date a Fury, the first book in the Syn City Shifters Series, is a dark, sexy, paranormal romance featuring a reluctant Fury and the shifter who broke her heart but wants a shot at mending it. Happily ever after (and plenty of snarky fun) guaranteed. Perfect for fans of Linsey Hall, Jaymin Eve, and Amelia Hutchins.

Luna Joya is coming in hot with a brand new series!

How to Date a Fury exceeded all my expectations! A fantastic engaging story with some pretty unique characters. What’s a Luna Joya story without some heat? She definitely brought that and more!

A wonderful start to a series. I look forward to reading more! If you like fantasy romance with some heat, look no further. Go ahead and binge read this book! You deserve it. I give this 5 stars.

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Dissent: A Charity Romance Anthology (Dissent Collections Book 1) – My Review


Title: Dissent: A Charity Romance Anthology (Dissent Collections Book 1)

Author: Various Authors (Review for Sarah M. Cradit’s story)

Release Date: September 6th 2022

Genre: Romance, Anthologies

NOW A USA TODAY BESTSELLING ANTHOLOGY!

For National Read a Book day, DISSENT is available for a limited time in eBook and three paperback volumes!

DISSENT is a charity romance anthology with NEW, never before published content from 150 authors of all romance genres. All proceeds from the eBook and paperbacks will be donated to organizations benefiting reproductive rights in the United States, particularly in areas where people need them more than ever.

Dissent will only be available for a very limited time, so grab your copy today!

**We are not affiliated nor endorsed by any of these charities. We are simply a community bound by a single cause: protecting the basic human right of body autonomy.**

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This review is for An Ocean Away by Sarah M. Cradit. This enjoyable short read will have you wanting more. More story! More characters! This world is one of favorites to escape to and this little tease got me excited all over again! Highly recommend! I give this 5 stars.

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Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring K.D. Miller

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is K.D. Miller! Her book, Dark Burning: A Veracity of the Gods Novel released on November 23rd 2021.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing (English was always my favorite subject in school for as long as I can remember), but never ever thought I could ever write my own stories. About three years ago, a story popped in my head and just would not leave (like I was literally hearing dialogue in my head while I was trying to sleep every night), so I figured maybe if I wrote it down, that would be that and I could get a break from the constant nagging of these characters in my head. But then, I made the mistake of telling a couple of friends I was sort-of-kind-of writing a book—or something that might pass as an excuse for one—and they demanded to see it. They convinced me that it wasn’t complete garbage and that maybe other people would want to read it too and then it just snowballed from there.

What about the genre you currently write in, interests you most?

One of my (way too many) WIPs that has its hooks in me right now is an adult fantasy – think a bit like Harry Potter but for the grown-ups who like…ahem…grown up things. Fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres, no matter what type or what age. I think just the ability to completely escape the real world for a while and be fully immersed in something completely new and unknown and magical really draws me to fantasy over and over again. Writing wise, fantasy is so fun and interesting because there are no rules. Anything can happen, anything goes. There is so much freedom in it and you can really let your imagination run wild.

Haunted house or corn maze?

Haunted house!

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

Oh yeah! In one of my series, the MC has an insane number of powers. Coming up with the variety of ways she could destroy people with said powers and actually writing the scenes down had me questioning the amount of horror movies and true crime shows I watch lol My best friend even commented on a particularly gruesome scene: “How in the hell did your brain come up with this? No, really, I’m concerned…JK (sort of…)”

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

Ahhh this is so hard! I love them all in so many different ways, but one of my favorites is actually a side character from my first trilogy named Bryce. He is definitely not one of the good guys when we first meet him, but something about him just stuck with me and I ended up finding a place for him as the story went on and writing him became so fun. He is such a complicated character and I love exploring his history and seeing how things are never black and white. Things are messy and people are never just good or bad. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good redemption arc.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Definitely! I’m always looking into legends and myths for inspiration. I like to put my own spin on things, but I definitely go there for ideas and starting points, especially when I get stuck on the same old creatures you’ve read about a million times (looking at you, fae and vampires…though I do still love them dearly of course).

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

There is always a lot of myself in everything I write (which I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not? lol), but I definitely transfer a lot of my own fears, experiences, etc. into my characters and they are jumping off points of story ideas for sure. Sometimes it’s a big thing, like a fundamental fear of not being good enough (did I mention that I have INSANELY BAD imposter syndrome? Send help…) that becomes a core element to a story and character, and sometimes it’s smaller things, like my fear of snakes or Mr. Clean (Yes, it’s real. Yes, it’s dumb. Yes, it made it into one of my books).

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

For my baby shower we actually did a Halloween costume party (my daughter was born in November, so we had the shower just before Halloween). I went as Juno and my husband was Bleeker from the movie Juno. We have a picture where we recreated the movie cover and, not to toot my own horn, but it’s pretty awesome!

What advice would you give to other authors?

I have no idea what I’m doing and am by no means anything close to an expert, but my biggest advice is just to write. There are so many extra things that go along with having a story to tell these days, but remember that telling the story is the most important part! You can’t do any of the other stuff until you do that, so focus on that first and foremost. Get that word vomit first draft down and then go back and start fine tuning and tweaking to make it something spectacular. After that, start thinking about all the other stuff. 

Also: grow thick skin, don’t take things personally, try to be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem, and lastly, hydrate.

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

I act goofy and tough most of the time, but every time anyone reaches out to tell me they read and enjoyed one of my books my little black heart grows three sizes. It’s just like the Grinch over here, y’all. Seriously, it makes me so happy to hear from readers. So, if you ever read one of my books and are thinking about reaching out DO IT! Please! I love chatting with readers about books…or dogs…or tacos. Just about anything actually. So, come say hi!

Thank you K.D. Miller for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Dark Burning today!

~Synopsis~

You know the story of Hades and Persephone…or do you?

Happily ever after had not been in the cards for Hades and his bride. Persephone, resentful of being trapped in the Underworld, betrayed Hades to his greatest enemy…and wound up murdered in the process. But an ancient prophecy foretold her return, and only then could Hades hope to finally win the war for the Underworld. He’s been patiently waiting for thousands of years, biding his time until her return, dying for the chance to defeat his foes at last…and get a little revenge on his former wife while he’s at it…

Now, he’s finally found her reincarnate in the stunning and deadly Skylar Pembroke. Highly trained, exceptionally stubborn, and oblivious to her past life, Skylar does not take well to being kidnapped by a God…no matter how brutally handsome he may be or how often she’s dreamt of him in the past. Determined to fight fate, Skylar will make life anything but easy for the God of the Underworld.

Now Hades must push aside thousands of years’ worth of anger, forget past wrongs, convince the femme fatale to marry him once more…and stop himself from falling for her all over again in the process…

What could possibly go wrong?

K.D. Miller is a paralegal from South Carolina who finally decided to put all the stories in her head down on paper. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, loves the beach, and truly believes most problems can be made better with tacos. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and two crazy rescue dogs. 

https://linktr.ee/kdmillerauthor

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring Magaidh Dunbroch

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Magaidh Dunbroch! Her debut book, A Voice like Shadow and Brimstone (The Vermilion Witches Series Book 1) released on March 23rd 2022.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to be an author. I would write stories from a young age that my parents would plaster all over the fridge haha

What about the genre you write in interests you most?

I love the world building. I write Fantasy and having a fantastical world is crucial to the story so that you feel transported to that place and can immerse yourself into it.

What was the first fantasy/story you remember reading?

I really remember my mum every night would read us Harry Potter. We would wait all year long for each new book release and every night she would read us 1 or 2 chapters before bed. She would also make us read 1 chapter outlaid to help us with our reading skills and that is my favorite memory.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

My favorite thing about being a fantasy author is that I get to create creatures that most people have never heard of. An upcoming creature from my second book of A Voice like Shadow and Brimstone is a Slitherbeast. Its kinda like a snake, but comes from the Underworld. So yes, I write myself scared frequently!

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

My favorite character is Gaelyn. He is everything I wished my true love to be. He’s the perfect mix of brooding bad ass and love addled romantic. He is the God of the Underworld and has a petty cool job he takes very seriously.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

My books are based on Greek myths. They are re-imaginings but I twist them. They end up featuring women who have been wronged and become stronger for it.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies? 

I think every writer at one point or another writes from experiences they know. I have put quite a few of my experiences into my books that range from sexual assault, to confidence issues, body dysmorphia, things that most readers can identify with in one way or another.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

So we’re from Scotland and when we were younger my mum would take us all over to different graveyards and we would play and take spooky pics. We would always play a game of who could find the oldest headstone and that person would win. Not really a Halloween story since everyday is spooky for us hahaha

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just write. Write one sentence that is in the genre you want to write and build off of that. Sometimes we get so scared, or over-research ideas that we get lost on those things. While they’re important, actually writing is the only thing that is going to get you going. Set a timer or calendar reminder and write for one or two minutes. That is great progress and from there you will probably write even more than you were hoping.

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

My debut novel, A Voice like Shadow and Brimstone features a twisted reimagining of Hades and Persephone. All of the future books I will publish feature characters in this novel and every book after it is a little piece of a bigger puzzle. There are Easter eggs in each book that give an overall bigger picture to the world I built, The Faedoroth. If you like strong women, handsome men. Capricious Gods, adventure and spicy interactions then books by Magaidh Dunbroch will not disappoint!

Thank you Magaidh Dunbroch for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, A Voice like Shadows and Brimstone today!

~Synopsis~

Andraste has always been content to wander the Faedoroth in loneliness, helping her fellow Mortals. One thing she has never had is companionship, no matter how hard she tries to form bonds. Being the only known Mortal to harness magick has set her apart and created a dangerous reputation for her in the eyes of the Fae Gods.
When the Fae Gods descend on her home, she is thrust unwillingly into a world of intrigue and danger that she has never experienced or had to navigate through before. She must find out how to overcome the shackles of her past to save their future before the Fae Gods use her as a pawn in their deadly games.

Magaidh Dunbroch is an amazingly well aged witch of 536 years. It’s surprising she looks as youthful as she does considering she lives on sarcasm and pop tarts and since bathing in the blood of enemies is frowned upon. There is speculation that she indeed invented the weave of magic but for now she is immensely content being a fantasy author. She lives with her handsome devil and wee beasties in Alaska, haunting the woods with her shadowborn creatures and scaring polite society.


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