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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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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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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

Check out my AudreyAnn’s Book…Chat FB page and join or start a chat about what we are reading or about what you are reading that we might want to read. I’d love to chat with you. Look for AudreyAnn Moses, Author on FB and AudreyAnn Moses on Instagram and LinkedIn. URLs are in the linktr.ee.


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.


Interview with an Author featuring Kat Turner

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

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

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

Where do you draw inspiration from?

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

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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

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

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

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

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

What is the best part of your day?

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

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

Driven, goofy, curious.

What are you reading now?

Wild Love by Lauren Accardo.

What advice would you give to other authors?

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

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

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links: https://linktr.ee/katturnerauthor

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Haven Hadley

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

How long have you been writing?

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

Describe a typical writing day.

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

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the highlight of writing this book?

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

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

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

What advice would you give to other authors?

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

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

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

Vander Devlin. The left fielder everyone had overlooked.

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

One dance with Evan Ashland and he was hooked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Interview with an Author featuring Savvy Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Savvy Rose! Her next release, Twice As Twisted is releasing August 23rd 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was a kid. I have always loved notebooks and I have accumulated quite a collection over the years.

Describe a typical writing day.

Writing days vary for me, since I have four kids. When they’re in school, I write any chance I get. I chase around a two-year-old, so that means jotting down notes all day.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Real life. I love to observe people and behaviors.

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

Celeste is my favorite. She’s sassy and tough, and she’s a witch.

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

I had to stop writing before bedtime because I would dream about my characters. My characters feel very real to me. I like tea and wine, so you can usually find me binge watching Netflix with one of those two things, after I finish writing a book.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

My Kindle paperwhite is there. Current read is American Prince by Sierra Simone.

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

 I plan to release a series surrounding Celeste’s story; and I plan on using a different female leads and her love interest in each one. I try to make all my characters as different as possible; I think that keeps things fresh.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Silly, optimistic, sarcastic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up. It’s all a learning process, so trust the process!

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

My books come from a very real and raw place. I draw from my personal experiences, as well as others’. I strive to make my characters feel as real as possible.

 

Thank you Savvy Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Keep an eye out for her new release, Twice As Twisted!

Savvy Rose is a self-published author of Romance, Erotic Romance, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Her writing began in middle school and continued through Highschool, fueled by her love of Poetry by the likes of Poe, Lord Byron and Shakespeare.

She enjoys writing about magical and complicated people, with steamy romance and thrilling adventures.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Upstate Ny.

Her many hobbies include: Art, Astrology, Music, Spiritual study and most of all, reading.

Most nights you can find her drinking wine and ugly crying over foreign films, saging her house and dancing naked under the full moon.

Be sure to watch for Chasing Celeste, a paranormal romance releasing in 2022

https://litelink.at/Savvy_Rose

 

 


Interview with an Author featuring Elena Carter

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Elena Carter!  Her debut novel, Follow the Hummingbird (The Dream Tamer Chronicles Book 1) released on July 30th 2021.

Congrats on your new release! How has release week been going?

Thank you so much! I was absolutely overwhelmed with the support I had from the writing community both on Instagram and Facebook. My proof copy came in late – it didn’t make it here before the launch date – but when I finally got it, I had another reason to celebrate! It’s such an amazing feeling to hold your first book in your hands!

I have also been getting some wonderful reviews from my ARC readers. Fills my eyes with tears of joy every time I see that my story has genuinely touched someone. That’s what the magic of writing is all about, isn’t it?

How long have you been writing?

Since I can remember myself, I have always wanted to be a writer. I have also always been an avid reader, especially in my teenage years. That’s the time when I started trying to write – dabbling in poetry a bit, then making some attempts at fan fiction, but never finishing anything I started.

I guess the dream has always been there, it was just hiding in the remote corners of my soul for most of my life. Until I finally had the courage to give it another shot… at 40 years old! Except this time I didn’t give up.

Describe a typical writing day.

In my case, it’s usually more of a “writing night.” Most of my debut novel was written on my phone late at night, when my baby was asleep and I finally had some time to myself.

When I do manage to get some writing time in the day (usually when my husband or my mom are babysitting my sweet and highly active toddler), I just have to make the most of it. I get an hour or two, so I just sneak out of the room with my laptop, find a quiet place and start typing. And it’s never enough!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

A good part of my novel, which takes the protagonist on a journey into the world of her dreams, was inspired by dreams of my own. I have always had vivid dreams, and those dreams have always had an impact on my life.

But most of the dreams my MC has in “Follow the Hummingbird”, as well as most of the characters there – they just came to me and made me write about them. Seriously. I don’t know how it works, it’s pretty much like magic if you ask me.

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

I think what I’m trying to convey in the book is that life is amazing and wonderful, and there’s so much more to this world than we believe there is. And that there’s always a place for hope.

   What is the significance of the title?

Apart from hummingbirds being some of the most amazing and extraordinary creatures on our beautiful planet, a lot of cultures have shared the belief that they are in fact messengers from a different world, or guides to one of them. That’s exactly what a hummingbird is in my book – a guide helping the protagonist on her fascinating journey.

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

Oh, wow. I guess it’s harder than writing a synopsis or a blurb – pretty much a nightmare for most authors, right?

Let me think…passionate, I guess. And open-hearted. And a dreamer.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

We all face battles of our own. They can be extremely hard. And very painful. And can easily bring us down to our knees. But there’s always hope. And there’s always a helping hand. And there’s always a door for you to open, if you have enough courage. And this door can take you to a wonderful place.

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

I am currently working on two projects. One is a collection of short stories called “The Town” – I have included a short introduction and one of the stories at the end of my book.

Also, I am outlining book 2 in the “Dream Tamer Chronicles”, where we’ll learn more about some of the characters from the first book and will get to follow them on their journey to different dream worlds.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Believe in yourself even if no one else does. And never give up. No matter what. It will be hard at times. But you need to push through. It’s absolutely worth it.

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

I guess I just want to encourage people to dream. And to take chances. After all, that’s what I did when I started writing my first book when I was 40 (and writing it in my second language, too). And look, it turned out pretty good, I think!

 

Thank you Elena Carter for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Follow the Hummingbird today!

~Synopsis~

Where do you go when you close your eyes at night?

Lonely and depressed after her husband dies, Tina gets through her days on autopilot. But her nighttime dreams are anything but regular. Everything changes when she wakes up with proof that her dreams are much more than they seem.

After recovering from the initial shock, Tina sees a life-changing opportunity. Encouraged by her friends and armed with some magical amulets, Tina embarks on the journey into the world of her dreams. That mysterious world awaits Tina eagerly, ready to open its multiple doors to her. Except some doors are better left closed…

While exploring different realms, hoping to reunite with her lost love, Tina faces the danger of losing her soul to a dark ancient force.

On the other hand, she now has a reason to believe that she can find her ”happily ever after” in one of those worlds.

Will she be able or even willing to return from her journey?

Elena Carter was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2013, she relocated to Bulgaria to live by the sea in the beautiful city of Varna.

She has explored many different career paths, from working as a political and human rights assistant at the Netherlands Embassy to making gemstone jewelry. In 2020, while on maternity leave with her youngest son, she decided to finally pursue her life-long dream of becoming a writer.

When she’s not writing, you might find her chasing her toddler around the house or pushing the stroller along the city streets, while taking pictures of all the cats and flowers around and at the same time thinking of story ideas.

Currently, she is working on a short story collection as well as the next book in The Dream Tamer Chronicles series.

Author website: https://elenacarterauthor.com/

Book link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097F4RYN7?ref_=pe_3052080_397670860

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Interview with an Author featuring Deb Hunter

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Deb Hunter! Her story, Fables: A Tudor Fairytale is on Kindle Vella and available now.

What inspired you to start writing?

Hi! Great question. It’s something I’ve always done *giggle* more like a compulsion than inspiration. 

I just don’t know why I do it. 

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Research. I research everything until finally writing it.

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

Another fantastic question. If I cry, I wonder if readers will cry. 

When writing Phoenix Rising-a novella about the last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life, I lost 12 lbs. It was stressful getting inside the head of someone knowing they might die. Henry VIII really strung her along the last few days of her life. She was led to believe he would offer her life at a convent. It’s one of history’s greatest love stories gone wrong, and it had to have the correct emotional string’s to give it the gravitas it deserves. 

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

Only two novels – September Ends and I’ll See You In My Dreams. I like short reads. Numerous short stories and collections, and the novella Phoenix Rising. Those are all fiction. One collection, Sexuality & Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare published by Pen & Sword Books, UK was the #1 History and #1 Pop Culture best seller on Amazon in 2018.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Oh…I really don’t know the answer to that. Everyone who writes has something to offer to readers. 

Let’s talk about Kindle Vella. Tell me about your experience with it.

Kindle Vella is a great challenge, and it’s in the launch phase. It’s just beginning. I actually LOVE writing the spontaneous little episodes. My series is called Fables: A Tudor Fairytale.

It’s the story of two actors playing on a film set in New Orleans, playing the parts of Anne Boleyn & Henry VIII. Only thing…the actors can’t stand each other, which is so much fun to write. But, like most extreme emotions-hate can shift to love with a smile. We’ll see what happens with these two characters as the series develops. 

The new episodes are dropping weekly. One fun thing I’m doing is drawing a card from my tarot deck and basing the new story on it. For instance, Story 3 was The High Priestess, and Story 4 is The Chariot. 

It’s kinda my jam. Phoenix Rising is based on an astrology chart.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I’m a history person! The book is Queen’s Consort: England’s Medieval Queens by Lisa Hilton. 

Do you have any new series planned?

Not right now, but I would like to write some more Tudor history.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t quit your day job!

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

Thank you to every single person who has read my work. You have no idea how much I appreciate you all. Special shoutout to my FB group, All Things Tudor. We are 16,000+ people with a love of Tudor England and an incredibly irreverent look at history.

They make my day every single day, and I love them all.

 

Thank you Deb Hunter for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Kindle Vella series, Fables: A Tudor Fairytale today!

~Synopsis~

Some love stories last forever. Some are tragic. Some just…need magic. Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn. Their love changed history. Max King & Daisy Colston. Not so much. They despise each other as they play the part of the fabled lovers in the film considered ‘the-next-big-thing’ about the legendary Tudor affair. A chance encounter at a New Orleans tarot shop could seal their destiny.

USA Today bestselling author and historian Deb Hunter also writes fiction and history as Hunter S. Jones.She publishes independently and via traditional publishing platforms and is repped by Past Preservers Casting.

She has actively promoted the craft of historical writing through affiliation with many professional groups, including Society of Authors founded by Lord Tennyson, the Royal Historical Society, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Dangerous Women Project.

When she isn’t writing, talking or tweeting about kings, queens and rock stars, she lives in Midtown Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee with her Scottish-born husband.

Twitter: @theDebATL
FB: @theDebATL
IG: @theDebATL 
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Fables: A Tudor Fairytale available via Kindle Vella