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Interview with an Author Featuring D.M. Earl

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is D.M. Earl! Her newest release, Bottom of the Chains-Prospect (Grimm Wolves MC Book 1.5) released on August 18th 2020.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m D.M. Earl an Indie author out of Northwest Indiana. I’m married to my best friend. We are bikers (both have Harley’s) and have 8 fur babies. I’m an avid reader and love to spend a day engrossed in a good story.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As a child I devoured books and always considered myself a storyteller. Writing has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

Describe your writing space.

I have a couple. My primary space is in our finished basement that my husband put together for me. I have a desk, office chair and am surrounded by bookshelves with all of my signed paperbacks from some of my favorite authors around me. It is quiet and serene. Next is our screen porch, which I love cause it looks out into our yard. Again gives me peace of mind.

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

I’ve published 9 books. Number 10 is scheduled to release on 9.9.2020. I also have three more that’ll be releasing before the end of 2020. 

As far as a favorite, they all are my favorites it depends on the day and my emotions. I write with my heart and soul so can’t pick just one.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My real life experience and interacts with people and the voices in my head that guide me towards a story.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Kris Michaels Shadow series. Waiting for 9.22.20 for the next release of Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

Not sure. I know I would use not really famous actors to get the full emotion out of each book.

Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

Each book to me is challenging. The first book because you are trying to introduce a new series. The next books can be challenging because you are trying to continue on with a story.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Kind, Open book, heart on my sleeve.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never let anyone tell you what to do with your books. Follow your heart and your storyline and stay true to yourself.

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

I’ll share my Amazon Author description cause this fits me very well.

I spin stories about real life situations with characters that are authentic, genuine and sincere. Each story allows the characters to come to life with each turn of the page while they try to find their HEA through much drama and angst.

 

Thank you D.M. Earl for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Bottom of the Chains today!

~Synopsis~

My life has sucked for as far back as I can remember. My folks didn’t want me so I was thrown into foster care. Let me just say lots of fun. NOT.

Then one day, my life took a dramatic change. My circumstances improved greatly. I met The Grimm Wolves MC and they took me under their wing. I became not only a prospect but also part of their brotherhood.

Now I’ve let my brothers down not once, but twice, in less than a month. What if I don’t belong with the club? Feeling the weight of life, how can I prove to the only family I have ever had that I’m worth the trouble? Or maybe the truth is I’m not reliable and useful after all? It all depends on how much of my failure The Grimm Wolves MC are willing to put up with by one of their newest prospects.

USA Today Bestselling author D. M. Earl spins stories about real life situations with characters that are authentic, genuine and sincere. Each story allows the characters to come to life with each turn of the page while they try to find their HEA through much drama and angst.

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Interview with an Author Featuring M . L Darlow

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is M . L Darlow! Her latest release, The Messenger : The Five Realms Book 2 (The Five Realm Chronicles) release on August 28th 2020.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I first realized that I wanted to be a writer at an incredibly early age. I believe I was either four or five when I began creating stories (with the help of my mother, since I don’t believe I could read quite yet at the time). I wrote sporadically throughout my life until I was seventeen. That was when I began writing the Five Realm Chronicles, and when I decided I wanted to turn writing into a career.

Describe your writing space.

I’m very particular about where I write. If I move into a new home, it always takes me a while to find a new special spot. But, for most of my writing journey I’ve written in the back room at my mother’s house. It’s lined with windows, book cases, and has an incredibly comfy chair. It’s peaceful.

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

So far, I’ve written ten books. Only two are published. I couldn’t really say which is my favorite, as those books haven’t been announced yet. But if I had to, I’d say either the fourth or seventh Five Realm book was my favorite to write for various reasons.

Describe yourself in three words.

Three words that I think describe me are creative, introverted, and comical.

What are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

Oh goodness I’d be so picky about casting, so it’s probably a good thing that in those circumstances we don’t often get a say. But Daniel Sharman would make a wonderful Lincoln McBride.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?

I listen to all kinds of music while I write. I even devise a playlist for every book. I’m never limited to one genre, because I listen to specific things depending on what sort of scene I’m writing. There’s a lot of fighting going on in the Messenger, far more than there was in A Kingdom Falls. While I was writing those scenes I listened to a ton of Asking Alexandria and similar bands. Trois Vierges by Epica helped me write a lot of the sad things.

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite part of the publishing journey is holding my book for the first time in my hands (but also writing it to begin with). My least favorite part of the journey is working on the second draft and all of the editing.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Nothing happens overnight, so don’t be upset when it takes you longer to finish writing your book than the other authors you know. And if you don’t get sales immediately after publishing, that’s okay too. Everything takes time. It took me eight years to be comfortable enough with my writing to publish anything. Just keep pushing yourself.

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

One thing that I want people to know about me and my books is that I am a huge fan of plot twists, which means the series is absolutely full of them. Some are good, some are bad. I apologize in advance.

 

Thank you M . L Darlow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Messenger today!

~Synopsis~

Eighteen years after the Idonian Kingdom’s fall, the Messenger that the Galaxy has been waiting for finally surfaces. Dragons spring back into existence and prophecies collide as the main Realm shakes with her arrival.

The Kingdom of Dracus is prepared to aid the Messenger and the Realm Prophetess, Valentina Gold, has visions that become crucial to the galaxy’s survival. Her own prophecy comes to light, and with it a team of ten elite warriors is created. Idona’s Allies.

While Idona is finally given hope after nearly two decades of Darkness, the road ahead will be far from easy. The Messenger and her Allies are faced with three dangerous tasks that will finally end Xavier’s Dark reign. If they make it that far, that is.

M.L. Darlow is a fantasy author best known for the Five Realm Chronicles. She has over thirty one books planned for the series, and is also co-writing a Wicked Fairytale alongside J.J Marshall and J.R Walden.

 

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Luna Joya

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Luna Joya! Her latest release, Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3) released on August 18th 2020.

How long have you been writing? 

I almost traditionally published a debut in my twenties, but the content was so horribly dark that I stepped away until I embraced writing romance about five years ago. Beginning each book with the certainty that there will be a happily-ever-after at the end has been freeing.

Describe a typical writing day.

I work full-time as a prosecutor so I steal a few moments whenever I can. I’ve typed dialogue on my phone while standing in line at the grocery store or walking my two-pound terror of a pup. Before the pandemic, I fiercely protected my commute time on the train as writing time. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Most of my characters are incredibly loud and demand the stories be told. Sometimes, they appear fully formed—flaws and all. Also, I love history, and I’ve worked in criminal law for almost twenty years so those interests influence my writing. 

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

I love all of my characters for their quirks and flaws—both the heroes and the villains—but I’ll admit Zimm has been my book boyfriend since the first moment I “met” him. That easy charm and those good looks mask such depth of feeling, the ghosts of his past, and the infinite ability to love with everything he has.

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

Each of my characters takes a little piece of me and gives me something in return. I tell myself it’s okay to leave everything on the page. When a scene is hard or heartbreaking, I write faster and pour it all into the work because my hope is that the reader can share in that emotional journey. 

Also, chocolate helps.

What book is currently on your bedside table? 

My Kindle with its daunting TBR (to be read) list and The Rogue King by Abigail Owen because I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel.

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

Having a different couple “star” in each book helps. It gives me a chance to step into other perspectives and tell the overarching story from that hero or heroine’s point of view to make each book unique for readers.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Persistent, snarky, and loyal. (I’m basically a sarcastic Hufflepuff.)

What advice would you give to other authors?

Find your tribe. I’m an extreme introvert but community is important for so many reasons in the journey. Improving my craft is one of my favorite things, and it’s easier to do with other people who share the same goal.

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

I write to provide an escape for myself and readers. Nothing makes me happier than someone saying they want to be a part of my fictional families. 

I also write my passions. While it’s magic, sex, and mystery on the page, the threads underlying each story from intimate partner violence to fertility issues are matters of the heart for me. Story is where we learn to deal with life. It might as well be in a way that entertains us.

 

Thank you Luna Joya for chatting with me and congrats on your latest release! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Killing Song today!

~Synopsis~

One more kill and she’s free. But only if she doesn’t fall in love first.

Love destroys. Zaida has lived by that motto for centuries as a siren and the faerie queen’s most lethal assassin. So keeping things strictly professional with the sexy human she’s working with on the FBI’s paranormal task force shouldn’t be a problem. Except it is.

Former Army Ranger Zimm isn’t a big fan of love either. Losing everything and everyone will do that to a guy. Keeping his hands off the badass, sword-happy siren who’s helping him track down a murderous demon should be easy. But it isn’t.

If Zaida and Zimm have any hope of claiming their happily ever after, they’ll have to catch a killer, outwit immortal royalty, and face off against an evil magical organization. And then there’s the little matter of the last hit the queen has ordered Zaida to carry out in exchange for her freedom. The target? Zimm.

Seems like everything’s about to get supernaturally complicated.

If you like Thea Harrison, Darynda Jones, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or Christine Feehan, this steamy paranormal romance is for you. Get it now.

Luna Joya writes hex and sex in the award-winning Legacy Series.

Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes sex crimes and homicides by day and writes paranormal romance at night. A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup.

Website: https://lunajoya.com

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Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3) by Luna Joya – New Release

New Release from Luna Joya!

Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3)

By Luna Joya

Release date: August 18th 2020

Genre: Paranormal Romance

~Synopsis~

One more kill and she’s free. But only if she doesn’t fall in love first.

Love destroys. Zaida has lived by that motto for centuries as a siren and the faerie queen’s most lethal assassin. So keeping things strictly professional with the sexy human she’s working with on the FBI’s paranormal task force shouldn’t be a problem. Except it is.

Former Army Ranger Zimm isn’t a big fan of love either. Losing everything and everyone will do that to a guy. Keeping his hands off the badass, sword-happy siren who’s helping him track down a murderous demon should be easy. But it isn’t.

If Zaida and Zimm have any hope of claiming their happily ever after, they’ll have to catch a killer, outwit immortal royalty, and face off against an evil magical organization. And then there’s the little matter of the last hit the queen has ordered Zaida to carry out in exchange for her freedom. The target? Zimm.

Seems like everything’s about to get supernaturally complicated.

If you like Thea Harrison, Darynda Jones, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or Christine Feehan, this steamy paranormal romance is for you. Get it now.

Get the series here


Margaret (The Risen Series Book 2) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

NEW RELEASE FROM MARIE F. CROW!

Margaret (The Risen Series Book 2)

Release Date: August 17th 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

~Synopsis~

It’s just a simple shot, right?”

Margaret Erikson will ask this question many times today. What is supposed to be a basic school wide vaccine will go horribly wrong. It is not a simple shot and the lives that are lost to it will not become simple monstors.

Get started on the series with Dawning (The Risen Series Book 1)!

Buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZK6Wr8

 


A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1) by Jessica Julien – My Review

New Release!

Title: A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1)

Author: Jessica Julien

Release Date: July 7th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.

When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.

Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.

Intriguing! Fantastic! A Spectacle of Souls is that magical read that feels worlds apart. I have to say that I haven’t read anything like this and that made my black heart happy. After a couple of chapters, I was fully invested and had to keep reading till the very end. NO BREAKS! I liked that there was more to some of the characters than at first glance. Those same characters surprised me by their actions and I really liked that! The magic aspect was good and I liked the author’s take on it. It’s those little touches that can take a story from good to fantastic. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more by her. I give this 5 stars.

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


Checkmate by Lindsey Powell – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: Checkmate

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: June 21st 2020

Genre: Erotic Suspense

She’s about to play him at his own game…

Joey is at the top of the chain, riding high, the King of the underworld.
Paige is a woman scorned, ready to redraw the battle lines and take the throne as the Queen. She wants to reign supreme, show Joey who the boss is, and make him suffer for pushing her aside years before.

The trouble with battle lines is that there is always someone who wants to take over the playing field.
There are always those who are waiting to take you down, make you beg, and have you at their mercy.
Will Paige be at Joey’s mercy?
Will Joey give up his throne?
Or will an underlying force come in like a whirlwind and rip the ground out from beneath both of them?

A dangerous game.
A love that refuses to die.
And two powerful people about to collide.
Will they have what it takes to get through the dangers that lurk around every corner?
And who will be the one to finish the game and say, “Checkmate?”

A stand-alone romantic suspense with some darker elements, from romantic suspense author, Lindsey Powell.

I know when I read a Lindsey Powell book, she will have me all in my feels and then some. Holy hotness!! This book blew me away! Right from the start, the story grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. It still has a hold on me! From the story to the characters, this was amazing all the way through. It has action, revenge, and did I mention a strong take no prisoners woman? OH YEAH! Like what more could you need? This really was a fantastic read for me. I hope the author writes more books like this, as this book showcases how versatile her writing truly is. Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here with a book hangover. I give this 5 stars.


Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1) by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1)

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: June 4th 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Verona has lived in the safety and bliss of the palace and the luxury of what being a Siren means. Content to live her life in the shadows of her beautiful mother, Ostila, and the enchanting, dark beauty of her aunt, Morlena, Verona never thought about what life would be like should they be taken from her. At her mother’s coronation, these once impossible thoughts become shockingly real.
Corander has lived his life in the shadows of his father, Kurt. At the head of the Empradar bloodline, Kurt holds no mercy for those who fail him and even less for those he distrusts. When the palace falls to madness, it will be Corander who is tested by his father’s desires and torn by his own.
Together, Corander and Verona must discover who they really are, and who they are truly meant to become, before all is lost to hidden plots and crowns of betrayal.

Superb! Enchanting! Thrilling! This book showcases the lovely talents of Marie F. Crow. This YA fantasy is intriguing and had me on the edge of my seat. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the uniqueness the author added for the Sirens. It was like a breath of fresh air to read something so different from what’s out there. The story didn’t end up where I thought it would BUT that is a very good thing! Who likes predictable? I can guarantee Miss Crow’s books are anything but predictable. From the characters to the story, I was fully engaged and once done, I was left wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book! I give this 5 stars.

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


Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett – My Review

New Release

Title:

Hollywood Park: A Memoir

Author: Mikel Jollett

Release Date: May 26th 2020

Genre: Memoir, Survival

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion. …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

Hollywood Park is the memoir of Mikel Jollett.

This book had me feeling a lot of different emotions. From sadness to anger to happiness. Most of all, it was inspiring. What Mikel went through was heart wrenching. From escaping a cult to living with unresolved trauma, it brought tears to my eyes. As I was reading, I realized I liked his dad way more than his mom. I couldn’t put my finger on why. I mean yes I wasn’t a fan of how she treated him and his brother. Towards the end of the book, I had my answer. Mikel grew up in a different time. Different views and political opinions. All were influences forced upon him. You follow Mikel on his journey through life. The ups and downs and the hard lessons he had to learn along the way. This memoir is very well written. I honestly hadn’t heard of Mikel’s band but I plan on checking out their music. I applaud Mikel for writing this book. It took courage and I know it wasn’t easy but he did it and it could help someone else dealing with some of the things he went through. I give this 4 stars.

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


Orion (Satan’s Pride Book 3) by A.G. Kirkham – My Review

Title: Orion (Satan’s Pride Book 3)

Author: A.G. Kirkham

Release Date: May 5th 2020

Genre: MC Romance

Orion – sign of the club and shield.  He lost it all before he found the family he’s committed to now, Satan’s Pride.  He survives the loss of his mother, the coldness of his father and the sudden death of his wife and child.  He survived this all and the only casualty was his heart.  He vowed to never love again, so he would never relive that pain.  Can one woman make him learn to give all of himself one more time?

Viviana loved everything and everyone.  She embraced life, even though her childhood was filled with turbulence and abandonment.  She wanted a family to call her own and when she became pregnant, she believed her choice was to flee, giving Orion the freedom she thought he wanted.

Can these two souls leave the past in the past and listen to their hearts instead?

Hot damn! This book has it all. Action, sexy time, and hot men. Yes please! The story grabbed my attention right from the beginning. This is definitely a guilty pleasure read! I was already familiar with most of the characters from reading War’s book. The author has created some pretty great characters and I’ve grown very fond of them. I LOVE the strong women characters in this series! The story has a good balance of drama and action along with some pretty sexy scenes. I devoured this book! I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. I give this 4 stars. 

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