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Interview with an Author Featuring Melissa Sercia

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Melissa Sercia! Her upcoming release, After I Fall (Immortal Billionaires Book 1) is releasing on November 3rd 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I started writing poetry and short stories when I was about nine years old. I loved reading and had a very vivid imagination. As I got older, I got into screenplays and songwriting too. It was around my 35th birthday that the idea for Blood and Magic came to me and I really felt ready to write a full length novel. I played around with it for a couple years then made the decision to become a full time author in 2016. In 2017 I signed with City Owl Press and the rest is history!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but before I can start writing a new novel, I have to create a music playlist for it. Music helps me get into the tone and mood of the story.

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

A lot of times I have to dig really deep when I put myself in the character’s head. It can be emotionally draining but as soon as I’m done writing the scene, I shake it off. I actually cried when I wrote the ending to Gods and Demons (Blood and Darkness Book 3). It was very bittersweet.

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

I have written six books so far. Four are published, and two are with my editors awaiting publication. It’s hard to pick favorites because each book has such a special place in my heart. But I will say that Flesh and Bone (Blood and Darkness Book 2) was my favorite to write. It flowed out of me so easily in just two months. It also allowed me to explore a darker side to my main character, Gray. I had a lot of fun with that book.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

The first book I ever read that impacted me emotionally was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Even though there weren’t any paranormal elements in it, it still had some very dark themes and tortured characters. That has definitely influenced my writing. 

The biggest influences have also been the entire Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, V.C. Andrews, and Stephen King.

Currently, I have been inspired by Sarah J Maas, Erin Morgenstern, Marissa Meyer, and Patricia Briggs.

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

I do! I will usually get comments on my Instagram or facebook page when someone has found my books and enjoyed them. I also get emails from time to time commenting on my newsletter or inviting me to speak at a workshop or online library events.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

On my bedside table right now is a fabulous YA book called Slay by Brittney Morris

Do you have any new series planned?

I do! I am working on a new series called Immortal Billionaires. It’s a steamy paranormal romance series consisting of three (there may be a fourth) standalone novels that are connected by the same world. Book 1 in that series will be releasing at the end of October.

After that, I will be finishing up my Beautiful Dark Beasts series: Spark and Ember releases in February, then Starlight and Dust will be the conclusion of Arya’s journey and will most likely be releasing toward the end of 2021. Then I’m working on two new urban fantasy series, a Southern Gothic stand alone, and a prequel to Blood and Magic.

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

If Blood and Magic were made into a movie I definitely would want Katie McGrath to play Gray, Charlie Hunnam to play Aldric, Jason Momoa to play Seven, and Alexander Dreymon to play Dragos.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Learn your craft and establish a routine. I read a ton of craft books and attend online writing workshops all the time. No matter how many books you write, there are still things to learn and grow from. And establishing a regular writing routine will help you stay focused. Even if you can only spend an hour a day. Make sure you protect that writing time. As far as publishing goes, don’t give up. There are several paths to publishing and all of them are valid and rewarding. I’m with a small press, but I will also be self publishing a series this year, and next year I will be looking for an agent with another series. Find out which path is right for you and don’t let anything discourage you from your goals.

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

In a nutshell, I’m a storyteller. I know that life and reality can be difficult and stressful so I enjoy creating fantasy worlds for my readers to escape to. I care passionately about my readers and hope that they love reading my books as much as I love writing them. My books are dark but also hopeful and I’m obsessed with history and mythology so you will definitely see those influences in my stories. In the future, I would like to expand upon my Blood and Darkness/Beautiful Dark Beasts universe with more spinoffs, prequels, and side stories. And possibly even a graphic novel! Lots of exciting things to come!

 

Thank you Melissa Sercia for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her upcoming release, After I Fall today!

~Synopsis~

A darkness is coming for her heart, but it might be the only thing that can set her free…

Raven
I have nothing left. The man I thought I’d spend forever with is gone and I’m alone…until I meet him. Ozi. My new boss. He’s sexy, mysterious, and owns me with just one look. But he’s used to getting what he wants. And that makes him dangerous.

Ozi
I’m rich, immortal, and alone. And I like it that way. Until I meet her. I should stay away from Raven. But I can’t. Every time she’s near, I want to taste her blood in my veins and feel her body in my bed. I want to own her and destroy her. To break her and then put her back together with my bare hands. But I know I will be the one broken in the end.

Raven and Ozi have sworn off love, but when their paths cross, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Drawn to each other’s dark sides, they can’t seem to stay away. But when Ozi’s ex comes back into town to settle an old score, the odds shift and the danger becomes real, pitting Raven in the middle. Now Ozi must decide what he’s willing to risk to protect Raven from the threat of his past coming back to haunt him. Her safety or his heart.

When lust turns into obsession, can it ever become love?

This is a standalone book in the Immortal Billionaires series.

WARNING: This book contains graphic content and is meant for 18+ readers only

Melissa Sercia is an award winning Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author with a passion for philosophy, mythology, and all things supernatural. She is the author of the Blood and Darkness series, Beautiful Dark Beasts series, and Immortal Billionaires series. Melissa lives in California with her man and her cat. When she’s not building dark fantasy worlds and slaying demons, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with a glass of wine in her hand.

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Website: https://melissasercia.com


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The Art of Fear (The Little Things That Kill Series Book 1)

By Pamela Crane

~Synopsis~

A fearless detective. A stolen child. And a killer just getting started.

From USA Today best-selling author Pamela Crane comes a terrifying tale of small-town secrets and murder.

Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident and did nothing to stop it. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, she stumbles through life … and onto an unexpected clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.

Now a psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee whose daughter is missing and her long-lost father dead. Suicide, police ruled it. But Tina suspects foul play. As a bond develops between the women in their shared loss, they’re dragged into playing a dangerous game with a killer.

A serial killer with a deadly message.

Faced with a murderous wake-up call and two possibly linked deaths, Ari’s investigation puts her next on the killer’s list. But she’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Needing closure, Ari must face her demons and the killer behind them … or lose everything she loves.

“If Dexter and Gone Girl had a love child, this would be it.” – reader review

“Perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza and Melinda Leigh, Pamela Crane introduces a mind-twist that takes everything you love about thrillers, pushes it outside the box, and electrifies you with clever prose and a plot that will terrify you. A must-read thriller…” – Southern Editor Reviews


Seconds (Internet Famous Collection Book 6) by Cam Johns – My Review

Title: Seconds (Internet Famous Collection Book 6)

Author: Cam Johns

Release Date: September 30th 2020

Genre: Romance, Fairy Tale Retellings

Braxton Knight always had his mind set on becoming a celebrity chef. So much so that he forgot how to be a gentleman. His arrogance destroyed the confidence in many women, until he met the one woman who didn’t fawn over his every move. Phoenix Brighton. Soon, karma would come back to bite him in the ass that would devastate his future. Or so he thought. Turns out, it’s sometimes possible to find your second chance.

Cam Johns’s dark retelling of Rapunzel is a second chance romance that will leave you craving more from this hot celebrity chef and salivating for SECONDS.

Second by Cam Johns is fairy tale retelling of Rapunzel. 

I LOVED how different this retelling was! I love the dark vibe of it. It has a great balance of drama and sexiness. I really enjoy Miss Johns storytelling and the way these characters seem to incite such feelings and emotions while you’re reading. I found myself tearing up and then bawling at some of the scenes. Ah good times! I anxiously await what’s next from this author!! I give this 5 stars!

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


Playing with Hellfire: A Paranormal Romance (Sin Demons Book 1) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

Title: Playing with Hellfire: A Paranormal Romance (Sin Demons Book 1)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: September 24th 2020

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Demons

The devils aren’t in the details.
They’re in my bed…

When my warlock foster father trades me to demons for his outstanding debts, I find myself in Hell on Earth. I’m thrust into a supernatural underground crime ring I can’t get out of, eternally bound in a contract I never made.

Three hot-as-hell demons stand in between me and my freedom.

A tattooed, brutish Hellhound shifter. An incubus with the power to bend wills on command. And the heir to Lucifer’s throne—the original sin demon, Pride, himself. I have to find a way out of the deal before they devour me, body and soul.

But I’m no angel. There’s something inside me, something that craves the chaotic darkness these demons possess.

Escaping may mean giving in to Hell’s more sinful temptations. But playing with fire only hurts if you get burned…

Bestselling authors Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks have brought the heat with this fiery and sinful paranormal romance. It’ll leave you burning up for more! Scroll up and 1-click to give into your darkest temptations today!

Playing with Hellfire is book one in a demon romance trilogy.

Sinfully wicked read! 

Aria finds herself in a situation she didn’t ask to be in. She is owned by not one but three demons. She struggles with wanting to escape to be entranced by these three men. 

Right from the start I was hooked. There’s a bit of mystery surrounding Aria and I wanted to know more about her. I love that she’s cunning, witty and puts on a brave face even when she’s feeling anything but. Then we get to these demon men and oh my! I can’t make up my mind who I like more. They’re all sexy as sin! I can’t choose!

Miss Brooks and Miss Young brought the heat in those sex scenes! Hotness! Along with those scenes is a very good story plot. There’s action and danger. It’ll have your pulse racing. 

This is such a guilty pleasure read. I devoured this whole book in one sitting. Yeah it was that good. I like the collaboration between Miss Brooks and Miss Young. I look forward to the next book! I give this 5 stars.

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


Sons of Stars by Nia Rose – My Review

Title: Sons of Stars *Audiobook*

Author: Nia Rose

Release Date: April 24th 2020

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Domenic Alderman is a normal 17 year old student who likes to occasionally lift weights. Winter vacation is over, and it’s a week until Domenic’s 18th birthday. At school, nothing special happens, just a new girl named Luna joined his class and she…glows! Quickly, Domenic’s normal world is flipped upside down as he starts to go through some very strange changes.

If being able to run faster than normal and being able to lift weights like they were nothing weren’t strange enough, accidentally turning a potential girlfriend into a sword and battling strange shadow creatures called Tamas might put a kink Domenic’s graduating plans.

Sons of Stars is a fantastic YA fantasy story! Domenic and his friends are typical high school kids. They like to hang out and have fun. When Luna joins his school, weird things start to happen. It’s a crazy ride going forward! I really like the originality of the relic and welder. There is plenty of action scenes and some scenes that will have you tearing up. Ah teenagers. The narrators voice was pleasant which made this book enjoyable to listen to. That was quite an adventure and I am hoping there’s another book coming! I give this 5 stars.

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


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Nineteen Seventy: A New Orleans Witches Family Saga (The Seven Book 1)

By Sarah M. Cradit

~Synopsis~

One of the seven will die. There’s nothing they can do to stop it.

“You definitely will not want to miss this one!”
“Seriously one of the best books I have read.”
“Exceeded every single one of my expectations.”
“The way the story unravels and weaves through the lives of the family was remarkable.”
“These characters are so complex yet so relatable that you will fall in love with them all.”
“I will never forget a single moment.”
“Mrs. Cradit has a way with words that will leave you wanting to read more.”
“I absolutely love this entire series.”
“That ending tho!!!”

1970. New Orleans. The seven Deschanel siblings live with their long-suffering mother in an historic Garden District mansion. Each of them unique. Each of them born with a gift. In some cases, a gift they wish they could give back.

When August Deschanel died, he left his wife, Irish Colleen, with more than seven children to raise. She inherited a job she was never prepared for: bringing up his heirs in a world she doesn’t understand. She’d never seen true magic, not before marrying into the most prominent-and mysterious-family in New Orleans. Now, she can’t escape it.

Irish Colleen knows a terrible secret. Her youngest, a prophet, has seen a future that is unavoidable: the Deschanels will not leave 1970 without losing one of the seven. She knows only that it will happen, but not when, how… or to whom.

Charles, the playboy heir apparent. Augustus, the family fixer. Colleen, the unfailing pragmatist. Madeline, the bleeding heart. Evangeline, the genius. Maureen, the dreamer. Elizabeth, the tortured one.

One of her children must die, and Irish Colleen can do nothing to stop it.

Seven Siblings. Seven Years. Seven Spellbinding Novels.


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.

 

 


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

 


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Dark Heirloom: A Vampire Urban Fantasy (An Ema Marx Novel Book 1)

By J.D. Brown

~Synopsis~

Vampires. Shifters. Nephilim. Ema Marx is their savior, but she can’t believe the bloodsuckers exist. Or that she’s one of them.

Sure, night vision and super strength are cool, but when an ancient premonition threatens her life, Ema just wants to get the hell out of dodge. Or in this case, the mysterious castle she wakes up in.

Jalmari is a vampire prince with a bad attitude. He wants nothing to do with Ema, until he discovers she’s a threat to his throne. Now he’s out for blood. Ema’s blood.

Ema’s survival hangs on her ability to stay one step ahead of Jalmari while curbing her own morbid thirst. Can she save herself, or will she succumb to a dangerous destiny?

Dark Heirloom is the first installment of the 5x award-winning Ema Marx series. If you like strong female heroines, lots of action, and a hint of romance, then you’ll love J.D. Brown’s gripping urban fantasy world.

Pick up this page-turner today!