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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
 

 


Interview with an Author featuring C.C. Solomon

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is C.C. Solomon! Her newest release, Dark Hauntings: A Paranormal Times Novel released on July 20th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

 I’ve been seriously writing for about ten years but I first started when I was in middle school.

Describe a typical writing day.

You know, I don’t think I have a writing day. Since I work full time, I fit it in where I can get it in. Usually writing on my laptop on the couch or bed, listening to music or with cartoons on in the background.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. I am a daydreamer. Certain situations can inspire me. Also I love anime and k dramas so I get inspired by those as well. And I’m a big time reader so I get inspired by other authors. If you want to learn how to be a better writer, reading works like Stephen King can be not only good entertainment but educational.

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

I think Fran has become my favorite. My latest release, Dark Hauntings, is the second time she’s featured, although she’s done some cameos in other books in my Paranormal World universe. She’s tough, says what’s on her mind and is fearless. However, she is also able to self reflect and course correct should she fail.

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

I’m not sure I have a special way of dealing. The emotional impact is part of the ride of it all. I try not to make negative events in my books without a bigger purpose but going for “the feels” is part of the fun! And I love it as a reader.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

Yep, I’ve provided you with the links. I’m mostly on Facebook and Instagram. Right now I’m just on stalker status on Tik Tok lol.

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

I’d like to think I have a unique perspective. Growing up, there were no books in urban fantasy with BIPOC as the leads. Usually such characters were written as “the other” and were one note. I’m glad to write in something culturally different, including certain lesser known folklores like I did in Dark Hauntings, to a degree and incorporate my love of super hero shows, anime and K dramas as a unique mix.

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

Right now I’m in the middle of writing the sequel to Mystic Realms. So we are going back to the world of faeries and elves but still in this post apocalyptic world.  It’s more paranormal romance than urban fantasy but that’s also a favorite genre of mine.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing. You can go back to fix things but finish the novel first.

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

That I’m passionate about it and I like to write what I want to read and I hope that shows.

 

 

Thank you C.C. Solomon for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Dark Hauntings today!

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~Synopsis~

In a post-apocalyptic world full of monsters and demons, living without a memory is a dangerous thing.

Hi, my name is Francesca Ross and my life sucks right now. I’m a faerie who doesn’t remember her life beyond five years ago. I used to be a top-ranking warrior faerie but now I’ve become a homeless, unemployed loser with no plans for the future. I was supposed to be a big-time faerie queen with my own unseelie court by now. However, my approval ratings in the fae world aren’t the greatest due to some past infighting, so I’m forced to agree to a ‘special arrangement’ with a popular faerie if I want any chance at winning the throne.

When I get an offer from an arch angel to investigate angel disappearances in a small vacation town in exchange for help recovering my lost memories, I can’t say no. I need all the help I can get. Also, I could use a little vacation from doing nothing. I enlist the help of my friend who I may or may not have had a romance with in my past, half angel/half demon, Felix Gonzalez, along with a not so angelic guardian angel and a temperamental succubus. But of course, nothing is as easy as the deceiving angels explained. Now I’m stuck in a town with a mystery more gruesome than I could have imagined and I’m being stalked by several demonic forces, one of whom could have the answers to my hidden past.

Can I save the day, regain my memories, and win a throne? A girl can try.

Fans of Supernatural and the Kate Daniel’s series may like this new paranormal tale.

C.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has actively written fiction since the age of eleven. She’s an avid “chick lit” reader and urban fantasy fan. During her days, she works in Civil Rights for the federal government. In her free time, she sings karaoke, travels the globe and watches too much TV… when she’s not writing of course.

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Interview with an Author featuring Megan Lowe

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Megan Lowe! Her latest release, Bad Boy: An MM Bully romance (Good Boy/Bad Boy Duet Book 2) released on July 17th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a massive bookworm, wannabe booktoker, sometimes author, avid sports fan, tea drinker, pin collector, good music advocate, and admirer of good-looking men!

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

Thank you! It’s called Bad Boy and is the second half of my Good Boy/Bad Boy duet. It’s an MM bully romance, set in Chicago, with fast cars, and hopeless boys!

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

Bad Boy is number 11, which is crazy!! I never thought I’d have one published, let alone 11!

My favourite has to be Royal Blue (Sovereigns of Savannah, book 1). It’s my first self-published book, which was a mountain of stress, but it’s 100% the book I wanted to write, exactly as I pictured it in my head. It was probably the easiest book I’ve written, and the one I’m most sure of.

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

I’ve always been a writer. When I was little I used to make up my own newsletter, and distribute it to my parents. I never, ever dreamed I could actually be an actual writer. 

I’m a trained journalist, but never got a “proper” job in that field. It was when I finally gave up on that path, that I started writing fiction. It was about seven years ago that I probably actually realised I could publish a book, either by myself, or through a publisher.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I don’t know about a particular scene, but I can tell you Good Boy was my hardest book to write! The whole thing! I wrote it during covid and my head was all over the place. I didn’t know where I wanted the book to go, who I wanted the characters to be. It was a mess. It’s not a mess anymore, though!

Have you done any book events/cons?

I’ve done a few, both in the US, and in Australia. I did have a few on the books for this year, but I’m unsure if they’re going to go ahead, and who knows when I’ll ever get back to the States, but I’m hopeful things will get better soon!

What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?

I don’t feel guilty about anything that I read, but I will re-read The Deal by Elle Kennedy at least twice a year! And every now and then I think you need a good, crammed full of smut book! Something where you don’t need to think to read it, you just need to enjoy!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Oh God! Right now I just want to get out of my state! I haven’t left Queensland since March last year! I was supposed to go to Melbourne in three weeks, but that doesn’t look like it will be happening. I also had a big trip to Dallas, New York, Boston, and New Orleans planned last year, but obviously that didn’t happen either!

So, for my sanity, I’d just like to get out of Queensland, but my usual answer would always be New York. It’s my favourite city in the world, closely followed by Nashville.

I’ve also been watching the Tour de France, and the scenery is just stunning! So I wouldn’t mind going back to Paris. But yeah, we’ll start with just going over the border!

What are you currently working on?

Right now, nothing! Self publishing is so hard, and stressful! I’m a worrier by nature, so I always blow everything up to like, a million times worse than it is! So once I’ve put a book to bed, I kind of crash!

In my line-up though I want to tackle the second Sovereigns of Savannah book, Regal Purple. I wrote it the end of 2019 and was about to send it to my editor, but I hated it, so I shelved it! But I think I’m ready to tackle it again.

I also want to write the third book in that series, Majestic Pink. I finally know who Magenta is and she’s slowly starting to talk to me, so I’m kind of excited to see where that goes.

I’ve also got an idea for either a mature YA or NA ménage, and a single-father romance.

I have a lot of ideas, but a love of being lazy and procrastinating! I also hand-write, so everything takes me like, three times as long.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t hand write your books! Lol.

Besides that, read a lot. See what’s out there, how people do their stories, what their stories are about. Figure out what you like, what you don’t like, what you want your characters to be. You need a very clear voice.

In publishing terms? You will need an editor. I don’t care how many times you read your manuscript, or how good at grammar you are, you need an editor.

You also need a good cover designer. People do judge a book by it’s cover. Spend the money, on both things, because they are vitally important.

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

That I always try to put a spin on things. Whether it’s a combination you’ve never seen before, or a sport you’ve never heard of, I always try to be a little bit different!

Thank you Megan Lowe for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest series, GoodBoy/Bad Boy Duet today!

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~Synopsis~

Cavanugh McLaughlin is a bad boy. He’s tried to be the good boy, the good son, but it’s not him.

Then Connor Siddell came into his world and changed everything.

For a chance to be with Connor, Cav is willing to change.

But in the wake of a life-threatening accident, Cav is forced to face his truths.

Is the accident enough to turn this bad boy good?

Or is it too late, for both of them?

*Bad Boy is book two of the Good Boy/Bad Boy duet and must be read in order.

Bad Boy contains a depiction of suicide. Reader caution is advised.

Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down.  She writes Mature YA, New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with a difference. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.

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Interview with an Author featuring Eva Finley

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Eva Finley! Her debut novel, The Sun Daughter’s Gift released November 15th 2020.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m thirty-five, I live in Michigan, which is the ninth state I’ve lived in. I work a full time job and I’m currently taking online classesto get my associates degree in paralegal studies.

How long have you been writing?

I’d like to say since I was fifteen, which was twenty years ago, because that’s the short answer lol, but I realized when I thought about it, I started writing when I was 9. I had this puppet show stand that I set up for the kids in my neighborhood. I sold small bags of popcorn and told a story that I’d made up on the spot. At 11 I wrote a story in middle school based on an idea I got from the shape of someone’s ears, and I mean that in a good way. It wasn’t until I was fifteen though that my writing really took off and hasn’t stopped.

Describe a typical writing day.

I like to pull out all my notebooks and binders that contain information about the book I’m working on. Then I pull out my USB that holds all my stories and pull up my folder specifically for that story. Sometimes I know what I’m going to work on, and others I don’t know until I have everything laid out in front of me. One day I might work on the outline if I’ve got an idea for a new scene, write a scene, go through my story bible and work on my worldbuilding, or type up what I’ve written in my notebooks. I’m usually so focused on writing that I’ll forget to eat something, because I don’t want to stop.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

From everything, everyone, and everywhere. This is not an exaggeration. The first series that I ever wrote, I got the idea when I looked at a skeleton key lock on our old basement door when I was fifteen. A simple word someone says can spark an idea, something I read could spark an idea, like it did for my current book The Sun Daughter’s Gift.

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

That even though you’re afraid of something, because let’s face it, we’re all afraid of something, you shouldn’t let that fear stop you from doing what’s right, or from doing something you want to do.

What is the significance of the title?

Besides the fact this is the first story I’ve written where the title never changed. The title itself is what helps set the story in motion. It’s what the main character receives, I don’t want to give it away, and what she decides to do with the gift that decides what happens.

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

Imaginative, passionate, and a little crazy in a good way, I do write fantasy after all.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

Believe it or not, the highlight was when I was completely done with it, I realized that if I added twelve of more scenes that are told from the future, it would make it even better. I knew it was bound to drive me crazy in the process, but if I could pull it off it would be amazing.

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

I’m currently working on a YA magical realism trilogy called The Academy of Elements.

What advice would you give to other authors?

No matter how many people tell you to stop writing, DON’T STOP WRITING. Even if you get rejected over and over again DON’T STOP WRITING. I always tell myself I’ll keep trying until the day I die. It doesn’t matter how many people tell me no, I only need one to say yes.

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

If I keep getting ideas, I’ll keep writing. If someone were to ask me to stop writing it would be like asking me to stop breathing. About my books, that’s a hard one. The one thing the majority, if not all, of my books have in common is that I like to take the world we live in and make it magical, and not necessarily wizards or witches. They make you believe that anything magical could easily be happening right outside your door, you just haven’t seen it yet.

Thank you Eva Finley for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her release, The Sun Daughter’s Gift today!

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~Synopsis~

One choice, can save the past.

One choice, can alter the future.

Pure light was all thirteen-year-old Claretta Arbogast had to fight the shadows that threatened to take over the Earth. It was the Earth’s misfortune she also happened to be afraid of the dark. Thrust into a battle against Shadow People from the dark side of the moon, she must use the power to create pure light, a gift she received from the Sun’s youngest daughter, to defeat them. With help from Daijon, who has a secret power, Claretta races to light the town against the dark, and save the Sun’s daughters.

Eva Finley’s journey began when she was born in Harvey, Illinois. At the age of eleven she got her first taste of writing. At the age of fifteen it became a passion, and she hasn’t stopped yet. She is the author of The Sun Daughter’s Gift, and has more stories to come.

When she’s not writing you can find her at her full time job. On her days off besides writing, you can find Eva reading, drawing, painting, taking online classes, teaching herself French, or hanging out with friends.

After moving most of her life, Eva has finally found her home in Michigan, though Hogwarts will always be her home, where she’s a proud Hufflepuff.

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Interview with an Author featuring K.L. Garrison

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is the husband/wife writing duo, K.L. Garrison! Their debut novel, Almost King: The Rise of Jerik released on February 4th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourselves.

Well, we live in Texas, have a horde of children, spend as much time as possible in the woods or on the lake. K.L. is Comanche and is actually a tattoo artist as a day job. I’m an editor and publisher and SAHM.

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

Only two so far. Almost King: The Rise of Jerik and its sequel, out in August, Jerik the Unsteady.

K.L.: I don’t think I have a favorite, really. I think maybe Almost King— developing the characters was fun and gave me the inspiration to keep going.

Karmin: I refuse to choose.

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

K.L.: When my wife challenged me to write a story… though, when I was younger, I would write stories here and there. I’ve always had the imagination. But, honestly, I probably wouldn’t have written anything without Karmin’s poking and prodding.

Karmin: I write small things here and there— once I wrote a huge 300k dark fantasy and lost the entire file (remember to extra backup your stuff, folks)— but writing has never been my dream. I like the other side of book stuff which is why I’m an editor and publisher.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Can’t tell you that— spoilers. 

K.L.: Spoilers (but really anything dealing with Jerik).

Karmin: Reading what he wrote and then filling in extras almost broke my heart, especially at the end of Almost King.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

K.L.: That’s hard to answer… I’ve always loved history, particularly where there’s not a written history but more oral so we don’t truly know everything like the viking and indigenous histories. It gives more room to build into stories… like, we know Vikings did come to North America and I wanted to see what could have possibly happened between them and those of my culture.

Karmin: *points at K.L.* I do have a short in an antho coming out later this year and that inspiration was just being mad as hell.

What does your family think of your writing?

K.L. & Karmin: They love it. Everyone has been so supportive and it gives greater motivation. The kids think it’s the coolest thing that we both work with or write books. They’re all little bookworms themselves. 

What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?

K.L.: Honestly, I don’t read much fiction. It’s mostly historical biographies and such.

Karmin: I have SO MANY! But I wouldn’t call them guilty pleasures. I just like stories, especially dark ones where the villain has the upper hand. BUT, to name some favorites, All the Ways You Never Loved Me by Rue Volley, House of Deceit by Julie McCord, Being Mrs Dracula by Faith Marlow, Dragon’s Call and Raven Daughter by A.D. Trosper, JackRabbit7 by Sarah Jayne Carr, DragonLance by Weis & Hickman… I feel like I’m doing a disservice to many by not listing more.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

K.L.: I don’t know, really.

Karmin: I like where I am. But if we’re talking vacations, I’d be happy as all get out to just road trip around the country and then visit some friends up in Canada.

What are you currently working on?

K.L.: We just finished up Jerik the Unsteady. I’ve already started formulating the third (unnamed) book for the Tale of Two Nations series.

Karmin: So so many things. Aside from Jerik the Unsteady, I’ve got Indomitable Ink and all the things going on there. Art books, books in indigenous languages, horror, some anthologies… I’m never not busy, honestly.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

K.L.: I guess it would be to try not to overthink it. It seems to play out better if you just write whatever comes first and clean it up later. It may even piss your editor off (*glances at Karmin*) but you’ll get a less forced-feeling, more authentic story if you just roll with the emotions.

Karmin: Be bold but don’t be a jerk. You should absolutely be proud of the work you put out but to ignore the help given you along the way, the opportunities that get you where you’re going, and the people that were just there for you is really gross. There’s no need to act better than others when being grateful and humble will get you where you want to be. And for the love of books, listen to advice given when asked for and take it with a grain of salt.

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

K.L.: That’s a hard one. I always wanted to write something that people would enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing. Even though it’s a historical fiction, it’s always been my hope that people would read it and think, “This could have happened.” I want people to feel it’s authentic with just enough wiggle room to leave the rest to their imagination. About me? I never wrote and thought to go anywhere big… I only wrote it because it was a story I found hidden in myself and thought “others might enjoy this, too.”

Karmin: I mean, I may be biased but, the books are pretty great… how often do you see something written about natives by a native?! But also… if the only thing you know about Norsemen/Vikings is the show Vikings… maybe don’t use that as a comparison because this is based off actual mythology and history.

 

Thank you K.L. Garrison for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their release, Almost King today!

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~Synopsis~

Raid.
Plunder.
Take what they want.
They are Austmenn.

Thrive.
Protect.
Live in harmony.
They are Waterfall People.

For these two nations to find peace, all hell must break loose.

 

Growing up as one of the few indigenous children in his town, K.L. always looked for ways to share his culture and heritage with those around him and learn from them in return. Sharing stories has been a way of life for many and to be able to share his stories with the world has been a lifelong dream. He deeply believes that teaching and sharing cultures breaks down stereotypes and brings the world together, often telling children, “Although you may all look and speak different, you’re who your god made you and you should not be afraid to be yourself.” 

K.L. lives in east Texas with his family. When not writing, he spends his time with his children- the most important people in his life. Being outdoors is close to K.L.’s heart and walking through the forest, hunting, fishing, working with horses, or building a new project are favorite hobbies of his, though K.L. has never been one to turn down a good video game, either.

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