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Interview with an Author Featuring Kim Alexander

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kim Alexander! Best selling author of the New World Magic and The Demon Door series.

Hi Kim! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Okay! I’m originally from Long Island NY, but I spent my growin’ up years in Fort Lauderdale, back when it was the center of the world for hot trash during Spring Break. I went to the University of Miami and majored in Communications, which qualified me for a job at Radio Shack. Instead, I went to work at a bunch of radio stations up and down the Florida Keys, and I finally settled in Key West, where, according to the police report, I had a great time. After that it was off to Washington D.C. where I do not work for the Feds (neither do any of my friends–D.C. is a real city with real people!) I worked at Sirius XM Radio for many years, helping to program Book Radio, where my only job was to read books and interview authors, and go to places like Comic Con. Did I like my job? <sob> it was okay...All good things came to an end with a generous severance package, and for the last seven years I’ve been writing full time. I live across the street from the National Zoo– I can see into the Children’s Zoo from my window, and we can hear the lions and monkeys! I have a fabulous husband, two weirdo cats, and despite <flails around at, well, everything> life is pretty good. (I sure wish the zoo would reopen, though.)

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, I began writing stories about animals when I was just six or seven. It never occurred to me it could be an actual job until fairly recently.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Because I am desperately lazy, I wake up late and usually write from noon to four or five. I find diminishing returns after that, and usually have to do a lot of repairs. And even though it doesn’t involve sitting at my desk, I do a TON of work while I’m waiting to fall asleep. Something about that relaxed state allows dialogue to flow, and I just do my best to remember it the next day. Pages I write in my head at night are almost always the best parts of my books.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

Oh, you mean the all important staring-out-the-window phase? A lot. But I find that I learn so much once the actual writing has begun, and I start to ask the interesting ‘what if’ questions, which you really don’t know until you learn more about the characters. I guess that makes me a world building pantser?

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I had just completed my epic fantasy series The Demon Door, which ran four books and something like 455,000 words. It had over 40 named characters, two vastly different worlds, and two timelines (NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS.) My follow up was Pure, a first person, contemporary, fast paced paranormal romance, which felt like a cool drink of 35,000 word water. Of course, the follow ups to Pure keep getting longer–I can’t help myself!

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Too many to name, and I’ve gotten to meet and interview so many of them. But I have to mention Peter Beagle (see question 7!) I was working at Wonder Con in San Francisco waaaay back in 2011, doing my author interviews. To my amazement and delight I managed to score a few minutes with Peter. Five minutes before our meeting, I got a call that my mom, who had been quite ill, was going into hospice. I was on the opposite coast and there was no way to get a flight, so I stayed. I told him what happened (because I was obviously distraught) and he put his hand over mine and told me she knew I would be there soon. I have so much love for him, not only for his immense talent, but his kindness.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Funnily enough, it was The Last Unicorn. I’ve said elsewhere I have the copy I got when I was a kid, from like 1968. It’s utterly in tatters but I pretty much have it memorized. This book (along with the tapestry of The Unicorn in Captivity) became the inspiration for Pure.

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

That they are all reasonably priced and available now! Also I did the narration for Pure and The March Effect, and I’m very proud of them. And when I say I would love to hear from you (YOU!) about my books, other books, cats, food, gardening, etc, etc, I am not kidding. Let’s chat!

Thank you Kim Alexander for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her books today!

~Synopsis~

‘A unicorn walks into a bar….’
That is not a joke.
Look, I’m a bartender, I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire–as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons–you can see them in the scars on my neck.
I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old–old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try. I also made a friend when I decided to help March. He’s only been a human man for a day. I’m responsible for him now. He’s my friend…and maybe something more. Maybe a lot more.
It doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t magical anymore. I don’t care if he’s not PURE.
But he does.
From best-selling author Kim Alexander, a modern fairy tale of magic, love, and redemption.

Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband who tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.

Pure by Kim Alexander on Amazon

Pure by Kim Alexander, read by the author–Audible


Interview with an Author Featuring Rebecca L. Garcia

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Rebecca L. Garcia! Her newest release, The Fate of Crowns released on January 5th 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved reading since I was a little girl, so I always felt a calling to books. I never thought I’d write one, however, until 2014 when I was working in a phone store and I felt like I wasn’t really happy with my career. I had a story in my head and wanted to get it down. So I did.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have one (I’m a little disappointed in myself). I guess the only thing I do that * could* be considered quirky is sometimes I say the sentences aloud as I’m writing them.

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

I probably have a weird reaction, but I usually end up smiling, knowing that if I could feel that much emotion from a scene, then those reading my book could feel the same. If it’s a really strong scene and it hurts my heart then I will step away for a while, have a cup of tea, and feel those feels.

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

Under Rebecca L. Garcia, I’ve published two and a half (the half being a novella), and am currently writing The Court of Secrets and a secret project releasing in September. I think I loved The Princess of Nothing the most.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

When I first started writing, J. K. Rowling was a huge inspiration to me, but in recent years it’s been all the indie authors who’ve succeeded and worked hard and shown me that we can do it! I feel inspired by all of them and by reading their books, it has of course influenced my writing. I try harder. I read more. The more I read, the better writer I become 😊

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

I do and I love talking to them. Some of them just like discussing certain characters or scenes from my books and those conversations are my favorite. I enjoy talking about the world I created and get all gushy when they’re just as excited as me! Some have messaged me telling me how their books helped them through a tough period or quotes they related too which is really warming to hear.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

The Queen of Nothing.

Do you have any new series planned?

I have a new release coming this September. The title and cover haven’t been released yet but I am in love with this world. It’s very different to my current series, but still falls under the YA Fantasy genre.

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

I actually posted a recent casting to who I’d want for each character. I’d love for Kaya Scodelario to play Winter and Wade Poezyn to play Blaise.

What advice would you give to other authors?

It’s age old advice, I’m sure, but simply it is to keep writing. Every book you write is more and more practice. Don’t get so stuck on the details of publishing so much that you forget to write the damn book.

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

I also enjoy writing the darker side of things. Whether it is really flawed characters or complex villains. I love getting in their heads and understanding the gray area between simply good and bad. I like to look through the lenses of the morally gray.

 

Thank you Rebecca L. Garcia for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Fate of Crowns today!

~Synopsis~

With my brother’s death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it. Now, my father–the most dangerous man in Magaelor–seeks to control my future.

But fate has other plans.

Thrown into mer-filled waters, I’m dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage could bring peace to a century’s old division between the fae and sorcerers. But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny.

I must make the choice between my duty, family, and truth before it’s too late.

Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?

The Fate of Crowns is a fast-paced YA epic fantasy about a sheltered princess who travels between magical kingdoms, discovering a world vastly different to what she’d been led to believe.

Get book one now. The anticipated sequel releases February 2nd 2021.

Rebecca lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and son. Originally from England, you can find her drinking tea, writing new worlds, and designing covers. She writes young adult fantasy. She devoured every book she was given and fell in love with magical worlds, and when she got older, her imagination grew with her. She implements royalty into her books because she adores historical monarchies.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her traveling, and hosting book signings with Spellbinding Events.

The Fate of Crowns, Book one, releases January 5th 2021 with the following four books releasing between February and June.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Carrigan Richards

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Carrigan Richards! Her newest release, January Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 1) released on January 25th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was 10.

Describe a typical writing day.

Wake up late…lounge around…finally get to my computer or notebook and start writing. Write until the wee hours of the morning.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life – everything and everywhere. Books, movies, music…

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

 I love all my characters honestly – even the bad guys. I love how strong they are, yet how much they grow through all they’ve experienced. They all make mistakes which is human, and I love how real they are.

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

When writing Pieces of Me and another contemporary, both made me cry. They deal with such deep and dark issues, but they are issues that people deal with on a daily basis. After writing both books, I have to step away and focus on something much lighter. Sometimes I listen to music or watch TV or watch a bunch of puppy videos.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Nicholas Sparks’ The Return

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

 I keep reading what’s out there. What’s new…what’s exciting. Sometimes I’ll go into my vault of old ideas that could still be used. Each book is different in the series, as they face new problems, but the overall problem is still there.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loyal, determined, kind.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up! If writing is something you love, keep writing no matter what. It isn’t easy, but nothing worth having is easy.

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

That my books are meant to be fun, yet somewhat educational. I want them to know that while life is hard and frustrating, there are good things in life.

 

Thank you Carrigan Richards for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, January Dreams today!

~Synopsis~

Love is the last thing on seventeen-year-old Megan Devereux’s mind. The only thing she wants to focus on is continuing her good grades to get a scholarship so she can leave her stressful home.

She starts having dreams of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt. But in real life, she hates Casper. She wants nothing to do with him, but that doesn’t stop him from suddenly paying attention to her, claiming he likes her.

When Megan meets the brooding and handsome Vincent, they start dating and quickly fall in love. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place.

Consumed by the dreams and visions, Megan’s determined to learn the truth about them, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.


Carrigan is the author of Pieces of Me, a young adult contemporary romance, and the Elemental Enchanters Series, a young adult paranormal romance. She was born in Cullman, Alabama, but grew up in Birmingham, and moved to Atlanta at 18. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. For as long as she can remember, she was always making up stories and characters inside her head, sometimes using her dolls to act out the scenes.

When she’s not writing (which is rare), she’s spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, playing with her two furbabies, or cheering on her Atlanta Braves.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Mike Adams

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Mike Adams! Author of the Fierce Girls at War Series.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve thought about writing on and off since high school but I really wasn’t ready to actually do it until much more recently. It takes time that I didn’t have before and you have to overcome the anxiety of having other people read and critique your work. Now the kids are grown up and out of the house, money isn’t a problem, and I can work when I want, or not (substitute teacher).

What time of the day do you usually write?

That would depend on which aspect of ‘writing’ you are referring to. During the mornings and afternoons, I often write longhand on pads of paper the basic scenes that I know I will need although often not in the order they will appear. Then I’ll talk them into Dragon Speaking Naturally software, checking to make sure what it shows on the page is what I said (not always successful there!). Later in the day, or evening, I’ll flesh out and edit the scene or chapter. Then I’ll put it aside for awhile and work on another piece.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

You have to have some general parameters to work within although you can always tweak things as you go along. 

For the Fierce Girls At War series I had two worlds to build in rough outline before I could really start writing down the story. I spent quite a bit of time, a couple of months on and off, daydreaming the basic story, carrying it forward and backwards, and thinking about how it needed to start, where it would go, what kind of people would fit in it and what things required some research.

Initially, the story I wanted to write took place on an Earth-like world that was Earth’s first colony. If it was to be ‘Earth-like’, then the air needed to be breathable, the water drinkable, and the gravity within a comfortable range. That was the easy part. More complicated was deciding how such a colonization project could come about, who would be involved, who would pay for it, what kind of technology would be used, what situation the characters would be put in. And, what was the planet like – length of year, size, the local solar system, the weather, animal and plant life etc.

So, then I had to give the main characters a reason for going there in the first place. I had to imagine what Earth would be like 100 years in the future. For this, I chose not to think about all the ways things would be different, but how much might be the same, more or less. Look back 100 years and you can see much that is similar to today – Marines sent to ‘hotspots’ overseas, people often resided in houses that were built decades before, there were families with generations of service in the police or military, people went to school, drove vehicles, and there were children raised by single parents due to pregnancy outside of marriage, or because of divorce or the death of a parent. And there were political rivalries, chauvinism and sexual violence, and there were fanatics dedicated to some cause or other, that drove them to violence. 

I think these attributes will still exist 100 years from now regardless of whatever else is going on. Technology is more advanced, of course, but human behavior itself hasn’t changed that much. I simply carried today’s familiar attributes forward, adjusting for further advances within those attributes such as more female Marines and soldiers in combat overseas, the commonplace use of artificial intelligence in the home (think ‘Alexa’ but much more advanced), and so on. 

Add in the standard future technology that allows sci-fi to go to other worlds – anti-gravity lift and the ability to use hyperspace/jump space/folded space to cross interstellar distances in a short period of time. In both cases, as the story evolved other elements of these worlds would be incorporated as needed.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Books 10 and 11, Death By Water and Death By Fire, and Jacks Company, were the most fun to write. They were really the climactic installments of the first half of the series. They required complex battle scenes in different locations going on almost simultaneously with all the different groups of characters involved. A lot of characters had been introduced in the earlier books and I got to make use of many of them, and I got to kill a few of them off, too. They were fun to write but had a lot of moving parts so the process took a while.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I’d have to say that David Weber has been my favorite author for over 20 years with Elizabeth Moon and John Ringo a close second and third. Weber, especially in his Honor Harrington series, writes great female heroes whose lives evolve with very interesting stories over many years. His books also often have multiple storylines that come together at points but could stand independently from the main story. Weber’s series, and there are quite a few of them, tend to be long with a dozen or more volumes in each, and each has a lot of details and many characters. That does tend to result in rather long installments. While 23 books in my Fierce Girls At War series (so far) might seem like a lot, it would take at least 2 or 3 of mine to match any one of his in length. Even so, his books are hard to put down once you start one.

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

I can’t start writing the beginning without knowing where the story is going, so starting with page one or chapter one doesn’t work for me. I‘ll make an outline of a portion of the story arc then I’ll start writing scenes that I want to be in there somewhere. I’d pretty much written the first eight books in the series and portions of books 9-20 before I was ready to finish Book 1 Fierce Girls in late 2017.

In retrospect, Fierce Girls is really more of a prequel to the main story of the Fierce Girls At War series. It introduces the major characters who are central to the series – a group of strong-willed, intelligent, and brave women and girls in the Cassidy/O’Brien family led by retired police weapons trainer Kelly Cassidy. whose son Rick is the father of Kelly’s only grandchild, Ciara, and is the main male protagonist, and the main female protagonist, Molly Bennett, a courageous Marine whose life will becomes intertwined with this family. Heroic actions result in their being hunted until they have to flee off-world under new identities to the New Hope Colony on Tau Ceti 4 where Earth’s first extra-solar colony is being developed. There they will join the Colonial Rangers and become important to the future of the colony. They will also meet and become friends with some of the female Rangers who will play important roles during the alien invasion of the colony that begins in books 2 ‘Threat on the Horizon’.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Hard to say. I was big into Andre Norton when I started reading science fiction so probably Witch World or Beast Master. Also, The Dragon Riders of Pern books by Anne MacCaffrey.

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

Curious, open-minded, creative.

What advice would you give to other authors?

  1. If you haven’t written before, assume that your first effort or first two or three, will not be very good. Think of it as practice, not failure. There’s lots to learn, just keep writing, that’s how you get better.
  2. Ask people to read some of what you wrote but not a whole book (they probably won’t want to invest that amount of time so they won’t even start it). Don’t ask someone who won’t tell you what’s wrong with it. Constructive criticism is a good thing!
  3. Write about what you know.
  4. If you are stuck at home during these covid times, the silver lining is having the extra time to write, re-write, jot down ideas, edit, work on marketing, develop your website, read other authors’ works, and do research. You can send stories to other people stuck at home who now have time to read your work and give you feedback. On the other hand, if you’ve got company in lockdown, you may have even less time than you had before. Been in both situations over the last 8-9 months. Either way, do whatever you can to move forward.

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

I’ve read lots of books where I knew that I could have done it better and I needed to prove that to myself and I think I did.

 

Thank you Mike Adams for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his series, Fierce Girls at War today!

~Synopsis~

Fierce Girls At War
This series is dedicated to the female soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen all over the world who are as capable and competent as their male counterparts but are often discounted by people who in reality are often not as smart, not as brave and not as competent as they are. It is also aimed at young, intelligent girls who given the chance to do so, or in this case when they have no other choice but to do so, are able to demonstrate their smarts, their courage, their determination and their ability to fight to survive in a difficult situation.

“I love being a Marine but there are days…We may have a lot of the same problems in 2122 we did a hundred years ago but back then the Gul brothers weren’t paying lots to see my head on a spike! Not that I was born yet but that’s not the point! So I’m a pretty good shot and Rick is even better. Did I ask daddy Gul and his boys to go on a rampage? No, I didn’t! But now we have to leave the planet and go to the New Hope colony where the locals like to eat people!”
-Staff Sergeant Susan ‘Molly’ Bennett, USMC

The story of the alien Rift invasion of the New Hope Colony begins on Earth in 2122 when all too familiar problems and events cause a chain reaction that will have repercussions on two worlds. Fleeing for their lives and to protect his family Navy, Lieutenant Paul “Rick” O’Brien and Marine Staff Sergeant Susan Mollison “Molly” Bennett will have to board a starship for the long voyage to Earth’s first extrasolar colony under new identities. There they will join the Colonial Rangers, the international military force designed to protect the colonists from the planet’s ferocious predators, not to deter an alien invasion.

The female-loving Logistics officer O’Brien and superb marksman and the courageous Marine recon squad leader form an unbreakable bond forged under fire that will serve them well as events unfold around them. The circumstances that send them to the New Hope Colony will also have a profound effect on the other members of the O’Brien/Cassidy family and especially Rick’s daughter Ciara as well as on the colony where they find refuge.

‘FIERCE GIRLS’ introduces the lead characters and covers the events that force O’Brien and Bennett to leave Earth. Then as Lieutenant Commander Rick ‘Cassidy’ and Gunnery Sergeant Molly ‘Pickford’ the story will deal with their first months at the New Hope Colony. It also introduces the key members of Rick’s family, their embrace of Molly Bennett, and the repercussions on their own lives.

The Fierce Girls At War series beginning with ‘Fierce Girls’ is not simply about the bonds between the characters. It is about women who are smart, brave, quick thinking, resilient and who are good leaders. They are steady under fire, they are problem solvers and they are resourceful and creative thinkers. They feel fear when circumstances are frightening but they don’t panic. They are not dependent on their male counterparts and more often than not they outshine them. They feel lust and love but are not driven by either (most of the time). Many of them are experienced, competent soldiers while others are young students dropped into a perilous situation from which no one is coming to rescue them. Some of them are bound by bonds of family but by no means are they all. Book One ‘Fierce Girls’ introduces the main characters –Gunnery Sergeant ‘Molly’ Pickford, Lieutenant Commander ‘Rick’ Cassidy, his daughter Ciara and other members of his family, and Captain Naomi MacCaffrey, a Canadian officer captured by extremists and rescued by Molly in the African jungles. They must find it in themselves to fight battles against other humans before the coming desperate struggle against an alien invasion of Earth’s first colony in space that will arise in the following books of the series. Those books will show these women and others take the lead in fighting for the life of the colony.

Mike Adams is a native New Yorker who holds a degree in Business Administration from Wagner College and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is the father of 2 grown sons, a retired US Navy Supply Corps (Logistics) officer, a former small business owner, and a part-time substitute teacher. He has visited 6 continents and 36 countries, speaks Spanish, some German, a little Italian and less French. He currently lives in Chula Vista, CA with his wife Chris.

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Website: https://www.fiercegirlsatwar.com/

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Victoria Monroe

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Victoria Monroe! Author of Lucky, in Love which released on July 12th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been writing—poems, ideas, thoughts… I’ve been writing to publish since 2012.

Describe a typical writing day.

That’s a loaded question (laughs). Most of the time, my days aren’t structured around writing. My days are busy… so when inspiration strikes, I write notes on my phone, hand write pages in notebooks—I’ve even filled a napkin with a conversation that came to me. When I dedicate time to writing—I play music, drink coffee and allow my fingers let it all out.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My two biggest muses are nature and music. Both of those things are essential to me as an individual. I’m outside as much as I possibly can be—it’s an interesting dynamic when my mind clears of daily static and inspiration emerges. I get a lot more from nature than I ever seek. Nature and music are also essential components in each of my stories.

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

Every character is screaming at me from somewhere in my writer’s brain, “Pick me, pick me” (laughs)! They are all special and for different reasons, but if I had to choose one it would be Ashe Bennett. Ashe… (dreamy stares) I always wonder if I did him right. His character was always caring and dependable. Ashe is as loyal as they come. But when it comes to romance, Ashe was a no strings attached guy. I painted him in a sexually raw light at first… that’s where I wonder if I should have done something different. Ashe evolves from the playboy with a hidden heart of gold into the rock of not only his life, but also a few other characters.

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

I’m a very sentimental person to begin with, and truth be told—my stories consume me. To me, and I hope to my readers, these characters are real—when pages are being read, these characters are working, talking, laughing, crying, dreaming, yearning, loving… if I do my job, and a reader feels that, the way I do… well, it leaves me rooting for them, and missing them when the final words are written and the book closes.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Technically, there are a couple hundred… my kindle rests there. (winks). I have all the romance!

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

In my Forever series, each book has a different H/h. I think that makes it fun and fresh for readers. The overall cast is there in varying supporting roles to make it familiar all while learning something new. As for me, these characters are always developing in my mind and wracking my brain with their personalities.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loving. Passionate. Funny.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write.

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

One thing about me: I may not be all over social media, but that doesn’t mean I’m not aching to interact with readers—I’m available. One thing about my books: don’t judge a book by its cover. Books, like people, are always so much more than a single glance can reveal.

Thank you Victoria Monroe for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book Lucky, in Love today!

~Synopsis~

Lucky
I’ve never wanted much, but what I want seems to be unattainable. I’ve lived my entire life right here in Ocean Creek, dreaming of making the abandoned island property mine. My dream never changed until I met Kace Donovan. We fell in love that summer, and promised each other everything. Suddenly, all my dreams included having Kace by my side. Weeks turned into months, months into years, and eventually I saw almost every one of my dreams turn into reality—almost. While I stand on the property that’s my dream come true, Kace Donovan is just a memory…

Kace
The movie I just wrapped is the pinnacle of my acting career. I’ve acquired fame and fortune. I’ve had starlets on my arm for decades. Through it all, I’ve kept almost every promise I’ve made—almost. I was in love once, and I promised Lucky MacIntyre that our goodbye wouldn’t be forever. I promised her I’d come back. I never said it would take twenty-one years…

Will they ever be lucky in love?

Victoria loves reading great romance! She writes steamy contemporary romance and loves sharing the stories she has written with readers! There’s nothing like knowing that her characters have nestled their way into someone’s heart, just like they’re in hers. She’s a daydreamer, star gazer, and loves watching the moon come and go. Victoria loves being an author, but her favorite job title is—mom!

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Interview with an Author Featuring Poppy Minnix

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Poppy Minnix! Her debut book, My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1) released on August 31st 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I had a scene that had spun around in my mind for years until it bugged me so much, I had to write it down. That little bit, a fight between two vastly different characters trying to figure each other out, turned into a chapter, a backstory, a novel, then a series.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I cannot keep the emotions of what I’m writing off my face. I scowl, grin in utter giddiness, and will write scenes with tears streaking my cheeks. People who see me working at my laptop often ask what the heck I’m looking at.

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

Sometimes writing really kicks you in the bad place, but for me, that’s usually helpful. If I’m being bold and not reining myself in through a tough scene, that emotion is going to land. But if things get overly dark, which happens, I’ll go to the happy land of romcom. Same with deliciously zany happiness novels. That can be trying in a different way and needs some drama to counter-balance. I also listen to a lot of music and have vast playlists for each novel to harness tone and get into an emotional state that the writing deserves.

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

I’ve written eleven rough drafts and edited three novels to completion. My favorite book is my first one, though it’s not complete. I’ve been planning the series it belongs to and am looking forward to hopping into edits soon. First works tend to be dumpster fires, and mine is no exception. Years of studying and writing later, I think I can do the story justice.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have the most incredible group of author friends I chat with daily. We encourage each other with brainstorming, beta reads, and talk about writing non-stop so they are the most inspirational, influencing writers and authors for my work. Other than that, my influence comes with new reading. This year, S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad series has me drooling over world building and vibrant description. Catherynne Valente’s prose is a pure delight and Imogen Keeper has the boldest, perfect voice for romance.

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

I have a handful of dedicated readers that I adore hearing from. They poke me about the next book, ask questions regarding the future of characters and if certain sidekicks will have their own books. I cheer every time a beta reader curses me for making them cry or tells me they laughed out loud through a chapter.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

 I have two. Hex, Love, and Rock & Roll by Kat Turner and The Empire of Gold, by S. A. Chakraborty.

 Do you have any new series planned?

I do! I have plotted out a contemporary romcom trilogy following three women when their truffle shop moves into a casino and have been firming up my next paranormal romance series involving reinstating the Olympian muses.

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

 Oh geez, so many amazing actors and actresses to choose from for My Song’s Curse. Dove Cameron would make an enticing siren if she took the role as Lula. I’d cast Luke Bracey as demigod, Alex. Brandon P. Bell would bring life to Comus and Thomas Doherty could be a phenomenal Rath.

What advice would you give to other authors?

No book is perfect to everyone because art is subjective. No matter how beautiful your prose is, how real your characters are, or how flawless your plot, someone will dislike your work. It’s the joy of differences in humans. But if you write something that you love, put your heart into it and be brave when you bring it to the world, others will love it too.

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

I’m an optimist but also a realist and that travels to my writing. No matter how horrid the world, or dangerous the situations, good will always prevail and a happy ever after will happen. The road won’t be perfect though. My characters are flawed, but fit each other as they figure out that life can be painfully difficult. The way those moments play out as they either trudge through grasping at hope or they break completely, is what makes happy endings so fulfilling.

Thank you Poppy Minnix for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, My Song’s Curse today!

~Synopsis~

Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance. But will it be enough to keep them together?

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.

When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod cannot be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible…and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better or destroy it?

If you like Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, and Shannon Mayer, you’ll love this fun paranormal romance steeped in mythology!

Poppy Minnix is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance novelist. She has a penchant for writing strong men and women who are already awesome but find that together they can conquer their inner demons, or actual demons. Before her fall into an utter obsession with writing, she was a conference manager and also dabbled in veterinary science, corporate sales, waitressing, and was captain of a roller derby team. 

When she’s not frantically tapping the keys, chasing after two young kids, or playing board games with her hubs, she’s plotting and possibly scheming about her next writing project. 

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Interview with an Author Featuring Skye McDonald

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Skye McDonald! Author of the Anti-Belle series!

How long have you been writing?

Off and on since I was a teen, but I really began writing with Not Suitable for Work in the fall of 2014.

Describe a typical writing day.

Wake, cram writing into the morning over coffee for as long as possible. Take my dog for a walk, jump into work clothes to go teach all day and daydream about writing. Come home, write before dinner…

Basically I cram it in whenever I have a minute, when I’m inspired!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My hometown, Nashville, was a big inspiration for the Anti-Belle Series. But the plot of each novel and novella can spring from my imagination, an event I attended, or even songs.

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

I think my 2 faves are likely Olivia “Liv” Milani (MC in Nemesis, book 3) and Jesse Storms (SC in Off the Record, book 2; gets his own story later). These two are dear to me because they both started out as flat side characters, but then they grew and developed their own stories and a rich personality. They’re also very different from me, and super fun to write.

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

Whiskey (LOL). 

No, seriously, sometimes I have to take a break and do something else to get out of the story for a bit. But then again, sometimes I just have to power through and fight/cry/hurt along with them.

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

Yes, absolutely! I love hearing from readers. You can connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, BookBub, and Medium.

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

Since my series are standalone stories, they don’t get “stale” to me. It’s so much fun taking a side character and bringing him/her into the spotlight, discovering the story of their own journey. Then you get to re-read earlier books and really appreciate how they’ve grown!

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

Yes and no! I can’t say much right now, but I have a very exciting venture in the works that should release in April. It is a rom-com and not part of the Anti-Belle world, but that’s all I’ll say for now!

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write whatever you want. Let the story come out. Then, figure out if and how you want to share it. But first, just tell the story.

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

Everything I do, from the books to podcast to articles to personal training/life coaching, is designed to light you up and make you shine a little brighter. If my books make you smile, then I am humbled and honored to have brought that delight to you. You deserve it and so much more.

Thank you Skye McDonald for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Anti-Belle Series today!

~Synopsis~

The competition is stiff, the stakes are high… and what happens on Halloween night is definitely not ‘suitable for work’.

Celeste and Ben were thrust into a fierce competition for the web design position each of them desperately needed. Rivalry they can handle, but the smoldering chemistry and intensifying passion between them is quite another story. Is the risk worth the reward for a broken ice queen and a tall, dark and handsome musician, who cares more about friends and music than cutthroat office tension? Find out in the first volume of the Nashville based Anti-Belle series.

Skye McDonald is the author of the Anti-Belle series, contemporary romance novels set in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. She is also a podcaster, an English teacher, a fitness instructor, and a life coach. Skye’s Anti-Belle series are standalone books featuring sassy GRITS (Girls Raised In the South) learning to love themselves before they can claim their happily ever after. (Spoiler: they always do!) Her classes and blog content seek to teach individuals to do the same.

When not writing sexy books or cheering for you to live your best life, Skye can be found out on a new adventure, wherever that may take her.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Benjamin S. Schofield

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Benjamin S. Schofield! His debut book, bifurcation point… survive the night, papua (survive the night series Book 1) is celebrating a publiversary on December 17th!

How long have you been writing?

I wrote some when I was young, but I didn’t start writing until I created the origin of Bifurcation Point, 9 or 10 years ago.

Describe a typical writing day.

My creative process has me daydreaming stories before finding what clicks. Most of the big ideas are created in my head before being written. During the writing process is where I start to brainstorm to figure out all the smaller details in between.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I’m interested in most genres, but I aim to capture a realism approach. That’s why I tried to make the story and prion to be as scientifically accurate as possible. I’ll also gain inspiration from cinema or other books.

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

Tess is my favorite character, no question about it. My main source of inspiration for the character is my sister. She’s a proud mother of 3 and served in the Military Police. I have nothing but love and respect for her and I wanted to emulate her strength so others can be inspired as well.

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

I’m an emotionally sensitive person so it is relatively easy for me to feel a character would feel. When creating an emotional scene, it’s not difficult for me to be invested in how the character is feeling.

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

Eccentric. Nerdy. Imaginative.

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

I empathize with the characters and connect with them emotionally, however, it’s not really draining.

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

I will just say I have some plans for Tess in the future.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Everyone’s creative process is different, just make sure the story is yours.

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

Family is the most important thing to me and without them, I never would have been able to make Bifurcation Point what it is today.

 

Thank you Benjamin S. Schofield for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his debut book, bifurcation point…  survive the night, papua today!

~Synopsis~

One verse. One plague. One night. One hero. The question is not, could it happen? The question is, when will it begin?

See how scientific facts combine with prophecy to reveal a possible future where humans have reached the tipping point for their survival. Read about prion diseases. Read about gene editing. Read about the apocalypse in Zechariah 14:12. And then read bifurcation point, survive the night, papua.

Tess Camon has a genius level IQ and a biomedical engineering degree. She served in the Army and deployed as a medic with Special Forces units. She achieved “Expert” certification in the Army Weapons Qualification Course requiring hits on 36 of 40 targets. She hit all 40.

Now she is following in her parents’ footsteps, continuing with their research on a new prion discovered in the Papuan rainforest. It doesn’t take long before she finds this research is destined for much more than she ever anticipated. In the wrong hands, this research can lead to devastation, and her own government can’t be trusted to help her. With time running out, can she save the world from an outbreak of the most devastating bioweapon ever created for which her family is responsible? Who will survive the night?

As a millennial, Benjamin S. Schofield, has spent his entire life on the cutting edge of technology, particularly e-sports and video games, which helped mold the storyline for his debut novel, Bifurcation Point.

His life’s philosophy is to avoid growing old with regrets, living the best life possible. It’s his goal that his readers can do the same.

He lives in Tennessee and is engaged to be married.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Ryan Southwick

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ryan Southwick! Author of The Z-Tech Chronicles.

How long have you been writing?

Angels in the Mist was my first serious attempt at writing a novel. The original file was created in 2010, so it’s been 10 years now! I wasn’t sure at the time I would even finish 1 book, let alone 8.

Describe a typical writing day.

3 years ago, I started getting up early to create a few hours of productive time before my day job starts (the “5 am club”, I think they call it). After I get up, it’s straight to the espresso machine to start it warming up, check a few news sites to see what’s going on, then fix my wake-up juice (mochas are my preferred poison), open Scrivener, and hit it.

I’ve always been easily lost in whatever I’m working on, be it programming, reading, or story writing, so once I start writing, I sometimes forget to have breakfast or lunch, and will write straight through to the afternoon. Unsurprisingly, those are the chapters that tend to flow the best. My workstation is in the kitchen, so I do get to see my wife and kids throughout the day, but they’ll usually steer clear if they see I’m in “the zone.” =]

By 3 pm, my creative energy is spent, so that’s when I usually pack it in and spend more time with the family, do chores, etc. I’m in bed by 8:30 pm so I can get up early and do it all over again.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

The Z-Tech Chronicles was inspired by characters my friends and I used to play in college, combined with a desire to tell a fantastical tale in an accessible and believable way.

As for my other series, they’re random thoughts usually that come up from watching a show, or even writing my current works. Sometimes I’ll see a character or scenario that isn’t well-explored. It’ll rattle around in my head for a while. If I stop thinking about it, then I’m probably not excited enough to write about it, but if it sticks, the only way to get it out is on paper, and that’s when I start writing.

For example, the idea for another series I’m working on, the Timeless Keeper Saga, came after watching a few shows and reading books about characters who’ve lived for a very long time. Every author has a different way of portraying how time has affected them, but they’ve never settled right with me, so I decided to write my own in a dystopian setting.

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

Happy to say that’s a tough choice! There are several characters who stick with me. If I had to pick one, though, it’s probably Zima from The Z-Tech Chronicles. She’s a complex, walking contradiction: logical yet unpredictable, affectionate but deadly, soft-spoken but intimidating, naïve yet worldly, a natural leader who’s completely lost. Her mind works differently from everyone else’s, which makes almost any interaction with her awkward, but her innocence gives the awkwardness an endearing tone. Writing (and reading) from her perspective a ton of fun.

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

It’s not hard at all. I have a pretty vivid imagination and high empathy, so slipping into the character’s shoes and really feeling the situation comes easily. I also tend to write about scenarios that interest or move me the most, which helps.

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

Empathetic, obsessive writer. =]

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

First, I make sure the plot and characters don’t resemble anything I’ve read or seen before. The Z-Tech Chronicles has vampires and cyborgs in it, as well as some paranormal, but all three have their own lore and style that make them unique to other series, and they play together in a way that builds something greater than the sum of its parts.

Second, as I’m writing, I keep a mental tally of what subjects, scenarios, conversations, etc. I’ve already presented to the reader. If it’s relevant but hasn’t been discussed, I may throw a few words in to remind everyone what’s going on, but I’ll keep it very brief. Likewise, when I’m writing a scene, I first look for elements I haven’t covered yet (conversations between 2 characters who haven’t spoken much, relationship complications, combat that explores a character’s strengths or weaknesses… the list is endless). This ensures every scene and chapter is truly a new adventure, and every book a fresh story that stands apart from the rest.

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

Several things! To date, only the first book of the main Z-Tech Chronicles series is published. The rest of the series is already written, so I’m working on editing the other 5—yes, 5!—books leading to the series conclusion (it was originally 3 books, but they were way too many pages each for my publisher’s taste, so I’m splitting them up). Book 2, Angels Lost, is due this coming March, which I’m really excited about.

I’ve also just completed the first draft of the first book in the Timeless Keeper Saga, which is a light dystopian / science fiction series with elements of fantasy to keep things interesting. I’m really happy with it so far and am in the process of tightening it a bit. Look for more information soon. My guess is it will be a three-book series. It centers around a half-blind farmer in one of the few remaining agricultural domes on a wrecked earth, whose world is turned upside-down when a strange outsider enters his life and challenges everything he and his entire dome considered true. She has a few more surprises, too, that keep things interesting. =]

Last on the current roster is a science fiction / planetary romance series with elements of fantasy, tentatively called Starcrossed. The protagonist is a young woman who is also an accomplished ambassador to other human colonies who are just coming back into contact after 10,000 years apart. Things spiral out of control, and she’s soon stranded on a strange colony world with unexplained phenomena that threaten her life, made more difficult when she loses the ability to speak. Her salvation comes from an innkeeper with issues of his own. She has to figure out how to get off of a technologically-bereft planet to prevent her own from breaking into inter-stellar war.

There are a few more ideas in the works, but I’ll leave those for future articles. =]

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up.

Don’t wait for your book to be published before you learn and use social media (you may hate the idea, but you’ll need to get over it, otherwise don’t expect to sell many books).

Your first draft will suck. Always. That’s what second and third drafts are for, so don’t be discouraged.

Get feedback early. Yes, showing someone the pages you’ve poured your soul onto is hard. Yes, it will suck (see above), but the right reader will understand that and give you advice based on where you are—advice that will take years to learn otherwise. Find that person. It could be a friend, a writing group, whatever, just make sure you have eyes on it other than your own of someone willing to give you honest feedback.

When someone offers criticism, don’t argue. Don’t defend yourself. Don’t convince them to your side. Say “thank you.” Afterwards, aggregate their feedback with others’, then decide offline whether the feedback has merit and is something you want to pursue.

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

I write from the heart. It’s the only way I know to create anything worth reading. If you read my books, I hope you find as much joy (and laughter, and sorrow, and heart-pounding adventure) as I did when creating them.

 

Thank you Ryan Southwick for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out The Z-Tech Chronicles, today!

~Synopsis~

An ancient, powerful evil is loose in San Francisco. The heart of Silicon Valley must fight back the only way they know how — with compassion, unwavering determination, and, of course, super-technology.

Anne Perrin is resigned to a life driven by an adolescent trauma: a strict routine, no socializing (outside of the safety of her waitressing job), and no romantic relationships. When her cautious lifestyle lets the perfect partner slip through her fingers, Anne vows she won’t let it happen again and ventures into San Francisco to find happiness.

Her first night out in a decade becomes a nightmare when her date turns on her with sadistic intent. But his nefarious plans for Anne are unexpectedly interrupted by a mysterious savior. Valiant, smart, compassionate … Charlie is exactly the partner Anne has been looking for. And best of all, he likes her too.

Things go well between her and Charlie until an assailant with unexpected strength plunges Anne into a world she didn’t know existed — nor could have imagined — where super-science and an eclectic group of extraordinary individuals may be the solution to Anne’s lifelong loneliness … and humanity’s only hope against an ancient threat.

Ryan Southwick decided to dabble at writing late in life, and quickly became obsessed with the craft. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

His technical skills as a software developer, healthcare experience, and lifelong fascination for science fiction became the ingredients for his first series, The Z-Tech Chronicles, which combines these elements into a fantastic contemporary tale of super-science, fantasy, and adventure, based in his Bay Area stomping grounds.

Website: https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com

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Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/ryansouthwick

And to The Z-Tech Chronicles:

https://www.ryansouthwickauthor.com/z-tech-chronicles


Interview with an Author Featuring Sonya Jesus

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Sonya Jesus! Author of Thirty-One Kisses: New Adult Romantic Thriller (Beneventi Family) and her newly released book, Shook which released on September 30th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I started off writing poetry in my pre-teen years, ventured into songwriting, and then expanded into novels. In 2006, I wrote my first full length (which has not been published yet). Eleven years later, I published the Knights Series. There’s about fifteen books in between, which will one day come to the public. It took me a long time to get the courage to publish. My friend, Cam Johns, showed me the ropes.

Describe a typical writing day.

I get my best writing down in the mornings. When I start my day, I sit at my desk in silence and do some morning pages, where I write down every thought that pops into my head for one or two pages. This is the brain dump to get the real world down on paper. After, I do my writing warm-ups (these often lead to some of my favorite chapters in books). Then I get into the fictional world of whatever project I am working on.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Oh, good question. It’s different for each one. Like for The Bullet Theory, it started with those three words and a theory. I sat with the idea for a few months before Nolan Mills and Eleanor Devero formed in my mind. For Brutal and Raw, I wanted to do a Mafia book and add psychological elements to it. The point was to be dark; I didn’t intend for it to come out quite so dark. But I love it. It’s emotional, twisted, and touches on some horrible things that happen in the world.

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

HAWK! Because his profile captures the evolution of a stalker into a serial killer. He’s the ultimate bad guy: manipulative, cute, secretive. You don’t see it coming. To be honest, I really enjoy writing my villains. Their desires drive my plots. The love comes in between.

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

 My favorite scenes are the emotional ones. This is where I connect to my characters at a cellular level. I feel their pain, their loss, their hate. I get so wrapped up in their world that it usually ends up with a lot of empty tissue boxes in the real world. Aside from some unreleased books (the tear jerkers I have saved for a later time), “Brutal and Raw” made me cry the most. It’s probably why book two has taken me awhile to write. It’s dark and devastating.

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

Unicorn, Strong, and Stubborn.

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

The suspense… But it takes me a bit to think of innovating twists (those are my thing). Unless it’s on purpose and essential to the plot, I try not create characters with similar characteristics and back stories. I rather have characters cross over between seires. To me, my characters all exist in the same world at the same time. So, for example, Kelsie from “31 Kisses” crosses over into “Six Deadly Steps”. Dr. Nolan Mills hints about Breaker’s world in “The Bullet Theory”. You don’t need to read these books to enjoy the story, but it helps me keep my characters fresh on my mind.

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

Hmm. TZE. Is all I can say for now. The second instalment to Dr. Nolan Mills.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t get bogged down with social media and stop comparing yourself to other authors. It holds you back.

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

That I appreciate the people who read my books and/or follow me online. I check in often and love to get to know new readers

Thank you Sonya Jesus for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Thirty-One Kisses today!

~Synopsis~

Kelsie Salvatore
After his right-hand man, my father, was murdered, Costa Beneventi took me in and adopted me. He gave me a home when my life was falling apart and promised me vengeance when my heart was breaking. I’m not the little mafia princess my dad raised anymore. I’m the assassin the Beneventis created. The mafia might have saved my life, but it sacrificed my heart. With every life I take, there’s a little less of me left… The only thing keeping me from losing all of myself is #31 on the Beneventi hit list.

Hayden Masters
The Beneventi family killed my mother in front of me, put a hit on us and savagely killed my father, incriminating me. They orphaned me, tore me away from my life, and forced me into an endless lifetime of pretending to be everything I’m not. After all the fake identities and countless friends I never made, I’ve finally set down roots. Now, I’ve grown attached to this new life—to these new people—but I messed up. As long as I have the one thing that can bring the Beneventis down and clear my father’s name, no one is safe around me, especially not the girl I have fallen for.

Sonya’s a science nerd who decided to give into her creative fictional side in order to balance out the non-fictional scientific side of her PhD. She doesn´t have much free time, but she spends it enjoying her family and friends, watching Netflix and playing with her dogs.

Website: https://www.sonyajesusbooks.com

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