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Once Upon A New York Minute: Part 1

by Sherry Ficklin

~Synopsis~

Haven’s spent the last two years making her life as small as she can, but when a mysterious stranger shows up at her NYC bar, he looks like just the kind of trouble she’s been missing. Sensing a kindred spirit, she offers to lead the handsome stranger on a tour of the city. It’s love at first sight as they embark on a whirlwind date that leaves them both with feelings they never expect.

But Aiden isn’t like any other man she’s ever met, nor is he who, or what he claims to be. He’s actually the prince of a small island nation preparing to head home and begin his role as future monarch. When the death of his mother unexpectedly puts him on the throne, he knows he has to get married quickly to secure the crown. But the pool of eligible suitors is small, and none of the noble ladies can hold a candle to the women he fell so hard for back in New York. Determined not to let him resign himself to a loveless marriage, his friends conspire to bring the headstrong waitress to the island to compete for his hand–and the crown. Between mud slinging duchesses, assassination attempts, and scheming exes, Haven has to fight for the life she’s chosen and the man she’s destined to be with. But what’s a girl to do when her happily ever after ends up being a royal nightmare? And how can Aiden, who has been groomed his entire life to serve his country, risk putting an outsider on the throne, especially when it also means putting a target on the back of the only woman he’s ever loved?

Sometimes falling in love leaves you royally screwed…


Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2) by Kate Benson – My Review

Title: Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2) *Audiobook*

Author: Kate Benson

Release Date: April 27th 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

One night.
That was all he was supposed to take from her, but it wasn’t enough.

Isabella invaded his thoughts, fueled his hunger, stroked his dominance.
She threatened to turn Adam’s life completely upside down.
Could he turn away from the only woman he’s ever truly craved?

She was supposed to forget about him, take their secret and bury it deep.
Her lips were sealed, but forgetting the night she shared with Adam? That was a different story.
How could one man feel like such a good and bad idea all at once?
His world was one Isabella knew nothing about, but with one taste, she couldn’t help but crave another.
She should have taken his gift of redemption and ran.
Instead, she was aching to surrender.

The sexiness continues in part two! There are so many things I loved about this book. Isabella is feisty and doesn’t apologize for it. Nothing is rushed concerning a certain topic. LOVED that! So many rush into it and I love that Miss Benson didn’t. As always she brings the heat with those hot scenes between Adam and Isabella. Zachary’s pleasant voice helped bring the story to life! I can’t wait to dive into the next one! I give this 5 stars.

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


Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1) by Kate Benson – My Review

Title: Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1) *Audiobook*

Author: Kate Benson

Release Date: December 10th 2019

Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a humiliating breakup, Isabella Baxter’s personal life had taken one hell of a hit.

She took time to lick her wounds, knowing the last thing she needed was another complication. Focusing on her career seemed like a flawless plan, she’d just need to stay off new CEO, Adam Avery’s, radar.

Once they met, there was nowhere else she’d rather be.

Adam Avery was been his father’s best kept dirty secret for more than three decades.

When his uncle appointed him as the unlikely successor to Avery Finance, the media went into a frenzy. For an admitted recluse, it was definitely a challenge. Luckily for Adam, he’d never shied away from those before. He knew he just needed to stay focused, in control, and avoid distractions.

Unfortunately, Isabella Baxter was the one distraction he couldn’t resist.

The cover is HOT!! Ok now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, this book is totally sexy! It’s also much more than that. We have a feisty leading lady and a total alpha. Isabelle is smart and beautiful. I love that she was awkward at times and then pissed off the next. Adam is….Adam. You have to read the book to know more about this man! The narrator’s voice was pleasant and added to the story. I can’t wait to dig into the rest!! It’s a definite guilty pleasure read! I give it 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author featuring Cam Johns

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Cam Johns! Her newest release, Midnight Princess (Modern Princess Collection Book 7) released on June 3rd 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing most of my teenage to adult life. Now, have I been writing erotica that long, NO! LOL I started with mainly poems and short stories about my life, which definitely had it’s challenges.

Describe a typical writing day.

I mainly start with listening to my “Writing Mode” playlists. I listen to the first few tracks which are Secret by Maroon 5, Silhouette & Pastel by Kenny G, Getting Late & Say Yes by Floetry then ends with Closer by Nine Inch Nails. Obviously by the time I get to that song my characters are exhausted from having sex LMAO!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Hmm… I really never know how to answer this question. What inspires me to write about alpha males who love to fuck… no clue. It just happens.

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

Jackson Turner, my first alpha, will always be my favorite. He brought the Arousing Series to life, and me quite honestly. It was the first time I realized I might actually be a decent writer!

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

Okay, there were some emotional moments in the Arousing Series that brought tears to my eyes as I wrote them, as well as in the latest book release, Midnight Princess. The only way to move on from them is to watch a comedy or my favorite movie. Like I love Bridget Jones’ Diary. Renee Zellweger is funny as hell in that movie.

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

Are you kidding? I wish my readers would interact with me more!! IG, Twitter, Facebook Page & Group. Email me for all I care!

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

I have only written one series, but I try not to build my characters too closely. Like I don’t want my alpha from Midnight Princess to be like Jackson from the Arousing Series. But there will always be an alpha!

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

Right now, I’m working on another anthology set to release in August. The name of the anthology is Internet Famous and the title of the book is Seconds. I am also putting together a short story book as well as a spinoff from the Arousing Series.

What advice would you give to other authors?

The biggest thing is to please do some research before you release your first book… or any book! Know your demographic, what covers work, what keywords work, how much your spending so you’ll know how much you need to earn, GET EVERYTHING PROFESSIONALLY EDITED! Last, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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

I guess that I put a lot of hard work and time into what I write and publish. Just like any other indie author, we all just love a little support and encouragement along the way.

 

Thank you Cam Johns for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Midnight Princess today!

~Synopsis~

After the untimely death of her grandparents, Cynthia was propelled into becoming a guardian to her younger half-sisters, Penelope and Charmaine. As they all lived under the tyrannical rule of their drunken mother, she constantly felt that this wasn’t the life that she was meant to lead. She dreamed of one day her mother becoming sober enough for her to remember that she once loved her children. Unfortunately, that day would never come, and her heart would harden with each cruel comment from her mother.

It wasn’t until her freshman year in college that she would find someone who did love her, as she deserved. Who would liquefy her hardened heart, to find the giving soul that has been hiding from her mother’s tirades. It was then that Cynthia would investigate her mother’s past, to find answers to who her mother has become. The answers that would come in the dead of night. Midnight Princess.

A standalone, opposites attract romance that will have you ready to turn the next page.

Cam Johns began her career as a published author in 2016 with the release of her first book – Arousing Consequences – to the trilogy, The Arousing Series. However, actually publishing wasn’t part of her plan. After her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she found that writing became a great way to relieve the tension and mounted pressures that come with watching someone she loves suffer from such a harsh diagnosis. It was her husband that pushed her to share her voice, regardless of how erotic that voice would become.

Live. Love. Laugh. A well-known mantra that has become her way of living. Live, by accepting the things you cannot change. Love, the ones closest to you as if there’s no tomorrow. Laugh, each day because sadness will get you no where!

https://linktr.ee/thecamjohns


Interview with an Author Featuring Melanie Smith

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Melanie Smith! Her newest release, Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends: A Life Lessons Novel released May 19th 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I wrote my first “book” when I was six about how I wanted to “make sex” with my cute PE teacher, Mr. Brown. I probably wrote so early because I started reading early, and it really sparked my creativity. And I’ve always been boy-crazy, so writing romance was inevitable.

Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.

I must have characters who are just truly good people. I’m not a fan of alphaholes or the like. Even good people can act poorly enough in bad circumstances. If they’re not good deep down, there’s not much redemption or satisfaction to be had in the happy ending, which is big for me.

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

They each have their own challenges. The first book is hard because you have to establish characters and their world. But the longer it goes on, the more you’re bound by the elements you’ve put in place, and you really have to work to keep true to the characters and situations you’ve created. Thankfully, each has its own feeling of success that goes along with it.

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult.

My longstanding favorite is The Hobbit. I first read it in my early teens, but I reread it so often and it’s always stuck with me. Besides just being a fantastic story, it contains themes that are just so applicable to life and stepping out of your comfort zone, something I always try to push myself to do.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Spending time with my family, reading, cooking, watching a little tv. Nothing too crazy – I’m getting too old and more introverted every day, so I don’t travel or go out as much as I used to. Though honestly, on top of the writing, managing the business aspects of being an author takes a lot of time. It’s not glamorous or exciting to most people, but I actually enjoy it!

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

Oh man, that’s the dream, isn’t it? So the heroine and hero of Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends are the sassy Becca and the withdrawn bad-boy Vincent.

For Becca … J. Lo, but (since this is all pretend anyway) a young J. Lo back when she was still rockin’ her curls.

For Vincent … again, I’m going to have to go imaginary and smoosh together some dudes to make this sexy guy. So I’d mix Milo Ventimiglia’s dark, Italian hunkiness with Stephen James’ tattoos and insane bod.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

How about a few somethings? Hmmm …. The “A” stands for “Anne.” I’m a chocolate snob who will only eat dark (preferably Lindt or Ghirardelli). I’ve got four tattoos. And I’m a socially awkward introvert that won’t shut up once you get to know me.

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

Songs definitely occur to me as I write, but I can’t write with any noise at all. I don’t typically make full on playlists or anything, there are just certain scenes that often either remind me of a song, or sometimes a song will inspire a certain feeling I want a scene to embody.

That said, I did have someone ask me to make a playlist for Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends. So I did. And here it is!

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland – SexyBack

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Christina Aguilera ft. Redman – Dirrty

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

Alicia Keys – Fallin’

Destiny’s Child – Say My Name

Goo Goo Dolls – Let Love In

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Eat the elephant one bite at a time. There’s so much to do, so much to know, that being an author is going to take constant learning and growth. Don’t expect that to happen overnight.

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

My main focus is on writing dimensional characters that have heart and react in a way that’s authentic. So if you’re looking for real and raw with a great story and plenty of super steamy sex scenes, give my books a read!

 

Thank you Melanie Smith for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends today!

~Synopsis~

NOW A MEDICAL ROMANCE TOP 50 BESTSELLER

“I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down.” -Lisa, ARC reader

From award-winning and international best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.

Melanie A. Smith is an award-winning and international best-selling author of steamy contemporary romance fiction. Though she spent most of her life living on the West Coast, she now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

Website: https://melanieasmithauthor.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanieasmithauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelanieASmithAuthor/

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Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/melanie-a-smith

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18088778.Melanie_A_Smith


Interview with an Author Featuring Haley Travis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Haley Travis! Her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door: A shy girl alpha male romance novella released on May 8th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I began writing poetry and stories when I was quite small. I’d always dreamed of writing novels,
but they ended up hidden in secret files. Then life threw a few wacky curveballs. I was forced to
see where what I loved to read intersected with what I loved to write, and just get writing. People
will always want to read for escapism, for love, for an enjoyable story. It’s incredibly satisfying to
create that.

 

What time of the day do you usually write?

I usually start off writing from around 9 am to 1 pm. The afternoons might be research, making
covers, more writing, reading, editing, groceries, or staring out the window for a bit. I’ll often pop
back to the computer and write a little more before bed. I always have a notebook, or randomly
dictate ideas into my phone. I’m likely pretty annoying when I’m out to dinner with friends and
have to take a note on my phone about how to fix a semi-break up scene.

 

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

I write contemporary romance, mostly set in my beautiful city of Toronto. That world is already
built. Yet everyone’s neighborhood is a bit different, and very personal. I like to picture their
homes and workplaces in great detail, even if only a shred gets written down. I accidentally
wrote a pirate romance, and that was a fun world to create. I also found out that a friend of mine
is a pirate expert – thank goodness! The book isn’t historically accurate, but at least I know most
of the ship details are correct.

 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Yikes. That’s a weird question. The one I’m in the middle of is always my favorite. But I’d have
to say that Love in the Darkness was extra special. I’m a very shy girl, who likes my space, and
likes a few things a particular way. The thought of having a stranger in my home rattles me. But
sometimes people need a good rattling to show them what they truly need.

 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Tricky. I read in a lot of genres. For contemporary romance, I bounce around reading a bit from
many people. At the moment, I’m loving Penelope Bloom – her banana books are a riot!

 

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

I usually have beta readers go through my books first. It’s great to see notes like, “That’s
hilarious!” or “Perfect joke here!” along with pointing out glitches. My ARC reviewers have a
knack for pointing out angles that I hadn’t noticed as much. I take every note to heart, and try to
learn and work harder on every book.

There are a few very enthusiastic reviewers that light me up when I’m having a lousy day. It’s
hard to write with air pressure headaches, concussion headaches, and stress. But I don’t want
to get behind, so I force myself to work anyway. Those are the days I skim the great reviews, so
that I push myself harder. I owe it to those nice people to keep giving them books they enjoy.

 

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Usually it was whatever was in my hand at the time. I lived in books. Not for them, inside them.
When I was maybe seven through twelve, I’d spend whole weekends reading in the basement.
Books are better than people. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but as a terrified, anxious,
shy little kid, that was the truth.
I loved Dr. Seuss, for making words come alive with sound. A bit later on, I adored Lost in the
Barrens, by Farley Mowat. It was about isolation, wilderness, survivalism, and taught me about
the wonderful world inside Mowat’s mind.

 

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your
readers?

You’re asking me to share secrets with strangers from the interwebs? Okay!
The most recent novel, Whispered Curses, starts with Eden’s Nana whispering a prophecy.
Now, I don’t believe in psychic whatnot. Yet there have been several times in my life where I
have known what was going to happen before it did. Clear as day. So, believing in the
impossible, and knowing things, and seeing the proof in front of you… sometimes the lines get
blurry.

 

What is advice would you give to other authors?

It’s not really my place to give advice to anyone. But the one thing that I’ve learned for myself is
that I can’t see the eagle eye view of a story until the whole thing is sketched out. Once I have a
rough draft, even if sections are lousy or point form, then I can see what’s really going on.
Never get hung up on the perfect adverb when the whole book isn’t even sketched out. That’s
polishing the steering wheel when there are no tires on the car yet. What’s the point?

 

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

Every book contains pieces of my heart, my soul, and my real life. With Love in the Darkness, I
channelled the time I had to care for a roommate who had eye surgery. With Whispered Curses,
there is a bit of my own Nana in that character. With The Librarian and the Rock Star… well, I
was once a library assistant, and I may have dated a few guitarists.

I am in love with love. I adore the idea that weird circumstances can bring the right people
together when they least expect it. Life is quirky, and I want to show the joy and tweaky bits of
the world to people who love to read.
I have a great appreciation for the people who choose books, and the visions of their own mind,
as their entertainment. TV and movies and video games are great, but I’ve always thought that
people who read a lot have a more vivid inner world. Those are my people.

 

Thank you  for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door today!

~Synopsis~

A personal challenge. Some personal growth. And a hot guy who thinks she’s perfect.

Lindsay:
Those dark eyes – so seductive. Almost dangerous.
I forced myself to speak to him anyway.
Things flashed by so quickly, it was overwhelming.
If I wanted an amazing boyfriend, I’d have to learn how to deal with bumps in the road.

Dale:
I noticed her the second I walked in, but she was with friends.
Thank goodness she came to me.
Those sweet curves, that soft, pale skin.
Lindsay was my perfect, gorgeous doll.
But she’s fragile. Perhaps more shy than I’d realized.
I knew this was too much, too fast.
I just hope it’s also not too late.

***

A standalone romance novella. No cliffhangers, no cheating, and a sweet HEA.

Quirky contemporary romance for interesting readers. Novels and novellas about shy girls, sweet alpha males, and the strange circumstances that bring them together.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Kristen Morgen

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kristen Morgen! Her newest release,Behind the Glass (State Street Series Book 1) released on February 19th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’m educated and trained as a licensed architect, and I own my architectural firm. I’m not happy unless I’m creating something, whether it’s floor plans for a new house or writing a new love story, as long as I’m exercising the creative side of my brain in some way. I have had an unyielding passion for writing for most of my life and recently decided to seriously pursue a second career as an author of contemporary romance novels. The first time I realized how much I loved the act of writing was in high school. I was the kid who got excited when I saw essay questions on a test rather than multiple choice questions and most of my friends thought I was crazy! I absolutely loved and excelled in any English class I took throughout college and I found myself spending large amounts of time on writing assignments. Although I pursued architecture throughout my life, I have always longed to write. So one day, I simply sat down and started writing Behind the Glass.

What time of the day do you usually write?

It depends on the day honestly. I’m a full time architect and I run my own business so I mostly write in the evenings when and if I can and sometimes on the weekends if I’m not too busy (keeping up with two teenage daughters can be busy!). For the most part, I write at my desk in my office at a computer with a beautiful view to outside. And I definitely tend to write faster and more fluidly if I type. But I also find that sometimes a change of setting and method will help me if I’m ever struggling with a scene. I’ll sometimes take a pen and pad to my leather chair in another room and write long hand until I get the flow back into my writing. It’s kind of a mental re-start and it always helps.

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

Behind the Glass, book one in the State Street series, and all my future books take place in the same universe, namely State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, my hometown. I have definitely spent a good amount of time creating the setting in my writing. The settings are clear in my mind, it’s just a matter of describing them in a way that flows with the story.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

When I began writing Behind the Glass, I did it for me. Plain and simple. With those first taps on the keyboard, I set out to write a love story that I wanted to read. I didn’t worry about what anyone else thought, only that I, as a reader, was satisfied with the end result. I had the general story outlined and knew exactly who my characters were, but it wasn’t until each chapter slowly evolved that I really understood what I wanted to say. Behind the Glass was definitely a labor of love and something I truly looked forward to escaping into day after day.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Back before I even entertained the thought of becoming an author, I loved reading (and learning from) John Grisham. I think I’ve read every book he’s ever written. He’s an amazing storyteller. Once I began my path as an author, I became a Nicholas Sparks fan, not only because he writes romance novels, but because he has such a great ability to create very distinct characters in his writing. There are about a dozen more authors I could name, but I try to learn from all of them.

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

My writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks (huge compliment by the way!) and people have said “if you enjoy the heartwarming movies on Hallmark that make you swoon and smile and happy sigh, you need to read Behind the Glass.” So that might give you an idea! It’s technically New Adult Contemporary Romance but I think it appeals broadly to all ages. I also always wonder if my book impacted them in some way. Did it touch them or make them think about things in their own lives? Hearing someone tell me how they connected with my book, or how it helped them in their life somehow, or that my book is now their favorite book… it blows me away. It’s something I never expected and the feeling it gives me is indescribable.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it in middle school and it was the first time I truly understood what a book could do, how it could leave an impression on you forever. I fell in love with books and reading after that.

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I’m a very dialogue driven reader and writer. I like to really get to know characters through their conversations and interactions with each other. Chapter 6 is a scene with lots of dialogue between Michael and Rebecca and it comes immediately after some major emotional upheaval so it’s kind of the calm after the storm. They are just sitting in a room together, getting to know each other in a deeper way, discussing art and horse ranches and their lives. It’s a simple and beautiful moment between them and it’s just my favorite scene.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

The one thing I will tell EVERY self-published author is this – pay the money to get it professionally edited and pay for a professional book cover design. It’s worth every penny. A good book cover sells your book, an edited book will help your reviews and the quality and feel of the story. Trust me on this! I post Monday Mantras every week to my social media and it’s basically a series of quotes that keep me going as a writer. The main theme is to keep going and have faith in yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others and write your own truth, your own story. At the end of the day, it’s just you and the page and there’s nothing to be afraid of if you keep at it every day. Write your book, hire an editor, get a cover designer, produce a quality product, self-publish or query, but don’t stop. Keep moving forward.

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

Behind the Glass is basically the culmination of a lot of themes that have always intrigued me as a reader. Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of love at first sight. Is it real? Can it happen in real life? And if it does, do people really live happily ever after? It was definitely the main theme for the story, but as a lover of romance novels, that would have been way too easy. So, what if two people met, fell in love, and were without a doubt, meant to be with each other, but had all the odds constantly stacked against them? If it truly is love at first sight, then in the end, it has to be a love worth fighting for. As Michael and Rebecca’s story evolves, it becomes more about the unbreakable connection between two people and about taking chances together, no matter what the odds. 

I self-published Behind the Glass in 2014, it received a lot of high praise and had amazing response locally and in the book blogging community and then it kind of fell off the radar. Real life took over. At the beginning of 2019, I decided to put every spare moment I had into book marketing, social media, reading, writing and I’m so thankful I did. I pitched my book to publishing houses and I eventually found the perfect fit. My publisher and I made the decision together to re-release it as a second edition with a new prologue and some new content. It’s also now the first book in the State Street Series and there will be more books in the future.

I’m very active on social media and try to keep up with it every single day. It’s so important to be present and keep that connection with my readers and with my literary community.

Thank you Kristen Morgen for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Behind the Glass today!

~Synopsis~

Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

Kristen Morgen is a contemporary romance author and a licensed architect with her own architectural firm. Her debut novel ‘Behind the Glass’ explores relationships and the little reasons people fall in love with each other while uncovering deeper truths. She loves the art of shaping words and sentences into relatable stories while creating rich characters for her readers to connect with. She is a hopeless romantic to the end.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not designing homes, she dedicates her free time to her second novel and reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

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Interview with an Author Featuring L.E. Martin

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is L.E. Martin! Her newest release, Laying it Bare with One of the Guys released on April 2nd.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 I always loved to read but never really gave much thought to writing. Anytime I had to write something for school or even in college, the teachers and professors were rather negative about what I had turned in so it was never something I gave much thought to. However, about ten years ago, when I awoke from a very vivid dream that I remembered almost in its entirety, I grew very curious about what had happened before and after that scene with the characters. So more as a joke, I started jotting down ideas and within a few months I had a story. This grew into a series I published in another genre from what I’m writing currently but it was enough to give me a start. Especially when readers enjoyed it. Then a funny text exchange with a friend of mine brought about a story idea for a romance novel and my friend encouraged me to go for it. And here I am today loving every minute of it.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

How connected I feel to each couple. I laugh along with them and cry along with them and think wow I couldn’t love another couple as much as I love this one. And then when the next story comes along, I’m falling in love all over again and feeling deeply every emotion they experience.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Harley from my first novel Laying it Bare with a Friend Request holds a special place in my heart.  Although she definitely went through the ringer, she overcame so many issues. And she did so in a real way. Her story brings hope to those who don’t believe there is any to be found.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I read a lot of books from authors like JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Angel Payne, and many other amazing ones and I’m sure their style has rubbed off on my own writing in one way or another.

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

On many occasions I hear from readers through reviews and on social media. They tell me they love my characters and some even relate to the situations. They tell me they laugh out loud at some of the scenes and swoon over the heroes.

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

 I usually don’t listen to music while I’m writing. However, with my latest release Laying it Bare with One of the Guys, I was actually listening to Def Leppard while writing one of the scenes and a few of the songs became embedded in that scene.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Reading of course, but I also love to bake and I’ve been known to once in a while play the piano.  However, that doesn’t happen as often as I’m pretty busy.

Do you have any new series planned?

I have a standalone outside of my Laying it Bare series I plan to release the end of this summer and I have ideas for a short series (maybe a trilogy) in the paranormal romance genre but I haven’t had a chance to dive too deeply into that yet. I have too many side characters from this series that need their own stories told.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Write if you love it. And don’t give up. It’s hard and some days you wonder why you keep doing it when you aren’t seeing the sales. But if doing it makes you happy, keep creating those stories.

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

I would hope readers would know that each couple and their situation come from deep within my soul. I may not have experienced their situations but their story is very real to me. And a part of my heart goes with these characters. Their stories are not just words on a page but a pouring out of my heart and soul.

 

Thank you L.E. Martin for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Laying it Bare with One of the Guys today!

 

~Synopsis~

Apryl Berry has a huge problem. Her best friends are alpha sexy males. That wouldn’t be a problem if she hadn’t started to fall in love with one of them. When dating him causes a rift in the group, Apryl is left scrambling to figure out a way to hold on to the guy she loves without losing the friendships of the guys who mean the world to her.

L.E. Martin is a romance author.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Lindsey Powell

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Lindsey Powell, author of The Perfect Series!

How long have you been writing?

I started writing after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. The series inspired me to create my own hot book boyfriends.

Describe a typical writing day.

I usually have to fit in writing around my day job and my family, but if I had the whole day to myself then it would start with a cup of coffee and a quick re-read of the last chapter I wrote. From there I would get totally lost in my manuscript by putting on a playlist and letting the words flow, as well as making several more cups of coffee.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I don’t really have a specific thing that inspires my books. I can be anywhere and an idea will come to me, and from that idea I build on it, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. It all depends on my mood and how busy I am.

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

Jake Waters. He will always be special because he was the first book boyfriend I ever wrote. He’s got it all. Looks, charm, kindness, loyalty… he ticks all of the boxes. 

I went through so many emotions whilst writing The Perfect Series, and I am so proud that I put it out there for others to (hopefully) enjoy.

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

I currently have one book series that I have had to put to one side because of the emotion in there. It’s one that deals with such a sensitive topic that I have to be in the right frame of mind to continue with it. 

The last series I released really took a toll on my emotions. The Part of Me series made me dig deep to make sure that I had the story absolutely right for the characters. Once I finished writing that series I gave myself a break from writing to recharge my mind.

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

I am on social media. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Book bub, Goodreads and Facebook where I have an author page and an author group called Lindsey’s Literary Lovelies.

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

I try to keep the characters different from my previous ones as they all have their own stories to tell. I also have a couple of fabulous beta readers that give me their opinion on whether things need changing up.

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

I am working on something a little different. It’s still romance, but it’s dark romance. 

I’m really enjoying how different it is to write something that is darker but that still incorporates the suspense element that I love so much. 

I am nearly finished with it, so I am hoping to make an announcement soon.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Believe in yourself. 

If you have a story inside of you, get it down on paper, work on it, embrace it. 

And don’t let anyone make you think that you can’t.

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

Just one thing? LOL. 

If I had to choose just one then it would be that, I love to write those HEA’s, but in doing so I like to write about real life struggles and scenarios. My books may not be everyone’s cup of tea because of some of the subject matter, and readers may not agree with the characters choices, but their choices reflect real life struggles. 

An example of this is Callie from my book Take Me. Some readers didn’t like her choices. Some actually messaged me to say that they were angry with her, but Callie’s choices are ones where the fairy tale doesn’t come easily, and it takes some deep soul searching to finally let go of the things that hold her back. 

I just want to say a massive thank you to The Literary Vixen for interviewing me. I love how supportive this lady is, and I am so glad that I connected with her. You are fabulous! Much love.

 

Thank you for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Get started on her series today!

~Synopsis~

Their life together was perfect until he made her question all that she knew…

Charlie and Luke are high school sweethearts.
Together for ten years.
Best friends as well as lovers.
Their bond is strong.
They love each other fiercely.
But is love enough?

Charlie has always trusted Luke.
She has never had a reason to doubt him.
Until now.
When two strange men show up on her doorstep, Charlie is forced to question the life that she shares with Luke.
What is Luke hiding from her?
Has everything been a lie?
Will she ever uncover the truth?

Their love is tested.
Their lives turned upside down.
And Charlie must make a choice. Stay and fight or run and never look back….

Part of Me is book one of the Part of Me book series written by Lindsey Powell.

Lindsey lives in South West, England, with her partner and two children. She works within a family run business, and she began her writing career in 2013. She finds the time to write inbetween working and raising a family.


What You Wish For – My Review

Title: What You Wish For

Author: Katherine Center

Release Date: July 14th 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

What really drew me to this book was the cover. It’s bright colors made me stop and want to find out what this book is about. This is a different type of read than I’m used to but the blurb got my attention, so in I went.

From the storyline and the characters, this book was delightful and entertaining! I love Samantha! Her humor and wit made her such a great character and easy to love. For me anyway. The other characters were great in their own way and added that extra oomph to the story. I did like the chemistry between her and Duncan. The playful banter and their quirkiness was way cute and had me smiling like a goof. I loved the message of hope and overcoming your fears. This book will have you smiling, laughing, and even shedding some tears. 

This was a fantastic read! One that pleasantly surprised me. I will look into other works by this author since I highly enjoyed this one. I give this 5 stars. 

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