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Interview with an Author Featuring E.E. Hornburg

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is E.E. Hornburg! Her debut book, The Night’s Chosen (The Cursed Queens Book 1) released on October 6th 2020.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Oh man… I’m not sure if there was ever a specific “moment.” I’ve wanted to write and tell stories for as long as I can remember! I remember being in preschool and coming home mad that they hadn’t taught me to read yet, and doodling out stories on my church bulletin before I’d learned my letters. It’s something I’ve always known I would do.

What about the fantasy/fairytale genre interests you?

With fantasy, I love how we can go to another world where anything is possible! Or even our own world with a hidden side where we can cast spells or hang out with a vampire. Something completely new and different from our own lives could be right around the corner and we don’t even know it. We can also take ourselves on adventures that we never would in our own lives. Not many of us get the chance to go on epic quests or be heroes. In fantasy, we can do all of that. But while we’re in this imaginary world, through all of the magic and beasts and adventures we can explore our own world and lives and learn more about them. Fantasy helps us learn how to deal with our world once the book is closed. 

Then with fairy tales, I love how no matter how old the tale is they are somehow timeless. I think I read once that the first version of Cinderella found is from 200 AD China. I find that amazing! There’s something about these classic tales that still speak to us today and they can be shaped and turned in so many different ways. It’s something that ties us together.

Where do you get your inspiration for your book?

Snow White has always been my favorite fairy tale. The Disney movie was the first one I ever saw in a movie theatre when I was two years old, and ever since I’ve devoured any version of it I could get my hands on. Way back in high school I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write a book about, and struggled with the old saying of “write what you know.” My sister then told me that I knew about Snow White, so I should write about her. Over the years, that book changed in so many ways. What is in people’s hands now is completely different than what I came up with back then, but a couple of the ideas are still in there. When I started this version, the idea came from when I was reading about the more obscure tale Snow White and Rose Red about two sisters, and I wondered what would happen if the Snow White in that story was the same one as in the tale with the seven dwarfs. Thus, her sister Rose was born and it branched off from there. 

I’ve also always had a fascination with religion, and one of my favorite series is His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers, and I loved how she talked about different characters being dedicated to different saints (who were actually pagan gods and goddesses). I thought it was such an interesting way of looking at things and wanted to dig into it.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

I’ve poured over Grimm’s fairy tales over and over for ideas! I also like to combine them and mix them up to see what happens. I did some research about people who worship the moon and sun as well to get inspiration for Eira’s faith. Those were my main focuses for The Night’s Chosen.

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

When there’s a scene I know is going to be big emotionally and I have to put a lot into it, I make sure I start thinking about it long before I have to write it. There’s times when I’ll be at work and in the back of my mind I’m going over the scene on repeat, sometimes even down to the exact wording I’ll use for the opening sentences. That way, by the time I sit down to write, I’m excited to get going and I can get myself into the mindset when I need to. I also love to brainstorm characters and those emotional (or sometimes sexy or sad!) scenes while I drive. If I know I have a long drive ahead of me, I take that time to put on some music to fit the mood and think it all through. Music is a huge help. I don’t make playlists for each book I write, but I will have a song or two in mind for certain moods I need to get in.

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

I can’t share a lot yet – but I am laying the groundwork for The Cursed Queens book 2! Eira’s storyline will continue through the whole series, but each book will have a main focus on a different fairy tale/couple. I’ll let those who’ve read The Night’s Chosen to guess whose story will be next!

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

I love Halloween! I think it’s the theatre kid in me because you can dress up and pretend to be someone you’re not. I have one friend whose birthday is close to Halloween so she’d pick a theme and we’d all dress up and go out to a bar. I think my favorite was Zombie Disney. I did a gender-bent Robin Hood and it was so much fun.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Learn. Learn. Learn. I can’t stop listening to podcasts or reading blogs or reading books about writing and the publishing industry. But don’t just research things you think are specific to what you’re doing. If you’re going the traditional route, still learn how indie and self-publishing goes. If you’re going the indie route, vise versa. You never know when you’re going to find something that’s going to be helpful to you. I got inspiration for my villain listening to a podcast about female criminals! And don’t be afraid to take chances. I’d submitted The Night’s Chosen to the PitchWars contect a few years ago and I didn’t make it. But because I worked hard to make that deadline and submitted it, I met some amazing people and it is directly because of those people it’s published now.

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

I love love! And not just romantic. (Even though you’ll find I love that too!) I love exploring what brings people together and the bonds of romance, family, and friendship. There’s so many different types of relationships and love, and I want to explore all of them.

Thank you E.E. Hornburg for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Night’s Chosen today!

~Synopsis~

Chosen of the Moon Goddess. Destined to rule. Fated to marry.

A quest to save her family, kingdom, and heart.

For the past five years Princess Eira has run from her impending wedding.  As much as she loves her goddess and kingdom, she’s searched the kingdoms for another way to rule as queen someday while also choosing her own husband.

Yet, Eira’s claim to the crown falls into jeopardy when her father, King Brennus, is poisoned and fated to a sleep of living death and Eira is next on the assassin’s hit list – who happens to be her stepmother, Queen Amelia.

After Eira escapes Queen Amelia’s clutches she journeys to the northern Paravian mountains in search of an enchanted cup to save her father.

Her quest is more than she anticipated with evading Queen Amelia’s guards, traveling with the one man she shouldn’t be with, and having to bargain with the ancient dragon guarding the enchanted cup.

She’ll have to decide how to save her family and kingdom, even if it means sacrificing her heart and all she’s wanted her whole life.

If you like Sarah J Maas, Jennifer Estep, and Maxym Martineau, then you’ll love this adult fantastical retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale.

 Emily is a Chicago South-Sider, aunt to the best niece ever, a wheelchair “part-timer” with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, dog mom, Hufflepuff, coffee addict, and has a degree in youth and theatre ministry. When not devouring or creating books, you can find Emily watching Gilmore Girls (for the 20th time), belting out showtunes, attending the latest con, or brainstorming how she can go to Disney World (again).


Catching up with D.C. Gambel

Catching up with D.C Gambel! Her latest story, Huntress and The Thorn Court in the Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set went live today.

Congrats on your newest release!

Tell us more about your story in this collection

My story is an urban fantasy twist on beauty and the beast. My MC Isabel is a hunter, who basically polices the preternatural community. Gideon is the alpha werewolf of the local pack who takes Isabel as his prisoner after she mistakenly kills a member of his pack. There’s more but I don’t want to give too much away. 

What did you enjoy most about writing it?

The sex lol no I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took that I didn’t even see coming.

What did you hate most?

That nothing came out like I expected. I had scenes already mapped out but NONE, not a single one, made it into the story. Some were written and then cut, which upset me so much to do because when I first thought up the idea, those scenes were what drove me to want to write it.

What can readers expect from this set?

Romance with a happily ever after or a happy for now as some stories, including yours truly’s, may have a sequel. (Coughing whispers) Huntress and the Splintered Court.

Last time we chatted, you said you were writing a story under a new pen name. How is the story coming along?

It’s coming. I get hung up so I put it away and work on Black Phoenix because I really need to finish that one. Right now they’re both on hold for a few weeks while I finish up a Christmas short story, Mistletoe and Demons, that will take place in The Edge of Forever universe after the conclusion of book four, The Prophecy. I don’t have more info to share on the Christmas short. Maybe next time.

What’s next for you?

Immediately is finishing my Christmas short and preparing the release of Huntress and the Splintered Court. Afterwards, I have so many ideas plaguing my mind, another twisted fairytale and a new series both are in the works.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set today!

~Synopsis~

Not all fairy tales are as they appear.

Was it actually Red who hunted the wolf? What if the prince was the one in distress? Did the straw really get spun into gold? How well did those glass slippers truly fit?

Where princesses do their own rescuing, princes aren’t who they first appear to be, and beasts are friends, not foe—and maybe something more…

With stories spanning from true love’s kiss to reverse harem, skyscrapers to ancient castles, sweet romance to steamy nights, these alluring tales will satisfy readers of fantasy and romance alike.

Grab your copy of ONCE UPON ANOTHER WORLD and discover 22 twisted fairy tales with a happily ever after unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Authors included in the box set are: Monique Singleton, Joel Crofoot, Zack Hacker, D.E. Chapman, Erin McFadden & K.L. Bone, Jaclyn Roche, L.R.W. Lee, JB Trepagnier, Silvana G. Sanchez, Cassidy K. O’Connor, Jude Cocaigne, M.L. Garza, Hunter S. Jones, Aldrea Alien, Amari Ara Dreamer, D.C. Gambel, Krista Ames, K.A. Fox, Christa Ann, Iris Sweetwater & Chandra Trulove Fry, and Lianne Willowmoon & Phillip Shadowdragon

~Synopsis~

What happens at the Thorn Court stays at the Thorn Court

Isabel is not your average princess. All she wants to do is keep peace among the preternatural community, but when she mistakenly kills an innocent werewolf, the cost of peace may be a steeper price than she’s willing to pay.

Gideon is a beast of a man. As the pack alpha he has to be. When an opportunity  practically lands in his lap, he’s driven to seize it, even if it means taking Isabel, a princess of The Order, as his prisoner.

When attraction blooms, Isabel has no choice but to resist the sexy alpha. If she doesn’t, her very future at the order could be in jeopardy

D.C. Gambel is a mother, army wife, and a hopeless romantic. Romance has always been her genre of choice whether it’s contemporary, historical, paranormal, or even pushing towards erotica in both reading and writing. When she first decided to try her hand at writing, romance was the obvious choice. Getting lost in a different world, living unimaginable lives is something she strives for even if it’s just a temporary enjoyment.


The Night’s Chosen (The Cursed Queens Book 1) by E.E. Hornburg – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: The Night’s Chosen (The Cursed Queens Book 1)

Author: E.E. Hornburg

Release Date: October 6th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Chosen of the Moon Goddess. Destined to rule. Fated to marry.

A quest to save her family, kingdom, and heart.

For the past five years Princess Eira has run from her impending wedding.  As much as she loves her goddess and kingdom, she’s searched the kingdoms for another way to rule as queen someday while also choosing her own husband.

Yet, Eira’s claim to the crown falls into jeopardy when her father, King Brennus, is poisoned and fated to a sleep of living death and Eira is next on the assassin’s hit list – who happens to be her stepmother, Queen Amelia.

After Eira escapes Queen Amelia’s clutches she journeys to the northern Paravian mountains in search of an enchanted cup to save her father.

Her quest is more than she anticipated with evading Queen Amelia’s guards, traveling with the one man she shouldn’t be with, and having to bargain with the ancient dragon guarding the enchanted cup.

She’ll have to decide how to save her family and kingdom, even if it means sacrificing her heart and all she’s wanted her whole life.

If you like Sarah J Maas, Jennifer Estep, and Maxym Martineau, then you’ll love this adult fantastical retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale.

Fantastic debut!

This was a fabulous read! I was hooked right from the beginning. The story takes off and there’s so much going on! Action and adventure. A bit of romance and a whole lot of magic! I loved the twist on a classic. Can we talk about the cover for a second? It’s so beautiful and fits the story perfectly. The author’s storytelling is quite enjoyable. The story is well written. Great world building and wonderful characters. This is easily one of my favorite reads of 2020.

If you enjoy reading fantasy and adventure, this book is for you! Once you start, it’ll be hard to put down. I highly anticipate what’s next from Miss Hornburg. I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author featuring J.J. Marshall

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is J.J. Marshall! Her latest release, Dark Tide: A Wicked Fairytale released on May 1st 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

Back when I was 16 I kept having this feeling that I should write a book and once I started, I fell in love with writing and creating worlds and stories for others to enjoy.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Not sure if this is a quirk, but I love kidnapping my characters. It probably sounds messed up but it’s fun.

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

Um, I usually cry a lot. Especially if it’s a sad scene. Then I take a minute to process the scene and the decision that I’ve chosen to go with and talk it over with my husband until I’m numb to it.

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

I’ve written several but have only published 2 [soon to be 3]. Out of the published works, Dark Tides is probably my favorite. 

From my unpublished, it’s a toss up between Rose Bound and this one I wrote when I was 16 about aliens.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Sarah J. Maas. I look up to her so much as a writer. I also love P.J. Shepherd and Scarlett/Katze Snow.

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

I do! Most of them contact me either through facebook or instagram and tell me how much they love the books, what they’re reading or about the scene that destroyed them. [P.S. sorry but not sorry for those scenes!]

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead.

Do you have any new series planned?

I do! The next series is going to take place in the Rose Bound universe but cross genres. It’s called the Lucas Greer Chronicles.

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

Oh gosh! Um, I never really think of my books like that. But, if Dark Tides was made into a movie I’d probably want Dylan O’Brien as Aaron, Selina Gomez as Serena, KJ Apa as Petar and Kat Graham as Mystic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up. Even if it seems like nothing is going your way, keep going. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

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

My books:There will almost always be lgbtq characters. I believe love is love and should be accepted. 

I have several friends and family members in the community and support them wholeheartedly.

And about me: I won’t let the world and negativity tear me down. Always push. Never give up.

Thank you J.J. Marshall for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Dark Tides today!

~Synopsis~

With the unexpected death of the siren King, Princess Serena finds herself next in line for the Adrellan crystal throne. But with a new ruler, comes a new agenda.
Betrothal to the Land King’s son was not what Serena had envisioned for herself and now she must find a way to live without her vicious instincts.
Serena faces love and death.
Heartache and ruin.
And when a scorned Marquess finds out that Serena had been betrothed to the prince, she stops at nothing to bring down the siren, even if it means taking her voice.

When J.J. isn’t slumming with outcasted princes, hunting down sea witches, avenging an alpha’s death or saving mankind from a zombie invasion, you can usually find her nose deep into a book or on adventures with her husband, friends, and furbabies.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Erin McFadden and K.L. Bone

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Erin Mc Fadden and K.L. Bone! Their upcoming release, Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set is set to release on October 6th 2020. 

What inspired you to start writing?

Erin: I have always been a reader. Even as a young child, I wanted to tell stories and carried books around with me. It didn’t occur to me then that I could be an author. Mostly, I told myself stories to pass the time on the school bus and such. Eventually I began writing stories down. It wasn’t until after I became a wife, mother, and established in my profession that I realized something was missing and began writing as an outlet. A co-worker’s wife published a series of books about magic and suddenly it clicked that I could do that too!

K.L.: I began writing when I was a teenager. I had to write a short story for an assignment in high school and it ended up winning a collegiate writing competition. The short story, many years later, would be expanded to a full-length novel, The Indoctrination,  and became my first published work. I also have a Master’s degree in literature and am working toward a PhD in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. I hope to one day teach writing and help others find their love for this field as a professor.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Erin: I like to slip references to my favorite pop culture icons into my work. Sometimes in Easter Egg fashion, or obvious nods.

K.L.: I write to music and I tend to give each main character their own playlist, which evolves and expands throughout writing a series.

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

Erin: I laugh, cry, talk to myself, and snack a lot. Basically all the things I hope my readers go through after I’ve finished!

K.L.: I do tend to connect emotionally to the characters. As I write dark fantasy and dark romance, this often includes heartbreak and the trials of forbidden love. There have been some days where this can have an impact on me, as I experience these ranges of emotions, at least on some level, alongside the characters. I tend to make my way through them in a similar way to my readers do: taking breaks, having treats and an occasional glass of wine.

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

Erin: I’ve written seven. Four are published and the fifth is a co-write with K.L. Bone for the Once Upon Another World Box Set. Two will never be seen again (I hope) but were wonderful practice. I have several nearing completion as well. As for my favorite, I’d have to say Confess because I feel like that world has really gelled for me and is my best to date. I hope to top it soon!

K.L.: I have written 13 full lengths book to day, including the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series and the Flames of Kalleen, paranormal romance dragon-shifter series. I have also written numerous novellas including several in the multi-author midnight coven series, featuring vampire romance and numerous twisted fairytales. 

Hard to pick a favorite, as I love various aspects of each story for different reasons. However, among those favorites would be Releasing the Dragon, book 2 in the Flames of Kalleen series. 

The novel includes a back-story of a dragon knight accused of betraying his kingdom, and the princess who attempts to clear his name. It’s a forbidden love story which explores the trials of heartbreak, the depths of love, and the power of eternal devotion.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Erin: Everything I read influences my writing in some way. I don’t read purely for enjoyment as much as I once did, because now I find myself looking at everything as educational material and inspiration. How was this scene effective? How did it convey sensory information to pull me in? I love learning about writing from other writers.

K.L.: I am a fan of mythological tales. Stories of King Arthur and his knights, particularly Sir Gwain, as I have a character in my dragons novels partially based on the Arthurian knight. 

Tristan and Isolde, along with Lancelot and Guinevere, inspired my Black Rose Guard series. I enjoy epic romance blended with fantasy elements and tend to write in a similar style to those myths. 

I was also greatly influenced by the writing style of Anne Rice, George Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Each are brilliant in their world building and ability to vividly bring ancient or fantastical scenes and lands to life.

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

Erin: I don’t hear from readers very often, but the ones who have reached out have been wonderful. I enjoy talking to them. It’s nice to see reviews and get that validation when your efforts actually reach an audience.

K.L.: I enjoy interacting with readers through various social media channels. I’m always pleased to hear their reactions to new book releases and their opinions. I try and make myself approachable as an author and like reading through various debates and opinions they have as they journey through the fantasy lands I have created.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Erin: I just finished Poison Study by Maria Snyder. I haven’t decided what to pick up next, but I’m open to suggestions!

K.L.: I’m currently reading Karpov-Kinrade and Gaustad’s novel, A Werewolf a Vampire and a Fae Walk into a Bar. So far the novel is fantastic!

Do you have any new series planned?

Erin: I have three series going right now and a stand alone coming soon. That being said, I’m not very good about staying away from new ideas, so I’m certain there are new worlds coming. Right now I plan on playing in the ones I’ve already built!

K.L.: Yes! I am working on a co-write series called Starbound with fellow author Greg Wilkey. The story is a fantasy-romance investigating the mystery of why stars are vanishing from the sky. Book 1, Fallen, is in the process of being written and Greg and I are both very excited!

In addition, I am working on what I hope to be the first of several twisted fairytales with another author, Erin McFadden. The story, Shattered Moonlight, recently became available for pre-order in the Once Upon Another World Twisted Fairytale Boxset.

I also have plenty to finish in my current series, including book 3 in my Flames of Kallen and book 7 in the Black Rose Guard series.

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

Erin: For Shattered Moonlight, one character is an easy casting choice. Arawn the Huntsman definitely has a Henry Cavil as Geralt vibe, so I would pick him. Celine, our heroine, seems like a great fit for Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who). I would love to see Chris Evans (Captain America) for Prince Stephen. Ghost from Game of Thrones can step in as Fenrir, our white wolf!

K.L.: When I write stories I tend to picture characters as individual people with unique personalities and appearances. This makes it difficult to say who might play them. 

There are only two characters I clearly envision as a particular actor or actress. The first is Queen Clarissa, the villainess of my Black Rose series. If the book were ever a film, I would love to see Eva Green’s interpretation of her. 

The other is in my upcoming release, Shattered Moonlight. We were inspired somewhat by Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher. Erin and I would love to see him play our huntsman one day! 

Also, any dream film adaptation would have to Hugh Jackman. I don’t care which role, as long as he is in it!

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Erin: Keep writing what you love!

K.L.: When I was a young author I asked this question to one of my own favorite writers, Laurell K. Hamilton. Hamilton told me the same advice which was once given to her. Choose a wall in your house and cover it with rejection. Only when it is completely full, can you begin to find success.

Writing is not an easy task. It’s challenging, time-consuming and often discouraging. Rejection comes in various forms, from letters when submitting to publishers, to negative reviews to disappointing signings and booksales slumps. Authors should take each of these in stride and never forget that their stories and goals are worth fighting for.

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

Erin: I write fantasy, but I feel it’s important for my fictional worlds to feel realistic and my characters to be relatable. When you read something of mine, I want you to experience my world and wonder if you’ve discovered a hidden secret from your own.

K.L.: I am not always a Happily Ever After writer. I tend to take on darker aspects of writing and storytelling often steeped in ancient myths. This allows me to craft worlds with rich, vivid landscapes as I explore darker themes and characters. I’m a huge fan of writing complex villains within these worlds. 

Also my favorite way to experience a book is through audio versions. I grew up listening to audiobooks on long road trips with my mother and enjoy listening on long flights and car rides to this day. I am very excited to have my own novels available in audio format as well. Hearing the stories brought to life in the voices of my talented narrators is an amazing experience for me. I love hearing their interpretations of the story!

 

Thank you Erin McFadden and K.L. Bone for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their pre-order, Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set today!

~Synopsis~

Not all fairy tales are as they appear.

Was it actually Red who hunted the wolf? What if the prince was the one in distress? Did the straw really get spun into gold? How well did those glass slippers truly fit?

Where princesses do their own rescuing, princes aren’t who they first appear to be, and beasts are friends, not foe—and maybe something more…

With stories spanning from true love’s kiss to reverse harem, skyscrapers to ancient castles, sweet romance to steamy nights, these alluring tales will satisfy readers of fantasy and romance alike.

Grab your copy of ONCE UPON ANOTHER WORLD and discover 22 twisted fairy tales with a happily ever after unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Authors included in the box set are: Monique Singleton, Joel Crofoot, Zack Hacker, D.E. Chapman, Erin McFadden & K.L. Bone, Jaclyn Roche, L.R.W. Lee, JB Trepagnier, Silvana G. Sanchez, Cassidy K. O’Connor, Jude Cocaigne, M.L. Garza, Hunter S. Jones, Aldrea Alien, Amari Ara Dreamer, D.C. Gambel, Krista Ames, K.A. Fox, Christa Ann, Iris Sweetwater & Chandra Trulove Fry, and Lianne Willowmoon & Phillip Shadowdragon

Erin McFadden is the author of three contemporary fantasy series, Descended from Myth, Hollow Man, and Confessor. 

McFadden obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University in 2001. She is the mother of two daughters and works full time in law enforcement. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, developing new story ideas, arts and crafts, and spending lots of time with her children.

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K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination and numerous novellas.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Belfast. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites that have inspired storytellers for generations.

Erin McFadden Links:

Website: http://www.mcfaddenwrites.com

Facebook: 1,700 followers 

https://www.facebook.com/McFaddenWrites/

Twitter: 983 followers 

 https://twitter.com/ErinMcF_Author

Bookbub: 476 followers 

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/erin-mcfadden

Amazon:

www.amazon.com/author/erinmcfadden

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7182231.Erin_McFadden

E-mail: 

mcfadden.erin.author@gmail.com

 

K.L. Bone’s Links:

On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/klboneauthor

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/kl_bone

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/K.L.-Bone/e/B00EKEDIS8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793751.K_L_Bone

On Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/k-l-bone

 


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Shadow Play (The Fae Games Book 1)

By Jill Ramsower

~Synopsis~

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares; and this time, they aren’t confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon unsuspecting humans. Becca must stay alive long enough to learn about this deadly Fae world and discover why she’s been drawn into its clutches.

Delving into the underbelly of the city, Becca discovers that she is not entirely alone in her struggles. However, centuries of secrecy make gathering information a challenge. When Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers, her life is only complicated further. The gorgeous but brooding Lochlan demands complete honesty while refusing to provide any answers of his own. On the other hand, Ronan’s enigmatic, charming persona is refreshingly disarming. With his sights set on making Becca his, he offers more help than most. Both men claim to help her, but Becca quickly learns that trusting others is difficult when you have secrets of your own …

**This is a re-edited edition of Shadow Play published with an updated cover.**
Warning: This is NOT a Young Adult novel! It contains graphic violence and scenes with adult sexual content. There is a cliffhanger ending, but the story is completed in book 2.


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Golden (The Golden Trilogy Book 1)

By K.M. Robinson

Goldilocks wasn’t naive. She was sent on a mission and Dov Baer is her new target.

When Auluria tricks the Baers into letting her into their home, they have no idea she’s actually been sent by the enemy to destroy them. Intent on gathering information for her cousin to hand over to the Society seeking to destroy all of the rebel factions—including her own—she’s willing to sacrifice Dov Baer to save her people…until she realizes her cousin lied to her.

Now that she’s seen who Dov truly is, she has to decide between staying loyal to her only remaining family or protecting the man she’s falling for. If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her—assuming the Society doesn’t get her first.

Perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Selection Series.


Pricked by Scott Mooney – My Review

Release Date: August 13th 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy

~Synopsis~

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

~My Review~

It’s been a loong time since I’ve had a fairy tale fantasy book capture my attention like this one did. There’s also an urban fantasy vibe to it as well. I enjoyed that because it made for a fun read! The author has built this magical world with such creativity that you feel transported to another realm. THAT is a good sign of a good book. There’s tons of fairy tale references and it was fun to see how the author would put their twist on them. Briar was a fave. She isn’t perfect but tries to do the right thing when she can. A totally relatable character. This author is new to me and I enjoyed his style of writing and storytelling. I do hope there’s another book! I give this 5 stars.

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

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