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The Chronicles of Benjamin Bright: The Cursed Blood (Darkling Rising Book 1) by J.S. Craig – My Review

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Title: The Chronicles of Benjamin Bright: The Cursed Blood (Darkling Rising Book 1)

Author: J.S. Craig

Release Date: June 16th 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tale

This is the beginning of the story of the life and adventures of Benjamin Bright, a young darkling hunter of legendary lineage haunted by ancient prophecy in the world of Feydom. A place of wonders and terrors, where fairytales, magic, and mythology bends and warps reality in unexpected ways. And the plots and schemes of wizards, warlocks, and demons cut a swath of terror with blood, treachery, and arcane power. Setting young Ben down a dark path of epic adventure full of monsters and the supernatural as he reluctantly takes up the mantle he was born into, and dives into the deadliest depths of betrayal, love, madness, murder, and mayhem to discover the truth of his destiny.

The Cursed Blood © is the debut of a bold modern reimagining of Arthurian legend that begins a fresh new series in the worlds of Feydom.

5-gold-stars

Phenomenal world building! Fantastic! Exhilarating! Unputdownable!

The world building this book has is phenomenal! From the story to the characters, I was in awe. Right from the beginning I was pulled into a different world, where magic and mystical creatures actually exist. The characters range from grey to evil and I love that. This is truly a dark fantasy read, which made my little black heart sing with joy! Some of the scenes are not for the faint of heart. The author has an incredible ability to describe something so nightmarish, that will give you the chills. Maybe even haunt your dreams. I was there for it! Bring on the horror! The journey you begin at the start of the book will have twisted and changed so much, that you’ll find yourself at a loss and heading to your next destination. Book hangover town here I come!

This is a fantastic debut from this author. His storytelling and writing is superb and I highly anticipate what comes next from him. If you’re a fan of fantasy with that touch of darkness, this book is for YOU! Skip adding this to your TBR and one click it today! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars.


Interview with an Author Featuring Casey L. Bond

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Casey L. Bond! Her newest release, Gravebriar released on March 17th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been published for seven years, but have been writing for 8-9-ish!

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically, I try to write as much as I can during a writing session of an hour or so, then take a break to walk around or do something that has nothing to do with writing. It’s a refresher to get away from the screen for a bit. Then I go back to writing after a break. I repeat this process until I run out of creative juice or other obligations need my attention.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Music is a heavy influence, but I guess I get inspired by many things. Art. Pinterest. Life. I enjoy bringing many elements into my work.

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

It’s so hard to pick just one. I’ll say that the ones I’ve felt the most connected with were Sable from When Wishes Bleed, Liv from With Shield & Ink & Bone, and Noor from a book I haven’t announced yet. ❤

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

Always music. I’m usually really hyped to write it but have to walk away from an intense scene. If it’s emotional, I get drained easily. With Shield and Ink and Bone was one I had to take breaks from. The book made me cry many times while writing it.

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

Happy, Smart, Kind.

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

I have been writing more standalones lately but just dove into a small series and I think the key to keep things fresh is not to re-hash what was in previous books. When you write series, you have to remember that there is an overall plot arc for the entire series and not lose sight of that while writing one book at a time.

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

Smiles…. I’m writing a duet/ duology. It’s YA Fantasy. I can’t tell you more because I really like to do fun things with my readers, like sending stickers for title reveals. I’ll be hosting sign-ups for one of those in the next couple of months. Hint. Hint. Watch social media for my posts as spaces are limited.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up. Never quit. Never stop. Don’t limit yourself. If you want this, make the time. Put in the work. Do the thing. If I can do it, anyone can.

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

I write from my heart and soul and want the reader to feel what the character feels, experience what he/she experience. I want the book to be an experience and one that you’ll remember. I want my books to be re-read! ❤

Thank you Casey L. Bond for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Gravebrair today!

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~Synopsis~

Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, Things That Should Stay Buried, and With Shield and Ink and Bone.

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Catching up with D.C. Gambel

Catching up with D.C Gambel! Her latest story, Huntress and the Splintered Court: An Urban Fantasy Shifter Romance (The World of the Hunter Order Book 2) went live this week.

Congrats on your newest release!

Tell us more about your about your newest release!

This is the conclusion to my Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don’t want to give too much away, especially if you’ve not read book one, but the rebellion spills into the Hunter Order leaving Isabel with a difficult decision.  

What did you enjoy most about writing it?

This is a story that’s been on my mind for years and I just hadn’t had time to get down. So I enjoyed finally removing it from the space it occupied. It’s freeing…freeing up space for other ideas. 

What did you hate most?

How short it is. I hadn’t planned on it being a series but there was just too much to tell.

What can readers expect from this book?

Steam, betrayal, and a surprising twist. 

What’s next for you?

I am finishing up my Horsemen Chronicles then I’d like to start a new series about a demonic FBI agent.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Huntress and the Splintered Court: An Urban Fantasy Shifter Romance (The World of the Hunter Order Book 2) today!

~Synopsis~

Is she a Beauty or the Beast?

Isabel knows her place in the world and falling for a werewolf was never a part of her plan, but the universe doesn’t care about her plan. With her mind and heart at war, she is more confused than ever over what her destiny truly is.

As the alpha, Gideon isn’t use to hearing the word no, so falling for the smart mouthed huntress, who tests him at every turn, is more than he bargained for, and yet he’ll risk death itself to keep her.

As a rebellion brews within the preternatural community, Isabel must decide. Take her rightful place in the Order to which she was born? Or stand at Gideon’s side to become the next Luna of the Thorn Court?

Huntress and the Splintered Court, is book two in The World of the Hunter Order. Book one, Huntress and the Thorn Court, is currently published in the USA Today Bestselling Boxset, Once Upon Another World. If you enjoy enemies-to-lover romances, filled with conflict and steam, then you’ll love this Urban Fantasy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast.

~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.

Huntress and the Thorn Court, originally published in the USA Today Bestselling Boxset, Once Upon Another World, is book one in The World of the Hunter Order. If you enjoy enemies-to-lover romances, filled with conflict and steam, then you’ll love this Urban Fantasy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast.

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.


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. 

You can find her in Maryland coffee shops that serve cinnamon rolls and also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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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

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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.