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House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1) by K.L. Kolarich – My Review

Title: House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1)

Author: K.L. Kolarich

Release Date: January 19th 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Luscia when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’haidren to secure his claim.
Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.

Masterful world building! Intriguing characters! Immerse yourself into the impressively crafted world in which The House of Bastiion takes place. K.L. Kolarich enchants readers with a captivating and magnificent tale of magic, revenge, and danger. Beautifully written and darkly alluring. 


Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow is now available!

~Synopsis~

It’s been over a decade since Verona left her childhood home in the hands of Corander and the remaining Noble Borns. With her daughter’s birthday approaching, it’s time to take back what was hers. Completely. Corander, lost in his pursuit to prove himself, has held those who answer to him with a tighter fist than his father, Kurt, ever did. He doesn’t know the hushed murmurs in the halls are once again inciting a civil war. Soon, blood will flow and he will have to fight for the crown.Verona must decide if she will help Corander, her first love, keep his crown or seize it once again for the Sirens. What started with betrayal so many years ago led to remorse, but will it lead to a complete conquest or just the conquest of her heart as she’s torn between family and obligation?


Shattered Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 3) by Carrigan Richards – New Release

Shattered Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 3) by Carrigan Richards is now available!

~Synopsis~

All Megan Devereux wants is to live her life in the mortal world. But returning, without Casper, has changed everything, including events and times. The worst part is no one believes her story.

Strange things begin to happen. Megan finds a portal to Arvada and Casper. But every time she wakes up, she’s back in the mortal world not knowing how she ended up there.

She soon learns Vincent is in the mortal world with the Nuummite Jewel. The longer they stay in the mortal world though, the harder it is for them to return to Arvada. Now, she must find him so they can return to Arvada and return the mortal world back to normal.

Will Megan start a new life or return to her old one? Is Megan willing to give up everything in order to survive?


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

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

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Interview with an Author featuring Elena Carter

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Elena Carter!  Her debut novel, Follow the Hummingbird (The Dream Tamer Chronicles Book 1) released on July 30th 2021.

Congrats on your new release! How has release week been going?

Thank you so much! I was absolutely overwhelmed with the support I had from the writing community both on Instagram and Facebook. My proof copy came in late – it didn’t make it here before the launch date – but when I finally got it, I had another reason to celebrate! It’s such an amazing feeling to hold your first book in your hands!

I have also been getting some wonderful reviews from my ARC readers. Fills my eyes with tears of joy every time I see that my story has genuinely touched someone. That’s what the magic of writing is all about, isn’t it?

How long have you been writing?

Since I can remember myself, I have always wanted to be a writer. I have also always been an avid reader, especially in my teenage years. That’s the time when I started trying to write – dabbling in poetry a bit, then making some attempts at fan fiction, but never finishing anything I started.

I guess the dream has always been there, it was just hiding in the remote corners of my soul for most of my life. Until I finally had the courage to give it another shot… at 40 years old! Except this time I didn’t give up.

Describe a typical writing day.

In my case, it’s usually more of a “writing night.” Most of my debut novel was written on my phone late at night, when my baby was asleep and I finally had some time to myself.

When I do manage to get some writing time in the day (usually when my husband or my mom are babysitting my sweet and highly active toddler), I just have to make the most of it. I get an hour or two, so I just sneak out of the room with my laptop, find a quiet place and start typing. And it’s never enough!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

A good part of my novel, which takes the protagonist on a journey into the world of her dreams, was inspired by dreams of my own. I have always had vivid dreams, and those dreams have always had an impact on my life.

But most of the dreams my MC has in “Follow the Hummingbird”, as well as most of the characters there – they just came to me and made me write about them. Seriously. I don’t know how it works, it’s pretty much like magic if you ask me.

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

I think what I’m trying to convey in the book is that life is amazing and wonderful, and there’s so much more to this world than we believe there is. And that there’s always a place for hope.

   What is the significance of the title?

Apart from hummingbirds being some of the most amazing and extraordinary creatures on our beautiful planet, a lot of cultures have shared the belief that they are in fact messengers from a different world, or guides to one of them. That’s exactly what a hummingbird is in my book – a guide helping the protagonist on her fascinating journey.

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

Oh, wow. I guess it’s harder than writing a synopsis or a blurb – pretty much a nightmare for most authors, right?

Let me think…passionate, I guess. And open-hearted. And a dreamer.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

We all face battles of our own. They can be extremely hard. And very painful. And can easily bring us down to our knees. But there’s always hope. And there’s always a helping hand. And there’s always a door for you to open, if you have enough courage. And this door can take you to a wonderful place.

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

I am currently working on two projects. One is a collection of short stories called “The Town” – I have included a short introduction and one of the stories at the end of my book.

Also, I am outlining book 2 in the “Dream Tamer Chronicles”, where we’ll learn more about some of the characters from the first book and will get to follow them on their journey to different dream worlds.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Believe in yourself even if no one else does. And never give up. No matter what. It will be hard at times. But you need to push through. It’s absolutely worth it.

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

I guess I just want to encourage people to dream. And to take chances. After all, that’s what I did when I started writing my first book when I was 40 (and writing it in my second language, too). And look, it turned out pretty good, I think!

 

Thank you Elena Carter for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Follow the Hummingbird today!

~Synopsis~

Where do you go when you close your eyes at night?

Lonely and depressed after her husband dies, Tina gets through her days on autopilot. But her nighttime dreams are anything but regular. Everything changes when she wakes up with proof that her dreams are much more than they seem.

After recovering from the initial shock, Tina sees a life-changing opportunity. Encouraged by her friends and armed with some magical amulets, Tina embarks on the journey into the world of her dreams. That mysterious world awaits Tina eagerly, ready to open its multiple doors to her. Except some doors are better left closed…

While exploring different realms, hoping to reunite with her lost love, Tina faces the danger of losing her soul to a dark ancient force.

On the other hand, she now has a reason to believe that she can find her ”happily ever after” in one of those worlds.

Will she be able or even willing to return from her journey?

Elena Carter was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2013, she relocated to Bulgaria to live by the sea in the beautiful city of Varna.

She has explored many different career paths, from working as a political and human rights assistant at the Netherlands Embassy to making gemstone jewelry. In 2020, while on maternity leave with her youngest son, she decided to finally pursue her life-long dream of becoming a writer.

When she’s not writing, you might find her chasing her toddler around the house or pushing the stroller along the city streets, while taking pictures of all the cats and flowers around and at the same time thinking of story ideas.

Currently, she is working on a short story collection as well as the next book in The Dream Tamer Chronicles series.

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~Synopsis~

One of the seven will die. There’s nothing they can do to stop it.

“You definitely will not want to miss this one!”
“Seriously one of the best books I have read.”
“Exceeded every single one of my expectations.”
“The way the story unravels and weaves through the lives of the family was remarkable.”
“These characters are so complex yet so relatable that you will fall in love with them all.”
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1970. New Orleans. The seven Deschanel siblings live with their long-suffering mother in an historic Garden District mansion. Each of them unique. Each of them born with a gift. In some cases, a gift they wish they could give back.

When August Deschanel died, he left his wife, Irish Colleen, with more than seven children to raise. She inherited a job she was never prepared for: bringing up his heirs in a world she doesn’t understand. She’d never seen true magic, not before marrying into the most prominent-and mysterious-family in New Orleans. Now, she can’t escape it.

Irish Colleen knows a terrible secret. Her youngest, a prophet, has seen a future that is unavoidable: the Deschanels will not leave 1970 without losing one of the seven. She knows only that it will happen, but not when, how… or to whom.

Charles, the playboy heir apparent. Augustus, the family fixer. Colleen, the unfailing pragmatist. Madeline, the bleeding heart. Evangeline, the genius. Maureen, the dreamer. Elizabeth, the tortured one.

One of her children must die, and Irish Colleen can do nothing to stop it.

Seven Siblings. Seven Years. Seven Spellbinding Novels.


Slave of the Siren: The Siren Trilogy by A.G. Belle – My Review

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Title: Slave of the Siren: The Siren Trilogy

Author: A.G. Belle

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy 

Pulled into the mythical underwater world Yara is forced to dance and lure men to their deaths all to keep her best friend Samuel safe. However, fate brings the season of change as Yara meets a sexy PI named Dylan who is running his own investigation of a missing person’s case. Things heat up between the two and there’s no denying the attraction between them. Together they will work to solve a mystery that has plagued men throughout time…

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Sirens, curses, and lore oh my!

A.G. Belle dazzles readers in her solo debut, Slave of the Siren. The story is amazing and entertaining. An unputdownable read that will leave you wanting more! The chemistry between Yara and Dylan is scorching. Those steamy scenes are both tasteful and naughty.

If you’re a fan of sirens and paranormal romance, this book is for you! Skip adding it to your TBR and one click it today. I give it 5 stars!


All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

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Title: All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: February 25th 2021

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Playing devil’s advocate with three demons? There’s no way I am ever going to win.

Things were finally going right for us. We got the relics back. We defeated the dragon. I thought we’d won. But we’ve ended up losing so much more…

Cain’s severely wounded, and I don’t know how to save him. Losing him shouldn’t bother me, but it does. A lot.

Elias and Dorian have a plan: seek out help from people who wield the darkest and cruelest of magic. We soon find that the only one with enough power to bring the Prince of Hell back from death is a master of death itself. But nothing can be done for free and the price has us traveling across the world and facing a slew of new dangers, ones none of us are prepared for.

Even with everything shot to hell, the demons remain a constant temptation I don’t need. Being with them only seems to fan the flames, but letting me go depends on finding all of Hell’s relics.

And if I’m being honest, I’m not sure what I’ll do once my soul is freed.

The thrilling and seductive adventure continues. Grab your copy today!

All Shot to Hell is book three in the Sin Demons Series.

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Just when I think I have a favorite in this series, the authors prove me wrong. So much is going on and I am here for it! Aria is coming to terms regarding her new life with the guys. You know? The sexy demon men. Yeah them. One of them needs her help and she finds that she will do anything to save him.

I really like how close she becomes to Dorain and Elias. Like everything is coming together like it’s supposed to. There are more secrets to uncover but for now, they are handling it one day at a time. I love the chemistry between them all. Especially between Aria and Dorian. Those steam scenes will definitely heat up your night! The ending left me wanting more! I’m not surprised given how addicting this series is.

This whole book had me engaged from beginning to end. I want more! Love the story telling that Miss Brooks and Miss Young bring to these stories. Their combined writing style is fantastic! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves some sexy paranormal romance. You won’t be disappointed! I give this 5 stars.

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Interview with an Author featuring Eva Finley

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

Tell us a bit about yourself

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

How long have you been writing?

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

Describe a typical writing day.

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

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

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

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

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

What is the significance of the title?

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

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

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

What was the highlight of writing this book?

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

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

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

What advice would you give to other authors?

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

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

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

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

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~Synopsis~

One choice, can save the past.

One choice, can alter the future.

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

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

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

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

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Interview with an Author Featuring A.D. Trosper

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

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Joining us today is A.D. Trosper! Her latest release. Chosen: A Mature Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance (Raven Daughter Book 3) release on April 27th 2021

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve always written stuff, but I don’t think I ever really saw myself as a writer until I actually published my first book. And even then, I don’t think I really felt that way for a long time. Maybe not until my second or third book. It’s complicated. I mean, I was a person who wrote stuff, but was I actually a writer, could really call myself that. Wasn’t that reserved for names like Robert Jordan, Steven King, Nora Roberts, and the like. Now I’m generally okay with thinking of myself as a writer, but I still come down with Imposter Syndrome on occasion.

What time of the day do you usually write?

At night. I’m a total night owl. I don’t mind mornings, as long as I’ve been awake all night when it gets here. But I am so not waking up to see it unless there is no way around it. And then I will grump about it.

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

I’m a total pantser, so there is no before I start writing. The story rolls around in my head until some sort of a somewhat cohesive ball forms and then I take that and throw it at the wall. Some of it sticks, most of it morphs into something different, and I’m constantly surprised by what happens and what my characters encounter. 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I don’t know, all of them in their time. But if I had to choose, it would be a toss up between Bound by Legend and Betrayed. Both are second books, so the world was mostly set by then, and both came pretty easy to the page. Tears was also a second book but it broke my heart to write that one, I literally cried while typing at one point. 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I have two that run head to head, Sarah J Maas and Karen Lynch. I think they are phenomenal writers and I love all of their books. 

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

I do. Mostly they ask for the next the book and they often tell me they enjoyed one of my books or series’, which is always nice to hear.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton, and also the Drizzt Du’Urden trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, Monster by Christopher Pike, and Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I can’t narrow it down any further. 

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

Weird, goofy, loyal.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. In the end, no matter what happens with sales, advertising, etc, the words we put down on the page are the only thing we have control over. Too often we get caught up in all of that forget the love of words that drove us to create stories in the first place. So write, and never forget the passion for creation that started you on this path. 

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

I never know what to say to this kind of question. This is where my introverted self feels like she is suddenly in a spotlight and my ability to answer gets all messed up. About me and my books? I have a real soft spot for soulmates and all of my books feature them in someway or another, even my epic fantasy has them. Let’s see, what else… Um, I like words and my books have them. Lots of them. Which is good because that tends to be the main ingredient in books.

 

 

Thank you A.D. Trosper for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Raven Daughter series today!

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~Synopsis~

***Raven Daughter is a completed series of three books.

I’m Jo and the death of my mother revealed a whole lot of secrets she was keeping. Like the fact that my sperm-donor father was a freaking angel who couldn’t keep it in his pants and slept with a woman he should never have been with. Or the fact I’m not mortal and would one day be a reaper of souls.

Reaping souls, now there is something I never dreamed I would do, but here I am doing just that. Or at least I was, until souls started becoming Lost. And that’s when things went south.

When I stupidly agreed to help discover what was causing the Lost without reading the fine print first. Now a lot of immortals would like to see me dead because of what I might become. To top it off, I ended up blood bound to a powerful half-demon who is supposed to be a reaper’s sworn enemy. Funny thing is he may be the only one I can trust.

Warning: Although this series deals with angels and demons, there is nothing religious about them. Anyone looking for that within the pages of these books will be disappointed.

**This book is part of a series and ends on a cliffhanger.

 

Writer, mother, ruler of the world inside my head…mostly. I currently work and live on the plains of central Kansas with its gorgeous skies and fantastic storms. I have two sweet dogs and I’m owned by a cat who thinks she is a goddess that should be worshipped. When not reading or writing, I game and garden, I also take care of my large flock of incredibly spoiled chickens who in return, give me rather expensive free eggs.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Stacy Bennett

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Stacy Bennett! Her newest release, Call of the Huntress: Corthan Legacy Book 2 released on May 11th 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was always a reader and a day-dreamer. I’m not a big fan of large parties and day-long exhausting trips. But I do like to spend time alone walking in parks and as I walk I tell myself stories, flesh out characters and their dilemmas. And fall in love with them. Eventually the stories began to want to be told so one day I just started typing.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t make notes about my stories. I mean hardly ever. Not on paper or napkins or receipts or even in notebooks. I just keep it all in my head. I repeat scenes over and over like a favorite trailer until I get them right and they feel like a movie I’ve already seen. At those times, when I’m really getting a lot of good info too fast to remember, I will relent and turn on the recorder on my phone. Then I narrate to myself the scenes and notes and histories. But I don’t generally return to them to listen and type them out. The act of telling myself seems to help keep it in my brain.

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

I always have a box of tissues on hand. 

To be honest, it’s easier for me to deal with the emotions the story itself brings up than the emotions that come from being an “author.” Handing my words, my darlings, to strangers is terrifying. The insecurity is real and very uncomfortable. I’ve always been thin-skinned.  When the anxiety hits, the first thing I do is remind myself why I’m even publishing. I mean I could write the stories and leave them in a drawer. But that wouldn’t be right. The stories want to be told, not hoarded. 

Then I comfort myself about the vulnerability that putting a piece of art out into the world brings up. It’s normal, I tell myself. Lots of writers feel this way, I say. It’s survivable, I conclude. And it is the price of admission to this game of art that seems to have gotten under my skin. So I keep writing and keep putting it out there. Fearfully, bravely, hopefully out there.

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

As of right now I have published two novels, two novellas and one short story. I also have three more full length novels waiting in the wings with two more rough ideas behind them. I don’t know which is my favorite. They all have something I love in them. I have a scary feeling that my favorite book is not yet written. Probably one of my standalones will be it, but for now, like a good mom I will say – they are all my favorite.

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

World-building is a constant thing for me. Especially because it is fantasy, world-building is often essential to the original concept of the story and plot. I know for a fact that a certain plot element in Dreamwalker was the reason I decided I had to write it as a fantasy book. I needed magic to get where I wanted to start. But as I go along, every place my characters go, everyone they meet has a spirit all their own, a unique imprint based on each individual history. World-building is the only way to determine that history, necessary but ubiquitous and subservient to the characters’ needs.

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

Not a lot. I’m on social media but I’m not really forward on social media. 

I have heard from some new fans lately with the launch of Call of the Huntress. And I’m ashamed to admit that when they say they love my stories, it tickles me to no end. It makes me want to quit my day job, sit down and do another 15000 words right then. And not just any old words, but words that will thrill my readers again. That’s what I love most, knowing that they enjoy being in the world I opened a door to.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Whatever book it is, it has been there for a while. I have found that the best way to “read” a book is to use audiobooks. Because if I have time to physically pick up a book, I should be picking up a pen and writing my sequel. I have a timeline for my next book, and I don’t want to miss it. I know Gravebriar is on the list, A Beast So Beautiful (since I have a definite thing for beauty and the beast stories), and a re-read of Leigh Bardugo’s Storm and Siege.

Describe yourself in three words.

Rebellious 

People-pleasing

Soul-diver

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

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Cara – Emilie de Ravin

Capt Mason Khoury – Ben Barnes

Falin – Chloe Grace Moretz

Archer Tarhill – Liam Hemsworth

Maura O’Mara – Eleanor Tomlinson

Sidonius – Terence Stamp

Bradan O’Mara – John Rhys-Davies

Sorchia – Rosario Dawson

Rebeka – Kristin Ortega

What advice would you give to other authors?

Be aware of your “why.”  Really think about it. Get comfy with the knowledge of what you’re shooting for and why you want to go there, even if it isn’t something you want to share with the world. In fact, sometimes it’s better if you keep that stuff to yourself. Once you do that, everything else will fall into place.

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

I write for my characters, not really for my readers (sorry folks). My stories want to be shared. It’s hard to explain but they want to be out in the world. Like a romantic meet-cute, hanging out on Amazon for someone to stumble upon them, and maybe fall in love with them. Isn’t that what we all want?

Thank you Stacy Bennett for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series  today!

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~Synopsis~

A scarred soldier, a soul-broken girl and a defiant huntress. Three lives thrown together by fate, bound by destiny, hunted by magic. But time is running out.

Cara is a prisoner. The sorcerer Sidonius crippled her soul so he could one day steal her magic. Secluded in the Black Keep, she knows nothing except obedience and duty. She doesn’t have the strength to leave the sorcerer until she meets the captain.

Captain Khoury is a mercenary kidnapped by Sidonius as food for the sorcerer’s fading magic. An exile with his own dark secret, the captain uses Cara to escape only to find himself bound to her. Is it just her magic calling to his, or something more?

Falin is not yet a Huntress of Foresthaven. Brutal and cold, she is sworn to kill any man who trespasses that sacred forest. When the Mothers give her a task that will mark her as a traitor, she must choose between her old life and a new destiny.

As the three outcasts flee south, Sidonius chases them from the frozen tundra through Foresthaven to the mountain city of Iolair. It will take all three of them to defeat Sidnoius and stop his final spell.

Stacy lives in an apartment in New Jersey, but she’s a nomad at heart. And even though she’s stuck in the hectic wilds of suburbia, she manages to find time to wander the wooded trails and sandy beaches that soothe the soul and spark the imagination. After a challenging few years of financial stress, she is back to writing when she can find the time. Her guilty pleasure is binging Netflix with her daughter. Although she is still chained to a desk for her day job, she aspires to a day when she can spend more of her time writing new tales for her readers.

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