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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.

https://linktr.ee/stacybennettauthor


Interview with an Author Featuring Sherry D. Ficklin

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Sherry D. Ficklin! Her newest release, Kingdom of Shadows and Dust released on June 1st 2021.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a reader. I think it’s an important distinction. I became a writer because I wanted to control the story I was reading. Writing was the natural progression of that.

What time of the day do you usually write?

I try to keep somewhat normal office hours, M-F 9 am to 4pm. But often life has other plans. I try to write at least a little every day.

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

It depends on the story and the genre. I have worksheets that help me flesh out my world, they are especially useful for fantasy/paranormal. Historical is easier.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Losing Logan was the most fun I’ve ever had writing. Partly because the story and characters are so personal to me, partly because Zoe is so funny. I laughed out loud a LOT.

What book is currently by your bedside table?

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. I’m in love with everything she writes.

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

It depends. I don’t get a ton of personal emails/letters, feedback is usually in review form. And honestly, it runs the spectrum from “I loved this so much” to “Wow, you really suck.” That’s kind of the deal when you write. Some people will love it, and some will hate it. You have to have a very thick skin.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

My Antonia. It was one of those read-for-school books, and I thought I’d hate it, but it was really transformative.

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

Rebel.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just write. Write for yourself. Finish the story. Tell it your way. If you love it, that’s really all that matters.

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

My books are an escape. Writing them is my escape and reading them is yours. It’s not about making a point or conveying some bigger truth. It’s entertainment. That’s all I’m trying to bring to the table.

Thank you Sherry D. Ficklin for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Kingdom of Shadows and Dust today!

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~Synopsis~

A spellbinding fantasy story… and a fascinating world to escape to! ~InD’tale Magazine

As the king’s only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she’s forced to hide her identity behind a veil. It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated… her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind. But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf. Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king’s striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire. When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?

Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

Official website: www.sherryficklin.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin.


Kingdom of Shadows and Dust by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review

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Title: Kingdom of Shadows and Dust

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Release Date: June 1st 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A spellbinding fantasy story… and a fascinating world to escape to! ~InD’tale Magazine

As the king’s only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she’s forced to hide her identity behind a veil. It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated… her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind. But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf. Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king’s striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire. When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?

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Sherry’s first book in a fantastic young adult fantasy series is astounding! This is not the first book I have read by her and I patiently await the next.

If you like kingdoms, a badass princess, bad boys and a whole bunch of royal intrigue. This is the book for you!!

Enjoy it as I did. 5 stars goes to Sherry!

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. MORE.


Interview with an Author Featuring Kala Merseal

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Kala Merseal! Her upcoming release, The Dark Realm (The Guardians of Atlanta Book 4) releases on June 29th 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved stories (as I think is every writer’s go-to answer) but I started writing when I was in third grade. I also enjoyed drawing, so I illustrated a little book for my class to read about a dragon that could only blow bubbles in a family of fire-breathers, and in the end saved their home from fire-proof but water-vulnerable goblins! My childhood was filled with trips between my divorced parents, and my mother often moved. I wasn’t able to settle into a home and make permanent friends until my early teens, so I think that came out with my stories as a child. They were often about the hero/heroine finding a way to fit into the world despite some kind of disability or different-ness. Through my teens and into early adulthood, writing and drawing had always been a hobby for me, and I often said that I would find the time or motivation to publish eventually. I didn’t follow through until after my mom passed away in 2019, and I discovered that she had been reading the little journals I used to scribble in as a kid. We were fighting beforehand for about a year, so we weren’t in contact—my stories were the only way to reach me, even if that was the me from years ago. I published first so that I could tell her (or the heavens, whoever was listening, wherever they were) that I did, like I told her I would. I told my husband that I would just be happy to see how readers react to my stories, so that I could imagine how my mother would. Then it became a mission to make it a career.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure if it’s interesting, but I have to listen to music while I’m writing! I get the emotions and scenes painted by the mood of the songs, so I often put very specific songs on repeat. Also, coffee. All the time. Though I think this only speaks to my habits while writing. I also struggle writing out of the chronology of the story or multitasking between writing more than one story.

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

Writing is an emotional relief for me, actually. I don’t walk away from the story with their emotions piled up in the corner of my mind—it’s more like they’re dumped with mine. So, when I’m dealing with some particularly dark scene or thoughts of a character, we’re sharing those burdens together. Often, I’m rolling around afterward just thinking about what they’re feeling or experiencing, and I’m always drawn back to the document to continue to spill out more hell. I feel much better afterward and even though my characters might not get relief in the immediate events, I consolidate it with the fact that I’ll resolve their issues in the end. As I love to quote Ron from Prisoner of Azkaban: “You’re gonna suffer, but you’re gonna be happy about it.”

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

I have tons of journals that have stories; some not finished, others not worthy for eyes at all. I’ve probably written near twenty stories. But novels or full-length books, I think only within ten. Most were just ramblings that happened on the fly with no clear ending but they definitely became more coherent as I continued to write (and as I grew up). I think my most favorite (thus far) is The Shadow Curse. I’ve been developing that story for about four years now and only finished the first book last year. It started from a mash-up of a dream and an amalgamation of some story I wrote when I was a kid and evolved from there. The characters are all deep aspects of my inner turmoil.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, and (dare I say it) Stephanie Meyer were all huge influences on me in my teens. I used to obsessively read Twilight as a tween (now can’t stand the books or the movies) and that led me to wanting to write my own. Before I hit twelve though, movies like Eragon and Harry Potter influenced my stories and drawings. I think most recently, I’m more influenced by Tolkien and Elder Scrolls lore (a game franchise but they’ve developed the hell out of their stories).

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

I do! I have some hardcore fans that are in frequent contact with me. I’ve been lucky to make a few friends from my readers and I’m so thankful for them. I have such a great response from my readers that I think without them, I wouldn’t have gotten this far in publishing. I think readers really underestimate how much power they have in influencing their authors. It’s hard to create if we don’t have feedback on how well the creation is looking.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I’ve had Six of Crows sitting beside my bed for a while! I mostly read on my phone though. The last book I read earlier this week was Heat by Aprilynne Pike. She was always an influence on my writing, though lesser known to some readers.

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

That would be cool, but I’d rather my book be made into an animation or a comic! That would be amazing. I love illustration and animation and seeing my stories come to life the way I imagine it in my head would be perfect. A dream come true.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Have a thicker skin, keep your pen to the page, and keep writing. I’ve had to remind myself of this often. I think out of all the advice someone could give about the craft of writing, endurance is key. No matter where you’re starting out or how great (or not) you are with writing, if you have the passion for it, you can get better. No one should give up on a passion just because someone else says they suck. People are fickle and careless, and most don’t understand the impact of their words. Most walk away and forget they even said anything to you. If there’s something wrong with your story, dissect it, find the problem, hit ctrl+alt+delete, then move on. Life’s too temporary to get hung up and stuck on minor details.

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

I get so invested in my books. Looking back on The Guardians of Altana, my first finished series as of late this coming June, I think Ara really embodies me. She is every emotion and tragedy I’ve experienced the last few years, so if you want to get to know me, meet Ara. I also learned how to write longer fiction with this first series. I know it’s a little rocky in the beginning. I developed the world as I wrote The Guardians of Altana, so even after Ara’s and Raethin’s story is finished, there will be more to come. I’ve Silmarillion-ed the world and I plan to have many prequel and sequel series to this one.

Thank you Kala Merseal for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out and pre-order her newest release, The Dark Realm today!

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~Synopsis~

They must destroy the last gate—no matter the cost.

Separated after the destruction of the second gate, Ara, Raethin, Cirith, and Zira must find their way back to one another before Aeskrius can cut them down one by one.

The will of the primordial gods lead Raethin to Ara and together, they trek the vast Kava Sil landscape to find the rest of their team. With the help of the foreign guardian of the god of fire, Cirith and Zira regroup with the princess and her commander

The final hours draw near as they race against the Void King’s champion to the final gate. The fate of Thraes depends on them to stop Aeskrius before he rips open the realms.

Kala Merseal is an author of High and Urban Fantasy. Since her childhood, she’s loved writing about fantastical worlds, deep mythologies, epic adventures, and star-crossed love.

https://www.kalamerseal.com/links/


Interview with an Author Featuring Caitlin Denman

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Caitlin Denman! Her debut book, She Awakens released on April 27th.

Congrats on your newest release! Tell me a bit about your book?

My book is set in a time where the Fae have taken over the world and humans are in hiding. It revolves around Attina, a human girl who knows nothing about the woman who gave birth to her. The book follows her, along with her sassy sidekick talking horse Raven, as Attina learns more about her past and who she really is. As her journey progresses she learns that she is the only person who can take on the Fae King and put an end to the Fae’s vicious reign.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For She Awakens I drew inspiration from a dream. I had a few dreams over multiple days where the entire story played out. I’d never had dreams like that so I figured that was a sign that I should write it down. I’m also trying the question method for another work in progress. It’s in the very early stages but basically I think of a character I want to write and ask questions. For example let’s say a Fae is exiled from its people, why were they exiled? How could they get back in their people’s good graces? I just repeat that process until I find I story I would enjoy reading and write it.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Actually I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. I’ve been a voracious reader for years, reading 80-100 books a year. I  had my dream about She Awakens and decided to try my hand at writing and absolutely fell in love with it.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I absolutely LOVE Laura Thalassa, Sarah J. Mass, and Emma Hamm. I think all of their books influenced me. I look up to all of them and hope to be even half as good of an author they are someday!

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

Well I based Attina off of Alexandra Daddario so I would feel so blessed if she would play my main character. The horses, Raven and Oak, are based off of horses I actually owned in my life. The best person I can think of to play Attina’s love interest, James, would be someone like Jake Abel. Attina’s father in my mind looks like an older Christian Bale and the mysterious Allister was based off of a Jason Momoa type (yes, he is my celebrity crush).

What is the best part of your day?

Even though I am a writer the best part of my day also includes my horses. I absolutely love the peace and happiness they give me. My best day would be riding and training my horses all day and writing the rest of the night.

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

Determined. Hard working. Compassionate.

What are you reading now?

Well I read 3 books at a time so currently I am reading:

1) The Broken Daughter by Aimee Shaye 

2) A Beast so Beautiful by Carlyle Labuschagne 

3) God Save The Child by Robert B. Parker

What advice would you give to other authors?

WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE SOME MORE!!! Get everything you can down on paper. If things seem too daunting take it scene by scene if you have to. If you’re not feeling a scene that day, skip it for a scene you want to write. Take a notebook with you everywhere you go and if you get even five minutes to write, do it. Even if you only get a few words down a day that’s a few more words down on paper than you had the day before.

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

Honestly the one thing I really want people to know about my books is that I appreciate every single person that reads them. I feel so incredibly blessed that anyone at all is interested in my books. I think if my books resonate with even just one person I’ll feel like all the stress and worry was worth it.

 

 

Thank you Caitlin Denman for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, She Awakens today!

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~Synopsis~

In this Young Adult page turner, Attina finds herself in an unlikely predicament when it’s uncovered the normal, human existence she thought she lived is turned upside down. Finding out she’s half Fae not only confounds her, but in a time where the brutal Fae run the world she is suddenly tasked with bringing the Fae and humans together.

With the help of her trusty, and somewhat snarky steed Raven, Attina sets out on a mission to save the human race from extinction. As she continues on her mission, she discovers powers beyond her wildest dreams.

In a world where it’s tricky to discern who’s good and where the evil really lies, Attina finds herself in one predicament after another, not knowing who to trust except for Raven. As her journey unfolds, her strength and will are tested.

Will she ever be strong enough to bridge the gap between these two worlds?

 

Caitlin lives and grew up in Southern California with her family and her three
horses, three dogs, and a cat. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s in agribusiness.

Caitlin is a debut author and her first book is a YA Fantasy called She Awakens
which is available now at Amazon and is a part of kindle unlimited. She Awakens is a
coming of age story about a human girl and her journey, with her sassy talking horse Raven, to take on the Fae King.

Besides writing, she loves training and competing on horses. She has competed
in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, and mounted shooting. She has owned and ridden horses since she was twelve-years-old.

Caitlin would love to connect with each and every person who loves her books.

http://bit.ly/LinktreeCaitlin


Interview with an Author Featuring Jodi Gallegos

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Jodi Gallegos! Author of The High Crown Chronicles.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve used writing as my primary form of creative expression for as long as I can remember. I was the scriptwriter for a 3rd grade play–fired because I wouldn’t compromise my story-telling for the sake of a “short play”. Sadly I never considered I could be an author until I was in my 30’s. At that point I began to study the craft and the business so I could seriously pursue being a published author.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

 I love to keep a project journal on hand. It’s a very basic notebook (sometimes a thematic appearing journal) in which I keep all my plot and character ideas and notes. I will print images from my project Pinterest boards and decoupage them on the cover of the notebook (or inside if it’s a fancy journal). That way all my images are right there with my notes. The notes inside are chaotic, but as much a I’ve tried a more organized method, this is what works best for me—and I have an awesome keepsake when the book is done.

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

I cry–sometimes a lot. I’ve had to kill characters that I feel deeply attached to and no matter how many times I’ve read the passage, I still cry when they die. When I’m writing, I try to stay in the emotional mood of the project, so I’ll watch very dark, moody programs and listen to angry music. When the project is over, I have to reset from the deep emotions. I’ll binge-watch The Office or Friends and crank happy music to balance myself out again.

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

I’ve written seven. Four are published (with another coming soon!). The High Crown Chronicles is my favorite. Maybe because it’s the book I spent the most time with. From the first word to publication was about 8 years of writing, editing, revising, and re-revising.

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

I do so much world building before I even start to write. My starting point is very early on—when the story is just a thought. I’ll journal and brainstorm all the aspects of the characters, setting, and plot line. I love doing research, so I’ll spend weeks to months researching every aspect I can think of to enrich my story: location, foliage, currency, construction, diet, clothing, folklore. I like to have meaningful names for my characters and locations, so even if I don’t remember how I came to them, there was always a reason I chose them. I tend to draw from root words, Greek and Latin, and mythology/literature. I also research names to find meanings that reflect what I imagine to be core personality traits of my characters. Before I begin writing, I usually have maps, a playlist of music that keeps me in the right frame of mind, and a Pinterest board of images set up, so I have an image of the world and characters in my head. So, you see, I can really spend a lot of time—usually months—world-building!

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

I don’t hear from them as much as I’d like (but I think we all feel that way!). A few have reached out to say how much they enjoyed my books or are looking forward to the next. It’s always a little rush when someone does take the time to reach out. It’s nice and nice things are growing harder to come by lately, so I always try to respond and acknowledge their messages when I get them.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I have a massive tome of Edgar Allen Poe stories and poems. It’s so big I should probably use it for bicep curls after reading.

Describe yourself in three words.

Introverted, awkward, and adventurous.

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

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Zoey Deutch for Malory

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Max Irons for Jamis

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Zendaya as Isobel

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A younger, but comparatively intense Johnathon Rhys Myers type for Josef

What advice would you give to other authors?

To keep at it. Consistently work to improve your skill, keep up on what’s happening in the industry, read widely, keep writing, and above all keep believing in yourself. Making connections with others is imperative to doing all of those things. Some of the best lessons I’ve learned about the art and business of writing, I learned from being critiqued by others and chatting with them. Just because someone is still unpublished doesn’t mean their feedback isn’t insightful. And when you do become published, pay it back by helping others: do the free critiques, pimp the books of others, share their good news and celebrate it with them.

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

I just want everyone to know my books are really good (lol—how could I pass up that opportunity). In all honesty, I just want everyone to know that I’m passionate about my books. I’m not afraid to explore some darker emotions and ideas and each book is a reflection of some part of who I am on some level.

Thank you Jodi Gallegos for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series, The High Crown Chronicles today!

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~Synopsis~

While the war between the kingdoms grows, the long-forgotten gods are beginning to take notice. And one of them has been waiting for this moment for a very long time…

Malory has survived betrayal, an assassination attempt, and the Battle of Allondale. But months later, with the Unified Kingdoms at war, she is a queen in name only. All she rules is in ruins and her enemies won’t stop until she and Jamis are dead and their lands claimed.

Hidden deep in the forested Argralands, Malory—along with Jamis, Kennard, Katherine, Josef, and Isobel—has been systematically raiding the resources of Roarke and his allies. As Malory and Jamis work to bolster their troops so they can finally conquer their enemies, a new threat emerges that leaves all the kingdoms at risk. But ever-shifting alliances and a broken unification leave Malory questioning loyalties—even among those closest to her. Can Malory build her armies before a devastating loss brings her to the brink of her own ruin?

Queen of the Ruins picks up seamlessly where The High Crown Chronicles left off and draws the reader more deeply into this world of stunning imagery, dynamic characters, and shifting political alliances. A blend of dark, vengeful tone and deeply emotional moments will draw readers through this action-packed novel and leave their hearts thundering until the final page.

Jodi is a YA and Adult author, black belt, and registered nurse. She lives with her husband, three sons and an evolving herd of undisciplined animals in Colorado. She has a well-earned fear of bears but tolerates the Teddy and Gummy variety. She has been obsessed with books, both reading and writing them, for most of her life and prefers the written word to having actual conversations. The most current projected completion date of her To Be Read book collection is May 17, 2176.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Astrid V.J.

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

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Joining us today is Astrid V.J.! Author of The Apprentice Storyteller.

What inspired you to start writing?

When I was twelve, I read a book that started an idea. But before I get to that, I have to acknowledge my mother’s dedication to fostering my love of the written word. By the time I was twelve, she’d already read Lord of the Rings to me. And I wanted more! However, I was also a little sad about the fantastical books I had access to. There were so many wonderful fantasy novels, but almost all the ones I’d read thus far were of white boys. As a girl growing up in multi-cultural South Africa the whiteness of fantasy really bothered me.

So, back to the idea… Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock inspired me to write an African Occult Fantasy series about a girl from Uganda in search of Atlantis. No, I have not yet finished this epic adventure. It has grown and matured as I’ve learned new things over time, and it has a ways to go yet to be ready.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I work best in absolute silence, which is hard to come by in a family with young children.

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

I compartmentalize  and I focus on what the situation means for the character and how it will make them grow. I often try to get through the writing of difficult scenes in a single sitting so they don’t have to linger.

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

Thus far, I have published four novels, two novellas and I have two more novellas and two short-stories in the pipeline for this year, as well as a whole host of novels in my two current series. That excludes the Atlantis project, which is a half-written quintet.

Just like with my children, I can’t say I have a favourite. Each of my books is unique, and the characters and their journeys have grown me and made me a better person. They truly are my book babies and I cannot choose one over another.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Are you prepared for the answer to this question? I’ll try to keep this as short as I can 😉

From Fantasy, I’ve been heavily influenced by a range of authors including Tolkien who taught me the value of worldbuilding and developing details that will never be seen in a published book. Phillip Pullman taught me that no topic is too difficult to take on as a writer. If you think its important and feel it will contribute to humanity, write itand set it in a Fantasy setting for good measure. Guy Gavriel Kay taught me the beauty of writing Fantasy and that this genre can be literary, too.

Michael Ende taught me the power of imagination and how to twist even the most mundane thing into a magical concept. J.V. Jones, J.K. Rowling and Ursula K. Le Guinn showed me that girls can, too, and that we have the power to write incredible fantasy. Their writings totally inspired me to keep on writing myself, even when I doubted my craft.

Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters taught me the value in writing about relationships and how we humans interact through society.

Neil Gaiman is my inspiration for quirky, dark twists.

Robert Rankin inspires me to find my funny side. I’m still struggling to put it into writing, but I feel I am improving thanks to this hilarious author.

Margaret Atwood is simply awesome. I love all her books and how she twists things around to make me think about the world we live in. I aspire to write books with great messages thanks to her writing.

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

I have a core group of die-hard fans who love my work and support me in the most incredible ways. Many have become my beta readers and give me invaluable feedback during the writing process.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

My recent publication, The Apprentice Storyteller, alongside Melody Beattie’s Journey to the Heart: Daily meditations on the path to freeing your soul, and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion by Jack Zipes.

Do you have any new series planned?

I have several. One that’s taking shape nicely is The Last Vasa, an urban fantasy set in contemporary Sweden.

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

I’d want up-and-coming actors from India and Africa to star in any film versions of my books.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Believe in yourself. Only you can write the book you are writing. The fact you are writing a book already makes it unique because no one else has your experiences and knowledge-set. Trust in that what you have to say is important and will reach the right people.

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

All my books engage with key principles of human transformation. I love exploring our human capacity for achieving success in the face of adversity. As a transformational life coach, I love the fact that through my writing I can reach even more people with the messages I teach to my clients. I want to see people succeed and achieve their dreams. That is my calling. And if my passion for writing can help that along, then it makes me happier.

 

Thank you Astrid V.J. for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her books today!

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~Synopsis~

“Set amid an imaginative blend of sci-fi and fantasy, the novel’s fictional universe is vividly realized and will grab curious readers. The book works in thought-provoking themes that will further draw readers in.” BookLife Prize

The Alchemist meets fantasy with a splash of space opera.Viola Alerion, a renowned storyteller in the Haldrian Empire, wants to be left in peace. For years, she’s been hounded by her past, never to find a moment’s rest. Then she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. He refuses to take no for an answer, and she reluctantly yields, even though she knows taking him with her could endanger his life. As their journey progresses, Viola begins to understand she’s not the only teacher in the equation. The nameless boy also has something to teach, but Viola makes for a reluctant student.

Can she give way to possibility and embrace a future in alignment with what she’s always wanted? Can she find the courage to embrace the principles that will transform her life? Can she overcome her circumstances and face her past? Or will she keep on running with nowhere to hide?
And what of the boy who guards untold secrets and exhibits mysterious powers that defy belief?

The e-book of The Apprentice Storyteller also includes exclusive access to “Viola’s Guide to Achieving the Impossible”. This workbook to help guide you through the first steps towards achieving your own dream is based on key transformational principles from the DreamBuilder™ Course and is not intended for publication. The workbook is only accessible through The Apprentice Storyteller e-book. The link to Viola’s Guide to Achieving the Impossible is embedded in a concealed place. This is a treasure hunt. Good luck!

This book is accompanied by The Wordmage’s Tales, a series of novellas based on the tales the apprentice learns from Viola Alerion in this story. The Sewing Princess is exclusively available to my newsletter subscribers and The Artist and His Muse and The Last Warrior are available on pre-order.

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Also by Astrid V.J.!

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Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling Author, Astrid V.J. was born in South Africa. She is a trained social anthropologist and certified transformational life coach. She currently resides in Sweden with her husband and their two children. In early childhood, she showed an interest in reading and languages–interests which her family encouraged. Astrid started writing her first novel at age 12 and now writes fantasy in a variety of genres, exploring her passion for cultures and languages. When she isn’t writing, Astrid likes to read, take walks in nature, play silly games with her children, do embroidery, and play music.

Astrid writes transformation fiction: incorporating transformation principles in novels, rather than writing another self-help book. She loves exploring the human capacity for transformation and potential to achieve success in the face of adversity. Astrid is interested in minority group questions, considerations on social standards of beauty and the negative consequences these have, and would like to make the fantasy genre accessible to people of non-white, non-Christian backgrounds. Astrid feels the fantasy genre has become too restrictive with limited representations of race, ethnicity and culture. She seeks to explore other paths on this writing journey, incorporating her background in anthropology and psychology to create engaging experiences, which also provide food for thought on the diverse topics she finds most important. These include: racism, minority rights, cultural diversity, culture change, intolerance, humanity’s environmental impact, the representation of people on the autism spectrum in among the general populace, the human capacity for transformation, and much more.

 
 
 
 
 
 


Interview with an Author Featuring L.C. Miller

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is L.C. Miller! Author of the Abby and the Mystic Dancers series.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always daydreamed about anything and everything fantasy and supernatural when I was younger, but it wasn’t until after I was done with college that I attempted my first book.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Early, EARLY morning. Like 5AM! My husband used to have to be at work by 6 and I always got up with him. So, I used that hour or hour and half to write before my kids get up.

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

Not that much. I like to get an idea of the story and the direction it goes before I build out around it.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

My Abby and the Mystic Dancers series has been my favorite to write because I get to watch Abby grow up as she’s trying to navigate and find her role in her life

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

This is a tough one because I have many! CJ Redwine creates some amazing worlds and stories. I am also a fan of J. K. Rowling (Huge HP fan!) and John Flanagan with his The Ranger’s Apprentice Series. And while she’s not necessarily in my genre, I grew up reading the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. I wanted to be Nancy because she was super smart and could solve problems.

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

Sometimes. I typically hear from a few parents that their girls loved my book and felt they could relate to Abby and what she goes through.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

All of the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

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

Bombers, Abby’s pet snake is a very important character in the fourth book.

What advice would you give to other authors?

I’m sure they’ve heard this advice before, but I always say KEEP AT IT! No matter how little you can write, always keep at it. Every word counts.

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

Something to know about me is that I write what I like, which I know is not always a popular theme at the time, but I fall in love with a story and I like to finish it and see where it takes me. As for my books, my main characters are finding their paths in life or the one thing they have been missing regardless if they realized it at the time or not. Some have romantic aspects and some do not.

 

Thank you L.C. Miller for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Abby and the Mystic Dancers series today!

~Synopsis~

As the product of a forbidden alliance between the elemental Mystics and the wand carrying Wielders—two distinct, often feuding, magical realms—acceptance is something fourteen-year-old Abby has fought with for the last four years. When an alliance is formed between the Mystic Dancers and the Wielder’s, Abby is given the chance to live with a Wielder’s family and attend Wielders Academy of Magical Arts. In order to do so, she first has make three promises to the Mystic Dancers leader … Tell no one she’s half Mystic, that her father is a Wielder who is also a wanted criminal, or that she can transform into anything she wants. Her day-to-day life of secrets, school work, and dancing is interrupted when her mother’s murder case goes to trial. The Mystics believe they finally caught the killer, who happens to be the father of one of Abby’s new friends. Abby has a choice to make – reveal her secrets, or let a man she knows is innocent go to prison.

L. C. Miller has been daydreaming since she was about four years old. She waited until out of college before attempting her first book and now writes in her downtime as often as she can. Fantasy has been her escape from reality and gives her imagination a chance to fly. 


Interview with an Author Featuring K.L. Kolarich

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is K.L. Kolarich! Her debut, House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy Book 1) released on January 19th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

Long before the whisper of Orynthia graced my ordinary ears, I had embarked on a much different project, writing a non-fiction exposition. A different tale from a different lifetime, after curating a good deal of material, my sister-in-law challenged me around the halfway mark in my progress. She said, “why are you writing something you would never read?”, a seemingly harmless statement, but it really rocked me… because she was absolutely right. That huge project of mine would never blend in on my bookshelves, amidst my tales of wonder and old. Therefore, in probably one of the scariest endeavors of my life, I trashed it, figuratively, and set out into the unknown. I opened my laptop one night on a plane and let myself dream. The first to meet me there was the Figure, who opens the prologue in House of Bastiion. On his mysterious shoulders, the entirety of The Haidren Legacy series was born, and in a sense, I with it. That was over five years ago. So to answer the question, I’ve been trapped in an alternate world for half a decade, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Describe a typical writing day.

At present, my writing is wedged in the pockets of the day not allocated to work or familial commitments. Be it by the light of a flickering, nearly dead Edison bulb late at night in my office, or beside a fresh bloody mary on a Saturday morning, I try to schedule time with my imaginary friends whenever possible. Thankfully, my calendar will start to allow for more routine in my writing regime in the coming months.

Aside from actual hours available to traverse the Other, my writing sessions are always scored. I usually need the assistance of a musical escort to voyage me away from the rigidity of my tasks, deadlines, ever-growing laundry pile. I will cater the instrumentals to the scene, much like how the HOB playlist is framed for readers. As the entire book is already meticulously plotted, for the most part, I ease my way into the draft, moving from my plotting to the chapter outline, then to an expanded outline, and finally to the outpour of words on the page. I wish I could say I was a “panster”, but the truth is I’m pretty neurotic about my method. Apart from my characters, and their story, I find beauty in the literal puzzling. When we step back, after the entire series, and are able to see how all these threads come together to create a pictural tapestry we never saw coming – it’s breathtaking. In that sense, I aim to lose my breath during my work. I want to look up at the end of it all to find a luminous web of intricate chaos and completion. Pouring out my very essence, I wish to see it multiplied into something I could never become within myself. And doing that, certainly requires ignoring the laundry bin…

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

One major theme in The Haidren Legacy series, is a full cast of contrasting characters, each coming from their own corner of the map. Growing up in a very diverse area of the country, I wanted to grant each House their own culture, dialect, customs and cause. If every player comes from centuries of particular practice and priorities, their motivations are seasoned with a history that extends beyond the personal. The dialects, specifically, are inspired by my own experience in Metro Detroit, where my family would often try to learn bits and pieces of the language of our neighbors. This became a privileged way to meet them where they were, and in a humbling transaction, be welcomed into their lives a little bit more. There is something magical about language, how it sounds, how it conveys. The symphony of vowels and consonants, in fluid tandem, moves us just like music. When it came to my characters, I wanted us to know them and their House of origin, just a little bit more intimately, and language is the perfect vehicle to deliver that distinction.

Thematically, The Haidren Legacy is laden with crumbs of my own reformation. The most wonderous aspects of my life have been transformative, therefore transformation as a theme plays a major role in the telling of this story. I purposely wanted the reader to meet our characters before their finest. Intentionally regressing them, was a way to emphasize the need for redemption in us all. We are so imperfect and ever malleable. The loveliness of our humanity is the strive to transform, in various ways. That calling, above all, is the central anthem to the series.

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

While most readers connect with Luscia, our highlander protagonist, she is not so much my favorite as she is my mirror. I’ve given her specific elements of myself, while also gifting her the attributes I wish I had. But to be honest, more than anything she harbors my deepest fears and my interpersonal shortcomings. Writing her is revealing, and that vulnerability is less enjoyable at times as compared to the others.

Like nearly every reader, I adore Dmitri, the quiet leader and subsequent “glue” to our cast of bickering, influential misfits. In him, I planted much needed reprieve amidst the battle of wills. Many times, Dmitri imitates some of my favorite people. My own friends who soften my hard exterior, or who still my need to perform, to excel, to punish myself for not being more. Friends like this are the critical antithesis of bold personas, because they remind us that strength is not always imposing, courage is not always loud, and that leadership is rooted in service to others, rather than service to self. Dmitri, in his own imperfection and flaw, offers Orynthia hope. Hope that people are born for goodness and can choose it still.

Out of all of my characters, it is Zaethan who is my favorite to write. He is my exact opposite, and in a way, is completely unapologetic about it. I framed Zaethan off my own spouse, were he emotionally unhealthy that is, and so I probably favor him for that reason. Like my husband, Zaethan is boisterous and brave, ferociously loyal, and wields a rebelliously wit at the most inopportune times. Where these two men differ, is their backstory. Zaethan carries many scars under his skin that drastically affects the way he relates to others. This realistic depiction of him as a victim emerging from an abusive upbringing was essential to his character development. I hate how in books, it is often portrayed that victims of abuse easily bypass generational patterns, never exhibiting these behaviors themselves. When the reality is, individuals who battle those generational patterns must do the hard work to weed certain habits out of their own instinct and practice. It’s painful and arduous, but it’s necessary. This is why I love Zaethan so immensely—he is unequivocally, uncomfortably real.

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

Cry in the shower. Just kidding—well, kind of. 

My husband, Aaron, and I use an analogy in our relationship that also applies to the relationship I have with my society of imaginables. We relate our capacity to give (be it emotional or otherwise) to tokens at a carnival. Each of us, in our individual wiring, are given a certain and differing amount of “tokens” to spend each day, week, etc. To that end, we know from experience that I have a pretty limited number of tokens in my own bucket, as opposed to the average person. In life, I deplete rather rapidly from social engagement, and it is no different when it comes to the emotional impact of my writing. While my characters aren’t real… they are real to me. Their feelings are wonderfully burdensome, and the energy to knit them together has a cost. So, to deal with that cost, at the start of every week, Aaron and I chart out time allotted for each other, as well as those in our life, real or imagined. Just like when there are less dollars in my pocket, it’s my responsibility to budget my tokens wisely and honestly. In addition, the time to recover and “replenish the tokens” I’ve spent. This is normally achieved by adequate periods away from others, doing absolutely nothing. Like a socially awkward robot, who must go into sleep-mode to recharge. Preferably, with a large pizza in my lap.

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

I am! Though don’t judge me too hard in terms of my socials, I’m still learning the reigns and for the sake of my aforementioned tokens, am not always active. But I love chatting with readers, especially in our THL forum! Fair warning, I really like cat GIFs…

*Links to follow are down below*

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

Since THL is my first attempt at fiction, as opposed to my previous projects, I can only say that for me personally, I just keep going down that rabbit hole. As the series is not yet complete, I don’t have a need to freshen things up yet, but I look forward to that day! At present, my paws are full trying to finish this tale. It’s haunted me for half a decade, and I can’t wait to get it out into the world as a complete saga. 

Because this leaves readers waiting on the sidelines, I love recommending works by my literary heroes in the Indie community. Off the bat, some authors whose tales are similar to my own would easily be Sarah M. Cradit, Angelina Steffort, Cameo Renae, and so many others.

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

Why, the second installment in The Haidren Legacy series, of course! Book 2 is coming along, on pace, and while my fear of a sophomore slump is real… it’s already proving to be such a delight as much as it is a challenge. 

In this sequel, readers will begin traveling the Orynthian map, which is exciting in and of itself. Out of all overarching stories, since THL engages multiple at once, this installment zones in on Zaethan, our male MC. Journeying to the Andwele mountains, we get a harsh and thrilling glimpse of his backstory on a new level. In addition, more time with his pryde of militia, who are by far my most ridiculous band of personalities. Yet, even though book 2 centers around Zaethan a bit more than the others, readers should rest assured… they get plenty of Luscia, her Sight of the threads, and the most important character of all, her wolx, Aksel.

What advice would you give to other authors?

A newbie myself, whenever asked this question, I tend to give the same response as it pertains to my own authorship: Write your favorite book.

Yes, we want to write for our readers, naturally. But if I get lost in trying to imitate those I admire, keep up with their progress, or change the story because someone doesn’t like one facet… I will no longer be writing for me, the first fan.

No one will love my characters as much as I do. How could they? We know the page can never hold all that they are, and so it’s my job to do them justice. If I sacrifice them to the demand of anyone else, I’ve diminished what makes them special. I think as authors, we must hold onto what initially made us fall in love with our story, our characters, our very worlds. Usually, that’s something no one should alter. And to shield it, sometimes we need to step away and give ourselves room to create, freedom to flex our imaginations away from the mainstream. Otherwise, we just end up becoming second-rate versions of everyone else.

No one will love your characters like you do. So, love them well. Love them by protecting them from your own comparisons. Love them by getting your sleep. And most of all, love them by first loving yourself.

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

The Haidren Legacy is definitely a niche read! Hefty on worldbuilding, I always say THL is for anyone who loves a fat, healthy glossary. Additionally, House of Bastiion, the first installment, does not harbor a heavy romantic side-plot, though as promised to many, romance will develop in time throughout the series.

Perfect for fans of Sanderson, Rhodes, Hobb and other epic fantasy sagas, THL wrestles with some difficult themes, namely, the dichotomy of joy and sorrow. And in that vein of joy and sorrow, everyone at court is wearing a disguise, each for their own end and agenda. For after all, behind the mask of duty and power, no one is who they seem…

 

Thank you K.L. Kolarich for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The House of Bastiion today!

~Synopsis~

House of Bastiion is the first installment in the series, The Haidren Legacy, an intricate epic fantasy adventure loaded with political intrigue, sharp objects, and complicated characters, packing an epic punch for NA and upper YA readers. Fans of Brandon Sanderson, Morgan Rhodes, and Robin Hobb won’t be able to resist!

The Series
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House of Bastiion (THL, Book 1)
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.

K.L. Kolarich is a debut New-Adult fantasy fiction author, based out of Nashville, TN. Growing up in Metro Detroit, Kolarich developed a deep love for eclectic variety as well as the underappreciated. Both themes readily present throughout her series, The Haidren Legacy.

An individual plagued by sarcasm, conviction, and an ever-present distraction of fable and lore, K.L. Kolarich dreams in the day and writes through the night. Often hearing her characters argue in the background, Kolarich stifles the daily temptation to abandon reality and lose herself in the realm of Orynthia.

When fully present in the real world rather than another, Kolarich explores local waterfalls, habitually frequents the same Thai restaurant, adds to her ever-growing spice collection, and maintains a thoroughly messy kitchen for the sake of colorful vegan feasts.

With too many cats and not nearly enough wine, Kolarich resides in the woods away from the noise, happily married.

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Blood and Magic (Blood & Darkness Book 1) by Melissa Sercia – My Review

Title: Blood and Magic (Blood & Darkness Book 1)

Author: Melissa Sercia

Release Date: September 18th 2018

Genre: Fantasy

“Thrilling suspense and strong characters ensnare the reader right from the start in this exciting urban fantasy” from the author of Flesh and Bone (InD’tale).

With supernatural powers and an insatiable need for blood, her existence is cursed . . .  

When Gray awakens from a three-year spell-induced coma, she not only discovers her lover as the one responsible, but that he has joined with a dangerous organization, the Consilium, to help them create a new breed of hybrid demons. Humans and Witches are being taken against their will, and fear is growing throughout the covens.

Gray never had a choice—forced to become a monster, the Dhampir. Yet after four hundred years, she still yearns for her humanity, like a long-lost echo from another life. She cannot allow the Consilium to do this to anyone else.

With a renewed lust for vengeance, and a target on her back, Gray must use the one thing she swore never to in order to stop them—blood magic. Armed with a magical pirate ship, an immortal monk, and a flower plucked from the Underworld, Gray will stop at nothing to start a war. Yet in her quest to track down her enemies, she uncovers a dark family secret that threatens to destroy the last shred of humanity she has left.

I was not ready for all the awesomeness this book was about to bring me! This book sinks it’s claws into you and doesn’t let go. I was totally ok with it. Right from the beginning, you’re off on an adventure. One filled with revenge and….ok mainly revenge. Vampires, witches, and paranormals oh my! This story had my heart racing. I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what was coming next. I love the mythology the author added to the story, along with her twists on some paranormal creatures. The story is well written as well as the characters. Some twists you don’t see coming and an ending that will have you shook. 

This is a fantastic read! It’s one of those unputdownable books that stays with you long after you’ve finished with it….I often think of Gray. I need book two like NOW! I can already tell this is going to be a favorite series. I give this 5 stars.

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