Tag Archives: Fantasy

Interview with an Author featuring D.C. Gambel

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is D.C. Gambel! She also has a story in the Once Upon Another World: A Twisted Fairy Tale Box Set that is set to release on October 6th 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for just under 6 years. Wow that seems long when I think about it.

Describe a typical writing day.

I’m a mom, so first thing is getting the kids situated. I either wait until nap time, or when they’re occupied, to sit down and get some writing done. Some times I even have to do it on my phone because if my youngest sees my laptop she wants to play.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. TV, other books, listening to people talk. I got the idea for the Horsemen Chronicles from reading an alien book. Makes no sense but something in it triggered the idea and I was compelled to write. Took two weeks to finish that first draft.

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

One? No. One in each series? Oh yeah. My most recent story, Huntress in the Thorn Court which can be found in the Once Upon Another World boxset, my favorite character has be the sex on stick alpha werewolf, Gideon. He’s absolutely delicious. He’s my favorite because he gave me a chance to write a different type of character and I love how he came out.

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

The sexy scenes come very easily to me. A lot of the times I have to take a step back and take a cold shower so I can write with my head instead of other parts. The others are harder, but nothing a tearjerking movie can’t fix.

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

Determined, compassionate, and self-reliant.

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

I like to add new characters and create new problems to overcome while still sticking to the original premise. There is always a big issue that will spread throughout the entire series, but it’s not always the center of attention. Sometimes it takes the backseat to a new conflict.

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

Oh yes. I’ve recently started a new pen name Isabella Knightly and am currently working on my debut novel The Rise of the Cursed Mage. It’s a dark fantasy. I’m enjoying the change from my regular writing style. 

On my D.C. Gambel pen, I’ve two upcoming releases both from the series The World of the Hunter Order, which is my Beauty and the Beast retelling. It takes what you love about the story and morphs it into something adult friendly.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Your cover is to entice readers. Make sure it fits your genre.

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

I write sexy stories, but it isn’t all about sex. My characters are strong women, that may be shy at first, but come into their own to kick some ass.

Thank you D.C. Gambel for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Awakened: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Horsemen Chronicles Book 1) today!

~Synopsis~

Are the Horsemen destined to destroy the world, or save it?

Evie’s never been much for danger, but danger has a way of finding her. After two years living as a shut it, afraid of the slightest human contact, one random night she finds herself face-to-face with fate.

Derek is the first person Evie’s ever met who can survive her touch, but he’s not the only one. His roommates are immune as well. Matching horse-head birthmarks reveal who they are and why they’ve been hunting for her. They are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To prevent the world’s end she has no choice but to put her fears aside and step into the destiny she was born to fulfill, to become the Horseman of Death and embrace the power she’s spent a lifetime hiding from. If she fails, she risks the final seal breaking and ending the world along with it.

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

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

Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDCGambel/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorDCGambel

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7214045.D_C_Gambel

BookBub: Bookbub.com/authors/d-c-gambel

Amazon: Amazon.com/author/dcgambel


Interview with an Author featuring Jaclyn Roche

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Jaclyn Roche! Her newest release, Curse Breaker (Dark Legends) released on March 15th 2020.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I first realized I wanted to be a writer in Third Grade. Mrs. Gobetz was my teacher and she encouraged me to write and create the stories that were floating around in my head. From then on I always wanted to be a writer, but the words left me for many years. It was worse than a bad case of writer’s block. I stopped writing in my twenties not from a lack of desire, but the words wouldn’t flow. I thought that I had lost my gift of storytelling for over a decade.

However in 2015, after I heard another author tell a tale of how she got started, I had the courage to try to make something of the stories that continued to bob around in my mind.  It was then I decided to take it to the next level and try writing again. The first novel I wrote I won’t publish. It was like pulling teeth for each word, but over time it became easier.

Describe your writing space.

At the moment my desk is in the room we should be using for a breakfast nook or kitchen table. I don’t have a door to the room and it’s right next to the great open entertaining area of our kitchen/dining/living rooms. It is wonderful to be connected to the family, but there are many interruptions. Because It’s hard to refocus after each one, I do have plans for an office space in our next house. I secretly cannot wait to get there and unpack all of my office belongings I’ve missed so much.

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

I have written 6 books, but only one is published. I am working on my seventh book now. Four aren’t worthy; they have so many plotting and character issues as some were written when I was a teen. But they were my practice novels. I’m pretty sure every great writer must have one or two of those.

Choosing a favorite would be like choosing your favorite child. It just can’t be done. You love each one because of their individual uniqueness.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I find inspiration all around me. Mostly in my dreams, but often my husband or sons will say something that will spark an idea. Sometimes we will be out at the grocery store shopping and I have to pull out my notepad from my purse or take notes on my phone for an idea.

My inspiration for Curse Breaker came from myths and legends as well as another author friend. I wrote 5,000 words and shared it with her and she threw out an idea that I ran with. That first 5k was never published.

My inspiration for Charming Elle has come from the original fairy tales. Those dark twisted ones where feet are cut off to fit into slippers. I have also been inspired by images I have cultivated for characters. When I find I am stuck or things aren’t progressing how I would like I hop onto Deviant Art or Pinterest for inspiration.

This world I am creating is super fun and I cannot wait to get through the series. As of right now I have nine books planned for this series with a potential for twenty-one or more.

What are you reading now?

I am reading the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole. I’m on book 5, Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. I like to read this series when I’m between books of other series that I am reading, which happens often. I can read an epic fantasy 800 page novel in just two to three days and then I opt for something lighter like Cole’s series.

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

Oh my, this is a hard one. I don’t like to use actors and actresses as my inspirations because they are already walking talking people. I find it limits my imagination. I do find pictures of models and other people on the internet to cast in my character roles.

I think if I were to cast Curse Breaker:

Viktor: Michele Morrone

Seth: Raoul Bova

Kali: Jenna Dewan

Charming Elle would require a larger cast than listed below, but some of the main characters would be:

Elle: Felicia Day

Annabelle – Denise Vasi

Han and Hel: Alex Høgh Andersen

Raynor: Jack Reynor (I just had to!)

Griselda, Elle’s Fae Godmother – Paola Núñez

Riona the Fair, Elle’s mother – Rochelle Aytes

King Ignatius – Luke Hemsworth

Kuth Uther – Alexander Skarsgård

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

I find it more challenging to write the first book because that is when all of the world building happens. From there you have your world and characters set.

Do you hear from your readers? Have you experienced a weird fan girl moment?

I signed my first in person book and they raved about it. I think I was blushing the whole time. It was super exciting.

My readers email me all the time and I have a reader group on Facebook to chat.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing. Don’t give up.

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

I listen to custom created playlists on Spotify while I write.

https://open.spotify.com/user/jaclyn.roche

I have one’s I listen to for each Book and work in progress as well as a general #amwriting playlist.

 

Thank you Jaclyn Roche for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Curse Breaker today!

~Synopsis~

A Fated Mates, Insta-Love, compelling dark fantasy that fans of Sarah J. Maas Assassin’s Blade novellas will love.

Sit back and enjoy this compelling dark fantasy novella by International Bestselling Author, Jaclyn Roche.

A reincarnated goddess…
An unrisen long-dead god…
Only she can bring him back to life.

Excerpt:

“You’re mine for now and eternity,” he rumbled against her.
She ignored the voice telling her this wasn’t real. The niggle of doubt reminding her she was sick still and released not because she no longer a foster child that had happened at eighteen, but because she had served her time in the hospital rather than go to jail for the accident.
“Tell me you’re mine,” he demanded ceasing his exploration of her.
His lust-glazed eyes captured hers in their gaze. She could see the outline of the minotaur against his body. The beast simmered at the surface, a layering over Viktor’s form.
“I’m yours. All yours.” Kali’s words, a panted whisper against his ear. That couldn’t be me. Her voice husky.
Viktor’s mouth reclaimed hers, beginning his feast with the flesh of her breast. His tongue darted out, licking her hardened nipple and teasing her other bud with the pad of his thumb. He tore off her clothing, pausing only to consume her with his olive eyes. There was no one else in the world who looked at her the way he did, as if she were the only woman he needed or wanted.
Kali moaned, leaning into him. Her core became molten as they tasted each other. Her hips moved against his groin of their own accord. Tension wound with every draw of his mouth and flick of his thumb. Her fingertips traveled down the sinewy planes of his back, tracing the Egyptian tattoos she’d seen covering his torso. Kali clutched Viktor to her as they tumbled to the inky ground of the between. Her hands entangled in the wild mop of waves atop his head. His body felt airy rather than solid as he removed the rest of their clothing. She fought to remain submerged in the between, unwilling to leave, as Viktor didn’t escape his beastly curse often.
“Don’t go,” she cried wrapping her legs around his waist. “Please.”
**************
Curse Breaker is an Insta-Love Stand Alone Novella of the Dark Legends series. It includes dark themes and fated mates.

Jaclyn loves to write stories with a bite; sometimes literally!

Her Dark Fantasy Romances are packed with paranormal delights.
She is inspired to pen novels that bewitch her reader’s hearts and souls. You can usually find her in her writing cave weaving together those remarkable tales. She hopes they are ones you will think about long after you read, The End.

She lives in the middle of the woods in Maine on a mountain across from a lake. Sharing wonderland is easy when it’s with a loving husband, wild children, goofball dogs, fat toads, and a naughty cat who hasn’t learned her lesson and still tries to eat them!

Jaclyn’s a recovering English teacher who digs in the garden but kills everything she plants and burns almost everything she cooks! Good thing she knows how to write!

Stalk her on social media!

https://www.jaclynroche.com/follow-me

 


The Deathless (The Deathless Trilogy, Book 1) by Peter Newman – My Review

Title: The Deathless (The Deathless Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Peter Newman

Release Date: June 14th 2018

Genre: Fantasy

From the Gemmell Award-winning author of THE VAGRANT, a thrilling new series of power, intrigue, and magic.

THE DEMONS

Creatures lurk in the endless forests of the Wild, plucking victims from those who scratch a living by the sides of the great Godroads, paths of crystal which provide refuge from the infernal tide.

THE DEATHLESS

Humanity’s protectors reign within crystal castles held aloft on magical currents – seven timeless royal families, born and reborn into flawless bodies. As immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names, they fight to hold the Wild at bay. For generations a fragile balance has held.

AND THE DAMNED…

House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and grief. Their hunting expeditions against the Wild are failing and entire villages have begun to disappear.

Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

The Deathless is a very interesting fantasy read. The world the author has created is different and unique. I really liked the use of crystals and houses. The beginning was a little slow going for me. There are multiple story lines happening all at once. That didn’t throw me off. It was the pacing, which I knew was part of the story building. Once it hit a certain point, I was rapidly page turning to see what would happen next. The characters were well written. There were some I preferred reading about more than the others. A lot of them surprised me. It’s a good thing. The story is intriguing and unique. There was a great build up and I wasn’t disappointed. There are some twists that even I didn’t see coming. Once I finished, I just kind of sat there like “whoa” because it was that good. 

As a whole, this is a wonderful read. It has fantasy and action. Some really good twists. I look forward to reading the next book! This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed his writing style and I look forward to reading more of his work. I give this 4 stars.

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


Highland Blood (The Celtic Blood Series Book 2) *Audiobook* by Melanie Karsak – My Review

Title: Highland Blood (The Celtic Blood Series Book 2) *Audiobook*

Author: Melanie Karsak

Release Date: January 5th 2017

Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy

Scotland, 1032—When a marriage contract calls Gruoch away from Ynes Verleath, she leaves with the hope she’ll be reunited with Banquo. But fate has different plans. Lies, betrayal, and violence await her. Set on a collision course with destiny, Gruoch soon finds herself thrust into the arms of another man. Her dreams shattered and rattled by unexpected brutality, it becomes more than Gruoch can handle. The raven, however, is no stranger to carnage. Fierce power grows inside Gruoch, and more than anything, it craves bloody revenge.

Fans of Outlander and The Mists of Avalon will relish this sweeping Scottish Historical Fantasy that tells the tale of Gruoch, a woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands.

I am totally hooked on this series! The story pulls you in right from the beginning. This was easily a wonderful escape read for me. I wanted more! I love all the magic and lore woven into the story. The narrator’s voice was perfect and I felt it enhanced the story even more for me. I can’t wait to read more!! I give this 5 stars.

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


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

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

What inspired you to start writing?

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

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

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What book is currently on your bedside table?

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

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

Do you have any new series planned?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Erin: Keep writing what you love!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

Not all fairy tales are as they appear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~

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

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

Erin McFadden Links:

Website: http://www.mcfaddenwrites.com

Facebook: 1,700 followers 

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

Twitter: 983 followers 

 https://twitter.com/ErinMcF_Author

Bookbub: 476 followers 

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

Amazon:

www.amazon.com/author/erinmcfadden

Goodreads:

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

E-mail: 

mcfadden.erin.author@gmail.com

 

K.L. Bone’s Links:

On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/klboneauthor

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

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

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

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

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Harper A. Brooks

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Harper A. Brooks! Her newest release, Death Deals will be released on March 27th 2020.

Tell me a bit about yourself

I’m really boring, I swear. I say weird sayings all the time, and for someone who’s only thirty, I’m really an old lady. I think I’m hilarious, which means I’m not.

Congrats on your upcoming release! Tell me a bit about this series?

Thanks! It’s an urban fantasy set in present day Virginia. The entire series will be ten books total—that’s seven in the main story line, including a prequel, two side character stories, and one anthology. Yeah, it’s going to be a monster! The story itself follows a newly deceased reaper named Jade Blackwell as she struggles to take to her role in the afterlife. She isn’t very good at her job and gets herself in trouble a lot. But things get messy fast, and she soon discovers she’s meant for much bigger things.

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

So far, I’ve written eight in my career, but five in the Reaper Reborn series specifically. The three others are paranormal romances. Out of them all, I’d have to say it’s between Christmas Spirits (Reaper Reborn Holiday Novella) or this current new release, Death Deals (Reaper Reborn Book Four)… I enjoyed writing the shorter novella more than I thought I would, and then Death Deals is saucier than my normal stuff in the series, so I enjoyed that for another reason. 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Oh geez… I mean, I always was creating stories. While kids were playing house, I was making magical worlds with witches and vampires and all these fantastical. But as in actual writing, I’d say middle school age. I started with poetry and shorter stories. I gave my friends characters. I even won a Young Author Award in eighth grade and was voted “Most Likely To Be An Author” by all the teachers. I’ll never forget it.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Fight scenes and sex scenes. Hands down. I love reading them AFTER I write them but during it is absolute torture. Too many moving parts. Too many physical and emotional things to juggle. It’s exasperating.

Have you done any book events/cons?

Yes! I’m trying to amp up my event list more, but so far, I have All About the Indies booked for July and my own event that I’m co-hosting in August 2021 called Book Binge.

What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?

It used to be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series, but I’ve strayed from them a lot. So, my not-so-guilty pleasure right now is Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld Series. I’m not hiding my love for it so there’s no guilt here! HA!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Maybe Australia? I want to get there eventually. Or maybe New Zealand. I know it’s beautiful there.

What are you currently working on?

I’m SUPPOSED to be working on another side story for my Reaper Reborn Series that releases in June, but I’m in the middle of a tug-o-war between that and book five. I write a little here and there of both. Then I also have a new project I’ve been plotting out, so… you can say I like to torture myself.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

Make other writer friends. And coming from me (a person who doesn’t have many friends in general) that means a lot. Having other good writer friends can help you in many different ways. Writing is a lonely job. It’s easy to self-isolate. Knowing another writer can help you come out of that when you need to, overcome writer’s block, and stay excited about your stuff. You need a hype man/woman sometimes. It truly helps. We all need to support each other.

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

My head can be quite a chaotic and scary place, but out of that craziness, I can create some really beautiful and magical stories. That’s what keeps me writing. I’m always thinking about the next story, the next character, the next thing, so if you’re looking for a story that can remove you from your hectic life and transport you to somewhere else entirely, that’s where my books can help.

 

Thank you Harper A. Brooks for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out and pre-order her upcoming release, Death Deals today!

~Synopsis~

Trust a demon from Hell and you’re guaranteed to get burned.

After failing to gain all her powers, Jade Blackwell is now on a mission to find a new way to Ascend before the apocalypse begins. When she discovers the reason she’s been grounded is because of the Greed demon, Monnie, and a deal she made with him unknowingly, she must do all she can to free herself from their contract. And do it before the demon finds her and drags her to Hell for all of eternity.

Since Jade has no plans to lose her soul anytime soon, she must avoid Monnie’s Halflings at all costs. But when her escape brings her in the line of fire of three warring vampire clans, she is faced with a new and very real danger. One that involves a particular old acquaintance and club owner named Andre DeMonte and is about to spill over into all of Fairport.

With time ticking down, tensions run high as the darkness descends. It will take everything for Jade to climb her way out of the chaos and rise to her full potential.

The entire fate of the world depends on it.

Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even though classic authors have always filled her bookshelves, she finds her writing muse drawn to the dark, magical, and romantic. But when she isn’t creating entire worlds with sexy shifters or legendary love stories, you can find her either with a good cup of coffee in hand or at home snuggling with her furry, four-legged son, Sammy.

She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Buy Links:
Reaper Reborn Series is free on Kindle Unlimited

Interview with an Author featuring A.G. Belle

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is A.G. Belle! Her solo debut book, Slave of the Siren released on March 3, 2020.

Tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m 34 almost 35 mother of 4. I have been married for 16 years. I’m a readaholic. My one of my favorite series is The Black Rose by K.L. Bone but I have many more I enjoy. I’m a coffee freak and raspberry is an absolute must in my house!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think it has been a thought since I was in high school. I loved to write. I wrote tons of short stories and poetry. It was how I dealt with a lot of my emotions, I guess you can say. I never really thought it would happen. I can give a lot of credit to Katy (my co-author) for encouraging me to get started by writing our first book together Unseen Trials. It was a blast! I can’t wait to come up with more.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Some of the topics are things I’ve always had an interest in. It’s like they kinda just burst into life like “Hey I’m here tell my story!” Haha

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I do! I love to drop hints throughout the story to see if anyone catches on. I love to hear about it when they do, it’s fun for me!

What was your hardest scene to write?

I would have to say my first sex scene. I was like ummm.. yup I’m writing this. My mom is probably going to read it. Eeeek!

Do you hear from your readers? Have you experienced any weird fan moments?

 I’ve heard from a few, mostly saying how excited they are for the next book… etc. but not weird moments as of yet!

What is your guilty pleasure kind of reads?

 PRN all of it!!

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Yes! It’s horrible! I love to read and sometimes you read something and it’s like you can’t move on from it!

What is some advice would you give to other authors?

 Don’t ever give up. If you have to take a break do it but come back!

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

I love them and my characters, I hope that you enjoy the worlds that I have created as much as I do!

 

Thank you A.G. Belle for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Slave of the Siren today!

~Synopsis~

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…

They say every rose has its thorn, but A.G Belle was blessed. Born without thorns, she is a young charismatic mom of 4 who has been blissfully married for 15 years. Like her writing partner, Katy Rose, she is also in the healthcare field.

Regardless of her thornless stem, her writing style is indicative of a fallen angel who could take you out with her bare hands.

She is a professed sleep-aholic who is wildly addicted to coffee sweetened by raspberry syrup. What are little girls made of? You dare ask?? A.G. Belle is made of sugar and sweet things thrown in a wine glass shaped like a skull.

Watch out she may bite! Safer to just buy her books and get to know her at a safe distance.

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/AuthorAGBelle/

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/99121706-a-g-belle

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/a.g._belle/

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/AGBelle4

Amazon – https://amzn.to/3cDSsO3


✮☆ Free Friday Download ☆✮

✮☆ Free for a limited time ☆✮

Never Save a Demon (A Daughter of Eve Book 1)

By J.D. Brown

~Synopsis~

The rules for demon slaying are simple.
Rule #1: Never save a demon’s life.
… Oops.

Lyn Conway is a hot mess. She’s past due on her rent, can’t get clients to take her paranormal investigations business seriously, and … Oh yeah, she’s a demon hunter who broke the ultimate rule. She didn’t mean to save a demon’s life. She thought she was saving a cute guy from a horrific attack. But now?

Sam. Won’t. Die.

That is, he won’t die until she does.

Being bound to a gorgeous demon isn’t all that bad, until women who look suspiciously similar to Lyn start dropping dead with a demonic seal carved into their flesh. The tables have turned. The hunter is being hunted. Fortunately, Lyn lives with her number one suspect.

Never Save a Demon is the first book in the Daughter of Eve series. If you like young, fresh urban fantasy with a kickass heroine, lots of goofy comedy, and a complicated paranormal romance, then you’ll love this new page-turner by award-winning author J.D. Brown.


Mayhem: A Novel by Estelle Laure – My Review

Title: Mayhem: A Novel

Author: Estelle Laure

Release Date: July 14th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The Lost Boys meets The Female of the Species in this supernatural feminist YA novel.

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else.

But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good.

But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

This book had me at The Lost Boys mashup. That is one of my favorite movies and I wondered if this book would do it justice.

I went into this excited about the mashup, not going to lie. I wanted to see how the author was going to incorporate it into the story. I gotta say it was interesting. I didn’t hate it. While I appreciated the mashup, I worried if there was blatant copying of said movie. Worries aside, I began reading. The story was pretty enjoyable for me. I was surprised that this YA read had a dark vibe to it. I personally loved that. Being set in the 80’s was also a plus for me. A total 80’s chick right here! I loved the mystery surrounding the magic. The author gave just enough for the reader to know but still keep it a mystery. The characters were pretty cool. Some I wasn’t sure about but you can’t love them all! 

Tragedy, secrets, and empowerment is what fueled the story for me. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I plan on checking out more of her work. All in all, this was enjoyable for me and I recommend giving it a chance. Especially if you’re a fan of said movie. I give this 4 stars.

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


Flames of Chaos (Legacy of the Nine Realms Book 1) by Amelia Hutchins – My Review

 

Title: Flames of Chaos (Legacy of the Nine Realms Book 1)

Author: Amelia Hutchins

Release Date: January 20th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Erotica

Aria and her sisters return to the Human Realm of Haven Falls to find one of their own that’s gone missing. They soon discover things have changed in the Human Realm and that nothing is what it seems, including Knox, the egotistical, self-centered, frustratingly gorgeous man who declared himself King during their absence.
Sparks fly when the two enter a fiery battle of wills as Aria learns she is more than just a witch in the Hecate bloodline; she is much, much more.
Will Aria embrace her savage side to find her sister and save her family, or will she burn to ashes from his heated kisses and burning hot embrace?
Knox has ulterior motives for being in Haven Falls and never expected the little witch to show up and brazenly challenge his rule.
It was supposed to be easy; get in and get out. Move pieces into place and set the stage for the war he’s been planning for over five hundred years. Aria is his sworn enemy but something within her calls to him and he hates himself for craving the fiery kisses that have reignited his cold, dead heart. One taste, and he thought he could get her out of his system. He was wrong.
Will Knox let go of the memories of the past, driving his need for revenge that will destroy the pretty little witch he craves, or will he push the boundaries to fight for and claim what is his by right? Either way, war is inevitable. And nothing will stop him from reaching for what is his.
Epic Fantasy with heavy love-hate situations with adult situations.

This book is one hell of a ride! It is not soft or fluffy. It is dark and rough. This book was right up my alley.

The author has created a great fantasy world along with some great characters. We have witches, wolfs, vampires, magic, and more! Some I liked and some not so much but that’s part of why the book worked for me. I liked that not everyone was good. On top of the darkness, we have some pretty steamy sex scenes. NICE! It took me a bit to fully get into the story at first. Some parts I felt were repetitive and I struggled through those. That being said, as a whole, this was a pretty great read. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a dark book and this made my dark loving heart happy. I need more! I can’t wait for the next book. I give this 4 stars.

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