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Heart of Vengeance (Alice Worth Book 6) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Heart of Vengeance (Alice Worth Book 6)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: October 13th 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Fight for Alice. Private Investigator of the Supernatural.

When dealing with vampires, expect betrayal at every turn…

Mage private investigator Alice Worth’s life has changed dramatically. On the plus side, she has a new home to share with alpha werewolf Sean Maclin and her ghost sidekick Malcolm. She’s also gained an office with her name on the door, a fearsome ally, and dark magic inherited from a defeated enemy.

On the downside, a dire prophecy hangs over her head, she’s uncovered a terrible betrayal, and the new magic is killing her.

When the ancient head of the Vampire Court calls in a favor, Alice is forced to put aside her own problems to hunt a stolen treasure. She and Malcolm travel to realms full of wonders and nightmares in their pursuit of a thief consumed by need for vengeance. To survive and return home, they must rely on a motley group of highly unusual allies.

In pursuit of justice, Alice and Malcolm face many terrifying adversaries. Unfortunately, some are much closer to home than they could imagine…

“Edmonds’s imaginative description of the underworld is as fun as it is fascinating, and the twists and turns along the way will keep readers hooked. Series fans will be pleased to find it’s still going strong.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Highly addicting! Fantastic world building! Unputdownable!

Still recovering from recent events, Alice is forced to recover a stolen object. More danger? Bring it on!

My girl is back! I’ve missed her. Alice is sent to a whole different world and to me it was like bizarro world. Miss Edmonds did an amazing job on building bizarro world and its inhabitants. I easily traveled there in my mind. It was both scary and cool! SO many great one liners and JBJ!! If you know, you know. There are lots of new characters. I really liked a lot of them. Especially a tiny little fur ball! Tons of action and suspense. Maybe we’ll be hearing more from them in the future….that ending though….

I devoured this in a day. I was captivated by the plot and the characters. The danger and magic is always a given and never a let down. Bizarro world really intrigued me. I kept saying to myself this is a trip! Action and danger aside, there are some truly heartfelt moments. They had me tearing up and then bawling my eyes out. It happens every time with a new Alice Worth book. I’m always ready to hurt again. 

This book is fantastic and highly entertaining!! I highly recommend this series. You won’t be disappointed! Warning: This series is highly addicting! I give it 5 stars!

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


Sons of Stars by Nia Rose – My Review

Title: Sons of Stars *Audiobook*

Author: Nia Rose

Release Date: April 24th 2020

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Domenic Alderman is a normal 17 year old student who likes to occasionally lift weights. Winter vacation is over, and it’s a week until Domenic’s 18th birthday. At school, nothing special happens, just a new girl named Luna joined his class and she…glows! Quickly, Domenic’s normal world is flipped upside down as he starts to go through some very strange changes.

If being able to run faster than normal and being able to lift weights like they were nothing weren’t strange enough, accidentally turning a potential girlfriend into a sword and battling strange shadow creatures called Tamas might put a kink Domenic’s graduating plans.

Sons of Stars is a fantastic YA fantasy story! Domenic and his friends are typical high school kids. They like to hang out and have fun. When Luna joins his school, weird things start to happen. It’s a crazy ride going forward! I really like the originality of the relic and welder. There is plenty of action scenes and some scenes that will have you tearing up. Ah teenagers. The narrators voice was pleasant which made this book enjoyable to listen to. That was quite an adventure and I am hoping there’s another book coming! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Adaline Winters

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Adaline Winters! Her debut, Seducing Hope released on July 22nd 2020.

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

When I was about thirteen and my English teacher asked for a two page short story. I gave her a thirty page one, and told her I wasn’t finished.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I’m a dawn and dusk writer, before everyone is awake and when everybody has gone to sleep.

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

Seducing Hope is my debut novel, which will quickly be followed by Surrendering Hope soon.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere! From conversations I had as a child with my grandmother, to snippets I overhear in coffee shop. Nothing is safe!

Describe yourself in one word.

Nerdy

What was your hardest scene to write?

A toss-up between a particularly violent scene and the sexy scenes – but only because I knew my Dad would read it.

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

I love speaking to readers. Social media makes us far more connected, and I love hearing what people thought. No weird fan girl moments – although I’ve met some incredible people though.

What are you currently reading?

A kingdom of flesh and fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Writing a book is hard – but so worth it, keep in touch with the reading community and make the time to speak them. If you’re not writing, read… or occasionally sleep.

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

Writing comes from the heart. I hope to take you on a wild journey which will make you laugh, cry and be surprised.

 

Thank you Adaline Winters for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, Seducing Hope today!

~Synopsis~

How far would you go to protect a secret that causes the dark supernatural world to hunt you?

Who would you hurt to prevent a prophecy from wiping out everyone on the planet?

When Natia Waterford, defender of humankind and self-declared badass, is sent to investigate a series of kidnappings, she’s forced to step into the world of the arrogant Archan Reinheart.

She soon becomes entangled in a fight for both the human race and her own life. The rules are simple: everybody’s a threat, everything you read might be false, and, above all, protect your heart.

Adaline Winters is a UK bassed fantasy author.


Interview with an Author Featuring M . L Darlow

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is M . L Darlow! Her latest release, The Messenger : The Five Realms Book 2 (The Five Realm Chronicles) release on August 28th 2020.

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

I first realized that I wanted to be a writer at an incredibly early age. I believe I was either four or five when I began creating stories (with the help of my mother, since I don’t believe I could read quite yet at the time). I wrote sporadically throughout my life until I was seventeen. That was when I began writing the Five Realm Chronicles, and when I decided I wanted to turn writing into a career.

Describe your writing space.

I’m very particular about where I write. If I move into a new home, it always takes me a while to find a new special spot. But, for most of my writing journey I’ve written in the back room at my mother’s house. It’s lined with windows, book cases, and has an incredibly comfy chair. It’s peaceful.

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

So far, I’ve written ten books. Only two are published. I couldn’t really say which is my favorite, as those books haven’t been announced yet. But if I had to, I’d say either the fourth or seventh Five Realm book was my favorite to write for various reasons.

Describe yourself in three words.

Three words that I think describe me are creative, introverted, and comical.

What are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

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

Oh goodness I’d be so picky about casting, so it’s probably a good thing that in those circumstances we don’t often get a say. But Daniel Sharman would make a wonderful Lincoln McBride.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?

I listen to all kinds of music while I write. I even devise a playlist for every book. I’m never limited to one genre, because I listen to specific things depending on what sort of scene I’m writing. There’s a lot of fighting going on in the Messenger, far more than there was in A Kingdom Falls. While I was writing those scenes I listened to a ton of Asking Alexandria and similar bands. Trois Vierges by Epica helped me write a lot of the sad things.

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite part of the publishing journey is holding my book for the first time in my hands (but also writing it to begin with). My least favorite part of the journey is working on the second draft and all of the editing.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Nothing happens overnight, so don’t be upset when it takes you longer to finish writing your book than the other authors you know. And if you don’t get sales immediately after publishing, that’s okay too. Everything takes time. It took me eight years to be comfortable enough with my writing to publish anything. Just keep pushing yourself.

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

One thing that I want people to know about me and my books is that I am a huge fan of plot twists, which means the series is absolutely full of them. Some are good, some are bad. I apologize in advance.

 

Thank you M . L Darlow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Messenger today!

~Synopsis~

Eighteen years after the Idonian Kingdom’s fall, the Messenger that the Galaxy has been waiting for finally surfaces. Dragons spring back into existence and prophecies collide as the main Realm shakes with her arrival.

The Kingdom of Dracus is prepared to aid the Messenger and the Realm Prophetess, Valentina Gold, has visions that become crucial to the galaxy’s survival. Her own prophecy comes to light, and with it a team of ten elite warriors is created. Idona’s Allies.

While Idona is finally given hope after nearly two decades of Darkness, the road ahead will be far from easy. The Messenger and her Allies are faced with three dangerous tasks that will finally end Xavier’s Dark reign. If they make it that far, that is.

M.L. Darlow is a fantasy author best known for the Five Realm Chronicles. She has over thirty one books planned for the series, and is also co-writing a Wicked Fairytale alongside J.J Marshall and J.R Walden.

 

 


Interview with an Author Featuring Luna Joya

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Luna Joya! Her latest release, Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3) released on August 18th 2020.

How long have you been writing? 

I almost traditionally published a debut in my twenties, but the content was so horribly dark that I stepped away until I embraced writing romance about five years ago. Beginning each book with the certainty that there will be a happily-ever-after at the end has been freeing.

Describe a typical writing day.

I work full-time as a prosecutor so I steal a few moments whenever I can. I’ve typed dialogue on my phone while standing in line at the grocery store or walking my two-pound terror of a pup. Before the pandemic, I fiercely protected my commute time on the train as writing time. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Most of my characters are incredibly loud and demand the stories be told. Sometimes, they appear fully formed—flaws and all. Also, I love history, and I’ve worked in criminal law for almost twenty years so those interests influence my writing. 

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

I love all of my characters for their quirks and flaws—both the heroes and the villains—but I’ll admit Zimm has been my book boyfriend since the first moment I “met” him. That easy charm and those good looks mask such depth of feeling, the ghosts of his past, and the infinite ability to love with everything he has.

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

Each of my characters takes a little piece of me and gives me something in return. I tell myself it’s okay to leave everything on the page. When a scene is hard or heartbreaking, I write faster and pour it all into the work because my hope is that the reader can share in that emotional journey. 

Also, chocolate helps.

What book is currently on your bedside table? 

My Kindle with its daunting TBR (to be read) list and The Rogue King by Abigail Owen because I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel.

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

Having a different couple “star” in each book helps. It gives me a chance to step into other perspectives and tell the overarching story from that hero or heroine’s point of view to make each book unique for readers.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Persistent, snarky, and loyal. (I’m basically a sarcastic Hufflepuff.)

What advice would you give to other authors?

Find your tribe. I’m an extreme introvert but community is important for so many reasons in the journey. Improving my craft is one of my favorite things, and it’s easier to do with other people who share the same goal.

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

I write to provide an escape for myself and readers. Nothing makes me happier than someone saying they want to be a part of my fictional families. 

I also write my passions. While it’s magic, sex, and mystery on the page, the threads underlying each story from intimate partner violence to fertility issues are matters of the heart for me. Story is where we learn to deal with life. It might as well be in a way that entertains us.

 

Thank you Luna Joya for chatting with me and congrats on your latest release! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Killing Song today!

~Synopsis~

One more kill and she’s free. But only if she doesn’t fall in love first.

Love destroys. Zaida has lived by that motto for centuries as a siren and the faerie queen’s most lethal assassin. So keeping things strictly professional with the sexy human she’s working with on the FBI’s paranormal task force shouldn’t be a problem. Except it is.

Former Army Ranger Zimm isn’t a big fan of love either. Losing everything and everyone will do that to a guy. Keeping his hands off the badass, sword-happy siren who’s helping him track down a murderous demon should be easy. But it isn’t.

If Zaida and Zimm have any hope of claiming their happily ever after, they’ll have to catch a killer, outwit immortal royalty, and face off against an evil magical organization. And then there’s the little matter of the last hit the queen has ordered Zaida to carry out in exchange for her freedom. The target? Zimm.

Seems like everything’s about to get supernaturally complicated.

If you like Thea Harrison, Darynda Jones, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or Christine Feehan, this steamy paranormal romance is for you. Get it now.

Luna Joya writes hex and sex in the award-winning Legacy Series.

Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes sex crimes and homicides by day and writes paranormal romance at night. A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup.

Website: https://lunajoya.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lunajoyawriter

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

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3fnKLf6

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/luna-joya

 

 


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Fall to Earth (Pillars of Fire and Light Sci-Fi Book 1)

By Ken Britz

~Synopsis~

A desperate athlete. A super-soldier experiment. Will cutting-edge technology change the world or destroy it?

Indiana Beckham’s lifelong goal has just been cut down. Banned from competing in Olympic fencing, she jumps at the chance to join a research project that could make her the best. But to unlock the promise of her unlimited potential, Indiana must endure a risky, life-altering transformation…

Lieutenant Arthur MacGabran has a mission: advance humanity in a single generation. Eager to prove his neuro-technology, he ignores the dangers and recruits his first live test subject. But when Indiana’s enchanted abilities turn deadly, he’ll have to keep a shocking secret to fuel his twisted dream…

As Indiana harnesses her super-skills, the project and its subjects teeter on the edge of termination.

Will the fencer’s attempt to better herself end up destroying her instead?

Fall to Earth is the first book in the action-packed Pillars of Fire and Light military sci-fi series. If you like high-stakes technology, intriguing characters, and super-human soldiers, then you’ll love Ken Britz’s thrilling novel.


Interview with an Author featuring J.J. Marshall

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

What inspired you to start writing?

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

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

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

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

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

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead.

Do you have any new series planned?

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

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

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

What advice would you give to other authors?

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Synopsis~

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

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

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King of Crows by Nia Rose – My Review

Title: King of Crows *Audiobook*

Author: Nia Rose

Release Date: June 22nd 2020

Genre: Fantasy

The Crows are the noble messengers of the gods. But all the gods have left. The world is baring the mark of their neglect. Slowly, the world is decaying. The Crows are all starving and doing anything they can to survive, but how much longer until there is nothing they can do to live through the undeniable end that is heading their way?

Korbinian, the youngest of the Crows, stumbles upon a sick and dying girl Adira. Can his blessing to her be the thing that saves them all? Or, will they remain tethered to a dying world and share its impending doom?

This story was complete and spectacular surprise! A wonderful read! The story was really creative which flowed into the characters. Korbinian was a mystery to me and that made me want to know more. I felt there was more to him and his part in the story. The narrators voice was great in bringing the story to life. I was left with a feeling of hope and wondering if things remained the same….I give this 4 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Lisa Edmonds

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Lisa Edmonds! Author of the Alice Worth series. Her next release, Heart of Vengeance will release in October 2020!

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

I was a writer starting at age four! I wrote a one-page story on a sheet of Big Chief tablet paper (with illustrations) about a flower and a rainbow who were friends. My mom still has it somewhere in a box. Both of my parents were librarians and I grew up loving stories of all kinds. I can’t imagine not writing. It’s like breathing for me.

Describe your writing space.

I wrote several books that hopefully stay buried (LOL) before I started working on Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Book 1) in 2015. I’ve published five full-length novels and three novellas since 2017, and my sixth book, Heart of Vengeance, will be out in October 2020. I think it’s my favorite because it’s kind of a buddy road-trip comedy-drama, featuring Alice and her ghost sidekick Malcolm, plus a very motley group of supernatural allies. The cover is also fabulous. Thank you so much to my cover artist and my publisher, City Owl Press, for such great covers.

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative, traveler, true crime addict (that counts as one!)

What are you reading now?

I’m a bit behind on new releases because I’ve been trying to write as much as possible this summer, but I just finished Magic Touch by Luna Joya and I’m about to dive into American Demon by Kim Harrison and then finally Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs. (I told you I was behind!)

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

This has always been a tough question for me to answer. I think Natalie Dormer (with dark hair) would make a perfect Alice. She’s got that sarcastic smile and perfect RBF.

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

Each has their own challenges. The first book has to establish your world, the magic system, the protagonist, the main antagonist, and hook your readers so well that they want to take this journey with you all the way to the end. Each book builds on those before it, and by book 7 (which I’m working on now), I have a dozen running threads, hundreds of characters, and so much to keep track of—not to mention continuing to develop characters in realistic and dynamic ways so they change, evolve, and grow all the way to the end.

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

I LOVE to hear from readers! I get DMs on Twitter, comments and messages on Facebook, and on Instagram. It’s so amazing that people enjoy my books and want to talk about them—what they loved, WHO they love, and how much they wish the next book was out! It’s always surreal when someone gushes about a scene or a character, or a book as a whole. I just always wanted to write stories people enjoyed, and I love that this series seems to be doing that.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Your stories are important. You have tons of fans out there you don’t know about who love and read your books, but don’t blow up your social media about it. Your story meant something very important to people you don’t know. That’s magical. Also, at this moment, almost everyone I know is struggling to express themselves creatively. Writers, artists, designers, musicians…we’re all struggling. If you are struggling to create right now, you are not alone, and it is not a failure on your part. Don’t be hard on yourself if the words aren’t happening for you during difficult times. Do what you can when you can, and forgive yourself when you fall short of your goals. Be kind to yourself.

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

Alice’s journey is about healing and dealing with the trauma of her past. When I first developed the idea of Alice, one central aspect of her character was I wanted her to be real, not so perfect and over-powered that readers can’t identify with her. I wanted her to make mistakes and learn from them. I’ve read hundreds of urban fantasy books and one thing that bugs me to no end is main characters who go through all kinds of violence, trauma, and loss, both in the past and present, and move on as if nothing happened. We all love those strong heroines, but being strong doesn’t mean you’re impervious when bad things happen. Alice is haunted by her past, and by the things she sees and experiences in these books. What happens at the end of Heart of Malice, for example, (no spoilers!) affects her greatly and very nearly derails both her relationships and the career she loves. Her healing process from that, and from all she endured while a prisoner of her grandfather, is the true emotional heart of the series. A number of readers have contacted me to let me know that this representation of trauma and healing is consistent with their own. That’s lovely to hear, because that was as or more important to me than anything else about this series.

 

Thank you Lisa Edmonds for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Heart of Malice today!

~Synopsis~

Meet Alice. Private Investigator of the Supernatural.

The first time Moses Murphy’s granddaughter killed on his orders, she was six years old.

For twenty years, she was a prisoner of an organized crime syndicate, forced to use her magic to make Moses the most powerful and feared man on the East Coast. To escape his cruelty, she faked her own death and started a new life as Alice Worth. As a private investigator specializing in cases involving the supernatural, Alice walks a precarious line between atoning for the sins of her grandfather’s cabal and keeping her true identity hidden.

Hired to investigate the disappearance of a mysterious object of power, Alice enlists the help of Malcolm, a ghost running from a past as nightmarish as her own. It soon becomes clear the missing object was taken by someone with a dangerous secret and an unknown agenda. When her client is kidnapped, Alice must find her and the object of power before a vengeful killer destroys the city and slaughters thousands—starting with Alice.

Lisa Edmonds was born and raised in Kansas, and studied English and forensic criminology at Wichita State University. After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she considered a career in law enforcement as a behavioral analyst before earning a Master’s from Wichita State and then a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University.

She is currently an associate professor of English at a college in Texas and teaches both writing and literature courses. When not in the classroom, she shares a quiet country home with her husband Bill D’Amico and their cats, and enjoys writing, reading, traveling, spoiling her nephew, and singing karaoke.

Looking for news and updates on the Alice Worth series? Follow Lisa on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @Edmonds411. Join her reader community on FB or at http://www.LisaEdmonds.com.

 


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.

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