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Interview with an Author featuring Felicity Brandon

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Felicity Brandon! Her latest release, Haunted By Desire: A Gothic Dark Romance (Wild Iris Book 1) releases on October 4th 2022.

How long have you been writing?

I have written since I was a child, but I started publishing my stories in 2012 when I finished my family and quit my 9 to 5. I’ve never looked back!

Describe a typical writing day.

I write everyday Monday to Friday, but honestly, I’m not complaining. It’s my passion! I usually write about 5000 words a day and try to enjoy every one of them.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration is everywhere! I once based a character on a woman I met in my gym changing room. That said, most of my antiheroes come to me in my dreams. I usually see specific scenes and wake up desperate to write them! 

What are some challenges that have come up during your writing and publishing journey?

Imposter syndrome has been my biggest challenge. For the longest time, I didn’t believe it when readers told me that they loved my books. It has taken me years to know that I am worthy. This is where I deserve to be.

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

I actually love those deep and intense scenes. I’m normally frantic to write them! When my characters speak to me, I’m already in the right headspace. Music also helps though. It sets the emotional tone.

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

Fierce AF (which is also the name of my reader group).

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

I totally immerse myself in my stories and want to create that same experience for my readers. I weep, pant and prance while I create, and then head out into nature to work off those emotions.

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

I’ve just finished the fourth book in my sexy and super dark Beautiful Deceit series. Enveloped By The Darkness releases February of next year.

I also completed my second pen name, Elodie Crowe’s first series! Shards Of Justice releases on December 31st.

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?

I love this question. It resonates! I’d say, believe, believe, believe. Write a little every day (or as often as you can) and don’t take reviews personally. If you receive a bad review (and you will) accept that person’s energy and don’t let criticism hold you back.

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

I write what I want to read and l always fall in love with my fiendish antiheroes!

Thank you Felicity Brandon for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Haunted By Desire today!


Lost in the wilderness and desperate for sanctuary,
Iris Parsons stumbles into the mysterious Aidan.
Brooding and enigmatic, he offers her security,
But Aidan’s help comes at a terrible price.
As she struggles with her growing feelings for her dark protector,
Iris realizes it could already be too late.
She might never find her way back to civilization,
But worse, she may not want to.

Haunted By Desire is the first in a new gothic dark romance series.

Felicity is a USA Today Bestselling writer that Writes about the dark, delicious chemistry that develops between alpha males, and their feisty, willful women! Think romance with bondage, submission and good old-fashioned, over-the-knee spankings!


Felicity’s Website: About – Felicity Brandon (

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author · New Release

Interview with an Author featuring Candace Robinson

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Candace Robinson! Her newest release, The Bone Valley: A Romantic Dark Fantasy released on October 13th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I started actually writing stories in 2016, but I always knew I wanted to write. It was just a matter of actually getting the words down! Sometimes it takes a life-altering even to get someone in gear which was my case.

Describe a typical writing day.

Oh boy! So, I normally do my writing during the week when my daughter is at school and I’m a morning writer by nature. At night, I can edit, but it’s harder for me to try and fish out creative things from inside my brain. When I’m working on a book, my goal is to get a minimum of two thousand words a day down. If there is more than that, then that is a bonus!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

So for my dark fantasy things, I draw a lot of inspiration from old horror movies like Bride of Frankenstein or Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro. And then I love romance so anything from Ten Things I Hate About You to Pride & Prejudice, then merge all these things together in on big witchy cauldron lol.

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

Another toughy but a goody! I have so many but out of my published books, probably Lark from Lyrics & Curses. I just really love her snark and the fact that it’s 80s and she likes all the cool things. Plus, she is just so there for her love interest, Auden—in all the ways he needs.

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

I’m generally okay with fantasy, so I think maybe the hardest scenes I’ve ever had to write was in one of my contemporaries because in Avocado Bliss, it deals with diabetes which my husband has. And in Hearts Are Like Balloons, the MC lost her dad, the same way I did. But even then, I loved writing those because they felt real.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco which I seriously hope to read soon because I loved the first book so much!

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

Here’s where I’m totally bad! I haven’t technically written a direct sequel with the same MC throughout. Most are companion sequels. I take that back because Bride of Glass and Shadowed By Despair did have a same MC, but new MCs were also introduced! However, I would love to write a long series with the MC if I could! So I guess I keep my series fresh by having new MCs.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Anxious. Creative. Nostalgic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

You can’t work with a blank page. So put some words down!

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

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


Thank you Candace Robinson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, The Bone Valley today!


An unexpected and addictive NA Stand-Alone Fantasy Romance.

He’s a lover. She’s a thief. A magic like no other will bind them together.

After the death of his parents, Anton Bereza works hard to provide for his younger siblings. Love has never been in the cards for him, especially after desperation forces Anton to sell himself for coin. And he has no idea that, beneath the city of Kedaf, lies a place called the Bone Valley.

When Anton’s jealous client plots against him, he is cursed to spend eternity in a world where all that remains are broken bones. There, Anton meets Nahli Yan—a spirited woman who once tried to steal from him—and his cards begin to change. But as the spark between them ignites, so does their desire to escape. All that stands in their way is the deceitful Queen of the Dead, who is determined to wield her vicious magic to break Anton and Nahli apart. Forever.

Perfect for fans of Kingdom of the Wicked, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The Bone Valley is one delicious romantic fantasy filled with swoon, enemies to lovers, and unique magic that you won’t want to miss!

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.






Audiobook · Review

Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella by K.L. Bone – My Review

Title: Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella *Audiobook*

Author: K.L. Bone

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Gothic Romance

Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her,would remain forever elusive.

Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.

Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.

As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?

Great read! This quick and entertaining read had me captivated from beginning to end. The characters were well written. I was eager to know more about the mysterious Dracula. A great story with an interesting ending. I LOVE Kylie Stewart’s voice! Her voice is pleasant and always brings the story to life. LOVED this! I give this 5 stars!

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