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Interview with an Author Featuring Rebecca Rivard

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Rebecca Rivard! Her latest release, Pursued: A Vampire Syndicate Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 1) is set to release on October 1st 2020.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

As a teenager, I read way too many romances, little realizing I was actually preparing for a career. After a detour through various genres, I returned to my first love. In 2017, I became a USA Today bestselling author, proving dreams really can come true.

My Fada Shapeshifter Series was voted Best Shifter Series of 2018 in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and Saving Jace was chosen Best Shifter Book of 2018. Charming Marjani received the 2020 PRISM Award for Best Urban Fantasy Romance.

My vampire novella Ensnared: Star (Vampire Blood Courtesans) was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick. I’ve also won awards in poetry and literary fiction, most of which featured—of course!—a romance in some way. 

How long have you been writing?

A looong time! I started out writing plays for my dolls in second grade, which I presented in class. I believe they were all of two (handwritten) pages long, lol. From there I could only go up…

Describe a typical writing day.

I write at least five days a week. Typically I walk or do yoga (I’ve been a yoga teacher for 20 years), then check my social media, maybe read the newspaper. I usually get going around nine-thirty or ten. Unless I’m on a deadline, in which case I often work before breakfast.

I write three or four hours a day. The rest of the time is spent on marketing, interacting with readers, or just enjoying a good book. I read several books a week as well as a couple of newspapers. Mainly I read romances—contemporaries, historical, and of course, paranormal romance. I also love a good mystery.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Ooh, good question! For my Fada Shapeshifter Series, I was writing (unpublished) contemporary romances when I started kicking around an idea about a human man who captures a fae queen. Then one day, my husband and I were at our favorite swimming hole in a park on the Susquehanna River. I was gazing at a crevice next to the stream when the idea for a water shapeshifter clan came to me.

The human became a shapeshifter alpha who, to save his clan, takes the sun fae queen prisoner…and the Fada Shapeshifter Series was born. Ten books later, the series is still going strong!

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

This is so hard! I fall a little in love with all my characters. They become real people to me, and I feel I have to get their story down—and make sure they get their HEA.

But if I had to choose, right now I’m loving Gabriel, the dark, sexy billionaire vampire in my upcoming Vampire Syndicate release, Pursued (out Oct. 1!). He’s smart, protective, a little dominating…the kind of man who hits all my buttons.

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

That depends. For emotionally draining scenes, music can help. “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls and “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed always get me in the mood. For a fight, I might act it out in my office.

Right now I’m loving music from the 365 Days film (another mafia romance), especially the Everybody Loves an Outlaw band. The songs are so perfect for my current vampire mafia romances.

For sexy scenes, I just try to picture myself in the scene. If it turns me on, hopefully it will turn my readers on, lol. If I’m stuck, I might read a few other scenes—my own or another authors. Sometimes my husband gets roped in for “inspiration.” He doesn’t seem to mind…

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

It just kind of happens. I introduce new characters, plot twists… I’m always trying to think outside the box. For example, my Fada Shapeshifters are a species I created—part-fae, part-human, part-animal.

I’ve had readers tell me they googled the Fada, thinking they were a “thing.” I’m like, nope, I made them up! But I love that they seem that real to people.

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

As a matter of fact, on October 1 I’m kicking off the Vampire Syndicate Series, a new vampire mafia romance trilogy. The Vampire Syndicate Trilogy features three rich—and smokin’ hot—brothers who are heirs to one of the world’s most powerful vampire syndicates.

In the first book, Pursued, all hell has broken loose in the Kral Vampire Syndicate. The middle brother has gone missing and their father leaves town to hunt for him. The youngest brother is sent to investigate another lead, leaving Gabriel, the oldest, to hold down the fort in New York City.

Then, the woman Gabriel loved and lost three years ago chooses that moment to return. Is he suspicious? Hell, yeah.

Here’s the series blurb:

The Vampire Syndicate

They call us the Dark Angels: Gabriel, Zaquiel and Rafael.
We’re brothers. Princes. Billionaires.
The richer-than-sin heirs to one of the world’s most powerful vampires.
But we’re not vampires, we’re dhampirs. Half-human, half-vampire, with panty-melting good looks.
The media love us.
Vampires hate us.
And Slayers, Inc. will do anything to take us down.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write a little every day! I had years when I was raising my kids and working full-time that I wrote as little as 100-200 words a day. But write 100 words a day, 5 days a week for 50 weeks and you’ll end up with a 50,000-word novel. 

As a paranormal romance author, I’d also encourage letting your imagination run wild. PNR authors don’t have to write what we know, and I find that incredibly freeing.

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

If you crave dark, dominating vampires, try my new Vampire Syndicate Series or check out the two books I have in the Vampire Blood Courtesans Series.

If steamy paranormal romance about shifters and fae is your jam, check out my Fada Shapeshifters. I’m thrilled that the series has won so many awards, including the PRISM Award for Best Urban Fantasy Romance and two Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards (Best Shifter Series & Best Shifter Book).

 

Thank you Rebecca Rivard for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out and pre-order her newest release, Pursued today!

~Synopsis~

THE VAMPIRE SYNDICATE ROMANCES
When darkness falls, the monsters come out to play…

Twilight meets 365 Days in this hot new paranormal romance series from USA Todaybestselling author Rebecca Rivard!

They call us the Dark Angels: Gabriel, Zaquiel and Rafael.
We’re brothers. Princes. Billionaires.
The richer-than-sin heirs to one of the world’s most powerful vampires.
But we’re not vampires, we’re dhampirs. Half-human, half-vampire, with panty-melting good looks.
The media love us.
Vampires hate us.
And Slayers, Inc. will do anything to take us down.

PURSUED
Mila

I knew Gabriel was dangerous, the eldest son and heir to a Syndicate Primus. You think a Mafia don is scary? You should meet Gabriel’s father.
But I thought I could play with fire without being burned.
Now I’m on the run from the Syndicate. Hungry, alone. Not knowing who to trust.
Until the night the vampires hunt me down…

Gabriel
I let Mila run from me once. Now she’s back—right when all hell breaks loose in the Syndicate.
Yeah, I’m suspicious. I know she’s keeping secrets from me.
But this time, I have the upper hand.
Mila’s mine now.
Bound to me by a blood oath that only I can break.
I’ll never let her leave.

A steamy second-chance, forbidden lovers paranormal romance.

THE VAMPIRE SYNDICATE ROMANCES
Three powerful brothers and the women they’ll do anything to have—and hold.

A fast-paced new vampire romance series from PRISM award-winning author Rebecca Rivard.

USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Rivard read way too many romances as a teenager, little realizing she was actually preparing for a career. She now spends her days with dark shifters, sexy fae, and other magical creatures.

InD’Tale Magazine calls her work, “Steamy, spellbinding romance with phenomenal pacing,” and the Paranormal Romance Guild says, “There is sex and suspense and everything you could hope for in a shifter book. I can’t wait for more!”

Five of her books have been awarded the prestigious Crowned Heart Review from InD’Tale Magazine, and the FADA SHAPESHIFTER SERIES was voted Best Shifter Series in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Her books have also won first place in contests such as the prestigious PRISM Awards (CHARMING MARJANI) and the PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards (SAVING JACE).

She also has books in the VAMPIRE BLOOD COURTESANS SERIES, and her novella “Ensnared: Star” was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

Sign up for Rebecca Rivard’s newsletter at her website (rebeccarivard.com) and be the first to hear about new releases and read exclusive teasers from the books. As a thank you, Rebecca will gift you with a steamy short story (‘Lir’s Lady’).

For more about my vampire romances, including Pursued: A Vampire Syndicate Romance, go here.

https://rebeccarivard.com/vampires/

You can see all of my Fada Shapeshifter books here, including series order.

https://rebeccarivard.com/shapeshifters/

Come out hang out with me and my Wild Hearts on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/655091701366112/

I’m also on Instagram where I love posting pics about my various worlds.

https://www.instagram.com/rebecca.rivard/

 


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 D.M. Earl

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is D.M. Earl! Her newest release, Bottom of the Chains-Prospect (Grimm Wolves MC Book 1.5) released on August 18th 2020.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m D.M. Earl an Indie author out of Northwest Indiana. I’m married to my best friend. We are bikers (both have Harley’s) and have 8 fur babies. I’m an avid reader and love to spend a day engrossed in a good story.

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

As a child I devoured books and always considered myself a storyteller. Writing has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

Describe your writing space.

I have a couple. My primary space is in our finished basement that my husband put together for me. I have a desk, office chair and am surrounded by bookshelves with all of my signed paperbacks from some of my favorite authors around me. It is quiet and serene. Next is our screen porch, which I love cause it looks out into our yard. Again gives me peace of mind.

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

I’ve published 9 books. Number 10 is scheduled to release on 9.9.2020. I also have three more that’ll be releasing before the end of 2020. 

As far as a favorite, they all are my favorites it depends on the day and my emotions. I write with my heart and soul so can’t pick just one.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My real life experience and interacts with people and the voices in my head that guide me towards a story.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Kris Michaels Shadow series. Waiting for 9.22.20 for the next release of Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series.

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

Not sure. I know I would use not really famous actors to get the full emotion out of each book.

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

Each book to me is challenging. The first book because you are trying to introduce a new series. The next books can be challenging because you are trying to continue on with a story.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Kind, Open book, heart on my sleeve.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never let anyone tell you what to do with your books. Follow your heart and your storyline and stay true to yourself.

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

I’ll share my Amazon Author description cause this fits me very well.

I spin stories about real life situations with characters that are authentic, genuine and sincere. Each story allows the characters to come to life with each turn of the page while they try to find their HEA through much drama and angst.

 

Thank you D.M. Earl for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Bottom of the Chains today!

~Synopsis~

My life has sucked for as far back as I can remember. My folks didn’t want me so I was thrown into foster care. Let me just say lots of fun. NOT.

Then one day, my life took a dramatic change. My circumstances improved greatly. I met The Grimm Wolves MC and they took me under their wing. I became not only a prospect but also part of their brotherhood.

Now I’ve let my brothers down not once, but twice, in less than a month. What if I don’t belong with the club? Feeling the weight of life, how can I prove to the only family I have ever had that I’m worth the trouble? Or maybe the truth is I’m not reliable and useful after all? It all depends on how much of my failure The Grimm Wolves MC are willing to put up with by one of their newest prospects.

USA Today Bestselling author D. M. Earl spins stories about real life situations with characters that are authentic, genuine and sincere. Each story allows the characters to come to life with each turn of the page while they try to find their HEA through much drama and angst.

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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.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Kate Benson

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kate Benson! Her newest release, Fallen (The Frenemy Series Book 3) released on July 31st 2020.

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

Thanks! I’m really excited about it.
Fallen is book three in The Frenemy Series, which is my rom/com series that starts with Frigid (book one). Since Fallen is the last book, I’ll start with telling you a little more about the start of The Frenemy Series, Frigid.
The series follows Dash Hunter, a blunt, womanizing, muscle-bound bartender/mechanic and Evie King, a mouthy, spoiled but hard-working art student. Dash is best friends with Mason. Evie is Mason’s little sister. Dash and Evie have known each other for the bulk of their lives and to say neither have ever been impressed by the other? Understatement of the century. In fact, the only thing that’s kept them from clawing each other’s eyes out on the regular is their mutual love for Mason, his intense overprotection of Evie and his undying loyalty to Dash. When fate, a flight delay and an abundance of alcohol steps in, a favor goes much further than either of them ever could have anticipated and hilarity and panic take over. Will they be able to keep their secret from Mason? More importantly, will they be able to go back to the hatred that’s always served them well when they’re no longer feeling frigid?

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I think it depends on the book and the character. I am by no means a plotter. Although I usually know my core details of every series/book pretty early in the process, I love to listen to my characters and take each adventure with them. Nothing brings me more joy than to fall in deep to the sound of the keys beneath my fingertips and my characters whispering their truths in what feels like a breath, but when I look up, hours have passed us by. Those are the moments I think most authors live for. They’re certainly the moments I crave most often.
Music, memories, dreams, personal experiences, those all inspire me, but nothing takes me there like the characters I’ve been so lucky to meet along my way.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes! It’s always been my biggest dream.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Books:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: I got this book when I was eight from a book fair at school and I still remember reading it on my bedroom floor and how it made me cry. It was my first heartbreak at the hands of fiction, and I ran crying into the kitchen to my mother. I told her I wanted to grow up and write stories that made people cry. That was the moment I realized I wanted to be a writer.
The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski: This is my favorite love story of all time. Not just because it’s beautiful and it wrecked me, but because it was the first thing I’d read that showed me I could write the type of love story that I wanted to read/write. I could write about a girl that felt like me falling for a guy that I’d want to fall for. They were both damaged and vulnerable and their love story was the first one that made me realize that I, too, could bring the spectacularly gorgeous disaster I’d always craved putting down on paper to life. That book changed my life.
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James: I know there are conflicting views on these books (I’ve always been a fan), but if you’re an indie, I honestly don’t know how you can’t have love for them. Without Christian Grey, I don’t think any of us would be writing the love stories we’re writing today. EL James was the first to find that ceiling and kick it open for the rest of it. As far as I’m concerned, she’s our Elvis.

Writers:
I have so many favorites, but in addition to those I’ve already mentioned, some of my favorites/influences are Harlan Coben (that man is the plot twist KING!), Jodi Ellen Malpas, Stephen King and John Grisham. And obviously Nicholas Sparks. He’s the swoon master. Holy Noah…

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

For Fallen, my celebrity muses were a very tattooed version of Sam Hunt (Dash), Lauren Conrad (Evie) and Jake Johnson (Mason).
Do you think Sam is into expanding his career to film? If so, I’m totally down.

What is the best part of your day?

Any time I get to write uninterrupted makes me happy. And at the end of my day, when I cuddle on the couch with my husband and our furboy, Boomer. Best day ever.

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

Awkward, romantic, honest.

What are you reading now?

At the moment I’m typing this, I’ve just been informed by Amazon that my copy of Midnight Sun will be arriving tomorrow! I’m skimming Twilight while I wait for Edward. V””V

What advice would you give to other authors?

This business can be hard. You need thick skin and even with it, there are going to be days you want to quit. You’re going to have days when a bad review, a writing rut, a social media post or just life in general make it feel like you don’t have it in you to keep going. You do. Always remember that. Your story deserves to be told in the way that only you can tell it. It won’t be for everyone and that’s okay. It just needs to be for you in the beginning. It’s for the bad days when you need to just let go. It’s for that emotion you don’t know what to do with. It’s for the characters that you’re lucky enough to hear before anyone else. They chose you to tell their story for a reason, so tell it. Even when it’s hard. God, especially then. Take a hot ten, fix your bun, come back to them, and listen. They won’t ever steer you wrong. When it’s time to let them go, they’ll tell you that, too. You just have to listen. And breathe. And find a really great set of headphones.

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

My books/series are all a little different, but I’m completely enamored by the characters who drive my stories and I’m a total sucker for a great love story. I might be known for loving a wicked cliffhanger, but my ultimate goal is always to give my readers (and my characters) the happy ending they crave. If you ever find yourself halfway through one of my series and plotting my demise – hang in there! Happy days are on their way *wink wink*

Thank you so much for the feature and the support! I’m so grateful! XO Kate

 

Thank you Kate Benson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Fallen today!

~Synopsis~

College graduation wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.
Along with my art degree, I received a positive pregnancy test.

The father just happens to be my brother’s best friend, any my nemesis-turned-boyfriend.
It’s complicated.

Now, we’re living together, in a new city, with new jobs and my hormones are raging like a crazed banshee. What else could go wrong?

I hear Mexico is beautiful this time of year.

If this had happened a year ago, we’d both be running for the hills. It’s too late for that now, though.
We’ve already fallen.

Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband and their furbaby, Boomer.
She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.
Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.
To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.

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The Redemption Series (The Vault) *Free on KU*

A spin-off from The Promise Series

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Interview with an Author Featuring Carol Ann Kauffman

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Carol Ann Kauffman! Author of multiple series’ such as Cat Collier and Time After Time.

How long have you been writing?

As soon as I could put big, fat primary pencil to paper, I was writing. I used to revise the stories in our primary classroom readers to be more relevant to my friends, and get big laughs on the playground. I won essay contests in the upper elementary grades. I had a story published in a magazine in high school. But then, life happened and I quit writing to go to work. I didn’t write seriously until I retired.

Describe a typical writing day.

There is no typical day for me. I write when the mood calls to me. It could be the middle of the night. I especially liked winter when the weather was bad and my husband got called out to work at 2:00 in the morning. A few of my novels were written in that time frame. Normally I set aside a few hours in the morning to write. If “it” doesn’t happen, I edit, blog, or market. Late night hours are also good writing time for me, when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Some are life experiences, mine and others. Sometimes it’s part of an overheard conversation or especially touching song will evoke an emotional response in me that needs to be written down. When we were on our second honeymoon in Florida, back to the same hotel where we first stayed, I promised my husband it was a “no writing” vacation. However, I woke up in the middle of the night in a bit of a state of anxiety. Unfamiliar room, etc. For a moment, I couldn’t figure out where I was. The snore next to me brought me out of it, but that made for the beginning of my novel, Charming Deception. I wrote that opening chapter on my phone in the bathroom.

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

Yes, Richard Mackenzie, the main male characters in my Time After Time series, is my favorite. (Shhh…don’t tell the others.) People ask me if he is modeled after my husband. I laugh. Richard is a composite of many qualities I find admirable in a man. He is tall, dark, and handsome, yes, but he’s also loving, strong and vulnerable. Not many men are brave enough to open up emotionally the way Richard does.

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

Just start writing. Louis L’Amour has a great quote. “Start writing. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” There are days I’ve started with a grocery list. But on really great writing days, that mood comes first and I have to hurry up and write it.

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

Happy. Empathetic. Italian.

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

I always have more than one project going on at the same time.  Different series. Time After Time is a romantic adventure series about the same couple finding each other over and over again in different lifetimes. Cat Collier Mystery is a girl sleuth series. Different genres. Romance, mystery, sci-fi, Christmas. It helps me to bounce around from one to the other. If I don’t think it’s new and fresh and exciting, my readers won’t either.

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

I am excited to share with you my work-in-progress, 47-O, Ford Deseveno. 

A sci-fi tale about the male humanoid in tank number 47-O at an upstate Ohio cryogenic facility who is suddenly needed back on his home world to avert a planet-wide crisis. His emergency thaw is activated. But while Ford struggles to remember his mission and regain his strength, forces are gathering against him.

​Meanwhile, Ford feels an immediate attraction to Dr. Olivia Bellamy, granddaughter of founder William Ulysses Bellamy (Wubsy), the man who put him in the cryogenic tube so, so, long ago to save his life, and also to separate him from Wubsy’s wife who has developed a strong attachment to the tall, thin, ashen alien called 47-O, or Ford. Granddaughter Olivia bears a strong resemblance to her grandmother, also named Olivia.

​From there, things get complicated.

Read a little from my work-in-progress here: https://www.weebly.com/weebly/main.php#/

What advice would you give to other authors?

Everybody has a book inside them. Everyone has at least ONE story to tell. When I taught school, I always had my students keep a journal. Writing things down helps you remember, helps you work through a problem, makes you a more organized thinker, and lowers your blood pressure. Now, that said, it doesn’t mean anybody will want to buy your book. But write anyway. Wasn’t it Edgar Rice Burroughs who said, (paraphrasing here) if you write one book, it could be really bad. But if you write 100, you’re bound to improve? I’m working on #27. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let someone who never wrote a book tell you how to write yours. And when you get that first awful, terrible, soul-sucking review (and you will because Amazon lets anything with opposable thumbs write a review if they spend $50), read it once, take from it any glimmer of honest, constructive criticism, then forget it as you gently step over the warm, stinking pile and continue on your happy writing way.

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

My books are about life, love, loss, and lunacy. I bristle at the label “clean romance” because although there are no graphic sexual scenes, they’re written for adults. On a personal level, my advice is: Open up. It’s never too late to be the person you were meant to be. Life is full of second chances if you’re brave enough to take them. Yes, you risk getting hurt. And sometimes you will and it will be sad and pitiful. But the rewards are astounding. Don’t be that old person who says I should’ve done this or that. DO IT!  

The characters in my books tend to jump in with both feet, especially my heroines. They are brave and feisty. I don’t know where they get that…

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to your captive audience. Stay well.

Thank you Carol Ann Kauffman for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series today!

Carol Ann Kauffman’s books range from short stories to full-length novels. Her novels are classified as romantic action adventures with a sci-fi/ fantasy twist, and mysteries. They’re about life, love, loss, and lunacy. She is a retired teacher. She has worked as a printer, managed a department store office, worked as an insurance agent, and in the hardware and automotive industries. She was a Red Cross volunteer. Carol loves to travel; her favorite places being Italy, Aruba, and the American Southwest, which tend to show up in her novels.

“I also love to stay home. I get lost in my own little world, where I always have more than a few stories in progress. I grow orchids and African violets, and still like to play in the dirt!”

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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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Interview with an Author featuring Victoria Danes

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Victoria Danes, author of The Jade Sinclair series!

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

It was after reading a book  by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I remember loving it so much and telling my brother that I wish I could write. “So…write.” He told me. But if I’m being honest, I wanted to be a writer my whole life. I used to tell myself stories on long car rides when I was kid and used to write short stories about animals.

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

Hectic. I juggle a lot throughout the week and usually carve out time in the morning while everyone is still sleeping for writing and editing.

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

I have written a total of 3. One historical romance and two urban fantasy. I am working on book 3 in the Jade series right now. As far as my favorite goes, that’s hard to decide. There are elements to all of them that I absolutely love and scenes that were so much fun to write.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

The moon. I know how that sounds but I could stare up at the moon for hours and think of plots and dialogue between characters. That’s how I initially came up with the idea for the first Jade book. A very cold winter night staring up at the full moon from my balcony.

Describe yourself in three words.

Spunky. Honest. Kind.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Oh boy…I don’t know how to answer this without giving too much away but I will say that it was the accident scene and second interaction between Adrian and Jade.

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

I do hear from my readers. They will reach out on social media or email me and I love to hear from them and interact with them. I actually did experience a weird fan girl moment…When I was working at another salon as a hairstylist one of the girls I work with came up to me and said “Hey, someone on the phone wants to schedule an appointment with you but they asked for you by your author name.” That was a little weird. They never showed for the appointment, so I didn’t know who it was.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Crimson Death by Laurel K. Hamilton.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just keep writing. Write because you love it and because it gives you joy. Write what you want not what you think will sell because readers are super intuitive. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing, they will pick up on that in the work.

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

I am an empath and deal with anxiety a lot sometimes it’s my own sometimes it’s something I am picking up on from someone else. Writing is my way to cope with that and transfer that energy into something else. I also have a ton of fun writing!

 

Thank you Victoria Danes for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out I Am Jade and get started on the series today!

~Synopsis~

Misery loves company…and monsters.

Secrets have always been a touch away for clairvoyant Jade Sinclair. On a good day, she can read into people’s souls and uncover buried truths long forgotten. To help find three missing teens, Jade uses her gift to assist the local PD in locating them, but soon realizes this is one case she should have turned down because in Misery, Pennsylvania the monsters that used to lurk in the shadows have now come out to play.

For police officer and werewolf, Adrian Kincaid, life has become a tedious routine. But when he’s called to the scene of an accident, he finds himself consumed with the urge to save the unknown female victim. Jade. With seconds ticking by and her life slipping, he does the one thing he’d sworn to never do, bite her, awakening something dark and hungry inside her that could threaten not only the investigation, but everything Jade thought she new about herself.

Can she silence the cravings inside her and bring the teens home before it’s too late? Or will she become the kind of monster she’s searching for?

Victoria Danes was born in Transylvania, but grew up in the United States. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Books have been her passion ever since she was a little girl. She loves everything from mysteries and thrillers, but holds a special place in her heart for historical romance. She prefers reading and writing to watching television “because our imagination can be much more entertaining.”

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Interview with an Author featuring Dolyn Keys

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Dolyn Keys! Her highly rated book, sEXperiences released on February 1st 2018.

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

After I kept reading erotica novels! I thought to myself, “I’d love to write something like this, and also insert parts from my real life into the books”.

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

I’m so OCD that it’s ridiculous, but I’m completely disorganized when writing. I have to be inspired. I write most of my books in restaurants. I’ll order a drink and an appetizer and then go sit and write for HOURS. Can’t do that now with the Covid 19….everything is closed.

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

I’ve written 3. All of them are my favorite. The RN Diaries is more reflected in the work ethic side of me and my hustle. sEXperiences, reflects my love life and experiences while dating.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I’m a nerd. I’ve always loved to read and will read anything I can get my hands on.

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

Absolutely, there’s no fun in it if you don’t do that!

What was your hardest scene to write?

My hardest book to write right now is RN Diaries 3, I don’t know who to kill? I’m currently stuck on chapter five…Idk how long it’s going to take me to write it. I just don’t know what direction to take my girls Nadia, Kensington, and Vanity.

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

All of my readers are my facebooks friends. They are my spirit animals and they’re just as fucking crazy as I am. Love them. They might fan girl over me, but if I ever meet them I’M GOING TO BE THE ONE FAN GIRLING! Because it’s like….OMG, I had no idea it was so many other crazy people in the world like me !! My readers are awesome.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

I have it now, RN 3 should’ve been done a year or even 2 ago. I just don’t wanna kill any of my characters, and I can’t write anything else yet, because I owe it to my readers to finish the series! This is going to be tough.

What advice would you give to other authors?

DO NOT release a series unless you have already written the entire series. I’m never doing it again lol

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

I wrote these books, because when I die I want to leave something behind that will be here forever. How long ago did Shakespeare die? We’re still reading his books today! We’re still reading books like the Iliad, The Odyssey etc. So, even when I’m dead and gone, my books will be here. Someone 100 years from now will find an read the RN diaries and say, “Damn nurses were some wild bitches at the turn of the millennium” LOL!!!!

 

Thank you Dolyn Keys for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her highly rated book, sEXperiences today!

~Synopsis~

In dimly lit rooms, clothes lay forgotten on floors. Music provides its own rhythm and movement. Candlelight throws shadows against the walls. Intimate moments are tucked under sheets and whispered on hushed lips.

Sometimes sex is good. Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s downright horrible.

It is in our nature to share our stories and experiences . . . even stories of our sexual escapades. Behind every story is a mysterious desire, a provocative arousal, or an embarrassing encounter that we pretend never happened. But what about those stories that make your toes curl and are too delicious not to share? Who doesn’t like to hear the dirty details?

From the embarrassing and funny to the mind-blowing and the amazing, dig your nails into the sexy stories of sEXperiences. Everyone has a story to tell . . .

Author Dolyn Keys is a writer of sexy, romantic, and suspenseful novels with a hint of comedy. She brings characters to life through her writing, who often mimic much of her personality: BLUNT, SEXY, CLASSY, and a little CRAZY! Dolyn is a registered nurse, whose career inspired her first published series The RN Diaries. She describes writing as a way to express herself, and let her imagination run wild while entertaining her readers, and reaching them on personal levels with plot twists, daring characters, and excitement. Her inspiration comes from being an avid reader of erotic novels. From there she decided that it was time to make a change from being a reader to being a writer, and she’s now dazzling the world with her racy and whimsical stories!

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