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My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1) by Poppy Minnix – My Review

Title: My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1)

Author: Poppy Minnix

Release Date: August 31st 2020

Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance

Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance. But will it be enough to keep them together?

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.

When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod cannot be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible…and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better or destroy it?

If you like Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, and Shannon Mayer, you’ll love this fun paranormal romance steeped in mythology!

Fabulous read! Demigods, Sirens, and danger oh my!

The attraction between Lula and Alex was HOT! They truly have a connection and it was fun to see that blossom as the story progressed. The story is engaging and I love the mythology woven throughout. From beginning to end, this book will have you on the edge of your seat. Those sex scenes will have you wanting more! Alex and his friends are dreamy and totally book boyfriend worthy! There is also a great balance between action and steamy in this book. I also have to take a moment to appreciate that cover! It’s gorgeous and very eye catching! 

A fantastic debut for Miss Minnix! The story is well written with some wonderful characters that you’ll quickly become attached to. I love her storytelling style and anxiously await more from her! If you’re a fan of fantasy and mythology, this book is for YOU! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Poppy Minnix

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Poppy Minnix! Her debut book, My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1) released on August 31st 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I had a scene that had spun around in my mind for years until it bugged me so much, I had to write it down. That little bit, a fight between two vastly different characters trying to figure each other out, turned into a chapter, a backstory, a novel, then a series.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I cannot keep the emotions of what I’m writing off my face. I scowl, grin in utter giddiness, and will write scenes with tears streaking my cheeks. People who see me working at my laptop often ask what the heck I’m looking at.

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

Sometimes writing really kicks you in the bad place, but for me, that’s usually helpful. If I’m being bold and not reining myself in through a tough scene, that emotion is going to land. But if things get overly dark, which happens, I’ll go to the happy land of romcom. Same with deliciously zany happiness novels. That can be trying in a different way and needs some drama to counter-balance. I also listen to a lot of music and have vast playlists for each novel to harness tone and get into an emotional state that the writing deserves.

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

I’ve written eleven rough drafts and edited three novels to completion. My favorite book is my first one, though it’s not complete. I’ve been planning the series it belongs to and am looking forward to hopping into edits soon. First works tend to be dumpster fires, and mine is no exception. Years of studying and writing later, I think I can do the story justice.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have the most incredible group of author friends I chat with daily. We encourage each other with brainstorming, beta reads, and talk about writing non-stop so they are the most inspirational, influencing writers and authors for my work. Other than that, my influence comes with new reading. This year, S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad series has me drooling over world building and vibrant description. Catherynne Valente’s prose is a pure delight and Imogen Keeper has the boldest, perfect voice for romance.

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

I have a handful of dedicated readers that I adore hearing from. They poke me about the next book, ask questions regarding the future of characters and if certain sidekicks will have their own books. I cheer every time a beta reader curses me for making them cry or tells me they laughed out loud through a chapter.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

 I have two. Hex, Love, and Rock & Roll by Kat Turner and The Empire of Gold, by S. A. Chakraborty.

 Do you have any new series planned?

I do! I have plotted out a contemporary romcom trilogy following three women when their truffle shop moves into a casino and have been firming up my next paranormal romance series involving reinstating the Olympian muses.

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

 Oh geez, so many amazing actors and actresses to choose from for My Song’s Curse. Dove Cameron would make an enticing siren if she took the role as Lula. I’d cast Luke Bracey as demigod, Alex. Brandon P. Bell would bring life to Comus and Thomas Doherty could be a phenomenal Rath.

What advice would you give to other authors?

No book is perfect to everyone because art is subjective. No matter how beautiful your prose is, how real your characters are, or how flawless your plot, someone will dislike your work. It’s the joy of differences in humans. But if you write something that you love, put your heart into it and be brave when you bring it to the world, others will love it too.

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

I’m an optimist but also a realist and that travels to my writing. No matter how horrid the world, or dangerous the situations, good will always prevail and a happy ever after will happen. The road won’t be perfect though. My characters are flawed, but fit each other as they figure out that life can be painfully difficult. The way those moments play out as they either trudge through grasping at hope or they break completely, is what makes happy endings so fulfilling.

Thank you Poppy Minnix for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, My Song’s Curse today!

~Synopsis~

Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance. But will it be enough to keep them together?

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.

When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod cannot be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible…and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better or destroy it?

If you like Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, and Shannon Mayer, you’ll love this fun paranormal romance steeped in mythology!

Poppy Minnix is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance novelist. She has a penchant for writing strong men and women who are already awesome but find that together they can conquer their inner demons, or actual demons. Before her fall into an utter obsession with writing, she was a conference manager and also dabbled in veterinary science, corporate sales, waitressing, and was captain of a roller derby team. 

When she’s not frantically tapping the keys, chasing after two young kids, or playing board games with her hubs, she’s plotting and possibly scheming about her next writing project. 

You can find her in Maryland coffee shops that serve cinnamon rolls and also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

www.poppyminnix.com

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Interview with an Author featuring Jaclyn Roche

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

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

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

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

Describe your writing space.

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

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

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

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

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

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

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

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

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

What are you reading now?

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

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

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

I think if I were to cast Curse Breaker:

Viktor: Michele Morrone

Seth: Raoul Bova

Kali: Jenna Dewan

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

Elle: Felicia Day

Annabelle – Denise Vasi

Han and Hel: Alex Høgh Andersen

Raynor: Jack Reynor (I just had to!)

Griselda, Elle’s Fae Godmother – Paola Núñez

Riona the Fair, Elle’s mother – Rochelle Aytes

King Ignatius – Luke Hemsworth

Kuth Uther – Alexander Skarsgård

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

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

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

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

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

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing. Don’t give up.

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

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

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

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

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

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

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

Excerpt:

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

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

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

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

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

Stalk her on social media!

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

 


Interview with an Author featuring A.G. Belle

The Literary Vixen presents…

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

Tell me a bit about yourself.

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

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

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

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

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

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

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

What was your hardest scene to write?

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

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

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

What is your guilty pleasure kind of reads?

 PRN all of it!!

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

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

What is some advice would you give to other authors?

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

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

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

Pulled into the mythical underwater world Yara is forced to dance and lure men to their deaths all to keep her best friend Samuel safe. However, fate brings the season of change as Yara meets a sexy PI named Dylan who is running his own investigation of a missing person’s case. Things heat up between the two and there’s no denying the attraction between them. Together they will work to solve a mystery that has plagued men throughout time…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon – https://amzn.to/3cDSsO3


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Unseen Trials: An Unseen Factions Novel

By Katy Rose & A.G. Belle

~Synopsis~

**A reaper, a warlock, a titan, a vampire, and a shifter walk into an arena….
No this isn’t a joke it is my life as of last night.**
For over a century I had been fine with just existing, however fate had other plans….
Now I am headed on a mission to complete my family’s legacy. Compete in the Unseen Trials and become a Faction Authority. Sounds simple enough. Until feelings and mates get involved. Will we learn to work together to accomplish our tasks and ride to glory, or fall and lose everything? Only one way to find out….
All love goes through trials…

UNSEEN TRIALS is an 65,000+ in length Reaper Reverse Harem Epic Fantasy Romance with some steamy scenes. This book deals has adult sexual scenes and language. Recommended for 18+ Audiences.