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Interview with an Author Featuring Haley Travis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Haley Travis! Her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door: A shy girl alpha male romance novella released on May 8th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I began writing poetry and stories when I was quite small. I’d always dreamed of writing novels,
but they ended up hidden in secret files. Then life threw a few wacky curveballs. I was forced to
see where what I loved to read intersected with what I loved to write, and just get writing. People
will always want to read for escapism, for love, for an enjoyable story. It’s incredibly satisfying to
create that.

 

What time of the day do you usually write?

I usually start off writing from around 9 am to 1 pm. The afternoons might be research, making
covers, more writing, reading, editing, groceries, or staring out the window for a bit. I’ll often pop
back to the computer and write a little more before bed. I always have a notebook, or randomly
dictate ideas into my phone. I’m likely pretty annoying when I’m out to dinner with friends and
have to take a note on my phone about how to fix a semi-break up scene.

 

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

I write contemporary romance, mostly set in my beautiful city of Toronto. That world is already
built. Yet everyone’s neighborhood is a bit different, and very personal. I like to picture their
homes and workplaces in great detail, even if only a shred gets written down. I accidentally
wrote a pirate romance, and that was a fun world to create. I also found out that a friend of mine
is a pirate expert – thank goodness! The book isn’t historically accurate, but at least I know most
of the ship details are correct.

 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Yikes. That’s a weird question. The one I’m in the middle of is always my favorite. But I’d have
to say that Love in the Darkness was extra special. I’m a very shy girl, who likes my space, and
likes a few things a particular way. The thought of having a stranger in my home rattles me. But
sometimes people need a good rattling to show them what they truly need.

 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Tricky. I read in a lot of genres. For contemporary romance, I bounce around reading a bit from
many people. At the moment, I’m loving Penelope Bloom – her banana books are a riot!

 

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

I usually have beta readers go through my books first. It’s great to see notes like, “That’s
hilarious!” or “Perfect joke here!” along with pointing out glitches. My ARC reviewers have a
knack for pointing out angles that I hadn’t noticed as much. I take every note to heart, and try to
learn and work harder on every book.

There are a few very enthusiastic reviewers that light me up when I’m having a lousy day. It’s
hard to write with air pressure headaches, concussion headaches, and stress. But I don’t want
to get behind, so I force myself to work anyway. Those are the days I skim the great reviews, so
that I push myself harder. I owe it to those nice people to keep giving them books they enjoy.

 

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Usually it was whatever was in my hand at the time. I lived in books. Not for them, inside them.
When I was maybe seven through twelve, I’d spend whole weekends reading in the basement.
Books are better than people. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but as a terrified, anxious,
shy little kid, that was the truth.
I loved Dr. Seuss, for making words come alive with sound. A bit later on, I adored Lost in the
Barrens, by Farley Mowat. It was about isolation, wilderness, survivalism, and taught me about
the wonderful world inside Mowat’s mind.

 

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your
readers?

You’re asking me to share secrets with strangers from the interwebs? Okay!
The most recent novel, Whispered Curses, starts with Eden’s Nana whispering a prophecy.
Now, I don’t believe in psychic whatnot. Yet there have been several times in my life where I
have known what was going to happen before it did. Clear as day. So, believing in the
impossible, and knowing things, and seeing the proof in front of you… sometimes the lines get
blurry.

 

What is advice would you give to other authors?

It’s not really my place to give advice to anyone. But the one thing that I’ve learned for myself is
that I can’t see the eagle eye view of a story until the whole thing is sketched out. Once I have a
rough draft, even if sections are lousy or point form, then I can see what’s really going on.
Never get hung up on the perfect adverb when the whole book isn’t even sketched out. That’s
polishing the steering wheel when there are no tires on the car yet. What’s the point?

 

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

Every book contains pieces of my heart, my soul, and my real life. With Love in the Darkness, I
channelled the time I had to care for a roommate who had eye surgery. With Whispered Curses,
there is a bit of my own Nana in that character. With The Librarian and the Rock Star… well, I
was once a library assistant, and I may have dated a few guitarists.

I am in love with love. I adore the idea that weird circumstances can bring the right people
together when they least expect it. Life is quirky, and I want to show the joy and tweaky bits of
the world to people who love to read.
I have a great appreciation for the people who choose books, and the visions of their own mind,
as their entertainment. TV and movies and video games are great, but I’ve always thought that
people who read a lot have a more vivid inner world. Those are my people.

 

Thank you  for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Next Guy Through The Door today!

~Synopsis~

A personal challenge. Some personal growth. And a hot guy who thinks she’s perfect.

Lindsay:
Those dark eyes – so seductive. Almost dangerous.
I forced myself to speak to him anyway.
Things flashed by so quickly, it was overwhelming.
If I wanted an amazing boyfriend, I’d have to learn how to deal with bumps in the road.

Dale:
I noticed her the second I walked in, but she was with friends.
Thank goodness she came to me.
Those sweet curves, that soft, pale skin.
Lindsay was my perfect, gorgeous doll.
But she’s fragile. Perhaps more shy than I’d realized.
I knew this was too much, too fast.
I just hope it’s also not too late.

***

A standalone romance novella. No cliffhangers, no cheating, and a sweet HEA.

Quirky contemporary romance for interesting readers. Novels and novellas about shy girls, sweet alpha males, and the strange circumstances that bring them together.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Kristen Morgen

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kristen Morgen! Her newest release,Behind the Glass (State Street Series Book 1) released on February 19th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’m educated and trained as a licensed architect, and I own my architectural firm. I’m not happy unless I’m creating something, whether it’s floor plans for a new house or writing a new love story, as long as I’m exercising the creative side of my brain in some way. I have had an unyielding passion for writing for most of my life and recently decided to seriously pursue a second career as an author of contemporary romance novels. The first time I realized how much I loved the act of writing was in high school. I was the kid who got excited when I saw essay questions on a test rather than multiple choice questions and most of my friends thought I was crazy! I absolutely loved and excelled in any English class I took throughout college and I found myself spending large amounts of time on writing assignments. Although I pursued architecture throughout my life, I have always longed to write. So one day, I simply sat down and started writing Behind the Glass.

What time of the day do you usually write?

It depends on the day honestly. I’m a full time architect and I run my own business so I mostly write in the evenings when and if I can and sometimes on the weekends if I’m not too busy (keeping up with two teenage daughters can be busy!). For the most part, I write at my desk in my office at a computer with a beautiful view to outside. And I definitely tend to write faster and more fluidly if I type. But I also find that sometimes a change of setting and method will help me if I’m ever struggling with a scene. I’ll sometimes take a pen and pad to my leather chair in another room and write long hand until I get the flow back into my writing. It’s kind of a mental re-start and it always helps.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

Behind the Glass, book one in the State Street series, and all my future books take place in the same universe, namely State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, my hometown. I have definitely spent a good amount of time creating the setting in my writing. The settings are clear in my mind, it’s just a matter of describing them in a way that flows with the story.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

When I began writing Behind the Glass, I did it for me. Plain and simple. With those first taps on the keyboard, I set out to write a love story that I wanted to read. I didn’t worry about what anyone else thought, only that I, as a reader, was satisfied with the end result. I had the general story outlined and knew exactly who my characters were, but it wasn’t until each chapter slowly evolved that I really understood what I wanted to say. Behind the Glass was definitely a labor of love and something I truly looked forward to escaping into day after day.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Back before I even entertained the thought of becoming an author, I loved reading (and learning from) John Grisham. I think I’ve read every book he’s ever written. He’s an amazing storyteller. Once I began my path as an author, I became a Nicholas Sparks fan, not only because he writes romance novels, but because he has such a great ability to create very distinct characters in his writing. There are about a dozen more authors I could name, but I try to learn from all of them.

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

My writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks (huge compliment by the way!) and people have said “if you enjoy the heartwarming movies on Hallmark that make you swoon and smile and happy sigh, you need to read Behind the Glass.” So that might give you an idea! It’s technically New Adult Contemporary Romance but I think it appeals broadly to all ages. I also always wonder if my book impacted them in some way. Did it touch them or make them think about things in their own lives? Hearing someone tell me how they connected with my book, or how it helped them in their life somehow, or that my book is now their favorite book… it blows me away. It’s something I never expected and the feeling it gives me is indescribable.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it in middle school and it was the first time I truly understood what a book could do, how it could leave an impression on you forever. I fell in love with books and reading after that.

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I’m a very dialogue driven reader and writer. I like to really get to know characters through their conversations and interactions with each other. Chapter 6 is a scene with lots of dialogue between Michael and Rebecca and it comes immediately after some major emotional upheaval so it’s kind of the calm after the storm. They are just sitting in a room together, getting to know each other in a deeper way, discussing art and horse ranches and their lives. It’s a simple and beautiful moment between them and it’s just my favorite scene.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

The one thing I will tell EVERY self-published author is this – pay the money to get it professionally edited and pay for a professional book cover design. It’s worth every penny. A good book cover sells your book, an edited book will help your reviews and the quality and feel of the story. Trust me on this! I post Monday Mantras every week to my social media and it’s basically a series of quotes that keep me going as a writer. The main theme is to keep going and have faith in yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others and write your own truth, your own story. At the end of the day, it’s just you and the page and there’s nothing to be afraid of if you keep at it every day. Write your book, hire an editor, get a cover designer, produce a quality product, self-publish or query, but don’t stop. Keep moving forward.

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

Behind the Glass is basically the culmination of a lot of themes that have always intrigued me as a reader. Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of love at first sight. Is it real? Can it happen in real life? And if it does, do people really live happily ever after? It was definitely the main theme for the story, but as a lover of romance novels, that would have been way too easy. So, what if two people met, fell in love, and were without a doubt, meant to be with each other, but had all the odds constantly stacked against them? If it truly is love at first sight, then in the end, it has to be a love worth fighting for. As Michael and Rebecca’s story evolves, it becomes more about the unbreakable connection between two people and about taking chances together, no matter what the odds. 

I self-published Behind the Glass in 2014, it received a lot of high praise and had amazing response locally and in the book blogging community and then it kind of fell off the radar. Real life took over. At the beginning of 2019, I decided to put every spare moment I had into book marketing, social media, reading, writing and I’m so thankful I did. I pitched my book to publishing houses and I eventually found the perfect fit. My publisher and I made the decision together to re-release it as a second edition with a new prologue and some new content. It’s also now the first book in the State Street Series and there will be more books in the future.

I’m very active on social media and try to keep up with it every single day. It’s so important to be present and keep that connection with my readers and with my literary community.

Thank you Kristen Morgen for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Behind the Glass today!

~Synopsis~

Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

Kristen Morgen is a contemporary romance author and a licensed architect with her own architectural firm. Her debut novel ‘Behind the Glass’ explores relationships and the little reasons people fall in love with each other while uncovering deeper truths. She loves the art of shaping words and sentences into relatable stories while creating rich characters for her readers to connect with. She is a hopeless romantic to the end.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not designing homes, she dedicates her free time to her second novel and reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

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Once Upon A New York Minute: Part 1 by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review


Release Date: November 26th 2019

Genre: New Adult Romance

~Synopsis~

Haven’s spent the last two years making her life as small as she can, but when a mysterious stranger shows up at her NYC bar, he looks like just the kind of trouble she’s been missing. Sensing a kindred spirit, she offers to lead the handsome stranger on a tour of the city. It’s love at first sight as they embark on a whirlwind date that leaves them both with feelings they never expect.

But Aiden isn’t like any other man she’s ever met, nor is he who, or what he claims to be. He’s actually the prince of a small island nation preparing to head home and begin his role as future monarch. When the death of his mother unexpectedly puts him on the throne, he knows he has to get married quickly to secure the crown. But the pool of eligible suitors is small, and none of the noble ladies can hold a candle to the women he fell so hard for back in New York. Determined not to let him resign himself to a loveless marriage, his friends conspire to bring the headstrong waitress to the island to compete for his hand–and the crown. Between mud slinging duchesses, assassination attempts, and scheming exes, Haven has to fight for the life she’s chosen and the man she’s destined to be with. But what’s a girl to do when her happily ever after ends up being a royal nightmare? And how can Aiden, who has been groomed his entire life to serve his country, risk putting an outsider on the throne, especially when it also means putting a target on the back of the only woman he’s ever loved?

Sometimes falling in love leaves you royally screwed…

~Add To TBR~

~My Review~

Miss Ficklin got me all in my feels with this book!! 

This book gave me a major book hangover. Like wow, I have no words. From the story to the characters, I was enraptured from beginning to end. Loved Haven! She was witty, charming, and most of all she was relatable. Very rarely does a main female character capture my attention and love as she has. These characters were all very well written and some even captured my heart. This is a royal love story like none other! READ THIS BOOK! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars!

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

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Where I End (Arrow Falls Book 1)

By Michelle Dare

Eve
Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel.
All words I’d used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn’t know the man behind the facade at all.

Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine.
All words I’d use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn’t expect was that he would save me, too.

Cy
I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn’t supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn’t walk away.

I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn’t let her go, because where I end, she begins.


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Breaking the Cycle (Rocking Racers Book 1)

By Megan Lowe

The Ryans have always had exceptionally bad luck in love. Reed Ryan avoided it by never falling in love, but meeting Bria Adams threatens all the boundaries he’s put in place.

With a rival racing team at his door and his family’s ‘curse’ always in the background, Reed knows he must overcome his fears in order to protect the woman who’s found a place in his heart.

Will Bria succumb to the misfortune that seems to befall the women in love with the Ryan men? Or will she be the one to finally break the cycle?


Never Touched by Laney Wylde – My Review

Release Date: November 12th 2018

Genre: New Adult

~Synopsis~

What if you woke up from your worst nightmare, only to find the world watching it? On repeat. With relish.
What if those viewers found you? Cornered you until you performed the nightmare live?
Would you run? Fight?
Or charge admittance?

This is Sawyer’s reality. She’s a survivor—gritty and determined—but the struggle to put it all behind her is something that’s with her every second of every day. Her abuser is in jail now, but he’ll never truly let her go. When she tries to shelter in something good, the darkness inevitably follows. The effects of the abuse flow through her life like ripples of pain in this raw, at times darkly comedic, coming-of-age saga that explores what it means to survive the unthinkable—and find the courage to rise up and keep fighting.

Please Note: Story contains graphic sexual content, including mentions of abuse. Strong language throughout.

~My Review~

You ever read a book that left you sitting there with your mind blown? The feeling of knowing a book hangover is inevitable and you can’t do anything about it. That is me. That is where I am. I don’t even know where to begin…..this story is jammed packed with raw emotion and deep feels. There were many tears shed. My heart hurt for the MC and all she endured. While the story deals with a subject that is both sensitive and triggering, it is also about healing and finding your voice. Taking back your power. This is a strong story with strong characters. I’ll never be the same after reading this book and I mean that in the best way possible. I give this 5 stars.

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