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When the Wind Chimes by Mary Ting – My Review

Title: When the Wind Chimes

Author: Mary Ting

Release Date: November 16th 2020

Genre: Holiday Fiction

SOMETIMES ANGELS COME IN HUMAN FORM.

Kaitlyn Summers is heartbroken.

When she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with her family on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she feels it may be the perfect medicine.

She throws herself into helping her sister’s struggling art gallery, even taking a temporary job for extra money by looking after a little girl from her nephew’s school. She also begins to paint again, something she’s been unable to do since her breakup. It’s tempting to stay on Kauai, but she has obligations back in Los Angeles.

Life gets more complicated when circumstances keep putting her close to Leonardo Medici. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a local celebrity. But Kaitlyn can’t shake the feeling he’s hiding something.

Should she believe the rumors that he’s romancing half the island’s single women?

Or is the random sound of wind chimes when he’s close-by a sign that an angel is near and the secret to her happily ever after?

A delightful story of family and the love that binds them. 

This story is lovely. It has all the feel good moments and will have you smiling all the way through. The story has great pacing and ever greater characters! I love the wittiness and playfulness the characters have with each other. I also love where the story is set in. I imagine beautiful landscapes! *sighs dreamily* Most importantly, the close bond between the families. 

This is my first Mary Ting book and it won’t be my last! If you love romances that make you happy and feel good, this book is for YOU! Get cozy with it today! I give this 5 stars.

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

 


And The Creek Don’t Rise by R. M. Gilmore – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: And The Creek Don’t Rise

Author: R. M. Gilmore

Release Date: November 24th 2020

Genre: Fantasy

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

Waking up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most.

If only to keep them alive.When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

The thing with fate or destiny is you can’t change it. What is meant to be will be. Lynnie Reynolds had to learn the hard way. There’s a lot she must endure but in the end, she is a warrior.

The story has a peculiar and interesting take on fae and shifter. The author has added her own twist on fae/shifter folklore and created a world where magic does exist. Secretly but it does exist. I appreciated the little details she added such as the language of magic spoken and names of the other world. The characters were quite entertaining! Mama Lee was one of my favorites. I like the fact that Lynnie had to figure stuff out on her own. Learn as you go. Her choices had consequences. Some of the sayings had me laughing! There were some I hadn’t heard before. I even shed some tears at some heartfelt and crushing moments. Ah good times. 

This is a pretty good read. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. If you’re wanting a different take on fae, magic and shifters, check this book out. I give this 4 stars.

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


Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2) by E.E. Knight – My Review

Title: Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2)

Author: E.E. Knight

Release Date: November 17th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Dragons

As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.

Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after she’s attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.

Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.

Adventurous. Fantastical.

Daughter of the Serpentine is book two in the Dragoneer Academy series. Ileth is now an apprentice. She still is proving herself to everyone there. She isn’t afraid to work hard. Her dream is to be a dragoneer with her own dragon. A lot of obstacles are thrown her way, along with political matters. Ileth must make choices and hope she is doing the right thing.

I was excited to read more about Ileth! She is a survivor and I wanted to know what adventures she would find herself on in book two. The pacing of the story is slow. I had to start and stop numerous times. I struggled through most of the beginning of the book. I felt a lot of the scenes and information were more filler than actually advancing the plot and could have been left out. The story picks up around 60% and I am there for it! There is action and dragons! A bit of romance and of course, some sort of betrayal. I find it interesting how Ileth always seems to find herself in certain situations and always ready for adventure. A brave one she is! 

As a whole, this book is entertaining and a wonderful follow up to the first book. The book is well written and I love the world building along with the characters. Oh and DRAGONS!! I can’t wait for the next adventure Ileth will have! I give this 4 stars.

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


The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3 by J.M. Sullivan – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Release Date: November 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

When Alice defeated the Red Queen, she thought the worst was over.

Until the Grey Queen rose.

Ever since her sister, Dinah, contracted the momerath virus, Alice Carroll’s world has been twisted upside down. Spurred by a desperate determination to save her sister, Alice has braved every peril Wanderland has to offer–rogue momerath, hostile survivors, and treacherous queens. But now, there is a new threat creeping in on Alice, one that leaves her facing an impossible choice.
Does she follow her heart and save her sister, or abandon her to save the world?

It’s so hard to say goodbye….

The conclusion of this wonderful series has me all in my feels. These characters and I have been through so much! Sigh. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I NEEDED to know how it ends but on the other hand, I didn’t want it to end. This book is highly emotional. While I loved it, there were certain things that happened that made me yell out loud. Did I curse the author? Yes. Yes I did. She knows why! The story is a rollercoaster ride of danger, action and suspense. It will have you on the edge of your seat and also have you reaching for tissues! This series is a must read and I highly recommend it. What a ride! Thank you Miss Sullivan for writing this amazing series. I give this 5 stars!

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Tasha Lewis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Tasha Lewis! Her newest release, Deserted (An Enemies to Lovers ) released on October 30th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. I was 12 when I fell in love with the feeling books brought on. So, I started writing my own, about four high school friends. My friend started doing it with me, but writing her own. And I read her story, and threw mine away. I told myself that I’ll never be good enough. 

However, a story has been running through my head since. I might not have pended anything until about 5 years ago, but the burning desire and thread of what if, never stopped.

What time of the day do you usually write?

It depends. I work full time and have two doggo’s so, I fit in time when I can. Sometimes it’s early mornings, if I can talk myself into getting up early. Other times it’s late at night. And others, just weekends. With 2020 being what it’s been, it’s just been a when I can. But with Nanowrimo this month (where writers strive to write a book in a month), I’m trying to be better about having planned time and sticking to it.

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

Ooh! I’m a thinker, so loads. I think out the town, the map, the placement of everything that is needed. Then I add in little things into my head as time goes on. I try to leave my world open enough to fit in what the characters spring on me! And usually it works. But I’m a thinker first, and then I’ll sit and write.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

All… I mean, each has it’s own joy tied to it. My most recent novel, Deserted, was fun write out the first draft, I had NO plot planned. And that’s not like me, I plan everything! But with this one I just lept and trusted that Easton would show me his world. And boy did he! It was all from a male’s perspective too, which was fun!

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I admire so many. Currently, it’s Jennifer Probst. I’m currently reading her news novel, Write True, and it’s exactly what I need right now. It’s like she wrote this book for me as a big sister and is trying to give me all the guidance and wisdom that she can.

As for other authors, Katrina Marie, she’s my author bestie for sure. She can craft stories that just bring you in and treat you as if you are apart of the circle. She writes amazing friendship connection. Another is Mel Walker, he’s a male romance writer, and I for sure think people need to know about him. You can’t tell his a male author! He’s words aren’t overly objectified, he brings you into the world, makes you feel allll the emotions, and then sends you on your way. I could keep going on and on. I think that’s one of my favorite thing about being an author, talking about other’s books! Dee Lagasse, Kelsie Rae, Ashely Erin, Hollis Wynn, Andi Jaxon, Staci Hart, Kandi Stiner, Rachel Van Dyken, Jessica Marin, Kira Berger. Like for real, I love books!

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

I have a reader group, Tasha’ Kissable Krew, on FB, and we talk all the time. I LOVE knowing about their life and what’s happening. The new babies, the fun trips (until 2020), how they are finding ways to deal with life (colorstreet nails!), so much. We talk books, we sip tea, and just get real. Their support and words are what keep me going when my mind tells me to stop. I love my readers! And reading their reviews, yes, I read all of them, gives me the ability to keep doing what I love!

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Outsiders!

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

Sweet, Caring, and Inspiring.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. Believe in yourself, your words, and write. Don’t worry about everything else, it will all come! Just sit and write out the story. Without a story, you won’t get far. And seeing your baby in a paperback… GAH! It’s life. Seriously. It’s amazing! Keep at it. Message me and I’ll be your cheerleader if you need!

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

That with each story, you will feel emotions. I believe all emotions are good, and must be felt in order to process and move through this thing we call life. I’m not angst, but I write emotional books! As for me, Thank You, for believing in me and picking up my book. For allowing me to transport you to a different place. Sending you a big hug from Utah! 

Thank you so much Laura and Readers for allowing me to talk about my love of books for a few moments. Keep at it, 2020 is almost over, and know that I’m here if you ever want to contact me. I believe in you!

 

Thank you Tasha Lewis for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Deserted today!

~Synopsis~

Shipwrecked.

Deserted on an island with no social media, no fans following me around, and no uncle breathing down my neck.

I’d call it a vacation, if I weren’t stuck with the one woman who can’t stand me. Worse, she doesn’t talk, which has me focusing more on her body and not so much on the language. Despite a promise I made once upon a time, I can’t keep my hands off her.

Every day we’re alone together, I want her more, longing to be less of the player I used to be.

…But then life intervenes, reminding me of who I’ve always been.

A Little Mermaid retelling told from the point of view of Easton McCoy, the Internet Famous Blogger of the Sea

Tasha Lewis is a sweet contemporary romance author who grew up with her head in the clouds. Her passion for life has always kept her dreaming and moving forward. She believes in fate and is a true romantic at heart. Tasha is certain that anything can be solved with a good cup of coffee and a dog or two at your side.

When she isn’t reading, which isn’t often, she is usually working on a craft or three – she can never just stick with one. Join her on her journey of publication, crocheting, and any other craft she is working on.

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Losing Control (The Control Duet Book 1) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

New Release!

Title: Losing Control (The Control Duet Book 1)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: November 3rd 2020

Genre: Domestic Thrillers, Romantic Suspense

A series of moments can change your life… And it isn’t until you are in too deep that you see how far you have fallen…

Lucy remembers the first hit as if it were yesterday.
The first time his hand connected with her cheek.
The first time that he caused her physical pain.
The first time that he shattered her already fragile heart.
He preyed on her vulnerability. He took her confidence away from her. He ruined her perfect ideas of a loving relationship.
She let him control her.
She let him abuse her.
She let him break her.
She doesn’t want to be this person.
She doesn’t want to be weak.
She needs to save herself, but to do that, she must understand why.
Why did she let him dictate?
Why did she let him hurt her?
Why did she lose control?

Will Lucy find the strength to leave a man that has destroyed the person she once was?
Or will it take a deeper love from a long-time friend to help her see that there is another way out?
A turbulent romance, a desire to find love, and a familiar face that may just be her saving grace.

Losing Control is book one of The Control Duet.

*** Trigger warning: contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence***

Touching. Heartbreaking. Emotional. 

You ever read a book that touches your soul? Losing Control is that book for me. I’ve been Lucy. A lot of what Lucy experiences resonated with me. There’s a pattern. You don’t see it until it’s too late. Many emotions such as anger and sadness were felt while reading. That’s a good thing! Miss Powell did an amazing job in channeling all the emotions and feelings that go into Lucy’s journey. It isn’t an easy topic and one that happens more than we care to admit. Bravo to the author for taking such a subject on! 

I highly recommend this book. This is powerful read and it’s wonderfully written. Make sure you have some tissues handy as this book may have you ugly crying! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Mel Walker

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Mel Walker! His latest release, A Small Town Christmas released today!

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

It was in elementary school, about third grade. My teacher gave us a writing assignment – she had cut out miscellaneous pictures from magazines. Each student picked a random picture and had to write a story based on the photo. My picture was a guy walking up the cables of a bridge high above traffic and the water. Immediately a story sprang to my mind about a detective chasing bad guys. I nearly missed my bus working on the story and was the last kid out of class that day. I continued writing on the bus ride home and kept at it until I finished the story.

Describe your writing space.

Currently, I’m fortunate that I have a home office. At the start of the pandemic I purchased a standing desk, best move of the year so far. Comfortable chair, a balance board for when I work standing, adjustable light with five different settings and lucky enough to have large windows. I love my writing space.

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

Written vs. published, LOL. I now have 11 published either standalone or submission as part of collections/anthologies. You can’t ask a writer which is their favorite. They are all special. If I had to choose one which I’m most proud of it would be Ryan’s Kiss just because of the challenges it presented. It really pushed me and I’ve spent a lot of time working with flashbacks. I know a lot of people are not fans, but it is such an essential part of the story that I had to find a way to weave them in seamlessly. I’ve gotten great feedback about the flow of the story and that makes me proud.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I get inspiration from everywhere. Walking down the street, catching a snippet of a conversation at a restaurant, day dreaming, and music plays a large part of my inspiration.

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

It’s always an emotional rollercoaster while I’m writing. I probably go through all twelve stages of writing – everything from this is crap to where do I pick up my trophy and everything in between. The hardest part is always when the characters don’t behave and you feel like you’ve lost control.

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

With a series in order to keep things fresh I remind myself to stay flexible. I’ve realized over time that no matter what I plan I need to allow room for my characters to determine the next step, the next book in a series, etc. For example, in my latest release “Jason’s Hope” a novella based on my Lake Hope series and is part of the Small Town Christmas collection. The story features Amy, a movie director. When I started the Lake Hope series, Amy had been planned to have a small role appearing in “Aaron’s Heart”. Amy’s journey however had a natural intersection with Dana in Book Three, “Jackson’s Love” to the point that fans of the series wanted to see more of her. Hence her new feature status in “Jason’s Hope”.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

Absolutely – you can find me in all the usual places. *Links down below*

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

New York Romantic

What advice would you give to other authors?

Follow your heart and inspirations which bring you joy. It comes across in your writing. Never be afraid to ask and challenge yourself to continue to learn and grow. I would also tell them, they rock. Anyone who can get the end of a story is a winner.

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

If you like romantic stories filled with smart and focused women that don’t wait for their HEA but chases it down grab one of my books.

 

Thank you Mel Walker for chatting with me! I will include his information down below. Check out his newest release, A Small Town Christmas today!

~Synopsis~

Enchanted Quill Press are delighted to present the small-town Christmas romance boxset.

This heart-warming collection is filled with bold heroes, spirited heroines and swoon-worthy kisses. All set in a beautiful small-town packed with memorable friends and family.

Christmas cookie-making, ice-skating over a frozen lake, peppermint hot chocolate and all your favorite holiday tropes make this anthology perfect for every Hallmark fan.

Enjoy reading from best-selling authors and discover new ones carefully selected by Enchanted Quill Press to provide the ultimate feel-good holiday boxset this year.

These wholesome stories are included:

Mistletoe Kisses, by Macie St. James
Elf Costumes and other Christmas Disasters by Laynie Bynum
Knight Events, by Sheri Richey
The Christmas Dance, by River Ford
and loads more

There is something for everyone to enjoy. Scroll up and one-click now to start reading.

Mel Walker has been writing fiction most of his adult life. Specializing in Short Stories and Contemporary fiction and Romance Novels. A native New Yorker and life-long frustrated NY Mets fan. He loves to write about ordinary people placed in difficult situations, especially as it relates to their closest relationships.

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After I Fall (Immortal Billionaire Book 1) by Melissa Sercia – My Review

Title: After I Fall (Immortal Billionaire Book 1)

Author: Melissa Sercia

Release Date: October 27th 2020

Genre: Vampire Romances

A darkness is coming for her heart, but it might be the only thing that can set her free…

Raven

I have nothing left. The man I thought I’d spend forever with is gone and I’m alone…until I meet him. Ozi. My new boss. He’s sexy, mysterious, and owns me with just one look. But he’s used to getting what he wants. And that makes him dangerous.

Ozi
I’m rich, immortal, and alone. And I like it that way. Until I meet her. I should stay away from Raven. But I can’t. Every time she’s near, I want to taste her blood in my veins and feel her body in my bed. I want to own her and destroy her. To break her and then put her back together with my bare hands. But I know I will be the one broken in the end.

Raven and Ozi have sworn off love, but when their paths cross, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Drawn to each other’s dark sides, they can’t seem to stay away. But when Ozi’s ex comes back into town to settle an old score, the odds shift and the danger becomes real, pitting Raven in the middle. Now Ozi must decide what he’s willing to risk to protect Raven from the threat of his past coming back to haunt him. Her safety or his heart.

When lust turns into obsession, can it ever become love?

This is a standalone book in the Immortal Billionaires series.

WARNING: This book contains graphic content and is meant for 18+ readers only

This book hooked its fangs into me and didn’t let go till the end! A fangtastic ride! I loved both Raven and Ozi. Raven was relatable and I love how vulnerable she is at times and very human with a good heart. At first Ozi came across very cocky but he started to show a different side to him and I think I have a new book boyfriend! Their chemistry was off the charts. I was totally entertained and engaged through the whole book. Those twists!! Oh my were they good! 

I am hoping there’s more to come because there are some characters I am curious to know more about. If you’re a Vampire lover like myself, you need to add this book to your TBR! Actually, move it up and read it today! You won’t be disappointed! I give this 5 stars.

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


Queen of the Underworld: A Dragon Shifter Paranormal Romance (Rise of the Elder Gods Book 1) by Vivienne Savage – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: Queen of the Underworld: A Dragon Shifter Paranormal Romance (Rise of the Elder Gods Book 1)

Author: Vivienne Savage

Release Date: October 19th 2020

Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance

Vivienne Savage returns to her roots in the much-anticipated followup to the Dawn of the Dragons series. Don’t miss the thrilling continuation.

They made a deal to conceive a child then go their separate ways.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the contract.

Centuries after siring a cub with the dragon-goddess Hel, Ares still can’t get her off his mind. Every war has been fought in her honor, every enemy slain in her name. When he’s invited to the secluded hills of northern California for prime hunting with his adult son, he’s surprised to find the dragoness who got away is already a guest. This time, she won’t escape him.

Hel doesn’t need anyone, least of all the fire dragon who fathered her only son. He’s brash, crude, and…. he’s absolutely delightful in bed. Resisting him should be easy, but he is the dragon-god of war, and there’s never been a battle he couldn’t win.

Incredible read! Between the phenomenal world building and the remarkable storytelling, I was enthralled. Dawn of the Dragons series is one of my favorites and I was delighted that there’s a continuation of it. This story is highly entertaining and steamy! Wonderful characters who are fun and wicked! There are some top-notch one liners in there that had me both laughing and smirking. Loved Hel’s wittiness! 

This is a great escape from reality read! I always know I am in for a ride when indulging in one of Miss Savage’s books. I am never disappointed. I highly anticipate the next book. I give this 5 stars.

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


The Truth in the Lie by A.R. Hadley – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: The Truth in the Lie

Author: A.R. Hadley

Release Date: October 16th 2020

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Erotic

SHE WRITES TO MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE.

You think you know truth…

This is not a novel.

This is my life.
Read between the lines.

I’m not a heroine.
I’m human.

Thirty-eight.
Divorced.
Childless.
Working a job that I hate.

I make my own money.
My own way.
No one can keep me safe.
I don’t need a man.
In fact … I hate them.

The only thing that truly satisfies me is the writing. 

I write to make you uncomfortable. To strangle you. Because I want you to squirm. I write because without the words … I might die.

You think you know truth…
…but you’re falling for the lie.

The Truth in the Lie is a 59,000-word erotic women’s fiction novel.

Dark and seductive. Alluring and enthralling. 

Bree’s journey isn’t a smooth one. She’s plagued by her Inner demons. Secrets. Dark desires. Self loathing. How long can you run from the past? Healing has to begin sometimes. There’s a rawness to this story. I was mesmerized right from the beginning. I dig a dark vibe and I was here for it. I was fascinated from beginning to end. The ending was a pleasant surprise and one I didn’t see coming. 

I love Miss Hadley’s delightful storytelling and I excitedly await her next novel! I give this 5 stars.

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