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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.

Website: https://lunajoya.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lunajoyawriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lunajoyawriter

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3fnKLf6

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/luna-joya

 

 


Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3) by Luna Joya – New Release

New Release from Luna Joya!

Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3)

By Luna Joya

Release date: August 18th 2020

Genre: Paranormal Romance

~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.

Get the series here


Margaret (The Risen Series Book 2) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

NEW RELEASE FROM MARIE F. CROW!

Margaret (The Risen Series Book 2)

Release Date: August 17th 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

~Synopsis~

It’s just a simple shot, right?”

Margaret Erikson will ask this question many times today. What is supposed to be a basic school wide vaccine will go horribly wrong. It is not a simple shot and the lives that are lost to it will not become simple monstors.

Get started on the series with Dawning (The Risen Series Book 1)!

Buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZK6Wr8

 


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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Books:

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SERIES BY KATE BENSON: 

The Promise Series (FREE on KU) 

The Promise: https://books2read.com/u/47XLka

The Choice: https://books2read.com/u/4jWpKk 

The Secret: https://books2read.com/u/bzjApE 

The Commitment: https://books2read.com/u/mgl8KX  

The Compromise: https://books2read.com/u/bPKl1Y  

The Sacrifice: https://books2read.com/u/4AKXwk  

The Confession: https://books2read.com/u/b5ZgMO 

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

A spin-off from The Promise Series

AUDIO: 

Audible: https://www.audible.com/author/Kate-Benson/B00J81M3GQ 

EBOOKS: 

Redemption: The Complete Series: https://books2read.com/u/b6ZPrW 

Redemption: Part One: https://books2read.com/u/mKzlJV 

Redemption: Part Two: https://books2read.com/u/mY7lgY 

Redemption: Part Three: https://books2read.com/u/bQKlBE 

Redemption: Part Four: https://books2read.com/u/bWdlZW 

Redemption: Part Five: https://books2read.com/u/3kWw0N 

Redemption: Part Six: https://books2read.com/u/bMPlrB  

The Frenemy Series (FREE on KU)

Frigid https://books2read.com/u/31qJWW 

Sprung https://books2read.com/u/meeGJE 

Fallen https://books2read.com/u/bOxpOg  

The Callie Leveaux Series (FREE on KU) 

The Novellas (contains Escort/Savage): https://books2read.com/u/38MAgr   

Traitor: https://books2read.com/u/4EoaDM  

Ignite Series (FREE on KU) 

Ignite: https://books2read.com/u/4DW9oO  

Smolder: https://books2read.com/u/bwdgWv  

STANDALONE NOVELS: (FREE on KU)

Beyond the Pine: https://books2read.com/u/3GdlYd  

Pieces of You: https://books2read.com/u/mVKlZP  

What the Elf? (The Cringle Cove Christmas Chronicles):

EBOOK: https://books2read.com/u/mqrapO  

AUDIBLE: https://www.audible.com/author/Kate-Benson/B00J81M3GQ


A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1) by Jessica Julien – My Review

New Release!

Title: A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1)

Author: Jessica Julien

Release Date: July 7th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.

When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.

Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.

Intriguing! Fantastic! A Spectacle of Souls is that magical read that feels worlds apart. I have to say that I haven’t read anything like this and that made my black heart happy. After a couple of chapters, I was fully invested and had to keep reading till the very end. NO BREAKS! I liked that there was more to some of the characters than at first glance. Those same characters surprised me by their actions and I really liked that! The magic aspect was good and I liked the author’s take on it. It’s those little touches that can take a story from good to fantastic. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more by her. I give this 5 stars.

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


Checkmate by Lindsey Powell – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: Checkmate

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: June 21st 2020

Genre: Erotic Suspense

She’s about to play him at his own game…

Joey is at the top of the chain, riding high, the King of the underworld.
Paige is a woman scorned, ready to redraw the battle lines and take the throne as the Queen. She wants to reign supreme, show Joey who the boss is, and make him suffer for pushing her aside years before.

The trouble with battle lines is that there is always someone who wants to take over the playing field.
There are always those who are waiting to take you down, make you beg, and have you at their mercy.
Will Paige be at Joey’s mercy?
Will Joey give up his throne?
Or will an underlying force come in like a whirlwind and rip the ground out from beneath both of them?

A dangerous game.
A love that refuses to die.
And two powerful people about to collide.
Will they have what it takes to get through the dangers that lurk around every corner?
And who will be the one to finish the game and say, “Checkmate?”

A stand-alone romantic suspense with some darker elements, from romantic suspense author, Lindsey Powell.

I know when I read a Lindsey Powell book, she will have me all in my feels and then some. Holy hotness!! This book blew me away! Right from the start, the story grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. It still has a hold on me! From the story to the characters, this was amazing all the way through. It has action, revenge, and did I mention a strong take no prisoners woman? OH YEAH! Like what more could you need? This really was a fantastic read for me. I hope the author writes more books like this, as this book showcases how versatile her writing truly is. Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here with a book hangover. I give this 5 stars.


Interview with an Author featuring Cam Johns

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Cam Johns! Her newest release, Midnight Princess (Modern Princess Collection Book 7) released on June 3rd 2020.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing most of my teenage to adult life. Now, have I been writing erotica that long, NO! LOL I started with mainly poems and short stories about my life, which definitely had it’s challenges.

Describe a typical writing day.

I mainly start with listening to my “Writing Mode” playlists. I listen to the first few tracks which are Secret by Maroon 5, Silhouette & Pastel by Kenny G, Getting Late & Say Yes by Floetry then ends with Closer by Nine Inch Nails. Obviously by the time I get to that song my characters are exhausted from having sex LMAO!

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Hmm… I really never know how to answer this question. What inspires me to write about alpha males who love to fuck… no clue. It just happens.

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

Jackson Turner, my first alpha, will always be my favorite. He brought the Arousing Series to life, and me quite honestly. It was the first time I realized I might actually be a decent writer!

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

Okay, there were some emotional moments in the Arousing Series that brought tears to my eyes as I wrote them, as well as in the latest book release, Midnight Princess. The only way to move on from them is to watch a comedy or my favorite movie. Like I love Bridget Jones’ Diary. Renee Zellweger is funny as hell in that movie.

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

Are you kidding? I wish my readers would interact with me more!! IG, Twitter, Facebook Page & Group. Email me for all I care!

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

I have only written one series, but I try not to build my characters too closely. Like I don’t want my alpha from Midnight Princess to be like Jackson from the Arousing Series. But there will always be an alpha!

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

Right now, I’m working on another anthology set to release in August. The name of the anthology is Internet Famous and the title of the book is Seconds. I am also putting together a short story book as well as a spinoff from the Arousing Series.

What advice would you give to other authors?

The biggest thing is to please do some research before you release your first book… or any book! Know your demographic, what covers work, what keywords work, how much your spending so you’ll know how much you need to earn, GET EVERYTHING PROFESSIONALLY EDITED! Last, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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

I guess that I put a lot of hard work and time into what I write and publish. Just like any other indie author, we all just love a little support and encouragement along the way.

 

Thank you Cam Johns for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Midnight Princess today!

~Synopsis~

After the untimely death of her grandparents, Cynthia was propelled into becoming a guardian to her younger half-sisters, Penelope and Charmaine. As they all lived under the tyrannical rule of their drunken mother, she constantly felt that this wasn’t the life that she was meant to lead. She dreamed of one day her mother becoming sober enough for her to remember that she once loved her children. Unfortunately, that day would never come, and her heart would harden with each cruel comment from her mother.

It wasn’t until her freshman year in college that she would find someone who did love her, as she deserved. Who would liquefy her hardened heart, to find the giving soul that has been hiding from her mother’s tirades. It was then that Cynthia would investigate her mother’s past, to find answers to who her mother has become. The answers that would come in the dead of night. Midnight Princess.

A standalone, opposites attract romance that will have you ready to turn the next page.

Cam Johns began her career as a published author in 2016 with the release of her first book – Arousing Consequences – to the trilogy, The Arousing Series. However, actually publishing wasn’t part of her plan. After her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she found that writing became a great way to relieve the tension and mounted pressures that come with watching someone she loves suffer from such a harsh diagnosis. It was her husband that pushed her to share her voice, regardless of how erotic that voice would become.

Live. Love. Laugh. A well-known mantra that has become her way of living. Live, by accepting the things you cannot change. Love, the ones closest to you as if there’s no tomorrow. Laugh, each day because sadness will get you no where!

https://linktr.ee/thecamjohns


Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1) by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1)

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: June 4th 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Verona has lived in the safety and bliss of the palace and the luxury of what being a Siren means. Content to live her life in the shadows of her beautiful mother, Ostila, and the enchanting, dark beauty of her aunt, Morlena, Verona never thought about what life would be like should they be taken from her. At her mother’s coronation, these once impossible thoughts become shockingly real.
Corander has lived his life in the shadows of his father, Kurt. At the head of the Empradar bloodline, Kurt holds no mercy for those who fail him and even less for those he distrusts. When the palace falls to madness, it will be Corander who is tested by his father’s desires and torn by his own.
Together, Corander and Verona must discover who they really are, and who they are truly meant to become, before all is lost to hidden plots and crowns of betrayal.

Superb! Enchanting! Thrilling! This book showcases the lovely talents of Marie F. Crow. This YA fantasy is intriguing and had me on the edge of my seat. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the uniqueness the author added for the Sirens. It was like a breath of fresh air to read something so different from what’s out there. The story didn’t end up where I thought it would BUT that is a very good thing! Who likes predictable? I can guarantee Miss Crow’s books are anything but predictable. From the characters to the story, I was fully engaged and once done, I was left wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Christine Lee

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Christine Lee! Her debut novel, Wolf Bound: A Lupi Di Notte Book 1 released on May 31st 2020.

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

Wolf Bound is the story of an Alpha Werewolf & an Alpha shapeshifting Tigress meeting, mating, & clashing!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

It just seems to percolate in my imagination and demands outlet!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

As long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. I got my start in short story contests in High School.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I love the Urban Fantasies of Yasmine Galenorn, Patricia Briggs, and Ilona Andrews. There are so many more I could list!

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

Wouldn’t you love to see Alexander Skarsgard and Scarlet Johansson opposite each other?

What is the best part of your day?

Pretty much any morning I can wake from a good nights sleep!

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

Reading, writing and kitty cats!

What are you reading now?

I’m just starting Kristen Painter’s newest Nocturne Falls book.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing, keep working, keep going.

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

Simply that I’d be extremely honored to have them read my book!

 

Thank you Christine Lee for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Wolf Bound today!

~Synopsis~

One day, Earth self-destructed. The next day, Faedress was born, the Fae, having saved Earth, locked all portals between dimensions, and suddenly, the Humans found they were not alone in this new, wild world.
*This book contains graphic violence, language and sexual situations. It includes physical/sexual abuse. Please be aware of possible triggers.

Christine Lee has lived in many places; several states and cities, even a couple of countries! But she currently makes her home in Central California. She may or may not share space with a cat. Or two, or…okay, it’s only two (for now!).

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Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett – My Review

New Release

Title:

Hollywood Park: A Memoir

Author: Mikel Jollett

Release Date: May 26th 2020

Genre: Memoir, Survival

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion. …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

Hollywood Park is the memoir of Mikel Jollett.

This book had me feeling a lot of different emotions. From sadness to anger to happiness. Most of all, it was inspiring. What Mikel went through was heart wrenching. From escaping a cult to living with unresolved trauma, it brought tears to my eyes. As I was reading, I realized I liked his dad way more than his mom. I couldn’t put my finger on why. I mean yes I wasn’t a fan of how she treated him and his brother. Towards the end of the book, I had my answer. Mikel grew up in a different time. Different views and political opinions. All were influences forced upon him. You follow Mikel on his journey through life. The ups and downs and the hard lessons he had to learn along the way. This memoir is very well written. I honestly hadn’t heard of Mikel’s band but I plan on checking out their music. I applaud Mikel for writing this book. It took courage and I know it wasn’t easy but he did it and it could help someone else dealing with some of the things he went through. I give this 4 stars.

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