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Interview with an Author featuring Rinna Ford

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Rinna Ford! Her book, Malicious (The Whitethorn Society Book 1) release on June 15th 2021.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved reading and making up stories of my own, even at an early age. I wrote a lot of stories for myself but then got away from it when life got more complicated. I picked it back up after my breast cancer diagnosis as a way to escape reality and haven’t wanted to stop since.

What time of the day do you usually write?

I usually like to write when my kids go off to school. It’s so much easier to get lost in my fantasy world without the (good) distractions. I love having my kids around, but they are definitely distracting! 

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

I do a lot of world building! It’s important to me to understand the people, places, animals, magic, etc. of a story before I plot the details. I spend a lot of time just getting to know the characters too, even the “minor” ones. 

Which of your books was the most enjoyable to write?

Malicious was so much fun! I loved getting into the mind of the main character, Viv. She’s who I want to be when I grow up! This was a story that I played around with for a few years before I actually sat down to write it, and when I was finally able to do that it practically wrote itself. I love the way it turned out.

What gave you that final push to press publish on your first book?

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and I read. A lot. It was how I escaped the reality of it all. Then one day I woke up with an idea for a story (Queen of the Fireflies). I pulled out a notebook and played around with the story for almost 10 months before I got the courage to write it. I met an indie author and asked if she could help with finding Beta readers. I gave them only one request- tell me if it’s crap or if I should keep going! They told me the story was great and I should publish it, so I did!

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

I do! The people who love my books are amazing! They want to know more about the characters and where they came from. I’ve had questions about spin-offs (a few of which I’ve considered) and where I came up with my ideas. I try to be unique with my ideas because who wants to read the same story over and over again?

Favorite book when you were a kid?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (picture book) 

Any of the Babysitters Club books (chapter books)

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

Oh man. Tough question! 

Caring, resilient, upbeat.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write what you love. If you don’t love it, readers won’t love it. And, get a great editor and gather wonderful people around you who will give you good, constructive feedback. 

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

I love to write stories that no one has written before. I want my readers to feel as though they are transported into worlds that they never imagined, and want to stay there. I love what I do!

Thank you Rinna Ford for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Malicious today!

~Synopsis~

The Whitethorn Society doesn’t exist. At least, that’s what they want you to believe.

On the outside, people see Viv as a spoiled little rich girl who lives for designer clothing and wild parties, not the strong, capable woman she tries so hard to be. But money and power don’t buy love and acceptance, and Viv has definitely learned that the hard way.

College was a taste of freedom from that life, but then, that freedom ends up being stripped away when Viv is expected to go back to the family she hates to embrace a destiny she doesn’t want. Only, she believes that her destiny is to slave away for her family business, not join an ancient society of magical beings that shouldn’t even be real. Secrets and danger lie around every corner, but so do answers and love that she so desperately craves.

With old friends and new, one seriously annoying brother, and an ex that won’t go away, not that she really wants him to, Viv has to face new challenges and become the Whitethorn she was born to be.

She is the key. Whatever that means.

Malicious is the first book in The Whitethorn Society two-book series. This book is intended for 18+ due to sexual situations (including sexual assault) and explicit language.

Rinna Ford is a Southern girl that lives in the Midwestern USA. She lives with her amazingly sexy husband, two adorable daughters, a lazy dog, and two cats. She loves music, sushi, Star Wars, MCU, and getting packages in the mail (much to her husband’s dismay). Rinna Ford is the pen name the author uses to write the stories that float around in her head.

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Bad Girls Drink Blood (Blood Fae Druid Book 1) by S.L. Choi – New Release

Bad Girls Drink Blood (Blood Fae Druid Book 1) by S.L. Choi is now available!

~Synopsis~

Part sun fae, part blood fae, all abomination.

After a life spent dodging slurs, threats, and assassination attempts, Lane Callaghan gave her past the one finger salute and ditched her former fae home for good.

The detective agency she and her sisters run on the edge of Las Vegas continues to limp along, with Lane doing more debt collecting and intimidating than investigating, but anything to pay the bills. Between working for low-lifes to bring down even lower-lifes, eating cheesy poofs by the bucket, and flirting with the criminally attractive bartender where she conducts business, life is good.

That ends when a routine job goes sideways leaving Lane with a sack full of stolen sun shards—the source of sun fae power. Without the shards, the sun fae face giving up their magic completely, or risk death if they use their power.

As far as Lane’s concerned, good riddance, considering they would rather see her dead—except her father and adopted sister are sun fae. Lane must choose to return home to save the fae bastards that almost killed her…or let them burn.

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Taken: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 3) by Rebecca Rivard – My Review

Title: Taken: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 3)

Author: Rebecca Rivard

Release Date: February 4th 2022

Genre: Vampire Romance, Paranormal

THE VAMPIRE SYNDICATE ROMANCES
*The hot new vampire mafia romance series from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Rivard*

The Dark Angel Trilogy concludes with Zaq and Ridley’s story.

RIDLEY

Vampires killed my mother and sent me on the run. Now I’m the mysterious slayer known as Reaper.

I have one mission. Wipe vampires and their half-human cousins, the dhampir, from the face of the earth.

My current target? Zaq Kral, one of the famous—and inhumanly beautiful—Dark Angels.

ZAQ

I may be a Kral Vampire Syndicate prince, but I never asked for this life. Still, I play the game when my vampire father requires it.

Until the day another syndicate captures me with Reaper’s help. Vampires chain me to a wall with silver cuffs and feed from me. The silver eats through my skin—and poisons my soul. When I finally get free, the people behind this will pay.

Starting with Reaper.

What a wild ride this book was! 

Betrayal, loss, and secrets is how Zaq is living his life. There’s someone out to get him and his family. He has to figure out what is truth and who he can trust. I felt like I traveled the world along side the characters. Lots of action to keep me on my toes! Nothing is what it seems and I was there for it. I wasn’t too sure about Ridley but by the end I was all for her. Speaking of endings, all I have to say is wow. 

Phenomenal storytelling and wonderful writing makes this book one fantastic read. This whole series is a MUST READ! If you like your vampires with a bite, these books are for you! I give this 5 stars.

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

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Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee – My Review

Title: Ember of Night

Author: Molly E. Lee

Release Date: May 4th 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

“What to read after A Court of Thorns and Roses! Full of twists you’ll never see coming!” –UppercaseYA

I’ve never been a stranger to the darkness. But when darkness comes knocking and looks thatgood, who wouldn’t invite him in?

Draven is mysterious, evasive, and hot as sin. The only thing more infuriating than how much he won’t say is how obnoxious he is every time he does open his mouth. But when a group of strangers attacks me and he fights back, causing them to vanish into a cloud of black dust, I know Draven is more than he seems.

He finally shows me there’s a veil separating the world I know from a world of demons living all around us. Turns out, good and evil are just words. Some of the demons don’t fall into either category. And I’m realizing just how easily I fit in among the ancient warlocks, the divine soldiers, and the twisted supernaturals…

There’s so much more to me. To my past. And to what I am truly capable of than I ever thought possible. So when all signs point to me having the ability to unleash Hell on earth? I’ll have to decide if I want to do the world a solid and save it, or give it one hell of a makeover.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate this cover! Love the colors and the vibe. Totally eye catching!

Right from the start, I was pulled into the story. It was dark and dangerous, which called to my black heart. Harley has been through a lot. My heart went out to her right away. Weird things are happening but it’s all in her head right? Enter Draven. Who gives so little but surprises her at almost every turn. As you’re reading, you can feeling the danger simmering just below the surface and you know things are gonna start to happen! The author does a fantastic job of building suspense and keeping the reader engaged. I loved the push and pull between Harley and Draven. The heat factor is definitely there! That ending! I need book two like NOW!

As a whole, this book is darkly entrancing. It has suspense, action, secrets, and a really hot guy who is book boyfriend material. This is a new to me author and I quite enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more from this author. If you love paranormal with a dark vibe, I highly recommend this book! I give this 4 stars.

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

New Release

The Broken Hearted (The Great Hexpectations Series Book 2) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

The Broken Hearted (The Great Hexpectations Series Book 2) by Marie F. Crow is now available!

~Synopsis~

There’s always been one thing which could break us – our hearts.

To say life has changed for Harper would be an understatement. Bella has become her constant sidekick. Regan has permanently moved into the house with us. The only comforting stability around is GiGi, and even that isn’t always entirely stable.

When Jedrek shows back up suddenly, her already chaotic world is about to be flipped inside out. With her secret feelings for Jedrek threatening her relationship with Roman, she must find a way to work with both of them as the dead are discovered with their hearts torn from their chests.

Aselin, the vampire leader, has come to discover why the magic of creation has been lost. She’s willing to risk everything to regain the magic, but what is Harper willing to risk to keep it?

Long buried family secrets will come to play as Harper discovers that even death is sometimes better than a broken heart.

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Audiobook · Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author Featuring Ravin Tija Maurice

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ravin Tija Maurice! Her book, Prophecy Girl: Camille Bishop, Book 1 is now available on audiobook.

How long have you been writing?

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing! But the real passion for it started in early elementary school when I realized that I could make the story and decide what happens. That appealed to me a lot.

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically I get a hot beverage, either tea or coffee, and some music together then sit down and do something to clear my thoughts. Recently I have been using a random notebook as a place to dump all the other thoughts before I start working on a project. I have to say it’s incredibly helpful

 Then I sit and write, I try to pace myself but sometimes I can go for hours without stopping. And before I know it I have to stop and cool dinner.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

From a variety of places. I watch a lot of TV and movies and get lots of inspiration from there. Same with reading and books. I also love hearing what other authors are working on, I get inspired by the passion. Lately I have been reading a lot of comics and graphic novels, I find the pacing and format very inspiring.

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

That’s a tough one! But I do love Olivia from my Afflicted trilogy, the vampire with no tongue. Trying to figure out how she would operate in the world was really interesting and I had lots of fun learning about her. I also liked writing Lilly Darling, a character who comes up in Believer, my second Camille Bishop novel, in part because she made me laugh out loud. That’s rare!

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

Another great question! I am dealing with this now, the project I am currently working on is more of a psychological thriller and the main character has survived A LOT. I have really had to separate myself while working on it because living in her head space is a lot to deal with emotionally. 

The emotional impact is important I think because if I felt it, then hopefully the reader did too and that’s very important to me. And I have to give them space, especially when I am done writing, to mourn them in a sense. But time to make peace and move on.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Right now I have a few. Sin Eater by Megan Campisi the graphic novel Rat Queens.

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

I think it’s really important to try to just do a little better than you did previously, and that’s what I want to do with the series. Make sure I tell a complete story in one book but tie them together, and hopefully they just keep getting better.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Caring, loyal, trustworthy

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just keep swimming. Even when you feel like you can’t, this isn’t about anyone but you. You need to share your story with the world in the way only you can. Keep going. Everything can be fixed in edits.

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

That they come from a place of wanting to tell great stories, and wanting to make great memorable characters.

 

Thank you Ravin Tija Maurice for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her audiobook release, Prophecy Girl today!

~Synopsis~

I never thought my life could get any weirder, then Jane Lowry came into my office.

It seemed like a straightforward paternity case; something simple for my first solo assignment as a private investigator. Everyone has secrets. Jane Lowry’s would lead me down a path that would completely change my life. I knew the world was full of crazy things, but nothing would prepare me for how crazy it would get.

Ravin Tija Maurice lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with her husband and daughter.

Her books span several time periods and feature a diverse cast of characters, all with a paranormal twist. She loves to binge watch television, has a large collection of stuffed animals and is a bit of a history geek.

A lifelong writer, she is constantly trying to find ways to grow and learn new skills to improve her craft.

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PROPHECY GIRL AUDIOBOOK; 

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Craved: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 2) by Rebecca Rivard – My Review

Title: Craved: A Vampire Mafia Paranormal Romance (The Vampire Syndicate Book 2)

Author: Rebecca Rivard

Release Date: June 3rd 2021

Genre: Paranormal Vampire Romance

THE VAMPIRE SYNDICATE ROMANCES

He’s the forbidden craving I have to taste…

A hot new vampire mafia romance series from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Rivard

“Secrets, sex, lies, betrayal and a love story–everything I could want in a paranormal romance… I love this series and the characters and I just wish there were more brothers so the stories would go on.“~Paranormal Romance Guild (5 stars)

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

The series continues with Rafe and Zoe’s story!
CRAVED (Book 2)
Rafe

I’m in Montreal to discover what vampire Zoe Tremblay, a.k.a. the Ice Princess, knows about my brother’s kidnapping.
Not to finish what I started with Zoe two years ago.
Not to find out why she deceived me and allowed her mother’s enforcers to beat me bloody.
And definitely not to reignite the blood feud between our covens.

Zoe
Rafe Kral, the cocky, bad-boy son of my mother’s most hated enemy, was the forbidden craving I had to taste. But our Romeo-and-Juliet romance was doomed to crash and burn. Now Rafe’s back, and he needs my help to save his kidnapped brother—and maybe himself.
Because the Kral brothers are being hunted by an unknown assassin.
Help Rafe, and I can kiss goodbye any chance of moving up in my mother’s vampire syndicate. But if I don’t do anything, Rafe will be the next Kral who disappears.
And this time, I’ll lose him forever.

A steamy second-chance, Romeo-and-Juliet paranormal romance.

I was waiting not so patiently for Rafe and Zoe’s story!

I was not disappointed. Right from the start we are on an adventure. Whisked away to Canada and then Paris. The suspense and danger is building, giving me chills. I found myself rapidly turning pages. I needed to know what’s was next! I needed to know how it would end!

The heat between Rafe and Zoe is off the charts! I really enjoyed their banter. They are definitely better together. Zoe had really grown by the end of the book. Rafe is all sexy. Definitely book boyfriend material! Le sigh.

This whole book was a fabulous ride. From beginning to end, I was captivated. It also gave me a major book hangover. I knew it was coming as it happens with all of Rebecca Rivard’s books. I highly anticipate the next one! If you enjoy paranormal romance, this series is for YOU! I give this 5 stars!

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

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author Featuring A.D. Trosper

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

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Joining us today is A.D. Trosper! Her latest release. Chosen: A Mature Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance (Raven Daughter Book 3) release on April 27th 2021

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve always written stuff, but I don’t think I ever really saw myself as a writer until I actually published my first book. And even then, I don’t think I really felt that way for a long time. Maybe not until my second or third book. It’s complicated. I mean, I was a person who wrote stuff, but was I actually a writer, could really call myself that. Wasn’t that reserved for names like Robert Jordan, Steven King, Nora Roberts, and the like. Now I’m generally okay with thinking of myself as a writer, but I still come down with Imposter Syndrome on occasion.

What time of the day do you usually write?

At night. I’m a total night owl. I don’t mind mornings, as long as I’ve been awake all night when it gets here. But I am so not waking up to see it unless there is no way around it. And then I will grump about it.

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

I’m a total pantser, so there is no before I start writing. The story rolls around in my head until some sort of a somewhat cohesive ball forms and then I take that and throw it at the wall. Some of it sticks, most of it morphs into something different, and I’m constantly surprised by what happens and what my characters encounter. 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I don’t know, all of them in their time. But if I had to choose, it would be a toss up between Bound by Legend and Betrayed. Both are second books, so the world was mostly set by then, and both came pretty easy to the page. Tears was also a second book but it broke my heart to write that one, I literally cried while typing at one point. 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I have two that run head to head, Sarah J Maas and Karen Lynch. I think they are phenomenal writers and I love all of their books. 

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

I do. Mostly they ask for the next the book and they often tell me they enjoyed one of my books or series’, which is always nice to hear.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton, and also the Drizzt Du’Urden trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, Monster by Christopher Pike, and Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I can’t narrow it down any further. 

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

Weird, goofy, loyal.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. In the end, no matter what happens with sales, advertising, etc, the words we put down on the page are the only thing we have control over. Too often we get caught up in all of that forget the love of words that drove us to create stories in the first place. So write, and never forget the passion for creation that started you on this path. 

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

I never know what to say to this kind of question. This is where my introverted self feels like she is suddenly in a spotlight and my ability to answer gets all messed up. About me and my books? I have a real soft spot for soulmates and all of my books feature them in someway or another, even my epic fantasy has them. Let’s see, what else… Um, I like words and my books have them. Lots of them. Which is good because that tends to be the main ingredient in books.

 

 

Thank you A.D. Trosper for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Raven Daughter series today!

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~Synopsis~

***Raven Daughter is a completed series of three books.

I’m Jo and the death of my mother revealed a whole lot of secrets she was keeping. Like the fact that my sperm-donor father was a freaking angel who couldn’t keep it in his pants and slept with a woman he should never have been with. Or the fact I’m not mortal and would one day be a reaper of souls.

Reaping souls, now there is something I never dreamed I would do, but here I am doing just that. Or at least I was, until souls started becoming Lost. And that’s when things went south.

When I stupidly agreed to help discover what was causing the Lost without reading the fine print first. Now a lot of immortals would like to see me dead because of what I might become. To top it off, I ended up blood bound to a powerful half-demon who is supposed to be a reaper’s sworn enemy. Funny thing is he may be the only one I can trust.

Warning: Although this series deals with angels and demons, there is nothing religious about them. Anyone looking for that within the pages of these books will be disappointed.

**This book is part of a series and ends on a cliffhanger.

 

Writer, mother, ruler of the world inside my head…mostly. I currently work and live on the plains of central Kansas with its gorgeous skies and fantastic storms. I have two sweet dogs and I’m owned by a cat who thinks she is a goddess that should be worshipped. When not reading or writing, I game and garden, I also take care of my large flock of incredibly spoiled chickens who in return, give me rather expensive free eggs.

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Interview with an Author Featuring M.K. Hall

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is M.K. Hall! Her newest release, Empyrean Queen (Origins Book 2) releases May 23rd.

How long have you been writing?

I’ll preface this question by saying that I didn’t discover the power books hold over a reader and how they can provide an escape from reality until my late twenties. That was when the fuse was lit and I made my first attempt to write. It failed miserably and thankfully only my sister-in-law knows just how terribly that went. (I’m still not convinced she forgives me for that). After another twelve years of reading and battling excuses and debilitating self-doubt, I finally mustered the courage to try again.

Describe a typical writing day.

Weekends are easy. I usually write from the time I get up until dinnertime. I have a full time job, so during the week I’m usually up by 6am, writing by 6:30am. I clock in for work at 8 and then write over my hour lunch break. When I clock out around 5-6pm, it’s back to writing until bedtime. (Somewhere in there, I manage to eat and say hello to my family.) Whether weekends or weekdays, rest assured there are copious amounts of coffee involved.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My first published series, Origins, which features just two books (Empyrean Born and Empyrean Queen), stemmed from a conversation between my younger daughter, then 18, and myself. We were watching tv and there was yet another odd weather event or something and I just looked at her and said, “I should write about 2020. Maybe make up some race of people who are responsible for all this craziness.” Thus, the Empyreans were born. As far as the other irons in the fire, those ideas just randomly hit me. I use Pinterest a lot and am one of those authors who needs the FBI to know those Google searches are for research, I swear.

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

I actually really enjoyed writing one particular type of character in Empyrean Queen. Without giving too much away, it was oddly fascinating how much fun I had writing from the bad guys’ POV. I guess we all have a darker side just waiting to be tapped into.

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

In general, I’m someone who likes quiet. I can’t write with music playing or when there are other distractions and this is especially true during an emotional scene. I usually have a woodwick candle burning (I get hypnotized by the sounds of the crackling wick). I simply reread the previous scene or chapter for that character and get myself into the moment. I’ll be honest, sometimes it doesn’t work and I just have to write out some of the action and go back to tweak it, add detail or dialogue at a later time.

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

Oh boy. I’m not good with these types of questions. (See? Already broke the rules.) I guess I’d have to say considerate, trustworthy, introvert.

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

 I find that delving more into other characters’ lives and history, building that foundation and making it relevant to the current storyline works from my perspective. In the Origins series, the second book has several chapters from other characters’ POVs, characters that were secondary and one that wasn’t even mentioned in the first book.

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

Yes! I’m very excited about my current project. I actually finished the first book last year and then walked away from it while I wrote the Origins series. The break proved to be just what I needed. Now that I’m nearly done with a total rewrite, the story has become much larger and far more complex. I feel I’ve finally found the true voice of these characters and I’m so excited to get this one out. Without sharing too much detail, I’m comparing it to a Lord of the Rings style epic fantasy but with a rather intense romantic theme. I’m not quite ready to reveal the name of the series just yet. You’ll have to join my Facebook reader group – Books, Cats, and Tatts – for more information.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Haha, well honestly, I’m still in a place where I’m the one looking for advice! I will say this, though, never stop writing. If writing is your passion but you’re going through a slump of writer’s block, take a break but do NOT give up. This was proven to me with my current project. I wasn’t 100% happy with it but I kept going. As it turns out, that first draft gave me the foundation I needed to make the story something I’m truly proud of.

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

What I hope for more than anything, is to create worlds readers can get lost in. I envision them so vividly in my mind and I wish for nothing more than others to see what I see. Life and reality are hard enough. We all need an escape, even for a little while. I truly think this is what most authors strive to achieve and if even one person enjoys the escape I’m attempting to provide, I’ll consider myself a success.

Thank you M.K. Hall for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out and preorder her newest release, Empyrean Queen today!

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~Synopsis~

The year 2020 may be over, but that doesn’t mean things have gotten any easier. With mixed feelings about no longer carrying the secret title of being the Empyreans’ Chosen, Val returns to her realm and her people only to find more danger lurking in the deepest, darkest shadows and threatening to destroy the Empyreal world.

Everywhere she turns, betrayal isn’t far behind, and with an ever-growing list of bad guys, trust is a precious commodity. Yet allies from unlikely places come forth as more mysteries about her life are brought to light. Val will be tested and forced to confront the truth of her past and the unknown future, all while attempting to save the soul of the man she loves.

With demons of all kinds on the loose, the looming threat of war with Purgatory, and Gabe’s eternal damnation hanging in the balance, will Val ever learn who she really is and where she came from? Will she ever be crowned Empyrean Queen, or will deeply buried secrets be her undoing?

Empyrean Queen is the final book in the Origins duology.

Origins

CHECK OUT BOOK ONE!

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M. K. Hall is a fantasy author living in a small Midwestern town with her husband, kids, and furbabies. She loves cats above all else, but coming in at a close second are coffee, craft beer, birthday cake, and virtually anything flavored with lemon and blueberry. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cross stitching (mostly naughty sayings), binge watching tv shows, or camping with her hubby of nearly 24 years.

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Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

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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