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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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Elemental Enchanters Series

By Carrigan Richards

~Synopsis~

Falling in love isn’t the only problem for Ava Hannigan.

When seventeen-year-old Ava discovers that she can breathe underwater, she’s disappointed. She wanted to be normal and dreads the day of her initiation into one of the most powerful covens of Elemental Enchanters. She has fallen in love with a human, which is forbidden, but she has such a strong connection with Peter, the only other person who knows what it’s like to grow up motherless.

Ava and her friends never expected to be caught up in the middle of a three-hundred-year-old war. Devon wants revenge against the humans for killing his master. Xavier, a ruthless witch, is building an army for Devon by spellbinding several students into becoming dark Enchanters. After Xavier realizes Ava and her friends are Elementals, Devon will stop at nothing to have their power. Xavier threatens Ava, attempting to coerce her to join them, but when she refuses, he kidnaps Peter.

Ava must seek help from her coven to defeat Devon and accept her life as a witch in order to save Peter and protect the humans.


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

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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*


Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review

Title: Losing Logan *Audiobook*

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Release Date: July 16th 2014

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Losing Logan is a wonderful read. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it. I loved the uniqueness of the story. I was pulled into the story right from the beginning. Solving a murder? Let’s do this! The narrator’s voice was perfect for the characters. She helped bring the story to life and nailed the teenagers attitudes! I loved Zoe’s snark and awkwardness. I related to that. The ending was totally unexpected and more than a couple of tears were shed. 

Fans of YA will love this book. This book is entertaining. I highly recommend it! I give this 5 stars.


Sons of Stars by Nia Rose – My Review

Title: Sons of Stars *Audiobook*

Author: Nia Rose

Release Date: April 24th 2020

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Domenic Alderman is a normal 17 year old student who likes to occasionally lift weights. Winter vacation is over, and it’s a week until Domenic’s 18th birthday. At school, nothing special happens, just a new girl named Luna joined his class and she…glows! Quickly, Domenic’s normal world is flipped upside down as he starts to go through some very strange changes.

If being able to run faster than normal and being able to lift weights like they were nothing weren’t strange enough, accidentally turning a potential girlfriend into a sword and battling strange shadow creatures called Tamas might put a kink Domenic’s graduating plans.

Sons of Stars is a fantastic YA fantasy story! Domenic and his friends are typical high school kids. They like to hang out and have fun. When Luna joins his school, weird things start to happen. It’s a crazy ride going forward! I really like the originality of the relic and welder. There is plenty of action scenes and some scenes that will have you tearing up. Ah teenagers. The narrators voice was pleasant which made this book enjoyable to listen to. That was quite an adventure and I am hoping there’s another book coming! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Adaline Winters

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Adaline Winters! Her debut, Seducing Hope released on July 22nd 2020.

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

When I was about thirteen and my English teacher asked for a two page short story. I gave her a thirty page one, and told her I wasn’t finished.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I’m a dawn and dusk writer, before everyone is awake and when everybody has gone to sleep.

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

Seducing Hope is my debut novel, which will quickly be followed by Surrendering Hope soon.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Everywhere! From conversations I had as a child with my grandmother, to snippets I overhear in coffee shop. Nothing is safe!

Describe yourself in one word.

Nerdy

What was your hardest scene to write?

A toss-up between a particularly violent scene and the sexy scenes – but only because I knew my Dad would read it.

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

I love speaking to readers. Social media makes us far more connected, and I love hearing what people thought. No weird fan girl moments – although I’ve met some incredible people though.

What are you currently reading?

A kingdom of flesh and fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Writing a book is hard – but so worth it, keep in touch with the reading community and make the time to speak them. If you’re not writing, read… or occasionally sleep.

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

Writing comes from the heart. I hope to take you on a wild journey which will make you laugh, cry and be surprised.

 

Thank you Adaline Winters for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her debut release, Seducing Hope today!

~Synopsis~

How far would you go to protect a secret that causes the dark supernatural world to hunt you?

Who would you hurt to prevent a prophecy from wiping out everyone on the planet?

When Natia Waterford, defender of humankind and self-declared badass, is sent to investigate a series of kidnappings, she’s forced to step into the world of the arrogant Archan Reinheart.

She soon becomes entangled in a fight for both the human race and her own life. The rules are simple: everybody’s a threat, everything you read might be false, and, above all, protect your heart.

Adaline Winters is a UK bassed fantasy author.


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Nineteen Seventy: A New Orleans Witches Family Saga (The Seven Book 1)

By Sarah M. Cradit

~Synopsis~

One of the seven will die. There’s nothing they can do to stop it.

“You definitely will not want to miss this one!”
“Seriously one of the best books I have read.”
“Exceeded every single one of my expectations.”
“The way the story unravels and weaves through the lives of the family was remarkable.”
“These characters are so complex yet so relatable that you will fall in love with them all.”
“I will never forget a single moment.”
“Mrs. Cradit has a way with words that will leave you wanting to read more.”
“I absolutely love this entire series.”
“That ending tho!!!”

1970. New Orleans. The seven Deschanel siblings live with their long-suffering mother in an historic Garden District mansion. Each of them unique. Each of them born with a gift. In some cases, a gift they wish they could give back.

When August Deschanel died, he left his wife, Irish Colleen, with more than seven children to raise. She inherited a job she was never prepared for: bringing up his heirs in a world she doesn’t understand. She’d never seen true magic, not before marrying into the most prominent-and mysterious-family in New Orleans. Now, she can’t escape it.

Irish Colleen knows a terrible secret. Her youngest, a prophet, has seen a future that is unavoidable: the Deschanels will not leave 1970 without losing one of the seven. She knows only that it will happen, but not when, how… or to whom.

Charles, the playboy heir apparent. Augustus, the family fixer. Colleen, the unfailing pragmatist. Madeline, the bleeding heart. Evangeline, the genius. Maureen, the dreamer. Elizabeth, the tortured one.

One of her children must die, and Irish Colleen can do nothing to stop it.

Seven Siblings. Seven Years. Seven Spellbinding Novels.


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Seducing Hope

By Adaline Winters

~Synopsis~

How far would you go to protect a secret that causes the dark supernatural world to hunt you?

Who would you hurt to prevent a prophecy from wiping out everyone on the planet?

When Natia Waterford, defender of humankind and self-declared badass, is sent to investigate a series of kidnappings, she’s forced to step into the world of the arrogant Archan Reinheart.

She soon becomes entangled in a fight for both the human race and her own life. The rules are simple: everybody’s a threat, everything you read might be false, and, above all, protect your heart.


Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3) by Luna Joya – My Review

Title: Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3)

Author: Luna Joya

Release Date: August 18th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

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.

Just when I think I have a favorite book by Luna Joya, she comes out with Killing Song. 

Fantastic world building! Strong female characters who kick butt! A sizzling page turner!

These two piqued my interest in book two and I was thrilled that this book was their story. I loved the chemistry between them and that sexy heat…oh my! Along with the action and magic, there’s a wide range of emotions being felt. It’s safe to say this is my favorite so far….until the next one! 

This is a highly entertaining read! This story pulls you in fast and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve finished. I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Carol Ann Kauffman

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Carol Ann Kauffman! Author of multiple series’ such as Cat Collier and Time After Time.

How long have you been writing?

As soon as I could put big, fat primary pencil to paper, I was writing. I used to revise the stories in our primary classroom readers to be more relevant to my friends, and get big laughs on the playground. I won essay contests in the upper elementary grades. I had a story published in a magazine in high school. But then, life happened and I quit writing to go to work. I didn’t write seriously until I retired.

Describe a typical writing day.

There is no typical day for me. I write when the mood calls to me. It could be the middle of the night. I especially liked winter when the weather was bad and my husband got called out to work at 2:00 in the morning. A few of my novels were written in that time frame. Normally I set aside a few hours in the morning to write. If “it” doesn’t happen, I edit, blog, or market. Late night hours are also good writing time for me, when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Some are life experiences, mine and others. Sometimes it’s part of an overheard conversation or especially touching song will evoke an emotional response in me that needs to be written down. When we were on our second honeymoon in Florida, back to the same hotel where we first stayed, I promised my husband it was a “no writing” vacation. However, I woke up in the middle of the night in a bit of a state of anxiety. Unfamiliar room, etc. For a moment, I couldn’t figure out where I was. The snore next to me brought me out of it, but that made for the beginning of my novel, Charming Deception. I wrote that opening chapter on my phone in the bathroom.

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

Yes, Richard Mackenzie, the main male characters in my Time After Time series, is my favorite. (Shhh…don’t tell the others.) People ask me if he is modeled after my husband. I laugh. Richard is a composite of many qualities I find admirable in a man. He is tall, dark, and handsome, yes, but he’s also loving, strong and vulnerable. Not many men are brave enough to open up emotionally the way Richard does.

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

Just start writing. Louis L’Amour has a great quote. “Start writing. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” There are days I’ve started with a grocery list. But on really great writing days, that mood comes first and I have to hurry up and write it.

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

Happy. Empathetic. Italian.

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

I always have more than one project going on at the same time.  Different series. Time After Time is a romantic adventure series about the same couple finding each other over and over again in different lifetimes. Cat Collier Mystery is a girl sleuth series. Different genres. Romance, mystery, sci-fi, Christmas. It helps me to bounce around from one to the other. If I don’t think it’s new and fresh and exciting, my readers won’t either.

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

I am excited to share with you my work-in-progress, 47-O, Ford Deseveno. 

A sci-fi tale about the male humanoid in tank number 47-O at an upstate Ohio cryogenic facility who is suddenly needed back on his home world to avert a planet-wide crisis. His emergency thaw is activated. But while Ford struggles to remember his mission and regain his strength, forces are gathering against him.

​Meanwhile, Ford feels an immediate attraction to Dr. Olivia Bellamy, granddaughter of founder William Ulysses Bellamy (Wubsy), the man who put him in the cryogenic tube so, so, long ago to save his life, and also to separate him from Wubsy’s wife who has developed a strong attachment to the tall, thin, ashen alien called 47-O, or Ford. Granddaughter Olivia bears a strong resemblance to her grandmother, also named Olivia.

​From there, things get complicated.

Read a little from my work-in-progress here: https://www.weebly.com/weebly/main.php#/

What advice would you give to other authors?

Everybody has a book inside them. Everyone has at least ONE story to tell. When I taught school, I always had my students keep a journal. Writing things down helps you remember, helps you work through a problem, makes you a more organized thinker, and lowers your blood pressure. Now, that said, it doesn’t mean anybody will want to buy your book. But write anyway. Wasn’t it Edgar Rice Burroughs who said, (paraphrasing here) if you write one book, it could be really bad. But if you write 100, you’re bound to improve? I’m working on #27. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let someone who never wrote a book tell you how to write yours. And when you get that first awful, terrible, soul-sucking review (and you will because Amazon lets anything with opposable thumbs write a review if they spend $50), read it once, take from it any glimmer of honest, constructive criticism, then forget it as you gently step over the warm, stinking pile and continue on your happy writing way.

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

My books are about life, love, loss, and lunacy. I bristle at the label “clean romance” because although there are no graphic sexual scenes, they’re written for adults. On a personal level, my advice is: Open up. It’s never too late to be the person you were meant to be. Life is full of second chances if you’re brave enough to take them. Yes, you risk getting hurt. And sometimes you will and it will be sad and pitiful. But the rewards are astounding. Don’t be that old person who says I should’ve done this or that. DO IT!  

The characters in my books tend to jump in with both feet, especially my heroines. They are brave and feisty. I don’t know where they get that…

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to your captive audience. Stay well.

Thank you Carol Ann Kauffman for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series today!

Carol Ann Kauffman’s books range from short stories to full-length novels. Her novels are classified as romantic action adventures with a sci-fi/ fantasy twist, and mysteries. They’re about life, love, loss, and lunacy. She is a retired teacher. She has worked as a printer, managed a department store office, worked as an insurance agent, and in the hardware and automotive industries. She was a Red Cross volunteer. Carol loves to travel; her favorite places being Italy, Aruba, and the American Southwest, which tend to show up in her novels.

“I also love to stay home. I get lost in my own little world, where I always have more than a few stories in progress. I grow orchids and African violets, and still like to play in the dirt!”

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Carol-Ann-Kauffman-Author-248958045181202

Author Website: http://carolannkauffman.weebly.com/carols-blog.html

Art & Author Blog: http://visionandverse.blogspot.com/?m=1h

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12687826-carol-ann-kauffman

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Ann-Kauffman/e/B0076OMJY8/

Twitter: @Cay47

Email: cakauffy@aol.com and carolannkauffman@gmail.com