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Interview with an Author featuring Poppy Jacobson

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Poppy Jacobson! Her latest release, Lies like Rubies, Part One: A Dark, Reverse Harem, Mafia Romance (Savage Jewels Book 2) releases on April 7th 2023.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hiiiiiiiii.  My name is Poppy Jacobson. I write dark and kinky contemporary romance where the consent is dubious, and no one ever has to choose between their love interests. My debut story, Diamond in the Dark, is a dark, why choose, mafia romance about a woman who takes her sister’s place in a Faustian bargain with three men to protect her family.

The sequel, Lies like Rubies, Part One, is another dark, why choose, mafia romance about a woman who’ll do anything to protect her daughter from her abusive ex.  Anything.

How long have you been writing?

I first put pen to paper in November 2021, for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t publish my first novel, or my second, but my third was Diamond in the Dark, which came out in August 2022 (get your copy here:

Do you have a writing quirk or ritual?

I do my best writing first thing in the morning, before work.  I get up before dawn, log into discord to sprint with friends, and then get to writing. Aspirationally, I write a thousand new words a day, but I don’t often actually hit that number.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I like to joke that all of my books start out with a vibe and one scene idea, and then everything flows from there. It’s sort of true, though!

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

My favorite character is always the FMC I’m currently writing. Right now, that’s Morgan, an ex prom queen who’s hellbent on taking revenge on some men who wronged her. I love women who think they don’t have any power, any choices, and then slowly realize that in fact, they hold ALL of the power.

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

I am a cold-ass motherfucker. Heh. I think of my stories in terms of the emotional impact they have on the reader, but I don’t tend to get so deep into my characters’ heads that their emotions affect me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Writing isn’t a solitary activity! I have been delighted to find an amazing community of readers and authors who’ve supported me every step of the way.

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

Hah. I haven’t written so many books yet that I even worry about keeping it fresh. Each book is new and exciting to me, and I hope it’s new and exciting to the reader too.

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

YES!  I’m working on two books right now and I am so so so excited about both of them.  Queen of Vengeance is about a woman returning to her hometown for her high school reunion, who takes murderous revenge on four men who wronged her on prom night.  You can preorder it here:

I’m also working with a good friend, Willow Sinclair, to cowrite a dark cowboy romance.  She writes steamy small-town romance, and I write dark and kinky (very dark, very kinky) mafia romance.  We put our heads together and asked, what if we smashed the two together?  Keep an eye out for a dark and taboo western romance coming out from the two of us in late summer.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Stop futzing around and publish. It’ll never be perfect. You’ll learn more from discovering what your readers like and by diving into the next book than endless rounds of editing to get it just a little bit better.

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

I contain multitudes, and so do my books.  I write stories about women who not only discover their own power but learn to wield it.  But they’re also deliciously smutty stories about women being railed by multiple men.

If you’re interested in a free story to get a taste for my writing, you can get one here:

Thank you Poppy Jacobson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Lies like Rubies today!


The dangerous mafia world is no place to raise a child. Nobody knows that better than me.

When my abusive ex returns from exile to snatch our four-year-old daughter away from me, I’m on my own against him, until three men with their own agendas show up and consume my life.

Dante, a violent and unpredictable arms trafficker, promises protection for my daughter in exchange for my body and my tears.

Lorenzo, my brother’s best friend, my father’s enforcer, and my first heartbreak, comes barreling back into my life in the name of keeping me safe.

And Nick, my daughter’s persistent and sexy pediatrician, dives back to the violent life he left behind in order to save us from the dark current pulling us under.

In a world where a woman’s value is defined by her purity, I’m damaged goods, but these men don’t care that I’m a single mom. And I’m going to use every weapon in my arsenal, including these deadly men, to keep Lizzie safe.

Will it be enough?

Lies like Rubies, Part One, is a dark, why choose romance that ends in a cliffhanger. Lies like Rubies, Part Two, concludes Sofia’s story. For a full list of content notes, please see the author’s website. The Lies like Rubies Duetand Diamond in the Dark are interconnected, but may be read separately.

Poppy Jacobson writes dark and kinky contemporary romance where the consent is dubious, and no one ever has to choose between their love interests.  When she’s not peddling smut, she lives in Virginia with her husband and children, making soup and hiking on the weekends.

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Interview with an Author featuring K. Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…


Joining us today is K. Rose! Her debut, The Prophecy of the Water Sprite released on August 5th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I literally started writing my first story ever (The prophecy of the Water Sprite) as an April Fool’s Day Joke 2021. I never wrote stories short, long, poems, anything before that. Even in High School when the English teacher asked for a 1,000-word story I drew a picture and turned it in, since pictures are worth 1,000 words. She gave me a C for a grade, but I still consider it a win.

Describe a typical writing day.

I don’t have typical anything days. When I write it is whatever the muse wants me to write, which is why I don’t set pre-orders or deadlines for myself until I am in the editing stages.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I am not sure where all of the inspiration comes from exactly, I just have these ideas that pop in my brain and I run with them. If they come from reading other people’s books, or watching TV shows, or even listening to music; I couldn’t be too sure.

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

I have 2 published books, my Debut The prophecy of the Water Sprite is a Reverse Harem Fantasy standalone, and my second book is a series starter that ended up being a YA Adventure Fantasy, that will Glacially burn its way to an RH eventually. 

I really hate choosing favorites, and I love them both for different reasons, probably since they are so different themselves.

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

I do use a template to plot out my story. I would say that most of the world building and character development happens as I write.

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

Oooof, that’s hard… just three? 

Creative . . . Caring . . . Smart

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

So far my stories have been more light and not too emotional with the sadder or darker side of things. Though I would admit that I cry easily, and did find myself crying at times.

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

I am always working on something. Currently I have a short story that is part of a charity anthology with all the proceeds going to Breast Cancer research, it is a friends to Lovers M/F NA Romance. I have a satirical children’s book about diversity that has a LOT of innuendo. These two projects will be out in the next couple/few months. 

I have a secret shared world project that is mostly outlined and I am ready to start putting words down for that. It will be a PNR Urban Fantasy Academy NA Bully RH … Yeah I know that’s a mouthful. 

My newest release the Elven Prince (released FEB 3rd) will have at least 2 more books in the series, and each can be read as a standalone, or at least that’s the plan. The oracle is the title of the next book, and the third’s working title is “The Dragon” 

I have a SCiFi PNR RH that I have started, and also have a 6K prequel ready to go out into an anthology later this year. 

I also have an RH PNR rom-com that I have started that I hope to get done before the end of the year as well… and I do have at least a half dozen other stories that have partial outlines, that will be pushed out into next year or later depending on how much time I get this year. 

I also have some low content journals and diaries that I made up, just to alleviate my need to be creative, those are on the ‘zon now, and I have a few more that I haven’t finished yet too. But the best of them all is the 24 month reader’s journal that I created for people that like to keep track of things like reviews and quotes…and when there is just a need to meditate or zone out there are coloring pages mixed in as well.

What advice would you give to other authors?

The best thing I can say is “You are good enough” 

And it may have a bad connotation to it when others say Shameless Self Promotion … but do it! Everywhere you can and don’t be ashamed, because its that one more reader that finds your promo that tells everyone … or that one more promo that starts a viral trend . . . you never know when or if it will happen but you will NEVER know if you don’t try.

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

I write what comes to mind. I will not write what the market wants. I will not be apologetic with what I write or change it to fit what the genre or trope is “supposed” to be. This is Fiction, and as such my creativity is what feeds it. If I make things up, or bend the supposed rules that’s all in my originality, and I hope you end up liking me more for it rather than opposing the differences. Also, I will not be a single trope author. I will write in Reverse Harem, Male female, menage, Young adult, bordering on erotica (but probably never erotica), children’s books with silly rhymes, and whatever else my creative mind wants to spill out. So come along for an epic ride!


Thank you K. Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her release, The Prophecy of the Water Sprite today!


Our kind has been enslaved by the Fae for as long as this kingdom remembers. They need us to keep water in their kingdom flowing, without it, their kind would surely all perish, as not even the powerful Fae have control over the waters that feed life to everything. Somewhere along the line, they all lost that ability, as if that element revolted against them.

For over twenty-one years I’ve been kept in the dark about my true heritage, being raised as a witch, like my auntie, that can wield water with spells. Soon I would be old enough to leave my childhood home and go beyond the protection spell that has kept me safe all these years to seek out my destiny.

A vision—perhaps even a prophecy, in the castle where I was born caused my parents to secret me away under the cover of darkness. I was saved by an unlikely partnership.

For the first time in thousands of years, the elements are set to combine into the greatest power ever known, and somehow I am the center of it all.

The power of the elements are told to bring about peace in the lands and restore life in the realm to a greatness more than it has ever been before.

No more struggles for food, no more starvation. No more taxation with penalties of death. No more hatred and fear of the rulers of the kingdom. Only prosperity, health, and maybe even something more?

Please note: This is a Reverse Harem Novel. It contains explicit content intended for adults only. 18+

K. Rose has been a part of the Indie Author Community for years. Getting her start as a reader, her keen eye led to a wonderful career in Beta and ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reading. As a joke to her fellow Beta colleagues, she created a spoofed blurb and cover for a story and the feedback was so positive that it sparked her to run with it.

That stoked a fire that has her racing down a multi-genre freeway with no off-ramp in sight. K. doesn’t write to “market” and she is fairly certain that her humor and use of puns may cause an eye roll or two, but as she likes to say, “That’s how I roll.” and “Jokes are always welcome!”

She has traveled the USA extensively, including Alaska, and lived in thirty-eight of the fifty states. Home is now the beautiful state of Wisconsin, where she dreams up her stories in the company of her guy of nearly twenty years, and their menagerie of furbabies, including five puppies, three rescue kitties, eighteen chickens, ruled by a Rooster named Chicken Parm, plus eight ducks, a ninety-gallon tropical fish tank and a chatty nineteen-year-old Cherry Headed Conure!

Life will always be interesting for K. Rose, which will fuel her works, and keep her muses singing, come join the chorus.




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