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Interview with an Author featuring M.D. Butler

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is M.D. Butler! Author of the Elemental Wolves series.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes.

What time of the day do you usually write?

I try to squeeze a few sentences in during the day, but I really start zooming when that supernatural moon rises!

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

So much! I have to figure out the areas that will work with the demographics of my characters and how they all work together. When I can’t find a location that fits the story that I’m trying to write, I dig deep into my childhood imagination and create one. I think my best work is done in a world that has no limits!

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I have to say it’s the newest series, The Fire Within. I really like how I can flip between the different moods of the characters. I can start off with a deep friendship between the main characters and add in love interests along the way. The best part is the fact that it’s on Kindle Vella. The ability to release it chapter by chapter is an exciting way to gauge readers’ interest and build the book based off their responses. I’m the end, I’m able to either break hearts or bloom smiles with the finished product.

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

The need to finally fulfill a goal in life. I said that I would put out a book that had everything I was craving at the time. I never put myself out their like that, afraid of people’s opinions of something that I worked so hard on. I had to do this for my own confidence  I must say, it was well worth it!

Do you hear from your readers much?

I do, and I love their praise and critiques. Even the negative ones can be a learning experience. I get the biggest smile when a reader takes the time to reach out to me. It really keeps me going.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

Has to be Where the Red Fern Grows. My school did these accelerated reader points that you earned from taking tests on the books you read. I was previously skimming through books just enough to get the gist of story. My home room teacher on 4th grade, Mrs. Sikes, started reading this book out loud to us during…homeroom, I think. For the first time, I was ENGROSSED in the story written on the pages. Now, I will never read the story again because I was traumatized by what happened. I will literally square up with a raccoon, not lying. I can, however, tell you everything about the book. Since then, I’ve been reading books left and right. My grandmother would bring boxes of discarded books for me from the nursing home she worked at. That book instilled a love for stories that has grown to the point where I want to write my own  It also steered me towards romance because I can’t handle that type of trauma without some love!

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

Silly, introverted, and open-minded.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just do it. Go for that out of this world storyline. Take a dive into that genre. If you have a desire to write it, there’s someone out there who wants to read it.

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

That we’re going to keep coming at you you with the goods, just give us time to get everything together for you!

Thank you M.D. Butler for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out book one in her Elemental Wolves series today!

~Synopsis~

I am nothing and no one.

Such a Debbie Downer attitude, I know. My entire existence is one of mere survival within a pack that sees me as worthless. The alpha is ruthless, but he hasn’t killed me yet. Small mercies, right? I’ve never known kindness, so what do I do when four guys show up with smiles and soft touches? Hide… for all of five minutes.

They’re kind of insistent on getting to know me, and everything in me rebels at the thought of running from them. You see, there’s this pull. A connection that snapped into place when we made eye contact. They’re apparently my freaking mates. All four of them!

Krix, the unappointed leader.
Cashel, the jokester.
Denahi, the protector.
Mavrin, the peacemaker.

I’ve never heard of someone having four mates, but I don’t want to deny myself this one good thing when all I’ve ever had was misery. I’m a shiftless wolf, so I wasn’t supposed to have a mate at all!

My old pack isn’t having it, though. The alpha doesn’t want to release me, and the she-wolves are all in a tizzy over my sudden popularity with the male gender. Too bad because I refuse to stay when I’ve been given the answer to my prayers. The Mother of all must have finally opened her ears to me. She didn’t make it easy, though. There are a few trials and tribulations headed our way.

Oh, and there’s also this thing about a prophecy…

 

This is a full-length reverse harem novel with a cliffhanger ending. It has a male from every caliber, and a heroine that many can relate to. There are steamy scenes, and references to abuse that may not be suitable for some readers. It has been re-edited thanks to reader reviews, but feel free to comment if you notice any errors to help improve the book. This is book one in a trilogy.

M.D. Butler is a military spouse who also serves in the United States Navy Reserves. She has four wolf daughters who each have a piece of her crazy personality and attitude. Yikes! Living in a house with four little girls inspired her to write books with strong female characters who have the sass and strength of her own girls, despite whatever has happened to them in life. She writes stories that she dreams up when she can’t find a book that has the characteristics that she’s craving at that moment. Being in the military has given her a bit of a sailor’s mouth and a dry humor, so don’t pick up her books if you’re opposed to cursing and mildly offense dialogue! She’s also a realist who understands that sex and passion are normal aspects of a relationship. Might have to look out for that, too!

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Interview with an Author featuring Angelina J. Steffort

The Literary Vixen presents…

Welcoming back, Angelina J. Steffort! Her upcoming release, The Quarter Mage is set to release August 31st 2022.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Honestly, I rarely run into writer’s block. Usually my characters are quite chatty throughout the writing process. My life is determined by family life, so I have natural breaks during writing that allow me to come up with the next plot point or the next book idea. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a team of wonderful creatives to bounce ideas off if needed. That helps in some of the cases when I reach a fork in the road and need to decide which way to go with a story.

What inspired you to write The Quarter Mage?

The idea for The Quarter Mage has been brewing for over 3 years. I commissioned the covers for the entire series in 2020, the map in 2021, and have been anxiously waiting to fill the world with life.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I sincerely believe that there is no one right answer to this question. While craft is important, craft is nothing without the ability to create intriguing worlds and settings. Adorable characters are nothing without proper plot and clean prose. From a writing perspective, I can only say what I find most enjoyable, and that highly depends on the day and the mood. Sometimes I will obsess about grammar and sentence structures, on other days I will question every plot point and story line, and there will be days where I simply hang out with my characters and let them chat. So what is important depends on the phase in the process of creating a book. 

From a reader’s perspective, the characters are what hooks me first.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

In my books, usually the book title, then a premise. Once I have those, the characters spring to life on their own.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

In a lot of cases, I don’t have the characters ready when I write the first sentence. They simply awaken word by word. The same is true for the plot. As a pantser I write into the dark and follow where the characters lead. The Quarter Mage was the first book I had thoroughly plotted before starting. But it pantsed me from the first line—and the outcome is so much better than the intended version. I guess, I learned my lesson.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

The book titles are usually what comes first, long before I ever think up a character or a potential plot. Usually, they just pop up in my head while I’m trying to focus on finishing a book. I have a list of over forty titles that are waiting to be written.

Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

Over the past six years I’ve written twenty-three books in five different series, and I still can’t tell you what terrifies me more, a first in a series, the sequels, or finishing up the last in a series. Each has its perks and its daunting properties. The Quarter Mage as a first in a series was difficult for me, since it pantsed me from line one. Now I’m dreading what The Hour Mage and the other two in the series have in store for me.

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

There’s so much I’m learning on a daily basis. What surprised me was that this is something I can see myself doing when I’m 92.

Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.

The best heroes or heroines are unexpected ones.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Know your genre and what readers love. Don’t worry about a perfect first draft. You can do revisions later, and that’s why authors work with experienced editors. If you want to write a book—really write one and not just dream about it—sit down and write. It’s not going to write itself.

 

Thank you Angelina J. Steffort for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her upcoming release, The Quarter Mage today!

~Synopsis~

Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

WHEN DESTINY FAILS YOU, WHO WILL YOU BECOME?

A forgotten princess. A cruel realm. A Mage who might be her salvation.

Sanja is a princess on the run. And when she flees her father’s court to escape an arranged marriage to a tyrant, the one thing she doesn’t expect, is to be killed for her throne.

But magic that shouldn’t exist in her kingdom saves her, and Sanja is thrust into the daunting fairylands where, as a human, she’s prey…

Fighting to survive, Sanja signs herself into the service of the most powerful Mages in the fairylands, determined to master the magic to save her kingdom—and finds herself stuck with a brooding Mage with a knack for keeping secrets.

As Sanja’s feelings for Tristan turn from dread to attraction, she learns that she isn’t the only thing the fairies are after. And Sanja must risk her life and her heart, or she will lose both him and her kingdom forever.

Dive into Angelina J. Steffort’s latest heart-wrenching upper YA fantasy romance and find out what makes the world of The Quarter Mage so special.

“Chocolate fanatic, milk-foam enthusiast and huge friend of the southern sting-ray. Writing is an unexpected career-path for me.”

Angelina J. Steffort is an Austrian novelist, best known for her Wings series, a young adult paranormal romance series about the impossible love between a girl and an angel. The bestselling Wings series has been ranked among calibers such as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and Lauren Kate’s Fallen, and has been top listed among angel books for teens by bloggers and readers. Her young adult epic fantasy series Shattered Kingdom is already being compared to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series by readers and fans. Angelina has multiple educational backgrounds including engineering, business, music, and acting, and lives in Vienna, Austria with her husband and her son.

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Interview with an Author featuring Emily James

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Emily James! Author of The Love in Short series .

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi!

I’m Emily James, author of spicy romantic comedy books.

As a mother of three humans and two fur babies, life is very busy but writing helps keep me (semi) sane.  I’ve written ten romcoms and have many more planned. 

I love food (though my skills in the kitchen are average at best—I once accidentally baked a pair of kitchen scissors), crafting, and changing the colour scheme of our home not less than annually (which drives my poor hubs utterly bonkers with all the added DIY it adds to his list). 

Mostly, I can be found going on long walks with our dogs along the Jurassic Coast near our house in the south of England or devouring books on the patio in our garden (when the wet British weather allows) or jotting down plots in my impressive collection of notebooks (more than 100!). 

I adore hearing from readers and can be found on FB, Insta and TikTok.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been plotting books my whole life and have journals filled with story ideas but the first finished story I remember was one I wrote in middle school. My main character was Tammie Tomato and it was about her capers in the supermarket after closing time. Honestly, it was pretty terrible so these days I stick to writing about real women and their hot love interests.

Describe a typical writing day.

After I have delivered my children at their various schools, I make a huge cup of tea and sit at my desk with Smooth Radio playing in the background. On my best days, 10,000 words will fly from my fingers as if by magic, other days it’s more like 2,000. Thankfully I have not yet been hit by the dreaded writer’s block.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I am fortunate to live in a culture rich part of the world which is a mix of rural and urban. From Stone Henge, to Corfe Castle and beautiful beaches, busy towns and idyllic countryside, cool settings are literally at my fingertips. 
People fascinate me and the more eccentric or unusual they are, the more I like them. I’m also naturally quite curious (aka nosey 😜). I devour conversations, television and social media like a starved woman at a buffet. I’m constantly asking “what if” and like to inject crazy scenarios into the mundane—the more madcap the better! 
What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
My books are all feel good fun with spicy, flirtatious romance at their hearts. Mostly, I hope they lift some of life’s stress away and leave a smile on my readers lips.
What is the significance of the title?
The titles to my books are all a fun nudge in the direction of my favourite question, “what if…”
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Fun, mischievous and a little loopy 🤪
What was the highlight of writing this book?
When a person reaches out to tell me my book made them laugh out loud or they leave a review that says they swooned or had All. The. Feels, I’m elated. There is no better feeling in the world. 
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?
I’m in the early stages of plotting a small town romcom series with interconnected characters. It’s going to be super hot and funny but it’s too early to give you much dirt at the moment. Watch this space!
What advice would you give to other authors?
Keep going! It sometimes feels like a lonely trip in which you spend long hours talking to yourself but holding your finished book in your hands is worth all the tears.
What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?
I bring the fun 🤩! My books are a lighthearted, romantic flash of respite in a sometimes stressful and too serious world.

 

Thank you Emily James for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her books today!


~Synopsis~

10 Dates

When Joanie’s flaky fiancé puts their wedding on the back burner, her friends take matters into their own hands. Ten blind dates in as many days seems like an outrageous idea — but is it just zany enough to help Joanie find true love?

10 Dares

When Melinda’s stress starts to get the better of her, her friends come up with an idea to put the fun back into friendship — but will ten dares help her loosen up and find love, or might they just send her over the edge?

10 Lies

When Katie wins a luxury holiday, she figures a little R & R time is just what she needs.

Enter Jackson Quinn, the hot doctor who she’ll probably never see again. There’s no harm in a few tall tales told to a holiday fling, is there?

Until he shows up on her home turf.

Can Katie cover her tracks or will Jackson be her undoing?

THE POWER OF TEN is a three book collection of hilarious romantic comedies that grab you by the collar and don’t let go. They are best enjoyed by readers over the age of 18 due to mature content.

Readers who like Christina Hovland, Meghan Quinn, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips will LOVE Emily James.

Some say Emily James is a British author who writes fun and sexy romance novels. Others say she is utterly bonkers and should pipe down a bit. No matter which camp you’re in, no one can deny that a little love and laughter makes every day better so if you haven’t tried her work yet, give it a go. It might just leave you with a smile on your face and a puddle in your pants!

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The Shadow’s Heir (The Cursed Queens Book 2) by E.E. Hornburg – New Release

The Shadow’s Heir (The Cursed Queens Book 2) by E.E. Hornburg is now available!

~Synopsis~

Myra has spent years hiding—in servitude of the now imprisoned Queen Amelia, and from a lineage she never wanted.

Now that she is freed from Amelia’s clutches, Myra is ready for a new start, but the echoes of the past, and the truth of who she is—a direct descendant of Stula, the goddess of death—will only disrupt the peace she wants to find in the kingdom of Oxare.

The kingdom is beautiful, as is the handsome prince Alvis and though his offer to join him at the Golden Palace is tempting, Myra is determined to make her own way.

But when a life on her own becomes too difficult, Myra is forced to accept Alvis’ offer and lands in the thick of a plot to free Queen Amelia. To keep the entire realm and her people safe, Myra and Alvis must find out who among the Golden Palace court is the betrayer before Amelia escapes.

But with each passing day Myra feels her connection to Alvis growing stronger, and her past continues to haunt her. Can they protect the kingdom and each other, before Amelia takes her revenge and Alvis finds out the truth?

Fans of Sarah J Maas, Hannah Whitten, and Emma Hamm will love this magical Cinderella retelling and follow up to The Night’s Chosen!


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The Midnight Lie (Forgotten Gods Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski – My Review

Title: The Midnight Lie (Forgotten Gods Book 1)

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Romance

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

This is one of those reads where you’re unexpectedly surprised at how much you end up loving it. The beginning of the story you meet Nirrim. The story is slow moving, along with a feeling of despair. Nirrim lives a life that is hard. No dreams or even hope can change that. Then one night everything starts to change for her. At that point the story slowly blossoms into one of adventure and curiosity with a slight hint of danger. Vivid scenery and debauchery was easily pictured in my mind, thanks to the incredible writing talent of the author. There are some twists and secrets. None of which I saw coming and I loved that. I wasn’t expecting that ending. Mind blown. 

This book was unputdownable! The story was fascinating and refreshing. It left me wanting more! Marie Rutkowski is a new to me author. I can’t wait to read the next book or any of her future works. I highly recommend this book! I give this 5 stars.

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

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Of Glass and Ashes (Twisted Pages Book 3) by Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle – My Review

Title: Of Glass and Ashes (Twisted Pages Book 3)

Author: Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle

Release Date: July 23rd 2021

Genre: Fairytale, Romance

They say a dream is a wish your heart makes, but what happens when you’re trapped in nightmares?

Aika is playing a dangerous game.

Torn between the loyalties she thought she had and revelations she wishes she didn’t, she will burn the city down to get the answers she needs.

To get the vengeance she craves.

But when the boy from her past starts asking questions that could get them both killed, she is forced to choose between the people she needs to die and those she wants to save.

Even if it costs her the only thing true in a lifetime of lies.

Even if it costs her him.

A Cinderella retelling unlike any you’ve read before, where the stroke of midnight is just the beginning.

*The Twisted Pages Series continues with Aika’s story for books three and four, but don’t worry, Zaina and Einar have their scenes as well! This series does need to be read in order, beginning with Of Thorns and Beauty.

**Please note: This is book three in a series of six books. This story will take you right up to the edge of a cliff, but we promise not to leave you there for long!

This series is truly spellbinding. I was entranced from the first book. Reading Aika’s story was both intriguing and heartbreaking. These authors know how to get you all in your feels. I went through so many emotions while reading. The vivid storytelling and the characters, made for a stellar story. That ending!! I knew to expect it but once I got there, I was like noooo!! 

There’s time to catch up before the next book releases! I’m telling you, this series is a must read. Skip adding it to your TBR and just grab them today. Fall in love with a new series today! You’re welcome. I give this 5 stars.

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

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Interview with an Author featuring Laura M. Baird

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Laura M. Baird! Her newest release, Only You for the Holidays: A Christmas Romance released on December 13th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing my current genre, romance, since 1995. I wrote off and on for many years while raising my family then returning to college for dental hygiene. It wasn’t until around 2014/2015 that I began to write more seriously and worked toward publishing.

Describe a typical writing day.

My schedule varies depending on other commitments (as I help with my mom and share my office with our son who’s working remotely). Typically I’ll try to get in a morning walk/workout, shower, eat, address emails, scan social media, address any promo/tasks, determine what’s for dinner, spend time with hubby, then write in the late afternoon and into the evening. I like to have my office to myself when I’m writing.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration truly comes from everywhere! Life experiences of mine, family, or friends; a news article or current event; a what-if situation; a writing challenge; even an experience I imagine myself having.

One of the faster stories I wrote was book one of my Shifter Clans series, writing it in two weeks. An anthology call came from my publisher, Evernight, looking for stories about Alpha male shifters and strong females who weren’t going to just roll over for them. An idea instantly came to mind about a Native American hawk shifter and a former analyst with the government. My heroine suffered an injury, losing part of a limb, but it didn’t stop her from living life to the fullest. My hero wasn’t intimidated by her, and she found she could let down her guard with him. While my story wasn’t chosen for the anthology, Evernight wanted to publish it separately. So I added to the story which took another week. With secondary characters continuing to talk to me, three more books resulted.

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

My immediate thought is to say no, because I enjoy every story I write. However, I really loved writing my character, Michelle, from Kiss Me at Sunset. She’s 50, widowed; a counselor who is caught off-guard by her attraction to Xander (52), a bouncer/musician. Michelle doesn’t let age define her. The story was fun and spicy with two mature characters who knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t afraid to grab onto it.

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

I truly immerse myself into the scene, imagining myself as that character; wondering how I’d feel, what I’d say and do. Scenes play out like movie in my head as I describe what’s happening, trying to make it flow seamlessly. Sometimes challenging scenes can take several days and rewrites, to get it right! If I’m stuck, I’ll walk away and let it stew for a while before I return to it.

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

Optimist, pleaser, tenacious

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

I try to keep stories fresh with little twists, the unexpected, even role-reversals. I give characters their own challenges and let them determine how they’re going to work their way through choices.

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

My current work-in-progress is a vampire novella, the Mardi Gras Masked Ball series. It’s a shared world, where five authors are writing about characters revolving around Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Only recently have I been writing more paranormal stories, and I’m very much enjoying. My vampire character, Trevor, was orphaned in France in the 1600s. He aligned with others who disguised their true evil nature and he was turned without consent. Afterwards, he withdrew from life, from self-pleasures, as if he had to repent for the rest of his life. He spent his time trying to right the wrongs in the world, becoming a philanthropist. His love interest (his mate) awakens his dormant senses and shows him there is no denying their connection, their desires.

What advice would you give to other authors?

While I still feel like an emerging author, making a name for myself, there are times when imposter syndrome is real. I have to continue to tell myself to keep doing what I love. Write what I love, what I feel passion for. I’ve said, my writing may not be for everyone, but it’s for someone. And that’s the beauty with the romance genre; there are endless varieties and choices, that someone out there is going to connect with my stories.

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

I’d like readers to know the true joy I have in creating something others will enjoy. It’s scary and thrilling at the same time. The thought that I can take the reader away for an hour or two by making them smile, laugh, sigh, even tear up is humbling and rewarding.

 

Thank you Laura M. Baird for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Only You for the Holidays today!

~Synopsis~

She made excuses to stay away.

He’ll give her a reason to remain.

Piper Deacon had a spotless flying record while serving in the Army until a careless mishap from her flight partner had her questioning her own skills and responsibility. Foolish pride kept her away from home for too long; the one place she should’ve known she could always return to no matter what. When circumstances force her back to Idaho, she’ll have to face life-altering decisions which include whether or not to succumb to the match-making devices of her mother and co-conspirator friend. With the appealing lawman, Logan Shaw, in her path, will she realize the easy choice right in front of her is all she’ll ever need?

Logan Shaw didn’t always walk the straight line, but service in the Marines gave him a better direction. After twenty-one years away, he’s settling back home, working with the Sheriff’s Department, and wondering if he has a future that’ll include a woman to love. Thanks to the machinations of his mom and her friend, he’s already halfway there with a woman he has yet to meet. And when he does, can he convince Piper you really can come home again?

I’m living life in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying family and the chance to make my author career soar. A veteran and semi-retired dental hygienist; a wife, mother, and grandmother; I’ve traversed the country from the East Coast to the West, sprinkling tidbits of my journey into my writing. I also write about adventures I may not otherwise experience myself. My goal is to provide laughter and swoon-worthy moments, as well as captivating stories in which the reader can either find their own adventure or escape.

I enjoy engaging with readers and authors, and love the encouragement and support not only among the romance community, but the entire writing community. With many ways to follow me, I invite you along on the journey. See my website for choices.

https://www.laurambairdauthor.com/contact.html

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Interview with an Author Featuring Shae Coon

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Shae Coon! Her latest release, Her Broken Pieces (Marron House Romance Series Book 4) will release on December 26th 2021.

What inspired you to start writing?

I had all these movie-like scenes playing in my head, and I just decided to write them down. Then one day, I said, “what the hell,” and started putting together my 1st book from the remnants of scratch paper with my thoughts written down.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t plot! I get an idea and just let my fingers fly. The scene may change a million times, but I just keep writing.

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

Honestly? I don’t. I let myself feel sadness, joyfulness, or frustration. If I try to control it or suppress it, then when the words start to flow, they will fall flat. I have to feel so that my characters can.

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

Five total. For His Own Protection has become my favorite. I love a badass woman with a heart of gold and a smart-ass mouth.

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

None. Ouch, I know. But again, I play the scene in my head, and as I build the scene, the world begins to develop.

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

I hear from readers a lot. They are my sounding board and my saving grace. So far, they love the books. They are completely honest with me and tell me if they feel something could have been done better or offer up storylines they would like to see me write.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

The Enigma by Jodi Ellen Malpas. She is one that got me hooked on dark romance all those years ago.

Describe yourself in three words.

Loyal, fierce, stubborn

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

Andrew Biernat as Caleb Marron, most definitely. For the female lead, Talia Stone, that would be hard to say. She would need to be a fierce CEO type, with demons that keep her a bit unsure of herself.

What advice would you give to other authors?

As a very wise woman (https://www.instagram.com/me_myself_and_romance_books/) once screamed at me, “HASHTAGS.” It’s insane how important those little things are in marketing your work.

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

Each book has a bit of my life or the history of my ancestry in it. Which parts? You’ll never know.

 

Thank you Shae Coon for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out and preorder her newest release, Her Broken Pieces today!

~Synopsis~

Gerry

Five years ago, Jax Townsend saved me from a fate worse than death. I was sold to a prince by a man who claimed to love me, then tortured and enslaved by another. That’s why I decided if that was love, then I wanted no part in it.
Now, I work for Marron House Security. Hired by the same man who shot a Sheikh to save me. The same man that haunts my dreams with the promise of a happily ever after. Jax sees my broken pieces, and it scares me. Because for all he sees, I see more.
I see his desire for me, and it heats my blood with untold need. I hide my body’s reaction to his innocent touches. I’ve never desired a man the way I desire Jax Townsend, but if I allow myself to embrace this passion, then I allow him a piece of my heart. And I just can’t do that.

Jax

She carved her name into my heart the moment our eyes locked five years ago on that yacht belonging to a prince. I killed for her, then left her in the hands of my best friend’s mother and went back to fight another battle.
Now, I’m co-founder of Marron House Security, and I’ve hired Gerry as our office manager. Her bright smiles and scent of wildflowers have me fantasizing about all sorts of naughty, after-hours escapades.
I want Gerry. Body, soul, but above all else…heart. And that’s the shit of it all. Because Gerry doesn’t believe love comes without cruelity, and I’m not sure I’m enough to prove her wrong.

I am a native Texan, wife, and mother. I started writing soon after my daughter was born in 2012 but only recently decided to publish my work. I hadn’t been into any particular genre until I took on a well-known romance title and fell in love.

Since then, different scenes have played out in my head, and I couldn’t help but jot down my ideas with any available scrap of paper. I never thought I would actually take the leap to put my work out there for all to see. It took me four years to finish my first manuscript because I kept putting it down and picking it back up. But with the support of family and friends, I finished it and am now able to live my dream of taking others to a world of seduction and romance through my writing.

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New Release

The Perfect Man: A Small Town Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Lynn Dare – New Release

The Perfect Man: A Small Town Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Lynn Dare is now available!

~Synopsis~

Welcome to Cape Kismet, where the neighbors are nosy, the bookstores offer an escape, and epic romances abound.

A hot date? Try Five. 
Every time a perfect man shows up at my door, I swoon the proper amount and do my best not to stare at his chiseled features and firm… jaw. Yes, definitely his jaw.
But I, Ellie Amore, have a problem. It’s big, gigantic, and not in the good way.
None of these men are real. And that version of me? More fake than an author calling herself classy while drinking boxed wine in her yoga pants.
Me, that author is me.
I dream of hot men. Perfect men. Fictional men. These men go into my books, and it’s all I need for my messy cat-lady-living-above-a-bookstore life. Really.
I don’t need my brother’s best friend checking up on me. The man who brings me tacos. The one who is decidedly not perfect—as his enemy cat would tell you—but somehow might just be perfect for me.
I’m not sure how it all started or when he decided I was more than a favor to his friend.
All I know is Cruz is not a man from my dreams. This time, it’s different.
This time, he’s real.

The Perfect Man is book one in the Perfect Man romantic comedy series. Dive in for plenty of swoons, lots of laughs, and a guaranteed HEA ending.

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2W4tPGk

Amazon Universal: https://geni.us/theperfectman

Lynn Dare is the pen name for authors Michelle MacQueen and Michelle Dare. One day, they were talking about tropes and cliches when an idea was born. Next thing they knew, they had a book planned out. The Perfect Man is their first series together where they combine humor and romance. They hope you fall in love with their characters and laugh at their antics along the way.


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Review

All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

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Title: All Shot to Hell: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 3)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: February 25th 2021

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Playing devil’s advocate with three demons? There’s no way I am ever going to win.

Things were finally going right for us. We got the relics back. We defeated the dragon. I thought we’d won. But we’ve ended up losing so much more…

Cain’s severely wounded, and I don’t know how to save him. Losing him shouldn’t bother me, but it does. A lot.

Elias and Dorian have a plan: seek out help from people who wield the darkest and cruelest of magic. We soon find that the only one with enough power to bring the Prince of Hell back from death is a master of death itself. But nothing can be done for free and the price has us traveling across the world and facing a slew of new dangers, ones none of us are prepared for.

Even with everything shot to hell, the demons remain a constant temptation I don’t need. Being with them only seems to fan the flames, but letting me go depends on finding all of Hell’s relics.

And if I’m being honest, I’m not sure what I’ll do once my soul is freed.

The thrilling and seductive adventure continues. Grab your copy today!

All Shot to Hell is book three in the Sin Demons Series.

5-gold-stars

Just when I think I have a favorite in this series, the authors prove me wrong. So much is going on and I am here for it! Aria is coming to terms regarding her new life with the guys. You know? The sexy demon men. Yeah them. One of them needs her help and she finds that she will do anything to save him.

I really like how close she becomes to Dorain and Elias. Like everything is coming together like it’s supposed to. There are more secrets to uncover but for now, they are handling it one day at a time. I love the chemistry between them all. Especially between Aria and Dorian. Those steam scenes will definitely heat up your night! The ending left me wanting more! I’m not surprised given how addicting this series is.

This whole book had me engaged from beginning to end. I want more! Love the story telling that Miss Brooks and Miss Young bring to these stories. Their combined writing style is fantastic! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves some sexy paranormal romance. You won’t be disappointed! I give this 5 stars.

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