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Interview with an Author Featuring Carrigan Richards

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Carrigan Richards! Her newest release, January Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 1) released on January 25th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was 10.

Describe a typical writing day.

Wake up late…lounge around…finally get to my computer or notebook and start writing. Write until the wee hours of the morning.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life – everything and everywhere. Books, movies, music…

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

 I love all my characters honestly – even the bad guys. I love how strong they are, yet how much they grow through all they’ve experienced. They all make mistakes which is human, and I love how real they are.

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

When writing Pieces of Me and another contemporary, both made me cry. They deal with such deep and dark issues, but they are issues that people deal with on a daily basis. After writing both books, I have to step away and focus on something much lighter. Sometimes I listen to music or watch TV or watch a bunch of puppy videos.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Nicholas Sparks’ The Return

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

 I keep reading what’s out there. What’s new…what’s exciting. Sometimes I’ll go into my vault of old ideas that could still be used. Each book is different in the series, as they face new problems, but the overall problem is still there.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loyal, determined, kind.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up! If writing is something you love, keep writing no matter what. It isn’t easy, but nothing worth having is easy.

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

That my books are meant to be fun, yet somewhat educational. I want them to know that while life is hard and frustrating, there are good things in life.

 

Thank you Carrigan Richards for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, January Dreams today!

~Synopsis~

Love is the last thing on seventeen-year-old Megan Devereux’s mind. The only thing she wants to focus on is continuing her good grades to get a scholarship so she can leave her stressful home.

She starts having dreams of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt. But in real life, she hates Casper. She wants nothing to do with him, but that doesn’t stop him from suddenly paying attention to her, claiming he likes her.

When Megan meets the brooding and handsome Vincent, they start dating and quickly fall in love. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place.

Consumed by the dreams and visions, Megan’s determined to learn the truth about them, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.


Carrigan is the author of Pieces of Me, a young adult contemporary romance, and the Elemental Enchanters Series, a young adult paranormal romance. She was born in Cullman, Alabama, but grew up in Birmingham, and moved to Atlanta at 18. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. For as long as she can remember, she was always making up stories and characters inside her head, sometimes using her dolls to act out the scenes.

When she’s not writing (which is rare), she’s spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, playing with her two furbabies, or cheering on her Atlanta Braves.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Yolanda Olson

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Yolanda Olson! Her book, Malediction Codex releases on July 7th 2020.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Probably when I was younger. (About 8ish) I had a habit of writing two paragraph horror stories and reading them to the kids in the neighborhood.

What about the horror genre interests you?

The freedom to write what I want. Horror has so many subgenres and you can get away with almost anything! Honestly, I just like being different. I’m not a big fan of standard romance or HEAs/HFNs, so I go the violent route and have fun with it.

What was the first horror/story you remember reading?

R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors as a child. So his Fear Street & Goosebumps books were something I always enjoyed to read.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

BONES gave me insomnia. I could not get a decent night’s sleep until that book was over and done with.

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

Lakyn Meyer probably. He’s a sociopathic asshole that loves himself and nothing else. But he’s funny as hell too. And he loves Blondie lol

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Nope. I go with whatever sits in my brain at the time. I’m sure every piece of fiction is influenced in one way or another by true events or a historical one, but I like to just go with the flow.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

No, I can’t say I’ve written one based on my phobias, fears, or a nightmare yet. I don’t think I’d have as much fun with that as I do when I just wing it lol.

What is one stereotype about horror authors is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?

That only men can be horror authors. (It grinds my gears, but whatever.) On point? I don’t know. I try not to pay attention to stereotypes.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

None that I can remember. I love the holiday, but I don’t go all out for it.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just write it. Seriously, for every one person that hates what you wrote, I promise you that there will be five more that love it.

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

I am not what I write. My imagination is wild and it’s fun to play there but don’t approach me at an event scared. I’m actually really quiet, shy and awkward in person.

Thank you Yolanda Olson for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Malediction Codex today!

~Synopsis~

The Priestess

Devil boys think they’re so smart.

Of course, when it comes to Lakyn Meyer, they think they’re so damn beautiful too.

I guess he has a point, but this was never about him. It was about me and he waltzed in and stole the show as he’s accustomed to.

Maybe one day I’ll get rid of him once and for all.

Even if it’s not anytime soon.

The Devil

Holy babble balls, man.

Beatrix St. Germain thinks she’s some kind of superhero to her emo dark lord down below but all I hear is her flapping her gums like she’s the greatest thing on Earth.

We all know that’s a lie—especially since I’m here.

Trixie has tried to get rid of me but when I make a pact with someone, I stick to it.

Soul mates without benefits suits me just fine.

For now.

The Burden

One day I’ll be able to stand on my own two feet.

I hate when Bea and Lakyn are together, but I hate it even more when the three of us are apart.

He promises me spare time with Bea and in return, I do whatever he tells me to.

I’m Ichabod Foster.

Maybe you’ve forgotten about me at this point too, and that’s okay.

Just try not to forget about me entirely because I’ll never forget about you.

This set includes the entire Malediction Saga: Scavengers, Vultures, and Carrion. Also included is Detritus which was only available for a very limited time and Sunder which has never been released.

Yolanda Olson is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT where she currently resides, she usually spends her time watching her favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. Occasionally, she takes a break to write books and test the limits of her mind. Also an avid horror movie fan, she likes to incorporate dark elements into the majority of her books.

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The Essence of Darkness by Thomas Clearlake – My Review

Title: The Essence of Darkness

Author: Thomas Clearlake

Release Date: April 18th 2020

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Five unexplained child disappearances have plagued the small town of St. Marys in the space of four months. All the elements indicate that these are abductions. FBI Special Agent Eliott Cooper is sent to investigate.
Little by little, he uncovers facts that he can’t rationally explain. Soon, he finds that a dark and very ancient evil seems to have taken over the forests around the city.
This is only the beginning of his investigation…

I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis was good and had piqued my interest. The story has potential. It just didn’t deliver. The story lagged in a lot of places. The main character wasn’t very likable. I had trouble connecting with him. There were some contradicting scenes and or parts in the story. There are some good scenes. Just not enough to keep my interest. I had to DNF (did not finish) at 22%. This book wasn’t for me but it may be for someone else. If it catches your interest, check it out for yourself. I give this 2 stars.

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


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SCARS

By Jaimie Roberts

~Synopsis~

I had the perfect school, the perfect friends—the perfect life …

At least, that’s what I thought.

But you changed all that.

You are always there … Always watching … Always waiting in the shadows. You send me flowers and messages. You stalk me, trace my every movement…
Until that one day, in a silly game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, when I finally get to feel you—have a taste of you …

It left me wanting more.

One catastrophic day, my wish is granted.

Just past my eighteenth birthday, tragedy strikes and I watch my family die before my eyes.

You are there. You rescue me. You choose my life over my older sister’s, and I hate you for that. I hate you for taking me and imprisoning me. You say it’s for my sake, but I know it’s for your own. You make me see that my life could be much worse without you in it…

You make me see true darkness.

It is in that darkness you make me desperate for your presence, your touch, your caress. You make me need you… You make it impossible for me to live without you… And then, eventually…

You make me fall in love with you.

Secrets will always wound the ones twisted within their web of lies… But the ones I’m tangled in … are deadly.

WARNING: Although this book (overall) is not a dark read, one chapter is an exception, and contains the following triggers: childhood sexual/emotional abuse with some intensity in one particular scene.


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The Perfect Wife (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One)

By Blake Pierce

~Synopsis~

Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of her newfound friends, her husband’s secrets, her serial killer caseload—and the secrets of her own dark past.

In THE PERFECT WIFE (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One), Criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she’s finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle’s promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master’s degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler.

But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe.

As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she’s studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares?

Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her?