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Interview with an Author featuring Kat Turner

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Kat Turner! Her newest release, Blood Sugar (Coven Daughters Book 2) released on August 24th 2021.

Congrats on your newest release! Tell me a bit about your book?

 Thank you! Blood Sugar is the second book in the Coven Daughters paranormal romance series. It follows Eve, a mortician who speaks to the dead and is being stalked by an angry spirit, and Jonnie, a vampire rock star who yearns to be human again. They’re thrown together when he seeks out her help, leading them to discover that their problems converge at a dark, horrific juncture. They battle a simmering attraction while teaming up to fight the forces of evil that bind them together.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

My process is pretty intuitive and spontaneous, though I do draw inspiration from previous books that I’ve written as well as songs and movies/television shows. I often begin with amorphous impressions and feelings about a story, then move to crystalize these initial, nascent ideas into coherent characters and plots.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 On and off. I wrote when I was a kid, then put it down until college, when a brief foray into creative writing didn’t go anywhere. I spent a decade in academia writing articles and book chapters before fiction called me back again in 2015.

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

Great question! Writing a book is a very emotional process for me. While drafting, I tend to spend a lot of time daydreaming about the story and characters and listening to music that “fits” scenes in the book. When all goes well, these habits drive me forward and help to generate new scenes and chapters.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I’m a big fan of paranormal romance authors like Ilona Andrews, J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Laurel K. Hamilton, and Nalini Singh. I also love tight, descriptive thrillers with moments of darkly wry humor like The Wicked Sister and Bath Haus. Contemporary Romance has influenced me as well, particularly the voices of Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Olivia Cunning, Kristen Callihan, and Kylie Scott.

What is the best part of your day?

I love a slow day off where I can spend the morning in bed with my coffee, reading, watching videos, or catching up on marketing and social media. Bonus points if my family is still asleep.

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

Driven, goofy, curious.

What are you reading now?

Wild Love by Lauren Accardo.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t be afraid to send your work out for feedback, because this is a huge piece of how we improve our craft.

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

My stories come from my heart and I hope that you love them as much as I do!

 

Thank you Kat Turner for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Blood Sugar today!

~Synopsis~

Eve Conley-Adyemi, a clairsentient mortician being stalked by an angry spirit, is no stranger to supernatural drama. But when a vampire rock star shows up on her front porch begging her to end his undead existence, she gives him a hard pass. Besides, her death magic doesn’t work that way.

Soon, the sensitive rocker named Jonnie Tollens wins Eve’s interest, and they team up to defeat her poltergeist and cure his vampirism. Their quest leads them to a supernatural expat community in Peru who might have solutions, unlocking dark, potent facets of her powers along the way.

As they fall for each other, they lose control of the exact forces they need to harness. Worse, a marathon research session uncovers terrifying facts on who is really pulling the magical strings.

Can Eve and Jonnie fix their broken lives together before a rising tide of dark magic engulfs them both?

If you like Darynda Jones, Karen Marie Moning, K. F. Breene, or Laurell K. Hamilton, you’ll love this fun and sexy paranormal romance!

When not reading or writing, Kat works for a college, teaches yoga, and lives the mom life. She jealously guards her gym time, has too many plants, and has grown rather adept at picking up objects with her toes. Kat is represented by Jana Hanson at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

Links: https://linktr.ee/katturnerauthor

 


Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow – New Release

Crown of Conquest (The Siren Series Book 3) by Marie F. Crow is now available!

~Synopsis~

It’s been over a decade since Verona left her childhood home in the hands of Corander and the remaining Noble Borns. With her daughter’s birthday approaching, it’s time to take back what was hers. Completely. Corander, lost in his pursuit to prove himself, has held those who answer to him with a tighter fist than his father, Kurt, ever did. He doesn’t know the hushed murmurs in the halls are once again inciting a civil war. Soon, blood will flow and he will have to fight for the crown.Verona must decide if she will help Corander, her first love, keep his crown or seize it once again for the Sirens. What started with betrayal so many years ago led to remorse, but will it lead to a complete conquest or just the conquest of her heart as she’s torn between family and obligation?


Twice As Twisted by Savvy Rose – New Release

Twice As Twisted by Savvy Rose is now available!

~Synopsis~

The tide pulled us under, she swept us away.

Alyssa

I never wanted to get married again.

I belonged in exotic locations, making a life out of my photography. Lazy days under a high sun in a wine haze, maybe joined by a sexy pool boy. But here I am, engaged and back in Newport Beach where I grew up. I only needed a few weeks, and everything would fall perfectly into place. If I could pull it all off unscathed.

What I didn’t expect was for my fiancé to bring his twin sons along for the ride. Three Greek Gods and one dreamy beach house. What could go wrong?

Judas

I’m the ‘bad’ twin. There’s always one, right? I’m okay with that though, cuz I’m also the one who always gets invited to the party. This move is a fresh start. My chance to explore the taboo part of me that wanted more than friendship with my best friend, Leo.

I’ll admit, I loved attention from both men and women. My Greek bloodline puffing out my chest, a beacon on the beach. I could handle beach life easily.

Then I met Dad’s fiancée. A total stunner.

But damn if it wasn’t a nightmare trying to keep my hands off her.

Jeno

Dad already met someone, just a year after mom left. One brief, elated moment when I received my acceptance letter from UCLA. The next day we packed up for Southern California. A summer job was the only way I could tolerate this obnoxious town. I preferred dusty bookstores and quiet coffee shops.

The day I met Alyssa, that all changed. Left spluttering and speechless. One problem: she was engaged to my father.

How was I supposed to sleep in the same house with a woman I barely knew but couldn’t stop thinking about?

 


Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

Title: Dark Roulette (Games we Play Book 3)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: August 10th 2021

Genre: Erotic Suspense

The games I play, they’re cruel.

The punishments I dole out, they cause maximum impact.

The words I speak, they’re soul-destroying.

But my place on this earth is not to make everyone think that rainbows and fairies exist.

The world turns and most people just want to turn a blind eye to the bad that surrounds them daily. But those of us that keep our eyes open, we know where the bad lurks and where the enemies live.

I grew up living in the underworld.

I am a natural born leader.

And now it’s my time to rule.

Becoming someone else’s prey isn’t an option.

And neither is love.

I pushed away the only woman I have ever felt anything for because love makes you weak.

Love makes you blind.

And I’ve barricaded my dark heart behind walls made of steel.

The only problem is, the woman in question is a part of my world too, and she’s about to make me question every thing I have tried to do to keep her away from me.

Will she be the one to own my dark soul?

Or will I end up destroying everything she thinks she knows about love?

I’m Marshall Turner, and this is my story.

*Please note that Marshall’s story is a dark romance containing violence which may be a trigger for some*
**Each title in the Games we Play series can be read as a stand-alone novel and is intended for readers 18 years and over.
There are cameos from each of the characters throughout the series. You don’t have to read every book to enjoy, but it may enhance your reading experience if you do.***

You like bad boys? Marshall is the baddest of them all.

The story of Marshall and Sophia is one that will have you feeling a range of emotions. A wild rollercoaster ride! Not to mention the heat and seduction happening between the pages. Enough to heat up your night. Marshall has that effect. Dominating and possessive. Yes please!
From beginning to end, this story will have you engaged and on the edge of your seat. Waiting to see what danger is coming next. I finished this in one sitting. I couldn’t nor did I want to put it down. I had to know how it all would end!!

As a whole, this book is highly entertaining. The pacing is great as well as the characters. I was completely captivated. The author has a unique style of writing and I am a huge fan of it. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next! I highly recommend this book!! I give this 5 stars.

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Haven Hadley

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is the writing duo, Haven Hadley! Their new release, Base Hit (Espen Emperors Book 2) releases on August 5th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

There are two of us who co-write under this pen name. Michelle Dare has been writing since 2014 and Rebecca Brooke has been writing since 2013.

Describe a typical writing day.

Lots of yelling at our kids. Working, writing, editing, etc. Being pulled in ten directions. Squeezing in meals when we can. You know, the usual lol.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Usually from dreams. Most nights, I don’t remember them, but when I do, they are so vivid the story plays out in my head.

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Enjoyment. We hope they read the book, fall in love with the characters, and it leaves a smile on their faces.

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

Together, we’ve written six so far. For Michelle, it’s a tie between Catcher Interference and Earned Run. They are books three and four in the Espen Emperors series. She loved the emotion packed into the stories and how perfect the characters were for each other. For Rebecca, it’s definitely Catcher Interference.

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

Ugh this is a hard one. Michelle would be creative, organized—wait maybe that should be organized chaos—that’s two words. Let’s go with organized. Forgetful would be another. She will legit forget everything if she doesn’t write it down. Rebecca would be procrastinator, disorganized—Michelle keeps her in line, and inventive.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

We had a lot of fun working together on Base Hit. Same with all the books in the series. We mesh well when we write and sometimes think we share a brain lol.

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

We started book one in the next series. It takes place in the same world as the Emperors, but this series will focus on the city’s hockey team instead of baseball. We’re so excited about it.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write from the heart. If you love what you write, so will your readers.

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

With every one of our books, you’ll get swoon-worthy heroes, lots of emotion, and a guaranteed HEA.

 

Thank you Haven Hadley for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their newest release, Base Hit today!

~Synopsis~

Vander Devlin. The left fielder everyone had overlooked.

An off the charts batting average, a long throw, and fast on his feet. No team wanted him. His downfall was his interest in men. He refused to hide himself for baseball. Then baseball’s golden boy came out. Now, Vander found himself in the majors with a chip on his shoulder.

One dance with Evan Ashland and he was hooked.

Evan, heir to the Ashland cosmetic empire, lived a simple life. Being the CEO of a corporation never appealed to him. Happy with his teaching job, he loved working at the stadium at night to watch the players. He didn’t plan to touch.

Evan let the world see the eternal playboy when what he really wanted was the fairytale. A partner to rule his kingdom by his side.

A dance with the Emperors’ newest left fielder made him wonder what he might be missing.

With the memories of the way he caught his ex cheating, Evan had a hard time trusting anyone with his heart. He’d built fortresses to protect his kingdom, even as he longed for someone to let in.

As he struggled to find his way on his new team, Vander was determined to breach the walls Evan built no matter what it took.

Life was hard. Being alone was harder. The choice of being who you were and being who others wanted you to be didn’t help.

The bat connected. The ball sailed between the outfielders. Now it was time for Vander to race toward the base.

Haven Hadley is romance writing duo Rebecca Brooke and Michelle Dare. After being friends for years, they decided to venture together into the genre they both loved to read—M/M. Slow burn, sexy, angst-filled stories are their favorite. Both are wives and moms who love dogs, the beach, and baseball, even if they root for rival teams. With every Haven Hadley book, you’ll get stories filled with emotion, romance, hot scenes, and a happily ever after.



Flash Point (The Legacy Book 5) by Luna Joya – My Review

Title: Flash Point (The Legacy Book 5)

Author: Luna Joya

Release Date: July 20th 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Banish the demon, stop the prophecy, and do not fall in love. Easy, right? Yeah, not so much.

Mina Donovan is a woman of many talents. Fire elemental, psychic, Legacy witch, magical asset for an FBI paranormal task force…she does it all. Her latest struggle? Not crushing on her sexy best friend. Logically, she knows they can’t be together. Too bad her heart has never bothered with logic.

The friend zone is the last place pyro expert Josh wants to be with Mina. Not that he has any choice in the matter. A witch hunter falling for a witch? Not smart. He’ll just have to learn to ignore his attraction to the gorgeous woman who already owns so much of his heart.

If Mina and Josh have any hope of finding their way to happily ever after, they’ll have to banish an all-powerful demon and take down an evil magical organization. Oh, and they’ll also have to figure out how to stop the prophecy that warns a dragon will consume Mina.

It’ll take more than magic to fix this supernatural dilemma.

If you like Michelle M. Pillow, Abigail Owen, K.F. Breene, or K.M. Shea, check out this series that readers have described as a steamy Charmed meets Lucifier with witch sisters solving murder mysteries and finding true love.

Just when I think I have a favorite book in The Legacy series, Miss Joya writes Flash Point.

This story has everything you need! Magic, strong women, the men who love them, danger and tons of action. Not to mention those scenes that ignite the flames of passion between the characters. Maybe yourself as well. I had been waiting for Mina’s story. I was not disappointed! She’s relatable and smart. I want to be her best friend! Enter Josh. He has his own demons and his feelings for Mina are genuine. Or are they?

I completely devoured this book. The pacing is great. I love these characters! They have become family. So much happens in this book. From secrets being revealed to a possible war. I was here for all of it! Did I mention the feels that will have you in your feels? I’m pretty sure I was ugly crying for the last part of the book. That is the power of Miss Joya’s word play.

If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for? It’s got witches, action, and sexy men. Skip adding these to your TBR and just dive right in. You’re welcome! I give this 5 stars.

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


A Tempest of Discovery: Midnight Dynasty Book One by Sarah M. Cradit – My Review

Title: A Tempest of Discovery: Midnight Dynasty Book One

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Release Date: January send 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Nicolas Deschanel spent thirty-two years holding court as the princeling of New Orleans and heir to his family’s dynasty, with no obligations beyond his own pleasures. Following a storm of events, his rock bottom leads him back to his family, where he finds redemption in contrite service. Paired with the pragmatic Lauren-who is deeply skeptical of his reformation-the two spend their days in seclusion, cultivating the lofty research goals of the Deschanel Magi Collective.

Charlotte Fontenot is calculated and driven in her approach to her mission in Paris. With help from her cousin Julian, they follow Gabrielle and Lawrence Henry, siblings whose unusual behavior has caught the attention of witches in Paris. The cousins quickly realize neither sibling is what they seem, and Charlotte’s fearlessness leads her closer and closer to mysterious philanthropist Lawrence.

With Charlotte and Julian settled in Paris, Nicolas and Lauren shift their focus to a special, secret project: quietly and carefully investigating the women of the powerful LaViolette family, distant cousins of the Deschanels. This assignment quickly leads them down a dangerous path, one where turning back is no longer an option. Events in both New Orleans and Paris begin to spin wildly beyond the control of all involved, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same.

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes a thrilling new series, Midnight Dynasty.

New Orleans is a vibe.
From the culture to the city, everything has that mystery and charm only New Orleans can offer.

Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the world of Deschanels. Nicolas is brooding and struggling with his own demons. That only made him more appealing to me. There is a sense of unseen danger. I can’t properly describe it but you can feel that something monumental is building. That made it impossible to put the book down! I needed to know what would happen next! The characters were interesting in their own way. Intertwined by family yet so very different. The story picks up and I am rapidly turning pages and then Miss Cradit hits me with that ending. BAM! What just happened? Yes my mouth is open. Well done Miss Cradit, well done.

If you’re a fan of stories taking place in New Orleans and love magic, this book and series is for you. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Add it to your TBR today! I give it 5 stars.


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Shattered Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 3) by Carrigan Richards – New Release

Shattered Dreams (January Dreams Series Book 3) by Carrigan Richards is now available!

~Synopsis~

All Megan Devereux wants is to live her life in the mortal world. But returning, without Casper, has changed everything, including events and times. The worst part is no one believes her story.

Strange things begin to happen. Megan finds a portal to Arvada and Casper. But every time she wakes up, she’s back in the mortal world not knowing how she ended up there.

She soon learns Vincent is in the mortal world with the Nuummite Jewel. The longer they stay in the mortal world though, the harder it is for them to return to Arvada. Now, she must find him so they can return to Arvada and return the mortal world back to normal.

Will Megan start a new life or return to her old one? Is Megan willing to give up everything in order to survive?


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WQbNrL

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1573458947

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shattered-dreams-91

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shattered-dreams-carrigan-richards/1139723524

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 furbaby, Eli, and cheering on her Atlanta Braves.

Website – https://carriganrichards.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorcarriganrichards

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Interview with an Author featuring Savvy Rose

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Savvy Rose! Her next release, Twice As Twisted is releasing August 23rd 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was a kid. I have always loved notebooks and I have accumulated quite a collection over the years.

Describe a typical writing day.

Writing days vary for me, since I have four kids. When they’re in school, I write any chance I get. I chase around a two-year-old, so that means jotting down notes all day.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Real life. I love to observe people and behaviors.

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

Celeste is my favorite. She’s sassy and tough, and she’s a witch.

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

I had to stop writing before bedtime because I would dream about my characters. My characters feel very real to me. I like tea and wine, so you can usually find me binge watching Netflix with one of those two things, after I finish writing a book.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

My Kindle paperwhite is there. Current read is American Prince by Sierra Simone.

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

 I plan to release a series surrounding Celeste’s story; and I plan on using a different female leads and her love interest in each one. I try to make all my characters as different as possible; I think that keeps things fresh.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Silly, optimistic, sarcastic.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Don’t give up. It’s all a learning process, so trust the process!

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

My books come from a very real and raw place. I draw from my personal experiences, as well as others’. I strive to make my characters feel as real as possible.

 

Thank you Savvy Rose for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Keep an eye out for her new release, Twice As Twisted!

Savvy Rose is a self-published author of Romance, Erotic Romance, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Her writing began in middle school and continued through Highschool, fueled by her love of Poetry by the likes of Poe, Lord Byron and Shakespeare.

She enjoys writing about magical and complicated people, with steamy romance and thrilling adventures.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Upstate Ny.

Her many hobbies include: Art, Astrology, Music, Spiritual study and most of all, reading.

Most nights you can find her drinking wine and ugly crying over foreign films, saging her house and dancing naked under the full moon.

Be sure to watch for Chasing Celeste, a paranormal romance releasing in 2022

https://litelink.at/Savvy_Rose