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Interview with an Author featuring Alice Ivinya

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Alice Ivinya! Her newest release, Feathers of Blood (Kingdom of Birds and Beasts Book 2) released on October 6th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I live in Bristol, UK with my husband, toddler and the best dog in the world, Summer.

I work as a small animal vet three days a week for a charity treating the pets of those who would otherwise be unable to afford medical care for their pets. The rest of the time I look after my toddler, or write books when he’s asleep! I also love reading and walking my dog.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. The first books were about a group of kids who ran away and became rulers of all the sharks in the sea. Worryingly they all got married at the age of 12-14 but that was old to my 8 year old self! I wrote my first full length novel at 11. It was about a magician’s apprentice who was bad at magic. Throughout my teenage years I wrote epic fantasy after epic fantasy that my poor parents had to read, even when they went over 200,000 words! As a child I was badly dyslexic and struggled with sentence structure and spelling to the extent that many of my early stories were illegible until I typed them up. It took me much longer than all the other children in my class to both write and type, but I just loved to tell stories and have never been able to stop telling them. Slowly I developed techniques to get around my dyslexia and now it never holds me back. I now have eleven published full length books and seven short stories.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Until six months ago, I would write in my son’s midday nap, but just after he hit two, he stopped sleeping in the day unless it was a quick nap in the car! Now I write in the evenings. This was easier in lock down, as now the world is opening up again, I feel there is a lot competing for my time! I now have Wednesday morning child-free where I try and get a good 2-4k words down!

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

It depends on the book. Normally I know what I want the world to ‘feel’ like and everything stems from there, rather than knowing the ins and outs. Often as the characters discover the world for themselves, I’m also discovering it!

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Hands down Feathers of Snow and Feathers of Blood. SO MUCH FUN! I’m so excited to write the last book in the trilogy!

I also have a book coming called The Widow and the Beast, which is like my pick me up project when I need a break from my bigger books. It is set in the land of faery and is so much fun, it always gets me back into the mood.

What book is currently by your bedside table?

The Fair Queen by Lyndsey Hall, which is excellent.

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

I do, and I have made some amazing friends! I am especially honoured and excited when they make fan art! Mostly they want me to write faster haha!

Favorite book when you were a kid.

Spellfall by Katherine Roberts until about the age of 12 when I became obsessed with Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and then Brandon Sanderson.

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

Hufflepuff, Divergent, Family.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing! Every book published is a game changer!

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

I really hope my books strengthen people to overcome whatever challenges they face. Plus animals. There will always be animals!

 

Thank you Alice Ivinya for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her series, Kingdom of Birds and Beasts today!

~Synopsis~

In Brianna’s new world of ice and snow, the coldest things by far are the eyes of her betrothed…Brianna bears a deadly secret: she’s not the princess she is pretending to be. If the prince finds out, her life will be forfeit and her country plunged into war.But there is more to the icy prince than meets the eye, and Brianna slowly unravels the secrets of his dark past while surviving in a strange culture.However her goodness and wit will only get her so far. Terrifying beasts stalk the border and a murderer is at work in the town. They know the truth of Brianna’s identity and will stop at nothing to destroy all she has fought for.

 Alice lives in Bristol, UK, and has loved fantasy all her life. Her favourite author is Brandon Sanderson. When she’s not off gallivanting in other worlds, you can find her looking after her young son, working as a small animal vet, hanging out with her church family, or walking the best dog in the world with her husband.

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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?


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?


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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.

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Interview with an Author Featuring A.D. Trosper

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

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Joining us today is A.D. Trosper! Her latest release. Chosen: A Mature Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance (Raven Daughter Book 3) release on April 27th 2021

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve always written stuff, but I don’t think I ever really saw myself as a writer until I actually published my first book. And even then, I don’t think I really felt that way for a long time. Maybe not until my second or third book. It’s complicated. I mean, I was a person who wrote stuff, but was I actually a writer, could really call myself that. Wasn’t that reserved for names like Robert Jordan, Steven King, Nora Roberts, and the like. Now I’m generally okay with thinking of myself as a writer, but I still come down with Imposter Syndrome on occasion.

What time of the day do you usually write?

At night. I’m a total night owl. I don’t mind mornings, as long as I’ve been awake all night when it gets here. But I am so not waking up to see it unless there is no way around it. And then I will grump about it.

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

I’m a total pantser, so there is no before I start writing. The story rolls around in my head until some sort of a somewhat cohesive ball forms and then I take that and throw it at the wall. Some of it sticks, most of it morphs into something different, and I’m constantly surprised by what happens and what my characters encounter. 

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I don’t know, all of them in their time. But if I had to choose, it would be a toss up between Bound by Legend and Betrayed. Both are second books, so the world was mostly set by then, and both came pretty easy to the page. Tears was also a second book but it broke my heart to write that one, I literally cried while typing at one point. 

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I have two that run head to head, Sarah J Maas and Karen Lynch. I think they are phenomenal writers and I love all of their books. 

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

I do. Mostly they ask for the next the book and they often tell me they enjoyed one of my books or series’, which is always nice to hear.

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton, and also the Drizzt Du’Urden trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, Monster by Christopher Pike, and Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I can’t narrow it down any further. 

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

Weird, goofy, loyal.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. In the end, no matter what happens with sales, advertising, etc, the words we put down on the page are the only thing we have control over. Too often we get caught up in all of that forget the love of words that drove us to create stories in the first place. So write, and never forget the passion for creation that started you on this path. 

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

I never know what to say to this kind of question. This is where my introverted self feels like she is suddenly in a spotlight and my ability to answer gets all messed up. About me and my books? I have a real soft spot for soulmates and all of my books feature them in someway or another, even my epic fantasy has them. Let’s see, what else… Um, I like words and my books have them. Lots of them. Which is good because that tends to be the main ingredient in books.

 

 

Thank you A.D. Trosper for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Raven Daughter series today!

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~Synopsis~

***Raven Daughter is a completed series of three books.

I’m Jo and the death of my mother revealed a whole lot of secrets she was keeping. Like the fact that my sperm-donor father was a freaking angel who couldn’t keep it in his pants and slept with a woman he should never have been with. Or the fact I’m not mortal and would one day be a reaper of souls.

Reaping souls, now there is something I never dreamed I would do, but here I am doing just that. Or at least I was, until souls started becoming Lost. And that’s when things went south.

When I stupidly agreed to help discover what was causing the Lost without reading the fine print first. Now a lot of immortals would like to see me dead because of what I might become. To top it off, I ended up blood bound to a powerful half-demon who is supposed to be a reaper’s sworn enemy. Funny thing is he may be the only one I can trust.

Warning: Although this series deals with angels and demons, there is nothing religious about them. Anyone looking for that within the pages of these books will be disappointed.

**This book is part of a series and ends on a cliffhanger.

 

Writer, mother, ruler of the world inside my head…mostly. I currently work and live on the plains of central Kansas with its gorgeous skies and fantastic storms. I have two sweet dogs and I’m owned by a cat who thinks she is a goddess that should be worshipped. When not reading or writing, I game and garden, I also take care of my large flock of incredibly spoiled chickens who in return, give me rather expensive free eggs.

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Interview with an Author Featuring Sherry D. Ficklin

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Sherry D. Ficklin! Her newest release, Kingdom of Shadows and Dust released on June 1st 2021.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a reader. I think it’s an important distinction. I became a writer because I wanted to control the story I was reading. Writing was the natural progression of that.

What time of the day do you usually write?

I try to keep somewhat normal office hours, M-F 9 am to 4pm. But often life has other plans. I try to write at least a little every day.

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

It depends on the story and the genre. I have worksheets that help me flesh out my world, they are especially useful for fantasy/paranormal. Historical is easier.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Losing Logan was the most fun I’ve ever had writing. Partly because the story and characters are so personal to me, partly because Zoe is so funny. I laughed out loud a LOT.

What book is currently by your bedside table?

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. I’m in love with everything she writes.

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

It depends. I don’t get a ton of personal emails/letters, feedback is usually in review form. And honestly, it runs the spectrum from “I loved this so much” to “Wow, you really suck.” That’s kind of the deal when you write. Some people will love it, and some will hate it. You have to have a very thick skin.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

My Antonia. It was one of those read-for-school books, and I thought I’d hate it, but it was really transformative.

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

Rebel.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Just write. Write for yourself. Finish the story. Tell it your way. If you love it, that’s really all that matters.

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

My books are an escape. Writing them is my escape and reading them is yours. It’s not about making a point or conveying some bigger truth. It’s entertainment. That’s all I’m trying to bring to the table.

Thank you Sherry D. Ficklin for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Kingdom of Shadows and Dust today!

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~Synopsis~

A spellbinding fantasy story… and a fascinating world to escape to! ~InD’tale Magazine

As the king’s only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she’s forced to hide her identity behind a veil. It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated… her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind. But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf. Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king’s striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire. When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?

Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

Official website: www.sherryficklin.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin.


Kingdom of Shadows and Dust by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review

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Title: Kingdom of Shadows and Dust

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Release Date: June 1st 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A spellbinding fantasy story… and a fascinating world to escape to! ~InD’tale Magazine

As the king’s only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she’s forced to hide her identity behind a veil. It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated… her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind. But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf. Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king’s striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire. When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?

5-gold-stars

Sherry’s first book in a fantastic young adult fantasy series is astounding! This is not the first book I have read by her and I patiently await the next.

If you like kingdoms, a badass princess, bad boys and a whole bunch of royal intrigue. This is the book for you!!

Enjoy it as I did. 5 stars goes to Sherry!

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. MORE.


Interview with an Author Featuring Caitlin Denman

The Literary Vixen presents…

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Joining us today is Caitlin Denman! Her debut book, She Awakens released on April 27th.

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

My book is set in a time where the Fae have taken over the world and humans are in hiding. It revolves around Attina, a human girl who knows nothing about the woman who gave birth to her. The book follows her, along with her sassy sidekick talking horse Raven, as Attina learns more about her past and who she really is. As her journey progresses she learns that she is the only person who can take on the Fae King and put an end to the Fae’s vicious reign.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For She Awakens I drew inspiration from a dream. I had a few dreams over multiple days where the entire story played out. I’d never had dreams like that so I figured that was a sign that I should write it down. I’m also trying the question method for another work in progress. It’s in the very early stages but basically I think of a character I want to write and ask questions. For example let’s say a Fae is exiled from its people, why were they exiled? How could they get back in their people’s good graces? I just repeat that process until I find I story I would enjoy reading and write it.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Actually I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. I’ve been a voracious reader for years, reading 80-100 books a year. I  had my dream about She Awakens and decided to try my hand at writing and absolutely fell in love with it.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I absolutely LOVE Laura Thalassa, Sarah J. Mass, and Emma Hamm. I think all of their books influenced me. I look up to all of them and hope to be even half as good of an author they are someday!

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

Well I based Attina off of Alexandra Daddario so I would feel so blessed if she would play my main character. The horses, Raven and Oak, are based off of horses I actually owned in my life. The best person I can think of to play Attina’s love interest, James, would be someone like Jake Abel. Attina’s father in my mind looks like an older Christian Bale and the mysterious Allister was based off of a Jason Momoa type (yes, he is my celebrity crush).

What is the best part of your day?

Even though I am a writer the best part of my day also includes my horses. I absolutely love the peace and happiness they give me. My best day would be riding and training my horses all day and writing the rest of the night.

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

Determined. Hard working. Compassionate.

What are you reading now?

Well I read 3 books at a time so currently I am reading:

1) The Broken Daughter by Aimee Shaye 

2) A Beast so Beautiful by Carlyle Labuschagne 

3) God Save The Child by Robert B. Parker

What advice would you give to other authors?

WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE SOME MORE!!! Get everything you can down on paper. If things seem too daunting take it scene by scene if you have to. If you’re not feeling a scene that day, skip it for a scene you want to write. Take a notebook with you everywhere you go and if you get even five minutes to write, do it. Even if you only get a few words down a day that’s a few more words down on paper than you had the day before.

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

Honestly the one thing I really want people to know about my books is that I appreciate every single person that reads them. I feel so incredibly blessed that anyone at all is interested in my books. I think if my books resonate with even just one person I’ll feel like all the stress and worry was worth it.

 

 

Thank you Caitlin Denman for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, She Awakens today!

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~Synopsis~

In this Young Adult page turner, Attina finds herself in an unlikely predicament when it’s uncovered the normal, human existence she thought she lived is turned upside down. Finding out she’s half Fae not only confounds her, but in a time where the brutal Fae run the world she is suddenly tasked with bringing the Fae and humans together.

With the help of her trusty, and somewhat snarky steed Raven, Attina sets out on a mission to save the human race from extinction. As she continues on her mission, she discovers powers beyond her wildest dreams.

In a world where it’s tricky to discern who’s good and where the evil really lies, Attina finds herself in one predicament after another, not knowing who to trust except for Raven. As her journey unfolds, her strength and will are tested.

Will she ever be strong enough to bridge the gap between these two worlds?

 

Caitlin lives and grew up in Southern California with her family and her three
horses, three dogs, and a cat. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s in agribusiness.

Caitlin is a debut author and her first book is a YA Fantasy called She Awakens
which is available now at Amazon and is a part of kindle unlimited. She Awakens is a
coming of age story about a human girl and her journey, with her sassy talking horse Raven, to take on the Fae King.

Besides writing, she loves training and competing on horses. She has competed
in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, and mounted shooting. She has owned and ridden horses since she was twelve-years-old.

Caitlin would love to connect with each and every person who loves her books.

http://bit.ly/LinktreeCaitlin


Interview with an Author Featuring L.C. Miller

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is L.C. Miller! Author of the Abby and the Mystic Dancers series.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always daydreamed about anything and everything fantasy and supernatural when I was younger, but it wasn’t until after I was done with college that I attempted my first book.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Early, EARLY morning. Like 5AM! My husband used to have to be at work by 6 and I always got up with him. So, I used that hour or hour and half to write before my kids get up.

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

Not that much. I like to get an idea of the story and the direction it goes before I build out around it.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

My Abby and the Mystic Dancers series has been my favorite to write because I get to watch Abby grow up as she’s trying to navigate and find her role in her life

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

This is a tough one because I have many! CJ Redwine creates some amazing worlds and stories. I am also a fan of J. K. Rowling (Huge HP fan!) and John Flanagan with his The Ranger’s Apprentice Series. And while she’s not necessarily in my genre, I grew up reading the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. I wanted to be Nancy because she was super smart and could solve problems.

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

Sometimes. I typically hear from a few parents that their girls loved my book and felt they could relate to Abby and what she goes through.

Favorite book when you were a kid.

All of the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Bombers, Abby’s pet snake is a very important character in the fourth book.

What advice would you give to other authors?

I’m sure they’ve heard this advice before, but I always say KEEP AT IT! No matter how little you can write, always keep at it. Every word counts.

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

Something to know about me is that I write what I like, which I know is not always a popular theme at the time, but I fall in love with a story and I like to finish it and see where it takes me. As for my books, my main characters are finding their paths in life or the one thing they have been missing regardless if they realized it at the time or not. Some have romantic aspects and some do not.

 

Thank you L.C. Miller for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her Abby and the Mystic Dancers series today!

~Synopsis~

As the product of a forbidden alliance between the elemental Mystics and the wand carrying Wielders—two distinct, often feuding, magical realms—acceptance is something fourteen-year-old Abby has fought with for the last four years. When an alliance is formed between the Mystic Dancers and the Wielder’s, Abby is given the chance to live with a Wielder’s family and attend Wielders Academy of Magical Arts. In order to do so, she first has make three promises to the Mystic Dancers leader … Tell no one she’s half Mystic, that her father is a Wielder who is also a wanted criminal, or that she can transform into anything she wants. Her day-to-day life of secrets, school work, and dancing is interrupted when her mother’s murder case goes to trial. The Mystics believe they finally caught the killer, who happens to be the father of one of Abby’s new friends. Abby has a choice to make – reveal her secrets, or let a man she knows is innocent go to prison.

L. C. Miller has been daydreaming since she was about four years old. She waited until out of college before attempting her first book and now writes in her downtime as often as she can. Fantasy has been her escape from reality and gives her imagination a chance to fly. 


Interview with an Author Featuring Casey L. Bond

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Joining us today is Casey L. Bond! Her newest release, Gravebriar released on March 17th 2021.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been published for seven years, but have been writing for 8-9-ish!

Describe a typical writing day.

Typically, I try to write as much as I can during a writing session of an hour or so, then take a break to walk around or do something that has nothing to do with writing. It’s a refresher to get away from the screen for a bit. Then I go back to writing after a break. I repeat this process until I run out of creative juice or other obligations need my attention.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Music is a heavy influence, but I guess I get inspired by many things. Art. Pinterest. Life. I enjoy bringing many elements into my work.

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

It’s so hard to pick just one. I’ll say that the ones I’ve felt the most connected with were Sable from When Wishes Bleed, Liv from With Shield & Ink & Bone, and Noor from a book I haven’t announced yet. ❤

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

Always music. I’m usually really hyped to write it but have to walk away from an intense scene. If it’s emotional, I get drained easily. With Shield and Ink and Bone was one I had to take breaks from. The book made me cry many times while writing it.

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

Happy, Smart, Kind.

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

I have been writing more standalones lately but just dove into a small series and I think the key to keep things fresh is not to re-hash what was in previous books. When you write series, you have to remember that there is an overall plot arc for the entire series and not lose sight of that while writing one book at a time.

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

Smiles…. I’m writing a duet/ duology. It’s YA Fantasy. I can’t tell you more because I really like to do fun things with my readers, like sending stickers for title reveals. I’ll be hosting sign-ups for one of those in the next couple of months. Hint. Hint. Watch social media for my posts as spaces are limited.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Never give up. Never quit. Never stop. Don’t limit yourself. If you want this, make the time. Put in the work. Do the thing. If I can do it, anyone can.

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

I write from my heart and soul and want the reader to feel what the character feels, experience what he/she experience. I want the book to be an experience and one that you’ll remember. I want my books to be re-read! ❤

Thank you Casey L. Bond for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Gravebrair today!

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~Synopsis~

Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, Things That Should Stay Buried, and With Shield and Ink and Bone.

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Amelia Unabridged: A Novel by Ashley Schumacher – My Review

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Title: Amelia Unabridged: A Novel

Author: Ashley Schumacher

Release Date: February 16th 2021

Genre: Young Adult

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.

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This is a touching story about two people dealing with their grief and finding the calm after the storm. Amelia is dealing with the loss of her best friend. They had plans. Their futures planned and it’s all gone in an instant. A mysterious package is delivered to Amelia and she sets off to find out the reason for it and finds more than she bargained for. 

This was an emotional story. Losing a loved one isn’t easy. There are many feelings and emotions to process. I loved the story telling style and the story is very well written. I found myself wanting to take a trip and find this amazing bookstore! The characters were great and really made the story pop. My heart went out to Amelia and N.E. This book got me right in my feels! 

This is a wonderful read. A fabulous debut for this author! I enjoyed both the story and her writing. I can’t wait to read more from her. I highly recommend this book! Add it your TBR today! I give this 4 stars. 

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