New Release · Review

Spellbound (From the Magic & Malice Anthology) by A.D. Luna – My Review


Title: Spellbound (From the Magic & Malice Anthology)

Author: A.D. Luna

Release Date: May 15th 2022

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Shayna
All my life I’ve been different. For starters, my family are vampires, and I am a human who can see and talk to the dead. I also have a natural ability for witchcraft. An ability that’s landed me at the most prestigious wizarding academy around.
But when I set foot on the ground of Aldridge Academy in the middle of the night after being whisked away, I know there’s more to the story, and I intend to figure it out.
Eli
My life has always been about the end game. A fourth-generation wizard with gifts like mine means I’m on a path not many will follow. It also means I’m an outsider, especially among the students at Aldridge. I’m used to being alone, with only my magic and mountains of paperwork to keep my company.
At least I thought I was. Until Aldridge gets a new student.

Magic & Malice is a magical collection of stories from some pretty awesome authors!

Spellbound by A.D. Luna is one of my faves! From the first couple of words, I was hooked. From the story to the characters, everything is very well written. I was digging the mysterious and slightly danger vibes the story was giving off. That ending! I can’t wait to see what comes next from A.D. Luna. A new author to watch and follow! I give this 5 stars.

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

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author · New Release

Interview with an Author featuring A.D. Luna

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is A.D. Luna! Her debut book, Spellbound released in the Magic & Malice Anthology on May 15h 2022.

Congrats on your new release! How has the new release been going for you?

It’s been going great so far! I love all the excitement over Eli, Shayna and the rest of the Aldridge Crew and can’t wait to get the next book out!

How long have you been writing?

I have been publishing for 2  years, but I’ve been writing all my life. I started my author journey in 2020 and have been writing under another pen name, one that focuses more on steamy adult romance. This year I officially started releasing books under A.D. Luna as well, shifting the focus to YA and adult clean romance.

Describe a typical writing day.

I usually do a lot of administrative author things during the day, and write at night after my husband goes to bed. I sprint with other authors sometimes, and sometimes I just work solo, but either work I usually get in anywhere from 100-1500 words in whenever I sit down and write. I try to write every day, even if it is just a little bit.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I’m a fangirl at heart and an avid reader. My inspiration mostly comes from a love for fandoms and my eclectic tastes in literature, but it isn’t so much the story that comes to me first as it is the characters. I get an idea for a character, and then I figure out where they fit in the world, what kind of world it is. At the heart of my books, it’s about the characters, their emotions, relationships, their struggles and victories. Their awkward moments we can all relate to.

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

I hope readers can relate to these characters and their experiences, whether they are adults or teenagers. I hope that they find the world of Aldridge and all it’s magic entertaining.

What is the significance of the title?

Shayna is a mortal who embarks on a journey to a magic academy. While she possesses a rare kind of magic to Aldrigde (mortal magic, in which she can see and speak to the dead), there is a lot she needs to learn. Spellbound is what she ease- bound to learn how to control and wield the magic in herself, but also to see the magic in others like Eli.

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

Imaginative, Romantic, and Caffeinated.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

I loved the challenge of writing a romance without heavy steam. I really enjoyed writing Eli’s character the most.

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

I am currently working on many projects, the majority for my other pen name, but I do have some projects you should look out for!

The sequel to Spellbound! Eli, Shayna, and the Scooby Gang will return in Bewitched! It will be released early 2023.

I’m also working on another series that will debut next year, The Royal Hearts Series. It is a duology, the first book will follow Harlow, a modern day princess and her quest to find a suitor on a bachelor-esque reality show. Think the Selection meets The Bachelor and The Princess Diaries. The first book is Crown Royale.

What advice would you give to other authors?

I always used to think I couldn’t do this. There were lots of reasons why, aside from worrying about whether or not I could finish a project, or write a book. Many of the things that worried me, like if I would be good, if people liked it…all those what if’s are what held me back. Finally, I said to myself why not? I decided to try anyway, because I wanted to say that I did it. I got published, and if all I ever wrote was one short story, I’d be good. I could cross it off my bucket list.

My advice would be to take the what if’s out of it. If you want to write, write. Do it because you want to, because it makes you happy, and I guarantee you’ll never regret it. And if you love what you write, chances are others will too.

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

I will always be a fan of love, of adventure, and of perseverance, and those things will always be a part of my books. I believe in inclusion and will always feature diverse characters and worlds in my books. At the heart of all my stories, steamy and clean, it’s about connection and acceptance within ourselves as much as it is with others and the world. I want to tell stories that lift you up, give you a little bit of escape, and remind you that there is magic everywhere. Especially within yourself.

 

 

Thank you A.D. Luna for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Spellbound today!

~Synopsis~

Shayna
All my life I’ve been different. For starters, my family are vampires, and I am a human who can see and talk to the dead. I also have a natural ability for witchcraft. An ability that’s landed me at the most prestigious wizarding academy around.
But when I set foot on the ground of Aldridge Academy in the middle of the night after being whisked away, I know there’s more to the story, and I intend to figure it out.
Eli
My life has always been about the end game. A fourth-generation wizard with gifts like mine means I’m on a path not many will follow. It also means I’m an outsider, especially among the students at Aldridge. I’m used to being alone, with only my magic and mountains of paperwork to keep my company.
At least I thought I was. Until Aldridge gets a new student.

A.D. Luna writes YA Fantasy & Paranormal, Rom-Com, Cozy Mystery, and Clean Romance.

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Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring Allison Dininger

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is aspiring author, Allison Dininger! 

How long have you been writing?

I have always created stories in my head, but I didn’t start writing novels until I was thirteen. Since then, I have written two full-length novels and a few half-started novels.

Describe a typical writing day.

I am still a student, so my days are preoccupied with schooling. Around 8 PM, I typically sit down and start writing. Sometimes I only write a few sentences; other times, I keep writing until 2 AM.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I get inspiration from real life when I see my own struggles and those of others around me. I include these in my books to try to figure out how to help others and how to help myself get through it. Sometimes, it’s not that deep, and the basics of the thought begin with a trope I like to read about or a song I love.

What are some challenges that have come up during your writing and publishing journey?

In 2021, I thought I was ready for publishing. I sent my book to beta readers, and the comments were incredibly helpful but overwhelming. My hope to be published soon went out the window as I realized how much I needed to work on. I ended up completely redrafting the whole book from scratch and changing big plot points.

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

If I am writing an emotional scene, I will start by finding a place where I won’t be disturbed. My favorite spot is my bed with only a few lights on. Then, I’ll find music that matches the mood and set sprints to keep myself going. I will explore the character’s thoughts and try to get into their heads as much as possible during these scenes.

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

I am determined, loving, and creative.

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

I try to write these when I have a time and place where I can feel everything I need to. Before writing, I will take a moment to breathe and pray. Afterward, I will do the same and let my brain relax. I might lay down and let myself feel all of the emotions before continuing.

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

I am currently working on a book called Noble. I have been working on it since 2019, and at the moment, it is being beta-read. While I wait for those responses, I have begun drafting the sequel!

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?

It’s okay to struggle. Writing is a process and there will be highs and lows. Stay patient with yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone makes mistakes. Keep going and remember to enjoy the process!

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

My books deal with mental health issues, not for entertainment but in the hope that someone will realize other people have the same thoughts and fears. You aren’t alone! I want my books to help others find a place where they have characters with similar problems. If anyone needs a friend to talk to, I would love to have those conversations and be a listening ear.

 

Thank you Allison Dininger for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Be sure to follow her!

Allison Dininger is a fantasy author. Her books will transport you to a time of love, drama, ballgowns, and castles while emphasizing raw and realistic characters that struggle with their mental health. Allison is passionate about connecting with her readers and uplifting others. Most days, you can find her cuddling with her rabbits or getting lost in fictional worlds. She hopes to one day be a bestselling YA author. Her biggest inspirations come from her life, her faith, and others around her.

Instagram: @allisondininger

Website: allisondininger.wixsite.com/mysite

Coming Soon · Cover Reveal · Pre-Order

Cover Reveal for She Conquers by Caitlin Denman

 Cover reveal for She Conquers by Caitlin Denman!

Cover Artist: @darkwishdesigns

Releasing on June 14th 2022!

~Synopsis~

Her new powers have risen but can she conquer them in time to take on Henrik and become the reigning Fae queen?

Attina’s new powers have risen since her Awakening. Now she must battle to conquer them and call them at will. Can she master her powers and defeat Henrik in time to take the throne which is rightfully hers?

Hazel, a strange and mysterious companion shows up to help Allister and Attina dive into the past. They soon figure out, the only way to see their future is to face the hidden darkness of the past.

As Attina’s powers unveil themselves, she finds some hidden wounds difficult to overcome. She quickly learns not all injuries are skin deep. She realizes sometimes the invisible scars are the ones which change us the most. And not always for the better.

The group decides to make their way to the Eastern Fae. When they finally reach them, Attina finds out not everything is what it seems. Secrets are uncovered and battle lines are drawn.

Where you can preorder: https://books2read.com/u/4NjRBG

 

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring Joanna Reeder

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Joanna Reeder! Author of Imitating a Fae Queen (Raven Court Book 1) and the Kindle Vella series, Courting Fae Thieves and Crowns.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Born and raised in Utah. I live with my husband, three littles and a cat named after one of my characters. I love leisure bike rides, kayaking, playing my guitar and Dr. Pepper.

What inspired you to start writing?

When I was in the 4th grade, my teacher encouraged me to enter a story in the Reflections Contest. So I wrote and submitted and won first place in my school. I’ve loved to write ever since!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I know I’m not alone in it, but I’ve trained myself to write in short 15-20 minute bursts. I’ve had to with little kids. I know some authors need huge blocks of time to write. My best writing time is also in the afternoon. Not the early morning or late at night. I haven’t found many writers with that schedule.

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

I step away. I go on a walk or for a bike ride. I give myself space from it so that when I come back to it, I can look at it through an objective eye as I edit.

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

The constant back and forth between being proud and surprised at the books I wrote, but also the imposter syndrome that can hit at any time and feeling that I’m not good enough or that I’m “pretending” to be an author.

What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

The characters. Once I’ve gotten to know my characters and their quirks and backstories, the plot comes together from it. A lot of times, the characters determine the plot.

Let’s talk about Kindle Vella. Tell me about your experience with it.

I have loved kindle vella. I think the thing I love the most is that my readers get to experience the story in almost real-time as I do. Sometimes I write a bit ahead, but I’m rarely more than an episode or two ahead of what is currently live. With books, I experience the story all by myself for weeks and weeks, then after tons of edits, etc, etc, and the final book launch, by the time my readers get to experience my book, it’s already “in the past” for me. 

My story Courting Fae Thieves and Crowns on Kindle Vella has also been my favorite story I’ve written so far. Of course all of my stories are my babies, but this one has a lot of my heart in it!

Describe yourself in three words.

Loyal, Spiritual, Kind

Do you have any new series planned?

I’m still finishing up my Raven Court series (3 books and a novella are out and I’m working on #4) After that, I’m not sure. Part of me is watching and waiting to see how Kindle Vella goes. I have several stories running through my head that could work well with Kindle Vella.

What advice would you give to other authors?

No writing is wasted. Even that scene you cut because it doesn’t work, or those first few drafts of anything. Every word counts because it helps you learn to be a better writer. And as with anything, practice makes you better.

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

I love storytelling and I want my stories to be accessible to anyone. So all of my books are 100% recommendable. I don’t write steamy, or gore, or foul language, so you can recommend my books to your daughters, co-workers and grandmas.

 

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

~Synopsis~

They say I look just like her.

They say I could save the realm if I pretend to be her.

But I’m just a human girl and refuse to leave my life to save their precious Raven Court. 

My boyfriend, Sterling, might be a fae, but I want nothing to do with Faerie. Luckily, he promised never to take me. But when his painfully gorgeous brother, Tien, shows up and says I look identical to their missing High Queen, I’m asked to go with him to prevent Faerie from sinking into chaos.

When I refuse, I’m kidnapped.

As I’m forced through the portal to Faerie by the brooding Tien, he promises my captivity is only temporary. If I can convince the Raven Court their beloved queen is alive and well, he’ll take me back home. But while I’m pretending to be her, dark secrets surface. I try not to care, but realize I might have the power to change an injustice that suddenly means so much to me… even as a fake queen.

Faerie is magical and cruel, full of wonder and madness. But it isn’t my home. And yet, it feels so familiar…

Torn between two different worlds, I’m forced to consider: where do I truly belong?

Imitating a Fae Queen is perfect for fans of The Iron King and The Vampire Diaries. If you love brooding fae captains, terrifying water horses, and best-friend romance, you’ll love this page-turning fae fantasy.

Imitating a Fae Queen is Book One in the Raven Court Series by USA Today bestselling author, Joanna Reeder.

Joanna Reeder is a USA Today Bestselling author who takes readers time traveling through dreams, shifting into fantastical creatures, and tossed into Faerie. Her fantasy stories always have a dash of romance, leave readers turning pages long into the night, and eager to recommend them to their daughters and grandmas and coworkers!

When Joanna isn’t writing, she enjoys bike rides and kayaking with her hubby and kids, vacations at the beach (with a book to read, of course!) and learning new songs on her blue electric guitar.

She’s a believer in the paranormal (seriously, she has stories) and her motto is, “A Dr. Pepper a day keeps insanity away!”

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Coming Soon · Review

Remember Me: A Novel by Estelle – My Review

Title: Remember Me: A Novel

Author: Estelle Laure

Release Date: March 22nd 2022

Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age

Remember Me is an astonishingly bold young adult novel from Estelle Laure, the critically acclaimed author of This Raging Light and Mayhem

If you could erase all of your painful memories, would you?

Blue Owens wakes up one day with the strangest feeling that something is very wrong. Everyone’s acting weird and she’s found a note in her closet telling her to get on the Little Blue Bus at 7:45, which she does, meeting up with the exact person she was supposed to avoid: Adam Mendoza. Even though she has no idea who he is, something about him is so familiar.

When she confronts him, the truth is revealed—Blue has paid to have her memories removed, and Adam is one of those memories. As Blue struggles to piece together her history, she is torn between her desire to know why she would do something so drastic and her fear of what she will find.

Remember Me is the bold and beautiful story of a girl who must find the courage to face the demons of her past and reclaim her loved ones—even if it ruins her.

This was a different and interesting read. It’s starts off with Blue heading to school. Yet something feels off. She finds a note and has no clue who could have written it. From there the story progresses as Blue sets out to find out what happened to her. My heart did hurt for her. There’s a lot of heavy moments. If only it were that simple to simply forget. While there’s a lot of deep scenes, there’s some lighter ones which gives you a sense of hope. Like the sun coming out after a cloudy day. 

After finishing, I took some time to sort out my feelings. On one hand, I enjoyed it. There’s a really good twist and of course that ending. On the other hand, I had mixed feelings on how certain things played out for Blue. I won’t spoil anything. All I have to say is read it for yourself. I give this 3 stars.

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

Review

Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee – My Review

Title: Ember of Night

Author: Molly E. Lee

Release Date: May 4th 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

“What to read after A Court of Thorns and Roses! Full of twists you’ll never see coming!” –UppercaseYA

I’ve never been a stranger to the darkness. But when darkness comes knocking and looks thatgood, who wouldn’t invite him in?

Draven is mysterious, evasive, and hot as sin. The only thing more infuriating than how much he won’t say is how obnoxious he is every time he does open his mouth. But when a group of strangers attacks me and he fights back, causing them to vanish into a cloud of black dust, I know Draven is more than he seems.

He finally shows me there’s a veil separating the world I know from a world of demons living all around us. Turns out, good and evil are just words. Some of the demons don’t fall into either category. And I’m realizing just how easily I fit in among the ancient warlocks, the divine soldiers, and the twisted supernaturals…

There’s so much more to me. To my past. And to what I am truly capable of than I ever thought possible. So when all signs point to me having the ability to unleash Hell on earth? I’ll have to decide if I want to do the world a solid and save it, or give it one hell of a makeover.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate this cover! Love the colors and the vibe. Totally eye catching!

Right from the start, I was pulled into the story. It was dark and dangerous, which called to my black heart. Harley has been through a lot. My heart went out to her right away. Weird things are happening but it’s all in her head right? Enter Draven. Who gives so little but surprises her at almost every turn. As you’re reading, you can feeling the danger simmering just below the surface and you know things are gonna start to happen! The author does a fantastic job of building suspense and keeping the reader engaged. I loved the push and pull between Harley and Draven. The heat factor is definitely there! That ending! I need book two like NOW!

As a whole, this book is darkly entrancing. It has suspense, action, secrets, and a really hot guy who is book boyfriend material. This is a new to me author and I quite enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more from this author. If you love paranormal with a dark vibe, I highly recommend this book! I give this 4 stars.

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

New Release

She Rises (She Awakens Book 2) by Caitlin Denman – New Release

She Rises (She Awakens Book 2) by Caitlin Denman is now available!

~Synopsis~

Attina and Raven made it to Sanctuary now the real work begins.

When Attina is sent on a mission to find supplies for Sanctuary her alliances, self worth, and powers are tested.

She finds a new confidant in Ned, a scarred resident in Sanctuary. He knows more about Attina than she knows about herself. Her powers still evade her but with Ned and Raven by her side she knows she can become the queen she is meant to be.

But when Allister shows himself again her world is turned upside down as the lines between friend and enemy are blurred.

https://amzn.to/3EESDGl

 

Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author · New Release

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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New Release · Release Blitz

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?