Swooned over snakes. Fate of Sovereign.

I’ve got something for you. Something amaaaazing. It starts with this cover, oh em gee. How freaking gorg is this?! I literally stared at it for like 10 minutes before I started the book and my husband was like are you going to read that or just stare at the cover? It’s soo pretty. Let’s get into it ❤

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Aliens that look like aliens. That’s a thing. Never thought it’d be my thing because aliens fucking terrify me. Well… I think it’s become my thing. I had previously talked about a book called Project: Adapt – Found by Jade Waltz (which I fuggin loved – see my review here) and now I got this book. Whew! I’m swooned.

Samantha Rose makes snakes hot. Yes, snakes. Fucking alien snake people that I want to do. Sylanvus is bae. Sure it starts off a little rocky, I mean who wouldn’t run from giant snake man, but then… Oh the swoon. ❤️ Now I’m sure you are like, Julia, snakes? Come on, the only snakes I like are of the trouser variety. Well fear not cause these guys are snake-like, not the small slithery kind. More like lizard men or for my fellow nerds, like Argonians in the Elder Scrolls games.

We start off with Robyn living a typical human life. Sucky jobs, bills, all that bullshit. That is until she sees on her television that aliens have landed in her tiny town. She has feelings of excitement and a bit of fear. My ass would be all fear. Think aluminum foil hats and boarding up all my windows. I mean all these alien books I’m reading are maybe lessening that, maybe I’m heading toward the point of excitement and wanting to jump their bones. Baby steps.

Understandably the humans are freaking out about the aliens and everyone is trying to get outta town. Robyn’s friend, Tara, is ready to get the fuck outta dodge and wants Robyn to come with. Packing only essentials, Robyn prepares to leave her house and hit the road. Their road trip away from the aliens leads them… Well, right to the aliens. Not only right to the aliens but right to Robyn’s alien mate, Sylvanus. He snatches her up like any barbaric alien hit with the love bug would do and puts her on his ship. This is where everyone gets skeptical, everyone that doesn’t understand women with a sex drive. I mean if a sexy alien snatched me up, sure I’d be pissed. But also if he didn’t want to kill me, he just wanted to love me. Well sign me up for that shit. Worship me alien snake man, I am yours for the taking!

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Now this book is RH, aka Reverse Harem. If this is your first trip to my blog then you should know I looooove Reverse Harem Romance books. Loooove them. You don’t have to choose. You get all the men. Enough said. So, with that being said, Robyn will be collecting some other men of the alien variety. There will also be some MM. Yum.

I don’t want to spoil anything because you all need to read this book. Now. It’s so good! The world building is awesome and the characters are so lovable. Sylvanus can be a bit barbaric at times but he is also so freaking sweet. I love finding the books with the sweet men because I just can’t get into the bully romances. I want love. I want romance. I was the mother effing swoon! Well this book has got it and I’m so excited to dive into book 2 to keep the story going! I even heard that book 3 should be dropping this summer! Squee!!

Don’t mind me. I’m just swooning ♥️

Into The Madness [Excerpt&Giveaway!]


INTO THE MADNESS: A Reverse Harem Series (The Villainous Wonderland Series Book 1)

Author: A.K. Koonce

Pub. Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: A.K. Koonce

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 245

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I didn’t fall into a place of wonder and madness. I was taken.

This world is a perfect, enchanting wonderland. The people here are just as alluring.

But we all have our secrets.

Like the white rabbit who’s leading a rebellion right under the King’s nose. Or the sweet March Hare who’s actually an enemy spy. Or my one true ally in all of this, a killer who’s so feared they won’t even say his real name.

As for me, I have more secrets than all of them combined. Because Wonderland is waiting for the beloved Alice Liddell.

And I’m just the bitch pretending to be her.

This is a reverse harem series, recommended for readers 18 and over.

About A.K.:

A.K. Koonce is a USA Today best-selling author. She’s a mom by day and a fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She keeps the fantastical stories in her mind on an endless loop, while she tries her best to focus on her actual life and not that of the spectacular but demanding fictional characters who always fill her thoughts.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/13/2019- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview

5/13/2019- Struck by StoriesExcerpt

5/14/2019- Julia SwoonsExcerpt

5/14/2019- BookHoundsExcerpt

5/15/2019- Wonder StruckReview

5/15/2019- Smada’s Book SmackExcerpt

5/16/2019- Triquetra ReviewsExcerpt

5/16/2019- K.L. Novitzke – AuthorExcerpt

5/17/2019- AURELIA LEOReview

5/17/2019- Midwest RomanticExcerpt

Week Two:

5/20/2019- Literary MeanderingsExcerpt

5/20/2019- Angel’s Guilty PleasuresExcerpt

5/21/2019- Elley the Book OtterReview

5/21/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

5/22/2019- FyrekatzReview

5/22/2019- KayBee’s Bookshelf, A Literary BlogReview

5/23/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

5/23/2019- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

5/24/2019- enchantedexcurseReview

5/24/2019- Books A-Brewin’Excerpt

My heart is stolen by A Star Pilot’s Heart

Lately I have been diving deeper into the Sci-fi genre of reverse harem. I am one of the admins of an AMAZING facebook group called Reverse Harem Fantasy & Sci-fi Readers & Authors so it only makes sense that I would read more sci-fi. I recently read a book that I really enjoyed and totally out of my reading norm. Let’s get into it ❤

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We have our female main character, Calpurnia, a pilot that is used to being alone. She likes it that way. If she spends her time alone then no one can hurt her. If she doesn’t let anyone close, they can’t break her heart. She has her ship, the Firebrand, and that’s all she needs thank you very much. It’s been 3 years since she found herself involved with someone else. Orion. When he left Calpurnia shut down. No boyfriend, no sister, no family.

I really enjoyed Cali as a character. She is a badass that doesn’t need anyone to make her happy. I found myself really comparing her to Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica a lot. Loneliness has become her companion and she keeps up a tough guard to keep her safe. Her heart’s safety ends when she finds a broken down ship, a ship that contains the love of her life. Orion. After a really bloody battle this man abandoned her, he created this distrustful woman she is today. His reappearance in her life throws her for a loop. Especially when she finds out that Orion’s visit isn’t a coincidence.

Cali has been given a mission for the good of the Uprising. This mission involves her being a commander of a mission to rescue someone. Her team includes: her ex Orion, who desperately wants her back; Polaris, the Mission Control work that she enjoyed teasing with her flirtatious behavior; Hamal, a sweet but sexy doctor that does crazy things to Cali’s insides; Antares, a former member of the Supremacy that she can’t decide whether to trust or not; and Rux, a damn good gunner but generally a complete asshole. Cali is pissed. She wants no part of this mission that is sure to fail with her merry band of assholes. Okay, well they aren’t all assholes. Polaris is adorable but unskilled in battle and Hamal is freaking swoonworthy. But the other guys, she is not a fan.

Cali gets forced into the mission because of circumstances beyond her control but begins plans to ditch the guys as soon as possible. She has to keep the guys off the scent of her true plans and keep them all from killing each other. She does her best to keep them in line and throw the shit right back at them when they try to undermine her. She also has to try to keep her body under control because these guys are hot. H-O-T. Plus when they start training together. Hot and sweaty bodies. Swoon. (Plus obvi Orion is Lee Adama from Battlestar Galactica – yes my obsession is real).

I really loved this book. It’s really suprising that I don’t read more sci-fi books because I obviously have a huge obsession with Battlestar Gallactica. A HUGE OBSESSION. I can’t wait for the next book to come out because I really have fallen for these relationships. There are some really good steamy scenes that I am still swooning over. I would definitely recommend this to my sci-fi lovers because it is such a good book!

Okay dolls, let’s swoon ❤

Finding love in the dark. Illusion of Darkness.

I’m not crying. You’re crying. What?! WHY ARE MY EYES LEAKING?! Ugh. So I finished the last book of the Crystal Clear series by Lana Kole. It was fuggin amazing. & my heart is in pieces. I missed Mori and these guys so freaking much. Kai, Walker, Remi, Levi… Swoon… Let’s get into it ♥️

Please note that this is book three of the Crystal Clear series, if you haven’t read book 1 or 2 there are spoilers ahead.

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We join the guys and Moira. Yeah, you read that right. MOIRA. Not Mori. That asshole Viggo succeeded in putting his dead wife’s soul into our girl Mori, so now we are stuck with this bitch. Okay, well maybe she isn’t a bitch. But still… We need Mori! The guys are obviously devastated and working around the clock to get Mori back. They just need to find a swytch. Moira (not a bitch, but also not Mori) is helping them find a way to get Mori back because she is not down with her crazy ex’s plans. She sees the devastation the guys are experiencing and although she does appreciate her second chance at life she knows that it isn’t fair to Mori. The POVs with the guys is heartbreaking. Literally, my heart is broken.

Meanwhile Mori is still here. She is just not here here. With Moira taking the forefront of her body, Mori is forced into the recesses of her mind. She is stuck in the darkness with no one, left screaming in fear without no one to answer her calls. It’s been months and she isn’t convinced that she was ever really alive. Maybe it was all a cruel dream. Maybe none of the guys were real. How long will she be stuck in this darkness?

Mori’s prison of darkness is only one hurdle they have to jump. We are also dealing with the missing mages and a return of Dick Holder. Even after escaping the darkness of her mind Mori has extreme problems with darkness, anxiety over what she missed, and overall fear of going back to that horrible place. Mori’s time in the dark place meant a lot of time the guys spent with Moira as well as some big changes in BCS.

Don’t worry, the book isn’t all darkness, doom, and gloom. There is also an amazing amount of relationship building. We get to see deeper into the lives of Kai, Walker, Remi, and Levi. There is so much emotion in this book it makes you love the characters so much more than you already did. The love between Mori and her guys is so… ugh. Fucking swoony. I never wanted it to end. Plus the steam. Whew. Shit there is some hot scenes in this book ❤

I am so fucking sad this series is over. I loved this so much and I want more. YOU HERE ME LANA I WANT MORE!! I can’t imagine my life with no more Walker. No more Kai. No more Remi and Levi?! NOOOOOO!!! I just want to sit around and listen to Kai call me baby girl. I wanna watch Walker chop wood. I wanna sit on Levi’s lap while he fucks with computers. I want to lay in bed with Remi all day long. If you haven’t read this series you need to. Like now. It is so freaking amazing. I can’t wait to see what Lana Kole comes out with next ❤

“I love you. Fuck, I love you.”

She let out a short huff, and turned to retrieve her coffee mug, returning and grabbing one of the folding chairs leaning against the siding. Letting it be heard what she was doing, she stomped down the steps, unfolding the chair with a carefully balanced hand full of precious caffeine, and slapped her ass down in that chair. It was only a few moments later that Walker saw what she’d done. “What the hell are you doing?” he frowned at her as he paused with the axe balanced between two fists. “Enjoying the view.” The sun cast a perfect shadow to pronounce the tick in his jaw, and she barely kept herself from smirking. “Go on. Please.”

It’s time to swoon with me dolls ❤

Adell Ryan: Author Spotlight

I have had the opportunity to interview yet ANOTHER amazing author ❤ Adell Ryan’s book Perfect in Her Reverse Genus series was one of my first few books I read in the reverse harem genre. I loved it so much that it became an obsession. I have read this book so many times ❤ Book 2, Broken, and Book 3, Resistant, are even more freaking amazing. Her writing is soooooo good. Let’s get into it ❤

My Reviews

See my review of Perfect here!

See my review of Broken here!

See my review of Resistant here!

The Interview

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’ve always been quite partial to the way Georges Guétary, in the film An American in Paris, describes Leslie Caron’s character as a wonderfully multi-faceted woman: enchanting, beautiful, spiritual, exciting, lusty, sweet, shy, old-fashioned, vivacious and modern, yacky, incessant, wild, fun, moody, and happy — I too am multi-faceted; I’m a little bit of everything rolled into one! Same goes for my lifestyle, hobbies, and talents: In addition to being a writer, I am also a professional photographer, graphic designer, and homeschooling mother of three boys.

That’s Adell in a nutshell. However, Adell Ryan is a hubby/wife pseudonym. I am Adell, and he is Ryan. Ryan acts as a sounding board, beta reader, and schedule manager among other imperative things.  He also plays a vital role in making sure my male characters act manly enough.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have written creatively for as long as I can remember. When I was in first grade I won an award for a special character’s story I had shared. This character went on quite the adventure; he dragged himself through a desert, bounced through a giant forest, and rolled around in a plush field of grass. At the end, he found himself quite stuck at the bottom of a lake. Why? Well because he was a golf ball, of course.

I continued to write on-and-off throughout my life but never took it seriously. Then, when I gave birth to my first son, I would write him little poems… I even wrote him a song. The song thing became a tradition, and my next two boys earned their very own as well. These personal songs taught them how to spell their names and always reminded them how much they are loved. I also wrote a short children’s story at one point, but never thought I was much good at it, so it got set aside.

When it came down to writing for real, rather than me seeking out the writing life, the writing life found me. In August of 2017, I was very sick and bedridden for quite some time. Books became my escape and I had a budding love for Paranormal Romance. One of my many book searches during that timeframe led me to Trickery, the first book in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. I read that book and just completely and utterly swooned over the guy characters, then was like “What is this sorcery, and WHERE DO I FIND MORE?!” I got all grabby handy and desperate. Gimmie, gimme, gimme. Soon, I found myself in a Facebook group called Reverse Harem Readers with thousands of other women (and men) who were also obsessed with the genre. A story idea I had thought about in brief six years prior flourished in my mind yet again… this time with a Reverse Harem twist. From there, the story and the characters practically wrote itself.

How long does it take you to write a book?

From first word to publish, books one and two in my current series, Her Reverse Genus, took eight months to write. As I became more knowledgeable and comfortable in the role as writer, I began to see a increase in my speed. Book three took half the time, at only four months to write, and book four is moving along even faster!

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three boys, so I base my writing schedule around those things! My most productive hours are in the middle of the day when the boys are finishing up their schoolwork and utilizing those hours for outdoor play or quiet time! However, my hubby (the Ryan in Adell Ryan) and I have also worked out a plan where I get what we call two “full-focus” days a week. He handles all the domestic stuff, and I focus on my writing career! Each writing day is spent logging as many words as I’m capable of. No min or max!

How hard was it to get your books published?

Publishing for the first time is incredibly intimidating. To be honest, there is a lot to do when publishing each book… but there are even more steps when publishing your first book. Not only are you writing and releasing, you are also getting your name out there for the first time, creating a logo and brand, establishing your business, and so much more. Without a step-by-step manual, I had to figure it out on the fly! Talk about a challenge!

Where do you get the ideas for your books?

My ideas come from a plethora of things: music, environment, experiences, desires, people, places, and so much more.

How much research do you put into your writing?

 A lot. So. Much. Research. When you’re dealing with the topic of DNA and a contemporary, near-future setting, you need to be extra specific with the scientific verbiage and details as well as understanding what advancements in politics, economy, and science may be realistic. I’ve put more hours into research than I have into the actual time spent writing my Her Reverse Genus series! Then I flipped the script and came up with a fantasy world for my next – top secret – work in progress, and a slew of entirely unique research has come with that as well.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize! All the way! I can wake up and do it from morning until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer at night!

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Most definitely word choices and behaviors! I don’t want them speaking or acting like my female characters.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, eat, sleep, hike, travel, photography and design, and spend time with my family… among other things!

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

That I don’t have thick skin. Not yet. People judging my work – and the subsequent negative reviews –  can be incredibly debilitating at times, and that judgment is not something I expected going in.

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Go for it! But always try to embrace the hard stuff too; the challenges you’ll face — because you will face them. Find the lesson in every step along the way, and always try to “level up” even if you might think you don’t need to. Also, try your hand at writing apps like 4thewords or MyWritingClub to help with speed and motivation.

See all of Adell Ryan’s work here!

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Are you swooning yet, dolls?

I can’t stop swooning over Apollo

Let’s talk about an AMAZING book. Seriously soooo good. I finished Hotter than Hades earlier this month and thought to myself, there is no way I am going to fall for any of these Gods as hard as I have for Hades. His devotion to Cressy is just. Gahhhhh. Well then I met Apollo and holy fucking shit. Move over Hades, Christian, and Nash because these guys are my new favorites (sorry guys! 💔). Let’s get into the swoons ❤

Please note that this series should be read in order as the 2nd book does contain spoilers.

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Okay so we end the first book, Hotter Than Hades, and Cressy’s bestie Ella who is a ghost has been poofed away by Zeus. Cressy is devastated as expected and we are left wondering what happened to our favorite bestie. Well Zeus brought Ella back in the body of a woman named, wait for it, Cinderella. Snort. Ella only vaguely remembers her previous life but knows that she is definitely not this Cinderella person. As she is recovering from a long term coma and accident her mother puts her in a recovery center. A recovery center run by a couple guardians, Pollux and Achilles. Ella’s favorite activity in this place she is being kept in is to visit the horse stables at night. You know, to listen to Pollux and Achilles have sex… 🔥🔥🔥

Her last escapade in the stables is super hot but she gets caught. Pollux and Achilles don’t know how to react to Ella, their little peeping Tina. They immediately feel an unexplainable connection with her but don’t act on their feelings. The next morning Apollo and Castor arrive. Apollo, the sun God, and Castor, another guardian as well as Pollux’s twin brother, have come to meet Cindy or Ella as we know her. Apollo promised to marry Cinderella after her father passed and he feels it is time to live up to his obligations. He doesn’t expect their meeting to carry so much heat though or that her connection with he and his guardians would be so immediate. A quick call to Zeus confirms that Ella is indeed his fated, his wife.

I seriously love the relationship that develops between Ella and her men. Castor, Pollux, Achilles, and Apollo are so fucking swoony. The dynamic between the characters is amazing and the steam is off the charts. I seriously think this is one of my favorite Serena Akeroyd books. It’s that good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Serena Akeroyd is a fucking word wizard and she once again doesn’t disappoint. You need to grab this book ASAP, you definitely won’t regret it. Now to just wait until the next God and guardians I can swoon over ❤

Come on, it’s time to swoon with me dolls ❤

Serena Akeroyd: Author Spotlight [Giveaway!]

I have had the privilege to interview another amazing author. This woman is a writing wizard. Everything she writes is seriously amazing. I love it all. You can see my reviews of some of her work below. Her name is Serena Akeroyd and she writes some super steamy books that don’t fade to black (who wants that?!). She has amazing story-building skills and creates characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. ❤

GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

See my review for The Kingdom of Veronia trilogy here!

See my review for the Charmed By Them (Quintessence series) here!

See my review for Screw You & Screw Me (Five Points series) here!

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’m such a boring person, Julia. Seriously. It’s depressing, lol. My life is literally revolved around my writing and my books. Oh, and don’t forget my dog! 😍 His name is Trev, and he’s got more attitude than a Kardashian. 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 18, I first picked up a Harlequin book from a library. I devoured about ten of them in a week and thought, holy crap, I need to write like this. It seriously went from there, and I devoured everything and anything Harlequin. I have about 2000 books in my backroom, 🤦‍♂️, and from there, it went to erotica, and then menage! My first ever menage was a Maya Banks novel. 😋 When I read that, wow, it was like a hurricane to my brain. I knew I wanted to write poly because I connected with it so hardddd.

Do you have a pen name? If so, what made you decide to do that? 

I used one because I thought all the best authors used them! 😂 Talk about bowing to peer pressure. Well, of the self-imposed variety.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It can take me anything from three days to a month, story depending. A Quintessence book can take about a week. The story is developed to the point where I have a lot going on. At the moment, I’m struggling with one of the stories as I’m trying to fight where it’s going. I average about ten thousand words a day.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is impossible to schedule. 😋 I sleep mostly through the day and am awake at night. I could be writing at 5am and 5pm, then sleep for fourteen hours to start again. Sleep is one of my biggest issues. I have a crappy sleep routine.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That my characters drive me to the point where I go completely off script. I’m scheduled to write a few books in the upcoming months, and yet, I’m writing none of them at the minute. 🤦‍♂️ A story popped into my head and I have no choice but to follow its lead!

How hard was it to get your books published?

I actually had a few publishers interested in my earlier books, but then I went the self-publishing route which is sooo much easier.

Where do you get the ideas for your books? 

From anywhere and everywhere. I tend to find my story roots in a question. Like why did someone do this? Why wouldn’t they? Etc. It’s pretty random. My story concepts can stir from a single line and boom. There’s a book. My brain is nuts.

How much research do you put into your writing?

A shit ton! OMG, so much. It depends on the story, though. Dare You To Love Me required a ton because I’m British so never went to American High School. I had to learn everything and it went through so many editors to make sure it was authentic. Then Hotter than Hades was packed with Greek mythology. I had so much to learn but I love research!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first one, I was around 21.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Very little. 😂 I’m reading or watching TV, walking my dog or trying to persuade myself to do yoga. I told you already-I’m super boring. 😂

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

That people connect with my work. It’s a dream come true to know that people like my stories. That people follow my series for more. It’s a revelation.

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

I think I’m coming up toward fifty. My favorite? Impossible to say. 😉

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read. Just read. Seriously. Read more. Then some more. Get a KU subscription, see what’s popular, and go where the market leads you but ALWAYS stick to your guns and your own voice. Write your story the way you want, and hold fast. ♥

Who is your author idol?

Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.
Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed. 

Which book/series was the most fun to write?

Five Points was one of the funniest series because I was totally enthralled with the characters. Finn in Screw You and Screw Me had me enraptured from the start. That’s always a good sign. I wrote that duet in two weeks. I’ve never written anything so quickly in my life.

Which book/series was the hardest to write?

I’d say The TriAlpha Chronicles because it was long, in-depth, and so convoluted plot-wise for me that it was like weaving a tapestry. I loved it though but it was difficult because each book was super long and I had to get each one ready every month for half a year!

What kinds of books do you like to read?! What books are on your TBR?

I’m currently in an MC and Mafia phase. I’m addicted to the mobsters. 😂 I just devoured a crap ton of Hayley Faiman books.

I am way past fangirling! Serena is freaking amazing. She is a writing machine. Somehow she is able to put books out at such a fast pace and they are freaking amazing. She is such a kind soul and super interactive with her readers. If you aren’t swooned by her yet you are crazy!

Find Serena’s work here!

Enter a giveaway here to win one of Serena Akeroyd’s books!