Introducing Vivienne Savage
Vivienne Savage is the pen name of two best friends who write everything together. One works as a nurse in a rural healthcare home in Texas and the other is a U.S. Navy veteran. Both are mothers to two darling boys and two amazing girls.
All of their work varies in steam level, so pop by the VS website for details on which series is right for you!
Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
Hi! Two of us plot and write our books together because we’re big friends. We met each other in an online roleplaying game about Harry Potter back in 2011 and have been pals ever since. Then one day, we realized we had too many stories to keep between the two of us and a writing career was born.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
My most recent book is The Hidden Court, part of the Paranormal University series. It’s about a young woman named Skylar who is the descendant of Cinderella’s faerie godmother, and chronicles her journey through magic school and learning to become her own person.
And about being true to yourself. Skylar doesn’t actually want to be a faerie godmother. In my paranormal universe, magicians, shifters, and vampires get to become sentinels, which are basically magical FBI agents who police the supernatural world.
It took us two years to build the world up and write the first book. We also outlined books 2 and 3 at the same time.
Who is your intended readership?
Anyone who likes modern fantasy but doesn’t mind some swearing and violence.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was about 9. My parents bought me a Mac and I’d sit on my computer writing up awful stories.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I’m a horror fan. Stephen King and Anne Rice have been inspirations since I was in single digit years. My mother never cared about the content of the books I read, as long as i read them and enjoyed it. I (Nicole) and Alisha can say the same thing about both our moms and credit them for fostering our love of books.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Accept that your earliest works will suck, but look forward to improving and getting better.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
Nicole has a pair of green cheek conures named Sunrise and Moonbeam. Sunrise hated her teenage son for two years, for no actual reason. If he gives the bird a snack, she’ll snatch it from him, throw it down, then bite him.
Alisha came to visit and had the honor of meeting Sunrise once, of course, and Sunrise hated her until Allie opened a container of yogurt. The bird loves yogurt, and came over to be friends with her until the yogurt was gone.
Our male protagonist, Gabriel, has a pet sun conure named Amaterasu who loathes Skylar. We totally added her into the story in honor of Sunrise.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
I play video games, read, and play with our animals. We’re both big gamers, but we’re also moms so we do that crap too XD
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Finishing up a sci-fi romance series and the next Paranormal University novel! We’re on the final chapter. Home stretch, home stretch, home stretch!
The Hidden Court
Skylar’s only dream since childhood has been to become a sentinel, a supernatural agent trained to fight paranormal threats. Unfortunately, it’s a role assigned to non-fae only, and she’s doomed to a life of babysitting privileged mortals.
When her first year at the PNRU begins, it doesn’t take long to discover the magic school has serious issues. Between the rogue vampire attacks in Chicago and a rising student body count, she is convinced something sinister is at large. Too bad the indifferent university staff disagree.
Befriended by a shifter who is as frustrating as he is attractive, Skylar soon finds herself trapped in the middle of a centuries-old feud and forced to take matters into her own hands… before her first year away from home becomes her last.
Check Out My Review: (Read on Amazon)
This book is a great read, and the romance element just adds to what would be an otherwise great story.
Starting a new school can be difficult enough, but when you’re going to a school for supernatural students things are always going to be a little different. I loved how each of the races had a unique perspective on not only each other, but the history of the magical world, and the events that are going on around them.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a suspense story without something going on to raise the tensions between the various races, or the individuals, and the author delivers on this in a wonderfully entertaining way.
What really surprised me though, is how much I came to care for the supporting cast of characters, just as much as I did for the protagonist and the love-interest. There is a great variety in the characters, and each of them has qualities that set them apart, as well as compliment each other.
I received a copy of this book as an Advanced Reader Copy, in return for an honest review, but I’ll definitely be adding more of this author’s work to my collection…
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- “Ramblings of an Author” has looked pretty much the same since I first set it up over five years ago.
- Five years is a long time to be posting without changing up the format a little
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- The links don’t seem to stand out in the text, so they too need an updated look
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Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
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