Release Blitz: Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Release Date: November 01 2016



Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn’t want to die. But when she’s infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil—or in this case, a warlock.

Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew—and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of “Supe” no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don’t know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, which marks the divide between humans and Supes, Alena is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

But just as she begins to adjust to all things supernatural, she realizes that her transformation is the least of her worries—and it was no accident. She was chosen…to be killed by a Greek hero trying to make a name for himself once more.

Alena was brought up to be subservient, preferring creating to fighting, and vanilla and honey to blood. But that was then. Now, to survive, she must stand up for herself—and this time she’s got fangs. But will she be ready to use them?

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About the Author:


Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats), and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rylee Adamson Novels, the Elemental Series, the Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series, and several contemporary romances.

To learn more about Shannon and her books, go to

Review by Tessa.

I really liked the idea of the book. Greek mythology + apoplectic world + humans being turned into super natural beings.  What’s there not to like ?

Alena as a human walks away from the beliefs of her childhood with love in her eyes; she loves her husband, her bakery and her life. Then she gets the virus that the humans can’t cure.  With all the decisions Alena has to make to survive, her love of family is what is the driving force pushing her to be stronger than she ever thought possible.

Honestly, I found Alena’s character trying. She EVENTUALLY stepped up but it wasn’t without complaint.  At the end of this story, you can see the potential for a strong female lead that is typical with Mayer’s books.

I’m looking forward to see Alena, Beth, Sandy, Dahilia, Tad, and Remo battle it out in Fangs and Fennel.

Review: Rootbound (Larkspur #5) by Shannon Mayer

Rootbound (The Elemental Series, #5)Rootbound by Shannon Mayer
Review by Tessa .

Nothing is what it seems in Rootbound (LarkSpur #5). This remarkable story has so much going on. Lark begins her journey of self acceptance all the while on a voyage to retrieve the stones given to the leaders of the elements in the previous books. While on her journey, Lark discovers who she can trust, learns who she should trust, and with a giant twist that left my head spinning who the real bad guy is. Along with all of that Lark has to figure out how to balance the power that surges through her before she is consumed by it.

“The Sylph named you right, Destroyer. But in destruction is new life. Remember that, if you remember nothing else.”

Shannon Mayer’s ability to build worlds and people with the ever shifting growth and loss allowing the characters to be relatable is phenomenal. As this story book progresses and grows and ends, I found myself in awe at how perfectly set the stage was left for the story to continue.

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