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BEYOND THE PAGE: Awakening Publishes Tomorrow!

October 06, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


October 6, 2015

BEYOND THE PAGE: Awakening Publishes Tomorrow!

FFFriends, today marks the final installment in BEYOND THE PAGE! It’s our last behind-the-scenes glimpse into turning a manuscript into a published book series. Author Catrina Burgess sat down with us for the last time to discuss THE DARK RITUALS, which begin publishing TOMORROW. Take it away, Cat…

Yes—my books begin publishing tomorrow!! If you think creating a finished book series has been a lot of work so far, here comes the hardest part: trying to get readers to notice. There are a ton of books out there, so how can you make sure people know about yours?

To help spread the word about The Dark Rituals, I’ll be posting covers, book blurbs, teasers, excerpts, and buy links on my social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad—and scheduling a blog tour.

How do you set up a blog tour, you ask? There are groups on the internet that will set up a tour for you for a fee, but many authors also set up their own tours.

Tips for setting up your own blog tour:

  • Start keeping a list of any book blogs you come across and jot down blogs you see your writing friends and favorite authors posting on
  • Do an internet search for blogs, looking specifically for blogs that are interested in the genre you write (there are romance blogs, mystery blogs, paranormal blogs, etc.)
  • Create an email to send out to all the blogs that contains the following information:
    1. A paragraph asking if the blog has any space and if you can come and blog about your book
    2. An introduction or author bio
    3. Information about your book
    4. Any excerpts and buy links

What is expected of you when you “visit” a blog as an author on tour? Sometimes a blog will just want some info to post: your cover, book blurb, buy links, and author bio. Other times, a blog will want a more personal guest post. A guest post is basically you rambling on about something. 😉 You can talk about what inspired you to write the books, or you can do something creative, like an interview with one of your characters. Or you can talk about a topic that has nothing to do with your books—write a rant on your hatred of Twinkies, for example. But make sure whatever type of guest blog you end up writing includes all your book info and social media links somewhere in the post. Remember, the whole point of blogging is so readers can learn more about you and hopefully go check out your books.

Thankfully, FFFDig’s marketing coordinator, Caroline, is helping me with all of this stuff. Caroline set up the blog tour and will also send shout outs about The Dark Rituals to review sites. Caroline will be there every step of the way to help me maneuver through all the tricky things that go along with the marketing of my books. Thank you, Caroline!

But here’s some really important information: an author can’t just sit back and let the Caroline of the company do all the work. No reader will find the book if the author isn’t involved in trying to get the word out.

You can also interest readers by running contests. Rafflecopter is one cool website that helps you run a contest. What kind of things do you giveaway? This depends on the type of book you’re publishing, and the audience for that book. Some authors just give away copies of their books—either digital or print. Other authors like to put together a prize pack.

For The Dark Rituals, I first gave away a Reader’s Survival Kit full of fun paranormal stuff. That contest just ended today, so…drumroll please… The winner is…Barbara Desmond! Congratulations, Barbara!

Next, I’ll be giving away a Ghost Hunter’s kit. You can enter the giveaway HERE starting tomorrow, October 7th.

You can also make up some cool swag to go along with your books. One thing a lot of authors like to make is bookmarks. My friend, author Lilian Carmine (she wrote the Lost Boys Trilogy), is an illustrator in her day job. She created this very cool graphic for my bookmark:


I will also be making up a bookmark that features the newer Dark Rituals covers.
So, there you have it—a peek beyond the page. A chance to see what happens when you sign up with a publishing house and all the work, sweat, and tears that go into taking a story from manuscript to published work. Now go out there and help me spread the word about The Dark Rituals, because tomorrow, Awakening goes on sale!


Ever wonder what happens after you sign with a publishing house? Catrina Burgess, author of The Dark Rituals series coming this October, has convinced us to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how a manuscript becomes a finished book. Tune in every Tuesday for a new installment, and check out the series on the author’s blog at!

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Author Ravyn Rayne

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Grave Misfortune (Palace Secrets Book 3)

by Ravyn Rayne

Published by Blushing Books
Genre: Historical Romance, Romantic Erotica

Married to a gambler and drunk, Helene is the madam for a brothel, where she looks after her girls and services the clientele. When Vincent, a royal guard from the palace, arrives at her doorstep and tries to defend her honor, little does he know she’s both married to the man and a Madam for the establishment. Could things get any more awkward?

Hours later, a fire breaks out, putting her life and the girl’s that live with her in danger. Who would wish to set fire to the brothel? Going home to the cottage with her husband hardly seems a viable option. Vincent invites her to court, but can she handle what is in store for her? Not used to taking orders, Helene will have to learn to submit to Vincent, in order to protect her.

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“Come with me.” Vincent’s tone is sharp and short. “You broke the rules, Helene. There are consequences for not following orders.” He grabs me by the elbow and whisks me into a nearby room, kicking the door shut behind us.

I slip from his grasp as he blocks my exit. Consequences? Is he out of his mind? I should have known not to trust him and come to court. Not that I felt there was much choice but I could have lied to the king or told him I had a husband to stay with. It might have begged more questions but those I could have skirted. “Let me go!”

“Not until you’ve been taken over my knee.”

I scoff at his words. He’s not serious. “What are you going to do, spank me?” I’m half-joking. Rowland wasn’t a prince but he never would have had the strength to discipline me.

Meet the Characters in the Series



A madam and owner of her own brothel, Helene is related by blood to King Alexander, though she’s never come forward to claim any relation to the throne. She prefers her relation to be kept secret. Married to a drunk, Helene spends more time looking after her girls and babysitting her husband than caring about her own needs.



As a guard for King Alexander, Vincent is loyal, but don’t mistake his kindness for lack of strength. With a reputation for being dominant and adventurous, Vincent has decided he wants a woman to marry, one that loves him for his kink as much as his desire to command her in the bedroom.


Queen Isabella ‘Ella’

Formerly a princess, Queen Isabella is married to King Alexander. With a secret history of romancing her Lady-in-Waiting, Hannah, Isabella has come to accept her role as queen. Will she accept everything else going on in the castle right under her nose?


King Alexander

While his father lay on his death bed, Prince Alexander searched for a woman that would join him in ruling his kingdom. Strict, dominant, and every sense of the word ‘alpha’, Alexander knows how to keep his queen in line with a good spanking when she disobeys.

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Lady-in-Waiting for Princess Isabella, Hannah travels with her to Prince Alexander’s court. Keeping their relationship a secret is a necessity or she and her queen will face death. Given the opportunity to find love and her own life away from the palace, the arrogant Lucas Covington, a Duke with riches and a title, desires Hannah’s hand. He’s smug, annoying, and enjoys taking Hannah over his knee when given the opportunity to discipline her. Is it too much for her?


Author Interview


What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m writing a Victorian Age Play novel that will be published under the name Allison West. It’s currently untitled and I’m about half-way through writing the first draft. I’ve also recently created the domain which highlights both Ravyn and Allison (spanking author) titles.

What names do you write under?

Ruth Silver, Ravyn Rayne, and Allison West.

How much do you write per day?

My goal is 6k words a day. Somedays I can get that done in three hours. Other days it takes 8 or 9 hours to write that amount.

What are you favorite genres to read?

I love romantic erotica, dystopian (YA or adult), and some fantasy.

Are you self published?

Nope. I’m published with Blushing Books, Lazy Day Publishing, and Booktrope.

What else do you like to do besides write?

I love photography, reading, traveling, watching television, blogging, and making book swag.

What sport are you good at?

I used to be good at bowling. I bowled on my high school team and on our college campus in a league for fun.

What show on television are you most looking forward to that’s debuting this season?

Good question! There’s two shows I’m really excited about watching. Quantico and Shadowhunters. My days are spent writing and nights are spent relaxing to television or hanging out with friends.

Do you have a favorite board game?

Settlers of Catan and Pandemic. I love both of them equally.

Which do you prefer: Kindle or paperback?

Lately I’ve been reading on my kindle. It’s easy to download, I can get samples set to my device, and I don’t have to wait for a book to ship. I do have trouble remembering to charge the Kindle though!

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Palace Secrets

by Ravyn Rayne

Published by Blushing Books


Love comes in many forms and always at a price.

At twenty-three, Princess Isabella must settle down for the sake of her kingdom. Caught up in a secret affair with her lady-in-waiting, Hannah, the princess knows it can only last for so long.

When Prince Alexander arrives to court her, he confides that his father is on his death bed, and he will be crowned king soon. Isabella hastily agrees to the proposal, desiring to be queen, knowing little about her soon to be husband.

Murder, secrets, and lies combine with menage, spanking, and erotic encounters in this steamy medieval romance.


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“Make a sound and you’ll get another spanking,” Alexander says. His tone is firm but light. Unlike the last time, he doesn’t sound angry or disappointed with me. Is this how our lovemaking will be?
I’m both aroused and craving more of Alexander’s affection. I bury my face into the pillow, trying my best not to make any noise. I moan quietly as his lashings grow harder, burning against my skin, making me wet. I’m glad Alexander’s attention is on me. There’s something about his power and control that fires me up inside. Is he doing this to teach me a lesson for being naughty or to arouse me?
“No, Hannah.” Alexander’s answer is both quick and abrupt. “I’m the only one in charge.
Maybe I should spank you both regularly for sneaking around the castle, behind my back. Would that make sure it doesn’t happen again?” Alexander lets his hand land hard on my bottom. The sting grows fierce and I whimper in protest. When will his spankings turn to sex? He offered it to me the last time and I rejected him. It had been the only amount of control that I’d been given. Tonight, I would give him everything, and if he asked me to beg, I would.


Maiden Claimed (Palace Secrets Book Two)


by Ravyn Rayne

Published by Blushing Books


It was supposed to be a simple trip to the market in Paris.

Nothing for Lady Hannah is ever simple.

One secret after another.

The lies are mounting up.

Lady Hannah has made a deal with the devil. Worse she’s falling in love with him. There’s no turning back.

A steamy medieval romance filled with spankings and erotic pleasures.


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Waiting outside the bathhouse, a gentleman, with honey-golden hair and eyes as green as the blades of grass on a summer’s day, stops in front of me. He looks me over and smiles. His face is covered in scruff and dirt licks his skin. “I approve.”

There’s an arrogance surrounding this man, and I have the urge to silence him.

“You approve of what?” I ask and cross my arms defensively. My eyes narrow, unpleased.

“I approve of you joining me in the bathhouse. Though I admit you look pretty clean already. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised.” He reaches out to touch a strand of my blonde hair and I swat his fingers away and force his arm down to his side.

“You’ve lost your mind.” My grip on his wrist is forceful, showing him who’s boss.

“What do you think you’re doing?” he asks, glancing down at my hand still holding his wrist.


About the Author

Ravyn RayneRavyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation,
Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.wherever it might be. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her young adult books here.


Courted by Jennifer Chance

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Fans of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries will enjoy COURTED, a New Adult Contemporary Romance with a modern royals flair, about a young woman about to give up on her dreams … and the prince whose dreams she could help make come true.

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About Courted:

Title: Courted

Author: Jennifer Chance

Publisher: Elewyn Publishing

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Series: Gowns & Crowns #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Length: 222 Pages

ISBN: 9781943768042


Aspiring concert violist Emmaline Aurora Grace Andrews is torn between her love of family and her love of music. A year ago, she deferred entering a prestigious graduate program to help her parents recover from a devastating accident. Now the deferment is expiring, but her parents still need her. Worse, every time she plays her audition piece, she mangles it. Is it too late to be the musician she’d always dreamed of? Should she even try?

Determined to get clarity, Emmaline accepts a friend’s offer for a whirlwind European vacation. First Stop: a real live fantasy kingdom—the perfect place to sort wishes from reality.

Prince Kristos Andris was a respected captain in his nation’s military… Was. In the wake of the tragic death of his elder brother, he’s managed to avoid his duties as the new Crown Prince of Garronia for months. But now he must accept his responsibilities and leave his troops behind. Outraged at the restrictions of his new royal position, he’ll do anything for one last adventure. So when opportunity suddenly lands in his arms in the form of a dreamy-eyed American girl, he embraces it (and her) for all he’s worth. What’s the harm in a quick fling, after all? It won’t change what he knows he must do…

Only this is Garronia in the summertime, where passion has a way of ruining even the most sensible of plans.

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 *An excerpt just after Kristos pulls Em ashore from the Aegean sea.*

When the man looked up and shouted something she didn’t understand, yet another wave of mortification crashed through Emmaline. Oh God, we’ve drawn a crowd. Why hadn’t she realized there were people around them? Of course there would be people. It was a public beach. With people on it.

“I’m so sorry, I’m fine,” she managed, though she could barely understand her own words, she was shaking so much. “If you’d let me get up—I just need to walk around. I’m sorry.”

“Do not apologize. You have done nothing wrong.” The man’s words were harsh with the crack of command, but Em was beyond responding to any more orders. “I am calling for my men. You are frozen.” And with another curse, he pulled her into his lap, surrounding her with his heat.

His men? Was he in charge of that little group of navy guys?

“Why are you so cold?” he continued, and though her brain seemed to be on the verge of shutting down, Em knew he thought she was going into shock. “It is a warm and sunny day. We have only sunny days here in Garronia, didn’t you know that? It is a kingdom of sunshine and joy.”

He was talking to her like she was a child, and Em closed her eyes in humiliation. Seriously, this was not happening.

“I just—I get the shakes sometimes. It’s okay, I—get cold, it’s—” Now did not seem to be the best time to talk about poor blood circulation, but Em couldn’t help her rat-a-tatting teeth as the man’s rough arms encircled her, his thick biceps and corded forearms covering her chest and waist. He dropped a soft kiss on the crown of her head, as natural as if they’d been dating for years, and murmured something else to her.

Wait, what? Had he seriously just kissed her?

Warmth snaked through her now, all right, but that was mostly because a man was actually holding her. She hadn’t had that happen in so long that she’d practically forgotten what it felt like to have someone pressing against her, skin to skin, chest to back, lips to ear, surrounding her so completely that she had neither time nor breath to think about anything else, anyone else, anywhere else…

Whoa, there, girl. Dial it down a notch.

Only now the man who was making such insane, impossible images dance through her head was speaking again, his voice rich with Mediterranean sun and spices and, God, his arms around her felt amazing. “You get cold,yes, I can see that,” he murmured into her ear, his breath fanning through her wet hair. Despite herself, Em shivered again, and he held her yet closer. As her heart pounded thunderously, his next words were soothing, gentle, and once again in a language she couldn’t understand. He was trying to help calm her down—not rile her up. Settle down! She implored her newly reawakened libido, which was beginning to thrum with anticipation at a real, live man holding her real, live body in his real, live arms…

Her newly reawakened libido was apparently not to be deterred.

“The water is treacherous,” Sexy Navy Adonis said. “I tried to warn you, but I did not do a good job. For that, I am sorry.”

He kissed her hair again, and Em gave up thinking any more rational thoughts. Instead, she closed her eyes, wishing the world away while she stored up all these memories for the next however many years it would be until she could feel a man’s body against hers again. “I didn’t—you didn’t—”

“Shh. All is well.” He rocked her into him and she became aware of other parts of his body too. His broad, flat chest, his knotted abs—and even lower, as his groin snugged up against the drenched backside of her suit.

Em’s eyes popped open, though the man couldn’t see her. Nevertheless, while she might be the one trembling, she wasn’t the only one affected by their tight embrace.

Oh my God.

“What can I say?” Hot Rescue Guy’s thickly accented English whispered against her ear. “I am but a man.”

And when she turned to apologize, his mouth was right there, his lips soft and warmed by the sun, his expression open and sure. It was the most natural thing in the world for her to lift her face that little bit as well and touch her lips to his.

Sunshine. That was the first coherent thought that raced through Em’s mind. Her rescuer tasted like sunshine and salt and sand, like blue skies and possibilities. Something shifted in her that made her trembling stop for a second, her heart lurching with surprise into completely unfamiliar territory. What—how?

Oblivious to her confusion, her gorgeous Greek god kissed her back, hard and firm, but only for a moment. Then he lifted his head, his rich laughter rolling forth as someone pounded up the beach.


About Jennifer Chance:

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it’s getting a little dicey.

You can find her online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @Jenn_Chance.

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Farryn’s War by Christie Meierz

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A novel of love, vengeance, and a world re-opened to the stars.

The empathic Tolari of the Beta Hydri system shunned space travel for thousands of years. Farryn of Monralar tried to shake his people from their isolation—tried and failed, losing his honor in the process. Now an exile, he puts his past behind him by building his own criminal empire among the colonies of Earth.

Only his estranged lover Sharana—scholar, political analyst, and one of the most powerful empathic sensitives on Tolar—dares to follow him into human space, desperate to find out what has become of him, hopeful of convincing him that she never betrayed him.

Unfortunately, Earth Central Security is watching, and Sharana has no idea what she is getting herself into.

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank you for having me! I’m glad to be here.

I just released my fourth novel, Farryn’s War, a romantic suspense that begins a new series, Exiles of the Drift. It runs parallel to my existing Tales of Tolari Space universe and chronicles the adventures of those characters who choose to leave the safety of Tolar and venture into the dangers of the human colony worlds, but it stands on its own, so you won’t be confused if you haven’t read the first three novels. Beyond that, I’m working out ideas for the sequel to Farryn’s War and writing a few short stories, as well.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was a little girl. But a few years ago I took some college language courses, and the writing assignments all revolved around things I wasn’t doing, since I’m not a 20-yr-old student and I wasn’t living on campus. The instructor told me to write from the point of view of a young student, a fictional character—and the words just flowed. When the course was over, I couldn’t stop.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Reading Stephen King’s On Writing helped me enormously. When I got to the part where he described that he begins a story by coming up with a character and a situation, I literally got up and danced around the dining room table. I thought I’d been doing it wrong, but that’s the way I write. I have a character, or characters, I have a situation, I have a direction I want to take it, and that’s all, but everyone I knew personally was telling me I had to plot and outline and make lists and, and, and… that doesn’t work for me. But if the method I use is good enough for Stephen King, then it’s more than good enough for me.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?

The real “perfect” hero is precisely the one that’s not perfect, but is trying to be better than he is. For me… well, I’ve always preferred intelligent, kind, trustworthy men. The rest is gravy.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I’ve done needlework of all sorts, played the piano and oboe, and learned a number of languages. But writing, along with the reading I need to do to be a good writer, take up most of my time now.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Going to Alaska in 2010, for our 25th wedding anniversary. We saw glaciers! And whales! And we took a train along the coast and saw more glaciers!

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

Fictional: Monralar, a province on my Tolari world, because—one of my favorite characters, Bertie, lives there, when he’s not on the orbital station.

Real: New Zealand! I’ve always wanted to see New Zealand.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

I’ll try anything once, but most of the time I’m creature of habit. But! Chocolate comes in many forms. I just discovered what Brazilian sea salt does for it…

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

My friends and family describe me as quiet, even-tempered, and a good listener. What they can’t see is that I’m padding like crazy under the surface!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Parmesan-crusted chicken (dark meat, please!) and Milano cookies.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

Autumn, for the colors on the trees and the relief after the summer heat.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Electronic reading devices; I have some nerve damage in my hands that makes it painful to hold a book, even a paperback, for any length of time.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

My ideal evening is sitting at home with my husband, reading good books together in the quiet.

What project are you working on next?

A novel about a woman, a scholar of my empathic race, the Tolari, struggling with PTSD caused by her experiences among alien races.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

Yes! I will be at Capclave, Washington DC’s annual science fiction convention, on October 9-11, and at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on November20-22. It’s really exciting to meet the people who love my stories!

Readers can also connect with me on Facebook, read snippets and other newsy bits on my fan page, or go to my website for news, announcements, and my blog.


Author Bio:

Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a civilization of empaths on the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. Her published works include her bestselling debut novel, The Marann, its sequels, and two prequel short stories published in Into Tolari Space ~ The First Contact Stories. Her forthcoming novel, Farryn’s War, will come out on September 22, 2015.

Christie has spent a night and/or eaten a meal in all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings (, and Facebook (facebook/christie.meierz and facebook/tolarispace), where she welcomes comments and friend requests.

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Touching Fate

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Hi Friends,

Fall is here, and with it comes the final two repackaged covers from Kresley Cole’s phenomenally popular Immortals After Dark series, and what’s ours is yours!

The latest HOT Off the Press new looks:






Something a little different this time: DARK SKYE will be available in eBook format at a special price of $1.99 from October 5th to November 1st.  MACRIEVE has been chosen for a Kindle Daily Deal on 10/29, and will be available in eBook format for $1.99 on that day only.

HEIR TO THE PACK by Laura Welling

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 How I Write

I have a day job, and a family, and a farm. This means it can be challenging to find time to write!

I don’t have a problem coming up with ideas. They pop into my head all the time: while I’m driving, in the shower, while I’m doing barn chores or housework. I tend to work out the major plot points while tidying or shoveling or what have you, but I don’t usually write a detailed synopsis in advance. I just like to have a general idea of where the story is going.

Once I know what’s going to happen, I start to write. I used to think, “if only I had more time to write a book,” and dreamed of long stretches of uninterrupted time where I would compose a masterpiece.

Reality bites. I rarely have more than fifteen or twenty minutes at a stretch. The only way to get things done is to fit as much as I can into those fifteen minutes, a writing sprint if you will. I’ve actually found if I do have three or four hours, I don’t get the same amount done as if I split that amount of time over a bunch of fifteen-minute sessions.

The key is the daydreaming while driving or whatever. That way I keep the story in the front of my mind, so when I do sit down to the keyboard I don’t need to waste time thinking, “Now, where was I?”

There’s also what I call the cliffhanger principle: I stop writing in the middle of a scene, not at the end of one. I can stop at the end of a chapter, too, because I love ending a chapter with a cliffhanger.

The one exception to the long stretches of time is the end of the book. When I get close to the end I just want to keep going. For Heir To The Pack, I wrote the last fifty pages on a transcontinental flight. (Thanks, United!)

Starting is the hardest for me, always, but there’s nothing quite like typing “The End”. Right now I’m working on getting there for the sequel to Heir To The Pack, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!



They’ve both been carrying a secret: She had a son from their three day fling and he’s a werewolf. How will each react to the news and will the news save their son?

 Fans of paranormal romance are sure to love this thrilling new novel from Laura Welling. Will the revelation of what Dash really is be enough to save his and Annie’s son from a mysterious illness?
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Synoposis: Three years ago, Annie had a three-day fling in Cancun with a handsome stranger, Dash. Two years ago, she gave birth to his son. Now, Annie’s son is fading away with a mysterious illness, and she must seek help from his father, who doesn’t know he exists. But Dash has news for her: first, he’s a werewolf; second, he’s about to be crowned their king; and third, their son has been touched by an ancient curse.

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About Laura Welling

When she’s not writing, Laura Welling wears a lot of other hats: mother, farmer, and software engineer. She’s Australian but lives in the United States on a horse farm, which she shares with her family, crazy dogs, and various horses, cats and chickens. She is a compulsive reader of all genre fiction, who started reading before the age of two, and never stopped. She wrote her first “book” when she was five—a spy story, which has since been joined in a bottom drawer by various other early attempts.

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The Arrangement by Nicolette Hugo

October 03, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →



Nell Harper’s got her life all figured out:

Build a successful law career, find Mr. Right, then have 2.3 kids and a white picket fence. Everything is going to plan until a handsome stranger stops her from stepping in front of a speeding car.

Vincent Mason, rising politician, not only rescues Nell from death but from her safe but predictable life as he introduces her to the darker pleasures of domination and submission. What starts as a six month arrangement of sexual liberation turns into a deeper emotional exploration and Nell soon finds herself letting go of preconceived ideas of love and lust.

But can Nell trust Vincent enough to truly surrender herself?

And can she trust herself enough to listen to what her heart truly wants?


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Author Interview:

  1. I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

I am so happy to be here, thank you for having me. I’ve just launched a series called ‘Unchained Vice’ with Momentum and the first release, The Arrangement is available from 27th August. The story focuses on the final month of a six-month sexual arrangement between Nell Harper and Vincent Mason where the friend-with-benefits nature of their relationship begins to unravel as Nell declares her love for him. The declaration creating a spin-off of questions they need to resolve … is feeling the only one-way? What does love look like in a kink relationship? And most importantly is a BDSM relationship what Nell wants?

  1. When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I have a theory that we are born innately knowing what passion calls us. As a little girl I used to make my own magazines and stories and sell them to my friends and family but then I moved into other things. Last year I ‘picked up the pen’ again and The Arrangement was the result.

  1. Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

I wish I could give you something profound or inspirational. There truth is there are many quotes and articles that I have learnt from, but the one piece of advice that comes to mind most often is a something my two writing crit partners and I bandy about whenever the going gets hard, the old “You can do it!” immortalized in this very daggy montage … Yes we share the clip

  1. Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?

Oooh yes. Let’s talk heroes. There’s something soul satisfying about picking up a book with a hero you just love. One of the best things about writing for me, is I get to put my perfect heroes on the page and I’m not going to lie, I’m all about the alpha man – confident, intelligent and capable. And I like them a little dangerous. The duplicity we all hold in us intrigues me, and I like a hero that walks that fine line. Think Batman instead of Superman.

The thing I like most about Vincent, the hero in The Arrangement, is while ticking all the alpha boxes, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is the perfect combination of hard and soft. Oh, and he is kinda good in bed … did I mention that?

  1. What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

Reading. Reading. Have I mentioned I like to read a lot? It’s been a very slow reading year for me with the book release but you can catch-up with me on Goodreads. I’m always happy to chat books.

  1. What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I’ve lived in in three continents, Africa, North America and Australia. Each place feels like its own lifetime. Despite all being English speaking countries there are always cultural nuances and differences to learn and embrace. It’s a different wanderlust to travelers and I guess it makes me a bit of a gypsy. I currently live in Sydney, Australia which is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s a city known to be a collection of villages with their own neighbourhoods and identities, and even now I am known to pack up and move neighbourhoods just to experience these differences. I see home more as a feeling than a place.

  1. What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

My iPad. It’s nerve central. Social media, eBooks, music and writing all-in-one.

  1. What project are you working on next?

The Release of the second book in the Unchained Vice series, called Exhibition, which is due for release on 24th September.

  1. Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

I’ll be doing a ‘Meet My Muse’ post on on Monday 24th August if you want to come and find out what makes my mind tick …

Holiday Hookup Blitz with Debbie Mason, Jessica Lemmon & Katie Lane

October 03, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →



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Ex-cop Cat O’Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It’s a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he’s definitely feeling the heat. And if there’s one thing they’ll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it’s that in this town, true love is always in season.


Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.


About A BAD BOY FOR CHRISTMAS by Jessica Lemmon

Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that’s a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .

With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they’ll have to decide if they’re ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.



Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)


About UNWRAPPED by Katie Lane

Jacqueline Maguire has a problem tying the knot.After fleeing the altar (again), the runaway bride drives off with no particular destination in mind. Which is how Jac finds herself stranded in a snowstorm with a hot, hard-bodied stranger who treats her to the naughtiest night of her life . . . but come morning, he’s long gone.

Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle. No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can’t quite forget his curvalicious one-night stand. Then Jac shows up unexpectedly, and all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life.



Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holidays series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cuddling with her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

The Chemist’s Shop by Richard Brumer

October 02, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

The Chemist’s Shop


Richard Brumer


Stand Alone or Series:   Stand Alone

Length of Book:                Approx 68,000 words/ 300 pages

Genre:                                  Suspense thriller wrapped around a tender love story.

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Richard Brumer grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Florida with his wife Carol. For many years his passions were skiing, sports car racing, and sailing, including sailing solo in the South Pacific. As a retired pharmacist, he turned his hand to writing and has written several novels and short stories.

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.

—Martin Niemoller, Protestant pastor

The Chemist’s Shop, a novel by RICHARD BRUMER. It is a gripping psychological suspense thriller wrapped around a tender love story.

Pharmacology professor Michael Ross retires from the world of academia in 1970 and opens a community pharmacy in a peaceful upstate New York town. He puts the horrific tragedies of his past behind him and finds serenity in his new life. That is, until he recognizes a customer as former Nazi SS officer, Hans Stern.

Michael looks into Stern’s cold steel-blue eyes, clenches his fists and boils inside, remembering how his three young daughters were taken from him and gassed, and his wife, Ilona, was tortured, raped and stripped of all dignity by Stern, twenty-five years earlier in Auschwitz.

Face to face with this evil being, Michael forces himself to stay calm. In that moment, he experiences two opposing but related feelings. One is anger, the other exhilaration.

Michael could not protect his family then, but he can avenge their deaths now. It isn’t just about killing Stern. That would be too easy. His death has to be slow, painful, and diabolical, and it begins with a game of chess.

Available online from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, and in Palm Beach County, FL public libraries



I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be with you for the past few days. The court case consumes me but being in jail doesn’t take me away from you, When I lost you and later learned you were in Paradise, I felt cursed by the distance between us. But now I feel blessed that I can enjoy the finer parts of our love that others with the privilege of nearness fail to notice.

Our minds and hearts are joined for all eternity, a gift perhaps few can share. Thank you so much for loving me and being my wife.



Miklos and Ilona protected their daughters from worry and harm so they could live in their sweet world of innocence. He was delighted to see his girls play dress-up as they danced around the house, like little ballerinas, to the music of Swan Lake. Little Eva was the best dancer of them all.

“Go, go, Eva,” he shouted and clapped with his hands over his head.

She turned and spun, like a prima ballerina, the star of the show. She had her own graceful style and expressed her emotions with her small, delicate hands, dancing and turning, with her arms arched above her. In his mind’s eye, Miklos saw her grown-up, in her ballet costume, on point and on stage.

The twins skipped and danced until they were breathless. They were all dressed up and fancy, painted with their mother’s makeup and wearing colorful outfits sewn together by Ilona from scraps of material. Roza and Magda had their own sense of grace. They lived in the moment, their moment, as they twirled their young bodies, attempted pirouettes, and leaped into the air.

Ilona turned toward Miklos and whispered in his ear, “When the girls are finished dancing, remind me to tell you something.”

“Tell me now.”

“No, it’s a surprise for the whole family.”

Magda’s excited cries interrupted them. “Look at me, look at me!” She skipped barefoot along the hardwood floor, spinning, turning and bowing to her audience.

“Wonderful!” Miklos shouted as he clapped in rhythm to the music.

“Look at me, too,” Roza yelled as she jumped up and down on the sofa.

Then little Eva caught her breath and performed her solo. “Look at me, Papa. I’m the swan queen.”

She twirled her young body around until she was dizzy, but continued to dazzle her audience. At the end of her dance, her black curls were wet with perspiration and she bowed to everyone as they applauded. Her eyes widened and sparkled when Miklos presented her with a red rose he had taken from Ilona’s birthday bouquet.

“Oh, Papa, thank you!” she said, taking in the delicate scent of the rose.

“You’re welcome, Eva. Every ballerina should have flowers when she takes her bows at the end of her performance.”

Miklos squeezed his wife’s hand. “Did you ever think that when our girls were born, they would provide us with so much entertainment?”

“Never,” Ilona said with tears of delight. “We were given a gift, a wonderful present,” she said, her dark-brown eyes glistening.

“We’re blessed,” he said with a deep sigh, but his thoughts were troubled.

“Will we be all right, Miklos?” Ilona asked. “I’m worried about the girls. They’re so young, just babies.”

“Everything will go well. I was a professor. The Nazis will show respect and find some use for me. We will be safe, Ilona. I promise you.”

Little Eva was out of breath. She sat on the couch, her chest heaving in and out, but Roza and Magda continued to dance with the little energy they had left. They loved each other in a special way, as twins do, but had distinctive personalities. Magda was a bit of a complainer, but good-natured. At the dinner table, she would scrutinize the food carefully and either eat it or give it a “yuck.” Her dream was to be a singer, and she constantly hummed and whistled her tunes. Roza was the resident introvert. She read books and loved to write poetry. She was sensitive, like her mother. Miklos thought that when his girls grew up, they would be a gift to the artistic world. They had so much ahead of them and were lucky to be at the beginning of their lives. The dancing and music continued. Everything will work out all right. He and Ilona continued to be an enthusiastic audience. They clapped and sang through their daughters performances.


The sound of marching boots and loud banging on the door brought the festivities to a halt.


Romance Junkies Interview:

I knew I had to be a writer two years ago when the idea for my first novel came to mind. I saw the ending before I began writing the novel and spent a year writing  and rewriting it—with lots of emphasis on the rewriting, Most of the time on that book was spent going down all the wrong avenues until I joined a writer’s group and found my way—or at least my first step toward the “write” way.

The one piece of advice that was given to me was to keep the story moving and maintain the tension.

Every one of my books has a “perfect” hero, one the reader identifies with and roots for.

My personal life revolves around the outdoors—sailing and skiing. I’ve skied in Europe and the USA and have entered many downhill ski races—even won a bronze medal. Sailing is my true love and I’ve sailed solo in the South Pacific.  For me, to be gliding through the ocean under full sail, alone with my thoughts, surrounded by nature  has been a gift like no other. My newest passion is writing books and many scenes come from my real life adventures.

I like to include a love story in every one of my novels. Everyone wants love in their lives but may not admit it to themselves or others. But it’s everywhere–in books, movies, music and our fantasies. That alone tells me it’s what people like to read about. Sometimes I scatter the love story throughout my books as separate interludes, other times it may cover several chapters. For me, keeping the love aspect tender and affectionate is better than anything explicit. Lovers always have to show their passions. That’s always a given, but sharing their affection with each other—a look—a sweet  kiss—sometimes their silence–is where the deeper, more sensitive love takes place.

A romantic evening might be about a couple having dinner at a small restaurant on top of a thousand year old fort in India under a starry sky and a banana moon. A musician sits quietly in the corner dressed in white and wears a white turban. He plays the sitar and his soft music flows through the open air across the six candlelit tables. The couple doesn’t speak. Only their fingertips touch as they sit enraptured by the beauty around them.

Writing fascinates me. It gives me a place to go in the morning where I find  fulfillment and frustration–always searching for the right word, then changing it ten times. Overcoming challenges in writing is similar to life itself. We constantly use our imaginations to find solutions. Do I ever get writer’s block? Never because I tell myself there’s no such thing. That helps, and I no longer press my imagination for new ideas—and wait.




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