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Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED Cover Revea

April 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!

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ABOUT INTOXICATED:

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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EXCERPT:

I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

 

MonicaMurphypic-250x373ABOUT MONICA MURPHY:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

 

 

 

 

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Author Pamela Aares

April 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

“Sure to thrill fans of modern romantic fiction. If you love Bella Andre and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you’ll love the series Heart of the Game!” —EarthLoving Lens

“A new star in the romance world!”New York Times bestselling author E. Alexander

“My favorite reads are spin-off series by authors like Nora Roberts and I’m happy to find another author I love reading as much.” —Julie Martin Wallace

“An undercurrent of mystery and suspense interlaced with a wonderful romance story…a solid 5 smarty stars.” —Lady Literary

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A kiss in a dark alcove triggers the greatest challenge of their lives…

Ace pitcher Scotty Donovan has been traded from his longtime team—and hates it. But to his surprise, he now finds himself in the sweetest game of his life: winning the heart of smart, sexy physics professor Chloe McNalley.

Chloe loves teaching, but she’s never fit into academia. When she falls for Scotty, she discovers his arms and heart are where she belongs. They share a passion for the game, a fascination for the mysteries of the universe and an increasing love for one another.

Then Chloe inherits Scotty’s new team. As player and team owner, they shouldn’t be dating. They try to hide their passion, until a blackmailer threatens them personally and professionally. Exposure could be the end of everything–Scotty’s career, Chloe’s team ownership, and their new love—unless they find a way to transcend the taboo standing between them.

buy link:
amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Thrown-By-Love-Heart-Game-ebook/dp/B00IU37NO0/?tag=pamela-web-20

Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thrown-by-love-pamela-aares/1118884409?ean=2940149161294

Author Interview

 

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

 

I’ve written for many years for film and radio, but about five years ago, after producing the Powers of the Universe, I knew I wanted to put the many story ideas and voices of characters into novel form. And I’d fallen in love with romance, so it was a natural progression!

 

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

 Write. Write. Write. Other activities are important, but writing is the one thing that has to happen!

 

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

 My perfect hero lives in his body, listens (eventually) to his heart and soul and has the courage to risk loving a strong woman. The All-Star athletes who are the heroes in my Heart of the Game series are to-swoon-over physical, alpha males, but they are each unique, wounded in their own way, and only love calls them to the hero’s journey.

 

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

 We have a small organic farm, my husband calls it a large garden, but most days it feels like a small farm. I love to be outside in the garden. I hike the beaches on the Sonoma Coast, love white-water rafting and dreaming up fun parties for people I love.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Wow. Tough question. Moving from the city to the country was a challenge and every day it’s an adventure. I could write a funny book, Green Acres style about the mistakes I’ve made and zillions of things I’ve learned– the hard way– like Don’t wear yoga pant to weed foxtails; If it requires a pickaxe, reconsider; Don’t try to re-stake trees before the first cup of tea in the morning (smashed fingers).

 But scuba diving the coral reefs in Fiji was probably the greatest adventure. Such life, teeming all around, the colors, the thousands of fish, it was another world under the water.

 

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

 Right now it’d be the Kona coast. I was relaxed there once, had a peaceful week. I could use that right about now!

 

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?

 Adventurous! I’ve learned so much from Brendan Brazier and his book Thrive. I love that he’s a seven time iron man winner and yet only eats plants. It changed how I approached food and it’s been fun.

 

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

 My blender. I don’t have time to sit around chewing all the greens my husband brings in from the garden. If I’m on a writing deadline, I throw them into the blender and can down a whole days worth of vegetables in about three minutes.

 

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

A walk at the national seashore and the popping in to one of the local pubs for music and dinner. And then… well, mustn’t say here but if you read my books…

 

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

I am a positive person, sometime to a fault in that I always expect people to be kind. I was raised in  a family where kindness was paramount.

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Strawberry jam on toast! My homemade jam with berries from our garden. In the dark of winter it was like a burst of Spring! I ownce asked a writer freind of mine what it was about toast that it’s the go-to food when we’re under deadline (along with chocolate!).

 

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

I love the energy of Spring– all the blossoms saying some here. there’s life here, there’s promise.

  

What project are you working on next?

 I’m finishing the 5th book in  the Heart of the game and preparing for the launch of Love on the Line . It’s a challenging story– the hero is a sixteenth generation Samurai, raised on a peach farm in California’s Central Valley. He falls in love with Sabrina Tavonesi, the sister of Alex Tavonesi, the hero of Love Bats Last the first book in the Heart of the Game series.

 

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

 I’m doing an appearance at Copperfield’s books in Petaluma on May 3rd and then again at their Montgomery Village bookstore June 12th. And you can find me on April 24th at Romancing the Jock the monthly blog I write about athletes and romance! If you click through the archive there’s an article about why All-Star Athletes make great lovers :)

Savannah Young’s WILDE RIDERS Blog Tour

April 15, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 4 Comments →

TOUR GIVEAWAY:

GRAND PRIZE: $25 Amazon Gift Card

 RUNNERS UP:  5 Runners Up will each receive an eBook copy of FIRE ON ICE by Dakota Madison.

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WILDE RIDERS
Published by: Short on Time Books

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February 11, 2014

 FOUR WILDE BROTHERS…ONE WILDE COUNTRY BAND

WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.

Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help.

Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.

Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.

 Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Wilde-Riders-Town-Country-Romance-ebook/dp/B00IDWDWJ8/

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wilde-riders-savannah-young/1118708049?ean=9781495442971

About Savannah Young

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Romance novelist Savannah Young grew up in rural northwest New Jersey in a place very similar to the fictional Old Town, which is featured in her books. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories, Savannah is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

 

Contact links:

Website: http://oldtowncountryromance.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavannahYoungAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shortontimebook

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707166

 

Andrew Bardin Williams from Placing Literature

April 14, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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Headline: Visit Forks High School, Netherfield Park and other famous places from romance novels

The heroine peered over the lip of her spiced vanilla chai latte, pausing every few seconds on each gentleman sitting on the plush seating around her. She was judging each of them, one at a time, based purely on looks, demeanor, his beverage choice and how he carried himself as he moved through Cafe Trieste on the edge of downtown San Francisco.

 It was an unfair test, she knew, but she didn’t care, knowing exactly the kind of man she liked and those she didn’t. The muscle-bound meathead gulping the fruit smoothie? She’d had her fill of those types. The bookish, tall tech entrepreneur in the hoodie with horned-rimmed glasses? Experience told her that he would be too preoccupied with the Next Big Thing to give her the attention that she deserved. The Mission District hipster with the bike messenger bag and spikey, unkempt hair drinking his coffee black? She was too old, err, experienced to take on another project. Her eyes wandered upward, following the red velvet curtains lining the large picture window in the front until her gaze hit the dark, wood-paneled ceiling above her. “Just once,” she thought, “I’d like a man to choose me.”

 “Excuse me,” a husky voice glided over her shoulder. The heroine turned around. It was him, and he was smiling.

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Pretty sexy, huh? Ok, maybe not. I’m no romance author. But I’m hoping that the story was a little more titillating for you readers who have been to Cafe Trieste and recognized the oversized furniture, the unique red curtains in the window and the wood-paneled ceiling. Or perhaps you’ve visited San Francisco and know the types of men who frequent the downtown neighborhood where the scene takes place. Or maybe you’d never been to California but can imagine a place like Cafe Trieste based on your notions of what a coffee shop in San Francisco would look and feel like.

The point is this: Setting matters, especially in romance fiction, giving novels a sense of additional realism that stories in purely fictional places do not have. It’s one thing to read about an incognito tryst. It’s another to read about an incognito tryst that takes place in the coffee shop down the street from your home or be able to visit the location while on vacation to perhaps meet Mr. Right yourself.

I co-founded Placing Literature to capture this sense of place in fiction, giving readers a platform in which to explore the locations where their favorite books take place. Imagine visiting Forks High School where Bella meets and falls in love with Edward. Imagine touring London through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, following in their footsteps as they track down 19th century criminals with hackneyed accents and inscrutable morals. Or see where Netherfield Park  is located, the estate where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy first meet.

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On Placing Literature you can, and you can also share that information with your friends and other readers. Our map is crowd-sourced, meaning that the locations of novels are plotted by readers themselves. If you’re reading a novel and know where a scene takes place, come to the site, click on the map and share your knowledge with other readers who may want additional insight into the book they are reading. Right now we have nearly 2,000 places mapped from classic literature to westerns to thrillers to romance, and readers are adding new places every day.

The romance author community has embraced Placing Literature. Currently, we’re highlighting J.S. Cooper , a contemporary romance author with several titles on the USA Today bestsellers list. She’s challenging her fans to map all 48 of her novels and short stories by the end of the month. Previously, we’ve highlighted Dianna Love , author of the Slye Temp series, and Tori L. Ridgewood (Talbot series) as they mapped the scenes from their own novels and shared them with their fans on Facebook and Twitter. We also just launched a special collection of Catalan literature  that takes place around Barcelona, highlighting a small but literary-rich region on the Mediterranean.

I encourage you to take a look at PlacingLiterature.com  to map the scenes from your favorite novels and explore the literature of your neighborhoods. It not only enhances your understanding and enjoyment of the books you are reading, but it helps connect you to a particular place that may have been the inspiration for your favorite romance author.

Andrew Bardin Williams is co-founder of Placing Literature, a crowdsourced website that maps novels that take place in real locations. Follow him at facebook.com/placingliterature and on Twitter (@placinglit).

 

Dakota Cassidy – An American Werewolf in Hoboken

April 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

Untitled-1Blurb–Book 1 in the Wolf Mates Series

Wooing a life mate can be hard enough for a wolf, wooing one while under the threat of a curse even more so. 

Wooing a mate while pretending to be her dog? Nearly impossible. 

After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken’s doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds “Fluffy” vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his his manhood removed, Max’s human side gets to know JC. Especially in the biblical sense. Hopefully well enough to make her fall madly in love, mate with him under the full moon, and move with him to Cedar Glen to live happily every after forever and ever amen. And fast.

Because the curse comes with a deadline…and the clock is ticking.

Click here to Buy Your Copy Today!

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Dakota Cassidy is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books of contemporary and paranormal romance. She lives for a good laugh in both her life and her writing.


Her goals are simple: banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net, and nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants. And of course, write really funny, sexy, romantic books!

Dakota lives in Oregon with her dogs and her husband, who puts the heroes in her books to shame. She loves, loves, loves to connect with readers, so visit her online at:

Facebook page–https://www.facebook.com/DakotaCassidyFanPage

 Twitter https://twitter.com/DakotaCassidy

 Website www.dakotacassidy.com

Author Interview:

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?

Thank you so much for having me! Right now, I’m gearing up to release An American Werewolf in Hoboken, also gearing up for the release of Talk Dirty To Me (my contemp series) AND I’m currently writing The Accidental Dragon. Phew. I’m whooped. LOL!

 

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

 I don’t think there was one defining moment. It just sort of happened and once it did happen, I knew I had to keep doing it.

 

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

 It was several people, in fact. They said, “Sit down, shut up, fingers on the keyboard and write.” :)

 

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

I love funny, and nerdy. But I also love edgy and rough with enough of an alpha twist so as not to be an overbearing ass, but able to handle my big mouth. It’s true. I have a big mouth. I know, surprise!

 

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

I love to garden, read, and I love working with wood. Though, I haven’t in years since I sold my bad saw.


What has been your biggest adventure to date?

 Going to Romania to adopt my oldest son who’s now almost 23. Crazy, exciting, heartbreaking.

 

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

Bora-Bora. OMG, have you seen those huts out in the water? Heaven.

  

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’m a total foodie. I love to try different things, and since I’ve moved to Portland, my foodie soul is all filled up!

  

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

 I found out just recently not having an icemaker in my fridge is like some sort of pox of my humanity. LOL! It’s killing me.

 

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

 Sleep. So much sleep. That’s romantic, right? :)


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

 Probably ditzy, definitely uncensored, strong-willed, mouthy. More mouthy. :)

 

 What is your favorite comfort food?

 Lobster. Sigh. Drenched in butter. Yum.

 

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

 I have trouble picking between fall and winter. I love them both with equal amounts of passion. Now that I live in OR, I’ve finally experienced them again, and I’m overjoyed.

  

What project are you working on next?

 After The Accidental Dragon, I’m on to the second and third in my Wolf Mates series–What’s New Pussycat and Moon Over Manhasset!

   

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

 I’ll be at Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha, OR on May 3, 2014 7:00 p.m. for the launch of my new contemnp series and the release of Talk Dirty To Me! Southern, sexy, very sassy women who run a phone sex company in small town GA. If you’re nearby, I hope you drop in!

Mary Burton’s YOU’RE NOT SAFE

April 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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?

You bet!  Currently, I’m involved in fun marketing efforts—such as this interview—for my new novel,  YOU’RE NOT SAFE. I’m pleased to say that readers have been incredibly supportive and made the book a USA Today bestseller in its first week on sale.  My more introverted self is neck deep in final drafts of my next book, COVER YOUR EYES.  It’s coming out next fall and is the first of four romantic suspense stories I’m setting in Nashville.  I’m just now dipping into the third Nashville book and having fun figuring it out.  It doesn’t even have a title yet.  Oh, and I have a novella coming out in October in the holiday anthology, Our First Christmas, alongside works from Lisa Jackson, Mary Carter and Cathy Lamb.  My always present current project is, of course, keeping track of my (now!) three dachshunds and trying not to take too many time outs to play with them.

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

That moment was a long time in the making.  I had a career in marketing and always thought about writing. Finally, my head was just so full of stories so much of the time that one day the light bulb went off.  I remember standing in a bookstore staring at the books in the romance section and I just knew this was something I could do.  Whether I was going to be good at it or not—come what may—it was time to sit down and write.  And so I did.  And, happily, I’m still at it, twenty-one novels later.  

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

I was at the Washington Romance Writers conference and I remember hearing Nora Roberts speak.  She is always focused on the writing and she writes every day.  That really stuck with me and so I began writing every day.  Back in the day my kids were little so I didn’t have much time most days, but I made a point to add something to the book each day.  It’s amazing how those stolen minutes and hours added up.

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

My hero in YOU’RE NOT SAFE is my idea of a perfect hero.  He’s a Texas Ranger who stands at six foot six and he’s got a reputation for being a fierce warrior.  He’s also dedicated to his nephew and finding the help that the boy needs to recover from PTSD.  My heroes are Alpha males who aren’t afraid to fight the bad guys, fight for their families and most especially to fight for the women they love.  

 

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

I’m a notorious dog lover, baker and cook.  So much so that we just adopted our third dog, Tiki, who joins siblings Bella and Buddy.  I enjoy cooking and baking so much that I’ve logged dozens of hours as a kitchen assistant at Sur la Table and at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program.  The latter is also where I’m currently completing my Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate. And, of course, time with my family is always at the top of my list though much harder to come by these days as my husband and I are now empty nesters.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I’ve had a few daring moments.  I have 40 hours of flight time in a Cessna 152, I’ve gone caving, run a few triathlons, and I’ve gone scuba diving off the coast of Fiji.  All were incredible experiences!

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

I’m torn between a white sandy beach (it’s been a LONG winter) and Paris.  Nothing would make me happier than to dig my toes in the sand or wander the back streets of Paris.  I’ve also had a notion to visit Germany, somewhere I’ve never been but would love to see!

 

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 will try anything once.   It’s crazy not to not try a food just because it’s different.  I was raised by a mother who always had an adventurous streak when it came to food.  As a kid I tried rattlesnake, snails and I remember having buffalo for dinner.  Christmas dinner at Mom’s is always an adventure because we never know what’s going to be served.  Might be different but it’s always delicious.

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

Yes, thanks for asking.  I’ll be at the Chicago Spring Fling Writers Conference in Chicago April 24th – 26th  (http://www.chicagonorthrwa.org/spring-fling-writers-conference-registration ). On Saturday, May 10th I’ll be back home in Richmond and participating in a mystery panel  with authors Ellery Adams, Mollie Cox Bryan and LynDee Walk at Kelly Justice’s wonderful Fountain Bookstore in Richmond ( http://www.fountainbookstore.com ).  Summer finds me heading to Manhattan for Thriller Writers of America’s Thrillerfest (http://thrillerfest.com) and to the Killer Nashville conference in—you guessed it—Tennessee. (http://www.killernashville.com) I’ll be posting and new events on my site at http://www.maryburton.com/events. I hope Romance Junkie readers will come up and say hello.

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YOU’RE NOT SAFE by Mary Burton
Zebra Books/Mass Market Original/Fiction
April 2014/On Sale 3-25-14/$7.99 ($8.99 Canada)/ 978-1-4201-2507-8

Mary-Burton-YOU'RE-NOT-SAFENEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MARY BURTON BRINGS DEATH TO THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WHERE THE ELITE MEET MURDER AND THE PAST HAUNTS THE PRESENT IN YOU’RE NOT SAFE
Burton’s New Suspense Novel is Published as a Paperback Original

“[Mary Burton] once again demonstrates her romantic suspense chops with this taut novel . . . Burton plays cat-and-mouse with the reader through a tight plot, with
credible suspects and romantic spice keeping it real.” –Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining mystery infused with suspense . . . the barely-held-in attraction between hardened Texas Ranger Tec and the guilt-ridden Greer resonates, as does their tension as they encounter a vicious killer. Crisp, in-depth writing yields a satisfying, gripping plot and steady pacing. This story is hard to put down.” –RT Book Reviews

Praise for NO ESCAPE
No-Escape-revise-blue-band“Mary Burton—the modern day Queen of Romantic Suspense—raises the stakes
chapter by chapter . . . [an] unnerving journey to the truth . . . irresistible characters
and a riveting plot.” –Book Reporter

“Fast paced and seriously creepy, in the way that a good thriller should be . . . Burton
delivers spine tingling satisfaction in No Escape and leaves the reader anxious for her
next work . . . be prepared to sleep with the lights on.” –The Jefferson County Post (TN)

“Burton always writes great, edgy suspense, and this book is no different.”
–Parkersburg News and Sentinel (WV)

 

Praise for THE SEVENTH VICTIM
The-Seventh-Victim“An excellent thriller… a very twisted saga that readers will find unbelievably hard to put down!” –Suspense Magazine

“With plenty of procedural details, red herrings and spine-chilling danger, this tale of romantic suspense will keep readers up all night.” –Book Page

“Best-selling author Mary Burton unleashes her most terrifying romantic suspense yet.”
–Happily Ever After, USA Today

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton lets loose an obsessed killer who’s granting the wishes of four former friends the only way he knows how—by killing them—in her latest suspense novel, YOU’RE NOT SAFE. It joins Burton’s highly praised novels NO ESCAPE and THE SEVENTH VICTIM to complete her Austin-set trifecta featuring Texas Rangers confronting multi-layered crimes of passion and deceit.

YOU’RE NOT SAFE is Ranger Tec Bragg’s and vineyard owner Greer Templeton’s
story. Greer has had enough pain in her life and has worked hard to move forward, to
ensure the fulfillment of her aunt’s dreams for her fledgling Texas Hill Country vineyard
and to stay out of the limelight of her past. Then Tec shows up on her doorstep
questioning her about a suicide on the adjacent property, her relationship to the dead
man and why her photo was found at the scene.

Tec, a no-nonsense, hardened professional isn’t sure what he expects to find when he heads to Bonneville Vineyards to question Greer. A broken body has been found hanging from a tree and his gut tells him it wasn’t a suicide. Greer is his best lead, and possibly his top suspect, and he’s determined to find out what she knows, despite her refusal to betray confidences of the past.

Soon, another death—also an unlikely suicide—makes it all too clear that something from Greer’s teen years ties her to the killer and his victims. The question is what. And, as not one but two more murders are discovered, can Tec find and knock down the walls Austin’s elite are hiding behind before the killer gets to Greer?

Mary Burton, the “modern day Queen of Romantic Suspense”* brings readers characters faced with daunting challenges that take them to the dark side and back again, not simply in the pursuit of justice, but as they come to terms with themselves and the lives they’ve chosen.
*Book Reporter

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton has been intrigued by investigative work and the people who do it since Virginia, her home state, was stung by a string of serial killings that spanned more than twenty years. Not surprisingly, many of her suspense novels are fueled by the acts of multiple killers and the people who pursue them, as is YOU’RE NOT SAFE, which completes the trio of stories set in and around Austin she began with The Seventh Victim and continued with No Escape.

The author of twenty-one novels and three novellas, her earlier work includes I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream, set in her home town of Richmond, and Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, set in Alexandria.

Mary’s intensive research has led to meetings with key members of law enforcement, to seminars and classes, and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has attended Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina.

A Richmond native whose family roots run as deep as the nation’s, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She graduated from Virginia’s Hollins University and had a career in marketing before deciding to write full time. Her first manuscript, a historical romance, was published in 2000.

She is a member of Thriller Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She travels often for signings, speaking engagements and other appearances. She is a frequent speaker regarding writing and genre fiction, and continues to present her “Unraveling Romantic Suspense” workshop and her day-long program “Writing Your Book…The First Step.”

Mary is currently finishing work on her new suspense novel, Cover Your Eyes. The first of three thrillers set in Nashville, it is being published in November. In October her novella, A Ranger for Christmas, will be featured in the holiday anthology, Our First Christmas, along with works by Lisa Jackson, Mary Carter and Cathy Lamb.
www.maryburton.com http://www.facebook.com/maryburtonfanpage www.kensingtonbooks.com

 

 

 

Keri Multerer interactive romance fiction

April 11, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 1 Comment →

It’s wonderful to lose yourself in a good book, being transported into a make believe world where the heroine falls in love with…….well, someone you may or may not want her to. Do you ever want to yell at her to run away now, go for it, pick the blond, not the brunette! Sometimes it’s fun to be an active participant in the story, making choices for the protagonist based on what you want to see happen. SilkWords blurs the line between romance fiction and casual gaming to offer high quality stories with reader interactivity.

The site is tasteful, ad free, and offers a unique reading experience to the busy, modern woman. The stories are high quality with rich characters, settings, and plot and can be reset to any point in the storyline to make different choices.

We offer something for everyone with a variety of sub-genres, heat levels, and sexual orientation of the protagonist.

Here is a sampling of some of our most popular stories:

The Harem Club by Jane Nin

Married young, recently divorced, she thinks she’s ready to get back in the game. But when she receives an invitation to an exclusive, adults-only club, she wonders is she ready for this?

You’re first choice:

Does she play? or Does she watch?

Ellery’s Choice by Robin Stock

Feisty Ellery spent a year grieving her fiance. Mack, arrogant and sexy, may be just the cure she needs. Or will former co-worker Jason woo her away from self exile in the Appalachian hills?

You choose if Ellery:

Is not able to resist Mack? or Does she do her best to avoid him?

Between Hedge and Manor by Skyler White

The new kitchenmaid at Dunsany Manor has heard dark whispers about its young lord. Polly has good sense and hedgemagic to keep her safe, but desire will take her right to the boundary between his world and hers.

You choose if:

The lord cannot permit her to ruin herself for him. or Knowing he cannot stop her, the lord lets their love come sweeping in.

What do you think of this concept? What type of interactivity would you enjoy seeing in a romance story? Leave your thoughts in the comments. One commenter will receive a free one-year subscription. 

Author Rebekah Lewis

April 11, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 3 Comments →

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Book Blurb:

The only cure to the satyr curse is a nymph. When Ariston finds one spying on him, can he win her over?

Under the Satyr Moon a curse was wrought, and under the same moon shall it be reversed…if the Fates allow.

A freelance photography job goes downhill fast when Lily Anders’ boyfriend dumps her and disappears from the campsite, leaving her stranded in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Feeling lost, heartbroken, and afraid, Lily follows a mysterious melody through the wilderness. She never would have guessed the source of the music would reveal that legendary figures of Greek mythology really existed, and she could be one of them.

 Ever since he was cursed, Ariston has only wanted one thing—to be human again. He has searched the globe for a nymph to free him, but over three thousand years of failure has pushed him into a life of solitude. Ariston believes he’s finally found the salvation he’s longed for when he catches Lily spying on him in the forest. Unfortunately, he has to convince her to like him first.

 What seems to be the Fates bringing them together in time for the Satyr Moon proves to be an elaborate scheme with macabre intentions. Dionysus has sent Ariston’s estranged brother, Adonis, to ensure the curse cannot be broken, and nothing tosses cold water over the flame of seduction like a twin seeking vengeance.

Buy link

http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=13&products_id=557

Read An Excerpt:

“Oh God. Oh God. I’m hallucinating, probably have a fever, and I need to get out of here now.” She nodded as she said the last word as if it finalized her babbling, confirming an inner argument of some sort.

“I don’t think you’re suffering any ailments. You can keep gawking at me all you like. Although, I would prefer if you looked a little higher than my feet.” Much more impressive, that. At least, no one had ever complained before.

She made a derogatory noise in the back of her throat. “Please tell me you’re some D&D nerd in a really well-made costume and you mean me no harm. Also, if you have a cell phone, I would really appreciate it if you don’t take my previous comment personally and let me borrow it for a moment.” Ah, well, that solved one of his concerns; if she had no phone, she couldn’t have sent evidence or contacted anyone about what she’d seen. Unless, of course, she had a camera stashed somewhere. I should probably frisk her to find out.

He crossed his arms. “This is not a costume.” Ariston narrowed his eyes, a thought occurring to him. “I didn’t sense you being attracted by my song like I did the blonde. Are you a magical being? Who are you? A deity? A demigoddess?” He was on to something there, but wasn’t sure what. Had she brought the freak thunderstorm the night before? There had been no sign of rain, yet rained it had. And hailed on top of it.

“Right… Maybe you should let me hold that phone I mentioned before. I think it could bring help for both of us.”

“I don’t have a phone on me. Where would I put it? In my leg hair?” He lifted a hoof and waved it in a counterclockwise motion. Brunette’s eyes widened once more. Why did everyone get all worked up over the hooves, but not the horns? Those mostly received a pffft reaction followed by a series of retorts about his nature of “horniness.” It’s not like he would start making goat noises and chewing on buttons. The only part of his anatomy of any real importance hung heavily between his legs, and that was as human as any mortal man. Except he liked to think he was better endowed.

“In your, uh, gun holster?” Brunette pointed to his panpipes.

“What about it?” Ariston asked.

“You asked where you would put a cellphone. There is a large pocket on your strappy purse thingy.” She nibbled her full bottom lip, an act that shot fire to his groin.

“It’s not a purse. How could you even say that? It’s very manly.”

“Uh huh. Of course.”

“It is.” The twinge of lust faded out as he noticed the blood spotted bandage across the palm of her hand. “How were you injured?” Ariston took an unconscious step toward her. He had medical supplies at the cabin. Though he healed at phenomenal speeds, his blood still made a mess when it flowed on the wrong side of his skin. He could patch her up in no time.

She glanced at her palm, almost surprised to see the bandage there. Then she shook her head and said, “Yeah, this is the weirdest conversation ever. Sorry, but…gotta dash.” She darted off in the opposite direction. As she sprinted away, stinging drops of water began to bombard his skin. Brunette had to be the one manipulating the rain, but how? What was she? It must be linked to her emotions somehow, and it made him wonder what had happened to provoke the furious assault from the elements the night before.

Ariston snapped out of his stupor and chased after her. “Hey, not so fast!” A thought started taking root in his mind. He’d been excited about her before, but if he was right… Gods, he couldn’t let her escape. Not if there was a chance.

Brunette was magical in nature, affecting the elements. The timing was too good to be true. Ariston had sought one of her kind for as long as he’d been a satyr, and if she turned out being a nymph, she was also his savior. Unfortunately, his salvation continued putting distance between them. She may have the upper hand in the rain, but he knew the forest well. He’d capture her like the legends of old, and she’d be his. Mine!

She had revealed herself to him. Perhaps not intentionally, yet she had. All he needed was Brunette to desire him enough to take him as a lover under the Satyr Moon. He smiled. Ariston was rusty when it came to true seduction, without the use of magic, but he enjoyed a challenge. He could be free, mortal, could finally have a family, grow old, and live a normal human life.

Author Interview:

 1.)        What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?

It’s a scramble right now. I have a general outline for my works in progress, but I let the characters take me from plot point A to plot point B. Sometimes they deviate from the plan, and it is always interesting to see why.

2.)        What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I enjoyed to read as a kid, so I dabbled with writing a lot in middle school, high school and college. I took two creative writing fiction classes in college. While I wanted to be a wild animal trainer at the end of high school, I always knew I would write something one day. (p.s. animal training didn’t work out. Had to drop Biology as a major because I couldn’t get through botany and it was required. I aced the animal biology classes, failed miserably at plants LOL!)

3.)        Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?

Paranormal is my favorite. I like the vast amount of possibilities to work with that aren’t grounded as much into reality. When I read a story I want it to take me away from my life, and since paranormal things don’t happen to me I like to experiment with my characters and see how they react to things that don’t seem possible. Because reaction is what makes a person interesting. If, say, a vampire hops out and demands blood, any sane person would be afraid. But if they aren’t, well…they either have a death wish, or they have secrets you want to know. Why doesn’t that vampire scare them? Or is it all a front?

I probably won’t write contemporary romance. I need a spice of something surreal. I don’t want to live in the real world when I read or write!

I have an idea for a YA series I would like to develop further, and have been plotting since 2005. But since it is also mythology based, I want to finish the Cursed Satyroi first. I don’t need to pantheons of gods in my head at one time. They are bossy.

4.)        Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?

I do use a pen name. Mainly because if looking for a job, I didn’t want my naughty satyr books to be the first thing in a Google search. I’m not ashamed of them though, and I have no issue if people know my real name.  Rebekah is a name I have always liked the spelling for. Lewis came from a great number of silly things, but let’s just say it is the first name of the author who wrote my favorite childhood story: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 5.)        Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why?

 

 Personalities, not so much. Entire subplots: yes. Hermes decided Kat was going to have Pan’s child at the end of Wicked Satyr Nights. That was never part of the plan! Lol

 Most challenging has been Ariston. He just did not want to cooperate with me and fought every step of the way. He’s very honest and wants to lay it all out, and I had to let him to an extent because the book wasn’t going anywhere because he refused to be secretive.

6.)        What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?

I have been doing a lot of research on mythology for this series, cryptozoology, maps, landmarks, and ancient Greek.  Internet is the easiest, but you have to be careful with that because not all sources online are accurate. If I can get physical books, I do. I have a shelf of mythology books and ancient Greek books as well.

7.)        What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you?

 

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. I loved seeing the before and after of the apocalypse. Usually we only see the after and know very little about the cause. I think I have an author crush on Kresley. Not in a creepy way. I just admire her so! lol

 Fun Questions

1.)        What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?

Currently this is my favorite: http://youtu.be/ZFqaFu2maDg

 Why? Tom Hiddleston. I want him for my very own. LOL

 Least favorite is hard to pick since there are so many bad ones out there. I think the mariachi band Little Ceasar commercial is the most annoying at the moment though.

2.)        Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?

First celebrity crush would have to be…you know I think it was David Jason Frank from Power Rangers. He’s not bad looking now, but I have moved on.

3.)        What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?

Favorite shows are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Vikings, and Once Upon a Time.

I could do without watching just about any reality show ever (though I do watch the Voice and Face Off on occasion. They tempt me with their evil ways…and Adam Levine.)

RebekahLewisHeadshotAuthor Bio:

Rebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed in a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.

If you would like to follow Rebekah on social media or contact via email, use the following information:

Website: www.rebekah-lewis.com

Email: lewis.rebekah@rocketmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RebekahLewisAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6537317.Rebekah_Lewis

Twitter: @RebekahLLewis

 

A NUMBERS GAME by Tracy Solheim

April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 4 Comments →

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TSolheimAuthor Bio:
Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing-and reading-books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

To find out more about Tracy Solheim, visit her at:
Website: http://www.tracysolheim.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracySolheimBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TracyKSolheim
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6519003.Tracy_Solheim

9780698164451_p0_v2_s260x420About A NUMBERS GAME:
Love is worth more than the sum of its hearts…

CPA Merrit Callahan learned early not to let passion unravel her orderly life. Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along-dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor. Now, after her back-stabbing fiancé breaks off their engagement, Merrit flees to Baltimore to escape the fallout.

After eight years in the pros, a series of concussions have forced Heath Gibson out of the NFL. The transition from player to coach for the Baltimore Blaze hasn’t been smooth, but finding himself face-to-face with Merrit Callahan makes the ride even rockier. He’s been filled with regret ever since a stupid team prank caused Merrit to run away from him a decade earlier.

Merrit’s stunned to reconnect with Heath. And despite the authenticity of his reignited feelings this time around, Merrit’s got her mind set on payback. She’ll give Heath a night he won’t forget and then walk away. But Heath’s hold on her heart-and the rest of her body-is difficult to break…

Includes a preview of the next Out of Bounds novel, Risky Game.

Buy links:
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19654431-a-numbers-game

Read An Excerpt:

 A feeling of light-headedness nearly brought Merrit to her knees.  Her eyes roamed over the well muscled arms and beautiful chest to his trim waist, honing in on the small green shamrock tattoo peeking out above the waistband of his shorts.  One that exactly matched the shamrock she’d had tattooed above her own hip bone.  She didn’t bother looking up at his face because she already knew it by heart.  Just as she knew the feel of his firm lips on her own, the taste of his skin, the brush of his unshaved face and his musky scent.  Worse, she knew firsthand the mockery that would be reflected in his coffee eyes.  Mockery she’d once mistaken for something else.

“This isn’t what it looks like,” he was saying, but his words sounded to Merrit as if they were echoing out of the end of a pipe.  “I picked up the wrong keys when I went out for my run and I left my cell phone inside on the charger.  Would you mind if I borrowed yours to make a quick—”

He stopped mid-sentence and mid-stride holding both hands up, palms out.  Merrit realized she was mirroring his pose, her hands at the ready to push him away.  The gasping sound she heard was coming from her own throat as her ribs continued to squeeze tightly around her lungs.  She saw the moment recognition dawned on his face; his lips beginning to form a word.  As if the angels sensed her panic, a surge of adrenalin washed away the cement–like feeling in Merrit’s limbs.  Heart racing, she jumped into her car, jammed the key in the ignition and drove off before things really got messy and she passed out.

Giveaway details:
Tracy is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) to one random commenter during the tour.

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Tour Schedule:
April 7- Smexy Books http://smexybooks.com/
April 8- SOS Aloha sosaloha.blogspot.com
(2nd Stop) What I’m Reading http://sillymelody.blogspot.com/
April 9- Delighted Reader http://delightedreader.com
April 10- Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkies.com/
April 11- The Romance Dish http://theromancedish.com
April 14- Rookie Romance http://rookieromance.blogspot.co.uk/
April 15- Cocktails and Books http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/
April 17- Romance Reader Girl http://romancereadergirl.com/
April 18- Harlequin Junkie- http://harlequinjunkie.com/

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THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A NOVEL OF THE TITANIC by HAZEL GAYNOR

April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

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TheGirlWhoCamHome-PB-CTHE GIRL WHO CAME HOME
A Novel of the Titanic
By Hazel Gaynor

William Morrow Paperback

Original
Publication Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 9780062316868
Price: $14.99; 300 Pages
E-book ISBN: 9780062316875

Maggie Murphy’s voyage to America, 1912.

“Readers will enjoy this lovely, heartfelt story.”
— Romantic Times (4 Stars)

WILLIAM MORROW is thrilled to publish Hazel Gaynor’s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A Novel of the Titanic

Her story is inspired by true events surrounding the Addergoole 14—members of a church parish in County Mayo, Ireland that set sail together on RMS Titanic, all hoping to find a brighter future in America. It is believed that the losses suffered by the parish in the Titanic disaster were the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality.

Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy feels bittersweet about her journey across the Atlantic
Ocean. While her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in the country with
Séamus, the sweetheart she is leaving behind. Maggie is one of the fortunate few passengers in steerage who survives on April 15th, 1912. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that night again.

Weaving in and out of Maggie’s voyage and Chicago, 1982, Gaynor introduces the reader to
twenty-one year old Grace Butler. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she
harbored for almost a lifetime about Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and
leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those thought to be lost long ago.
Gaynor’s poignant tale seamlessly blends fact and fiction, exploring the tragedy’s impact and
its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. With snippets of actual
Marconigrams—telegrams sent through the Marconi Company between Titanic and Carpathia and between Carpathia and the White Star Line office—THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years, and a real source of fascination for history buffs and Titanic enthusiasts.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is available now at Amazon | B&N iTunes IndieBound

Read an Excerpt:

It was a year after they’d first danced at the Brennans’ wedding that she’d finally found the courage to tell him the news she had been dreading.

“I’m goin’ to America, Séamus,” she’d said, as they sat by the fireside playing cards on a wet, dark January evening. “It’s all decided. I’m to go with Aunt Kathleen to Chicago. Peggy Madden, Katie Kenny, and the Brennans are to travel with us—and some others.” The crackle and spit from the fire had filled the silence which descended upon the young couple. Séamus hadn’t spoken. “We’re to go in the spring.”

The rain had lashed against the windows. There’d been no other sound. Even the fire had seemed to momentarily hush itself.

“We’re to sail on a new liner called Titanic. They say it’s the biggest, finest, safest ocean liner there’s ever been built,” she’d added, more to break the unbearable silence than anything. She’d felt silly then. Why had she told him this? Who cared about the ship or how big it was? That was the sort of stuff that her cousin, Pat Brogan, and Peggy Madden were interested in, not her. To Maggie, the ship they would sail on was an entirely insignificant fact amid the reality of what the departure meant for her and Séamus.

He’d maintained his silence, throwing another sod of turf onto the fire, which sent a wave of moist, earthy smoke billowing across the room.

“Would you think of coming too?” she’d added hesitantly, already knowing his answer.

He’d looked at her, this young man she adored with the uncomplicated certainty of youth, his cheeks rosy from the warmth of the flames. “Ah, Maggie, you know I can’t. Not with Da so sick an’ all. Anyway, we haven’t a shillin’ to our name. I could never be affording one of those boat tickets, never mind two, even if he was well enough.”

They’d talked before about the prospect of emigrating, it being a common occurrence in the parish. Séamus had a brother in Philadelphia, who sent home as much money as he could afford, but with his mam dead and his da too ill to travel, Séamus knew that a trip to America would not be his for the making anytime soon. Maggie’s fate, however, lay entirely in the hands of Aunt Kathleen, who had first made the trip to America herself twenty years ago and was completely enamored with the place. She’d written often to her niece about the possibility of joining her in Chicago, about how America offered much better prospects for young women than Ireland ever could, but one thing or another had always prevented it from happening. However, this time was different. With nobody to care for Maggie in Ireland, Aunt Kathleen had made up her mind: her niece would go back to Chicago with her in the spring. And no matter how much this arrangement might break Maggie’s heart, there was no changing Kathleen Dolan’s mind once it was made up.

Author Interview:

1. 

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

 

 Firstly, thank you for inviting me to Romance Junkies (love the name!)

 I’m so excited about the release of my debut: THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic. The novel tells the story of a young Irish woman, Maggie Murphy, who reluctantly leaves her Irish home and her sweetheart, Séamus, to start a new life in America with her aunt. They travel on RMS Titanic. Seventy years later, Maggie confides in her great-granddaughter, Grace, sharing her experience of the traumatic events of April, 1912. Maggie’s revelations have far-reaching repercussions for them both.

 

 I’ve been fascinated with Titanic since I was a teenager. When I started my research for the novel, I came across the record of a survivor from a small parish in County Mayo, Ireland. From there, I discovered the history of a group of Irish emigrants – now known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen – who travelled together on Titanic. I knew immediately that I’d found the inspiration for my novel. I wanted to explore the experience of a third class passenger on Titanic, the aftermath of the disaster and how such an event can have far-reaching repercussions on a survivor’s life. Through Maggie, I hope to allow readers to immerse themselves in an aspect of the Titanic disaster they might not have considered.

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

 I’ve loved reading since I was a child and I’ve always dabbled in creative writing in some form or another. After university, I went straight into a corporate career in the finance and legal sectors. I left my job in 2009 to look after my children, and that was when I began to tap back into my creative side. Initially, I wrote a parenting blog in the few moments I snatched while I was at home with my two children. This led to writing freelance for the local and national press and my writing began to get noticed. Eventually, that long-held ambition to write a novel finally felt like something I could achieve. I consider myself very lucky to have found something I love working at.

 

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

 I interviewed Philippa Gregory in 2012. As a big fan of her novels (and a then unpublished writer) this was a real ‘wow’ moment for me. The whole conversation with her was hugely inspiring but one particular piece of advice stuck with me: ‘don’t look at something that seems to be successful and think ‘I can do that’. If you’ve been blessed with a talent to write, you should write the best novel you possibly can, so that whatever way a reader comes across it, they will want to turn the page and keep reading. That is what makes a good novel.’

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

 Having children. Without a doubt. They surprise me every single day.

 

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

 A good old-fashioned sticky toffee pudding with custard. It’s like a great bug hug in a bowl.

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

 Autumn. I love the colours, the nip in the air, the smell of smoke from the peat fires, Halloween – I love everything about autumn! Also, most of the major events in my life have happened in autumn – engagement, wedding and the birth of my two children, so it’s a busy and very special season for that reason too.

 

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

My laptop!

 

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

 On holiday somewhere beautiful and warm (perhaps a Tuscan farmhouse) sharing a chilled bottle of wine with my husband while we watch the stars. Other than that, any evening where everyone gets a good sleep and nobody needs me to fetch them a drink or find their teddy in the middle of the night is romantic enough for me!

 What project are you working on next?

 My second novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE FLOWERS, is about two sets of sisters and is set around a charity for orphaned flower sellers in Victorian London. The story spans several decades across the late 1800s and early 1900s. I love the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the streets of Victorian London were a wonderfully haunting place to explore in my imagination. I am very excited about the book’s publication early next year.

 

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

 THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME will be hopping around the internet during the April blog tour. I have been asked some great questions and have revealed all sorts of information about myself that I probably shouldn’t have! Full details of the blog tour, which includes lots of giveaways, are available on my website at www.hazelgaynor.com

 In person, I will be speaking on Book Club Girl on Air and also on Irish radio station KFM. I will post dates and times and podcasts of these interviews on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks and on my website. I will be guest hosting at #LitChat on Twitter in May, where I will be talking about THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and am also looking forward to speaking at the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference in the UK in July.

 Other events will be announced on my Facebook page and website over the coming weeks and months.

 Hazel-Gaynor-photoABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hazel Gaynor is an exciting new voice in historical fiction. Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times, and she was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers. Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, and two young children. For more information, please visit her on the web at http://www.hazelgaynor.com/

Hazel can also be reached via social media: Facebook & twitter: @HazelGaynor

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