Point of No Return by Torie James

October 15, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



Full of seething, sensual shadows and hidden faces, the annual Masquerade Ball at Lymbo Resort is one event anyone would sell their soul for.

One night a year, impiety and temptation take center court at the invitation only event hosted by the mysterious Avan Noxturna. Decadent darkness, burning lust and wicked intentions hide behind innocent masks in the most innocuous places.

The fires of hell may blaze hot but the flames of passion consume common sense when obsessive memories escape to ignite an inferno of intimate bliss that will sear both saint and sinner.

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? I’d love to! Currently, I’m working on Book 4 of my New Camelot Series, A full length novel about Avan (the heroine in my newest story, Point of No Return), a couple of short stories and gathering research for a book I want to write about the Tudors.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve always known, somehow. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else. Unless you count being Han Solo’s wife. Shush. Don’t judge.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? My grandmother. She told me to never give up or in. That my time would come.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? At this point in life, the perfect hero for me need only to accept and love the fact that I’m totally imperfect. Oh. And he must not give me “the look” when I am consuming chocolate.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I love bowling and painting! Lately, I’ve discovered an affinity for photo programs and making book trailers. *sheepish grin* And I collect swords, daggers and old movie posters. Mostly from Horror Movies.

What has been your biggest adventure to date? I wore mismatched socks out in public. #IDoWhatIWant

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland. It sits right on the shores of Loch Ness and I’ma huge, freaky fan of that place. I’d renovate the castle and spend my days writing and gazing out the window onto the loch below.

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 am notoriously picky when it comes to food. No one likes dining with me. *huffs* Actually, I’m rather plebeian. I love simple foods and rarely go outside of my tasty comfort zone. I ate haggis once though. Yeah. No. Never again.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Wifi. I. Must. Have. *laughs* Product of my times, I guess.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? My idea of a romantic evening would be a casual dinner for two and then out for a walk along the beach as the sun sets. Or or! A trip to the bookstore. You can tell a lot about a man by the sections he browses! *shifty eyed*

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? Insane. My loved ones would say I’m VERY insane.

What is your favorite comfort food? Chili dogs!

What is your favorite season? Winter! What do you love about it? The chill in the air, the smell of the cold, the darkness and the general easy beauty that winter brings. It gives me a dreamy feelingI am most creative during the winter and get a lot of writing done without having to bribe the muse!

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

You can always find me at the following places:

Blog and Website: http://torienjames.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/WriterGurl216

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Writergurl216

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054839.Torie_N_James

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Breathless Press Website: http://www.breathlesspress.com/


Author Bio:

Torie James has loved reading since she was old enough to hold a book in her lap. While her friends were out playing, she was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, she made up her own and kept going. This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped her keep her feet on the ground while her head stayed firmly in the clouds. Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, her dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night and Timeless Desire, Books One and Two the award winning New Camelot Series. Slated for 3 more books in that series, she’s also currently working on The Cloie Chronicles, The Tudor Files, Avan Noxturna: Soul Broker and the Fables of Blood and Stone. Two short stories, No Change Policy in Room 8 and Reclaiming the Rabbit Hole can be found in My Bloody Valentine and Wonderland Tales, respectively, through her publisher, Breathless Press.

Torie lives in Southern California with her family and a houseful of pets who rule the roost.

Author Saylor Storm

October 14, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


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Author Note: I just wanted to let you know that I’m running a special on my books; Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture as a thank you to your readers, they are temporarily $0.99.

Saylor Storm’s Book 1 and 2 for Sue’s Journey Trilogy.


Sue’s Rapture:

At long last, seasoned and savvy, Susan Kent, finds the love of her life, compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson. The two create an idyllic life until Roger receives devastating news that could change their lives forever. Unwilling to give up on her perfect love, Sue devises a plan to get their lives back on track. Sue could never have imagined how her perfect plan could have gone so completely out of control. Will Sue be able to repair the damage and will she even want to after she sees a darker side to Roger?

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Middle aged, overweight, depressed and lonely, Susan Kent, becomes part of an anti-aging clinical trial and is offered a lease on life. She swiftly transforms into a budding beauty. Her newfound tender age brings opportunities, lovers and tragedy. Sue’s youthful path takes her on a journey that she never could have imagined and catastrophe brings sobering consequences. Compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson, enters her life and saves the day. In the end does Susan choose youth or the promise of love?

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Author Interview:

please tell us about your current projects?

Thank you for having me here today. I am currently working on several projects. First is the release of Book 2, Sue’s Rapture, in the Sue’s Journey Trilogy. Book 1, Sue’s Seduction, lays out the premise of the fountain of youth in a pill. Because I wanted readers to understand Sue’s JOURNEY, I decided this blog tour would begin with the first book while releasing the second.

Next is a book of love trivia and fun facts that I have been posting on my Facebook page for the past year or so. I am also working on my first romance thriller called Basking in the Light, which is due for release in March 2015. In my “spare” time I am writing the third book in the Sue’s Journey Trilogy called Sue’s Legacy.

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

I don’t think there was an exact moment for me; it was more of a feeling that I’ve had since early childhood that I would end up writing one day. Writing romance novels came as a big surprise to me as I always assumed I would write children’s books.

 Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you today?
My high school English teacher, Liz Lanier, sat me down one day and explained thoroughly how to write an exceptional essay. Her advice stuck in my mind and my papers improved tremendously.

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

The perfect hero to me is someone who has been through some challenging times in his life, but has learned from his difficulties and as a result continues to evolve as an individual. He has a good heart and strives to do the right thing. He has integrity. My reoccurring character, Arnie Darrow, is a perfect example of someone who has had some tough blows in life, but continues to grow and learn.

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

I’m not much of a collector. Most of my free time is spent photographing and hiking in the spectacular Sierra Mountains where I live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. I have always been fascinated by the wine industry and have completed level 1 sommelier certification and plan to continue on to level 2.

What is your biggest adventure to date?

Starting a writing career in mid-life without having any previous experience or knowledge about the writing industry. It has been quite an education and an adventure!

 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’ve been daydreaming about spending a year on a tropical island. I did quite a bit of research and Belize makes a lot of sense to me; it’s beautiful, affordable (in certain areas), English speaking and not too far away.

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 food and recipes?

Trying new things is part of the fun of life. Trying at least one new thing each day, whether it be food or an experience, is one of my favorite goals.

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

I would describe myself as positive, grounded, loyal and determined. My family and friends describe me as fun, compassionate, dependable, faithful, easy going and tenacious.

 What is your favorite comfort food?

Cheese and fruit; it’s a family thing.

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

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. I’m exhilarated by the crisp air, gentle breezes and gorgeous fall colors. It’s perfect weather for hiking.

 What project are you working on next?

Two unrelated science fiction novels, a fairy tale and the next book in the Arnie Darrow romantic suspense series called Grace’s Deception.

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

My virtual book tour will continue though the end of October and the schedule can be found on my website www.saylorstorm.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


About Saylor Storm

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing romance novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun, playful and perhaps a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in her novel, “Dr. Selfish.”

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. Love and passion are at the root of her tales, after all isn’t that what life is all about? She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. Viva la passion!

Saylor enjoys being an active member of the Romance Writers of America. She currently lives in Lake Tahoe and one of her many passions is hiking the nationally known Tahoe Rim Trail. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, Saylor Storm.




Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam

October 14, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press. All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.


In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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COVERT by G.K. Moore

October 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Chicago Angels Series, #1
BOOK GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Suspense
AUTHOR NAME: G.K. Moore       
PUBLICATION DATE: December 2nd, 2014

Alessandro is the unwilling heir of a Chicago crime family. Intent on leaving the life set out for him, he decides to run as fast and as far away as possible. His plans crumble when one girl crash lands in his life. He should hate the daughter of his fathers mistress, but its near impossible when he finds that they are alike in more ways than one.
Olivia grew up watching men walk in and out of her mothers life. When one man finally decides to stay, she learns that crime lords dont leave until someones dead. Olivias salvation comes from the person she least expects: his son.
Six years later, Olivia and Alessandro are reunited when her life is threatened. If time has proven one thing, its that repeating their parentsmistakes seems inevitable.
In a world where friendship is a luxury and love a death sentence, two unlikely lovers find each other only to be separated by their cruel reality.
Covert is a full length novel. Contains mature themes.

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G.K. Moore loves cake, romances with alpha males and happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, stalking friends on Facebook, watching bad reality TV, traveling, torturing her hubby with ideas for new stories or doing all of the above at the same time. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, is coming out December 2nd and the backdrop is one of her all time favorite cities, Chicago.
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October 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

                                            SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT

                                                By James MacManus

It’s 1941 and a madman named Adolf Hitler is on a mission to invade Great Britain. The constant sound of bomb blasts followed by the stench of flaming homes and buildings are a part of everyday life in London during the Blitz. The threat that the Nazi’s next stop will be on American soil hangs in the sooty air.

SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT (Thomas Dunne Books; October 7, 2014; $25.99) is author James MacManus’ newest historic novel set in war-torn London. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dispatches his most trusted advisor, a tall, gaunt man named Harry Hopkins, to

London to meet with Winston Churchill. There, Hopkins must assess the growing crisis in Britain. The White House is conflicted and many of FDR’s advisors oppose America joining forces with Britain. During his many meetings with the Prime Minister, Hopkins is bombarded by Churchill’s dramatic rhetoric and constant drinking. Churchill knows the only way to save Britain is with help from the United States. During a dinner in Glasgow, Scotland Churchill implores Hopkins to tell FDR to “give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

In his latest novel, MacManus paints a stunning portrait of a battered London with larger-than-life personalities from history and a mysterious love interest that work together to change the course of history. During his travels in Great Britain, Hopkins is assigned a beautiful young driver named Leonora Finch. The two find consolation in each other’s arms from the threat of war. Hopkins falls deeply in love and the couple’s passion artfully unfolds on the pages. While in London, Harry and Leonora befriend veteran CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow who frequents a secret nightclub named the Black Cat Club that features an unusual mix of colorful characters.

As Harry and Lenora grow closer, she confides that she’s a member of a secret British spy agency. Leonora craves wartime action and will stop at nothing to prove she should be on the front lines, even if it means risking her life.

SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT takes readers on an exciting and heartbreaking adventure as they follow two star-crossed lovers on an epic journey. MacManus brings to life an expertly researched and tragic tale of courage, loyalty and passion and spotlights the sacrifices they make in the name of love and loyalty.

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In spite of the whisky and the long journey, Hopkins found sleep difficult that night. He had been shocked by the earsplitting cacophony of guns, bombs, and sirens during the raid. News reports from London all talked of civilian deaths, the destruction of homes, the plight of the homeless, food shortages, rationing, queues, but none mentioned the deafening nightly thunder of the Blitz. He wondered how anyone got any sleep.


The next morning, as his car drove down Park Lane to 10 Downing Street, he realized that sleep was probably a dimly remembered luxury for most Londoners. Despite the cold, he wound the window down and caught the acrid smell of smoke and burning. He saw pale faces pinched with cold waiting patiently at bus stops, trying to get to work. People stamped their feet and rubbed gloved hands against the cold, craning around the queue hoping to see their bus. Others gave up the wait and trudged past still- burning buildings, heads down, hands clasping handbags or briefcases, all wondering on that freezing morning whether there would be transport home that night. They looked exhausted, hollowed out, half people.


Red double- decker buses lumbered over still- smoldering rubble strewn across the roads, weaving past piles of shattered brick and occasional geysers of water as they went from bus stop to bus stop scooping up passengers from long, orderly queues.


As they passed Hyde Park Hopkins saw the antiaircraft crews cleaning and servicing the guns for the night ahead. Piles of expended shell cases were stacked neatly in brass pyramids under the plane trees. Elderly men and women walked dogs around the gun emplacements as if it were normal to find batteries of long- barreled 3.7- inch antiaircraft guns in the middle of a city park.


That’s the point, Hopkins realized. This is normal. The Blitz had been going on for four months. Twenty- eight thousand people had been killed in London alone and forty thousand homes destroyed, leaving almost half a million people displaced. And yet here on the streets on a bitter January morning people were queuing for the bus and trudging to work over the debris from the latest raid. The chargé d’affaires had been right. No one in Washington had any idea of what was happening in London.


Hopkins opened his briefcase and pulled out his letter of authorization from President Roosevelt:


Reposing special faith and confidence in you, I am asking you to proceed at your earliest convenience to Great Britain, there to act as my personal representative. I am also asking you to convey a communication in this sense to His Majesty George VI. You will of course communicate to this government any matters which may come to your attention in the performance of your mission which you may feel will serve the best interests of the United States.


With all best wishes for the success of your mission I am,

Sincerely yours

Franklin D. Roosevelt


SLEEP IN PEACE TO NIGHT. Copyright © 2014 by James MacManus. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010


JAMES MACMANUS is the managing director of The Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Ocean Devil, which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His other novels include The Language of the Sea and Black Venus. www.jamesmacmanus.com

Writing Great Books for Young Adults

October 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Writing Great Books for Young Adults

October 7, 2014

By Regina L. Brooks

ISBN: 9781402293528 ● Trade Paperback/$14.99

Praise for Writing Great Books for Young Adults

“Written from the perspective of an industry insider, the book shows budding authors how to edit their work with fresh eyes.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Brooks offers writers who are serious about attracting teen readers solid guidance through the creation process of writing YA fiction.” —Library Journal


“Brooks fills her book with clear examples that illustrate her points… If you’re looking for an A to Z guide on writing and publishing YA fiction, Regina Brooks’s how-to is the place to go.” —Writer Magazine


Break into the young adult market with this indispensable guide!


With an 87 percent increase in the number of young adult titles published in the last two years, the young adult market is one of the healthiest segments in the industry. Despite this fact, surprisingly little has been written to help authors hone their craft and truly connect with the young adult audience.


Writing Great Books for Young Adults gives writers all the advice they need to tap into this incredible and innovative market. Literary agent Regina L. Brooks shows writers how listening to young adults will help them create characters their audience can identify with.


Topics covered include meeting your protagonist, engaging your readers,, trying on points of view, and many more.



About the Author: Regina L. Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and has been developing award-winning authors and books for over a decade. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Poets and Writers, Essence, Writer’s Digest, and Sister2Sister, Forbes, Media Bistro, Ebony, and Jet. She lives in New York City.

Author Cynthia Sax

October 12, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



Sinful Rewards 3: A Billionaires and Bikers Novella by Cynthia Sax

Bee Carter’s carefully constructed world is tumbling down around her designer knockoff heels. Pleasing others isn’t working for this small-town fashionista. Bee decides to throw caution to the Chicago wind for one night and release her inner bad girl, accepting a sexy challenge from an unknown texter, exploring the backseat of a limousine with gorgeous billionaire Nicolas, and entering a rough, tough biker bar with the mysterious Hawke.
Two hot men, one wicked night. When this good girl goes wild, who will make her erotic dreams come true—the enigmatic billionaire or the tattooed bad boy?

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“A very large man separates from the pack, and my words fade. He’s backlit, his face and form in darkness, but I’d recognize that blunt buzz cut, square chin, broad shoulders, and confident swagger anywhere.

“Hawke,” I whisper, my toes wiggling in the practical flats I was forced to wear. My lack of heels makes him appear even larger, more dominant and manly.

“Sweetheart.” He cups my chin with his rough fingers and tilts my face upward. Our gazes meet and hold, time stopping, the noise and lights fading. There’s only the two of us.

I’ll have sex with this mountain of a man tonight. Decades-entrenched fear battles newly formed desire. The temptation to turn, to run from him, from this fate, increases with each heartbeat. I know of only one way to quiet my mind, to ensure passion wins. “Kiss me,” I whisper.

Hawke doesn’t hesitate. He swoops down and claims my lips, the strength of his embrace stealing my breath. I gasp. He surges inside me, his tongue tangling, tumbling with mine. He tastes of whiskey and chocolate, a burning sweetness I could quickly become addicted to.

My knees tremble, and he straps his arms around my body, holding me upright, pressing me to him. I forget everything, my doubts, our audience, my friend Cyndi, losing myself in him, in the rasp of his stubble-covered chin against my skin, the stroke of his tongue along mine, the hardness of his body.

Hawke lifts me higher, fitting me into his fit form. My curves flatten against his muscle. My feet dangle above the pavement. Never have I felt this delicate, this cherished.

I grip his shoulders, clinging to him, relishing his strength and size. This is right, this kiss, this night, this man. I’ll give him everything, expecting only pleasure in return, forgoing forever for one evening.

A man whistles, breaking the spell. Other men join him, hooting and hollering, their unruly behavior heating my cheeks. Hawke releases my lips and pushes my face into his cotton-covered chest, bending over my smaller form as though to shield me from them.

“I’m glad you came,” he murmurs, his voice low and deep and arousing. I wiggle closer to him, my nipples pressing against the red silk of my corset. He strokes my loose-flowing hair, his big hands gentle, almost reverent.

“I almost didn’t,” I share quietly, not wanting anyone else to hear us. ”
About the author:
Cynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

Twitter: @CynthiaSax

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Website: http://cynthiasax.com

Author Connie Brockway

October 11, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Guest Post – Love Songs by Connie Brockway

The first song that I recall as being mine—mine as in not something I heard as musical hostage in a house where my parents had sole control of the stereo system—was “Cinnamon Girl” by Crazy Horse. It was also the first time that the music and lyrics of a song conspired to waken my imagination and propel me straight into a story of my own making. When near the end, Neil Young sings, “You see my baby loves to dance! Dance! Dance!” I became that Cinnamon Girl, twirling through the moonlight, waiting for my boyfriend (I was way to young to think “lover”). I’ve been hooked on music as a way to jump start my imagination ever since.

I constantly have some sort of music playing while I write. Sometimes a song gives rise to an entire book—for years, I’ve been hunting for a way to hang a modernize tale on the old Scottish ballad Barbara Allen (listen to Emmylou Harris’s up-tempo rendition!) and someday I’m going to find it. Often music acts as a non-intrusive backdrop, informing the tone of the book as a whole. For my most recent book, THE SONGBIRD’S SEDUCTION, a light but irreverent Edwardian romp, my playlist began with Warren Zevon’s tongue-in-cheek classic “Werewolves of London” and ended with Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” (which might speak more to my career choice than the manuscript!)

But in a romance, even the most light-hearted stories have those intense moments of anguish and despair, when lovers are parted and all seems lost. For me, music is my go-to emotional thesaurus, allowing me to tap more deeply into what my characters are feeling and allowing me to explore the rich variations of heartbreak, ranging from bittersweet poignancy to defiance and despair and even self-loathing obsession. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played the following songs in order to get me into the heads and hearts of my love-tortured heroes and heroines.

So here, representing a sample spectrum, is my top five playlist of inspiring and heart-wrenching love songs.

  • A bittersweet, melancholy song of love lost, “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby is all about the one that got away.
  • When I want to get into the mindset of a man (or woman) absolutely bleeding over a love they can’t control or turn away from, I crank up “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” by Rod Stewart.
  • Sometimes heartbreak threatens one’s very soul, shattering, and eviscerating. Johnny Lang’s bluesy, agonizing “Breaking Me” takes you there and then some.
  • No less despairing but filled with a plaintive self-aware poignancy, Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, speaks to the deep, ineffable tragedy of knowing you really can’t make someone love you.
  • A dark, self-loathing permeates the throbbing, anguished and bitter song “Candy’s Room” by Bruce Springsteen, where he mutters his confession against a driving rhythm.

And finally, because I used it in one of the scenes in THE SONGBIRD’S SEDUCTION, “Dark Eyes”, a Ukrainian ballad (though often erroneously cited as Romani) is not about the lyrics later written for the song, but about the wild, dark and dangerous dance called passion. I suggest listening to the rendition by Zoltan and His Gypsy Ensemble.

Book Information


Book: The Songbird’s Seduction

Author: Connie Brockway

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 318 pages

ISBN: 9781477824894

Genre: Historical Romance



Book Summary


Effervescent bon vivant Lucy Eastlake is a young operetta singer whose star is on the rise in Edwardian London. Though struggling to maintain her beloved great-aunts’ household, she holds fast to the belief that “things will work out.” Now, with the fiftieth anniversary of a siege her great-aunt Lavinia lived through approaching, it looks like Lucy is right, because a fortune is due to be divided among the survivors. All Lucy and her great-aunts have to do is travel to a small Pyrenees town to claim Lavinia’s share of a fabulous treasure in rubies. What could be more simple?


Professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant is the brilliant, straitlaced grandson of a British lord who also withstood the siege. When his grandfather asks him as a matter of honor to escort his old love on the journey, the about-to-be married professor agrees, not expecting Lucy to be part of the bargain. Losing the great-aunts en route, the handsome, buttoned-down professor finds himself caught up in Lucy’s quirky, bewildering, and probably illegal efforts to reunite with them, as he is drawn further and further into an inexplicable infatuation with the free-spirited singer. What could be more complicated?


But when unwilling attraction gives way to sizzling passion, both will be forced to confront the ages-old question of whether love trumps honor…or the other way around.

Buy Link


Amazon: http://bit.ly/TheSongbirdsSeduction



Author Biography


Connie Brockway is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty historical and contemporary romance novels. An eight-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. She is the author of My Seduction, named one of Library Journal’s top romance novels of 2004. Her most recent novel is No Place for a Dame and her most recent collaborative novel is The Lady Most Willing, co-written with Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. She is a Minnesota native, and currently lives there with her husband and two spoiled mutts.


Social Networking Links


Website: http://www.conniebrockway.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connie.brockway

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnieBrockway

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/63611.Connie_Brockway



Tara Meissner – Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis

October 11, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis

This psychology memoir is about the things that break us and how we heal. It offers a raw view a 33-year-old wife and mother swallowed by psychosis. The psychotic episode includes meeting Jesus Christ, dancing with Ellen DeGeneres, and narrowly escaping eternity in the underworld.

Casually called a nervous breakdown, psychosis is an entrapment outside of self where hallucinations and delusions anchor. Family, doctors, and fellow patients witnessed a nonverbal, confused, distraught shell of a woman. In the security of a psychiatric care center, the week-long psychosis broke and spit out a bipolar patient in the cushioned place of middle class medicine.

Outpatient recovery consumed the better part of a year with psychiatric treatment and spiritual contemplation. Left scarred and damaged, health returned allowing her to tentatively embrace a grace and peace earned through acceptance of bipolar disorder.

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

My first book, “Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis,” was published this past summer. It is an important non-fiction work narrating a personal story of one woman’s journey through a psychotic episode and recovery. I am working on promoting this book as a way to increase awareness and understanding about what mental illness and mental health are. October is Mental Health Awareness month and it is my ambition to give the public something to consider as they open up to having conversations about mental illness. I would like my book to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and inspire those living with bipolar disorder, like me, to believe health is possible. Thank you for hosting this book during Mental Health month.

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

I am not one of those writers who knew they had to write since childhood; I didn’t write a neighborhood newspaper or write and draw amateur novels. (I did, however, win a song-writing contest in the 4th grade.) I was 19 when I decided to pursue a career in writing. I met a writer in college, who was unique and arty; I was a fan! We became friends who had tacos with margaritas on Tuesdays, went on a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner job interview together, sang silly songs when everyone was watching at the campus courtyard, and screamed “Yatzee” when we won raffles at the off-campus dive bar. I fell in love with the freedom of nonconforming and wanted to embark on a career with limitless possibilities! Thanks for prompting me to recall Christoff McClurre, who I have lost touch with. My writing career, as you might imagine, is much less exciting.


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

Mark Twain: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

I found this to be damn useful in my early writing days. And it was fun!


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

I am a wickedly competitive Scrabble player. I recently bought the game Bananagrams, which I find is a fast-paced scrabble alternative when time is short.


What has been your biggest adventure to date?

My idea of adventure is going to the grocery store without my list. I’m pretty boring.


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?

Food, to me, is another expression of art. Like my writing, some of my experiments with recipes fail, but I’m always willing to try something new again.


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

I get antsy if I’m away from the internet for too long. I wish I would be able to unplug more, but really it is amazing to have connectivity to the entire world at my fingers.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Bakery bread dipped in soup sooths the soul.


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

As a kid in Wisconsin, I loved spring and its promise of new life, new beginnings. Now, I prefer autumn — the kids are back to school, it gets quieter, the days get shorter, it is a cozy time of year before hunkering down for winter!


What project are you working on next?


I’m moving on to fiction. My novel in progress has some reality to it, but with fiction I am able to take more creative liberties and experiment.




Tara Meissner is a former journalist and a lifelong creative writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and works part-time at her local library. Tara lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, and their three sons. She writes longhand in composition notebooks. Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis is her first book.

Author Dana Wright

October 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Asylum Media Kit:

ISBN: 978-1-77101-393-2

By Dana Wright

Heat Rating: 1

Word Count: 16435

Release Date: October 10, 2014



The voices of the past are alive behind the iron gates of Bremore Asylum. Can Rachel and Matt deduce its secrets before it’s too late?

When Rachel agrees to take the job investigating the disappearance of a fellow ghost hunter at Bremore Asylum, she is totally unprepared for the sexy and stubborn psychic debunker Matt Rutledge to be a part of the package. Can these two opposing forces find the answers behind the asylum’s crumbling walls before they become the newest victims to the asylum’s grim history?


Rachel narrowed her eyes. What little hold she held on her frayed temper snapped. Self-doubt flared, but she stamped it out as quickly as it came.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” She stepped forward, hands clenched into fists, her foot brushing against the luggage. Her hoodie slid off the suitcase and flopped unceremoniously into the dirt.

“We haven’t even started on the project and you’re trying to displace me already?”

Rutledge stepped back, surprise clear on his lightly parted lips. Lips she apparently still wanted to kiss, damn his eyes. God, what was wrong with her?

“My friend almost died because of a mistake I made. But you’re already aware of that, aren’t you, Mr. High and Mighty? Listen to me and listen good. I’m here because my grandmother needs me. I’m a damn fine ghost hunter, which you would already know if you bothered to see beyond what happened to Jeannie.” She poked her finger into his chest and had the satisfaction of seeing him wince.

Matt stepped back and held up his hands, a ruddy flush creeping up his cheeks. “Okay. I was out of line. Truce?” He bent down and carefully picked up her hoodie, handing it to her gingerly.

“Thank you, Mr. Rutledge.” Rachel snatched the hoodie from his hands and tied it around her waist with a firm yank. She didn’t want to chance it falling in the dirt again and it was going to be a long weekend. At the rate they were going, it was going to be a full-on ice storm between them.

A flash of humor crossed his face. “Do you think maybe you could call me Matt?”

“That depends.”

“On what?” Matt cocked his eyebrow with surprise.

“On whether you can stop dissecting me like one of your frauds.”

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Thanks for having me on the blog today! I’m currently at work plotting my next book in the Ghost Echoes series, working on two YA books, some spicy titles under my pen name and a post-apocalyptic series.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer as a child but only in the last two years has the dream really taken off for me.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Oh wow. That’s a good question. It would have to be a quote by Ray Bradbury that said something like this-Write a short story a week. Sooner or later you won’t be terrible. It worked.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The perfect hero is a man who listens. Who has strong convictions but isn’t afraid to compromise when he’s wrong. For me it is much the same.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I love to crochet, knit, bake and watch monster movies with my furry kids at my feet. I collect witches in all forms and my office is done up in monsters and fairies.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Writing. : I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
My room, with the door shut and a mountain of Orange soda and a box of truffles-why deadlines of course!
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 am a creature of habit. Yes, I admit it. Give me something tried and true and I’m happy as a clam. Once and awhile I like to spice things up but overall I am comfy with the familiar.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
My phone.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
Pizza, a monster movie and a box of éclairs.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
A workaholic, book loving dog mom. Pretty much the same most likely.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Fall. I love Halloween and witchy things. Also the crisp snap in the air when you know the weather is about to change from sweltering Texas heat to manageable temperatures.
What project are you working on next?
I work on several at a time so I can switch around when I hit a stumbling block. Right now I am plotting the ideas for the next Ghost Echoes book, a horror novella, two YA books, several spicy romances, two sweet reader choice stories and some short works of fiction.


About the author:

Dana Wright has always had a fascination with things that go bump in the night. She is often found playing at local bookstores, trying not to maim herself with crochet hooks or knitting needles, watching monster movies with her husband and furry kids or blogging about books. More commonly, she is chained to her computers, writing like a woman possessed. She is currently working on several children’s stories, young adult fiction, romantic suspense, short stories and is trying her hand at poetry. She is a contributing author to Ghost Sniffer’s CYOA, Siren’s Call E-zine in their “Women in Horror” issue in February 2013 and “Revenge” in October 2013, a contributing author to Potatoes!, Fossil Lake, Of Dragons and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, Undead in Pictures, Potnia, Shadows and Light, Dark Corners, Wonderstruck, Shifters: A Charity Anthology, Dead Harvest, Monster Diaries (upcoming), Holiday Horrors and the Roms, Bombs and Zoms Anthology from Evil Girlfriend Media. She is the author of Asylum due out in October 2014.  Dana has also reviewed music for Muzikreviews.com specializing in New Age and alternative music and has been a contributing writer to Eternal Haunted Summer, Nightmare Illustrated, Massacre Magazine, Metaphor Magazine, The Were Traveler October 2013 edition: The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters, the December 2013 issue The Day the Zombies Ruled the Earth. She currently reviews music at New Age Music Reviews and Write a Music Review.

Follow Dana’s reviews:

Twitter: @danawrite

Author site: http://danawrightauthor.wix.com/danawright

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/danawrightauthor


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