The Highlander’s Bride Trouble by Mary Wine

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

The Highlander’s Bride Trouble

By Mary Wine

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Historical Romance

August 5, 2014

ISBN: 9781402264863

$6.99/£4.99

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Her clan is in chaos…

Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated—and skilled with a bow and dagger. It’s a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

And rivalries are deadlier than ever.

Raised on the rugged Scottish Isles, Saer MacLeod is considered fierce even by Highlander standards. He’s enchanted by the independent and headstrong Nareen. But when an old feud endangers her life, Saer’s fascination with her escalates into a ferocious desire to protect her… and claim her for himself.

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He reached out and stroked her cheek. “’Tis a sad thing to see how hard yer feelings are. But there is naught more to fear, she’ll nae have the opportunity to inflict such ills again.”

Nareen jerked away from the contact. She even took a swipe at his hand, but he moved faster, withdrawing in time to avoid being struck. Someone chuckled from where his men clustered near the fires, but Saer was watching her from narrowed eyes.

“I am nae afraid of anything,” she assured him.

“Is that so?” Saer inquired in a silky-smooth tone.

Nareen nodded. Satisfaction began to fill her, but it was cut short as he reached out and stroked her face again. She jumped, completely unable to control her reaction.

“Ye are making sport of me in front of yer men, like a savage.”

His eyes glittered, but it wasn’t with the outrage Nareen had intended to provoke. Instead, there was an unmistakable pleased looked in those dark orbs.

“I am a savage, Nareen.” He stepped forward, placing himself within touching range again. “I do nae let words stand alone. If ye truly have no interest in me, there is no reason to avoid me touch. Stand steady and prove ye are nae moved. I have no taste for a frigid woman.”

She laughed at him but stepped back again. “Then it seems we have a common ground, for I crave no man’s touch.”

His lips thinned. “Now that is something ye shall have to prove as well.”

“I will nae. Me word should be enough on the matter, if ye truly are me brother’s friend.” She didn’t care to hide behind her brother’s name, but the circumstances offered her few alternatives.

“As ye noted, I am a savage, and I always demand proof before I believe.”

This time, she was ready when he reached for her cheek. She stepped aside, avoiding him. She was just beginning to smile with her victory when he closed his hand around her wrist. He really was huge. His fingers closed easily around her smaller wrist, clasping it in an iron grip. She braced herself for pain, but there was none, only a secure hold that defied her attempt to break it.

“Release me.” Her voice had risen, and she shut her mouth before revealing any more of her unsettled state.

“Prove ye are unmoved, lass, and I shall be content to accept yer dismissal.” His tone had deepened, becoming something hypnotic.

“I am irritated.” And remaining still was proving too difficult. She twisted her hand, trying to break his hold again.

“Aye, ye are that.” He lifted her hand to his face and pressed a kiss on the delicate skin of her inner wrist. She shuddered, the touch intensely intimate. She’d never realized her skin might be so sensitive. The simple touch of his lips unleashed a bolt of sensation that shook her all the way down to her toes. His eyes filled with satisfaction.

“But ye are also affected.”

He released her, and she stumbled back a pace because she’d been resisting his hold so greatly. Laughter erupted from his men. Saer stiffened, and he crossed his arms over his chest.

“What?” she said. “Are ye trying to impress me by controlling yerself now that ye see yer men are enjoying the sport ye are making of me?”

“Aye, I am,” he answered darkly. “I am nae the one who chose this setting for our meeting, Nareen. Ye should nae have refused to see me again at court. That left me no choice but to chase ye.”

 

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

The Highlander’s Bride Trouble finishes up my Sutherland saga. This is the fourth book, one I didn’t envision when I first sold these books. But Saer showed up in the second book and I knew he needed his own story. Nareen was there in ‘The Highlander’s Prize’ and I’ve been thinking about her ever since too. When they encountered one another in ‘How to Handle a Highlander’…I knew I wanted to write this book. I was lucky enough to have an editor who was open to the idea.

 

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

I discovered the romance genre sometime around fifth grade. Now, according to my mom, I’ve been telling stories since I learned to talk. Lol. But I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I could recall, and from the moment that I discovered my first romance book…I’ve wanted to be a romance writer.

 

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

Believe it or not, my tae kwon do Master. He says…’Successful people don’t just happen.’ …If you want to be something, whether it’s fitness, education or a hundred other things…you have to go out there and make it happen. I write stuff that never sells. I re-write stuff because it needs work. I cringe when I read reviews sometimes but in the end, I get up the next day and write again.

 

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

I try with every book.

 

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

I like to sew historical clothing. Victorian bustles, corsets and I love using silk.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Marriage and trying to create a home.

 

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

Oh, likely someplace that is off limits to tourists or unsafe to travel to. I’d love to see some of the things locked away in the Vatican. Or walk through some of the great pyramids. I’d like to walk on Elizabeth’s walk at the tower of London, no one is allowed up there because it’s unsafe.

 

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 do try new stuff.

 

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

Running water. I love cruise ships. Something about being at sea…with all the modern conveniences.

 

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

Love them all really but I live in southern California.

 

What project are you working on next?

At the moment, I am writing an erotic romance that will release under my pen name ‘Dawn Ryder’. She’s my naughty inner child.

 

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

No, the season has ended. I’m looking at what I plan to do next year. For now, I’m going to dig in and write some books.

 

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Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.

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Romance Junkies: Author Interview, Yuwanda Black

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

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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects.

First, let me say it’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me.

In answer to your query, I just finished A Lover for Beth: Part II. It’s a multi-cultural romance. The two characters are literally worlds apart – he’s from Italy (Rome); she’s from a small (fictional) town in Mississippi (Talleyville).They meet in New York at a mutual friend’s dinner party, and the fireworks start from there!

These characters took me for some twists and turns that I couldn’t have possibly foreseen!

As the author, you think you’re in control, but one thing I’ve learned about writing romance is that when the characters take over, you’re just the conduit through which they flow.

 

I did my outline as I usually do when I start a new novel. Most times, I’m able to stick pretty close to it. But these characters took major detours. I was like “What! I didn’t see that coming!” My heart was pounding as I was writing, because I truly didn’t know how it would all end until I was a few chapters from finishing.

 

The ending in particular floored me — absolutely floored me! I couldn’t type fast enough as the characters did their thing.

 

I hope readers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I don’t even feel like I can claim the title “Author” for this one; it’s more like … “Typist.” The characters truly led the way in this series, which can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, by the way.

 

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Why did you start writing romance?

I’ve been self-publishing since 2002; mostly in the non-fiction, how-to genre. I’ve published over 50 ebooks in that space. But a friend of mine kept telling me to try my hand at romance, because she knew I was a prolific reader of them.

It took me a while to finish my first one – and once I saw the sales, I was like, “Whoa buddy, there’s some serious dough to be made here!”

Now I publish two to four a month, most short, steamy and/or contemporary interracial romance – simply because it sells. I also happen to be African American, and I was in a mixed-race marriage (my husband was from Argentina). One thing writing romance has truly underscored for me is that love is truly color blind.

Love problems are love problems, and that’s the way I write — from the heart.

Who advice would you give to aspiring romance writers to help them earn a full-time living publishing their own works?

Be prolific – and choose your genre(s) well.

I’ve written fiction and non-fiction, and had success in both genres. What I can say without a doubt is this – do your research and carve out a PROFITABLE niche for yourself. Then, write like there’s no tomorrow.

In 2011, I self-published 50 ebooks. Yes, 50! Thirty-five to thirty-eight of them (I can’t remember the exact number) were brand new titles.

I was able to publish so many because I: (i) wrote what I knew (ie, had experience in); (ii) stuck to defined, complementary niches (ie, freelance writing, SEO writing, self-publishing and internet market); and (iv) stuck to a defined scheduled.

You must be disciplined as a writer. There’s just no way around it. Most self-publishers are not going to hit it big with a 50 Shades of Grey, for example. The money comes in the output. The more you publish, the more you give yourself a chance to find an audience.

And, when they do find you and you have a catalog of 8, 10, 20 or 30 books – well let me tell you, you don’t’ have to sell very many per day to make a really good living.

As a romance writer, do you write from experience, or from imagination?

Well of course some of my personal experiences, feelings, desires, hopes and dreams are present in most of my characters. For me, that’s what gives them a ring of truth.

In fact, I say if you find yourself stuck, write from what you know until it starts to flow. Then, you can let your imagination kick in.

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

Oh god – I think I’m probably like most women. I’m attracted to strong, take-charge, take no bullcrap guys. I also like men who can handle a strong woman (me!), but knows how to reign her in –without being a jerk about it.

To me, this means a man who’s not afraid to tell you the truth, to hurt your feelings, but who’s put in the work to be able to do and still make you feel like he loves you – no matter what.

Remember that scene in The Notebook when Noah is trying to talk Ally into leaving her fiancé and come spend her life with him. That’s the perfect illustration of this point. He says something to the effect of:

I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings, because I know in five minutes you’ll be off doing the next stupid thing. It’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be hard, but I want that, because I love, you, I want all of you … blah, blah, blah.”

That scene just slays me. THAT’S the perfect hero for me. Strong. Unafraid. Secure in the love that exists between him and his woman, because he’s not going anywhere and he’s not letting her go either.

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

I love traveling. I’m American but recently moved to Negril, Jamaica full-time for the next few years. New York is my favorite city though; that’s where I plan to eventually make my full-time, permanent home. I lived there for almost 20 years during/after college and no other place on earth makes me as happy.

I also adore going out to dinner and spending time with friends and family. There is nothing like a nice bottle of wine or a few cocktails over a nice meal – either at home or out at a restaurant.

I also run marathons. I’ve been finished 10 to date – two full and eight halves, all in either Atlanta or Negril, Jamaica.

I’m starting to train for my very first triathlon, which I’ll complete sometime in the fall of 2015. Not sure which one I’m doing yet. They’re all over the place and I travel a lot, so it could be in the Caribbean, or in the states.

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

I’m a simple girl. As long as I’m with someone I like, we can be doing anything – from working out together to reading the paper in bed. It truly doesn’t matter.

If I had to give a concrete answer though, I’d say enjoying dinner with a nice bottle of wine on the floor beside a roaring fire (I love winter) and just talking. I love discussing art, politics, books, future dreams – simple life stuff. Then, early to bed.

Like I said, I’m really simple.

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

Outgoing. Determined. Opinionated. Hardworking. Ambitious. Smart. Loyal. (I actually asked a few of them!)

What is your favorite comfort food?

It varies, but I love a good steak, and I’d kill for good sushi!

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

Winter, winter, winter – the colder and snowier the better – as long as I’m inside. I do not like to be cold. I will walk in the cold as long as I’m bundled up, but as soon as I get cold, I’m ready to be inside.

I love wearing a fisherman’s sweater with a big cashmere scarf and layers under it, with a leather bag thrown across my shoulders, and my favorite jeans and boots. That’s my ‘uniform du jour’ in the winter in New York. I feel sexy, yet comfortable at the same time.

What project are you working on next?

I look at my sales numbers to see what readers are taking to. I say that to say, it might be another part of a series I’ve already got out there (I have several because series sell!).

Or, if I’m not feeling those characters, I’ll write something hot and steamy under a pen name and publish it. This gives me a break from my “regulars” (my regular series characters). It gives me a chance to miss them so I come back to them fresh and new – and ready to wreak havoc with their lives all over again!

As I said in the beginning of this interview though, sometimes they turn the table. I never know what they’re going to be up to. LOL!

Where can we find you on the web?

Well for romance, check my Amazon profile. My freelance writing website is InkwellEditorial.com. You’ll find all of my non-fiction titles – many on how to start a successful self-publishing career — there. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, my preferred social media outlets of choice.

Again, thank you for having me. I’m beyond honored. J

About the Author: Yuwanda Black is an American who loves to get up and go! Two of her favorite past times are running (marathons) and traveling. She’s been to Spain, Argentina, Italy, England, Sweden and Canada, to name a few countries. She currently resides in Negril, Jamaica. Her favorite place on earth though is the incomparable New York City. She writes primarily contemporary, short, multicultural romance novels – all of which can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, among a few other outlets.

 

Author Terri L. Austin

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

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His Every Need, the first book in The Beauty and the Brit series, is available from Sourcebooks August 5, 2014.

Allie Campbell is determined to take care of her family, no matter the cost. But when her father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, Allie finds herself forced to plead for more time to pay off the loan…and if she has to use her own body as collateral, then so be it.

Trevor isn’t moved by Allie’s story. But when Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, he’s intrigued enough to raise the stakes: for the next two months, she must cater to his every need, no matter how depraved. To his amazement, she agrees.

Allie has no intention of enjoying her time with the arrogant, domineering Brit, but it doesn’t take long before he’s got her aching for his touch-and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her beg…

 

“Austin, clearly enjoying a change of pace from her more comedic Rose Strickland mystery series, infuses her characters with relatable problems and hot chemistry that will keep readers turning pages.”Publishers Weekly

 

“…this is an engaging work on a number of levels—the sum total is a novel that is unique, erotic and passionate.”RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!

 

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thanks for having me! It’s great to be here. I’ve just finished edits on His Kind of Trouble, the second book in the Beauty and the Brit series.

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

When I was a kid. I thought it would be the best job in the world, creating my own stories and giving voice to the characters inside my head.

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

I read an autobiography of Joe Eszterhas (the man who brought you Showgirls—yes, that Showgirls). He said, and I paraphrase badly: Writers write. They don’t talk about writing or quote movies. They write. That stuck with me. Basically, sit down and get to work.

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

I love to read and write about erotic alpha heroes—tough, unrepentant men who let nothing stand in their way. Give me a sexy, scarred hot-blooded man who seems completely irredeemable, and I am all in.

 But in real life, I’m married to the sweetest man alive. He’s very supportive and kind and handsome. My hubs works from home and we meet up in the kitchen over the coffeemaker. He’s my biggest cheerleader.

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

I love beads. Shiny, pretty, happy beads. I spend way too much expendable income on them. But did I mention they’re shiny?

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I don’t commit adventurous acts. I only write about them. I’m an introvert, so I’d rather stand in the corner and observe than participate.

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

Ooo, I’d love to use a fairy godmother travel service. No jet lag! And I’d go to London. I’m hooked on all things British, so I’d need to see it all—changing of the guard, Big Ben, the Thames, Piccadilly Circus.  

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

I’ll try anything. I may not finish it, but I’ll try it!

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

My computer. Even if I had to live without internet (Gasp! Can’t…make…it without…email) but my computer is where the writing happens.

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

Going out to dinner and a movie with the hubs. It rarely happens, so even though there’s nothing exotic about it, that’s my favorite thing to do.

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

I say: Hilarious. Irreverent. A badass goddess. They say: Mildly humorous. Inappropriate. Um…you look pretty good for your age.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Fine Mexican cuisine. (Taco Bell.)

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

Fall. I love the leaves and the pumpkins and the cool weather. I make soup and apple themed treats. Mmmm, Fall.

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

Yes, thanks so much for asking. Here’s my blog tour and book signing schedule for August.

 1-Aug Book Lovin’ Mamas

4-Aug Manga Maniac Café

5-Aug Bookhounds

6-Aug Ramblings from this Chick

7-Aug Casa Author Blog

8-Aug My Book Addiction and More

9-Aug Book Signing at Reader’s World: 983 NE Rice Rd Lees Summit, Missouri 64086

11-Aug Night Owl Reviews       

12-Aug Bitten By Love Reviews

13-Aug Romance Junkies (Right here, right now!)

14-Aug Joyfully Reviewed

15-Aug Reading Between the Wine

16-Aug Harlequin Junkie

18-Aug Long and Short Reviews

20-Aug Fresh Fiction

 

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Author Bio: 

As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers. Drop her a note at TerriLAustin.com.

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Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

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

 
 
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

 

New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.





Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.





Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

 

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Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

Author Edie Hart

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

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After Lexi witnesses a murder, she becomes a target for a cold-blooded killer. Will Burg, the detective assigned to her case, be able to keep her safe?

 While checking out a house for a showing, realtor Alexandria Edwards stumbles upon a savage slaying. Now witness to a murder, she soon becomes the target of a cold-blooded killer.

Jonathan Burgess, Lexi’s brother’s best friend, is the detective assigned to protect the sexy blonde. Burg has always thought of Lexi as a little sister, but seeing her all grown up has turned his innocent thoughts into forbidden fantasies. Will Burg be able to keep Lexi safe while also keeping his growing feelings for her in check?

 

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

I have just finished One Day Soon and am currently working on the book that comes after titled One Day Long Ago.

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

I’ve always loved writing for as long as I can remember.

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

Someone once told me that you have to write for yourself.

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

I love to read.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Getting married and having kids. It’s been one adventure after another.

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 love Destin, Florida. It’s warm and relaxing.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I love ice cream.

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

I love the Fall. I was married in the Fall. I love the cool nights and the Fall smells.

What project are you working on next?

I’m currently working on my next book in the One Day series titled One Day Long Ago.

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

I will have a launch party for One Day Soon coming up.

 

Author Bio:

Edie Hart was born in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She still resides there with her husband, two children, dog, and three cats. She has been making up stories in her head her entire life and has finally decided to put them in print.

Edie is a true romantic at heart and believes that everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally—including the stubborn alpha heroes she writes about. Be sure to check out One Bad Day, the first book in the One Day series, available now from Breathless Press.

 

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

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She’s just the kind of drama

Interior designer Bertie Anderson has big dreams for her career, and they don’t include being stuck in her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina. One last client, and Bertie is packing up her high heels and heading for her dream job in Atlanta. But her plans are derailed by the gorgeous new owner of that big old Victorian she’s always wanted to renovate…

 

He’s vowed to avoid

For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miami—which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he’s left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie’s exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn’t need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there’s more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Elly Arden

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

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Marriage by Design

Family first. That motto led Angie Corcarelli to become a carpenter and take over the family construction business when she was barely out of her teens. And now it’s leading her into battle against her best friend’s ex. Stuart Perrault and his swanky, family-run construction engineering firm have been tapped to oversee a highway project that includes demolishing a stretch of row homes. Over her dead body will it come to that. Stuart Perrault knows a thing or two about family allegiance. For the past fifteen years, he’s been working alongside his brother and father, dreaming about the day he’d be named CEO of the Perrault Group. But then came the bridge debacle in Paris. And now his dream seems a little further away. As he fights his way back to the top of the company, he isn’t about to watch another project fall apart just because his ex-girlfriend’s best friend is a loose cannon. When Stuart’s father insists he take Angie out to dinner and neutralize things, he obliges. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? Angie isn’t at all what he expected, and his usual self-control doesn’t seem to work when he’s around her. The more time Angie spends with Stuart, the harder it is to see him as the bad guy she’d believed him to be. But falling for each other would mean going against their respective families. Are they strong enough for that?
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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank YOU for having me! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to talk about my writing, especially what’s coming up. First off, I have a new book releasing August 11. It’s called Marriage by Design, and while it’s the second book in a series (Designing Love), it stands alone. I’m excited for readers to ride the Happily Ever After train with Angie and Stuart for a lot of reasons, but mostly because they have some really great sex. Ha! There. I said it. (I know I’m going to regret that the minute one of my teenagers—or their friends—Googles me and reads this interview. The life of a romance writer!) Honestly, these two characters were very, um, daring and creative, but they were also incredibly caring and sensual. I love that mix. I’m hoping to see a little of that or something even better(!) in my next book, which is currently being written. That book is called Running Interference, and it will be the first book in a brand new series in which all the heroines are female professional football players. (I love to shake up gender roles.)

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

I knew I had to be a writer when I couldn’t concentrate on school work or even interactions with people because the voices in my head were louder than everything else. Writing allowed me to get their words out, so that they could have a life, and the satisfaction that came from that was greater than anything I’d ever known.

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

I had to think about this one. I’ve had some much good advice over the years that it’s hard to weed through it all to pick just one. I guess I’d have to say the one piece of advice that sticks with me is to say it in the least words possible. That was given to me by a high school English teacher. While I don’t always follow the rule, it definitely sticks with me.

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

I love this question, because there is a difference. To some degree the hero I’m looking for in a book retains some universals. He’s handsome in a societally accepted way—pretty face, tall and built. He’s successful—or at least stable and with the potential to pad his bank account at some point in the future. He’s a good man—even if he’s surly at times—and knows how to treat a lady in and out of the bedroom. That makes the perfect book hero.

In real life, my perfect hero has intrinsic qualities that matter more to me than his appearance and bank account. A man who can make me life grabs my attention every time. And if that man has a beautiful smile, well, there’s a pretty good chance I’m smitten. If you couple that with an engaging, positive, can-do spirit, I’m sold. I firmly believe if he has all of this, then the rest falls into place—even the appearance. Have you ever met a person who at first glance doesn’t seem very attractive, but then the more you get to know him the better looking you think he is? It happens. And people like that can’t help but be professional successes too.

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

I love spending time with my friends and family. I’m a very social person, and I could entertain most evenings—nothing fancy. I like to sit around a table and laugh. That leads to the second question about hobbies and collections. I’m an avid wine drinker, and I’m in the process of having a 300-bottle wine room built off my dining room. It should be finished any day now. Let the serious collecting begin!

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

When our oldest was six months old, my husband’s professional hopes and dreams led us across the country. We packed up our Honda Civic and drove from Pennsylvania to Utah with less than three hundred dollars to our name. That money had to provide gas, food, and lodging on our way to Salt Lake City. Two nights in seedy interstate hotels with a baby and a pug puppy, and a giant Wyoming snowstorm later, we made it.

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 wish to God I had a fairy godmother who could whisk me away, because I hate to fly! If I had her at my disposal, I’d travel non-stop. The first place I’d go? The Tower of London. I have such a fascination with royal history, and I’ve been enthralled with the idea that one place could hold so much sorrow, terror, and power over the course of a nation.

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?

When it comes to food, I can be daring within reason. I try to avoid meat, so you’ll definitely never catch me eating raw meat. If we go out for sushi, I’ll be the one filling up on vegetable tempura. Most people seem to associate daring food with dishes like that. But for me, my most daring eating has come in the form of completely plant-based meals. Some of that stuff really takes a leap of faith to try (seitan buffalo “wings”?), but it’s worth it.

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

I enjoy history and spend a lot of my non-writing free time reading historical non-fiction. I’m always enthralled by how people went about their daily lives without the conveniences we have. The one modern convenience I couldn’t do without is running water, mostly because it powers indoor plumbing. I’m not an outhouse-kind-of-girl.

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

My ideal romantic evening starts off with dinner someplace where we get dressed up and share an excellent bottle of Cabernet. Afterwards, we walk because the evening is so gorgeous and we don’t want it to end. I kick off my heels and run down the beach to see if the water is cold, while he waits for me on the sidewalk, hands in his pockets, coat tails blowing in the breeze, and a smile on his face. We talk, laugh, and steal a few kisses when the boardwalk light fades. Then we stumble upon a luxury hotel with a beachside bar where we have a night cap … and spend the night.

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

I think I’m creative to a fault, overly sensitive, but loyal and fundamentally optimistic. I’ve had family and friends describe me as creative, talented, entertaining, easy-to-talk-too, and loving.

What is your favorite comfort food?

There are so many comfort foods that it is hard to pick a favorite. I’ll say ice cream, but that could change in a future interview. Pizza is a very close second. Oh, and macaroni and cheese!

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

I love Fall—before the leaves are gone. Cooler temperatures agree with me. Baseball is winding up its season with some of the most exciting games I’ll see all year, and football is underway. The kids go back to school. (Love my kids, but love my solitude too!) And I can wear sweaters, jeans, and boots again.

What project are you working on next?

After I finish writing Running Interference (Cleveland Clash #1), it’s on to the second book in the series. The first book tells the friends-to-lovers story of Tanya and Cam, both of whom play professional football for their perspective leagues. The second book features bad-girl football player Jillian Bell, who meets her match in the form of a former Marine who is hired as the new offensive coordinator.

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

I’m working on public appearances. (I’m sure my publicist is happy to hear that.) Like I said earlier, I hate to fly, so it really limits my ability to get to conferences. Something is going to have to give. Anyone want to hold a big conference in Pittsburgh? *grins*

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About Elley Arden: Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Elley writes provocative, emotional, contemporary romances, where Mr. Not-My-Type ends up being Mr. Right. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

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

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Elizabeth Maria Naranjo’s debut novel, The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall is a fabulously written first novel. When Marin was little and monsters chased her through nightmares, she learned to weave her own dreams. Her mother called the lucid dreaming a gift, and when an accident takes her mother and leaves her baby brother an empty shell, Marin uses this gift to spin a new reality for herself. One without time or sorrow. A world without memory.

But just when Marin thinks she’s safe in her make-believe fantasy world, the monsters come back and her dream turns to a nightmare. Something in the dream doesn’t want Marin to wake up. In order to heal herself and her family, Marin must face the truth she’s forgotten and conquer what lies behind the fourth wall.

Paperback: 237Pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction Publisher: WiDo Publishing (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 978-1-937178-51-2 Twitter hashtag: #FourthWall
The Fourth Wall is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.

Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Right now, I’m promoting my debut novel, The Fourth Wall. It’s a book about a young girl who uses lucid dreaming as a form of escapism after her mother dies. The girl, Marin, creates an alternate world in her dreams where she can live in a kind of denial, and then she loses control of the dream and it turns against her.

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

I wish I could remember where I read it first, but the piece of advice that’s most helped me is this: don’t edit while writing your first draft. Once I grasped the concept of getting a rough draft down first and then going back to edit it, I broke out of my writing slump. Up until then, I was often discouraged because writing took so long. I felt I had to perfect every sentence before I could move on. Which is madness; it just doesn’t work that way.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Motherhood. It comes with all the risks and rewards of the greatest adventures, and it’s the most fulfilling one there is.

 

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

The world of Harry Potter. I want to explore the hidden passageways of Hogwarts and stroll down Diagon Alley, creep through the Forbidden Forest and tour the Ministry of Magic. Maybe catch a live Quidditch game while I’m there.

 

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 really don’t get too excited about food, unless we’re talking desserts. I’d be happy eating peanut butter sandwiches every day, but if something has enough sugar in it, you can probably get me to try it.

 

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

I live in the desert, so air conditioning.

 

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

I would describe myself as introspective and shy. A loyal friend and a good listener, but probably too sensitive for my own good. My family and friends would maybe describe me as quiet, hopefully kind, and with an easy sense of humor. It doesn’t take much to make me laugh, and once I get the giggles, it’s over.

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate. It can be any form of chocolate—candy bars, ice cream, malts, hot cocoa. I’m not picky.

 

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

Fall. I love the weather cooling down, that wonderfully crisp air. I love being able to take walks at night again; here in the summer, you’d melt. I love the colors of fall, and getting ready for the holidays. Watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” during October days and staying up late at night for the horror movie marathons. Pumpkin spice lattes, of course. Just everything about fall.

 

What project are you working on next?

I’m working on my second novel, a story about a 12-year-old boy who runs away with his best friend. They’re searching for the friend’s father—a volcanologist who disappeared in the field. Like The Fourth Wall, this book will have a paranormal element.

 

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

This month I have a few more stops on my blog tour, and next month my short story “Code Talkers” comes out in Brevity Magazine.

 

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About the Author: Elizabeth grew up writing short stories and bad poetry before escaping the cold winters of Wyoming and settling in the Sonoran Desert. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and two children. She still loves to write, but fortunately gave up on poetry. The Fourth Wall is her first novel.

 

Elizabeth’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Brain, ChildPhoenix New TimesLiterary Mama and Babble.com, and is forthcoming in Brevity. Elizabeth is also an award-winning fiction writer; her short stories have been published in The Portland ReviewHospital DriveSLAB Literary Magazine, and Bartleby Snopes. Links to her work and information on classes/critiques can be found at http://www.elizabethmarianaranjo.com/.

izabeth grew up writing short stories and bad poetry before escaping the cold winters of Wyoming and settling in the Sonoran Desert. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and two children, Abigail (11) and Gabriel (6). She still loves to write, but fortunately gave up on poetry. Website: http://www.elizabethmarianaranjo.com/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/elizabethmarianaranjo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.m.naranjo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emarianaranjo

 

Crystal’s Review:

The Fourth Wall is listed as YA but deals with some very grown up topics. I really struggled through the first few chapters. Not because they weren’t well written. Elizabeth’s writing is gorgeous with just the right amount of description and dialogue. The reason I struggled was the reality of her writing. She drew me into the Marin’s life in such a way I found myself wondering “what if” about my own life.

It’s quite a gift to write fantasy so well it wraps itself around reality. There were times I set down The Fourth Wall and had the same feeling I do when waking from an all too real dream. I felt unsettled and somewhat confused. When Marin hurt, I hurt. I longed to hug the little girl and offer her consolation and love. Naranjo writes her characters with such dimension and depth of character. She has quite a gift for writing.

The Fourth Wall is Naranjo’s debut novel but I am certain (hint hint) she will have many more publications in her future. Her writing is unique and I can’t think of any author to compare it to. I can say with certainty you’ll enjoy the read and be longing for more!

 

Finding the Dream with Jennifer Britt

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

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Finding the Dream

Jessica James had her dream—a career on Broadway as a successful actress—until one night when it was taken all away. Forced to move back to Lincoln Falls and live with her parents, Jessica’s only goal is to regain her career and go back to New York. She doesn’t count on a honeysuckle hating man standing in her way or the town of Lincoln Falls itself. Now everything she thought she ever wanted may not be her dream at all.

 

Eric Mason and his daughter have quietly lived next door to Jessica’s parents. That all changes when he meets Jessica. She is overly dramatic and the most annoying person he’s ever met. Yet, he can’t get her off his mind.

 

Will they find a new dream together?

Buy Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M1SX6CI Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-the-dream-jennifer-britt/1119887447?ean=2940046046267&itm=1&usri=jennifer+britt Author Bio:

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Finding the Dream is the second book in my Lincoln Falls series. It’s about a woman who had it all until it was suddenly taken away. She’s forced to move back home and has to make a new life for herself. I have two more Lincoln Falls books in the works. I’m also playing with another idea for a trilogy, but I’m not ready to discuss it yet.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? I don’t know who it was, but I entered a contest and the judge pointed out exactly where my story started. Up to that point, I had read about starting with back story, but didn’t recognize it in my own writing. It was as if a light bulb went on at that moment and I haven’t begun with back story since.

 

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? The perfect hero is a man who isn’t selfish or jealous. He should be funny and able to laugh at himself. He also should be kind and protective, but have a daring side to him. I just described my husband so I guess he’s my hero.

 

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I love to read when I have free time. I also enjoy Tae Kwon Do and I’m a first degree black belt.

 

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 would choose Sorrento, Italy. I went there a few years ago and it’s beautiful. It has mountains and valleys with orange and lemon trees, olive groves, and vineyards. It is known for its limoncello, which I highly recommend. For people who love good food, it has that too.

 

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 somewhat adventurous as long as it’s gluten-free. However, I don’t like seafood. If it can crawl along the sea floor, I don’t eat it.

 

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? My blow dryer. Without a blow dryer, my hair would be awful. I have to be able to straighten it.

 

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? My favorite season is fall. I love the crisp air. The humidity is low. The temperatures are just right — not too hot and not too cold. When the leaves change, it’s so beautiful. I like taking a ride into the mountains to look at all of the trees.

 

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’m doing some guest posts over the next couple of months and those dates are posted on my website at http://jennifer-britt.com. You can also always find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JenBritt and Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7159962.Jennifer_Britt. I recently ventured into Pinterest and I’m at http://www.pinterest.com/jenbrit1/.

 

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Author Bio:

After graduating from law school, Jennifer Britt worked for a leading tax publication as a legal editor.  She then moved to an accounting firm as an associate director and legal editor.   While her day job keeps her busy, Jennifer has managed to find time to write and, most nights, she can be found in front of her laptop writing her next contemporary romance novel.

 

She lives in Virginia with her husband and family.

 

Connect With Jennifer:

 

Website: http://jennifer-britt.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenBritt

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7159962.Jennifer_Britt

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jenbrit1/

The Right Chord by RoseAnn DeFranco

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

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BOOK TITLE: The Right Chord

BOOK SERIES:  BROTHERS of AUDUBON SPRINGS Series, #3

AUTHOR NAME: RoseAnn DeFranco

BOOK GENRE: Humorous Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6, 2014

PRINT LENGTH: _268___ pages

AVAILABLE FORMATS: Print, PDF, Mobi, ePub

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BOOK BLURB:

Years in the cutthroat L.A. music industry have Kit Maggio yearning for love and acceptance in her hometown, Audubon Springs. Her position as a Theater Arts professor doesn’t erase years of being shoved aside by her family. Her baby sister is getting married, and her high school sweetheart doesn’t recognize her. Will she ever find what she needs?

 

Vince Iuliano never imagined he’d be a single dad. Vowing no woman will ever again break his daughter’s heart, he focuses on providing a happy and stable home. But when the love of his life rents the house next door, can he take a chance on happiness?

 

Vince never forgot Kit. Setting out to earn her forgiveness, they fall back into the rhythm of love and heat, much like the songs they wrote as teens. When L.A. calls, will Kit go, or stay and write her greatest love song?

 

Over 185 4 and 5 star Amazon reviews for the BROTHERS of AUDUBON SPRINGS Series!!

 

The buy links will be available August 6th and I will forward to everyone once I receive them

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing funny, steamy romance with heart. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family and would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series.  More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at radefranco.com.

 

Connect with RoseAnn:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Website:  http://radefranco.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/radefranco

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7303095.RoseAnn_DeFranco

 

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