Author Franny Armstrong

August 22, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Shot and nearly drowned, psychic Sergeant Julie Dennison is saved by a handsome rebel leader who’s searching for his kidnapped son.

When Sergeant Julie Dennison is shot and nearly drowned, she’s saved by a handsome Latino stranger who can’t wait to get rid of her. Wolf is a leader of a group of rebels, working together to take down crooked cops in Mexico. He searches for his kidnapped son, and the man who killed his wife. The problem is that he doesn’t want to give his heart away, and Julie refuses to fall in love. Together they conquer the rainforest on a search for the Toxic Tango Troop, and Julie’s twin sister, Jinn.

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Heat burned along Julie’s side, and a hard lump pressed into her hip. One of her lovers, she couldn’t remember who, must have fallen asleep after they’d had sex. That was one rule she refused to allow to be broken. At ten years old, she’d been separated from her family. She’d promised herself never to become attached to anyone, to protect her heart.

It hurt to stretch, but she wanted to, like a cat. As she opened her eyes to find darkness, Julie wondered where she was. Her bed-partner breathed deeply, and evenly on her neck, sending delicious shivers up her spine. His arm rested on her waist. When she moved, pain radiated from her chest, and reality came crashing back.

Jinn?

Julie, I…

The man beside her moved, lifting his head. He pressed his palm on her forehead, and sighed.

“Still have the fever. Damn.”

“Lope?”

“Yes. Stay put. I’ll get you something to drink. We have to cool you down, and get you well enough to move out of here.”

“You seem to be in a real hurry to get rid of me.”

“You are a danger to us all.”

“Who?”

His expression shuttered suddenly, as though he’d given something away. “I’ll be right back.”

He lit some candles and left the bed, barely able to stand erect due to the low ceiling. Julie estimated he stood well over six-feet tall when not ducking, and his shoulders took up much of the space in the small room. His narrow, muscular waist drew her gaze, as did the bulge in his denims that pressed against her while he lay beside her. She bit back a grin when he adjusted his jeans and turned to leave. From the look on his face, he didn’t appear to be thrilled with her effect on him.

A few moments later he came back, carrying a tray laden with a drink of juice, a bowl of stew, and some bread. He avoided her eyes and focused on feeding her, staring at her lips as they accepted the spoon. When he frowned, she smirked.

“What’s so funny?”

“If I weren’t weak as a kitten, I imagine you’d have other things on your mind than feeding me.”

Startled, he looked at her this time. “Eat your food,” he said, growling.

Julie gave a low, throaty laugh, and took another mouthful. His hand shook a bit, and he spilled some of the gravy on her chest. This time, she said, “Would you care to lick it off?”

To her surprise, Lope leapt to his feet, banging his head on the ceiling. She snickered and then bit her lip to stop it.

“What’s wrong?” she asked with an innocent look on her face.

“You obviously can feed yourself.” He turned and climbed the stairs, leaving her.

Hey, nice ass.

Lope stopped in his tracks, his back to her. Her chest hurt like crazy, yet she laughed aloud. He heard my thoughts. She watched as he disappeared upstairs. Once he’d slammed the trap door shut, she lay down and closed her eyes, exhausted, the dinner forgotten.

Author Interview:

Projects you are currently working on?

I’m always working on one book or another. I have more than a dozen on the go, but I’m doing edits on Blaque Russian, book 3 in the Toxic Tango Troop series. I hope you didn’t miss out on Jinn & Toxic, book 1. My books are packed with love and adventure, danger and desire. What more would you need?

 How do you fit writing into your schedule? What does your workspace look like?  

I’m a full time author, who never seems to have enough time in the day. My workspace is my lap in my living room. I’m always working on it, the poor thing.

Do you do a lot of research for your stories?

What is the most interesting thing you have learned? I do research locations and other important details like military command levels. I had no idea there were so many different ones. I admire military soldiers for their gift of freedom to us.

Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes?

Do your characters start with names or do they have to have personalities before they can be named?I tend to write a basic plot, but it never comes out the way I set it up. My characters are laid out first, giving them their own identities and jobs. I always choose unusual names for them. That’s part of my research. The names have to be catchy and strong.

What do you want readers to take away after reading one of your stories?

What do you want them to feel?LOL, the will to read more of them. Actually, there is a moral to every story. I hope it will make the world a better place, through my characters. They learn such hard lessons.

What genre would you love to write but haven’t yet?

Is there one you would shy away from?I write, not only paranormal romance, but erotic romance under another pseudonym. If I want to try it, I do so. For instance, I’m working on a science fiction with telepaths from another planet. COOL!I’m not much for victorian romances. Too many intricate details.

Have you taken any classes to hone your skills? What classes/workshops would you recommend the most?

I go to the university of Franny Armstrong. I’ve always been an A student in English writing. That, mixed with a great imagination makes me learn and grow. My editors taught me a lot, and still do. My number one rule is that no matter how good you think your writing is, always listen to everyone, and filter out what you like. Then…write until your heart’s content. Never stop learning.

Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time? Is there something you would love to learn but haven’t had the chance yet?

I haven’t tried sky-diving, and never will. I love keeping my feet on the ground, even though my brother and son are professionals at it.

I enjoy doing stained glass, knitting, and doing artwork. I mix and match, always keeping my hands busy.

What kinds of advice would you give a new writer?

Is there anything that you have learned that you can pass on to someone just starting out?The most important thing about writing is that you never give up on your dream. When you stop enjoying writing, you’re in the wrong business. Always love what you do and never give up. Writing is a gift.

How did you meet your husband?

What is the most romantic thing you have done for each other?My hubby and I met in a bar of all places. I was on the dance floor with my friends, and he said he used to watch me. When I said hello to him for the first time, he looked me in the eyes and said, “Hello Fran.” Lightning struck, zapping up my spine, and that was it for me. He had me at hello.

He used to burp “I love you,” to me, but that was a long time ago. The most romantic thing? He bought me an art kit for my birthday. He’s not a romantic type of guy. I pour him a glass of wine and kiss him each day that he comes home. I think that’s a little romantic…I guess.

What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelf?   

I keep the Celestine Prophesy, Lord of the Rings, and a number of my favorite romance author’s books that I plan on reading again. Anything that has to do with psychic abilities, and dream interpretations are game as well.

Do you prefer to jump up and embrace the day or have a lazy breakfast in bed?

I’m a goer. The first thing I do in the morning after getting dressed and washed up is to turn on my computer and email. I dig right in with both feet forward.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Are they the same as family/friends would use?Mischievous, loyal, loving. My family and friends would probably say that I’m busy, determined, and imaginative.

What are your favorite TV shows?

How about ones that you would stay away from?I tend to watch cop shows like CSI and NCIS. Anything that stretches the imagination is good with me. I used to love Charmed and The Medium, but they aren’t on TV anymore.I stay away from reality shows and horror movies as I prefer the imaginative side of TV.

What is your favorite dessert? Do you make it yourself or order it out? 

I love chocolate/caramel cheesecake. So much for my diets.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

I used to write and act out plays for my neighborhood friends when I was ten years old. I always loved using my imagination.

 

Author Bio:

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Franny Armstrong has written creatively since she was a child. Her mother always told her to write down her feelings and she did. When she was ten, she started writing and acting out plays in her garage for the neighborhood kids.

When she became ill in her forties, she used her writing skills to create stories that took her away. Living in the country with her husband and mother, three dogs, and two cats, she loves the silence when working on her books, when she can get it. With three full grown children and four grandchildren, she has a full life. Previously, Franny had ten published paranormal romance books, but took them off the market when the contracts ran out to fine-tune her career as an author. She hopes to find new homes for them.

Writing is her life now. Her main goal is to be a #1 Best Selling author and tour with book signings.

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Author Lisa Marie Rice

August 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Midnight Vengeance

Book 4: The Midnight Trilogy

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Publisher: Carina Press
Published: August 2014
ISBN-13: 9781426898822
ASIN: B00L0XO1SI

Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.

Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.

Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.

Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.

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MIDNIGHT VENGEANCE – Q&A

Can you tell us about your new release, Midnight Vengeance?

 

Oh yeah, gladly! This is one of my favorite books, probably because it gestated so long. We first met Jacko a couple of books ago, a really rough and tough former SEAL whose molecules were rearranged when he spent an hour listening to his boss’s wife playing the harp. Allegra’s music is beautiful, ethereal, miles away from the heavy metal that is Jacko’s usual soundtrack.

You start a novel at a moment of change for the characters. Jacko has been wildly attracted to a beautiful woman who is worlds away from his usual casual girlfriends—biker chicks who like it rough. Lauren isn’t anything like them and clearly he’s not her type either. Jacko should stay far, far away from someone like Lauren and he would—if he could. The thing is—he can’t.

No matter how many times he tells himself to walk away from her, his feet simply won’t obey. Which is crazy, right? Because what would a beautiful woman, a frigging artist, want with him?

And Lauren in turn doesn’t quite know what to do with Jacko. She’s not his type. His type is young and fast and stacked. Sure, Jacko is around a lot. A lot. Every time she turns around, it seems, there he is. Helping her, driving her around, just…there.

Now how much fun is this scenario? Two people from different walks of life circling each other, each scared to make a move.

Luckily, a homicidal maniac steps in and acts as Cupid.

Jacko is just taken unawares by the depths of his feelings. He has no place to put them, no space in his head that recognizes them. But the feelings are there and they are real.

Jacko is unlike anyone Lauren has ever met. Her former boyfriends were high-born and gently bred and their shooting skills and combat skills never entered the equation.

But Jacko has hidden depths and when danger comes knocking Lauren has a chance to see just what Jacko is made of.

 What made you start writing sexy romantic suspense?

My inspiration came from books more than movies, actually. Writers such as Nora Roberts and Suzanne Brockmann really fired me up. Somehow Hollywood has yet to do really deep and really good romantic suspense. Maybe because a romantic suspense gives equal space to hero and heroine—it’s a journey of two people– and movies focus more on the heroes. To me, writing sexy romantic suspense is a no brainer. Make it over the top in every way. Make the hero and heroine super brave and smart, make the villains heart-stoppingly dangerous, make the love story burn bright with romantic and sexual energy.

Do you have any say in the cover designs for your books?

Some say, sure. Writers usually aren’t visually gifted and there is often a disconnect between the impression we want to give and the cover. But covers aren’t supposed to reflect the story, they reflect the mood. We went through a couple of iterations with the cover of Midnight Vengeance and I must say that I love it. It conveys the dark gritty mood perfectly.

 

You’ve said before that it is really fun “being” your heroines while writing about them. Can you tell us about the process of becoming your character?

 

Heroines are often a little idealized, just as romance heroes are idealized. I like putting myself into the head of my heroines and I loved being Lauren. She’s under huge stress and on the run. She’s in survival mode and her life is stripped bare, completely raw. She has to see to the heart of things which is why she can completely appreciate Jacko, a man whose path she wouldn’t ordinarily cross in normal life. But her life isn’t normal. She is forced to see things more clearly and she sees Jacko—sees his strength and deep character and sense of loyalty.

When I sat down and ‘became’ Lauren I put myself in the shoes of a young woman in constant danger and I became very grateful for all the good things in my life and for the fact that I didn’t have a crazy guy gunning for me.

Of course, if you do happen to have a crazy guy gunning for you, having a guy like Jacko by your side, in love with you and more than willing to give his life for you, would be a big plus.

Writing these books I also get to live through these intense love affairs and that is a huge plus!

How do you make the transition from writing about one character in a book to the next character in a new book?

 

Well, that’s fairly easy, because a new character will have a completely different background and will react in completely different ways to things. In my new Midnight book, Midnight Promises, the heroine is facing a completely different challenge and has a different backstory. Lauren is artistic and outgoing, Felicity is a genius, a computer nerd, uneasy around people. Creating different characters is why writing books is so satisfying.

All of your heroines are very artsy people. Do you have any other creative interests besides writing?

 

I have a lot of interests—art, music, films. I think my heroines are artsy also in contrast to the hero, they bring something new into the hero’s life. They say opposites attract, but more than attracting, they complement. My guys are mostly badass tough guys. Cross them and you’ll be sorry. But most of them haven’t had much contact with the softer side of life, with the beauty and grace of life and when their women introduce them to these aspects they are blown away.

Do you ever have to do any research when it comes to your character’s professions?

 

I think anyone who has read my books realizes that I do a lot of research. I mean a lot. Many of my heroes are former military and I have done a lot of reading of soldiers’ memoirs and books on geopolitics. I also happen to find them fascinating. I’ve had scientist heroines and I make a point of reading up on at least the basics of their professions. I research everything in as much detail as I can because I like to give details in my writing, I try to make the reader feel like she is right there with the hero and heroine, saving each other and saving the day.

Which male character have you fallen in love with the most?

 

I always fall in love with the last character I wrote, so I’d have to say Jacko, definitely. However, I am starting to fall in love with the hero of my next Midnight book, Metal. He’s rough and tough and with a soft heart. He could never hurt a woman but if you are his enemy—watch out.

 Where is your favorite place to write?

 

Definitely my favorite place to write is my study. I have a fabulous study that looks out over a gorgeous terrace and treetops and in the distance a sweeping valley. The Ionian Sea is a bright blue line on the horizon and if I had binoculars strong enough, I could 15 miles away the Greek temple where Pythagorus taught math.

What do you drink and snack on while you are writing?

 

I try to eat regularly and try not to snack while I’m writing and certainly never eat at my desk. But I do drinks tons of tea, probably too much. Earl Grey and chai tea are my favorites. I try to get up at least once an hour to stretch and walk around and have to force myself not to go into the kitchen and get myself a snack. Alas, I live in Italy and the food is fabulous, so I need to exercise huge restraint. (I know, poor me!)

 What’s your favorite scene between Jacko and Lauren?

I must say my favorite scene is at the beginning when they get together for the first time. Jacko has been dancing around Lauren for months and finally—it’s time! That first kiss changes everything.

 

Who would you choose to play these two characters in a movie?

 

I have two actors who would be perfect and actually I kept googling their images. For Jacko, a young Vin Diesel, who is both tough and tender

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004874/

For Lauren a blue-eyed Kristen Kreuk who has exactly that delicate yet strong vibe happening:

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 What are your top tips for aspiring writers?

 

It sounds trite but write write write and read read read. The usual estimate is that you have to write a million words of bad writing to start writing well. I know it sounds like a lot but most prolific writers wrote a lot before they started publishing. Nowadays you can write fan fiction and join writing groups and you should just write your heart out. And one day, it’s as if you slipped into a new and higher gear, and the writing takes off.

Read a lot, always. Study writers you admire, figure out how they manage to keep you enthralled and touch your heart. It’s a gift but it is also a technique. Learn all the techniques then pare away what doesn’t work for you until you have the beating heart of what you are meant to write.

 Do you agree that writing at a later age is better because you have more life experience behind you?

 

Yes, absolutely. You need to have lived a lot before you can infuse your characters with life. You need to have travelled widely, studied profoundly, you should have your heart broken a couple of times, been betrayed, been astonished by acts of generosity, have admired wisdom. Live life to the fullest is a good maxim for anyone, not just writers.

If you weren’t writing books, what else would you like to do?

 

Well, I had a previous life as a simultaneous interpreter and translator, so this is Life 2.0. I travelled extensively, interpreted fascinating people, including heads of state, worked for international institutions and learned how the world works. So I guess you could say I’ve already ticked off everything on my Bucket List and now I’m doing precisely what I was meant to do. I love writing books and hope to die right in the middle of writing another romance!

What are you working on next?

I’m writing the sequel to Midnight Vengeance, Midnight Promises, and I am having a ton of fun. Look for it in January 2015!

 

 

 

Author Maggie Shayne

August 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Twilight Guardians

WINGS IN THE NIGHT: REBORN, Book 1

 Print Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing

ASIN: B00LXJGKLU

COMING: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

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“My inspiration has always been Maggie Shayne’s Wings in the Night.” #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Christine Feehan

They told 20-year-old Charlie O’Malley that they had a cure for the rare blood condition that would eventually kill her–an untested, experimental cure. All they wanted in return was for her to join their elite military team and train to kill the Undead.

She took the deal, not because she cared so much about extending her life, but because it would make her strong–stronger than ordinary humans. Strong enough to kill the vampire who’d pretended to love her, taken her blood, used her body, and murdered her mother.

Killion was the last of his kind, or so he thought. When he found Charlie, he felt the pull. She had the rare Belladonna Antigen all vampires had as humans. Vampires were compelled to protect those rare mortals they called The Chosen. But with Charlie, the bond was different, more powerful than anything he’s felt before, and impossible to resist, even though surrendering to it will probably get him killed.

Ancient vampire elders Rhiannon and Roland come out of exile, risking their lives to help their mortal friend Roxy reclaim her granddaughter. But before the tale ends, their lives will be forever changed.

Join Maggie Shayne as she returns to her most beloved series of all time with this new beginning….

Wings in the Night: Reborn

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The Series that Wouldn’t Die

 My original vampire series, Wings in the Night, started out as an idea for a short story. It was accepted by a magazine, but they said I had to subscribe before they could run it. In other words, they wanted me to pay them. I had enough sense to know that wasn’t how publishing was supposed to work, so I said no.

I expanded the short story into a novel and tried to sell it, but no publishers wanted it. There were no vampire romances out there. No one knew quite what to make of this book. And there was really no viable way to indie publish back then. This was the late eighties/early nineties.

Finally, two things happened. Lori Herter released a series of sexy vampire romance novels, Obsession, Possession, Confession, proving it could be done.) Around the same time, Silhouette announced a new line, Silhouette Shadows. I sent them my story immediately.

They bought TWILIGHT PHANTASIES, and then the sequels, TWILIGHT MEMORIES and TWILIGHT ILLUSIONS. They even had me write a novella, “Beyond Twilight,” for an anthology with stories by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Queen of vamp fiction, though not romance) and Anne Stuart (Queen of everything else.)

Then, suddenly, the Shadows line folded and I was told the series was over. I cried for a half hour, and then wrote another one, BORN IN TWILIGHT, in 8 weeks flat. (I’ve always been a rebel.) I pitched it to the newborn imprint, MIRA, who replied, “We don’t do paranormals.” (And they didn’t at the time.) Silhouette bought it anyway though, and published it as a Silhouette Single Title.

I tried again and again with MIRA, but they said no. Then I wrote a really breathtaking paranormal series for Berkley, the Immortal Hight Witches; ETERNITY, INFINITY and DESTINY. (They’re out together now in one volume titled ETERNAL LOVE.) Those books got a lot of industry buzz, won several awards and were RITA nominated. After that, MIRA offered me a contract for vampire romances.  So, Wings in the Night went on for another 11 novels that were bigger and meatier than the category ones that had preceeded them.

In 2011, the Harlequin powers that be decided that I should focus on my increasingly successful romantic suspense novels and leave the vamps behind. TWILIGHT FULFILLED was supposed to be the end of Wings in the Night.

But I just couldn’t let it go. Series matriarch Rhiannon kept coming back to haunt me. I tried pitching a new one earlier this year, but MIRA was steadfast in its decision. Due to that and other things, I took a frightening leap of faith, taking my career indie. I re-started with a new series that won’t leave readers behind if they’re just joining in now: Wings in the Night: Reborn. Same vampire world, new vampire couples, with appearances by some of the old beloved characters and some new kinds of creatures taking the series into wild new directions.

Book 1, my first ever indie published novel, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS, featuring my youngest daughter Lisa on the cover, goes on sale 9/1 and I’m more excited than I’ve been in my entire 22 year career!

I hope you enjoy it!

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Rhiannon

WINGS IN THE NIGHT

WELCOME to the World of Wings in the Night! You may begin here…

I am the vampiress Rhiannon. I would like to tell you how I, and my stories, came to be.
In 1991, before “paranormal romance” even existed, my authoress, Maggie Shayne wrote a vampire romance short story she called Twilight Phantasies and submitted it to several fiction magazines. One responded favorably, saying they loved the tale, but had a policy of only buying from their subscribers. So if she would kindly send them the hefty subscription fee, they’d be happy to make her an offer. Maggie was not yet a published author, but she was also not an idiot. (Had she been, I would not have chosen her to tell these tales I’ve been whispering into her brain for the past twenty years.) So she decided to just keep working and the story grew into a novel. In 1992, she submitted it to Silhouette Books’ brand new line called Shadows, a line that was far ahead of its time. It was very well received, but the editor asked her to do some revising. An offer could not be made until she did, because she was so new. The revisions were mainly about cutting back heavily on a secondary character, my beloved Roland de Courtemanche, and keeping the focus on the book’s main couple, Eric Marquand and Tamara Dey. I had every intention of paying the editor a midnight visit for this insult, until she said, “Don’t cut Roland’s scenes. Save them for the sequel. He needs a book of his own.” It was in that moment that the Wings in the Night Series was born, even though the author didn’t realize it at the time.

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When the revisions were complete, Silhouette bought the novel for a four thousand dollar advance. Sadly, Shadows was doomed before it began. As I said, ahead of its time. The paranormal romance craze was only a seedling, just beginning to germinate, and nowhere near the phenomenon it would later become. The Shadows cover art had a comic or graphic novel look about it. It did not scream “romance fiction.” No matter. It is my belief that the line’s chief reason for existence was to help give birth to my stories. Once Wings in the Night began, even the line’s eventual demise could not stop it.

My authoress was on fire as I pried open her channels and continued pouring stories into her mind. She didn’t know where they were coming from back then. But it was an effort. When she first began my story, I was drawn as the villainess of the piece, and some weak and pathetic mortal female was supposed to be Roland’s mate! I schooled myself to patience. My authoress was just learning, after all. She did not yet understand who I was.

Trust me when I tell you, she does now.

Twilight Memories, my story, was published next, in 1994. You’ll have to pardon the blue eye shadow. It was the nineties, after all. I did finally get through to my authoress. In fact, I opened the lines of communication so widely, that I dictated the opening of the story. Those first four pages marked “Introduction” truly were my introduction to my authoress. I was speaking to her, telling her who and what I am, warning her that I am no one to be trifled with.

She merely wrote down what I said. And I’ve been dictating the stories of my people to her ever since.

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One more novel, Twilight Illusions, featuring the magician Damien Namtar (formerly known as King Gilgamesh of Ancient Sumer) and his fledgling Shannon, was published under the Silhouette Shadows line. Damien is our link to our origins, a link that continues to unfurl all the way through Book 20 of the series. But I digress.

After this book was published, Silhouette Shadows closed down. My authoress received two messages. One from her publisher, telling her there would be no more Wings in the Night. The second was from me, telling her to begin the next book right away. She listened to me, and wrote Born in Twilight over the next eight weeks. Flat.

Shadows died. Silhouette was absorbed by Harlequin. Harlequin has been purchased by Rupert Murdoch. But Wings in the Night lived through it all, and still lives on.

My authoress has taken my advice and broken free of all of them. She will no longer allow fat, rich, mortal men to become fatter and richer from the fruits of her labor, but rather, will continue to share her gift and my voice directly with you. This also means my contact with you will be far less diluted. Less filtered. More like…a direct current.

Wings in the Night includes 15 novels, 4 novellas, and 1 “online read”
So far….

A brand new incarnation of the series begins this year with Wings in the Night: Reborn
Book One, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS will be a September 1, 2014 release in both print and electronic formats, from Maggie’s own label, Thunderfoot. And for those of you who missed the first 20 books, this is a fresh start. You may begin here….

~Rhiannon

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About The Author:

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

Maggie has published westerns, category romances, romantic suspense, paranormal romances, urban fantasy, women’s fiction, and just about everything in between. She’s a winner of the RITA Award, the romance fiction industry’s most prestigious prize, and has won countless others including several RT BOOK RREVIEWS “Reviewer’s Choice” Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Daphne du Maurier Award, The Golden Leaf Award and numerous others.

Maggie’s “Twilight” series of vampire novels, officially known as Wings in the Night, began in 1993 with TWILIGHT PHANTASIES from Silhouette Shadows. The series concluded with TWILIGHT FULFILLED in October 2011, but has come back to life now that she has gone indie.

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WHAT A DUKE DARES by Anna Campbell

August 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name. Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over. The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

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“How can you flirt when we’re about to find a watery grave?”

 “How can I not?” His voice roughened into urgency. “If the ship goes down, I’ll be damned if I die without kissing you.”

She started without moving away. “This is a mistake.”

He laughed, wondering how his demise became cause for amusement. Perhaps Pen’s courage bolstered his. Most people would cower at the raging seas, but valiant Penelope Thorne met the storm and the man who wanted her with her head high and a smile on her lips. At that moment, if he’d been capable of love, he might imagine that he loved her. “The thought of kissing you has tortured me.”

Her hands linked around his neck. To steady herself or because she wanted to touch him? He hardly cared as long as she stayed near. He’d never seen her like this. Like she yearned for his touch the way he yearned for hers. Desire pounded harder than the waves outside. Thunder cracked close.

“Oh, hell, Pen,” he groaned, firming his grip on her. He was incapable of gentleness. The storm outside was a pale echo of the storm in his blood.

On another guttural groan, his mouth crashed down . . .

 

About Anna Campbell

Always a voracious reader, ANNA CAMPBELL decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Avon historical romances including Romantic TimesReviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s most popular historical romance (twice). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year.

When she’s not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she’s losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.

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Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann

August 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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About Undeniably You:

Undeniably You CoverOne crazy dog––one awkward vet––one naked pool guy––and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.

 

 

Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.

 

 

When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”

 

 

Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not––the pool guy.

 

 

Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.

 

 

The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.

 

Release date: August 18th, 2014

 

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I pour a glass of iced tea and start to walk toward the deck. Then I turn around and pour another glass. “Hospitality is a good thing,” I tell myself, needing only to convince the rational part of my brain.

 

“Tea?” I offer, walking over to the pool.

 

Aaron sets the skimmer net along the side of the pool.

 

“Thank you.” The smirk on his face is suspicious and makes me feel like I’m missing some inside joke. He takes the glass from me and I move past him to get a closer look at the pool because I can’t look at him without his shirt and not break into a sweat.

“What are you skimming?”

 

“Nothing really. I’m stirring the water,” he says matter-of-factly.

 

This guy is not for real. What does he mean by “stirring the water?” He’s up to something. It’s obvious why Aunt Elizabeth hired him. She must properly clean the pool after he leaves so Trevor doesn’t get suspicious and fire his ass … a very fine ass I will confess.

 

“And why is it you need to stir the water?” I turn toward him and my eyes dart straight to his broad muscular chest and well-defined abs all kissed by the sun. Jeez, he’s too perfect and I’m … something. Distracted? Mentally lethargic? Crazy? Horny? BINGO!

“So there’s an even consistency of chemicals when I test the water.”

 

My mouth is agape and I cannot stop looking at him. He bends down to physically capture my attention. Shit! I show no shame staring at his bare chest.

 

“Hello?” he says, forcing my eyes back to his.

 

Shaking the inappropriate thoughts from my head, I take a quick sip of my drink to mask my embarrassment.

“Do I need to put my shirt back on?”

 

I choke on my tea. “No––” I can’t stop coughing. “I mean––” Clearing my throat, I notice his cocky smile. “Put your shirt on or leave it off. Why would I care?”

 

God, Sydney, could you be a bigger disaster today? The flap of the dog door distracts me. Swarley leaps down the deck stairs. Aaron hunches down like a lineman in anticipation of his overzealous greeting. The problem is, as Swarley races closer I realize he’s not aiming for Aaron. He’s aiming for––

 

“Oh shit!” I’m catapulted backwards into the pool.

 

My body makes its descent to the bottom while I open my eyes to see the blurry magnification of Mr. Sex on Legs pool guy standing at the edge looking down at me. I’m considering seeing how long I can hold my breath. Maybe he’ll decide to leave and I can surface from the depths of my own personal Hell without an audience.

 

Yes! That’s it. I can do this.

 

I still hold many records from my high school swimming career. Holding my breath until he leaves should be easy. Unless he decides to be heroic and jumps in to save me. Not a bad scenario either. Then at least we’ll both be drenched in our clothes.

Like a leaky raft, I release my breath one bubble at a time and take a seat at the bottom of the pool. Ha! He’s emptying his pockets. Looks like I won’t be the only drowned rat. Wait. What the hell? No he’s not. Oh dear God, yes he is. Sex on legs dives into the pool, sans shorts and underwear! The two haunting notes from Jaws sound in my head while I scramble to the surface in the opposite direction, desperate to get away from him.

 

The sweet relief of air filling my lungs is squashed by the anxiety of being chased by a naked stranger.

“Oh my God! What are you doing?” A frantic yell breaks out with the remaining breath in my lungs while I swim toward the ladder, barely escaping him. I leap out of the pool with superhuman speed. Wrapping my arms around myself, I scramble to the pool house, my heart racing and my whole body shaking as I fumble for a towel.

 

“The water feels great today.” His voice sounds behind me.

 

I whip around and gasp, wide eyed. A wet, naked, sinful-as-a-hot-fudge-sundae body greets me a few feet away. Hands fisted, his arms are casually crossed at his wrists covering part of his junk in the front. The perfect cover to Sports Illustrated stands before me, and all I want to do is smack him across the face to wipe the stupid smirk off it. Then, of course, I want to jump him and rub every sensitive part of my body against his, because right now I’m so pissed and so turned on, I need to dive into the pool again before I self-combust.

“Finish up and get out,” I mumble as I toss him a towel and stomp toward the house. On my way, I pass Swarley beached out in a lounge chair by the pool.

 

“Evil demon dog!” I scowl at him.

 

 

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About Jewel E. Ann:

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

 

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

 

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

 

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.



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You May Kiss The Bride by Monica Corwin

August 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Helena Banks and Alex Parker are meant to be…if they can get past the secrets, lies, corporate espionage.

Helena Banks has the perfect life. Well, she thought she did until her perfect fiancé left her in the limo outside her perfect wedding. Like any strong woman she rallied with the help of one super sexy limo driver. But is he really who he says he is?

Alex Parker never wanted a complicated life. He lives for his work and that had always been enough. When fate drops a damsel in distress on his radar he realizes he’s not content after all.

But Alex has a secret…one that will turn Helena’s perfect life even more upside down. Can she handle it, or him?

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A quiet knock sounded at the door, and Alex went to sign for the food without me even making a move to get up. The aroma of melted cheese hit me full force. I surged to my feet, ready to make a beeline for the tray when the alcohol caught up to me and I wobbled, about to keel over. Alex had nowhere near my level of intoxication and caught me smoothly. He could do nothing but help buffer the fall with his arms.

We both landed on the plush faux fur in a tangle of limbs. The silk of my outfit did little to disguise any part of me, and when we both stilled, he was laying in the curve my open thighs created. Alex pushed up on his arms, removing his comforting weight off my chest, but made no move to get up.

Those green eyes ensnared me, and I did the thing I had been dying to do since I watched his lips wrap around the bottle earlier. They were just as soft as I imagined and tasted like lemon and beer. He didn’t respond at first, but when I probed the seam of his mouth with my tongue, it felt like an electric current shot through both of us. He wrapped one arm around my back, and the other hand tangled in the mass of curls at the nape of my neck. Effortlessly he pulled me into his body while pressing his hips into mine.

Not even a Disney kiss could have been as equally magical. His tongue traced mine with a demanding edge I savored as small currents of need sparked from the tips of my fingers all the way to my toes. I would have stayed there for hours if the sound of the door lock opening to a keycard hadn’t broken the spell between us. We both looked up just in time to register the shocked face of my former fiancé.

 

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What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes? Oh man, my writing schedule is more like a ‘when I find time’ sort of deal. I often have to juggle working full time, single parenthood, school, and my writing obligations. It means I have to be ready to write when I get a moment not really when inspiration strikes. I am very much a pantser. I write whatever comes out. Although I’ve recently started incorporating a very high level outline with just like one word describing a chapter.

What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? One day I just decided there weren’t enough stories out there for the LGBT community and started my first erotic short story featuring a M/M couple and a woman. My biggest support system is my publisher’s FB group. We are always chatting, getting help, and exchanging ideas. I love them. When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronomer…well…until I found out how much math is involved. Then I wanted to be Edgar Allan Poe.

Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from? I love writing offbeat paranormals. Ones you don’t see every day. I LOVE crime serial TV shows so I would love to write a mystery novel. I might mix my love of PNR and mystery into a sweet PNR series. I don’t think I can write horror. As close as relationship between erotica and horror are I just can’t do it.

Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you? I do use one. I started because I began writing when I was in the Army and I feared my subordinates would recognize my books. My name is my step-dad’s last name who raised my sisters and I. There are no males to carry on the family name at all so I took it on as my pen name.

Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why? I have been trying to write a follow up to my Arthurian PNR featuring Lancelot and Gwynevere but I’ve been fighting them for years. My hatred for Gwyn (regardless if she is a fictional character) makes it really hard for me to write her. I don’t want them to have a happy ending…she’s there, living in my head and on a few pages but I fight with them every month or so. One day it will be a book.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned? I don’t do much research because I usually write what I know but when I do need it I like to talk to people, get their stories, and personal anecdotes. I learned from a lawyer that apparently via like their lawyer code they aren’t even supposed to acknowledge you on the street if you don’t say hi to them first.

What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you? Anne Bishop’s Murder of Crows. I’m SOO in love with this PNR series. I can’t stop thinking about it.

What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?Most favorite is the camel hump day…my mom is obsessed with it. I don’t think I have a least favorite.

Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot? Billy Ray Cyrus…go big or go home baby. I no longer find him attractive. It must be because he got rid of the mullet.

What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching? I love crime dramas like Castle, Law and Order, Elementary, Sherlock. I can’t do reality TV at all. I’m always left wondering if the human race is going to survive.

 

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Monica Corwin is an outspoken writer who believes romance is for everyone no matter their preferences. Displaced in Central Pennsylvania, Monica Corwin attempts to spend her days writing away in her home by the river. In reality she chases around a toddler and writes when she can. In her free time she drinks entirely too much coffee and collects tomes on King Arthur. Monica Corwin has over thirteen published works from publishers such as Crimson Romance and Cleis Press. You can find her on the web at www.monicacorwin.com

 

 

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WHAT A LADY CRAVES by Ashlyn Macnarama

August 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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 Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.

Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.

For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

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Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

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Changing Constantinou’s Game by Jennifer Hayward

August 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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One kiss couldn’t hurt, could it? 

Alexios Constantinou is notorious for his lethal charm, so when the exquisite Isabel Peters is—literally—dropped into his lap during a hellish elevator ride, he doesn’t waste the opportunity! With tensions sky-high after their near-death experience, an insatiable desire ignites between them, and all bets are off.

But when Alex discovers that reporter Isabel’s next story is him, he’s furious…yet determined to use it to his advantage. He’s calling the shots, but the closer Isabel gets, the closer she comes to discovering his carefully concealed secret. Now, with everything at stake, he’ll need a whole new game plan….

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Izzie focused on forking the small amount of food she thought she could consume into her mouth at the small candlelit table Alex had set on the terrace. The herbed pasta was delicious, but it was hard to eat when her heart was still pounding and her hands trembling so much negotiating a fork seemed like a new and highly complex activity. And why wouldn’t it when she had literally jumped into the deep end and invited the most spectacularly good looking man she’d ever met to kiss her–and he had! Not to mention the fact that the kiss had been the most incredible of her life and all she could think about was experiencing more of the bone-meltingly delicious heat that had coursed through her veins. It was like every nerve ending in her body had been switched on for the first time and she wasn’t sure whether to revel in it or be completely terrified of what she was feeling.

She swallowed hard, forced down the food. The fact that she’d been right–that Alex was attracted to her–made her head feel like it was going to blow off. Maybe Jo was right. Maybe it had been her defensive attitude that had turned men off in the past and not the fifteen extra pounds she’d been carrying. Which had always been her excuse.

She took another sip of the rich, full Cabernet that was going a long way to mellowing her out. But the wine didn’t seem to be having the same effect on Alex who’d glowered at her throughout the entire meal-as if she’d committed a crime rather than simply kissed him.

She risked a quick glance at him. He was still watching her with that same, implacable frown on his face, that penetrating blue gaze of his impossible to read. And it occurred to her she hadn’t fully thought through her plan. She had the mind numbing confirmation he was attracted to her…the question now was what was she going to do about it?

Her heart pounding in her chest, she set her fork down with an abrupt movement, and the sound of metal clattering against fine china echoed in the still night air.

He gave her half-empty plate a narrowed glance. “That’s all you’re going to eat?”

“It was delicious, thank you. I think that’s about all I can handle.’
“All right.” He laid his fork down with a deliberate movement and pushed his plate away. “Let’s talk about what happened.”

Gladly. She took another sip of her wine to fortify herself and set the glass down.

“That kiss shouldn’t have happened.”

She was ready for that one. “Why not?

“I’m much more experienced than you, Isabel. I’m not interested in relationships, in fact mine never last longer than a few months, and the women I date are well aware of that.”

“So?”

He did a double take at the belligerent note in her voice. “You’re also probably still in shock from what happened today.”

“I’m absolutely fine,” she countered. “In fact I feel like I have more clarity right now than I’ve ever had in my life.”

He sat back in his chair, his gaze on her face. “What kind of clarity?”

She twisted the stem of her wine glass on the table, watching the blood red liquid shimmer in the candlelight. “That was my worst fear today. Facing it-getting through it-” she paused, looking up at him, “–it’s made me realize how much of my life I’ve lived in fear…how many times I’ve not gone after what I wanted because I was afraid I wouldn’t get it or it would explode in my face.”

He gave a wary nod. “That’s a good realization.”

She shook her head. “I’m not looking for a relationship, Alex.” A husky laugh escaped her. “In fact, that’s the last thing I need right now.”

His eyes narrowed. “Then what are you looking for?”

“I don’t want to live with any more regrets.”

He shook his head, a wry smile curving his lips. “You’re twenty-five, Isabel. How many regrets can you have?”

She took a deep breath, meeting his gaze head-on. “I will regret it if I walk away from tonight without exploring the attraction that’s between us.”

A muscle jumped in his jaw. He sat there completely silent, staring at her. “I’m not sure you know what you’re doing.”

She shook her head. “I know exactly what I’m doing.”

A long moment passed, it might have been four, five seconds, she wasn’t sure. All she knew was that she was holding her breath, sure at one point he was going to reject her. The warm night air pressed so heavily against her lungs she thought they would burst. And then something shifted, morphed on the air between them. And she got her answer in the darkening of his eyes.

 

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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

So happy to be here! Thanks for having me. Today is the release of my fourth book with Harlequin Presents following my debut trilogy, The Delicious De Campos. It’s called Changing Constantinou’s Game. It’s a book that’s really special for me for two reasons. My heroine, Izzie, has so many of the hopes and insecurities we all have as women, yet when fate puts her in the path of the man of her dreams, she doesn’t shy away from the chance encounter like many of us have done – she goes for it! And I love her for this. Secondly, I did my journalism internship at our Canadian sports broadcaster,TSN, and I love American football! Also I’m a huge fan of Friday Night Lights – the TV show. So my hero, Alex, whose career as a quarterback is destroyed by an injury, hits a huge soft spot within me. These players can go from hero to forgotten in the blink of an eye – it’s always been so heartbreaking for me. Even though Alex picks himself up and moves on, that broken place inside of him gets to me. And how he and Izzie heal each other was a joy to write.

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

I wrote my first manuscript for Harlequin when I was nineteen and I knew then that that was what I wanted to do. But I didn’t have enough life experience to write those types of deeply emotional books. So I took my very nice rejection from a senior editor and carried it with me through a career in journalism and PR. But I always came back to the love of writing. When my bosses would ask me in performance reviews “What do you want to be in five years?”, I would say, “A novelist…” Not career limiting… really.

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

I’ve been lucky to have had several amazing mentors along the way. But without a doubt on this one I’d have to say Sharon Kendrick. When I was getting rejections and wobbling, Sharon would tell me: “Just write the damn book, Jen. And the next..” And I did, until I wrote The Divorce Party which won Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and garnered me my first contract.

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

Ooh I love this question! Handsome, obviously, but he can be quirky too in his looks – a scar, a broken nose from a glamorous fight, charismatic, wordly – that’s big – reads great books, intellectual. Oh and must have a sense of humor behind all the aloofness!

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

I belong to a 11-year-strong book club filled with ten of the most fabulous women you can imagine. We read amazing books, some of which I have loved the most but never would have picked up without it being our monthly choice. Traveling is defintely a hobby of mine and I do have a pretty cool collection of vintage Harlequin Presents J

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

This is a hard one to choose because my recent RWA Texas trip meeting all the other authors was amazing! But I would have to say winning So You Think You Can Write in 2012. I put my first chapter in thinking I’d just love to capture an editor’s attention. I never dreamed The Divorce Party would win the whole thing. It was a heart-pounding, wonderful ride.

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

Hmm. So many choices, but maybe Hawaii right now. I’ve always wanted to go – it is so breathtakingly beautiful and I love the beach. It does things for my soul.

 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 love ALL food but I will say I’m picky when it comes to anything that comes from an animal’s insides. No thank you. PS I just had the best guacamole of my life in San Antonio at RWA.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? My Macbook J Second to that would be my hair straightening brush because my hair is usually a certified disaster.

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

A yacht anchored off the south of France or a Caribbean island, a fabulous very old red vintage and a man charismatic enough to tell me tales all night!

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

I would describe myself as a genuine East Coaster with a love for people and fun. My friends say I’m funny (I never thought this about myself until my book club girls were like – hell yes you’re funny J. They would also say I will ask the question no one else will. Likely true.

 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza –any kind, anywhere

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

Summer for sure. Sitting on the deck sipping wine, eating at cafes, reading at the beach. It doesn’t get any better.

What project are you working on next?

My next book is one I am very excited about! I really wanted to create an out of the box heroine who has succeeded against all the odds – so in The Magnate’s Manifesto due out in December with Harlequin Presents, my heroine is a former Las Vegas stripper who’s put herself through school dancing to turn herself into a successful marketing executive. But of course, her past comes back to haunt her! The most fun villain I’ve ever written.

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

I’m going to be blogging quite a bit about my current release, but you can also find me at my website jenniferhaywardromance.com anytime and join my newsletter! Hope you drop by.

 

Author Bio:

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister’s novels to escape her teenaged angst. Her career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books and sign up for her newsletter at her website. Or you can find her on twitter and facebook.

 

Akin to the Truth by Paige Strickland

August 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Paperback: 285 Pages

Publisher: Idealized Apps, LLC (September 8, 2013)

ASIN: B00F28TM86

Twitter Hashtag: #AkinStrickland

 

Book Description:

Akin to the Truth is Paige’s own memoir about her adoption. In 1961, adoption was still one of those private and taboo topics. Not much identifying information was provided for adoptive families or for birth parents by the agencies. In Ohio, records were sealed forever. Adoptees and birth mothers were supposed to be thankful for the adoptive family and never look back. Adoptive parents thought their deal was signed and sealed. As a child and teenager, growing up adopted was like a Scarlet Letter “A” if anyone ever found out the truth. At least, that’s the way author, Paige Strickland felt as she muddled through social situations and other interpersonal relations. She always loved her adoptive family, but realized she wanted not just more, but what other “regular born” people had: real roots, accurate health history and authentic family lore. She wanted freedom from shame, more dignity, authenticity and a full identity. Then, through random chance, a local TV talk show in 1987 revealed that certain records were open if you were born before 1964 in the state of Ohio, and the author’s life would never be the same after that program. During her quest, (pre computer), for her identity, her adoptive father struggled with his own self image and sense of belonging, so both father and daughter embarked on separate and unique parallel missions to find what was missing in their lives. This is the story of how being adopted affected Paige growing up in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. It shows how one adoptee has embraced and learned to view family more globally. She tells the saga of a loving but dysfunctional family of both blood and choice, trying to cope with typical and not so typical life alterations during the decades of social revolution and free love. She learns that the most fascinating family stories are discovered by those passionate enough to question and search. Paige Adams Strickland is a teacher and writer from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is married with two daughters.

Akin to the Truth is available on Amazon as an e-book: Akin to the Truth

 Buy Links:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/akin-to-the-truth/id711164304?ls=1

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Akin-Truth-Memoir-Adoption-Identity/dp/0989948811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380459942&sr=1-1&keywords=akin+to+the+truth

B and N- print:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/akin-to-the-truth?keyword=akin+to+the+truth&store=book

Crystal’s Review:Though I enjoy reading memoir, Akin to the Truth doesn’t read like your typical memoir. Author, Paige Strickland does a fabulous job of storytelling and doesn’t miss a single detail or emotion as she introduces you to her life. This is not just a story about her adoption; this is an interesting and entertaining glimpse into the life of a resilient and strong author. I’m sure Strickland will find her voice again in future publications. She is a talented author and storyteller. Strickland keeps your attention through and through. It’s hard to imagine she had ever kept her adoption a secret as she vividly tells the entire tale in Akin to the Truth. The emotions conveyed in Strickland’s writing are incredibly real to the reader. For example you aren’t just reading about her fear and jubilation about having siblings, you get goose bumps and your heart rate races right along with her. Akin to the Truth is expertly written as the reader is drawn into Strickland’s real life! Strickland describes her family so expertly; she brings the characters to life with such grace and beauty (particularly her grandmothers). Such descriptions and detail brought Akin to the Truth to life for me as a reader. As I read, I found myself drawn into her story but became increasingly curious about my own family. How will my oldest (a girl) describe my relationship with my sons (the two youngest)? I look at things a little differently now and I’m more cautious about my children’s feelings and how they might view my relationship with their siblings. In particular, Strickland describes her brother as her mother’s clone and that stopped me in my tracks. As an only child, I guess I was oblivious to this emotional side of siblings. I think it’s a testament to Strickland’s writing ability being able to draw me into her book while also drawing me into my own life and looking at things a bit differently.

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? My book is called, Akin to the Truth: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity. It is about growing up adopted in the 1960s-80s during a span of years called the Baby-Scoop Era.  Adoptions were closed, secretive and often shameful back then.  Birthmothers had shame for being unwed, (most of the time).  Adoptive parents had shame for often adopting because they were unable to conceive naturally.  Adoptees absorbed this shame also because so much of the official proceedings and information shared were top secret.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? Knew once I was able to read books that I also wanted to write books.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? I’m not sure who, but I think I learned it off of TV…Write what you know. Stephen King’s book, On Writing, is also a fascinating and entertaining read for anyone who likes to write.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? A perfect hero is someone who prevails in the end because they do the right thing(s).  (It doesn’t hurt if they’re attractive too!   ; )  )

 What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?  Aside from writing and teaching school, I like reading, working out, working in my yard, travel, spending time with my family and friends, plus my animals.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?  Searching for and finding my birth family has been my biggest adventure.  Aside from that, raising my kids has been unforgettable and beautiful.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Some place warm and tropical. That is all.  I am so done with winter!  LOL    Give me a Florida beach or Hawaii!

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I will try most everything once….most everything.  For holidays, however, I want my traditional favorites for the main parts of my meal.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Do toilets / indoor plumbing count?  LOL   Aside from that, my iPhone.  I’d feel pretty lost without my phone.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Being dressed nicely yet comfortably, again in a warm climate,  (no ski-lodges or tundras, please!), elegant but delicious dining, dancing…

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?  I’m funny.  I find the funny in almost every situation.  I am also very honest. Sometimes I love my animals more than the humans in my life. I am artistic, social and follow my intuition.

What is your favorite comfort food?   Popcorn!

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?    I live in Ohio.  I very much appreciate summer.  (see above responses)   Winter / slushy-mushy weather here is nasty and too long-lasting, in my opinion.  I treasure my warm days.

 What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?    I answered this above.

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

What project are you working on next?  I am working on a book of reflections about my career in teaching. It has no title yet.  It’s very much a work in progress.  Every day I go to school, I know a new chapter there can unfold.  It’ll be a while before that book is done.

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

www.akintothetruth.com

https://twitter.com/plastrickland23

https://www.facebook.com/AkintotheTruth?ref=br_tf

Also http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/….but check that with Crystal Otto first!

 

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About the Author: Paige Adams Strickland, a teacher and writer from Cincinnati, Ohio, is married with two daughters. Her first book, Akin to the Truth: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity, is about growing up in the 1960s-80s (Baby-Scoop Era) and searching for her first identity. It is also the story of her adoptive family and in particular her father’s struggles to figure out his place in the world while Paige strives to find hers. After hours she enjoys family and friends, pets, reading, Zumba ™ Fitness, gardening and baseball.

 Chapter 14 from Akin to the Truth came in 3rd place out of 200 entries and was featured on the scinti website in 2010 ( http://www.scinti.com/family-reunion/)_. Adoptive parent and blogger, Jane Ballback also featured the same story on her site in 2012 (http://adoptionvoicesmagazine.com/secrets/family-reunion-part-one/#.U3rOpuZdW3k)!

 

Finding Paige online:

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/AkintotheTruth

Twitter – https://twitter.com/plastrickland23

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=106898209&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Akin to the Truth Website – http://www.akintothetruth.com/

 Akin to the Truth – Hyperlink: http://www.amazon.com/Akin-Truth-Memoir-Adoption-Identity-ebook/dp/B00F28TM86/?

 

 

Welcome to Paradise, A Paradise Ranch Novella by London Saint James

August 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Title:  Welcome to Paradise, A Paradise Ranch Novella

Author:  London Saint James

Publisher:  Roane Publishing

Release Date:  August 18, 2014

Blurb:

Just three days before her thirtieth birthday, Acquisition Editor for Starling Press, Sutton Callaway, has buried the last of her family in the cemetery on the plot of land she inherited. After turning down the powerful and wealthy owner of Triple Bar-S Ranch to sell her inheritance and walk away from the obligations of running one of the biggest cattle ranches in West Texas, Sutton puts her Dallas condo on the market, resigns her position from SP, packs the contents of her life into boxes, and heads for the one place filled with bittersweet memories—Paradise Ranch. Will Sutton be able to handle the pressures of being the newly appointed cattle baroness, the rough and tumble men under her employ, and the temptation of a sexy mystery man? Or will her grandmother’s matriarchal boots be too big for her to fill?

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thanks so much for having me over to visit today. My new release is, Welcome to Paradise, and is the introduction novella to a contemporary erotic western romance series called Paradise Ranch. The ranch is on a 980 acre cattle ranch in the harsh land of West Texas which my heroine, Sutton Callaway inherited. Now that she’s back at her childhood home to stay, she’s got to figure out how to actually run a ranch, deal with the rough and tumble men under her employ, and there’s a sexy mystery man in the mix too.

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

 I’ve been one of those people who scribbled things down my whole life, and this started as soon as I could write. Whether I knew it at the time or not, I suppose I was destined to be a writer.

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

A friend of mine who at the time didn’t even realize she was giving advice about writing, but when we spoke about following our hearts, I finally took that advice and followed mine. And now, 18 published books later, here I am. *Smiles*

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

A bad-ass with a heart. You know those sometimes silent types, deep thinkers with the sexy scowl who perhaps don’t give their heart over easily but when they do, they love with the whole of it, protect who they love, and have that bit of alpha presence about them which drives a woman wild.

 As for me, I’ve found my own bad-ass with a heart. My very own perfect hero.

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

I love to read, watch movies, listen to music, and spend time with the people I love. Hobbies or collections? Hmm…I use to take pictures as a hobby but I haven’t dusted off the old camera in a while. And, I’m not a real big collector of anything however; I do have some awesome Catwoman comic books in pristine condition that I hold onto.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Life! I think Oprah says it best, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” This is very true.

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

That would be a hard choice. So many wonderful places to be whisked to. Perhaps I’d start with being transported to a beautiful Tuscan villa where I could look out at the rolling landscape, watch the sun set, and taste a little Italian vino.

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 use to stick to tried and true foods and recipes, but in the last few years I’ve thrown caution to the wind and adventured into new food territory. My first new food experience was Indian food and the doing was such a wonderful experience that I’ve since ventured out into the world of the new food sensations now. *Smiles*

What project are you working on next?

Of course I’m working on the Paradise Ranch novel, called Trouble in Paradise, and I have several other writing irons in the fire withWIPs in different stages of completion that range from steampunk/time-travel to paranormal/shifters/vampires, to historical, but they all have that one crucial element—romance.

Bio:

London wrote her first short story in the second grade. Her teacher informed her parents she had a big imagination, and as far as he was concerned, having a big imagination wasn’t necessarily a good thing, so she placed her vivid characters, her childhood stories, along with her imagination on the shelf, where they would wither for a while. After all, she needed to grow up and do the “sensible thing.”  Life moved on, London grew up, and the sensible thing earned London a degree in Psychology. She took a serious job in the real world, doing serious things and being a responsible adult, although the need to be a little irresponsible crept in. As a result, she started scribbling again.  Happy to find her imagination was still alive and kicking, she decided to pursue writing, walked away from doing the sensible thing, took on the world of the written word, and has never looked back!

 Ms. Saint James’ Links:

Web: http://www.londonsaintjames.com Blog: http://londonsj.blogspot.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/LSJRomance Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LSJRomance Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/London-Saint-James/e/B005I7KJWYFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/LSaintJamesRomance Facebook Author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Saint-James/154331444626603 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lsjromance Kindlegraph: http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/LSJRomance

Link for Welcome to Paradise on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22673790-welcome-to-paradise?from_search=true

 

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