"As a romance writer I have the opportunity to create any kind of hero I want. He can be any shape, size, hair color, eye color. Any name. Any profession. Anything I want. And I have written a variety of heroes—covert ops, firefighters, military. You name it. But there is one thing you can be sure of—he lives in or comes from Texas."
"Over the years I’ve read a lot of books. I’ve read mysteries and thrillers, historical, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult, contemporary and literary fiction. I’ve enjoyed most of them too. A few left me wanting, and some have stuck with me over the years. These are the stories that end up on my shelf for life instead of being passed on to friend."
I’m always surprised when I see a comment on GoodReads when a reader says they didn’t think they would like a sports romance. Huh? So here are the top 10 reasons you will love sports romance...
The institution of marriage made a drastic change during the 18th century and it seems that the early romance novel may have had a hand in switching the focus from power and money to love.
With vacation season upon us, some notable rakes are here to share what they bring on holiday.
Manners, manners, manners. Most of us had them drilled into us at an early age. This was certainly true of the gentry and aristocracy of the Regency’s upper ten thousand. As historical romance writers trying to get the attention of a modern reader we sometimes let that slip a bit for our characters. But what happens when your characters refuse to play along? That is what happened to me in A KISS FOR LADY MARY.
In honor of Memorial Day, we ask bestselling military romance writers Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith to share their personal connection to military men and women. Together, they created the WAY OF THE WARRIOR anthology -- To honor and empower those who've served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I was never really into the bad-boy. I’ve always preferred the nice guy. The one I could bring home to meet my parents. The one who is mature and stable and sweet and puts me first. That’s the kind of man I not only found for myself more than thirteen years ago, but he’s also the kind of guy I want to read about when I pick up a nice romance..."
Vivia Grant, heroine of Laura Marie Brown's FAKING IT, answers a few questions for us today. A little background: Vivia has her dream job and is about to marry her dream man. Does it really matter that she’s led him to believe she’s a virgin? After all, being in love makes every experience feel like the first time anyway! But an unexpected encounter with an ex-lover is about to expose her embarrassing lie.
"I don't like thinking about tropes. They're a requirement in my job, and so I do it, but it's not something I enjoy. But first: What the bleep is a trope?"
It’s difficult not to love a cowboy of the Old West – think Gary Cooper and Clint Eastwood – and these authors know a thing or two about Old West cowboys. Historical Western authors Linda Broday, Rosanne Bittner, Jo Goodman, Kaki Warner, Jacqui Nelson, and E.E. Burke share their answers to the question: What are the characteristics an Old West cowboy hero must have?
Author Deeanne Gist joins us today with great imagination (and a little help from author Damon Suede) to answer the question: If a Victorian man wanted to try out a few pick-up lines, what turn of phrase might he use?
What we do know about Joan Johnston: she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many historical and contemporary romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a full-time writer living in Colorado. Today, Joan tells us a few things about herself we didn’t know...
New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor and Penguin Random House/Loveswept editor Sue Grimshaw talk about paths to success and how they first met.
"When I first started writing, I kept getting the advice to write what you know, and so I did, especially when it came to the settings for my novels..."
"I once went on a forum for romance readers and asked, “So, sports romances?” and got crickets, aside from a couple of NASCAR romances. More power to readers who like those, but I don’t even own a car, so NASCAR’s not really my thing. I read a couple of ex-NFL player romances, but these were mostly heroes with the bodies of linebackers who had retired to become teachers or coaches or whatever, not active players. Nice, but it didn’t really scratch the itch..."
There are many theories regarding the soul and soulmates. The concept of a soulmate originates as far back as Ancient Greek writings. A soulmate was said to be the other half of an androgynous being who had been split in two by a wrathful god and only by reuniting with the other half of their soul would that being experience nirvana. Throughout the ages, its meaning has changed into today’s romantic notions of two souls traveling a number of lives, and in each subsequent lifetime they search, even unintentionally, for the other until they meet once again. In crafting Remember Me, I explored the notion of what if soulmates truly do exist?
Tattoo artist Sia O’Donnell from FULL CONTACT, the third book in the Redemption series of standalone erotic fighter romance novels, shares her top five romance book covers featuring tattooed heroes, and a few juicy tidbits about her own experiences with the love of her life, underground fighter, Ray.
There’s something about a rags-to-riches heroine who stays kind-hearted. This has to be the core appeal, but Disney recently gave the Cinderella romance an update…a really good update. Have you seen the new movie? I love Kenneth Branagh’s stylish take. The vivid colors. The set textures. Secondary characters with depth. And thank you, Mr. Branagh for giving us a prince with some dimension.
Today we welcome astronomer, musician, and author Alan Smale to talk about his debut novel CLASH OF EAGLES (The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome!) — and the unique love story at its heart.
Author A.J. Walters joins us to talk about how real life inspired her older, definitely non-virginal, plus-sized heroine...
"My core story is a simple one: Love Conquers All. I still believe that’s essentially what I’m trying to convey, but I often use redemption themes in order to do it. I love flawed characters, those who are challenged by more than just forces beyond their control, because they are far more real to me. I don’t know anyone who has lived a perfect life; regret is something we all face, which is why characters that are pitted against themselves are often the most complex and interesting..."
"If I was writing in my own Memory Book, like the one that Claire keeps in THE DAY WE MET, I’d remember the first time I fell in love, which feels as if it were yesterday, although it’s more than thirty years ago now..."
Laura Trentham stops by today to talk about the perfect marriage of sports stories and romance, and her favorite films that have elements of both.
In my latest release, NEED ME, my characters first meet in college. Caroline knows exactly what her destiny involves—she’s focused on becoming a journalist. Roger, like me, hasn’t a clue about what he wants, but life has other plans for him...
I’ve been asked many times: how do you chose the setting of your stories? And why? I’ll be completely honest: I like to choose settings where I’ve actually been. So that means Texas! The reason is that I know what the cities look and feel like. Knowing where I am makes it easier to actually visualize the story taking place.
Although I try to be disciplined with my writing, the process that gets me from the first page to the last page is sometimes unorthodox. To the dismay of many I don’t necessarily plot in the traditional sense. Usually the characters take control and guide my hand, making me the conduit for the story they want to tell. But what is always consistent with everything I write is the music...
Every romance writer dreads hearing is that her books are fine and all, but they’re just not realistic. That they set up unfair expectations for love. That they’re setting women up for disappointment when they date a Mr. Darcy who turns out to be a Wickham, or a Jamie Fraser who turns out to be…not Jamie Fraser. (And really, are there any men who are Jamie Fraser? Diana Gabaldon, you’ve ruined my love life!)
Scandal here with a quick word about Tessa Bailey: I’ve been reading her books as long as Tessa Bailey has been publishing books. I love a good dirty-talking hero and I am of the opinion that Ms. Bailey writes dirty talkers better than most. Tessa Bailey never ceases to amaze me so I was not surprised when she dipped her toe in the anti-hero waters.
I’m going to tell you a secret (looks over my shoulder warily): I loathe small towns. I’m a big city girl, through and through. Give me sushi and the symphony and traffic. Even driving through a small town gives me hives. Why should you care? Oh, because my small-town romance ALL FOR YOU released this week.