The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
One month from today, the movie we have all been waiting for hits theaters! In anticipation, we will countdown with Five weeks of Fifty, celebrating the phenomenon that is FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with weekly posts about how our love affair with the book began, what we’re most excited about with the movie, thoughts from writers on how it affected their careers, and more.
Growing up military, I always envied those people who lived in the same town all of their lives. I craved the continuity of knowing my neighbors and classmates from cradle to grave; or knowing every creak of the stairs and groan of the radiator in our home.
One of the many reasons I love romance is that I like happy endings. I always have. I remember, as a ten-year-old, being so upset by a Sweet Valley High book that ended with Elizabeth in a coma that I never picked up another Sweet Valley book again. (Extra funny because I found out many years later that that was just a lead-in to a story where Elizabeth awoke from the coma with Jessica's personality! But my library didn't own the follow-up.) Sometimes I'm so upset by an ending that I have to fix it...
My newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else: a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves. I’m here to tell you a little about Joss Everett, the hero of SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a little. Two of these statements about Joss are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!
I grew up on the South Carolina coast. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by the fact that the beach is both the end of the earth, so to speak, and the beginning of the vast, deep ocean. You look down at your bare toes and see where these two opposites meet—how their liquid-solid boundary is constantly changing, never static. And then you look up and see the horizon, far away, its bare curve uniting earth and sky, suggesting endless possibilities for those who dream. It’s exciting. You feel the pull and the push inside you, the clamoring of your spirit to move, to grow…. Yet when you pull back from this scene—leave in your car and come back next time, or imagine it from a soaring gull’s viewpoint—the place where sea… Continue
They say you form your personality, likes and dislikes, and the rules you live by early in life. I think that’s true—even for what appeals when it comes to heroes.
I find magical realism to be the most romantic of all the genres. The idea that there is magic hidden in the mundane, that there are little miracles everywhere in life, is one that seduced me long ago. I love romance. I love fairy tales. I love stories that end in happily ever after. And I also believe that the greatest and grandest love affair we can have is with life itself. As a little girl I investigated every wardrobe looking for Narnia. I hoped to find a rabbit hole that led to Wonderland. I searched my garden for fairies and goblins and gnomes. Everything in life seemed magical and full of infinite possibilities. Children believe that everything is possible. Sadly, adults too often believe that nothing is possible. For me, magical stories remind us… Continue
Don Tillman is at once the most and least reliable narrator I’ve ever encountered in a book. Before I get into it more, though, fair warning: there are some mild spoilers for The Rosie Project herein, so if you want to remain unspoiled, go run out and read it right now. It’s totally worth it. Then come back. I’ll wait. Okay, now that you’ve read The Rosie Project, you know Don is, in his own words, not average. The earlier book opens with Don leading a lecture on Asperger’s syndrome, which he’s never been diagnosed with, but the subtext is that he’s on the autism spectrum. Don is straightforward, never lies, and is completely baffled by human emotion and interpersonal relationships. But he grows and changes over the course of The Rosie Project,… Continue
"Thinking about writing for Romance at Random, I couldn’t help but think how random romance really is. I mean, did you end up with the person you thought you would? I most certainly didn’t."
Inspiration comes to writers in many forms. In the case of FOSTER JUSTICE, I returned to Texas (I was born in Austin) recently after living in the Los Angeles area for twelve years...
We’re pleased to share an extra scene from Jayne Fresina’s new release, Sinfully Ever After, the second novel in her Book Club Belles Society series. The following is an exclusive peek into a meeting of the Book Club Belles that does not appear in the book.
Gina Danna explores why Ancient Rome is the perfect setting for a sexy story.
Recently, I was invited to do a signing at Main Street Books in historic downtown St. Charles, Missouri. Since independent book stores are so important to authors and the future of books, I took some time to chat with the owner, Emily Hall about Main Street Books and book selling and the romance novels she is most looking forward to reading.
People often ask me why I write and why in the medieval era. Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a teenager, I remember reading two books a day, and becoming totally engrossed in each story. For me the stories offered an escape to where the good guys lost and life had happy endings.
I didn’t intend for all of my heroines to tote guns or knives, be trained in fencing, or be proficient at archery. Yet most of them do have the ability to use at least one weapon. Someone asked me recently if it’s because I own a couple of pistols myself, and as the daughter of a retired police officer and the wife of a hunter, I’m familiar and comfortable around guns. No, that wasn’t it at all.
As a writer and spouse to my own former military man, I love to mix a little military into my mysteries. But as the days turn colder and the nights grow longer, there’s nothing better than curling up with some Military Romance. So make a mug of cocoa and snuggle beneath your favorite blanket. Here are Top 5 Picks for Military Romance that can keep the home fires burning this winter...
Julie Solorio gives us her take on the latest scripted show from Bravo: The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce. Catch up with her recaps every Wednesday morning.
Meagan Burgad gets us up to date on the latest from Mindy and company in her recap of The Mindy Project.
"I have a confession. I never read “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughters when they were growing up. And I’ve never actually read Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”—my knowledge about it has been gleaned from movies and TV. I think part of that stems from my short attention span during the holidays—I’d rather read something short. Which is why my favorite Christmas pieces are short stories."
"After wanting to write a book my entire life, I finally finished my first novel with NaNoWriMo. I started another book, BLITZING EMILY, days afterward. It took me seven years to see my work in print. Here’s a few tips from my journey; hopefully, they’ll help you as well..."
"For me, a romance novel is about challenge. It’s about meeting someone who, on the one hand, you’re powerfully attracted to, yet on the other hand brings significant challenges to your life. It’s never easy for the heroine and hero of a romance novel because the story is about character growth."
To celebrate their adjoining birthdays AND adjoining releases, Christie Craig and Maggie McGinnis sat down and dished on their most embarrassing moments, alternate career plans, and secret skills.
"We've renamed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Hunksgiving to give thanks to those hotties who help us whip up Thanksgiving dinner (we're winking at you, dutiful husbands and boyfriends). So enjoy a little eye candy before you start the dinner preparations! And best of luck with the turkey :)"
"When I started my series Drake's Rakes, it was meant to be a trilogy following three women who meet in the Brussels medical tents during the Battle of Waterloo. It was to be called The Three Graces, since each was in her own way known as Grace. And then I realized that they were each falling in love with one of gentleman spies Drake's Rakes, and that there nine rakes. Nine rakes who each demanded a story."
As a romance reader, I love all kinds of heroes—from totally caveman alpha to sweet, geeky beta. I fall for them all. As a writer, I tend to write a slight mixture of heroes, except for the extreme alpha. I don’t think I’ve done one of those yet. What has inspired me as an author when I develop my heroes is looking at guys I know.
"So last night How To Get Away With Murder winter finale was OMG crazy, the way a winter finale should be..."
Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.
Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series, shared this exclusive scene of a Weird Girls slumber party with us in anticipation of the 11/18 release of the latest in the Weird Girls series, A Cursed Bloodline. See what happens when all of the ladies get together for a sleepover and a little bit of truth or dare...
For as long as people have been around, we’ve felt the need to socialize. During the Regency era people gathered for balls and visited each other in the mid morning hours. Now we have Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. With this evolution in mind, I couldn’t help but wonder how my characters from His Wicked Seduction would interact on twitter…