In keeping with the humor of her latest August Icicle Falls novel A WEDDING ON PRIMROSE STREET, Sheila thought it would be fun to tell a funny anecdote from her own wedding—and asked author friends Marie Bostwick, Brenda Novak, and Susan Wiggs to share light-hearted moments from their own wedding ceremonies.
Finding (or founding!) your perfect book club: Advice from the creator of The Book Obsessed Chicks...
"Nearly 30 years ago, I went to Martha’s Vineyard for the first time. I disembarked from the ferry on a sunny day and boarded an old school bus that had uncomfortable seats and a curious rattle..."
Join us tonight, Tuesday, July 21st 7-9:30pm at Madame X, as Lady Jane’s Salon® welcomes the thirty-fifth annual Romance Writers of America® national conference back to New York City. Whether you’re in town for #RWA15 or simply in town, it’s certain you won’t want to miss tonight’s expanded program of seven guest author readings by Sonali Dev, Dahlia Adler, Carrie Lomax, Laura K. Curtis, Nancy Scanlon, Regina Kyle, and Hope Tarr. For now, sit back and enjoy our author roundtable...
"my top five picks for wickedly awesome femme fatales: those badass spy gals that make us all want to learn how to pull off a kill shot or distract a mark with nothing more than our blatant sex appeal. *wink*"
While I’ve always loved reading romance novels with characters from royalty and I admit to devouring all movies and TV shows with royal romances, I’ve never written one. But, this year I got make up my own sexy prince and his imaginary kingdom. Researching royalty was no hardship and I discovered that there are quite a few princes who promise us modern-day fairy tales in real-life. Here’s my list of the top five:
"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."
"Suspense is my favorite sub-genre of romance to read—and write. As a reader, I love that “edge of your seat” feeling of wondering what’s going to happen next. As an author, keeping the tension at a constant high is a challenge..."
We are so excited to reveal New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine's second installment in her Take the Fall series: WHEN WE FALL!
This week we're excited about new releases from Maggie McGinnis, Megan Frampton, Vanessa Kelly, Laura Kaye, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Regina Cole, and Ryan Winfield. What are you reading?
"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."
Want the inside scoop on what goes into publishing a successful eBook? Join us to learn that and more at our July 23 BEA luncheon. The afternoon will feature a panel of Loveswept/Flirt’s lead team members, a Q&A with bestselling Random House authors J. Kenner, Tracy Wolff, and Claire Kent, and a meet-and-greet with top industry professionals...
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.
"What if the man you love doesn’t shift? Doesn’t turn into a human male? What if he really is an alien? This was a possibility facing me when I first started writing females with nonhuman males..."
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.