I first met Ellen Meister at her book reading for Farewell, Dorothy Parker at the fabulous club Wit’s End. That night got me hooked on her magical way of bringing readers back to a different era, and bringing legendary women to life. With the release of her latest novel, DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE, it seemed the perfect time to introduce her to new readers, and to share a bit of trivia with her fans.
Jackie Ashenden joins us today to interview the hero of her latest novel, MINE TO TAKE. It’s the first in a brand new series featuring the members of the Nine Circles Club—friends bound together by power, secrets, need…and the love they will find and stop at nothing to keep.
Scorching, hot love scenes. Sexy, dirty talking alpha men who know how to take a woman to a place she has never been. Characters that are completely intoxicated and consumed with each other. And a healthy dash of sass and humor. Those are just some of the things that readers love about Lauren Blakely’s contemporary erotic romances.
Renita Pizzitola, author of the newly released JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, and Cassie Mae--her most recent New Adult title is THE REAL THING--got to talking about their books, writing New Adult, and oh, yeah, celeb crushes.
Breaking His Rules is the fourth book in your Feeling the Heat series. If readers are coming to this series for the first time with this book, what do they need to know to jump right in? AP: Although Breaking His Rules is part of a series, I believe it can also be read as a stand-alone. There are references to a few characters in the previous books, but I’ve peppered in just enough information so a new reader can get the gist of who they are without being confused. And hopefully they’ll be intrigued enough to check out the other books in the series. I loved Melissa and Paige so much! Will Paige be getting her own book? AP: I’m so glad you loved Melissa and Paige! I loved them too. I really… Continue
Tell us about your journey to being published with Forever Romance. LR: Last June, my agent and I brainstormed projects. I made an off-the-cuff reference about how my exchange semester to Australia changed my life (and yielded me a husband). I was surprised there weren’t many study abroad stories in New Adult. She went quiet for a second and said, “Go play with that idea.” I got to work, sent her three chapters and a synopsis. Here’s a rough transcript of our next conversation. Agent: Lia, I couldn’t sleep last night because of this book. Me: Woo hoo! Wait, did it give you nightmares? Agent: No, no. I loved it! But I don’t know what to do with you. Me: I don’t know what to do with me either. I kept writing the book while… Continue
The Price of Inheritance is one of my favorite novels so far this summer. Filled with passion, intrigue, art, old money — it’s the best kind of novel. Before we get into conversation with author Karin Tanabe, here’s the story: After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island. One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on a mission to find its original owner, and she eventually winds up in the town’s… Continue
We’re thrilled to welcome Daisy Goodwin. If you’re not familiar with her historicals filled with rebellious heiresses and the complicated men who tempt them, now is the time to get acquainted. Last year, her debut novel An American Heiress was the only cure for my Downton Abbey withdrawal. Now, with The Fortune Hunter, she created a hero I hated to love – but loved nonetheless. JB: The Fortune Hunter was inspired by the real-life 19th century Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. But the heroine of the novel is a different woman. Did it surprise you that Charlotte took center stage, or was that how you envisioned the book from the beginning? DG: Good question. I started the book thinking that Sisi would be the heroine, but as I started writing about Charlotte she… Continue
What inspired you to write the Blacktop Cowboys series and this particular installment? LJ: I loved the idea of taking the bodyguard trope and flipping it on its head—having a tough woman with a military background protecting a male celebrity. Obviously a tough Wyoming cowboy has an issue with that, so it was really fun with the back and forth between them as they learned to rely on and trust each other. What is your favorite Devin and Liberty “moment”? LJ: I only get to pick one? Their first kiss and first intimate encounter have to win out. But I also love the small moments when they bolster each other when they’re alone on the tour bus. Who is your rock star crush? LJ: In country music? I’m a huge Dierks Bentley fan, and… Continue
Curious about how MMA and Romance go together? Ever wondered how a dog can be just as popular as a hero? This Q&A with Sidney Halston, author of AGAINST THE CAGE (Loveswept, 5/27/2014) answers all those questions and more… 1. What made you decide to write a funny MMA romance – as opposed to any other romance or one with more angst? I don’t think it was really a decision. It just happened. I’ve tried to write stories that have more angst, but I just can’t seem to do it. I don’t know if I ever will. I love my characters, and can’t seem to torture them. In fact “the scene” in Against the Cage toward the end (I don’t want to give too much away), I wanted to prolong the scene a little and… Continue
I had the pleasure of catching up with Sara (known to her followers as the one and only Harlequin Junkie) earlier this week at RT. She’s been blogging for three years and this is her second convention! Where are you visiting from? Orange County, CA Who are you most looking forward to seeing at RT? Kesley Cole, Nalini Singh. Lisa Kleypas, too! What are some of the places that you want to check out while you’re in New Orleans? We [Sara and her husband] got here a little bit earlier,so we did some sightseeing tours, like the swamp tour… checked the French Quarter, Jackson Square. We went to Cafe Du Monde and tried the coffee and the beignets [huge smile] so I think I’m pretty much done with everything I wanted to do… Continue
In anticipation of the release of the final book in the erotic SECRET series, author L. Marie Adeline has answered some of the questions we had about writing erotica, how to keep plots exciting and more. Find her SECRET series here. Q. How does it feel to be publishing SECRET Revealed, the final book in the SECRET series? A. Exhilarating, satisfying, quite sad. I can hardly believe it’s over. I remember working on the first draft of book two, SECRET Shared, and thinking, I will never be able to do this. When I was almost done with that draft, there was talk of a final book three, and I was filled with self-doubt. And yet, I knew I’d need the time to tell the whole story of Cassie’s sexual awakening and… Continue
You might know her best as “the voice of reason” on The Real Housewives of New York. But Carole Radziwill is first and foremost a writer. She spent more than a decade at ABC News, reporting from around the world, and earned three Emmys. Her first book, the memoir What Remains, spent over twenty weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Today, she talk to R@R about her newly published first novel, The Widows Guide to Sex and Dating. LB: Your first book, What Remains, is a beautiful memoir about your marriage and losing your young husband to cancer. Now, your debut novel opens with a New York Times obituary of the heroine’s husband. Two different very different books, both with a widow at the heart of them. How did your experience… Continue
Last week the fifth and final installment of Megan Hart’s super hot, erotic e-serial EVERY PART OF YOU published. I just started reading book number two, Every Part of You: Resists Me (review coming later this week) and I’m hooked. Today, Megan talks with us about her latest e-serial, her favorite book covers, and what we can look forward to next. LB: Is Every Part of You your first serialized novel? Did you approach the writing differently than writing a stand-alone? Do you prefer writing one way over the other? MH: Every Part of You is not actually my first serialized novel. I first experimented with a serialized story in The Resurrected. I don’t actually approach the writing differently, other than how I block out the time and plotting for each piece. Every … Continue
At her exclusive Manhattan high school, seventeen-year-old Gia is the most hated/loved girl in school. Why? Her father doesn’t have a boss. He is the boss–the capo di tutti cappi, boss of all bosses. Not that Gia cares. But life gets complicated when she meets a cop she calls “Officer Hottie” and feels a suprising chemistry. Then Vogue magazine wants to feature Gia in a fashion spread about real-life bad girls. On top of this, she’s running for class president. Can Gia step out from under her dad’s shadow and show everyone there’s more to her than “Mafia Girl? LB: You’re the rare author who publishes books for adult, teen, and young readers. Do you find it easier to write for one audience over the other? DB: It’s fun for me to write… Continue
LB: Your first novel, Scot on the Rocks, published when – about eight years ago? And I read your latest novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, this past summer. How has your writing changed between those two books? And how has the experience of publishing a novel changed? BJ: My first two novels would be classified as “chick lit,” which is to say they’re smart, funny novels with heart about a single girl living in the city. And that’s exactly what I was at the time. But just as I’ve grown up, my writing has grown up, too. With RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE, I was looking to do something different. Something more grown up. Something deeper. The idea for the book—a granddaughter and her grandmother out in the Hamptons for the summer—was… Continue
In a week full of great new releases, Susan Gloss’s debut novel Vintage is a standout. It’s been compared to The Friday Night Knitting Club, and centers around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop the way it connects a group of women who are all at turning points in their lives. Today, Susan is here to talk vintage clothes, juggling day jobs and writing, and some real-life inspiration behind this novel. LB: You’re an attorney, a mom, a blogger, and you run an online vintage shop. How did you find time to write your debut novel? SG: I put myself on a strict word count diet of 1000 words per day. Over months of doing that, the story came together in small increments. Revisions are where I do my best work, though. And for that, I… Continue
The Taker was one of my favorite reads of 2013, reminiscent of the best Anne Rice novels. Now, the trilogy that began with The Taker concludes with The Descent. And Alma is with us to answer a few questions about the love story that had all of us talking: LB: Out of the three love interests in Lanore’s life – Jonathan, Adair, and Luke, did you find yourself choosing favorites along the way? AK: It was hard to choose because I’m the kind of girl who falls for the bad boys. And because in the beginning I was writing this book for myself, it was about the kind of men I like to read about: a real heartbreaker (Jonathan), the absolutely terrible one (Adair) and the good one (Luke, though he has his flaws, too).… Continue