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Kick-Butt Heroines: My Top Female Spies

"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*"
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My Top Five Modern Princes

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:
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My Perfect Hero

"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."
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The No Comfort Zone—Or, Upping the Tension

"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..."
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R@R Picks: New Releases Week of June 30

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?
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Books That Stick

"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."
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Do Lunch with Loveswept!

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...
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Top 10 Reasons to Love Sports Romance

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...
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Love, Beauty And The Beast Style

"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..."
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Rakes on the Road

With vacation season upon us, some notable rakes are here to share what they bring on holiday.
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When Characters Break the Rules

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.
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THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR: Top Military Romance Authors & Their Real-Life Heroes

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.
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Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

"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..."
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Character Interview: Vivia Grant of FAKING IT

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.
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Embracing the Trope

"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?"
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What Makes an Old West Cowboy

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?
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7 Things A Victorian Man Would Never Say to a Woman

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?
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Joan Johnston

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...
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For the Love of the Game: Baseball Romances

"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..."
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Passion from the Past

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?
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Covered with Ink

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.
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Cinderella: The New “It” Girl

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.
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Q&A with Alan Smale: CLASH OF EAGLES

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.
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Fact to Fiction: Starting Over

Author A.J. Walters joins us to talk about how real life inspired her older, definitely non-virginal, plus-sized heroine...
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MAD MEN: A Season 7 primer

Few shows become a true cultural phenomenon, but MAD MEN has been one of them. This Sunday night marks the beginning the final season. To get you ready to bid farewell to Don Draper, we have a recap of where things left off last year.
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THE DEAD PLAY ON by Heather Graham

"THE DEAD PLAY ON is a rich, vibrant story full of love for New Orleans and for music that kept me reading to see what would happen next."