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Our Love Affair with Regency

Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.
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Weird Girls Exclusive Scene

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...
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Love in the Age of Twitter

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…
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Historical Inspiration

Linsey Hall, author of sexy paranormal romance series, the Mythean Arcana, talks about how she finds inspiration in history.
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Military vs. Civilian Romance

Military romance gets its own subcategory on Amazon, but are military romances really that different from civilian romances?
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Tina Wainscott’s Top Five Military Romances

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we have author Tina Wainscott (Justiss Alliances series) sharing her favorite military romances. Her list includes unforgettable stories of love, loss, and redemption. How many of these have made your own list, and which ones are you adding to your TBR?
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Holidays Can Be Murder

Halloween is over, and now the real holiday hijinks may commence! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably because it’s all about the food. And feeling grateful for what we have. (Especially the food.) So it didn’t surprise anyone when I announced my third mystery, If The Shoe Kills, takes place the days leading up to Thanksgiving...
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Front Row at the Highland Games

Nancy Lee Badger shares her notes from the front lines of the Highland Games in New Hampshire. Find out about kilted athletes and get a look at an excerpt of her new novel, My Dark Highlander.
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The Power of What If?

How far would you go to save one life? Ten lives? A million? What if you knew the future? Would you change things? This is a complex question. If you’d known about the latest outbreak of Ebola, would you have tried to stop it if it meant risking death yourself? What about a war? An assassination? What if the only way to change these events was to travel to the past, where one small change might mean you would never be born?
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HER LONE WOLF by Paige Tyler

Her Lone Wolf continues the hybrid experiment plot arc that started in Her Perfect Mate, with Ivy, Landon, Clayne, and now Danica and the rest of the DCO hot on the heels of the mad scientists who are turning humans into shifters.
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The Return of the Epic American-set Historical Romance

We’ve all had this happen at one time or another—an urging or longing for a certain something or other that sneaks up on us and lingers until it settles in our bones. Before long, another person mentions the very thing we’ve been deliberating. Soon, we begin seeing or hearing about that certain something everywhere until a groundswell of popularity emerges. That’s what seems to be happening with American-set historical romances. Remember those lush, sweeping, sagas full of romance, drama, sexual tension, excitement, family struggles, and plenty of twists and turns that spans time and geographic locations? Stories that kept us turning pages well into the night? With my yearning running bone-deep, I contracted with Kensington Books for my American-set When Hearts Dare series. Celine, book one in the series, spans time, cultures and locations,… Continue
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Raine Miller on Hot Fictional Men and THE MUSE

 You cannot mention the name Raine Miller without thinking of Ethan Blackstone, the gorgeous, ultra-successful London businessman with a filthy mouth who is not the type to take ‘no’ for an answer. In the age of Fifty Shades of Grey, the hot, dominant, and obsessively protective Blackstone quickly rose to the head of the class as one of the iconic alphas of contemporary erotic romance as the hero in Miller’s bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair. Not bad for a former grade school teacher who began her own journey as a romance reader after picking up her first Barbara Cartland novel, at age 13. Miller admits that her own stories are “edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave.” Luckily for her legion of fans, Miller has new hot hero for us… Continue
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The Five Real-Life Rockers Who Make Me Swoon

I never intended to write an eight book series about rock stars, fame and the life of the celebrity. It all started with a novella called Tropical Sin, which starred the world’s greatest rock star, Nick Blackthorne, going through an existential crisis and the two people he helps bring together. But once Nick came to be, he wouldn’t shut up…and then his world consumed me and the Heart of Fame series was born. The series started with Love’s Rhythm, which released back in April 2012, and ends with Blackthorne (available now). In between those two books are six stories that all look at the life of the celebrity, and in four cases, the world of the rock stars. And when you’re writing books about rock stars, you have to turn to the sexiest… Continue
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Halloween Photos of Your Favorite Authors!

  Happy Halloween! Who can’t resist such a fun holiday where you can dress up and go out for a night of revelry? We asked our Loveswept, Flirt, and Ballantine Bantam Dell authors to send in past Halloween photos along with their favorite paranormal romance/Halloween-esque book! Your favorites authors, including Virna DePaul, Jude Deveraux, Molly O’Keefe, Mira Lynn Kelly, and Jamie Schmidt, among many others contributed—you’ll have a blast looking through their ingenious costumes!   Happy Halloween!   Ashlyn Macnamara Ashlyn Macnamara (author of WHAT A LADY CRAVES)
Q: Tell us about this photo. A: This is a Halloween party in 1985. My husband and I were at university and newly dating. I think I was a starlet–those are Madonna-style sunglasses on my head! I made the bodice entirely by hand, as I had… Continue
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VEILED THREATS: book to movie adaptation process

Deborah Donnelly, author of the Wedding Planner Mystery/Carnegie Kincaid series, stopped by to tell us of her exciting news: her book VEILED THREATS is an original Hallmark Movie. Below is her list of the most surprising aspects of the movie adaptation process–it may surprise you too!    Five Most Surprising Aspects of the Movie Adaptation Process The original cover 1. Movie time, only in reverse. On the screen, we see our author type the words Chapter One, there’s a quick montage, and presto! She’s watching her movie. Behind the scenes, months go by—years can go by—between the first exciting movie query and the night the credits roll. Motion pictures get cooked up in slow motion. 2. Movie people can be surprisingly pleasant. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a warm get-acquainted phone call from… Continue
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Halloween Party Scene

It’s almost that time. Have you bought and consumed your first bags of Halloween candy yet? Uh-huh…thought so. Don’t worry. I’m in the same boat. I’m certain it’s all a big evil plot. Stores stock up on those treats extra early so that those of us with fond trick-or-treat memories will buy lots of our favorite candy: Buy. Eat. Repeat.   This year we’ll have trick-or-treaters, and I’m so excited. You see, for the past twenty years I’d lived on a farm in Virginia. No one was going to hike down those lonely dark country roads, even for the mac-daddy-sized chocolate bars. That would just be too darned scary! This year, I’m in a neighborhood filled with children in beautiful Winston-Salem. I’m so excited to see the princesses, super heroes, ghosts and goblins. I’ve already… Continue
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THE BURIED by Shelley Coriell

Secrets from the past.
Voices from the grave.
Because nothing stays buried forever…
Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It’s also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who’s pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive. In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she’d never need again, Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who’s back in Cypress Bend to deal with a secret of his own. Well, I have a new author and a new series I’m excited about. I loved this book; I need the first book, and I’ll be reading the… Continue
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Five Things That Inspire Me

I’ve heard authors talk about how devastating it can be when inspiration fails them. How there is nothing more soul sucking than staring at a blank document on the computer screen, or a blank page in a notebook. I won’t lie and tell you that I’ve never experienced the feeling. But whenever it has, I turn to some foolproof options to find my focus. In no particular order, they are: Nature: I love watching the vast assortment of birds, foxes, deer, the occasional bobcat, turkeys (no, not my husband) and yes, even snakes in my backyard. Decorating for the season: My family thinks I go overboard to make my home festive for whichever holiday I’m celebrating. Personally, I could go for more stuff both inside and outside. I used to work at a shopping mall… Continue
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For Love and Money: The Wealthy Hero

My grandma raised her family during The Great Depression, and even though fortunes were lost in the Crash of 1929, the family did okay.  There was money saved (in mattresses, I think) and a solid business, so no one went hungry or went without shoes.  But still, my grandmother used to say, “It’s just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man.”  Her advice was all about self-preservation, of course; a practical consideration for a woman of her era. Through history, money and power have made men more desirable as mates.  It has made them sought after. Made them sexy. So, is the bank book at the root of the popularity of the millionaire/billionaire hero? I guess the glitzy lifestyle has its appeal–the promise of luxury is always tempting. But in truth,… Continue
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MADE FOR YOU (The Best Mistake #2) By Lauren Layne

Brynn is celebrating her thirty-first birthday in a bathroom stall. Well, the party is outside, but she’s having a meltdown on a toilet seat after having been ambushed with a surprise party by her younger sister Sophie. This is not how Brynn had planned her life, still single and childless at thirty-one. She has made very rigid lists and goals of what she wants to complete and the timeline in which she wants it done. When her boyfriend fails to propose at the party and later breaks up with her, her meltdown grows to epic proportions as she tries to find her real happiness, not the happiness she had planned as the perfect orthodontist everyone knows her as. What will it take for Brynn to realize where her true happiness lies? Will it be too… Continue
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Hardcore Alpha vs. Sensual Seducer

My romance-loving friends and I debate all the time over which kind of leading man is more alluring. While I tend to veer toward the alpha just about every time, I do love the teasing sensual seducer as well. Let’s do a little compare/contrast, shall we? First, our seducer has patience. Our alpha clearly doesn’t even know the definition of the word. The alpha has one goal—her—and he wants her now. No bed required—a good, sturdy wall will do (or desk, pool table, whatever). On the other hand, the seducer is a master of the art of seduction, savoring the slow, tantalizing love-play. For he knows that her surrender will make the reward even more sweet. Another trait our seducer has is charm. Within the seducer’s arsenal of charm is his bone-melting,… Continue
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ONE IN A MILLION by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis has done it again. The Lucky Harbor series has been a favorite of mine since Jax came strutting onto the first page.  After twelve books, the residents of Lucky Harbor worked their way into my heart so it was bittersweet reading One in a Million knowing this was going to be the last one. Luckily for us, this book goes out with a bang. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Callie, a virtual wedding planner, doesn’t believe in love, but she’s willing to sell it and her relationship advice on her web site tyingtheknot.com.  But Callie really is a closet romantic who had her dreams destroyed when she was left at the altar. Figuring it was safer to say she didn’t believe in love any more than to put herself out there, she lived a pretty… Continue
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FREED (Club Sin #3.5) by Stacey Kennedy

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny. Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the Continue
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WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin. Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors. As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping. He didn’t want to help her, but when his precious daughter, Charlie, makes him feel guilty, Dante Hartwell invites Lady Joan Flynn to join them on their travels to house parties for the holidays. Joan has fled Edinburgh is distress after trusting the man she cared for turns into a rather compromising situation. An ambitious man… Continue
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Strip Club Confessions

Today novelist Rachel Blaufeld joins us to talk candidly about how going to strip clubs inspired her novels Electrified and Smoldered.   The question I’m asked the most is, “Did you go to strip clubs before, during, or after writing this? Are you going today? Now? Tomorrow?” Friends ask my husband, extended family members question my mother, readers are extremely curious if I have friends who are strippers, and most of my husband’s gang has offered join me in doing research. Okay, are you ready? Cue Drumroll. Yes. The answer is yes. I have in fact been to a number of strip clubs before writing Electrified. While the Electric Tunnel doesn’t really exist and all the characters that work there are fictitious, I don’t think it would be wise to write a book… Continue
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Flight of Fancy: Inspiration for ALL MESSED UP

I’ve been travelling a lot the last few years, to conventions and writing retreats, and on vacations. When I’m travelling alone I spend a lot of time in airports people watching and eavesdropping and of course, as a writer, wondering “what if….?” Well, my latest release All Messed up is that story of what if…? Who is that attractive stranger? What if he was attracted to you? What if your flight got cancelled and you had to spend the night in a strange city? What if that stranger seemed to be the one person who understood you better than anyone else? And what happens when your flight leaves the next morning? I had the idea for a story about two strangers who meet in an airport and form a connection a long time ago, but… Continue
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SHOOTING SCARS (The Artists Trilogy #2) By Karina Halle

Shooting Scars picks up right where Sins and Needles left off. Javier has taken Ellie against her will and Camden is left with his wife and son back in California. Both Ellie and Javier are left to analyze their feelings for each other and each wonder if there is still a chance for the two of them to reconnect. Ellie soon learns what Javier’s plans are for her and they’re not exactly the punishment she was expecting. She had assumed that he would want retribution for conning him and leaving, however he has bigger plans for her, all in the name of her exacting revenge on the man who wrecked her life, Travis. It remains unclear what Javier’s motivation is for Ellie to kill Travis. Camden is nearly killed when his ex-wife sets him up… Continue
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COVER HIM WITH DARKNESS by Janine Ashbless

In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest’s fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, Continue