DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren

There is a certain “dirtiness” to the male characters in a Christina Lauren book and I always look forward to seeing just which level of dirtiness the new male lead will have.  Let’s just say, I was definitely not disappointed in Finn Rogers and his expertise with rope.  Well…he is a fisherman after all. Dirty Rowdy Thing brings us the story of Finn Rogers and Harlow Vega.  They met in Vegas, were married for twelve hours, and now find themselves part of this dual trio of best friends.  Finn is the rugged outdoorsman who is often quiet and takes on a heavy burden for his family.  But there is just something about him and Harlow that has him letting go, being more himself.  And that version of Finn is a very dirty, very sexual man.  … Continued

The Socially Awkward Hero

You can have all the dominant billionaires, ex-Navy Seals, and alpha werewolves. Let them out-posture each other in an arrogant fight for your love. I’m here to speak for the other kind of quiet hero: not the strong, silent type, but the shy, socially awkward type. The misunderstood genius, the stodgy aristocrat, the introverted businessman. The men who are so far from alpha that they’re all the way to zeta. In my armchair analysis, I’d say that one of the best characteristics of the awkward zeta hero is that, once he’s won, he is singularly focused on his heroine. Unlike the alpha hero, who sees the outside world as a threat to his relationship and stands aggressively in front of his heroine, the zeta hero barely notices the outside world at all. His thoughts and … Continued

Chatting with Jack and Jasinda Wilder About Love, Books, and Beta

Jasinda Wilder brought sexy back for women of a certain size in her bestselling Big Girls Do It series. She cracked open our hearts with the emotional, poignant, and gut wrenching love story in Falling Into You. She gave us a good girl with a big problem, a hot movie to help, in Stripped. And she made us all feel the heat–the searing, lusty, jump-your-man, sexual kind–in Alpha.

Her newest book, Beta, is a sequel that promises to take us on a hot, sexy, thrilling mystery ride with one of our favorite dominant males, Valentine Roth.

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

OH, NAUGHTY NIGHT! by Leslie Kelly

Every Halloween party has its share of eye candy, and journalist Chaz Browning has just spotted a treat he can’t resist: a deliciously wicked witch with sparkly red hair and deep, dark eyes that promise all kinds of sexy tricks. She wants no names. No strings. Just a night of lust-filled magic. The witch’s mask may hide her face, but Lulu Vandenberg knows exactly who Chaz is. They spent most of their childhoods tormenting each other. So the moment Chaz touches her and everything turns to lust, Lulu knows she can never reveal her identity. But desire has a memory of its own, and Chaz has vowed to find his fantasy woman before the holidays end. I’m a huge fan of Leslie Kelly’s books. With Oh, Naughty Night! readers get to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and … Continued

Talking WINTER STREET with Elin Hilderbrand

I’m excited to share a conversation with one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand. She is the bestselling writer Kirkus calls “The queen of the summer novel,” and this week she publishes her first holiday book, WINTER STREET. I asked what inspired her to leave the summertime shores behind, if she plays favorites with her books, and what we can look forward to next. JB: After publishing over a dozen novels set in the summertime on Nantucket, you have written a Winter Street. What made you decide to explore a new season for your story telling? EH: My publisher, Hachette, asked for a Christmas novel, and I thought it would be fun.  I am happy to say, the novel basically wrote itself.  I found it exciting to write a novel that didn’t have the beach in it!  … Continued

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 about the … Continued

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 … Continued

BECAUSE I CAN by Tamara Morgan

John “Monty” Montgomery is a workaholic. The oldest of the Montgomery children, he’s been working by his father’s side building the family hotel chain almost his entire life. His commitment to the business leaves no time for romance. But that’s about to change. Georgia Lennox has been fantasizing about Monty ever since she started her gig as handywoman at Montgomery Manor. She figures Monty is way out of her league, so she hasn’t dared to act on her feelings — until he offers to help fill a volunteer shortage on her latest project, building houses for families in need. Sparks fly as they spend time together, first on the job site, then off. But Georgia’s not your typical frilly and feminine society girl. Hoping to find a way to fit in with the Montgomerys, she … Continued

A Toast to a New Series: The Napa Wine Heiresses

Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love: Chardonnay St. Pierre’s father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it’s up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes—including Char’s—are on the Hollywood heartthrob who’s also entered the race… Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa. He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he’ll be up … Continued

Playlist for INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe, author of the Boys of Bishop series, came by to give us her playlist for her latest INDECENT PROPOSAL.  I really love putting together these playlists. With some songs, they come so easy: the Florence and The Machine song, for example, totally embodies the heroine Ryan. It was a given. Other times, the song just happens to be the song I was obsessed with while writing the book. The Death Cab for Cutie song fits that particular criteria. It was sung at a friend’s wedding and I spent months with it on repeat while writing INDECENT PROPOSAL. Some songs I have to seek to find the perfect fit. And some I’m just dying to use—”Love is a Battlefield?” YES!   Patty Griffin – “Not Alone“ This song is actually about a woman who has … Continued

OVER THE LINE (Alpha Ops #1) by Emmy Curtis

We first met James and Beth in the novella that kicked this Alpha Ops series off, Dangerous Territory. They are in the field, in the throes of war and James saves Beth’s life after she’s shot in the leg during an ambush. James has admired and secretly lusted after Beth while under her command but when her life is put in danger, all of the feelings he’s kept a lid on bubble to the surface in an adrenaline based tsunami of protective need and want. Ever the professional, James saves the day and gets Beth on a transport that whisks her away for medical treatment. Time passes, tours end, wounds heal but the feelings James has for Beth never fade. When he sees her stateside months later, James knows Beth is the one for him … Continued

MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons. Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to … Continued

INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe

Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s gritty and sensual tale of passion and politics features the brother of the heroine from the author’s beloved novel, Never Been Kissed. He’s a driven man who refuses to be distracted—until he meets a beautiful bartender who just may change his life.  With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean … Continued

Cover Reveal: CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT by Chelsey Krause

How sweet is the cover for CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT by debut Loveswept author Chelsey Krause?! We can’t wait to fall in love with our next book boyfriend, Brett, the hot carpenter, and find out what the red balloon has to do with everything!   Fans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need. Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date. Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she … Continued

ONCE PERFECT by Cecy Robson

Evelyn has gone from having everything to having nothing in the wake of her father’s financial scandal. If that wasn’t bad enough, he commits suicide, leaving her on her own. Alone and nearly penniless, she works at a high-end nightclub as a waitress. It is there that she meets Mateo, a bouncer with a checkered past. Having spent time in jail for assault, he maintains an aura of mystery that both scares and excites Evelyn. Once learning the truth about Mateo’s history, versus the rumors circulating around the club, Evelyn decides to pursue a relationship with Mateo and soon finds that he is not at all how others perceive him. Evelyn is a college student, finishing up her nursing degree. She lives with her best friend Lourdes and works as much as she can, picking … Continued

ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET by Samantha Young

All hail the return of The Tribe! With ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET, the fifth installment in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young, the loving family of characters that she has created is back, and this time, it’s time for Cole Walker’s story to be told. At the age of fifteen, Cole had a brief encounter with a petite redhead outside her grandmother’s house in Edinburgh. They bonded over a favorite rock band, and a spark was ignited between them (this meet cute is actually referred to in one of the previous ODS books-Ms. Young, you are so sneaky!). But it won’t be until nine years later when Cole meets the mystery girl again. Shannon MacLeod is the new receptionist at INKarnate, the tattoo studio where Cole is the manager and tattoo artist in … Continued

SWEETER THAN SIN (Secrets & Shadows #2) by Shiloh Walker

SWEETER THAN SIN is the story of Adam and Lana, friends from childhood that have held each other’s secrets sacred for years even though it has torn them apart. SWEETER THAN SIN is also the continuation of a much bigger story in the small town of Madison. It should be noted that the Secrets & Shadows series deals with a very dark and deeply disturbing subject matter. I say that as a heads up more than a warning. While the bigger picture is explained, the gruesome details are mostly left to our imagination. The town of Madison is in the throes of sorting out a child molestation group whose existence is finally coming to light. Cronus Club is a group of the town’s most respected and revered men who indoctrinate their sons into manhood with … Continued

Marriage of Convenience: Making a Classic Trope Modern

Molly O’Keefe, 2014 RITA Award winner, talks about the Marriage of Convenience trope—and why it’s hard to write in contemporary times, but how authors are able to make a classic plot line fresh and modern.   I love a good secret baby book, and don’t get me started on revenge plots, but my favorite—my very favorite romance plot line—is Marriage of Convenience. For those of you who might not have dipped your toe into this kind of story: basically, what happens is that two people agree to get married, or better yet have to get married for some practical or manipulative or dangerous reason, but the hero and heroine don’t like each other. Or better yet hate each other. Or even better, one of them is madly in love with the other but can’t ever … Continued

Music and Emotion: The Magic of Playlists

Today Rhonda Helms is here to talk about the relationship between music and emotional connection – between characters, and between writers and their work, and readers and the books they read. Her new novel, SCRATCH, features a DJ heroine. The SCRATCH playlist has multiple layers; it shows pieces of Casey’s DJing job (like the upbeat electronic or dubstep songs she might play at the club). It shows her own personal playlist (more emotional pieces that reflect her feelings during particular spots in the story, when she has her earbuds in between classes, etc). It also shows some of Daniel too, the songs that make him think of her. A true “mix tape” that reflects many different pieces of the whole book, and also a little bit about the author. My editor Peter and I scoured … Continued

Club Hopping: Jamie K. Schmidt’s Favorite Clubs

Summer is over and it’s back to the routine of school and autumn days.  I can look back fondly at all the beach parties and cook outs with friends and family.  Thankfully, there will always be night clubs that let us have some rowdy fun indoors once the weather turns chilly.  Here are some of my favorite bars and clubs: The Adventurer’s Club – Downtown Disney, Orlando FL. Unfortunately, this club closed in 2008 and lives on only in my memory.  But I remember with glee sitting on the bar stool that veeeeery slowly lowered and raised and drinking rum punch from a plastic monkey’s head.  Congaloosh! 2.  Minus 5° Ice Bar – Las Vegas, NV The temperature is set at a balmy negative five degrees Fahrenheit.  You have to wear gloves, a fur coat … Continued

From Contemporary to Erotic Romance: One Writer’s Journey

Hi. I’m Carly Phillips and I’m best known for writing small town romance. Hot small town romance with emotional connections between the characters and a connected journey to the hero and heroine’s happily ever after. Now I also write erotic romance.  There. I said it. I’ve been skirting the actual line in interviews and descriptions of my work but with DARE TO SUBMIT, there’s no doubt. I went there. For many people (I think my own mother included), the question is why. Why change things? What people don’t realize is that this was not an overnight change. I started out in publishing in 1999 with Brazen, my first Harlequin Temptation BLAZE, their hottest line. I went on to write a total of 8 Harlequin Blaze books, including a launch for the new longer Blaze line. … Continued

Talking LOVE ON THE BOARDWALK with Christi Barth

Author Christi Barth stops by to talk about her latest, LOVE ON THE BOARDWALK: Atlantic City is the perfect place for detective Bradley Hudson to nurse his broken heart. A week of beer and strippers is sure to erase his former fiancée from his memory for good. What he didn’t count on was running into a sassy redhead from his past. Maybe a rebound romp is an even better plan.Trina Trimble, private eye in training, is thrilled to be reunited with the hottie she almost hooked up with last summer. She’s undercover on her first solo case, but there’s always time to lock lips with a sexy cop. Besides, a fun fling with Brad doesn’t have to last beyond his week in town. Brad and Trina are supposed to be just flirting, not forging a … Continued

Talking HER BEST SHOT with Shannyn Schroeder

Author Shannyn Schroeder stops by to talk about her new novella HER BEST SHOT: Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…  Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every … Continued

HER BEST SHOT by Shannyn Schroeder

I’m a big fan of the novella done right because as a romance junkie it provides me a quick fix. But novellas can be tricky because the author has a short amount of time to capture the reader’s heart and mind, and do it successfully. Her Best Shot accomplished that in just one hundred and thirty pages! Layla is on her way to spring break to celebrate landing a job and finishing school.  When her car breaks down in a small Atlanta town her plans are derailed. Passing the time while she waits to get the verdict on her car, she goes into a bar for a drink.  Immediately Layla’s drawn to a pool player as he wins game after game, dazzling her with his talent as well as his looks. Phin is mesmerized by … Continued

Excerpt: FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT by Roni Loren

The wait is over. They fell in love in Melt Into You, but that was only the beginning. Now New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren dials up the passion as three lovers reinvent the meaning of togetherness and find out if love is truly enough…  Two dominant men, one beautiful woman. Jace Austin knows he doesn’t have what you’d call a conventional relationship with Evan and Andre, but it works. Boy, does it work—until Evan starts acting strangely and Andre’s ex-fiancée pops back into his life, unbalancing a perfectly happy threesome. Jace is forced to face the unthinkable: that the two people he cares most about in this world are in danger of slipping away from him.  So Jace plans a surprise getaway to a secluded mountain cabin for the three of them. And … Continued