Research. I hate it. Except when I love it. For the most part, research frustrates me. I’m never sure I’m getting accurate information, and that’s even if I’m lucky enough to find what I’m looking for. More often than not, I end up sidetracked onto something mildly interesting. An hour, or hours, later I realize I should be writing, so I jump back into the manuscript and find a gaping hole. Oh yeah, that research I was going to do. Whoops. And back I go again.
My name is Jessica Hallstatt. I’m the heroine of romantic suspense author Julieanne Reeves’ novel, Razing Kayne; the first book in her Walking A Thin Blue Line police series. Julieanne asked me to stop by and share something scrumptious with you. So, without further ado, here’s Kayne. Wait, no. He’s mine. You guys get the loaded cornbread recipe. And I’ll get right to it, just as soon as I’ve ogled him for another moment or two. Sigh. You have to admit, he is rather yummy isn’t he? Okay, okay. Speaking of yummy…
I first started writing The Notorious Lady Anne with the purpose of creating a strong heroine. The romance industry is full of alpha males but I wanted an alpha female.
Times change, that is certainly true – join Carla and her introspection about reading books and how we accept those changes. Enjoy! In July, Daughter of Fortune was reissued, my first novel, published in 1984, back in the olden days, when men were men and books were books. The ebook revolution has given older works such as that one a new electronic life. Several publishers are in the process of reissuing what I call my “moldy-oldy” Regency Romances as ebooks.
Buy here: Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning. Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her. Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and … Continued
This is the conversation I had with my husband, Mr. B, last Friday. I have transcribed it verbatim: Mr. B: I’m going to get you an e-reader. Me: Thank you. Why? Mr. B: Because you don’t have one and it’s your birthday on Sunday. Me: Oh, yeah. [Pause] How old am I again? A few years ago, I swear I just stopped counting birthdays. Or even remembering that they exist. I seem to have fallen into the trap of remembering everyone else’s events – birthdays, anniversaries, etc. – but completely forgetting my own. I think part of it has to do with having kids. I have three little ones, and there are so many things to remember day-to-day, and so much to plan for, short, medium, and long term, that my own personal milestones just … Continued
I love paranormal romances – Karen Marie Moning; JR Ward; Sherrilyn Kenyon; Christine Feehan – love them all! However, I’ve never been a believer in ghosts . . . now, I have to tread carefully here, because many people do believe in them . . . I had even tried to find some statistics regarding the percentage of the population that believed in ghosts but I did not come up with anything believable, or that I thought was believable but supposedly a lot of people in the world do believe in ghosts — not demons, the devil, not zombies but ghosts. I am just one of the unbelievers, I just don’t. I don’t believe in ghosts. I do know there are gremlins that live in my computer and at times are the cause of some … Continued
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SEE HOW THEY RUN and the Owl in the Attic (Bethany Campbell) For me, stories evolve in different ways. Sometimes one arrives complete, as if the Muse special-ordered it, monogrammed and gift-wrapped. Other stories start with one idea that just won’t go away. The trouble is, it won’t go anywhere else either. It may just hang around and hang around, inhabiting the head like a reclusive owl brooding in the attic rafters. The basis for SEE HOW THEY RUN crouched in the rafters a long, long time. The idea came from a piece written by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He described adult twins diagnosed as possibly autistic and institutionalized since childhood. Although they could not grasp much of what most of us call reality, they had two unusual gifts: astonishing powers of personal recollection and a … Continued
I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah from Romance Novel Sluts Growing up, I wasn’t a reader. I watched TV. A lot of TV. From the afternoon cartoons, to Tom Brokaw, to my prime time schedule, to M*A*S*H reruns late a night. I watched Johnny Carson’s monologue when I should have been in bed. The only thing I read willingly was the Sunday comics, the TV schedule, and old Archie comics. Mom, an avid reader and former librarian, struggled with me, the only non-reader of four children. My reading comprehension suffered all through elementary school. I passed, reading when I really only had to, what I had to, or sometimes when extreme boredom or dire weather conditions were involved. Fate happens, I suppose. Mom went to work at a cozy family-owned new/used bookstore on … Continued
Written By Lea Franczak, USA TODAY CAPTION Night Moves is the fourth book in Stephanie Tyler’s dark, fast-paced Shadow Force series, which chronicles the lives and loves of a group of tough elite Special Forces-trained mercenaries. Tyler’s crisp, gritty prose and dialogue suit these hard-core lethal warriors who embrace the adrenaline rush provided by the dangerous missions they undertake. A prologue takes readers back to when Kell Roberts and Reid Cormier met as young emotionally scarred adolescents living in the same foster home. They forged a tight bond that strengthened during their years in the military. Kell and Reid are as close, if not closer, than brothers. Kell and Reid continue to contend with the devastation caused by a Delta Force mission gone wrong that cost the life of one of their teammates, and left … Continued
“the love affair with apps is officially over,“ This is a statement made at a recent convention that I attended virtually on Twitter — this comment was reverberated again & again . . . . Now, for some industries, and possibly the book industry, this may be the case, although, when I’m away from home with just my phone, I always go through my bookstore App to buy a book . . . maybe that will change, the way technology is constantly changing, it probably will – but for now, I’ll use my App. I don’t want to mislead anyone, I’m not an ‘App-aholic’ – I’ve friends that have the front of the phones, covered with pages and pages of various types of Apps – most of them are the free ones, but still, you … Continued
For someone who makes her living imagining things, I am a pretty down-to-earth sort of girl. I’m not especially superstitious–well, except that I always wear my alma mater’s colors on game day, and I do have my lucky hat to wear whenever I go fishing. And, as a southerner, I wouldn’t dream of skipping my serving of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. As a rule, I’m skeptical about UFO sightings, I don’t think Bigfoot roams the woods, and I do not believe in the likes of werewolves, vampires, fairies, zombies, or selkies. I chose this subject for today’s blog because of a fascinating, ongoing thread on my college alumni message board about personal paranormal experiences. It’s made me think about what “woo woo” things I dismiss out of hand, what I could accept, what … Continued
Princess Charming, by Nicole Jordan I admit it: I’m a sucker for a horse. My hunter mare Riva is the love of my life, second only to my husband. Sailing over a fence astride this magnificent equine creature brings a rush of joy to my heart—and plot ideas to my mind. As I was writing Princess Charming, Book 1 in my Legendary Lovers Regency historical series, I knew that my hero, Ashton Wilde, Marquis of Beaufort, was determined to win the heart of his unlikely Cinderella. Maura Collyer wasn’t looking for a prince, but she was desperate to reclaim her beloved stallion, which her wicked stepmother had gambled away to an evil viscount. What else was Ash to do but help Maura rescue her magnificent horse? With Ash’s romantic gesture on my mind and February … Continued
What’s in a name… Source: kaganga.com via shiloh on Pinterest The heroine’s name is Hope. After spending the past few years on the run, hope is kinda of the last thing she has, though. But run wouldn’t be a very good name, right? Neither would fear. Still, when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see Hope. She looks in the mirror and sees Source: Uploaded by user via shiloh on Pinterest Meeting the hero of her story doesn’t make things any better. At least not at first. He’s a lawyer…and for her, that means he’s the enemy. A sexy enemy, but still. Source: imdb.com via shiloh on Pinterest She finds her strength in the oddest manner. It happens after an attack…on her, on a friend. Her best friend is attacked, she’s … Continued
Well, it’s happened, the internet has taken over the world, or has at least taken over the virtual world, and maybe will take over the entire world in time. Which brings us to the topic of how much is too much — information-wise, what you should & should not talk about . . . are there boundaries? When talking about the romance community, I can think of quite a few boundaries – – some of which you may or may not agree with me, as I think it really depends on what your boundaries are too, yes? Couple of things that come to mind — information that you just should not share includes location — you never know who is listening in on your conversation. I’d hate for anyone to hunt us down & something … Continued
Let’s Get Digital by Jessica Scott – check out her book, BECAUSE OF YOU – on sale now. I’m not a big person for New Years Resolutions. Honestly, it’s just another way of lying to myself. I’m not going to say I’m giving up swearing because, well, we all know that will last all of three days, if that. That said, I did decide this year that I wanted to read more because while I was in command last year, I did not make time to read that much and I miss my books. I read anything, quite honestly. I always have been a bookworm, since as far back as I can remember. I’m not sure why books have always been my happy place but they are and I’m glad for it. But we’re in … Continued
What is the appeal of romance novels? By Jennifer at Clean Romance Reviews There are few women out there that truly don’t enjoy reading a good romance, even if it’s just once in a while. Though they might not actually site down and read them. I would say that there is rarely a story out there that cannot be improved by adding in a good romance. More than enjoying, I think I am officially obsessed with reading romances, watching romantic movies, or even hearing romantic stories. But I started to think, why is that? Is it because I need to read about how other people have fantastically perfect romances? That I want that perfect knight-in-shining armor and can only get it in the pages of a book? Of course not! I myself am blissfully in … Continued
Reading Resolutions by Heather Daniels-Lire I’m a resolution and goal person. It drives everyone around me insane but I can’t help it. With that in mind I started thinking about what my goals would be for 2012. I made the requisite lose weight goal, the professional goal, and the be a better mom goal. Then I was stuck. I really wanted a goal for reading, but what could I do. This got me thinking about my reading habits and how I read and what I read. As I went down memory lane I remembered the book mobile lady who introduced me to reading. She would stalk the book mobile with the Boxcar Children, The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins. When I was fourteen I progressed to the HQN category books and will never forget … Continued
From Fairy Tales to Paranormal Romance: A Journey Through the Dark Woods By Juliet Dark I have always loved fairy tales, especially ones in which the prince is in disguise: Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Rose Red, East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, stories in which a mysterious brooding animal groom is under a spell and must be saved by the intrepid woman who sees his true worth. As I grew up I fell in love with the great romantic novels inspired by these fairy tales—Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Rebecca—and when I started to write I wanted to infuse my stories with the spirit of these tales. So my characters read fairy tales and tell them, teach them in classes, paint scenes from them, and depict them on stained glass windows. … Continued
Reminder to observe Martin Luther King weekend & hoping you are enjoying your day – Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your book! International commenters &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview in Net Galley. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Congratulations to these 5 ladies! LisaB Danny Kim DonnaMS Erin1 Congrats – join us this week for our Reader Rally on Tuesday — Happy Romance!!
Give yourself permission to let go in this New Year by Cassandra Carr I’m learning to let go. I didn’t have much of a choice – in early December an angry rash-like thing developed on my arm. It was shingles. It’s mostly cleared up now, but it forced me to take some time and step back from my normally busy, busy days. Why was that so important? Because one of the primary causes of shingles is stress. And how could I hope to get rid of the shingles if I was still trying to do a million things at once? So I stopped. I watched television. I took naps. I caught up on a little bit of my reading. Now my to-be-read pile is only large enough to last me until the end of 2013. … Continued
My 20th Internet-iversary by Samantha Hunter! As I was contemplating 2012, I realized this year would mark twenty years on the internet for me – wow. I’ve always liked communication in whatever form it took – telephone, letters, CB radios (not kidding, my Dad had one in the car, and I spent hours out there), and the early Bulletin Boards we ran on our PCs. Then, I discovered the internet when I was in grad school in 1992 and never turned back. A lot of people see the internet as a time-waster where we all sit around on Twitter and talk about what we had for lunch (guilty), but some of the most important events in my life over the last twenty years happened because of the internet. Very likely the biggest moment was meeting … Continued
I always thought this was one of the most interesting but challenging plot lines in a story, don’t you? Two characters, that have an interest in one another, now together in a situation where they need to work together to get out of it — they could be stranded on a beach? Freezing in an abandoned, home? Linda Howard did this in ICE — great story!! See what I mean? There are so many scenarios that can be created . . . Characters could even be stranded together in a small town as they continually run into one another at the local coffee shop, laundromat, or grocery store. The fun begins when they must work together towards a common or related goal, that’s when the sparks can fly . . . Susan Mallery is a … Continued
Where I live it is cold outside, which is appropriate for the Holidays – and honestly, I would NOT have it any other way for Christmas . .. . I love having a warm fire, hot cocoa, reading a book or watching a movie with family — for this time of year it is perfect!! Then, right around January 10th, I’m thinking a trip to a warmer climate might be nice . . . sunshine, warm weather to bike ride in . . .sight see, or of course, read a book by the pool – Time goes by of course, and I’m still at home, shoveling out the driveway and thinking, ‘well, if it would just stop snowing . . . .I could deal with Spring and new flowers, the smell of rain and new … Continued
It’s no secret that YA is a hot market right now. In fact, according to American Libraries, the journal of the American Library Association, it’s estimated that almost 5,000 titles will be published for this audience in a given year. And while it’s great that young adult readers have choices, the question remains…what truly resonates with teens? What makes a book a hit? In my work as a high school librarian I’ve seen books that fly off the shelves and circulate constantly; I’ve also seen well-reviewed titles sit on the shelves and collect dust. It’s hit or miss, unless we do what we should always be doing and asking teen readers what they want. So that’s what I did. And you know what? They want respect. Sounds simple enough, but when it’s broken down it’s … Continued
The Making of IVY SECRETS By Jean Stone I am thrilled to have my first three novels included in the Loveswept program. Talk about timeless female topics: babies, lovers, and awakening independence. The concept for IVY SECRETS began with my editor. A graduate of Amherst College, she attended the school when Prince Albert of Monaco was studying there. We wondered what it was like to be royalty at small college in western Massachusetts. Because I write for and about women, and because western MA is my home, I shaped an idea around a princess who went to Smith College in neighboring Northampton. My mother had dreamed I would go to Smith. Of course, that was a while ago. The woman who’d headed the ladies’ guild at our church was president of the Alumnae Association. I … Continued
Once upon a time in Oregon, a boy and girl fell in love. It was not, as their parents continually insisted, merely puppy love. But the Real Thing. Years passed. When the girl was eighteen-years-old, the boy took her to the Oregon Coast, where he bought her a white paper bag of saltwater taffy, then proposed. Naturally, the girl said, “Yes!” And, many, many years later, I’m still so happy I did. The magnificent coast has always been a special place for me. Even before that memorable proposal. But on that day it became my most romantic place in the world. Which is why, when I returned to my romance roots, writing comfort stories about families and falling in love, I wanted to invite readers home to Shelter Bay with me. Shelter Bay is a … Continued
I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh. Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s … Continued