Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Welcome Harlequin Blaze author, Regina Kyle...

 I am happy to welcome fellow Harlequin author, Regina Kyle to my blog today - Hi, Regina! I think this is the first time we've 'met' so I'm really looking forward to hearing more about you and your books. Let's get started...

1)  What kind of music do you like?

Showtunes all the way! I’ve been a musical theater geek since I was bitten by the acting bug at 10 years old. But lately I’ve been getting into some pop music too, thanks to my teenage daughter (who’s also a theater geek, mind you). I’m particularly fond of Maroon 5 (saw them twice in concert last year) and Eminem (his lyrics speak to me).

2)  Describe your dream home…

Right now I live in a tiny house on the Connecticut shoreline. I love where I live, but wish I had a bigger house (my husband is a real pack rat). Sometimes it feels like we’re on top of each other, especially when I’m trying to write. I think if I had my druthers I’d take an NYC penthouse apartment, overlooking Central Park. With a library.

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?

I know it’s a bit predictable, but it’s gotta be Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate romance, and Darcy and Elizabeth the ultimate pair. The sexual tension. The witty banter. Perfection.

4)   What are you reading now?

I’m a contemporary kind of gal, and I’m a sucker for a good series. I love becoming invested in a familiar setting or group of characters. Three series I’m especially fond of are Jennifer Bernard’s Bachelor Firemen, Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor and Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play books. I just finished Jaci’s latest, and I’m waiting anxiously for Jennifer and Jill’s next.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

Nothing terribly exciting. Worked (my day job is as a senior assistant state’s attorney). Went out to dinner with my family, who gave me lots of nice jewelry. Wrote. But next year is a milestone birthday (I’m not saying which one), and I’m going to do it up big. Karaoke party all the way.

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

Definitely characters for me. The Nelson siblings (Holly, Gabe, Ivy and Noelle) in my Art of Seduction series came to me all at once. Then it was a matter of finding their mates and figuring out their various plot lines. I think it’s important that character comes first so that I’m not forcing my characters into doing things that aren’t true to their nature just for the sake of the plot.

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

All the time. My biggest challenge as a writer is learning to let myself write first and edit later. I’m a perfectionist, I want to get it all right the first time, which is impossible, and it slows my writing down. But I’m learning to let go, let the words fly and go back and fix them later.

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Yes. Jill Shalvis. Or Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Or one of a dozen writers who writes faster than me, or who I think is more creative than me. But in all seriousness, I’m pretty happy with who I am and where I am in my life.

9)  Tell us about your latest book?

I’m a true blue theater geek, and Triple Threat grew from my years as an amateur actress and then stage mom to my daughter, who at twelve performed in a Broadway national tour for eight months. I wanted to write a romance set in the theater world I love. Here’s the back cover copy:

The Theater of Temptation presents Sabotage…and Seduction!

The Playwright: It’s emerging playwright Holly Nelson’s big break. Broadway. Having survived her traumatic marriage and divorce, Holly is now aiming for success, not love. And any naughty dreams about Nick Damone—the gorgeously dishy star who was her crush back in high school—must remain a fantasy.

The Star: For Nick, Broadway is a chance to go from big-screen-eye-candy to serious actor, and to explore the lust blazing between him and Holly. But life-threatening accidents will force a chain of events that could bring down the curtain on the whole production…or give Nick and Holly a chance to finish the sexy something that started fifteen years ago!

10) What’s next for you?

There will be three more books in the Art of Seduction series. I’m currently working on the second, tentatively titled Triple Time. It’s Gabe and Devin’s story. They’re both introduced in Triple Threat. He’s a workaholic attorney, and she’s a free-spirited bartender/tattoo artist. They’re as different as two people could be, and when they’re together on the page, boy do the sparks fly!

Triple Threat Excerpt

“Hate you? Why would I hate you?” She shook his hand off, her stomach knotting up like a ball of yarn. “You’re freaking me out, Ethan. Who’s waiting for us in there? The pope? Jimmy Hoffa? My ex-mother-in-law?”
Before he could answer, the door fell open with a whoosh
“Here they are!” Ted opened the door wider, ushering them inside. “Our esteemed writer and director.” He brought them into a conference room where Judith and several others were seated in tapestry chairs around an enormous walnut table. One man stood apart, his back to the door, apparently engrossed in one of the framed photos of the New York skyline that dotted the walls. Black hair curled over the collar of his cream-colored dress shirt, which hugged his broad shoulders and displayed strong forearms beneath rolled-up sleeves.
No. It couldn’t be him. He was supposed to be on a movie set overseas…
“Holly Ryan, Ethan Phelps,” Ted boomed, earning him a stern look from his wife. He either ignored or missed it and continued, not lowering his voice one decibel. “Say hello to our new star, straight from the silver screen.”
The man turned and Holly knew from his slack-jawed expression that he was as shocked as she was.
He moved toward her like a tidal wave of gorgeous in an ocean of ohmigod. “It’s been a long time, Holly.” Tall, dark and to-die-for, he held out his hand. His voice, deep and rough, made her breath catch and her nipples tighten. She crossed her arms in front of her chest to hide her unfortunate and completely involuntary reaction to the man who had starred in her erotic dreams since—well, since she’d been old enough to have erotic dreams.
“Nick. I thought you were in Hong Kong.” She stood, feet planted, afraid if she got any nearer to him she’d dissolve into a pool of fiery, lust-ridden goo.
“Been keeping up with me?” He dropped his hand when she didn’t move to take it, slipping it casually into the front pocket of his jeans. “I’m flattered.”
“It’s hard not to. You’re everywhere.”
“Ethan didn’t tell you?” Ted stepped in, smile lines further crinkling his already wrinkled face, and clapped the director on the shoulder. Ethan gave him a warning glare, but the older man, either truly oblivious or deliberately ignorant, ran a hand through his salt-and-pepper hair and continued, “He insisted we see Nick for this role, that he’d be perfect as our modern-day Stanley Kowalski. Even convinced us to put off casting until he finished shooting.”
“Perfect,” Holly echoed, her blood closely approaching the boiling point.
A bead of sweat trickled down Ethan’s forehead and his Adam’s apple did a nervous dance in his throat. “Surprise.”
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Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and treasurer of her local RWA chapter. Her debut novel, Triple Threat, will be released by Harlequin Blaze in print on September 16, 2014, and in e-book on October 1, 2014.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Jane Austen Festival - Bath, England...

Every year there is a permanent event in my calendar (along with the RNA conference!) that I will only miss if something happens of such manic proportions that my husband can't deal with it…I know, the list maybe long, but I try ;)

That event is The Jane Austen Festival in Bath which occurs every September and draws fans and devotees from around the globe. This year I took my mum, last year I was thrilled to attend with one of my long-term writer friends, Teri Wilson who happened to be in the UK at the time.

The festival is spread over ten days and hosts such things as the famous Regency Promenade (which is always an annual attempt at beating the World Record for the 'largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume' - this year Bath indeed beat the record with 550 men, women & children gathered in the Octagon Room of the Assembly Rooms!

There are also various events––a market fair, dancing and talks––held in the Guildhall and visiting authors talking in different locations through the city.

My mum and I had a wonderful day and it was made all the more special by afternoon tea in the Bath Hilton with champagne, finger sandwiches, cakes and white chocolate and raspberry mousse…yum!

Next year the festival will be held Sept 11th-20th - if you're in the area, let me know. I would love to show you around!

Rachel x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Welcome Soul Mate Publishing author, Anna James...

1)   What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
The BEST thing I learned from a NY editor – They liked my wring.
The WORST thingI learned from a NY editor – They didn’t like the style of the story

2)   What is your typical day?

I start my day with a cup of coffee and feeding our dog. After the coffee is consumed, I take the dog for a walk. After I get ready, I’m off to my day job, then it’s home, another walk with the dog and the hubby… Finally, after dinner, it’s time to write!

3)   What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?

I read sometimes when I get writer’s block, but mostly to relax. Usually, I choose some kind of romance. There are so many authors I love.

4)    What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
I keep the ones signed by other authors I know, but the ones that are not signed, I donate.
5)    Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
I was when I first started writing but I’m not anymore.
6)    What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Actually, going to the CTRWA monthly meeting really inspires me. It’s such a wonderful, supportive group to be a part of.
7)    What’s next for you?

I’m working on a couple of different projects right now. A LOVE WORTH SAVING – Book 2 Forever Yours Trilogy, and a single title contemporary.

KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET  - Available September 17, 2014  www.authorannajames.com
A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist


Author Bio:

 Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after.  She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.
Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Crimson Rose Boxset Promo - Love In A Small Town...

Love in a Small Town: Ten Homespun and Heartwarming Contemporary Romances (Crimson Romance Bundle)

California Sunset: Casey Dawes

Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.

John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.

Unless . . .

John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?

Contemporary romance author Casey Dawes is an award-winning writer who believes in Casey Dawes contemporary romance authorthe power of friendship and love to change lives. Her novels are filled with real-life situations where people discover how to change their lives for the better to achieve real love.

Living in the beautiful state of Montana gives Casey and her husband plenty of opportunity to hike, camp, and photograph scenery, animals, and birds. When weather keeps her in, Casey also enjoys quilting, knitting, and cooking.

Slow Ride: Kat Morrisey

Kyla O'Grady hit the gas and drove her Mustang out of Rock River, Pennsylvania with one goal in mind: find somewhere to start over. Her life had gone sideways back home and Kyla needs something new, something fresh, and she needs to find the music again. But on a stretch of road off the coast of Maine, her car has other ideas. Broken down just inside the town limits of Ashten Falls, Maine, Kyla is stranded.

Cooper Moretto has a problem. In fact, the whole town of Ashten Falls has a problem in the form of a corrupt town official. Cooper had enough on his plate to last a lifetime, but on a stretch of highway heading into the town he spots a '67 Mustang Coupe and does what any decent mechanic would do: stop to help. But getting this car back on the road is the last thing on his mind when he sees its owner, singing as if she weren’t in the middle of nowhere.

Kyla is speeding away from her past, unsure how to move forward. Cooper has been on cruise control, just hoping to get through every day without being arrested or harassed. Can the two slow down long enough to see that maybe the answers to both their problems lie in each other? And can they survive when enemies that are lurking in the shadows try to destroy them both?

Kat Morrisey lives in a small town in central New York State where she splits her time between her family, her jobs as both teacher and lawyer, and the fictional characters she writes about. She can often be heard on social media talking about a wide range of topics, including Highlanders, book boyfriends, happily ever afters, Jane Austen, hockey, fictional characters, men with beards, and of course, zombies. She loves to hear from readers and can be found on twitter, @KatMorrisey, and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/KatMorriseyAuthor

Coming Home: Christine S. Feldman
No woman ever really forgets her first love. Callie Sorenson is no exception. Hers was tall, tanned, and - as her older brother’s best friend - completely off limits.
Danny McCutcheon.
It’s a name that Callie hasn’t spoken in years, even if the man to whom it belongs has never really been all that far from her thoughts. Or her heart. But now a twist of fate will bring her back to the childhood home she left behind years ago, and to the hometown boy for whom she secretly longed.
When her mother takes a bad fall and breaks her hip, Callie leaves the bright lights of New York City to fly back west and help with the rehabilitation. It’s a tense homecoming due to a long time estrangement between mother and daughter, and it drives Callie to confront both a painful personal loss and her unanswered questions about the father who abandoned her when she was just a child. It also brings her face to face with Danny again, and Callie quickly realizes that old feelings die hard.
But for Danny, it’s new feelings that are a problem. Callie is not the young girl he remembers but a woman now, and a very desirable one. They both have reasons to fight the growing attraction between them, but the temptation may just prove to be too much to resist, despite some very real risk to their hearts. The past casts a long shadow over the future, though, and Callie will have to overcome it or else face losing the one man who means the most to her.

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle.

Begin Again: Christy Newton
What if one night changed your life forever?

Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago, she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won't let herself get attached to anyone . . . until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.

Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes, he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.

When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie's side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?

Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there that doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! Learn more about her at www.christynewton.com, on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Newton/359791990763912, and on Twitter @CNewtonAuthor.

Lake Effect: Johannah Bryson

Shelby Aylesworth knows what real love feels like. She also knows the pain of losing that kind of love. With her faithful collie dog, Norman, she takes refuge on Whiskey Island to try to put her life back together. When Norman arranges a most unusual introduction to the island’s newest resident, Shelby finds herself wondering if it isn’t time to stop grieving and start living.

Wyeth Packard has come to Whiskey Island under the guise of restoring and making profitable an old vineyard and manor house. What he really wants is some peace and quiet away from the fast pace of NYC. Being considered one of the city’s most eligible has thrown him into the path of every gold digging society princess out there. He longs to find a balance but has given up on ever finding a woman who will love him for who he is, not what he has.

Together they navigate the slippery slope of what it means to begin again. Can a new love fill the void left by an old love?

Johannah Bryson lives in NE Ohio, near the shores of fabulous Lake Erie. In addition to writing she’s also a Certified Personal Chef. She shares her home with her husband, a ten year old collie and a three year old Border collie. When she’s not writing or cooking, she and her husband love to explore the amazing food and music scene of Cleveland and the surrounding area. She loves to hear from her readers: johannahbryson@gmail.com

All About Charming Alice: J. Arlene Culiner

Alice Treemont has given up hope of meeting the right man and falling in love. Living in depopulated Blake’s Folly, a community of rusting cars, clapboard shacks and thirsty weeds, she cooks vegetarian meals, rescues unwanted dogs and protects the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests? Certainly not Jace Constant whose life in Chicago includes elegant women, fine dining and contemporary art. He’s in Nevada doing research for his new book but definitely won’t be staying: he hates the desert’s bleakness, the dust on his fine leather shoes and the dog hair on his cashmere sweaters. As for snakes — they terrify him.

So why does the air sizzle each time Alice and Jace meet? Why are they so fascinated by each other? Their feelings might go deeper than raw desire, but any long-term relationship is clearly doomed.

In need of juicy gossip, the other 52 residents of Blake's Folly have decided Alice has been alone for long enough. The attraction between her and Jace is so obvious, why worry about differences? If you trust in love, solutions do appear. But don’t those solutions call for too many compromises, too much self-sacrifice?

J. Arlene Culiner
Born in New York, raised in Toronto, J.Arlene Culiner has spent most of her life in England, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Hungary and the Sahara but now resides in a 300-year-old former inn in a French village of no real interest. Much to everyone’s dismay, she rescues and protects all living creatures — especially spiders, bats and snakes; her wild (or wildlife) garden is a classified butterfly and bird reserve. She can be found at: www.j-arleneculiner.com and at: www.jill-culiner.com

Broken Wings, Soaring Hearts: Beverly A. Rogers

Hailey Holman is a woman determined to keep her dad's memory and his dream of reopening their small-town Texas base station alive. Jack Stinson is looking for a peaceful place to escape the rat race of the big city life and big city business of his own family's airplane manufacturing business.

What a perfect match. Other than the fact that her mom hates the flying business with a passion and fights Hailey's every effort, and Jack's dad fought his every effort to make the break, then disowned him for leaving. Throw in two town bullies who insist on opening a base station of their own and reeking havoc on Hailey's plans and her own determination not to get personally involved with the employees, and it's anything but smooth sailing.

But these two focused pilots might just be surprised how things can work out with enough stubbornness . . . and faith.

Beverly A. Rogers is a Texas girl who writes with a heart as big as the Lone Star State. Her idea of a romantic man isn't someone who will promise her the moon and the stars. It's someone who will walk on the beach holding her hand, watching the moon and the stars from her eyes . . . and never complain about sand in his boots.  Learn more about Bev at www.BeverlyARogers.com.

Charmed: Inés Saint
Jamie Sullivan is a fun-loving, widowed mother of twin five-year old boys. A
creative goldsmith with her own line of designer charms, she is determined to
forge her own unique brand of success. Jamie guards a painful secret that leads
her to be emphatic about not letting a man into her life.

Nick Grey is the gorgeous, charming, and daydream-inducing headmaster of the private
elementary school Jamie's children will attend. After single-handedly bringing
up his daughter while earning his doctorate and proving himself to the school's
board of directors and the community, he feels burned out. Come the end of the
semester, Nick is taking a year off to travel the world. 

When they meet, an instant attraction blazes through both. Nick and Jamie soon find their hard
earned peace of mind threatened by meddling matchmakers, old rivalries, and
children who can't keep their feet out of their mouths. But Nick's not
interested in starting over and raising kids again, and Jamie's sure she can't
trust her heart. Will they be able to nurture their friendship and attraction into something that can last forever?

Ines was born in Zaragoza, Spain and have moved approximately twenty times. I went to school in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico and I'm bilingual and bicultural. I've spent the last ten years raising my fun, inspiring little boys and sharing my life with the man I'd always dreamed of. My greatest joys are spending time with family and close friends and coming up with characters and interesting situations.

Angel Without Wings: Mari Manning

A war widow at twenty-six, Linnea Reyes is haunted by the soul-shattering fight she had with her husband just before he led his detachment into the ambush that killed him. When one of the wounded soldiers from her husbands battalion asks her to help save his family’s farm, she jumps at the chance for redemption. Unfortunately, she runs straight into a six-foot roadblock – the soldier's older brother who has plans of his own.

After resigning from a promising army career to help his mother and wounded brother, Jesse McCormick is at the lowest point in his life. Now they are about to lose the family's organic farm and only one plan will earn him enough money to get his family out of debt and him off the farm – a dangerous assignment with a paramilitary group. He can brush aside the protests of his worried family, but the good intentions of Linnea Reyes prove to be more than he can handle.

Angel Without Wings is Mari Manning’s second book from Crimson Romance. She has always loved small towns and romance … and writing. The result is Angel Without Wings and her first book, Holding Out for a Hero. Mari has finaled in several contests, including the Golden Claddagh and the RWA Valley of the Sun’s Hot Prospects contest. She is also a member of RWA and the Chicago North Chapter for which she serves on the board. Currently Mari is working on a three-part series of romantic suspense set in the hi
ll country of Texas and, in her spare time, blogging at www.marimanning.com.

Breaking the Rules: Melinda Dozier
A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.

Melinda lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband and three boys. She teaches English to middle schoolers during the day and finds time to write at night. Melinda has always been an avid reader and writer, enjoys watching reality tv, blogs, and relaxes with Zynga games. You can find Melinda at www.melindadozier.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melinda.dozier

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