Saturday, 22 April 2017

5 Of My Favourite Romantic Heroines...



     Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone With The Wind is one of my all-time favorite books (the only book I have read four times) and I often get into debates with my fellow romance readers/authors about Scarlett’s strength. Some find her too whiny and needy but, for me, she shows rather than verbalizes her strength. She overcomes horrors and difficulties that most of us (fortunately!) will only find in the pages of this wonderfully epic novel.

2)     Eve Dallas – In Death series by Nora Roberts

Lord, how I love Eve! If you haven’t tried the In Death series yet, make it your mission to start reading this amazing series this year. The books centre around Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her ongoing relationship with millionaire, Roarke (not sure if anyone knows if this is his first name or surname!) Each novel brings a new case for Eve to solve and usually involves Roarke or someone else she is close to in one way or another. There are a whopping 47 novels so far in the series…

3)     Elizabeth Bennett – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I don’t know a romance reader on the planet who hasn’t read Pride & Prejudice and, for me, it’s Elizabeth Bennett’s strength, integrity and passion which makes this novel continue to sell year after year. A timeless romance, hero and heroine that I predict will live in our hearts and the hearts of future generations for many years to come.

4)     Josie O’Casey – A Glimpse At Happiness by Jean Fullerton

A Glimpse At Happiness is one of my most favorite Victorian romances and the reason I started to write in the genre. Josie O’Casey is a wonderful example of what makes a strong heroine and how they overcome the poverty of their circumstances. This book is about love over adversity, hope over pessimism. A truly gorgeous book and a truly fantastic heroine.

5)     Lucky Santangelo – Jackie Collins


Although Jackie Collins’ books aren’t strictly romance, there is usually a central relationship in her super-sexy stories. I discovered the first book Lucky appears in (Chances) when I was barely into my teens and went on to devour all the books she’s featured in thereafter. A strong, feisty, no holds barred, kind of heroine who demands your attention from the very first page. Tremendous!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Linda Nightingale...



1.)                What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was never very clear on what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I’m still not very clear on the question.  As a child and later as an adult, I wanted to be an accomplished horsewoman. As an adult, I raised the bar to wanting to be able to ride high schooled horses, those that could passage, piaffe and Spanish walk.  I also wanted to be a writer from a very young age, wrote as a teenager, but then didn’t pick up my pen again until I was 40.  I was finally published in 2012.  So, now I am a writer.

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Coffee, please, Joe’s Tall, Dark and Handsome is very good.  I also like a nice cup of Earl Grey after the coffee, and have a pretty little teapot that goes with my dinnerware, Peacock Garden, by 222 Fifth.  They make dinnerware that is a little different.  In the evening, a nice glass of wine helps smooth off the rough edges of a bad day, right?

3.)                What genre do you typically read? I read most genres and also like biographies.  I’d probably have to say that my favorite genres are what I write—paranormal romance and dark fantasy. Why?  I like otherworldly settings and a extraordinary hero or heroine.  I like to play with the theme of immortality.


4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory.  The Andersonville River (before it was included in Hartwell Lake) was a favorite childhood haunt.  I loved climbing onto my dad’s back and jumping into the water.  He’d kneel on the sandy bottom and allow me to climb up.  He was always my hero.  I also liked to stick my head under the hood of a car while he was tinkering with one of ours.  Pretty much being anywhere he was.

5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes? At one time, it was Andalusian horses.  I had 13 when we were breeding these fairy tale horses, and I count myself very fortunate to have owned them.  Now, I’m hooked on bling Jewelry. Outragious CZ rings, necklaces, and I have become a big fan of charm bracelets.  My first one I bought to add the Texas State charm I won for winning the SARA Merritt award for I, Lucifer, which will soon be released by The Wild Rose Press as Gylded Wings.


6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?  My challenge with any book is the middle, where I stall before gaining momentum for the end. Unfortunately, I have been accused of rushing the ending.  So maybe sometimes that momentum needs to be reined in.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?  No, I write when the mood is right and when time allows.  I have to want to write to be able to achieve anything worthwhile.  Setting demands on myself doesn’t work very well.  Sometimes, like now, with my WIP, I wish I did plot and plan.


8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series? I love series, but I find them difficult.  You have to have a great memory or be very organized because of the plot points and character details that must be carried through the series.  I do have one vampire series: Sinners’ Opera, Sinners’ Obsession, and a companion book Cardinal Desires with some of the same characters. I have a prequel to about the hero Morgan D’Arcy in my computer but haven’t finished it because it is tied up with a publisher I’m no longer interested in working with.  Morgan is an English nobleman, a concert pianist, and a vampire.  Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody is an anthology of Morgan stories from The Wild Rose Press (not the above-mentioned publisher).

I haven’t mentioned Her General in Gray, my latest release, which is now available at:


Thanks for having us—my characters and me—on your blog today!!

Her General in Gray
by Linda Nightingale

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.

After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?

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EXCERPT

“Stand aside, spook.” Dudley marched into the room, made as if to push past him, but Sib stood his ground. Folding his hands in supplication, he begged the woman he’d wounded to understand. “God knows, Autumn, I didn’t mean to hurt you. The whole ugly thing is his fault.” His finger jutted at Sib. “If he hadn’t challenged me to a duel—”

Grabbing the other man by his knit shirt, Sib prepared to frog march him back the way he’d just come. “She doesn’t want to see you, Dudley. Your very presence is disturbing and harmful.”

“Let her be the judge of that.” Dudley tried to wrest free.

From the bed came a weak cry that froze them in place. “Stop it.  You’re both upsetting me. The two of you in one room mix as well as oil and water. Sib, leave. Beau, stay.”

Sib freed Dudley, turning to gape at Autumn. Why was she ordering him out, siding with, the traitor? The redhead dusted off his clothing and straightened his shirt. His triumphant expression tempted Sib to smash a fist into his mouth, wiping away his gloating smile.  Instead, he offered Autumn a quick bow.

“I’ll be outside the door if you need me.” Why had he given this stranger the power to so damage his feelings? Because she can call me into corporeality? Perhaps, being a ghost wasn’t as bad as he’d thought. That she should take his killer’s side hurt more than he believed possible.

She nodded, refusing to meet the question in his eyes.  He spun on his heel, walked calmly across the room, and closed the door without looking back.

But Sib left a vital part of his heart in that sickroom.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt.   She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Miata Club, and enjoys events with that car club.  Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano.  She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.



 – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.

 - Lots of interesting guests & prizes





GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Linda Nightingale will be awarding Black Diamond Earrings and an eBook of Her General in Gray (International Giveaway) to one winner via rafflecopter, and a second winner will receive a digital choice of one of the author's backlist during the tour.

RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

COVER REVEAL! The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans...



The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters Media Kit

Blurb: Where dreams come true…?

Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Ch√Ęteau of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?


Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Introducing A Charmed Little Lie by Sharla Lovelace...


Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make 

a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it?





A CHARMED LITTLE LIE

Charmed in Texas #1

Sharla Lovelace

Releasing April 18th, 2017

Lyrical Shine



Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a
dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since
her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her
niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to
the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house
Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to
Charmed, Texas for three whole months—or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her
weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.


Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described.
He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a
convenient spouse. It’s a match made . . . well, not quite in heaven, but for a
temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick
spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem
real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true . . .






Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs.  She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series. 


For more about Sharla's books, visit www.sharlalovelace.com, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter.  She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.






Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Victorian era…why I love it


Her One True Love is my fourth Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical Press. I adore the Victorian era because so much more than the potential for romance inspires me from that time.

All my Victorian romances are set in and around the famous city of Bath, England––which is just a short thirty minute drive from where I live. During the late 19th century, there were many social, economical, industrial and even sexual changes happening. The first whispers of the women’s revolution had begun to circulate…not that many men noticed until around 1903 when The Women’s Social and Political Union was founded.

The leaders and supporters of the group began to cause a stir––marching and petitioning for their right to vote. This is marked as a hugely significant and respected time for women. Men had no choice but to sit up and take notice.

But the actual change in women and how they were viewed started years before the press and public were forced to listen to what they had to say.

The battle for young women to have a happy home, work and social life was a hard one and it is the dilemmas they faced that I love to explore. Each of us is faced with temptations (or decisions) every day and I, for one, am guilty of too often making the easy, expected, even socially acceptable, choices.

My books tend to be about the women who do the exact opposite. What better way to earn a living than to create a woman you would like to be? Someone whom you admire and want to see succeed in her chosen vocation, romance or spiritually satisfying path?

Her One True Love centres around Jane, whose story began in my third Victorian romance, What A Woman Desires. Even though both books can be read stand-alone, whenever Jane appeared on the page, I knew she deserved her own story.

Jane has been a dutiful daughter to her overbearing parents for many years, but when the story opens they have both passed and the family’s estate is being ran by Jane’s sister and her husband.

The time for Jane to finally break free is now. With a raw, unrequited heartbreak fuelling her need to leave her small village of Biddestone, Jane heads to Bath to seek her true destiny…

I love writing flawed, complex but ultimately, deeply emotional women striving for more. I hope you like to read about them too!

Her One True Love blurb & buy links:

She Can't Forget Him…

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?.. 








Thursday, 13 April 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Melissa McClone...





1.)                What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a screenplay writer because I thought I could write better endings to the television shows and movies I watched. I also wanted to create a line of all-natural cosmetics, but my freshman year organic chemistry course changed my mind about that!

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Tea (iced and unsweetened) is my favorite.

3.)                What genre do you typically read? Why?

I read sweet contemporary romance. I enjoy heartwarming stories that tug at my emotions, and that’s the genre I’ve found that does it best.

4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory.

When I was little, we had an artificial Christmas tree. My mom decided to set it up while my dad was at work, and she had my younger sister and I help. You had to stick the branches into color-coded holes. Sounds easy, right? Well, the three of us were on a mission to have it done before my dad got home from work. We were so focused and working quickly to put those branches in, none of us realized that my mom had put the center piece in the wrong way so the tree was upside down. We’d just finished when my dad walked in. It was so obvious when you stepped back and looked, but not of us had. Needless to say, lots of laughter and something we still joke about to this day.

5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

Books, of course. Disney and Star Wars, too. My husband would say I’m also addicted to totes, bags, purses, etc. What can I say? I need something to carry my books in!

6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

Getting started. The first three chapters always take me the most time because I’m trying to get to know the characters and make sure their conflicts/motivations will work.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

I try, but I don’t always succeed. I found this app called the Wordcount Dashboard that I use to tell me how many words I need to write. The app keeps me on track because it recalculates the word count needed each day based on what you’ve done to reach your deadline. Best $1.99 I’ve spent on a writing tool!

8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I write series that are standalones (i.e. different couples in each story.) I love writing them because it lets me revisit characters and settings. I’ve found it hard to say goodbye to certain couples when I reach “The End” and this gives me a way of checking in again even though it’s very brief.

Media/Author Info
Author:  Melissa McClone
Bio:  USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, two goldfish and a few cats who think they rule the house. They do!
Social Media Linkss:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissamcclonebooks
 Melissa's Latest Release:

Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.

He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon, racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and brokenhearted.

Buy Links:

Amazon US: http://a.co/4f06rtk

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-valentine-quest-melissa-mcclone/1125130255?ean=2940156877027



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Introducing Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains...





Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. 

And if the Sawyers can forgive and
forget, anything is possible.





FORBIDDEN KISSES

Blushing Bay #1

Annie Rains

Releasing April 11th, 2017

Loveswept


For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a
finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly
Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life.
Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the
manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And
Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she
never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big
rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right,
she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or
the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their
chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and
forget, anything is possible.












Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling author who writes small-town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and three children, or reading a book by one of her
favorite authors.