Jen @ RtB

Jun 282016

Billiter headshotJen:  Today we welcome Mary Billiter, who also writes as Pumpkin Spice, to Romancing the Book.  Mary, will you share a short bio with us?
Mary:  Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”

Pumpkin Spice is the published author of adult romantic fiction. Her naughty fairy tale line Scarlett Hood & The Hunter and Goldie Locks & The Three Brothers Bear is published by Evernight Publishing along with her Cupid Conquest romance, “The Hart Moment.” Pumpkin’s favorite time of year is fall when the leaves are turning, the weather is crisper and the nights are a whole lot longer.  Follow her on Twitter: @PumpkinSpiceU2

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Jun 272016



Image_Author_DDJen: Today we welcome Dianne Duvall as her blog tour makes a stop with Romancing the Book. Dianne, will you share a short bio with us?
Danne: Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews).

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit You can also find Dianne online . . .

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Jun 242016

Jen:  Today we welcome Janel Gradowski to Romancing the Book.  Janel, will you share a short bio with us?
Janel: Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life. She writes the Culinary Competition Mystery Series, along with The Bartonville Series (women’s fiction) and the 6:1 Series (flash fiction). She has also had many short stories published in both online and print publications.

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Jun 232016

Jen: Today we welcome Joanna Lowell to Romancing the Book. Joanna, will you share a short bio with us?
Joanna: Joanna Lowell divides her time between North Carolina and Vermont, where her family runs a small farm. Her love of books is rivaled only by her love of cows, particularly her brother’s wondrous Jersey, Blackberry.

You can get updates about Joanna Lowell and her books on Facebook.

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Joanna: Dark Season is a Victorian romance with Gothic atmosphere and a mystery subplot. I started writing with a sense of the hero and heroine and their conflicts. Isidore is a (gorgeous) viscount tortured by the guilt he feels at his fiancée’s death. Ella is a young woman who suffers from epilepsy; she’s on the run from her cousin, but more importantly, she’s on the run from who she is. The heart of the book is these two characters; they face each other’s demons and then find the strength to face their own. Everything else grew from there.

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Jun 222016

author photoToday we welcome Jamie Wesley to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to Jamie’s playlist for her newest release, The Deal with Love, let’s learn a little more about her.

Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her debut novel, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, was released by Entangled Publishing in 2014. She’s thrilled (and a little relieved) that this wasn’t her last book published.

She adores rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her college alma maters, visiting Walt Disney World, and keeping up with pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She’ll probably know the answer.

To be the first to hear about Jamie’s future releases, sign up for her mailing list here.

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Jun 212016

Tales of an Inept Traveller

In the time before border free travel in the European Union, my travelling companion and I decided to avail ourselves of the shuttle bus in the delightful Austrian ski town of Kitzbuhel.

We’d been on the road for a while and needed to take care of some personal chores, and there was a Laundromat in the main part of town, a three-minute bus ride away.

We loaded two backpacks with a substantial amount of laundry, and waited for the shuttle bus. And waited. And waited.

By the time it arrived, quite a crowd had built up, and, no offense to the lovely Austrian people, they have no clue about queuing etiquette.

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Jun 172016

JUDY DUARTE always knew there was a book inside her, but since English was her least favorite subject in school, she never considered herself a writer. An avid reader who enjoys a happy ending, Judy couldn’t shake the dream of creating a book of her own. That dream became a reality in 2002, when Silhouette released her first Special Edition. Her stories have touched the hearts of readers around the world, landing her a prestigious Reader’s Choice Award. In 2009, she won the Maggie and was a finalist in the Inspirational category of the Rita® with MULBERRY PARK. And in 2010, ENTERTAINING ANGELS finaled in the Rita®, won the Maggie, and placed second in the Inspirational Readers Choice.

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Jun 162016

KristiJen: Today we welcome Kristina Knight back to Romancing the Book. Kristina, will you share a short bio with us?
Kristina: Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Jun 152016

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she’s seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories.

A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid reader who also loves watching romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she’s busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.

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Jun 142016

Anna KyleJen: Today we welcome Anna Kyle to Romancing the Book.  Anna, will you share a short bio with us?
Anna: Anna Kyle spent her youth reading about and dreaming of horses and scheming (unsuccessfully) how to convince her parents to get her one. That led to writing her first story about a girl and her horse which in turn led to a lifetime love of writing. As an adult she reads everything from histories to mysteries but romances are definitely her favorite. These days she writes the paranormal romance series, the Wolf King, at World Weaver Press. Skye Falling was published last summer and was an ARe bestseller and the origin novel, Omega Rising, just came out this month.

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