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Nov 212014

Jen: Today we welcome Steena Holmes to Romancing the Book. Steena, will you share a short bio with us?
Steena: Steena Holmes is the bestselling author of Finding Emma, her debut women’s fiction novel. Finding Emma tells the story of one mother’s journey to find her missing daughter and Steena has partnered with the Missing Children’s Society of Canada, a national charity for missing children, to donate proceeds from the sales of Finding Emma to help bring missing children home.

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Nov 202014

MLBuchmanM. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics.

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Nov 192014

Pippa Jay Author PicJen:  Today we welcome Pippa Jay to Romancing the Book.  Pippa, will you share a short bio with us?
Pippa:  After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

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Nov 182014

Jen: Today we welcome Lauren Layne to Romancing the Book. Lauren, will you share a short bio with us?
Lauren: Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, NOPE, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels. She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

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Nov 172014

Music and the Muse! by Julie Ann Walker< Everyone who has ever read one of my Black Knights Inc. books knows that I have mad lurv for music. All music. Rock, pop, country, alternative, classical. You name it, I reference it, allude to it, include it, venerate it, eviscerate it, and just about any other combination you can think of. In fact, in my personal life I'm known to quote movie lines and song lyrics daily - and to the utmost annoyance of friends and family. LOL! My husband once mused, "Just think what you could have accomplished - the cure for cancer, manned interstellar space flight - if 90% of your brain wasn't taken up by song lyrics!"

My current title, FULL THROTTLE, is no different when it comes to the inclusion of musical references. And to get myself “in the mood” for penning a story about a hot hero, a second chance love, and a mad dash through the jungle, I composed the following playlist. Enjoy! I know I did!

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Nov 172014

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knight Inc (# 7)
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



She Needs a Hero…

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue…

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved—who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him…for the second time?


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Nov 142014

Sue BookJen: Today we welcome Susan Mac Nicol to Romancing the Book. Susan, will you share a short bio with us?
Susan: Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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Nov 132014

Jen: Today we welcome C.C. Gibbs to Romancing the Book. C.C., will you share a short bio with us?
C.C.: Years ago I read all of Georgette Heyer’s fabulous Regency romances. After that month long marathon of great stories that ended with only a kiss I said to myself “What the world needs is a Regency with sex! Since then I have written 50+ hot and steamy romances as Susan Johnson and recently chose the pen name C.C. Gibbs to distinguish my billionaire books. Researching the world of the superrich has been great fun. Watching characters develop in the petri dish of incalculable wealth has been fascinating. But when the hard ass ruthless men in these stories discover that love isn’t just a word on a Hallmark card it brings a smile to your face.

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Nov 122014

JM Powers Author PicJen: Help we welcome J.M. Powers to Romancing the Book. J.M., will you share a short bio with us?
J.M.: J.M. Powers harbors an alter ego of a normal woman named Jeannie. (Her editor is still on the fence about the whole ‘normal’ thing.) Jeannie’s proficient at research, gluten-free cooking, and embarrassing her teenagers by wearing skinny jeans to the grocery store. J.M., the author-ego, plunges so deep into her writing; she forgets life outside her creations still goes on. She can be found at:

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Nov 112014

Sandy JamesJen: Today we welcome Sandy James to Romancing the Book.  Sandy, will you share a short bio with us?
Sandy: I live in a suburb of Indianapolis with Jeff, my husband of thirty-one years. My nest is empty now since both of my children have grown up and married, but I do have a new grandson—John. He is the light of my life! To pay the mortgage, I teach high school social studies, mostly psychology with an occasional class in United States history.

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