Jen @ RtB

May 252015
 

CaraDowney1Jen: Today we welcome Cara Downey to Romancing the Book. Cara, will you share a short bio with us?
Cara: You’d think this would be the easy part talking about myself, but I have to admit I do find it difficult talking about myself, not sure why… but here goes. I am 37 yrs old my birthday was February 2… I can say with certainty now that I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and during my years in university this was especially felt during my undergraduate degree, but my confidence wasn’t at the level it is at today. What I mean by that is, I put stumbling blocks in my mine way… and I was thinking I couldn’t do it, and thinking people wouldn’t like the stories I created. I put that dream on the back burner (I want to give advice to everyone out there, never put your dreams on the back burner)… Fast forward to today, I’ve self-published two collections of erotic poetry/short stories and the ideas for my collection of erotic poetry (my first publication) stems from my own desires and fantasies and also my deep love, admiration and respect for the bdsm/kink community. My family has and continues to be very supportive of my shift in career and are just as determined to see me succeed as I am when it comes to seeing myself succeed.

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May 242015
 

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (# 8)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages:  293
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

 

 

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

 

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May 232015
 

The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters (# 3)
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 346
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

The dust of the Cabot sisters’ shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she’s tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can’t deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson’s family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he’s out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart’s obligations and its forbidden desires.

 

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May 222015
 

The Joy of the Transcendent Novel

There are limits to what one brain can handle—trust me on this. I’ve just had the most insane quarter of my career: two book releases in May (CROSSED in the Sweet Dreams boxed set, and WHAT LIES BEHIND, the 4th Samantha Owens book), an anthology release in June, two other book deadlines and a short story revision, and a renovation project on my house. Not surprisingly, my CPU hit maximum density a few weeks ago. I couldn’t think, couldn’t focus. I was a zombie.

So I did the only rational thing possible. I shut down my world, headed for a beach, and retreated into a stack of books. And boy, did I pick some winners.

I started with THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir, a smart sci-fi thriller with a deep sense of humor. I loved this book, and it’s going to be a movie later this year, with Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring. Not bad.

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May 212015
 

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Sophie BarnesJen: Today we welcome Sophie Barnes as her blog tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book.  Sophie, will you share a short bio with us?
Sophie:  Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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May 212015
 

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Baby Love by Catherine Anderson
Series: Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan (# 1)
Release Date: November 28, 2006
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 420
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

 

 

Desperate and determined, Maggie Stanley grabs her small baby and runs into the snowy Idaho night. In her loneliest, blackest hour, she unexpectedly finds a warmth and comfort she has never known in the tender compassion of a handsome, down-and-out stranger. In Rafe Kendrick, Maggie recognizes a soul wounded like her own—though she knows she must never trust any man ever again.

Rafe is more than he seems—an enigmatic man of secrets who could give Maggie the moon, had he not vowed to spend his life alone. But sometimes love’s flames can transform a cold world into paradise—and a man who’s lost nearly everything, a woman who’s forgotten how to dream, and the helpless child who needs them both can become that most wondrous creation: a family.

 

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May 202015
 

johnpicJen: Today we welcome John Forelli to Romancing the Book. John, will you share a short bio with us?
John: John is 24 and lives in Philadelphia. In his free time he enjoys overdrinking with friends and complaining about the Phillies.

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May 192015
 

Today we welcome a couple of the authors from the Way of the Warrior anthology as they share with us a little about their favorite moment or scene in their story.  But before we get to our guests, let’s learn a little more about this book.

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith

To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the WoundedWarrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 






May 192015
 

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
Release Date:  May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 512
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY BESTSELLING AUTHORS:
Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith

To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 

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May 182015
 

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Jen:  Today we welcome Gina Gordon to Romancing the Book.  Gina, will you share a short bio with us?
Gina: When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream…becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back.

Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.

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