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Sep 302014

20140925_102333[1]Jen:  Today we’re pleased to welcome Kevay Gray to Romancing the Book.  We originally met Kevay under her alter-ego, Nikki Prince (or you may have seen her review at RtB as Nichelle), and had asked Nikki to guest with us.  But she was excited about her debut YA book as Kevay and wanted to highlight the new direction of her writing.  So, Kevay, will you share a short bio with us?
Kevay:  Kevay Gray is a mother of two, whose love of reading at the age of 12 urged her on to write characters finding their own romances. She loves to read, write, game and spend time with her children.

She belongs to Romance Writers of America National, OCC RWA local chapter, Young Adult Chapter RWA online, The Beaumonde online RWA chapter, and Rainbow Writers online RWA chapter.

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Sep 292014

maggie.Shayne3Jen: Well, our anniversary celebration is over, but don’t despair.  We will have some awesome authors lined up.  Today we are excited to welcome Maggie Shayne to Romancing the Book.  Maggie, will you please share a short bio with us?
Maggie: I’ve published with nearly every major house in the business for the past 22 years, before taking a scary leap of faith and going completely indie early in 2014. I’m a NY Times and USA Today Bestseller, a RITA Award Winner, and the author of 61 novels and more than 25 novellas. I’m also a former writer for CBS daytime dramas The Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

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Sep 262014


Wendy Corsi Staub - credit Lisa NascaJen: Today is the last day of our anniversary celebration and we’re excited to welcome Wendy Corsi Staub to the blog. Wendy, will you share a short bio with us?
Wendy: New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels and has sold more than four million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Barnes and Noble Top Ten, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided she wanted to become an author while in third grade. She worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at 21 to pursue her dream. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a major advertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller SUMMER LIGHTNING. Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography. She also co-authored a mystery series with the late New York City mayor Ed Koch and has ghost-written for a number of bestselling authors and celebrities.

Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Academic convocation, and is serving a three-year appointment to the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Sep 252014


Bio PicJen: It’s our last day of our look at contemporary erotica and we’re excited to welcome JM Walker to Romancing the Book. JM, will you share a short bio with us?
JM: When J.M. isn’t working her Monday-Friday 9-5 job, she’s spending her time reading, writing and with the love of her life.

She’s an all-around Canadian girl. Born and raised in a small city.

If you don’t see J.M. writing, you’ll find her with her nose in a book. Whether it’s her words or someone else’s, she’s drawn to it.

J.M. loves stories with Alpha broken males and that need to be ripped apart and put back together again. Men that fall to their knees over a wink or a giggle from their females.

Two things you will never find J.M. without; her cell phone and lip gloss. If she has both of those items, you have a happy girl.

Since starting her writing adventure in 2013, J.M. has met many people, real life, online, in her head and she loves every single one of them. Without the support from others, none of this would be possible and she’s grateful for all that has been given to her.

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Sep 242014


ShycutJen:  We’re halfway though our look at contemporary erotica and today we’re welcoming Shyla Colt to the blog.  Shyla’s actually been reviewing for RtB for a couple years as well as churning out book after book.  Shyla, can you share a little about yourself?
Shyla:  Shyla Colt is a quirky genre hopping rule breaker looking to diversify romance and take readers on countless adventures. You never know where you’ll end up or who you’ll meet in one her books If you’d like to learn more or just drop a line, please check her out at

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Sep 232014


Jen:  It’s day two of our look at contemporary erotica and today’s guest is Lisa Renee Jones.  Amy jumped at the chance to interview Lisa, so the blog is all yours.

Amy: Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found online.
Lisa: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

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IF I WERE YOU — Sara POV novel
BEING ME — Sara POV novel
HIS SECRETS — Chris POV novella
REBECCA’S LOST JOURNALS — Rebecca POV novella bundle *NOTE This bundle include The Master Undone*
MY HUNGER — Mark POV novella
NO IN BETWEEN — Sara POV novel
MY CONTROL — Mark & Crystal POV novella
I BELONG TO YOU — Mark & Crystal POV novel November 2014
ALL OF ME — Sara POV novella February 2015


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Sep 222014


lily-harlemJen:  Today we kick off contemporary erotica week with a visit from Lily Harlem.  Lily, will you share a short bio with us?
Lily: Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including Ellora’s Cave, HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Xcite and Sweetmeats Press. Her  series regularly receives high praise and industry nominations and awards.

Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse, draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Glass Knot and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release in 2012.

Lily writes across the entire scope of erotica from sexy vanilla like Breathe You In – a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2013 – to hot ménage a trois, The Silk Tie and Shared to dark and edgy BDSM – check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set Trilogy available exclusively on Amazon.

One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!

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Sep 192014


3479 Dowis RetIt’s day four of our spotlight on mysteries and thrillers, and I’ll admit, today is the day I have been looking forward to.  Jennifer Harlow was my first guest invite for this celebration and I was super excited when she said yes.  So let’s sit back and learn a little more about Jennifer and enjoy a playlist for her newest release, High Moon.

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Atlanta home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, Midnight Magic Mystery series, The Galilee Falls Trilogy, and the steampunk romance Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres. For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at

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Sep 192014

High Moon by Jennifer Harlow
Series: A FREAKS Squad Investigation (# 4)
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 364
Source: book provided by the author for review




Telekinetic Special Agent Beatrice Alexander has fought hordes of zombies, psychotic vampires, and even a troll. But now she faces her greatest challenge: love.

Fully recovered from her holiday from hell, Bea has returned to the F.R.E.A.K.S. with a mission, to gain the love of her werewolf teammate, Will Price. Of course nothing is ever easy when it comes to love and war. And when the killing fields of a pack of murderous werewolves is discovered in the wilds of North Carolina, the situation goes from complicated to deadly. Because though Bea always seems to get her man or beast in the end, this time she isn’t sure she will survive with her love intact. Or with her life…


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Sep 182014


aleatha romigJen: It’s the third day of our look at mysteries and thrillers and today we welcome Aleatha Romig to Romancing the Book. Aleatha, will you share a short bio with us?
Aleatha: Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

INSIDIOUS is Aleatha’s seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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