Feb 052016

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London


Piper pic 300 dpiJen: Today we welcome our next Historical Romance Retreat author, Piper Huguley. Piper, will you share a short bio with us?
Piper: Piper G Huguley, named 2015 Debut Author of the Year by Romance Slam Jam and Breakout Author of the Year by AAMBC, is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters, published by Samhain Publishing. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2014. Book four, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2013.

Huguley is also the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck, reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

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author poicJen: Today we welcome Amanda Mariel back to Romancing the Book. Amanda, will you share a short bio with us?
Amanda: Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Feb 012016

Do I love superheroes? Of course. Who doesn’t love a save-the-world hero? But as a writer of romantic suspense and spy thrillers, I never expected to write a romance novel featuring a superhero. Then Tara Gelsomino, my executive editor, suggested that I had the superpower to do so.

What kind of story would I write? The proliferation of superhero graphic novels and motion pictures has broadened the genre. Today, some superhero stories remain light and fanciful, but many contemporary tales are as dark as the best noir.

I chose the light, realizing that I wanted to write a story reminiscent of the classic characters I watched on television and read about in comic books while growing up—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk. So far, so good. Then I had to take a turn, make a twist, and create a superhero romance novel. And in the end, Electromancer was born. A powerful superhero who can fly and manipulate electricity for the good of mankind.

But, what about the romance part? Superhero stories aren’t romances, are they? And then I realized, of course they are. Most superheroes have love interests and are motivated, and often conflicted, by love.

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Jan 302016

Fatal Truth by Misty Evans
Series: Shadow Force International (# 1)
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Beach Path Publishing, LLC
Pages: 273
Source: Book provided by the author for review



She’s an investigative reporter who lives to uncover the truth.

Feisty television host Savanna Bunkett exposes government cover-ups on her award-winning show, The Bunk Stops Here. When she digs into a rumor about a top-secret government project that’s producing “super soldiers” for the president, she suddenly finds herself on an assassin’s hit list.

He’s the man who knows the truth.

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Trace Hunter is the only soldier to survive Project 24. After refusing a direct order from the president, he was branded a traitor, and his career imploded after the sexy reporter turned him into a national headline. He now works undercover for Shadow Force International, a secret group of former SEALs helping those who have nowhere else to turn, using his enhanced skills to fight for justice and protect the innocent. His first assignment? Protect Savanna from the one man who wants them both dead—the president.

One wrong move and they’ll be silenced forever.

Helping Savanna is the last thing Trace wants to do, but her unwavering determination to expose the president’s dark truth matches his own. She’s his one chance to set the record straight, and he’s her only chance at survival. When their mutual enemy closes in, can they put the past behind them and trust each other? Even if it means losing their hearts in the process? Or will secrets, lies, and forbidden passions cost them everything?


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Jan 292016

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Elizabeth Boyle to Romancing the Book as our next feature for the Historical Romance Retreat. Elizabeth, will you share a short bio with us?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth Boyle, a former pirate hunter for Bill Gates, started writing what she loved to read: romance novels. Since her first book was published in 1996, she’s won the RWA RITA award, numerous Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice awards and seen most of her twenty-some historical romance novels hit the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two sons, or “heroes in training” as she likes to call them. When she isn’t writing, she can be found in her garden, walking on the beach, or cooking up some old favorite family recipe. She also knits. A lot.

Elizabeth loves to hang out on Facebook, Twitter (where she spouts off on writing and life), Pinterest  (warning: you had better like decorating, cooking, and crafts, as well as her writing inspiration boards), and Goodreads  (and all the books she’s enthusiastically trying to get the entire world to read).


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Jan 272016

Elizabeth Boyce RTBJen: Today we welcome Elizabeth Boyce to Romancing the Book. Elizabeth, will you share a short bio with us?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth Boyce had a lifelong dream: to be an astronaut. She has recently made peace with the fact that this dream is unlikely to come to fruition. Good thing, then, she had another dream: to be an author. This dream comes true every single day, and she couldn’t be more grateful.

Ms. Boyce lives in South Carolina with her husband, children, and her personal assistant / cat.

She loves hearing from readers, so keep in touch!

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Jan 222016

Piper J. DrakeJen:  Today we welcome Piper J. Drake to Romancing the Book.  Piper, will you share a short bio with us?
Piper: Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has recently received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

Now, Piper is exploring the complexity of romantic suspense

Play Find the Piper around the Internet for insight into her frequent travels and inspirations for her stories.

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Jan 212016

Torie JamesJen: Today we welcome Torie James back to Romancing the Book. Torie, will you share a short bio with us?
Torie: I’ve loved reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my lap. While my friends were out playing, I was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, I made up my own and kept going.

This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped me keep my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds.

Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, my dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night, with the amazing people at Breathless Press.  Timeless Night begat Timeless Desire. I’m currently working on the third book in the series, Timeless Surrender. I’ve also written several short erotica tales called Fractured Fantasies on top of beginning the sequel to Ties That Bind: The Cloie Chronicles with my writing partner, Jammie Lynn.

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Jan 182016

Top 5 Ingredients for Creating a Fictional Town

I’m a big fan of fictional towns. Even though I’ve lived in real cities big and small, whenever I start a new book or series I tend to create a fictional town where I can start from scratch. It’s not always easy, though, so to help you craft an imaginary setting of your own, here are my Top 5 Ingredients for Creating a Fictional Town:

  1. A great name. Place names are so important, particularly in genre romance. I spend hours, even days, brainstorming town names and all the possibilities they imply.
  2. A fitting location. I always try to choose an appropriate state for where my stories might take place. For instance, if it’s a wintry holiday novel, I might opt for North Carolina or Tennessee. If it’s a sultry summer story, I might opt for Florida or Texas. Continue reading »

Jan 112016

Top 5 Tips on Running A Ranch from Dan Sharpe, Former NHL star, current Llama Rancher

Hi, my name’s Dan Sharpe and I’ve recently moved from the professional ice rink to the Montana ranching business. If you’re looking into ranching, there are some things you need to know about running a ranch. And I’m just the guy to help you out. I started as a professional hockey player who knew nothing about Montana, ranches or, most especially, llamas. And now, some would consider me something of an expert. (Some would not, but they’d be wrong).

Here are my top five tips to running a ranch. (I’m a pretty insightful guy, just ask me).

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