Oct 232014
 

SuzanneMelanieBrockmannJen: Today we are excited to welcome the mother-daughter writing team of Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann to Romancing the Book. Ladies, will you share a short bio with us?
Suz & Mel: Suzanne Brockman, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book.

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Oct 212014
 

Regina Kyle2First off, thanks so much for welcoming me to Romancing the Book! It’s my first book, my first blog tour, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here.

It’s almost Halloween, and of course that means the annual costume debate. If you’ve got kids, it’s what do they want to be for Halloween. Then there’s the endless changing of minds even after they’ve decided – and you’ve bought (or even worse, spent hours making) the darned costume. If you’ve been invited to a costume party, then you’ve got to figure out what you – and your significant other, if you’ve got one – will be. Which can be almost – if not more – traumatic than dealing with the kiddos.

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Oct 172014
 

IMG_0368_editedJen: Today we are happy to welcome Dorothy Wiley to Romancing the Book.  Dorothy, will you share a short bio with us?
Dorothy: Called a “deft new writer of intelligent romantic fiction,” award-winning author Dorothy Wiley enjoys writing big, action-packed romantic adventures set in the American wilderness when it was still a frontier. In her exciting new American Wilderness Series Romances, Wiley breaches the walls of time, bringing readers to a young America, where romance and danger are as powerful as the wilderness. Readers describe her writing as fresh, unblinkingly gritty, and highly enjoyable with well portrayed characters. Like Wiley’s compelling heroes, who from the outset make it clear they will not fail despite the adversities they face, this author is likewise destined for success.​ During 2014, Wiley’s first novel, WILDERNESS TRAIL OF LOVE, was a CFRWA Touch of Magic Finalist and her second novel, NEW FRONTIER OF LOVE, was a Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.

Wiley grew up in southern California and found her own romantic hero in Austin, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with honors, from The University of Texas. After a distinguished 35-year corporate career in marketing and public relations, she is living her dream—writing historical romances—and residing in central Texas with her husband (the same wonderful guy) on their beautiful cattle ranch. Yes, dreams really can come true!

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Oct 162014
 

Who and What Influence our Characters

Hi Everyone,

I’m Anna James. I write contemporary romance novels with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and find their happy ever afters. I want to thank Romancing The Book Blog for having me here today.

I did an interview recently and one of the questions asked was, “How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?”

My answer? I’d say, for the most part, my characters aren’t like any one person I know. They are a conglomerate of a lot of people, things that have influenced me over the years, and yes, a little bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure.

This is definitely the case with Nicole Bradford, the heroine from KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy.

Nicole is a lot like my paternal grandmother, Grace, mixed with a few of my hopes and dreams, minus the guilty secret (the fantasy part!).

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Oct 152014
 

Torie James author picJen:  Today we welcome Torie James to Romancing the Book.  Torie, will you share a short bio with us?
Torie: Torie James has loved reading since she was old enough to hold a book in her lap. While her friends were out playing, she 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, she made up her own and kept going. This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped her keep her feet on the ground while her head stayed firmly in the clouds. Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, her dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night and Timeless Desire, Books One and Two the award winning New Camelot Series.

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Oct 142014
 

IMG0353 (2)Jen: Today we are happy to welcome May Woodworth to Romancing the Book. May, will you share a short bio with us?
May: Nature girl and avid traveler, May weaves her love of the outdoors in all of her fiction tales. She began exploring the US and the Canadian Maritimes at the age of 16 (with her mother’s concerned blessing), leaving her Boston roots to travel cross country and camp throughout Nova Scotia, the northwest woods of Oregon, the southern beaches of California, and everything in between.

She then “settled down” to (as quickly as possible) attend college. Instead of choosing one passion, she pursued careers in social service, early childhood education, and lactation counseling. She also took time to raise an adventurous family, enjoying the wonders of New England with them through all the seasons.

Throughout life, she has volunteered for countless organizations pertaining to ecology, wildlife conservation, and domestic violence. Her books contain issues relating to women’s self-esteem, parenting struggles, personal growth, individual empowerment, and of course, Mother Nature.

From 2010-2013, she released 14 mature audience romances (under a pen name) for a major mature audience romance publisher

HEART OF THE HURRICANE is her first audio book series, released in weekly episodes through BigWorldNetwork.com from Sept 2013-Jan 2014.

HEART OF THE HURRICANE was released in paperback, eBook & audio book June, 2014.

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Oct 082014
 

Dana Wright Author PicJen: Today we welcome Dana Wright to Romancing the Book. Dana Wright has always had a fascination with things that go bump in the night. She is often found playing at local bookstores, trying not to maim herself with crochet hooks or knitting needles, watching monster movies with her husband and furry kids, or blogging about books. More commonly, she is chained to her computers, writing like a woman possessed. She is currently working on several children’s stories, young adult fiction, romantic suspense, short stories and is trying her hand at poetry. She is a contributing author to Ghost Sniffer’s CYOA, Siren’s Call E-zine in their “Women in Horror” issue in February 2013 and “Revenge” in October 2013, a contributing author to Potatoes!, Fossil Lake, Of Dragons and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, Undead in Pictures, Potnia, Shadows and Light, Wonderstruck, Shifters: A Charity Anthology, Dead Harvest, Monster Diaries (upcoming), Holiday Horrors and the Roms, Bombs and Zoms Anthology. She is the author of Asylum due out in October 2014.

Dana has also reviewed music for Muzikreviews.com specializing in New Age and alternative music and has been a contributing writer to Eternal Haunted Summer, Nightmare Illustrated, Massacre Magazine, Metaphor Magazine, The Were Traveler October 2013 edition: The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters, the December 2013 issue The Day the Zombies Ruled the Earth. She currently reviews music at New Age Music Reviews and Write a Music Review.

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