Oct 312014
 

As of this writing, Lisa Beth Darling is 48 years-old and have been married to her wonderful husband, Roy for the last 28 years! They live in her hometown of New London, CT where they have raised two daughters to adulthood. She loves living in New England and can hardly imagine herself being happy anywhere else. She’s often asked: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

In the 4th grade she discovered that she was a writer when she was given her first creative writing assignment. We were to write stories about a baby bird’s flight and read them to the class. She put pencil to paper and was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn’t explain. She knew she was meant to do this very thing, this very simple act of putting pencil to paper and letting her mind free. Everyone read their happy stories to the class. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished they were all just staring at her. The teacher kept me after class told me my story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked me if she’d ever heard of Icarus and did she base my story on him. But she had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As she let Lisa leave class she again told me how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. She asked her why and she had no answer. Lisa never took her advice.

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Oct 302014
 

Kelsey Jordan HeadshotJen: Today we welcome Kelsey Jordan to Romancing the Book.  Kelsey, will you share a short bio with us?
Kelsey: Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion. To learn more, visit her at:

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Oct 292014
 

SONY DSCJen: Today we welcome Rebekah Lewis to Romancing the Book. Rebekah, will you share a short bio with us?
Rebekah: Here’s my official bio:

Rebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed into a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.

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Oct 282014
 

Sarah MorganUSA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance. Her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe and two RITA® Awards from the Romance Writers of America. Sarah lives near London with her family.

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Oct 272014
 

Meet “Hard-Hearted Hartwell” by Grace Burrowes

Joan had danced with Dante Hartwell and found him lacking many of the attributes she associated with a proper gentleman. He neither gossiped nor flattered nor took surreptitious liberties in triple meter.

In short, despite his many detractors—some called him Hard-Hearted Hartwell—she’d liked him.

Mr. Hartwell was honest, friendly, and kind, which to Joan was a significant improvement over handsome and charming.

One of the lessons we learn as we mature is that the pretty, shiny, eye-catching wrapping paper may not hide the gift we’ll treasure the most. Joan Flynn, from my new romance WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, can’t afford to be choosy—she needs a husband immediately—but she has sense enough to see that Dante Hartwell has a lot to recommend him, despite his plebian upbringing.

Joan knows what it’s like to be judged for her appearance and found lacking. She’s not beautiful in the eyes of most, or in her own eyes, and she tries to compensate by fashioning clothes that make her feel pretty. Dante can see past that, to her kindness with his children and his sister, to her family loyalty, to her honesty.

And yet, Dante is called hard-hearted by the aristocrats who seek to turn a profit by investing in his mills. He’s shrewd, and can afford to be generous only rarely when the livelihoods of hundreds rest in his hands. He’s hard working, even if that means he appears to be less of a gentleman.

Dante is also devoted to his children—he’s building not an empire for himself, but a more prosperous future for them—and yet that means from the outside looking in, he might be judged a distant or indifferent father.

Joan sees though, the children love their father, are secure in his affections, and delight in his company. She sees that Dante’s sister relies on him for everything, and that in his first marriage, Dante made the best of a difficult bargain—one most of Polite Society knows little about.

In short, Dante and Joan set aside what they’re expected to think of each other, and exchange the gift of making up their own minds about each other. Each gives the other the benefit of the doubt, each extends to the other good faith and good will.

Dante is not hard-hearted, he’s determined. He’s not miserly, he’s careful as a man should be when he’s known great want. He’s not a husband of convenience, but rather, when Joan takes the time to see the truth of him, he’s the very best possible gift she might have found under the Christmas tree!

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graceburrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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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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