Mar 262015
 

Cara ElliottJen:  Today we are excited to welcome Cara Elliott to Romancing the Book.  Cara, will you share a short bio with us?
Cara:  Cara Elliott wrote her first book at age five, a lavishly illustrated Western featuring a cowboy and his horse. She has since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured her imagination ever since she opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (She’s decided she must have a thing for Men In Boots!) When not writing, Cara loves exploring the funky antique markets and small museums of London, where she finds all sorts of inspiration for her stories.

A three-time RITA finalist, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Leaf Award, two Daphne Du Maurier Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Regency Romance from RT magazine.

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Mar 252015
 

Love on the Menu by Ellen March
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Publisher: Fanny Press
Pages: 244
Source: Book provided by Tribute Books for review

 

 

Jago Tanner is a loner. He works up a good hunger at his outdoors pursuits centre in Wales and looks upon each female conquest as just another meal. When he’s sated, he doesn’t go back for dessert. Until Riley shows up. A Londoner hired through an agency to assist him with activities, she isn’t at all what he asked for. For starters, with the name Riley, he expected a man. But Riley is all woman–the sexiest woman Jago has ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately she dresses like a trollop and curses like a sailor. Though ignorant about most outdoors pursuits, she’s a skilled horsewoman, able to calm even his nerviest stallion. And her lively and generous nature enchants his housekeeper Emily and his ancient friend, Tom. In short, Jago’s new employee is a bundle of contradictions. Which is why, when Jago falls for her, he doesn’t trust his feelings. Riley seems unusually accident prone, and when her brother’s shady friends menace her, she plays the innocent. But how can anyone so self-sufficient and mouthy also be so trusting and naïve? And can a man with Jago’s volatile nature endure the jealousy a woman like Riley provokes just by strolling down the street?

 

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Mar 242015
 
Jen:  Today we welcome Brynley Bush to Romancing the Book.  Brynley, will you share a short bio with us?
Brynley:  I’ve had a lifelong love affair with word.  I earned my degree in English and Creative Writing and wrote magazine feature stories for years before turning to writing fiction.  I write the kind of book I like to read: steamy contemporary romances featuring smart, sassy heroines with a sense of humor and strong, dominant alpha males who love their women a little feisty.I love rainy days, books, worn-in jeans, hot coffee, traveling to new places, the way words can weave into poetry, and happily ever afters. I live in Texas with my family and an assortment of pets.When I’m not writing, I love to read, spend time with my family, and travel.

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Mar 232015
 

Headshot1Jen:  Today we welcome Samantha Chase to Romancing the Book.  Many of you many not know this, but Samantha actually reviewed for RtB a couple years ago and we’re excited to welcome her home.  Samantha, will you share a short bio with us?
Samantha:  New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Mar 192015
 

Due for Discard by Sharon St. George
Series: Aimee Machado Mystery #1
Release Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 340
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

Aimee Machado is thrilled to be starting her first job as a forensic librarian at the medical center in the town of Timbergate, north of Sacramento, California. Her ebullient mood is somewhat dampened by her recent breakup with her former live-in boyfriend, Nick Alexander. And then there’s a little matter of murder: on Aimee’s first day on the job, a body is found in a nearby Dumpster and soon identified as her supervisor’s wife, Bonnie Beardsley.

Aimee’s heartbreaker of a brother and best friend, Harry, just happens to be one of the last people to see Bonnie alive, but he is hardly the only suspect. Bonnie was notorious for her wild partying and man-stealing ways, and she has left a trail of broken hearts and bitterness. Aimee is determined to get her brother off the suspect list.

Aimee’s snooping quickly makes her a target. Isolated on her grandparents’ llama farm where she fled post-breakup, she realizes exactly how vulnerable she is. Three men have pledged to protect her: her brother Harry, her ex, Nick, and the dashing hospital administrator with a reputation for womanizing, Jared Quinn. But they can’t be on the alert every minute, not when Aimee is so bent on cracking the case with or without their help.

 

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Mar 182015
 

Today we welcome Bec McMaster to Romancing the Book.  To celebrate her blog tour for the release of Of Silk and Steam, Bec asked all her bloggers to answer questions to determine which character from her London Steampunk series we were most like.  We had to answer questions like: What word best describes you?  What is the perfect romantic evening/date (Victorian era style)?  Faced with a dangerous adversary, what would be your weapon of choice?  In the end, here’s my match:

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Mar 162015
 

DelhiBookFair-2015Jen:  Today we welcome Adite Benerjie back to Romancing the Book.  Adite, will you share a short bio with us?
Adite:  Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.

She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released in December 2013 in India. The e-book is available internationally (from June 2013). Her second title (Trouble Has a New Name) has been published by Harlequin India in July 2014 and comes out in North America in April 2014.

Adite lives in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, with her writer husband, mother and their adorable Irish Setter.

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Mar 132015
 

Jen: Today we welcome Nadine Sutton to Romancing the Book. Nadine, will you share a short bio with us?
Nadine: I come from Ireland, but I have lived in many different places. I’ve spent many years in Ireland, and shorter times living in Europe. For a long time now, I have lived in London, with my partner, but I don’t see it as my permanent home. However, I enjoy the artistic side of London life. I love to walk around and see buildings that have been here for centuries and to look around historical monuments, particularly the Royal Palaces. I enjoy the theater though it does not seem to me as good as it used to be! I used to go very often, now it’s more like an occasional treat. But I really love music, particularly country, folk, “light” opera, some Rock, and the music of the great musicals; I take advantage of being in London to attend concerts.

My hobbies are sedate ones. I like to knit and used to make a lot of woollies when I lived in cold climates. I also try my hand at things like flower arranging, jewellery making and painting. I used to swim and ride horses, and to play a little tennis, but I don’t get time for that nowadays. I love music and enjoy very much listening to music and going to concerts and musicals, and I take singing lessons. Naturally I love to read and always have a couple of books or my Kindle with me. I enjoy walking and an occasional game of golf and I love board games. I also enjoy travelling, whether by train, boat or air. I particularly love America, and hope to visit there again very soon.

My initial degree was in history. I loved English but I wanted to do something more “relevant” and I dabbled in politics. When I left college, I worked in many different fields, changing jobs quite often. Some of my jobs were to do with books; I was a library officer and worked in the office of a bookshop. I’ve also worked in the legal field, in education, in social work support, and in businesses. At present, I work in a public service and health field. I’ve worked in social work, helping with volunteer organizations. I used to work with a hostel for homeless people and with visiting the elderly and people in need.

My great hobby is reading, which naturally led me to want to write. I started writing when I was a kid, with absolutely no success. I wrote very serious short stories, usually with a feminist slant! I tried serious historical fiction. Then I gave it up for some years as I needed to earn a living and didn’t have the time. I enjoy my work, but I love to write. It is a very important creative outlet for me, as my job, while it’s useful in promoting public health and very worthwhile, helping the public, doesn’t have any creative side.

I have also done light journalistic work, on women’s issues, but about 10 years ago I began to explore creative writing, and to try to write fiction again. I took a few classes, and then I started to write light historical fiction, and joined writers’ groups. Now I’ve chosen to write modern fiction and my new story The Lovers of the Road is the result. I am looking forward to its being published and to finding, I hope, some new fans.

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Mar 112015
 

hires_jp_08Jen: Today we’re excited to welcome Jess Michaels to Romancing the Book. Jess, will you share a short bio with us?
Jess: Jess Michaels has written 50 books under 3 names with multiple traditional publishers. She currently writes only erotic historical romance set in the Regency period and publishes independently. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her awesome husband and two little old lady cats.

 

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Mar 102015
 

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Highland Guard by Hannah Howell
Series: Murray Family (# 20)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell brings back the daring Murray family in a brand-new tale of dangerous love rekindled. . .

Lady Annys MacQueen has no other choice. The deception that enabled her to keep her lands safe is on the verge of being revealed by a cruel kinsman. To shield her young son from the sword and her people from devastation, she must turn to the one man she could never forget. . .

He lives for duty and honor. So the only way Sir Harcourt Murray could repay the laird who saved his life was to agree to father a child with Sir MacQueen’s wife. . .Lady Annys. Now the passion he still feels for the lovely strong-willed widow is as all-consuming and perilous as securing her lands. But to convince her that his love is forever real means confronting her most wrenching fears–and putting everything they treasure most at stake.

 

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