Oct 262016
Photo by Jessica Coleman with Poetic Images Photography http://poeticimagesphotography.com/

Photo by Jessica Coleman with Poetic Images Photography

Jen:  Today we welcome Dana Volney to Romancing the Book.  Dana, will you share a short bio with us?
Dana: Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming, where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Splitting her time between telling sexy, fast-paced suspense stories and sweet holiday romances, she likes to try new adventures in real life whenever she can (which, let’s face it, means tasting all sorts of delicious cuisines). Dana is bold, adventurous, and—by her own admission—good with plants, having kept a dwarf lemon tree alive for six months.

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Oct 212016

5 Essentials of a Bull Rider Hero
Oh, goodie, my favorite kind of hero!



1. Once a bull rider, always a bull rider



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Oct 192016

author-photoJen: Today we welcome Jennifer Renson to Romancing the Book. Jennifer, will you share a short bio with us?
Jennifer: My name is Jennifer Renson, the author of young adult novel Carousel and three poetry books Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel, and Uncharted.

Writing is my passion and I hope to one day make it my full time career. Since graduating Monmouth University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations/Journalism and Minor in History I’ve been participating in Open Mic events throughout New Jersey, expanded my poetry into several themes and subjects including that of The Walking Dead, done book signings, written for Lost Treasure Magazine and attended conventions. Writing has been my life since childhood and I hope to inspire the world with my works. My works have gained positive reviews and I could not be more thankful for the support I continue to receive as I continue on this journey.

“There is no apology for passion.” –Jennifer Renson

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Oct 182016

suzanne-johnson-publicity-photoJen: Today we welcome Susannah Sandlin, AKA Suzanne Johnson, back to Romancing the Book. Susannah, will you share a short bio with us?
Susannah: Susannah Sandlin is a native of Winfield, Alabama, and has worked as a writer/editor in educational publishing in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. She spent most of her career in New Orleans, which helps explain her penchant for Cajun culture, Canadian French pop music, gators, and redneck reality TV. She also writes urban fantasy under the name Suzanne Johnson. Susannah can be found online at:

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Oct 172016

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

As a teenager in high school, one of my least favorite classes was History. All that memorization of dates, battles, and which president was known for what, bored me to tears. It was dry. It was boring. It was the best insomnia meds I’ve ever had.

The summer between my junior and senior year, I picked up a copy of Gone With the Wind. Now here was history worth reading. At first I skimmed over the battles, but then as I continued on with the book, I read more and more of the actual history contained in the story.

This book was about people. Those who lost loved ones, those who waited at home for a letter, for some indication that their husband, brother, father or son was still alive.

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Oct 132016

jodywallace500Jen:  Today we welcome Jody Wallace to Romancing the Book.  Jody, will you share a short bio with us?
Jody: Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and all around pain in the butt. She resides in Tennessee with one husband, two children, one Grandma, six cats, and a lot of junk.

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Oct 122016

Top 5 Things I Do When Procrastinating

I am an avid procrastinator. I avoid working on the things that require (no, demand) my immediate attention until the last possible moment. I procrastinate with a purpose. I am the laziest over-achiever you will ever meet. I conserve energy by procrastinating and lingering. My plots have time to marinate and to tumble through the endless maze of mind. I prefer to call my procrastination deep work, which is defined as “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.”

But the world calls me a procrastinator.

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Oct 072016

There’s something about puzzles. There’s just something inherently satisfying about the way the pieces fit together, that delightful click of mate finding mate, the reveal when you can finally see the full picture of what was previously just a handful of color-splotched cardboard.

It’s the same way with a great mystery. When you sink into one, the rest of the world narrows down to these little clues the writer drops along the way to the conclusion. You collect them, keep them tucked in your pocket or pull them out to let them slot together. Then that final missing piece settles into its spot and it all makes sense.

To do this, to give that experience to the reader for One Step Behind, I had to give up my status as a die-hard pantser and embrace the plotter lifestyle.

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Oct 062016

profilepicJen: Today we welcome Samantha A. Cole to Romancing the Book. Samantha, will you share a short bio with us?
Samantha: Samantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who has started a third career as an author. She has lived her entire life in the suburbs of New York City and has plans to become a ‘snow-bird’ between New York and Florida. Her two dogs, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their ‘mom’ to take a break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, of course with them in tow.

An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens.

Samantha is continuing to work on the Trident Security series as well as the Malone Brothers series. She also has a few other stand-alone books in progress.

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Oct 052016

Today we welcome Rebecca Brooks to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to Rebecca’s “Top 5 Places I Want to Visit”, let’s learn a little more about her and her newest release.

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind in order to try something new—and find the passion, excitement, and purpose they didn’t even know they’d been missing.

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