Aug 282015

Hi everyone!  Julie Ann Walker here, tickled pink to be back on Romancing the Book and talking about my upcoming title, the eight in the Black Knights Inc. series, TOO HARD TO HANDLE.

Now, we all know what to expect in a romantic suspense novel, right?  There will be action and adventure, daring and danger, romance and sssssteamy sexy times.  And red-hot alpha men who have really big…  Guns!  I was going to say “guns”, I swear!  *wink*  But what doesn’t immediately come to mind when the phrase “romantic suspense” gets bandied about are the kickbutt women between the covers of the books.  And I’m here today, standing proud and saying loud that “I LOVE A BADASS BROAD!”

Which is probably why I write them.

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Aug 272015

profilepicJen:  Today we welcome Amy Stearman to Romancing the Book.  Amy, will you share a short bio with us?
Amy:  Amy Stearman is an avid reader and writer of stories, hailing from the Midwest. She lives in the liberal mecca of Kansas with her husband, young son, and ornery Sheltie.

Amy holds her bachelors degrees in Human Services and Victim Studies, and a Masters degree in Social Work. That might sound pretty cool, but she accidentally ended up in marketing.

When she’s not chasing her four year old or attempting DIY home improvement, she’s jotting down story ideas and dreaming big.

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Aug 262015

Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
Series: Lakeshore Chronicles (# 11)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 382
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs sweeps readers away to a sun-drenched summer on the shores of Willow Lake in a stunning tale of the delicate ties that bind a family together… and the secrets that tear them apart…

When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted, lakeside estate of Avalon’s renowned Bellamy family, she’s intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her stubborn and difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancée.

The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet strong-willed caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice’s accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.


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Aug 212015


Maeve GraysonJen:  Today we welcome Maeve Greyson to Romancing the Book.  Maeve, will you share a short bio with us?
Maeve:  No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them. That’s been Maeve Greyson’s mantra since she was a girl. When she’s not at the full time day job at the steel mill, Maeve’s writing romances about sexy Highlanders and the women who tame them. Tucked away in a five acre wood, Maeve listens to the wind singing through the trees and hears her characters telling their stories. Her work is proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper, and her greatest supporter is her long suffering husband of over thirty-five years who’s learned not to throw away any odd sticky notes filled with strange phrases.

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Aug 202015

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The Fraternity of the Soul Eater by Scott A. Lerner
Series: Samuel Roberts Thriller (# 3)
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 218
Source: book provided by Tribute Books for review



It’s been a while since Samuel Roberts was called upon to save mankind, and he’s getting restless. His girlfriend Susan thinks he’s a danger junkie, and he’s worried he has a hero complex. He’s back to his usual small-town lawyerly duties in Champaign-Urbana, handling divorces and helping people beat DUI raps. But then a young fraternity pledge calls. During an initiation ceremony he witnessed the live sacrifice of a young woman, but he had so much alcohol in his system that no one believes him. Except Sam. Lately Egyptian lore has been creeping into his life, his dreams, and his movie preferences, and he’s pretty sure he knows why. Evil is knocking on his door again.

Is the call welcome? Why can’t Sam be satisfied with his comfortable legal practice and gorgeous redheaded girlfriend? Maybe it’s because he knows that, as inadequate as he may feel to the task, he and his friend Bob may be humanity’s only hope against ancient supernatural forces combined with modern genetic engineering. Come hell or high water. Or in this case, the underworld or subterranean pyramids.

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is the third book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons.


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Aug 192015

Jen:  Today we welcome Anita Kidesu to Romancing the Book.  Anita, will you share a short bio with us?
Anita:  Anita Kidesu has been writing for only a few years, although she’s been an avid reader of romance since her teens. Four years ago she attended a romance convention as a reader. A deeply-planted seed she didn’t realize she had  to write romance, started to grow. The second and third years, Anita went as an aspiring author. This year she went to the convention as a published author.

Anita has her Masters’ Degree from a Wisconsin University, works full-time in Southern Wisconsin, and squeezes in her writing during breaks and after work. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike, bike, and spend time with her family and friends. She is working on another book and short story for The Wild Rose Press.

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Aug 182015

Fact in Fantasy: How the Real World Inspires Paranormal Romance

Ever wonder where paranormal romance authors get their inspiration? Surely we make it all up, right? Tales of strange creatures and humans with extraordinary powers can’t have a basis in reality. But the weirdest part of paranormal romance (and similar genres, like fantasy) is that we authors often take our inspiration from truth. Consider my Reborn series.

Anyone who knows me understands I nurse an addiction to anything ancient Egyptian. I own two pairs of Egypt-themed earrings, ankhs and scarabs. The ankh was the ancient Egyptian cross, a symbol of life, and scarabs are dung beetles, a powerful symbol of rebirth. Mummies often had scarab amulets hidden in their wrappings, and ankhs would appear on their coffins or tomb decorations. The heretic pharaoh Akhenaten had his name scratched off monuments after his death, because he dared to worship one god (or one aspect of the gods, if you prefer) instead of the entire pantheon known throughout Egypt’s ancient history. To the Egyptians, erasing a person’s name condemned his soul. They also believed the soul needed a mummy because it would walk the living world in the daytime, returning to its mummified remains at sunset, for the arduous nightly journey through the underworld.

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Aug 172015

KatherineLEvansHeadshotJen: Today we welcome Katherine L Evans to Romancing the Book.  Katherine will you share a short bio with us?
Katherine: I majored in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and went on to work as a marketing specialist. I’ve been a writer in some form or fashion since as long as I can remember, but I first started writing fiction in the summer of 2014 in the aftermath of several tragic events in my personal life. Fiction writing has proved to be an excellent outlet to deal with the complex nature of my feelings about my life experiences.

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Aug 142015


Sorrow Lake by Michael J. McCann
Series: March and Walker (# 1)
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Publisher: The Plaid Raccoon Press
Pages: 316
Source: Book provided by Tribute Books for review



Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer’s field in rural eastern Ontario. Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover that the victim had a dark secret–one that may endanger others in the community as well. For young and enthusiastic Detective Constable Kevin Walker, the chance to work with Ellie March is an honour, until the situation turns ugly and unexpected betrayal threatens to destroy his promising career.


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Aug 122015

Starry Knight by Nina Mason
Series:  The Knights of Avalon (# 1)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages: 250
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumored to be stalking the dungeons—a vampire Vanessa is determined to find. She’ll just have to get past the resident shape-shifter…

Callum Lyon is the gorgeous reclusive astrologer and faery knight who guards the castle. For free-spirited Vanessa, seducing him proves to be easy. After all, he was once a breeding drone to a Queen. But astrologically, their differences are harder to overcome. Will Vanessa’s mission—and Callum’s secrets—be more than their burgeoning love can take? Or will flesh—and blood—win over the ghosts that haunt them both?


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