Oct 092015

sohn cynthia 9518 (2)Jen: Today we welcome Cynthia Tennent to Romancing the Book. Cynthia, will you share a short bio with us?
Cynthia: Cynthia Tennent was the original book thief, stealing romance novels from underneath her mother’s bed when she was just twelve. As an adult, she grew serious and studied international relations, education, and other weighty matters while living all over the world. Always in search of happy endings, she rediscovered love stories and wrote her own when her daughters were napping. She lives in Michigan with her husband, three daughters, and her collie dog, Jack. Her first novel in the Truhart Series, A Wedding in Truhart,  was published September 29, 2015. It has been selected as a “Notable Romance” by Publisher’s Weekly for Fall 2015. Her next novel in the Truhart Series is Skinny Dipping Season (April 2016).

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Oct 082015


The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 355
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punchline. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?


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Oct 072015

Hope White’s Writer’s Space

I create fiction in my pale pink office, with a golden retriever at my feet and a gray cat squeezed between my laptop and the arm of my chair.   It can be a little crowded, but it’s warm for sure.

My writing chair and pets

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Oct 072015

Dark PursuitToday we welcome the authors of the upcoming anthology Dark Pursuit.  Each author has told us a little about their inspiration for their story in this anthology.


Tempted to Death by Jessica Jarman

Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted.

Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them.

But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature.

Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see.



I don’t know if you’d call it inspiration or not, but the idea of falling in love with a person who is something you’ve spent your life hunting has always been intriguing to me. Tara is a paranormal human, and Luca and Oliver have dedicated their lives to hunting paras. They’ve never had to question whether paras could be good or just not evil that needs to be eliminated.

So for them to fall for a woman who is both hunter and a para… Can they change, can they grow from the shoot-first-maybe-ask-questions-later mode they’ve always been in? That was the idea that sparked this whole story for me.


Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over my favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

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Oct 062015

IMG_0958 a-1Jen:  Today we welcome Tammy L. Grace to Romancing the Book.  Tammy will you share a short bio with us?
Tammy:  Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.  She’s the author of the Hometown Harbor Series and the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels.

When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

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Oct 062015

Elle James's DeskMY OFFICE
By Elle James

My office is on the second floor of my house in an odd shaped bedroom that fits it perfectly. I love the long wall of bookshelves that are brimming with my books, writing and research books, and books of other authors I love or hope to read when I have spare time on my hands. Ha! I’m fortunate to have a walk-in closet to store the boxes of books I receive from Harlequin, mailing supplies, my promotional items and old uniforms from my time in the military.

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Oct 052015

Keeping Score Elley Arden PhotoToday we welcome Elley Arden to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to her Top 5 List, let’s learn a little about Elley.

Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Elley writes books with charming characters, emotional stories, and sexy romance. For a complete list of Elley’s books and social media links, visit www.elleyarden.com.


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Oct 032015

The Rebel by Adrienne Giordano
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 240
Source: book provided by the publicist for review



A brilliant civil lawyer, David Hennings has always been the outsider; at odds with his wealthy family, shunning relationships, defying convention as a sexy leather-jacketed biker. Which is why sculptor Amanda LeBlanc agrees to his request to reconstruct a skull from a cold case murder. The instant heat between them is scorching.

But once Amanda takes the job and gets too close to the rebellious attorney, her carefully balanced life is upended by a series of methodical attacks. Someone doesn’t want her to finish the job. Now David will risk everything not to lose the woman he unknowingly put in jeopardy.


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Oct 022015

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London


Jen: Today we welceom Sabrina York as our first feature for HRR.  Sabrina will you share a short bio with us?
Sabrina: Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching contemporary/historical/fantasy romance.  Get updates, alerts and giveaway announcements from Sabrina here: http://eepurl.com/bj8tKb.

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Oct 012015

Self-publishing VS. Traditional Publishing

It’s an indie author’s dream to get that “Yes!” from an actual publisher.  In some ways, it serves to validate your work as an author.  Not that I don’t feel validated with each sale of my self-published works, but it’s just…different.  It’s like when you think your hair looks good and then some random stranger comes up and says, “Your hair is absolutely lovely.”  Validation.  Not that we need it, but it simply feels so good.

Touchy-feely stuff aside, the two have a lot of differences, but also some similarities.  As for the differences, I now have deadlines.  Oh, my, the deadlines.  At least in my case, the deadlines have not been unreasonable.  I’ve had plenty of time to reach each one with ease.  However, life can and does get in the way, so budgeting time is a must.  None of my usual, “oh, I can put that off until tomorrow or next week” nonsense I used to pull in my self-pub days.  A difference I love is that I no longer have to make my own covers (or pay someone an arm and a leg to create them for me).  It’s a big load off my shoulders, and my covers are gorgeous:


JJ 1 & 2 covers


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