Jun 242016

Jen:  Today we welcome Janel Gradowski to Romancing the Book.  Janel, will you share a short bio with us?
Janel: Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life. She writes the Culinary Competition Mystery Series, along with The Bartonville Series (women’s fiction) and the 6:1 Series (flash fiction). She has also had many short stories published in both online and print publications.

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Jun 232016

Jen: Today we welcome Joanna Lowell to Romancing the Book. Joanna, will you share a short bio with us?
Joanna: Joanna Lowell divides her time between North Carolina and Vermont, where her family runs a small farm. Her love of books is rivaled only by her love of cows, particularly her brother’s wondrous Jersey, Blackberry.

You can get updates about Joanna Lowell and her books on Facebook.

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Joanna: Dark Season is a Victorian romance with Gothic atmosphere and a mystery subplot. I started writing with a sense of the hero and heroine and their conflicts. Isidore is a (gorgeous) viscount tortured by the guilt he feels at his fiancée’s death. Ella is a young woman who suffers from epilepsy; she’s on the run from her cousin, but more importantly, she’s on the run from who she is. The heart of the book is these two characters; they face each other’s demons and then find the strength to face their own. Everything else grew from there.

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Jun 222016

author photoToday we welcome Jamie Wesley to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to Jamie’s playlist for her newest release, The Deal with Love, let’s learn a little more about her.

Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her debut novel, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, was released by Entangled Publishing in 2014. She’s thrilled (and a little relieved) that this wasn’t her last book published.

She adores rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her college alma maters, visiting Walt Disney World, and keeping up with pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She’ll probably know the answer.

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Jun 212016

Tales of an Inept Traveller

In the time before border free travel in the European Union, my travelling companion and I decided to avail ourselves of the shuttle bus in the delightful Austrian ski town of Kitzbuhel.

We’d been on the road for a while and needed to take care of some personal chores, and there was a Laundromat in the main part of town, a three-minute bus ride away.

We loaded two backpacks with a substantial amount of laundry, and waited for the shuttle bus. And waited. And waited.

By the time it arrived, quite a crowd had built up, and, no offense to the lovely Austrian people, they have no clue about queuing etiquette.

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Jun 202016

How Secrets Die by Marta Perry
Series: Watcher in the Dark (# 3)
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: HQN
Pages:  385
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother’s sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can’t stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting’s top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate’s search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac’s protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.


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Jun 162016

KristiJen: Today we welcome Kristina Knight back to Romancing the Book. Kristina, will you share a short bio with us?
Kristina: Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Jun 152016

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she’s seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories.

A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid reader who also loves watching romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she’s busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.

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Jun 132016

Tamara Mataya Author PhotoToday we welcome Tamara Mataya to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to her top 5 list of writing influences, let’s learn a little more about Tamara and her newest release.

Tamara Mataya is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a librarian, and a musician with synesthesia. Armed with a name tag and a thin veneer of credibility, she takes great delight in recommending books and shushing people. She puts the ‘she’ in TWSS and the B in LGBTQIA+.

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Jun 032016

Megan TayteJen: Today we welcome Megan Tayte to Romancing the Book.  Megan, will you share a short bio with us?
Megan: Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in the village of Standish, Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

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Jun 022016



The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
Release Date:  February 9, 2016
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 276
Source: book provided by Tribute Books for review



Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac. Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week. Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own, propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.


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