Jan 192015
 

Jen: Today we welcome Josie Litton to Romancing the Book.  Josie, will you share a short bio with us?
Josie: Josie Litton is the author of several NY Times and USA Today bestselling romances. She’s been hooked on love stories since she was twelve years old and stumbled across a cache of Harlequins just waiting to be read under the covers with a flashlight.

Married and living in Connecticut, she is the parent of two grown children. Becoming an empty nester has left her plenty of time to write, think about writing, plan what to write next, and read. When she isn’t doing that, she’s cooking, gardening, and traveling.

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Jan 162015
 

Jen: Today we welcome Liana Brooks to Romancing the Book. Liana, will you share a short bio with us?
Liana: Liana Brooks would like to SCUBA dive Europa (that moon around Jupiter), but with the NASA shuttle program shut down she’s resorted to writing science fiction instead. She likes southern beaches, warm weather, sharks, and striped socks.

Her superhero romance series started with EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE and continues with EVEN VILLAINS GO TO THE MOVIES and EVEN VILLAINS HAVE INTERNS. For those who prefer their romance without a side order of spandex she’s written PRIME SENSATIONS (part of the Tales From the SFR Brigades anthology) and FEY LIGHTS.

You can find Liana on the web at www.lianabrooks.com, on Twitter as @LianaBrooks, or on Facebook.

 

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Jan 152015
 

Charisma Knight lives in the Maryland area with her husband and youngest daughter.

A lover and writer of erotic romance/erotica, she writes in genres ranging from contemporary, science fiction, paranormal, and futuristic. She’s also a book cover artist and aspiring web designer.

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Jan 142015
 

Me - Ashford Aug 2014Jen: Please help me welcome Rachel Brimble back to Romancing the Book. Rachel, will you share a short bio with us?
Rachel: Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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Jan 122015
 

2014-06-01_17_26_471Jen:  Today we welcome Crystal Perkins to Romancing the Book.  Crystal, will you share a short bio with us?
Crystal:  Crystal Perkins has always been a big reader, but she never thought she would write her own book, until she did. She lives in Las Vegas, where you can find her running author events and selling books at conventions when she isn’t reading, buying too many Sherlock t-shirts online or finding a place to put all of her Pop! figurines. A mac and cheese connoisseur, she travels the country looking for the perfect version, while attending book conventions and signings as a cover for her research. Her first series, The Griffin Brothers, came out in 2014 and all of the books were international bestsellers.

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Jan 072015
 

Best 7 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers

Happy New Year!  Did you ever wonder what inspires your favorite writers? What propels them through the entire first draft of your most-loved novels? How many drafts of that novel they write before submitting it for publication? What about all the tips and tricks for querying and pitching the Holy Grail – that final, highly polished manuscript that has taken months or even years of our lives to write?

Every writer has her own magic formula. Here’s mine:

  • The Outline: Some people hate them. Others love them. I’ve found a traditional outline really speeds up my writing. I start each chapter with a Roman Numeral. Then I hash out (A) Setting, (B) Characters, (C) Main Plot Points (in subsets of i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), the (D) Goal of that chapter, and the (E) Cliffhanger or Transition to next chapter. Continue reading »






Jan 052015
 

A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis
Release Date:  June 18, 2014
Publisher:  Ocean Street Press
Pages: 232
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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As I walked out under the Los Angeles sky, the possibility of becoming something more than a short order cook, living in the valley, and resenting my dysfunctional family occurred to me…

A young man, torn between two women, struggles to find his way in the world in Michael D. Dennis’s touching new novel, A Native’s Tongue.

Charlie Winters is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.

Soon Charlie finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship with an older woman who still fails to fill the void within him.

But then he meets Jennifer, whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her—even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles.

Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA.

It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.

 

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Jan 022015
 

Jen: We’re back with a new year and  resume guest visits to Romancing the Book. We kick off 12015 with a visit from Iyana Jenna. Iyana, will you share a short bio with us?
Iyana: Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie Dog Fiction.

Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has three of them. Their names are Cil, Horus, and Betsy, and one kitten. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

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Nov 282014
 

anne bartonJen: Today we welcome Anne Barton to Romancing the Book. Anne, will you share a short bio with us?
Anne: Anne Barton started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

You can visit Anne on her website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

 

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Nov 262014
 

Jessica Scott1Jen:  Today we welcome Jessica Scott to Romancing the Book.  Jessica, will you share  short bio with us?
Jessica:  USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She’s also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, IAVA and most recently, War on the Rocks. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

She’s pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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