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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Sep 292015

JNissensonphotoJen:  Today we welcome Janet Nissenson to Romancing the Book.  Janet, will you share a short bio with us?
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first book in the Inevitable Series –  Serendipity – published in December 2013.  The series will include six full length, standalone novels plus additional novellas.

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Sep 222015


Sinful Desire by Lauren Blakely
Series: Sinful Nights (# 2)
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: self published
Pages: 396
Source: Book provided by the author for review



Control. It’s what Ryan Sloan values most. Control of his business, control of his secrets, control of his days and nights. With the way his life spiraled in the past, he needs to stay in charge of his present. Giving up control. It’s what Sophie Winston craves. After a wildly successful career, she’s stepped away from the business world and is now focused on her work as her city’s most noted philanthropist. When she meets Ryan Sloan, the chemistry is scorching, and utterly undeniable. Their desire for each other runs red hot. He wants everything she’s willing to give him in bed, and she wants him to take her to new heights as only he can. Soon, he has to have more. All of her — heart, mind and body. The only trouble is, he hasn’t been honest about how he met her and the dangerous connection he has to her brother. When the truth is revealed, he’ll have to give more of himself than he’s bargained for or risk losing the only woman he’s ever let into his heart.


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Sep 172015

Top Five Desert Honeymoon Survival Kit by Nancy J. Cohen

If you intend to honeymoon at a desert dude ranch like Marla and Dalton Vail in Peril by Ponytail, be sure to bring along these essentials. Especially if you’re coming from a more humid climate, you should plan for a period of acclimation once you arrive. Marla, being a Floridian, wasn’t prepared for the dryness. On her honeymoon, when she wanted her hair and skin to shine for her new husband, chapped lips and unruly hair due to static electricity were less than desirable. She quickly learned what was needed and picked up the necessities in town. You’ll be better prepared if you pack these goods before you get on your flight.

Bikini—You thought the desert doesn’t have fresh water? Resorts have swimming pools, and you’ll want to remind your husband with your skimpy swimwear what’s waiting for him back in the hotel room. If you need to focus his attention even more, flash a smile at those sexy wranglers over by the corral.

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Sep 152015

Keeping Historic Heroines Real
By Mysti Parker

Women today have more freedom than ever before. Contemporary fiction is chock full of strong, independent heroines. They enjoy work, sex, and cold beer. They’re tough as any man. Historical heroines can be just as independent and tough, right?

The answer is yes…but only to a certain point. You have to keep in mind the limitations that were imposed on women depending on the time period. To illustrate, let’s think about your typical mid-1800’s woman.

Women were expected to reside within the “Cult of True Womanhood,” a societal view with four cardinal virtues: piety, purity, domesticity, and submissiveness. Any deviation from those virtues marred a woman’s reputation. Ingrained views of how women and men were biologically different were encouraged by Charles Darwin’s theory of “biological determinism.” This theory suggested that biology determined behavior. That particular belief has been used as an excuse for many societal prejudices, but in the case of women vs. men, these are the supposed innate differences:

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Sep 112015

Decadent KaneJen: Today we welcome Decadent Kane to Romancing the Book. Decadent, will you please share a short bio with us?
Decadent: Decadent Kane, author of the trouble with elves series, writes paranormal romance with heat. She lives in Wyoming with a full house: 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 guinea pig, 1 rat, 2 kids, and 1 fiance.

An elfess in human form, Decadent enjoys dipping her fingers into the human realm where she took pen to paper and began the tales of the trouble with elves. Her obsessions include reading, Dean Winchester, and honey.

She will devour your soul with glimpses of the feral ridden drow elves, with their dark skin and soul consuming. She’ll sneak morsels of naughty thoughts to you via goblins, and seduce you into stepping inside the elven realm where females disappear when lust takes over among other elfish troubles.
Beware the sprites.

Follow the wisps.

But never look a drow elf king in the eyes…

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Sep 082015

Victoria BlisseJen:  Today we welcome Victoria Blisse to Romancing the Book.  Victoria,  will you share a short bio with us?
Victoria:  Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and award winning erotica author. She is also the editor of several Bigger Briefs collections, and the co-editor of the fabulous Smut Alfresco, Smut in the City and Smut by the Sea Anthologies.

Victoria is also one of the brains behind the fabulous Smut events, days dedicated to erotica, fun and prizes. Check out http://facebook.com/smut.uk for more details.

She is equally at home behind a laptop or a cooker and she loves to create stories, poems, cakes and biscuits that make people happy. She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories.

Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her busy life.

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Sep 072015

Top 5 List of Places I Go For Writing Inspiration from Becky Lower

I’m inspired by American history and how events, both large and small, shaped this nation into what it is today. Even when I’m writing a contemporary, I try to sneak a bit of history into the story. Most of my travels are centered around which historic sites I can hit along the way. For me, it’s not the destination, but the journey.

1) Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in California. This tops my list, and I’m dying to get back to it. Jedediah is the reason I decided to learn the craft of writing. I watched a History Channel show on his life, which was filled to the brim with adventure and danger. At the end of the show, Jedediah wandered off into the desert and was never heard from again. I didn’t like the way his life ended, and came up with a scenario I liked much better. My story has been written and rewritten five or six times, and even won an RWA-sponsored contest. But it’s not done yet. Hence the need for another trip.

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