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 252015

Jen:  Today we welcome Helena Maeve to Romancing the Book.  Helena, will you share a short bio with us?
Helena: Helena Maeve has always been globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. When she isn’t writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.





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Aug 242015

Ellen ButlerI’d like to begin by thanking Jen at Romancing the Book for having me. I always enjoy reaching out to new readers. For you Romancing the Book fans, I’ve decided to share my Top 5 Places to Visit Before I Kick the Bucket. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a number of fabulous cities here in the United States as well as internationally, but there are still a number of places and wonders of the world I would love to see.

Top 5 Places I Need to Visit Before Heading to the Big Spa in the Sky

5.  Portland, Oregon – I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest, and I have relatives who live there. (I know, shame on me.) So, Portland will hopefully happen sooner rather than later.

4.  Hawaii – I’m addicted to the HGTV show Hawaii Life. Each week I jealously watch strangers purchase half-million dollar shoeboxes and I want to be them. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to spend a few weeks in paradise, much less the rest of their lives?

3.  Amsterdam – When I was in grad school I bypassed a chance to spend a semester in the Netherlands in order to graduate early. Yup, you guessed it, one of the biggest regrets of my life. What was I thinking? I’ve traveled all over Europe but still haven’t gotten to Amsterdam. Now it’s a nagging little voice in the back of my head that I’d love check off the bucket list.

2.  Argentina – When my father was a child he spent his childhood years growing up in Buenos Aires, and a few years ago he returned for a visit. The stories I grew up with, along with the photos from his recent trip,make me long to see the Spanish-style architecture and embrace the laid-back culture. Long live tango!

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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 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 112015

Kait GambleJen:  Today we welcome Kait Gamble to Romancing the Book.  Kait, will you share a short bio with us?
Kait:  Kait, having been afflicted with wanderlust at a young age, has travelled three continents and has the other four on her buckle list (yes, even Antarctica). Until she can see them all, she writes romances that take readers to far flung locales, often to places she’s been or hopes to one day go. For now, she’s settled in England where she spends most of her time plotting, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.

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Aug 062015

author poicJen: Today we welcome Amanda Mariel to Romancing the Book.  Amanda, will you share a short bio with us?
Amanda: Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.

Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Aug 052015


The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers (# 2)
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by the publisher for review


Beck O’ckley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own. 


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