Jul 272015

AliciaHunterPaceJen: Please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Alicia: USA Today best-selling authors Stephanie Jones and Jean Hovey write together as Alicia Hunter Pace. Redeeming Rafe is their ninth contemporary romantic comedy set in the South. They are both native Alabamians and share a love of football, hockey, and old houses. Stephanie teaches elementary school and Jean, a former librarian, is a billet mom during the junior hockey season. Stephanie and Jean are both active members of the Heart of Dixie Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Visit them on their website www.aliciahunterpace.com, on Facebook and  on Twitter.  Subscribe to their newsletter http://aliciahunterpace.us3.listmanage.com/subscribe?u=8dee88167294a57b8b340f8e7&id=2054b7cbe8


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Jul 242015

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RoniLorenAuthorHeadshot2Today we welcome Roni Loren to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to her Top 5 List, let’s learn a little more about Roni.

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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Jul 212015

Jen:  Today we welcome Jasmine Hill to Romancing the Book.  Jasmine, will you share a short bio with us?
Jasmine:  Jasmine was born in Australia and grew up in Sydney. She currently lives in Madrid, Spain with her husband.

She adores reading all genres but in particular she enjoys erotic romance novels and thrillers.

Jasmine loves writing and is always looking for new ideas for stories that will provoke inner passions, stimulate the senses and ignite the imagination.

Her interests include cooking, traveling, yoga and skiing.

She has won some short story competitions and is now excited to have started publishing her erotic romance stories through Totally Bound Publishing.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Totally Bound | Amazon


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Jul 172015


Today we are spotlighting Rachel’s Consequences series.  The Consequence of Loving Colton released in April and was followed up in June with The Consequence of Revenge.  Sit back and enjoy this spotlight and then enter our anniversary contest.



The Consequences of Loving Colton was sexy, uplifting, and as funny as it was passionate. A must read!” — New York Times Bestselling Author, Melissa Foster

Just when you think Van Dyken can’t possibly get any better, she goes and delivers The Consequence of Loving Colton. Full of longing and breathless moments, this is what romance is about.  — USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Layne

“The tension between Milo and Colton made this story impossible to put down. Quick, sexy, witty–easily one of my favorite books from Rachel Van Dyken.” — USA Today Bestselling Author R.S. Grey

RVD never ceases to amaze me with her way with words. The witty banter and amazing chemistry between the characters kept me reading long after my bedtime, unable to put it down until I finished. Absolutely loved every sleepless minute! —- Erin Noelle




“Have you been sexually active in the past six months?” The doctor sniffed and started pulling out supplies, laying them across the table. I watched in horror as visions of getting abducted by aliens danced like sugarplums in my head.

People die from fear.

It could happen.

I read stories where people would just spontaneously combust.

And it was about to happen if the heat in my body and all-around shaking were any indicator.

“I have to—” Jason ran toward the door and slammed it behind him.

“Weak stomach?” The doctor chuckled.

“He’s afraid of my nakedness—makes him feel like less of a man.”

“O-okay.” The doctor laughed again and motioned for me to turn around. “Now, drop your pants to your knees.”

Let it be known that no man. NO MAN should ever hear those words from someone who could pass as his great-grandfather.

The cold air bit my ass as I turned and waited.

“Now, bend over.”


I did as he said, cursing Jason and all his future children.

“Now, this may be cold.”

Just let it be small.

“And a bit painful, it’s totally normal to experience some discomfort.”

“Ha-ha.” I laughed dryly. “Guess we know what it means if it’s comfortable, am I right, Doc?”

And silence.

Worst thing to say when you have your pants at your ankles and the doctor’s about two seconds away from making you see stars. Where were the drugs?

“Now try not to tense up.”

Ha, seriously?

“Here we go.”

Oh. God. Did he need to count down?

“Turn your head and—cough.”

“Mother of God!” I shouted, hitting my hands against the metal table as the doctor made his intentions perfectly clear.

“Cough!” he shouted.

“Stop yelling at me!”

“I’m not yelling!”

“I want to go home now.”

“Almost done!” The doctor laughed uncomfortably.

I choked when he removed his digits from my special place. I had one of those moments, the kind where you feel so used you’re not sure whether you should cry or laugh.

“All right! You can put your pants back on.”

I felt ashamed. Like I’d just been screwed and not even offered dinner for my gallant efforts in the bedroom. Holy shit, was this what girls felt like after one-night stands?

Where the hell were my flowers?

At least give me a sucker or something . . . maybe a sticker? Saying I got . . . never mind. Those types of stickers were probably illegal.

“Now.” The doc took off his gloves and washed his hands.


He put on a new pair.

And the torture train just kept tooting.

Ha, tooting, see, it’s funny because . . . never mind.

“I’ll just need to draw some blood.” He pulled out a giant-ass needle and I had one of those moments that I’m sure every five-year-old experiences right before his mom holds him down while he gets a needle in the ass.


“This won’t hurt a bit.” He laughed nervously.


I winced as he pricked my arm and started drawing blood. His lips were moving but I wasn’t really catching anything.

“All donnne.” His voice was low. Why was he talking so slow?

“Youuu cannn gooo noowww.”

I shook my head and tried to go to the door but was met with total blackness before I took two steps.

The last thought in my head?

I was trapped in a room with a man who’d just seen my Mighty Max. I hoped to God he hadn’t liked it.

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Jul 162015



I get asked all the time about my research for my mafia books…I don’t think people really understand how crazy it can get or how interesting. It’s funny because readers always ask how I come up with certain ideas in my mafia books and I’m like well its historical, this REALLY happened. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. The following are some of my favorite facts I’ve discovered in my research. Enjoy!

5 Things I learned while writing Mafia Books

1. The mafia started for good reasons, legit reasons that to this day make total sense to me. The Italian mafia can trace it’s roots back to Sicily and in an effort to protect themselves from invaders, a group of men also known as mafioso banded together to protect their land and people, as time progressed some of these groups formed small armies and later on used extortion from the local people in order to fund themselves i.e., they made people pay for protection.

2. I wrote about a female mafia boss, to my knowledge there IS only one in existence (at least last I checked) and her part of the city/country is actually the best ran in the entire crime network. Go figure. (My friend who actually visited this part of the world told me the streets were the cleanest she’d ever seen!)

3. Blood is…everything. I’d always thought of the mafia as a organized gang, when instead it really is all about blood. I don’t care how good you are what you do, if you aren’t blood, you are nothing. Family is everything.

4. Although it can be argued that organized crime families have no moral compass, I think people would be interested to know that one of the number one rules of the Italian mafia is NEVER to look at another man’s wife.

5. The only way out is death. I thought this was exaggerated. I was wrong. You can’t just join the mafia for kicks and you can’t just quit when you feel like it. This isn’t a club, it’a s lifestyle, and according to my sources, many countries overseas are still heavily led by the mafia.

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Jul 142015


If you’re a fan of Rachel Van Dyken’s Seaside or Ruin series then you may have been anticipating the upcoming release of Capture, the first book in her new Seaside Pictures series.  Thanks to Rachel, we have a little sneak peak at this book which is scheduled to release on August 20, 2015.


Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.

But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.

Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.

And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.

But that doesn’t change the fact their parents are dead.

Or that it’s her fault.

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.

That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.

He’s gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.

But that doesn’t stop her from wondering…if things were different…would he want her?

If she was whole, would he be the other half?


Rachel has given us a short excerpt from Capture.  Enjoy!

“So,” Zane moved around the island and poured another cup of coffee then brought it over to me. “I hear you’re Lincolns new assistant. I hope he’s not being an ass.”

I held up my hand and moved it as if to say so so.

Zane’s laugh was soft, he gripped his ceramic mug tightly the muscles in his tatted forearms flexing.

Meanwhile my phone kept buzzing.

“Yeah well,” Zane lifted the cup to his mouth and drank then set it back down. “I’m sure you’re more of a handful than you let on.”

I smiled at that.

An angry knock pounded against the door and then it nearly burst free from the hinges as Lincoln came stalking in like he was ready to tear someone apart.

“What the hell!” He roared. “Dani, I thought you’d been kidnapped or something. I texted, I called three times, I had to look for the damn hide a key, it rekad me out! Don’t ever—“ he stopped yelling and glanced at Zane then without a word stalked towards him.

“Saint?” He said it like a growl, his fists clenched tightly.

Zane looked up over his coffee cup and smirked. “Mother.”

The next thing I knew, the coffee cup shattered against the counter as Lincoln punched Zane in the few. Twice.

I scrambled towards them, not sure what I could do to actualy stop the two massive beasts and their caveman ways, but worried about blood getting on the carpet.

The  minute I reached them, Lincoln got up, dusted his jeans off then held his hand out for Zane.

“Thanks man.” Zane grinned.

“Yeah well,” Linc ran his hands through his thick hair. “You knew you had it coming.”

“True.” Zane winced as he dabbed his lip with his finger. “But could you have at least taken your ring off first?”

“Next time.” Lincoln nodded seriously.

“Awesome.” Zane groaned then stole my coffee and took a slow sip. My jaw went slack. Were they friends? Enemies?

“You ready, Dani?” Lincoln popped his knuckles.

I frowned then threw my  hands up into the air like as if to say what the heck!

“Don’t worry about it, coffee girl.” Zane winked. “Just old business that needed settling, isn’t that right Linc?”

“Yup.” Lincoln reached for my purse and a jacket then grabbed a cap.

“Wow, never thought I’d see the day.” Zane said under his breath.

“What was that?” Linc snapped.

“It’s going to be a beautiful day.” Zane smiled in my direction then when Linc turned back around to open the door he winked.


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Jul 102015

BarbDrozdowichPicSmallerJen: Today we welcome author and fellow book blogger Barb Drozdowich to Romancing the Book.  Barb, will you tell us about your latest release?
Barb: Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Colleges and Universities, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular Romance Book blog, Sugarbeat’s Books. Barb is the author of 6 books.

She and her family live in beautiful British Columbia.

Barb can be found:
Bakerview Consulting (Business Site) http://bakerviewconsulting.com
Barb Drozdowich (Author Site) http://barbdrozdowich.com
Sugarbeat’s Books (Book Blog) http://sugarbeatsbooks.com
Facebook(Author blog) https://www.facebook.com/BarbDrozdowichAuthor
Twitter http://twitter.com/sugarbeatbc
Google+ https://plus.google.com/110824499539694941768
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSgVt36XlVAHWj5dkSd0Zyw
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/sugarbeatsbook


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Jul 092015


MaggieJen:  Today we welcome Maggie McGinnis to Romancing the Book.  Maggie, will you share a short bio with us?
Maggie:  Maggie McGinnis is a USA Today bestselling author and Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She writes sweet romances set in Montana and Vermont, and feels extremely fortunate that through her books, she gets to fall in love every single day. She’s a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn’t an author, she’d totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It’s probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?

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Jul 082015

Schwab-AuthorPicJen: Today we welcome Sandra Schwab to Romancing the Book.  Sandra, will you share a short bio with us?
Sandra: First of all: Thank you so much for having me! Here’s my official, in-the-back-of-each-book bio: Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel The Lily Brand in 2005 she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances.

She holds a PhD in English literature and lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.

You can find her online at: www.sandraschwab.com

Or chat with her on Twitter: @ScribblingSandy

Sign up for her newsletter to receive a free copy of the novella A Tangled Web: http://eepurl.com/xqyU1


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Jul 062015


Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe
Series: A Medicine River Romance (# 2)
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 326
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.

Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact.


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