Aug 242016

Accountant Romance Heroes Can Be Fun

When I first began writing romance, one of my early stories involved a hero who was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I entered the first three chapters of the manuscript in the Golden Hearts contest and sat back to await the phone call telling me I’d placed in the finals.

Alas, it never happened. Instead, I received back several copies of the manuscript covered with various suggestions and critiques, as this was in the days when you had to send physical copies of the first chapters of the manuscript. The comment that really shocked me read: “I am so tired of heroes who are from the FBI or CIA.”

The CIA? There wasn’t a single mention of the FBI, or the CIA, or spies, or any kind of criminality in my manuscript. I wondered if the judge had even read the story! After all, I had made it plain that he was an accountant, the kind who possessed advanced certification and usually operated out of his own office.

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Aug 192016


Top 5 Wedding Must-haves That You Don’t Need

The possibilities when planning a wedding are endless. If you want to get married underwater or while skydiving, it can be arranged. No doubt you could get married in the Shire from Lord of the Rings if you were so inclined. All it takes is money, money, and more money.

Brides tend to go a little crazy when they begin creating their perfect day, and the budget can easily dip into the tens of thousands of dollars. So here are my top five must-haves that you don’t actually need. Let me clarify, want and need aren’t the same thing.

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Aug 162016

Today we welcome Lucy Woodhull to Romancing the Book.  She’s celebrating today’s release of 667 WAYS TO F*CK UP MY LIFE with a playlist and contest.  Lucy, welcome to the blog.

I have always loved le steamy romance. And laughing. And both things at the same time, although that can get awkward. My motto is “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you’ll short-circuit your Kindle.” That’s why I write funny books, because goodness knows we all need to escape the real world once in a while. I believe in red lipstick, equality, and the interrobang. Hailing from Southern California, I daydream with my husband and the ghost of a very fat cat who doesn’t like you.

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Aug 122016

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For the Love of the Wicked Rake

Those of us who love our bad boy heroes really love them, don’t we? Now, don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate a soft-spoken beta hero with soulful eyes, but more often than not I find myself flipping through the pages for the alphas—the wicked aristocratic rake, the dominant billionaire, the hard-bodied Navy Seal or the arrogant sports star.

But thanks to my fellow alpha junkies, I know I’m not alone in my madness.

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Aug 092016

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles (# 1)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 448
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.


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Aug 072016

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cat resizedjpegJen: Our last guest of our anniversary celebration with Entangled Publishing is Cathryn Fox. Cathryn, will you share a short bio with us?
Cathryn: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband.

She has a free book available by visiting her website and if you’re interested in joining we’d LOVE to have you. We have a lot of fun over there, and lots of special prizes and contests for my lovely FOXY ladies!

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Aug 072016

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© 2015 | Kristina Sherk Photography

Jen: It’s our last day of our anniversary party and we’d like to welcome Alison Aimes to Romancing the Book. Alison, will you share a short bio with us?
Alison: Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy, sci-fi romance Condemned series as well as the sizzling, contemporary romance Billionaire’s Revenge series. A romance fanatic with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all-over-the-map kind of woman with a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.

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Aug 042016

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Robin-in-velvet-pastel-haze-620Jen: It’s day five of our anniversary celebration with Entangled Publishing.  Today we’re welcoming Robin Bielman to Romancing the Book.  Robin, will you share a short bio with us?
Robin: Hi everyone! I’m Robin Bielman. I write feel-good, sexy contemporary romances that I hope leave a smile on readers’ faces. When I’m not attached to my laptop, I can almost always be found with my nose in a book. I love to go on adventures, too, and most recently crossed skydiving and kayaking off my bucket list. In my spare time I also like to put my treadmill to good use while watching my favorite TV shows (UnReal and Killjoys are current faves!), take hikes with my high school sweetheart hubby, indulge my sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with my cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

I live in Southern California and the beach is my favorite place for fun and inspiration. I dream of traveling to faraway places, and I love to connect with readers. There’s a few ways we can keep in touch:

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Aug 032016

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AJ Pine_Author PhotoJen:  It’s day four of our celebration of Entangled Publishing and one of today’s guests is A.J. Pine.  A.J., will you share a short bio with us?
A.J.: AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—author she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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Aug 012016

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No Falling Allowed by Melissa West
Series: No Kissing Allowed (# 2)
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 230
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



My life just went South…

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.




Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…


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