Dec 082016

Top 5 Favorite Dance Memories

In THE SWEET SPOT, heroine Helen Anne Reed realizes she hasn’t danced since her wedding more than a decade ago. Since then, she’s been inundated with life’s sobering moments—a bitter divorce, raising her daughter on her own, struggling to make her business a success, and her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She doesn’t have much to dance about until baseball player and former ballroom dancer Giovanni Caceres shows up. Helen Anne made me think about my life and the times I’ve had the chance to dance. I’m happy to say I have many memories involving the dance floor. Here are my top five:

  1. In a photo box, there’s a grainy, faded photograph of a line of dancers dressed in red and white striped tutus with their arms raised and their toes pointed. In the middle of the photograph is a tiny little girl—by far the smallest on the stage. She’s looking down at her feet, trying her best to remember the steps to the routine. The little girl is four-year-old me, and she’s dancing in her spring recital to “Peppermint Candy Canes.” That was forty years ago, and to this day, my aunt can still sing the song word for word.
  2. When I was in eighth grade, I sprained my wrist in the diocesan soccer playoffs, which meant I had to wear a brace for our end-of-year festivities, including my first boy-girl dance. But that didn’t stop me from awkwardly and stiffly dancing with my then boyfriend. (The bandaged arm between our bodies was probably a relief to my parents, who were chaperoning.) Continue reading »

Dec 022016

waterfront-book-festival-with-mitzi-szereto-and-teddy-tedaloo-copyJen:  Today we welcome Mitzi Szereto to Romancing the Book.  Mitzi, will you share a short bio with us?
Mitzi: Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog of humorous essays at Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog and the web TV channel Mitzi TV, which covers the “quirky” side of London, England. Her books include Rotten Peaches (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) and Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles)—a cozy mystery/satire series co-authored with celebrity author bear Teddy Tedaloo (; Phantom: The Immortal (co-written with Ashley Lister); The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire; Love, Lust and Zombies; Red Velvet and Absinthe; Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death; and Getting Even: Revenge Stories. Mitzi has taught writing workshops and given talks and readings around the world. She’s been featured internationally in print and on radio and TV. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and the UK.

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Nov 222016

jm-stewart-nicJen:  Today we welcome J.M. Stewart to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to J.M.’s top 5 list, let’s learn a little about her and her newest release.

J.M.: J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

Where you can find me on the web:  Website /Twitter /Facebook

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Nov 212016

20160414_200131Jen: Today we welcome Rosalie Stanton to Romancing the Book. Rosalie, will you share a short bio with us?
Rosalie: Rosalie Stanton is an award winning erotic romance author in the paranormal and contemporary genres. A lifelong enthusiast of larger than life characters, Rosalie enjoys building worlds filled with strong heroes and heroines of all backgrounds.

Rosalie lives in Missouri with her husband. At an early age, she discovered a talent for creating worlds, which evolved into a love of words and storytelling. Rosalie graduated with a degree in English. As the granddaughter of an evangelical minister, Rosalie applied herself equally in school in the creative writing and religious studies departments, which had an interesting impact on her writing. When her attention is not engaged by writing or editing, she enjoys spending time with close friends and family.

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Nov 182016

brantwijn-serrahJen:  Today we welcome Brantwijn Serrah back to Romancing the Book.  Brantwijn, will you share a short bio with us?
Brantwijn: When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills  her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours on end sketching characters and scenes in her secret notebooks.

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Nov 152016

Jen:  Today we welcome Stefanie London to Romancing the Book.  Stefanie, will you share a short bio with us?
Stefanie: Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humor, heat and heart.

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise she was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfill her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

These days she lives with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies.

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Nov 142016



christycarlyle_authorpicFueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Nov 092016

rina_gray_patio_16For each book that I have written, I have a soundtrack and the songs selected embody the theme of the story, the emotions I want to convey, and theme songs for the hero and heroine.

I built the soundtrack before drafting It’s Been You, but of course, as time goes by, I will find a few songs that are perfect for a character or scene I have rolling around in my head. For those moments, I use my Shazam app to make sure I make a note of the song, and then add it to the Spotify playlist.

The theme for It’s Been You is love and war. Fire and ice. When I wrote this book, I wanted to keep the angst of lusting after someone you loathe, and then fall in love with someone you think may be wrong for you.

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Nov 072016

I’m a married mother of three, born in Copenhagen, Denmark and now living in Kent, UK.  I write BDSM romance and love to show the reader that a D/s relationship can be beautiful, sexy and romantic.

My new book, Behind the Scenes, tells the story of Evie, a ballet dancer, who had to give up dancing because of an injury.  She meets successful rock star, Aaron, but takes an immediate dislike to him because she assumes he’s an arrogant womaniser who could potentially break her heart.  She soon learns that she shouldn’t have been so quick to judge, though, and as she lets her guard down, she starts to fall in love with him.  But, behind the scenes, problems in Aaron’s band start to interfere with their relationship and Evie begins to question whether she should have stayed away from him after all.

I got the inspiration for the character of Evie through my own love of ballet.  Like Evie, I trained to be a ballet dancer when I was a child, but had to stop due to an Achilles tendon injury, so I have a lot of empathy for her.  

The top five things I like about getting older

I turned fifty a year and a half ago.  When I was thirty that would have seemed scary.  Fifty?  It just sounded, well… old.  Now that I’m fifty-one I still don’t feel any older than I did twenty, or even thirty, years ago.  In fact, I love being older.  I have more energy now, have a wonderful family and am able to focus on my love of writing.  I’ve put together a Top Five list of the things I like about getting older which I can imagine will ring true with a lot of people my age and older.  

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Nov 032016


mira-stanley-bio-picJen: Today we welcome Mira Stanley to Romancing the Book. Mira, will you share a short bio with us?
Mira: Mira dreams of a life where hairy-chested, foul-mouthed pool men serve cocktails while she reads in the embrace of a shady hammock. Her reality looks more like errands, carpooling, sneaking in writing time when she can, and snuggling with her husband and kids after a regular-old day in the Pacific Northwest.

Sex is sacred. It’s also fun. That’s why Mira writes smut with feeling. In her perfect world, every woman who wants it would have access to entertaining, titillating, thought-provoking stories in an environment free of shame.

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