Jun 212016

Tales of an Inept Traveller

In the time before border free travel in the European Union, my travelling companion and I decided to avail ourselves of the shuttle bus in the delightful Austrian ski town of Kitzbuhel.

We’d been on the road for a while and needed to take care of some personal chores, and there was a Laundromat in the main part of town, a three-minute bus ride away.

We loaded two backpacks with a substantial amount of laundry, and waited for the shuttle bus. And waited. And waited.

By the time it arrived, quite a crowd had built up, and, no offense to the lovely Austrian people, they have no clue about queuing etiquette.

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Jun 202016

How Secrets Die by Marta Perry
Series: Watcher in the Dark (# 3)
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: HQN
Pages:  385
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother’s sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can’t stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting’s top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate’s search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac’s protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.


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Jun 162016

KristiJen: Today we welcome Kristina Knight back to Romancing the Book. Kristina, will you share a short bio with us?
Kristina: Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Jun 152016

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she’s seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories.

A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid reader who also loves watching romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she’s busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.

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Jun 012016

Rock Steady by Dawn Ryder
Series: Rock Band (# 2)
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 322
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



Superstar guitarist Ramsey’s reputation as a bad-boy rocker is exceeded only by his dedication to his music. When a jilted groupie gets back at him for a one-night stand with an intimate-and completely inappropriate-tattoo, he needs it fixed, and fast.

When a high-profile tattoo job lands Jewel an invite on Toxsin’s latest tour, she can’t say no. What she’s really worried about is ruining the gig by hooking up with the first guy to completely rock her world. She knows she should resist-Ramsey’s not the kind to stick around for a morning after. But the way he makes her feel could be worth any risk.


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May 312016


Shelley Shepard Gray ap1Jen: Today we welcome Shelley Shepard Gray back to Romancing the Book. Shelley, will you share a short bio with us?
Shelley: Shelley Shepard Gray writes Amish romances for Harper Collins inspirational line, Avon Inspire and historical romances as Shelley Gray for Zondervan. Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

To date, Shelley has published over fifty novels for a variety of publishers. Her novels have been highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer,  Washington Post, Time Magazine, and USA Today. She has also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults, and is an active member of her church.

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May 252016

Author Pic - Russell NoheltyJen: Today we welcome Russell Nohelty to Romancing the Book.  Russell, will you share a short bio with us?
Russell:  Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, and consultant. He is the publisher of Wannabe Press and its main author. Russell likes to write genre fiction with deep character studies. He’s sadistic with his characters, putting them in the worst situations and watching them claw their way back up, just to kick them back into the abyss again. Russell started his career writing comics, and now writes novels and children’s books as well.

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May 242016

cindimadsenToday we welcome Cindi Madsen to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to her playlist, let learn a little about her and her newest release, The Bad Boy’s Baby.

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books. Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.

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May 232016

AUTHOR PICJen: Please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Rachel: Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for three more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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May 182016

another author picWhy I write in the early morning hours

Okay, I don’t exactly write in the early morning hours. After all, I am intimately acquainted with getting up at o-dark-thirty. When I was in the military, a 6 a.m. start meant a wake-up call at 4 a.m. to get my hair braided, my weapon drawn, and my vehicle properly prepped. All so I could make the 5:30 a.m. formation. And then there was my time as a Bed & Breakfast owner. Breakfast started at 8 a.m. during the week, which meant I was up two hours earlier because serving breakfast in my pajamas with my hair uncombed just scared the daylights out of guests. Trust me, I tried. Even when I was an attorney, I got up early to get a run in before heading off to take the train for my morning commute.

And now I’m getting up at 7 a.m. and my commute consists of shuffling from my bedroom to the kitchen to make coffee and then to my office. I don’t bother opening my eyes beyond slits or combing my hair and I always write in my pajamas. In fact, I’m starting to think that I simply can’t be creative with ‘normal’ clothes on anymore. And yet I’m claiming that I write in the early morning hours.

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