Feb 012016
 

Do I love superheroes? Of course. Who doesn’t love a save-the-world hero? But as a writer of romantic suspense and spy thrillers, I never expected to write a romance novel featuring a superhero. Then Tara Gelsomino, my executive editor, suggested that I had the superpower to do so.

What kind of story would I write? The proliferation of superhero graphic novels and motion pictures has broadened the genre. Today, some superhero stories remain light and fanciful, but many contemporary tales are as dark as the best noir.

I chose the light, realizing that I wanted to write a story reminiscent of the classic characters I watched on television and read about in comic books while growing up—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk. So far, so good. Then I had to take a turn, make a twist, and create a superhero romance novel. And in the end, Electromancer was born. A powerful superhero who can fly and manipulate electricity for the good of mankind.

But, what about the romance part? Superhero stories aren’t romances, are they? And then I realized, of course they are. Most superheroes have love interests and are motivated, and often conflicted, by love.

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Jan 302016
 

Fatal Truth by Misty Evans
Series: Shadow Force International (# 1)
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Beach Path Publishing, LLC
Pages: 273
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

She’s an investigative reporter who lives to uncover the truth.

Feisty television host Savanna Bunkett exposes government cover-ups on her award-winning show, The Bunk Stops Here. When she digs into a rumor about a top-secret government project that’s producing “super soldiers” for the president, she suddenly finds herself on an assassin’s hit list.

He’s the man who knows the truth.

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Trace Hunter is the only soldier to survive Project 24. After refusing a direct order from the president, he was branded a traitor, and his career imploded after the sexy reporter turned him into a national headline. He now works undercover for Shadow Force International, a secret group of former SEALs helping those who have nowhere else to turn, using his enhanced skills to fight for justice and protect the innocent. His first assignment? Protect Savanna from the one man who wants them both dead—the president.

One wrong move and they’ll be silenced forever.

Helping Savanna is the last thing Trace wants to do, but her unwavering determination to expose the president’s dark truth matches his own. She’s his one chance to set the record straight, and he’s her only chance at survival. When their mutual enemy closes in, can they put the past behind them and trust each other? Even if it means losing their hearts in the process? Or will secrets, lies, and forbidden passions cost them everything?

 

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Jan 292016
 

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Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Elizabeth Boyle to Romancing the Book as our next feature for the Historical Romance Retreat. Elizabeth, will you share a short bio with us?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth Boyle, a former pirate hunter for Bill Gates, started writing what she loved to read: romance novels. Since her first book was published in 1996, she’s won the RWA RITA award, numerous Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice awards and seen most of her twenty-some historical romance novels hit the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two sons, or “heroes in training” as she likes to call them. When she isn’t writing, she can be found in her garden, walking on the beach, or cooking up some old favorite family recipe. She also knits. A lot.

Elizabeth loves to hang out on Facebook, Twitter (where she spouts off on writing and life), Pinterest  (warning: you had better like decorating, cooking, and crafts, as well as her writing inspiration boards), and Goodreads  (and all the books she’s enthusiastically trying to get the entire world to read).

 

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Jan 272016
 

Elizabeth Boyce RTBJen: Today we welcome Elizabeth Boyce to Romancing the Book. Elizabeth, will you share a short bio with us?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth Boyce had a lifelong dream: to be an astronaut. She has recently made peace with the fact that this dream is unlikely to come to fruition. Good thing, then, she had another dream: to be an author. This dream comes true every single day, and she couldn’t be more grateful.

Ms. Boyce lives in South Carolina with her husband, children, and her personal assistant / cat.

She loves hearing from readers, so keep in touch!

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Jan 262016
 

Jen: Today we welcome Flora Dain to Romancing the Book. Flora, will you share a short bio with us?
Flora: I’m married with two children and live in the UK. New to writing, but several titles to date and more on the way. I love reading, writing, good reviews, cold crunchy ice cream and hot smooth movies. And I especially love connecting with readers – a real thrill!

You can find me on the Totally Bound website , Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 

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Jan 212016
 

Torie JamesJen: Today we welcome Torie James back to Romancing the Book. Torie, will you share a short bio with us?
Torie: I’ve loved reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my lap. While my friends were out playing, I was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, I made up my own and kept going.

This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped me keep my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds.

Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, my dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night, with the amazing people at Breathless Press.  Timeless Night begat Timeless Desire. I’m currently working on the third book in the series, Timeless Surrender. I’ve also written several short erotica tales called Fractured Fantasies on top of beginning the sequel to Ties That Bind: The Cloie Chronicles with my writing partner, Jammie Lynn.

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Jan 202016
 

Say My Name by Patricia Logan
Series: Bound by Love (# 1)
Release Date: December 5, 2015
Publisher: www.blackpoints.com
Pages: 97
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Dawson Thomas is a rent boy, a young man who goes out hoping to impress a man who’ll pay him to be a submissive for a kinky night together. One night he accompanies a friend to a BDSM club in New York. Raw Hide is a place where men gather to live out their fantasies and Dawson can’t believe his good luck when the owner invites him upstairs to be paid for a night of kink. When others whisper that the man is hideously deformed, calling him “ The Monster” , Dawson remembers the cost of his tuition and puts aside his fears, accompanying the bodyguard to the man’s apartment.

Each night, Cole Chambliss paces in his rooms above Raw Hide, watching beautiful submissives give themselves to their Doms, just a few steps down the stairs. Cole longs for days past when he could go out in public… when no one would stare at him in horror. After paying a bitter price when fighting for his country, Cole knows his days of walking among whole men are gone forever… that is until one night he takes a risk that terrifies him. The stunning submissive who’s caught his eye is something extraordinary and Cole decides he must chance everything for one last shot at happiness.

One dark night, one desperate risk, and one horrifying request later, Cole hears the words he’s feared since his return from the war. “ Say my name, Sir… please just… say my name…”

 

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Jan 182016
 

Top 5 Ingredients for Creating a Fictional Town

I’m a big fan of fictional towns. Even though I’ve lived in real cities big and small, whenever I start a new book or series I tend to create a fictional town where I can start from scratch. It’s not always easy, though, so to help you craft an imaginary setting of your own, here are my Top 5 Ingredients for Creating a Fictional Town:

  1. A great name. Place names are so important, particularly in genre romance. I spend hours, even days, brainstorming town names and all the possibilities they imply.
  2. A fitting location. I always try to choose an appropriate state for where my stories might take place. For instance, if it’s a wintry holiday novel, I might opt for North Carolina or Tennessee. If it’s a sultry summer story, I might opt for Florida or Texas. Continue reading »






Jan 142016
 

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Forbidden by Lauren Smith
Series: Her British Stepbrother (# 1)
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 167
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.

Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . .

 

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Jan 122016
 

Jen: Today we welcome Pamela L. Todd to Romancing the Book. Pamela, will you share a short bio with us?
Pamela: Armed with scraps of paper and a lot of tape, I sat down to create my first work of fiction aged six. Since then I have been honing my skill and have moved on to computers and have found them a lot less sticky. A voracious reader, I devour as many books a year as I can get my hands on and what my bank balance will allow. When I’m not falling head first into other worlds, I am creating my own.

My first book, Escaping Normal, a paranormal short story romance was published in 2011. Now You See Me, an erotic thriller was published in 2014 and the first in the Beautiful Sinners series, Secrets, Lies & Vegas was published in early 2015 with it’s follow up, Secrets, Lies & Imperfections following later that year. When You’re Gone, a historical romance, is scheduled for publication in December.

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