Jul 142014
 

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Today we kick off historical romance week with a visit from Sabrina Jeffries. She’s one of my go-to authors when I need to escape or get out of a reading slump. So, I’m super excited to welcome her to Romancing the Book.

SJ-03Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of 37 novels and 9 works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 7 million books in print in 18 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

She always dreams big.

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Jul 092014
 

Samantha Ann King

Welcome to day 3 of ménage week and to author Samantha Ann King!

SamanthaAnnKingUSA Today bestselling author Samantha Ann King was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After receiving her BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and marrying her high school crush (notice she didn’t say sweetheart), Samantha relinquished her “native Texan” status and moved to Baton Rouge. She has called Albuquerque, New Mexico home since 1985. The mother of three has volunteered in the community as an advocate for children’s issues ranging from education to healthcare. In 2010, as her nest started to empty, she began writing erotic romance. Thanks to her win in Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest, Samantha signed her first publishing contract in 2011. Her first book was nominated for RT’s 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Samantha loves to chat on Facebook and Twitter. For extras about her books and a schedule of appearances, check out her website.

 

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May 302014
 

Forbidden Fruit

Why is forbidden fruit always the sweetest? Whether it’s that piece of banana cream pie when you’re on a diet or a book that local censors deem “inappropriate”, for some reason we’re always tempted by what we’re not allowed to touch.

When we were kids, there may have been certain books or reading material in our homes for “adults only.” Perhaps they were kept out of reach on a high shelf or hidden away in a closet or under a bed. My parents didn’t have any adult magazines (that I know of), but when I was in third grade I did begin reading a copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. Mom and Dad were proud I was reading such high-toned stuff, but they wouldn’t have been so thrilled if they’d been aware of the antics of some of those randy gods and goddesses! Zeus in particular was a real player, always chasing after some poor unsuspecting mortal. Things rarely ended well when Zeus’s jealous wife Hera found out what he was up to. The mortal woman would suffer while Zeus got off with no more than a scolding. But I guess that’s what happens when one’s a Greek god.

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May 132014
 

In Search of the Perfect Cover

My first book cover, for Sounds of Love, was from the Ellora’s Cave design staff, and I love it. More than just a little. I had a fabric sample made up so I could stitch myself a bra pocket and keep this cover (and my phone) next to my heart.

The man is bulkier than my hero, but otherwise, this is a perfect representation of the story. This cover has movement and passion, and the rooftops of London set the scene. She’s resisting him slightly, but she’s ready to cave to desire.

For my first independent publication, All the Boys I Ever Kissed, I hired a local designer and told her I had an image in my head of a cluster of kissing lips. She came up with the following:

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May 122014
 

The escape of reading and writing.

The number one reason why readers love to read is for an escape. To be taken to another time, place, and world. To be sucked into a world of fantasy where anything is possible. And to be taking away from the stresses of life.

Those are all the reasons I love to read. They are also the reasons I love to write. Only with writing, I’m the creator of the worlds and characters. As a reader I love books that keep my attention. That’s the main reason I love paranormal so much. The suspense and tension is there from the first page to the last. I incorporate that love for suspense and tension into my writing. I also love pushing my creativity by doing different things. Like write a contemporary series. My new series, Pleasures of the Heart, is one of those new projects that challenges me to do something different.

One, it’s a contemporary series. Two, each book with the series will be a standalone. Three, it’s contemporary. The series is set in Long Beach, California and surrounds a group of people who are, in one way or another, connected to a business law firm.

Do you read (or write, or both) to escape? What’s your favorite type of story?

 

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Apr 292014
 

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Kimberley Troutte is a Southern California girl. She lives with her amazing hubby, two awesome sons, one old dog, a wild cat, snakes and various other creatures the man/kids/dog inevitably drag in. She has been an accountant, substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a major defense contractor, real-estate broker, aerobics instructor and a freelance writer. With a B.A in Business Economics and a M.S. in Systems Management, she was destined to write romance.

For inside scoop, ARC requests, and giveaways sign up for the newsletter and check out Kimberley’s Website or www.kimberleytroutte.com.

 

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Apr 252014
 

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What advice can you give first time authors?

Don’t get stuck going backwards.  If you do you will never progress forward.  When writing my novel the first few months I kept writing, re-reading, and editing my first chapter.  I kept telling myself “hmmm I could write that better” or “what if I add…”  You have to realize that writing isn’t about going back and getting things perfect the first go round it’s about going with the flow and at least getting it all out first and then going back and reviewing things.

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Apr 142014
 

I am thrilled to be touring around the blogosphere introducing everyone to my new book Bound to Be a Groom! I loved researching and writing this steamy story and can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it. Speaking of hands…while a reviewer was reading an advance copy of the book a few weeks ago, she bemoaned the fact that she had run out of double AA batteries. This led to a hilarious conversation on Twitter about the wide range of sex toys and vibrators at our disposal and my editor, to whom I defer on all things technical, said the Hitachi Magic Wand was the be-all-and-end-all of “personal massagers” (<-that’s the technical name, just in case you were wondering). It never runs out of batteries…because it plugs in! So, of course I went online and bought one (which also involved research because there are cheap imitations galore…do not be fooled!). And holy hell! Okay. First of all, it is loud and heavy and enormous…there is no pretending you are just *whistles innocently* hanging out in bed with a good book. It’s more like shouting, “OKAY NOW I AM GOING TO PLUG IN THE BROBDINGNAGIAN VIBRATOR AND HAVE AN ORGASM!” Which is also fine. So, yeah, I tried it. Two times. And then I realized it was really an excellent, LITERAL, personal massager. I sit at a desk eight hours a day and have tons of muscle strain in my neck and shoulder. And the Hitachi is AMAZING for that shit. I’m not joking. Give me five minutes on low, right there at the base of my neck…and I’m ready to walk upstairs and have sex with my partner.

 

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Apr 102014
 

TOUR BUTTON - DARK ANGEL Blog Tour - ChristinePope

christine_red_rocks_headshotA native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine writes as the mood takes her, and her work includes paranormal romance, and fantasy and science fiction/space opera romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though…not yet, anyway!

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Apr 012014
 

The Shadow Prince Blog Tour Button

 

Tell us about the elemental world you created in your MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.

In my series, elementals exist all over the world, but their home base is Avalon. Their power is strongest within the isle. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean and is about the size of Ireland. The left side of the isle is considered the air court territory. It’s made up of sparse forests and mountain ranges. The middle of the isle is where you’ll find the woodland court. This area has lush forests, thick greenery, streams, and a waterfall. To the far right is the fire court territory. It is mostly dry lands with one inactive volcano. Water surrounds the isle and streams run throughout. Those areas are considered the water court territory. A mystical veil hides the isle from mortal view. Only an elemental can see Avalon. There are pathways (portals) to Avalon all over the mortal world, but only elementals can see them. The magical powers of the veil prevent aging. As long as you stay in Avalon, you will not age. But if you leave, time will catch-up with you. The veil also protects Avalon from harsh weather conditions. It’s pretty much seventy to eighty degrees every day. Sounds pretty nice, huh? ;-)

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