May 222015
 

The Joy of the Transcendent Novel

There are limits to what one brain can handle—trust me on this. I’ve just had the most insane quarter of my career: two book releases in May (CROSSED in the Sweet Dreams boxed set, and WHAT LIES BEHIND, the 4th Samantha Owens book), an anthology release in June, two other book deadlines and a short story revision, and a renovation project on my house. Not surprisingly, my CPU hit maximum density a few weeks ago. I couldn’t think, couldn’t focus. I was a zombie.

So I did the only rational thing possible. I shut down my world, headed for a beach, and retreated into a stack of books. And boy, did I pick some winners.

I started with THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir, a smart sci-fi thriller with a deep sense of humor. I loved this book, and it’s going to be a movie later this year, with Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring. Not bad.

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May 192015
 

Today we welcome a couple of the authors from the Way of the Warrior anthology as they share with us a little about their favorite moment or scene in their story.  But before we get to our guests, let’s learn a little more about this book.

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith

To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the WoundedWarrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 






May 112015
 

The Top Make Out Spots in Ardent Springs by Terri Osburn

A big thank you to Romancing the Book for inviting me out today to help celebrate the launch of my new Ardent Springs series. Ardent Springs is a tiny burb about an hour or so outside Nashville, TN, where everyone knows everyone else, the gossip runs rampant, and love always gets a second chance. We kick off the series with HIS FIRST AND LAST, the story of high school sweethearts Spencer and Lorelei getting a second chance to earn their happily ever after. Lorelei is a tough nut to crack, but thanks to Spencer’s endless patience and charm, this couple just might get it right this time.

Of course, high school sweethearts would know the skinny on the best make out spots in town, and Ardent Springs has an interesting selection.

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May 052015
 

Going Fishing…

I hadn’t started writing SUMMER ON LOVERS’ ISLAND when I went fishing on the ocean for the first time. I don’t even think I’d started writing the Jewell Cove series, to be honest. But when you’re a writer, any and all experiences count as research, and I just KNEW that one day that morning of fishing for Pollock was going to make it into a book.

In the book, Josh takes Lizzie fishing. It’s a beautiful morning, the fish are biting, and all goes well, at least for a while.  She learns how to jig a line, what it feels like to have more than one fish on the line at a time, and later on she even attends a fish and chip fry.

The morning my family went fishing was much the same. We were in a pretty small boat for open water, really – I think it was a 17 footer though I could be slightly off. There were six of us – the four in our family as well as our friend Owen who owned the boat, and another friend, Fred, who lived on the water and near whose place we launched. I have to admit, going out over the waves was a bit scary for me. There was lots of bouncing and I had this unholy fear of one of us bouncing out – either me or one of the kids, who were a lot smaller than they are now.

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Mar 312015
 

Seattle ShotHi and thank you so much for having me!  I wanted to take the opportunity to share what it is I do in case it is helpful to any of your followers, and also connect with even more of your readers out there, as one of my very favorite people to work with are book bloggers and reviewers!

First of all – let me fill you in a bit on who I am. My name is Sami and I run a company called Roger Charlie that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals – particularly authors, musicians and small businesses.  I actually just recently jumped out on my own after nearly four years working exclusively in literary publicity because in addition to books. Both local/small business and music are also two of my very biggest passions, and I wanted to move more into supporting those endeavors, as well.

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Mar 302015
 

ONE TRUE HEART is a book I’ve been waiting to write for several years.  Sometimes characters sat around the kitchen in my mind waiting for their story to be pulled off the back burner and come to life.  For those of you who have followed me through Harmony you’re going to see one of my favorite couples Beau and Trouble.  And of those who are new, you’ll meet new characters that I think you’ll fall in love with.

I think I’ve wanted to write this story since I wrote TWISTED CREEK.  After all, someone had to move into Luke’s cabin after he moved out and what better than a broken hero.

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Mar 182015
 

Today we welcome Bec McMaster to Romancing the Book.  To celebrate her blog tour for the release of Of Silk and Steam, Bec asked all her bloggers to answer questions to determine which character from her London Steampunk series we were most like.  We had to answer questions like: What word best describes you?  What is the perfect romantic evening/date (Victorian era style)?  Faced with a dangerous adversary, what would be your weapon of choice?  In the end, here’s my match:

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Mar 052015
 

Today we are pleased to have Susanna Ives join us for a round of Marry, Kiss or Kill! For this stop, we asked her to choose between George Clooney, Mr. Darcy, and Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series:

“I’m marrying Ranger! I’m all about Rangers of the North! Wait, you meant Ranger from Stephanie Plum series and not Aragon from Lord of the Rings. Well, bummer. I’ll just kiss that Ranger then.

So that leaves me to either kill or marry George Clooney or Fitzwilliam Darcy.  Tough choice. Both men have their finer points. George being an intellectual actor and director, and Darcy being, well, in possession of a good fortune and in want of a wife.  Hmmm, I’m killing Darcy.  I doubt I can be imprisoned for fictional murder.  That leaves Clooney to marry. Not sure how Amal will take this….”

 

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Feb 272015
 

Hi Everyone,

My name is Dominic and my twin sister Domino and I blog for Breathless Press.  The book that I’m here to tell you about is an anthology of superhero stories called Secret Identities.  It’s easier for one of us to chat to you when it’s a collection so that we don’t play favorites with any one author!

You know, it’s a funny thing, but we’ve all wanted super powers at some point.  Personally I wanted to be able to fly and see through walls. Domino wanted to be able to teleport and eat anything without gaining weight.  Of course, the traditional “super powers” aren’t real (sadly), but I believe that every single author has super powers of their own.  After all, we get to create worlds or destroy them.  Mould people in our image or melt them down and recreate them.  We get to toy with their emotions and be puppet master to their lives. We are the Gods of our worlds and that is a very heady power to have indeed.

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Feb 242015
 

Who Has a Best Seller?

Wild Marauders MC is a best seller! Well, for at least a minute. I’ve never been one to follow stuff like that but I found myself there yesterday, surprised to see that Wild Marauders MC was ranked #66 on Amazon’s best sellers list for erotica romance! Then it quickly dropped to #71, and as I write this it’s #83. How cool is that?

Do I have the right to say I’m a bestselling author? It seems almost everyone is today. At least according to the covers of their books. What defines a bestselling author? According to Wikipedia “Best-selling” refers to the estimated number of copies sold of all fiction books written or co-written by an author. Another article I found when I was looking up the definition of an Amazon bestselling author was in the Warner Coaching Newsletter. Interesting article. According to them, Amazon’s list is based on sales from its own site, which we all know they update every hour. So authors can claim they are Amazon bestsellers, but for only a short time.

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