Oct 212014
 

Regina Kyle2First off, thanks so much for welcoming me to Romancing the Book! It’s my first book, my first blog tour, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here.

It’s almost Halloween, and of course that means the annual costume debate. If you’ve got kids, it’s what do they want to be for Halloween. Then there’s the endless changing of minds even after they’ve decided – and you’ve bought (or even worse, spent hours making) the darned costume. If you’ve been invited to a costume party, then you’ve got to figure out what you – and your significant other, if you’ve got one – will be. Which can be almost – if not more – traumatic than dealing with the kiddos.

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Oct 162014
 

Who and What Influence our Characters

Hi Everyone,

I’m Anna James. I write contemporary romance novels with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and find their happy ever afters. I want to thank Romancing The Book Blog for having me here today.

I did an interview recently and one of the questions asked was, “How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?”

My answer? I’d say, for the most part, my characters aren’t like any one person I know. They are a conglomerate of a lot of people, things that have influenced me over the years, and yes, a little bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure.

This is definitely the case with Nicole Bradford, the heroine from KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy.

Nicole is a lot like my paternal grandmother, Grace, mixed with a few of my hopes and dreams, minus the guilty secret (the fantasy part!).

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Aug 202014
 

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Humorous Dating Advice from the TEXAS WILDCAT

(Ghostwritten by Adrienne deWolfe for You-Know-Who)

Editor’s Note:  Still pining for a date this weekend?  No problem.  Sheep rancher Bailey McShane, the (aptly named) TEXAS WILDCAT from Adrienne deWolfe’s award-winning Wild Texas Nights series, is here to share her secrets for catching a mate!

Howdy, gals!  Bailey here.

Now don’t you be moping around the homestead ‘cause some clueless male didn’t ask you to a fandango.  I got plenty of experience roping stud ponies – ‘specially the two-legged kind.  So listen up.

First off, don’t pay any mind to the prissy missies, like that Amaryllis Larabee, who set her cap for my Zack.  The prissies would have you believe that a real lady puts on lacy pink frou-frou, totters around on stilts, and bats her eyelashes hard enough to set a prairie schooner sailing.

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Aug 122014
 

Charity

Charity Parkeron Author pic 1It’s day two of GLBT Week at Romancing the Book and today we’re welcoming Charity Parkerson to the blog!

Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

  • 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award winner
  • 2013 Reviewers’ Favorite Award winner
  • ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
  • Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

Website | Facebook Author Page | Facebook Series Page | Twitter

 

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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.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

 

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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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