Aug 282015

Hi everyone!  Julie Ann Walker here, tickled pink to be back on Romancing the Book and talking about my upcoming title, the eight in the Black Knights Inc. series, TOO HARD TO HANDLE.

Now, we all know what to expect in a romantic suspense novel, right?  There will be action and adventure, daring and danger, romance and sssssteamy sexy times.  And red-hot alpha men who have really big…  Guns!  I was going to say “guns”, I swear!  *wink*  But what doesn’t immediately come to mind when the phrase “romantic suspense” gets bandied about are the kickbutt women between the covers of the books.  And I’m here today, standing proud and saying loud that “I LOVE A BADASS BROAD!”

Which is probably why I write them.

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Aug 182015

Fact in Fantasy: How the Real World Inspires Paranormal Romance

Ever wonder where paranormal romance authors get their inspiration? Surely we make it all up, right? Tales of strange creatures and humans with extraordinary powers can’t have a basis in reality. But the weirdest part of paranormal romance (and similar genres, like fantasy) is that we authors often take our inspiration from truth. Consider my Reborn series.

Anyone who knows me understands I nurse an addiction to anything ancient Egyptian. I own two pairs of Egypt-themed earrings, ankhs and scarabs. The ankh was the ancient Egyptian cross, a symbol of life, and scarabs are dung beetles, a powerful symbol of rebirth. Mummies often had scarab amulets hidden in their wrappings, and ankhs would appear on their coffins or tomb decorations. The heretic pharaoh Akhenaten had his name scratched off monuments after his death, because he dared to worship one god (or one aspect of the gods, if you prefer) instead of the entire pantheon known throughout Egypt’s ancient history. To the Egyptians, erasing a person’s name condemned his soul. They also believed the soul needed a mummy because it would walk the living world in the daytime, returning to its mummified remains at sunset, for the arduous nightly journey through the underworld.

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Jun 192015

Guest Post: Six Ways To Charm A Southern Girl… by Kimberly Lang

Southern Girls are complex. Is she a Southern Belle or a proud Redneck Girl? Or a little of both? It doesn’t matter if she’s wearing white gloves or a camouflage vest, here are six things to know about winning female hearts south of the Mason-Dixon line, courtesy of Ryan Tanner, the hero of Something to Prove.

1) Be nice to her family. This is just common sense, y’all. Southern families can be big and complex — we claim our third cousins twice removed and can explain what that means — and there’s bound to be at least one really odd duck in the bunch. Just roll with it.

2) Use your manners — even the ones you think are outdated. While your Southern Girl probably won’t be offended if you don’t stand up when she enters a room, rest assured she will notice if you do. Her grandmother has told her for years how that’s the mark of a gentlemen, and it’s rooted deep in her psyche. Removing your hat, opening her car door, helping her with her coat — they’re very small things that won’t break a relationship, but it will impress upon her that you are a quality man.

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Jun 022015


I’m getting ready to release my 40th novel! It’s a huge career milestone for me, and I hope all of you will help me celebrate by enjoying my new trilogy, “The Lost Lords of Radcliffe.”

The three books are a “real” trilogy, with one story leading into the next and the drama building with each novel. I’m releasing them over the summer so you’ll be able to read the 2nd and 3rd books right away without having to wait months or years to find out what happens. HEART’S DELIGHT will be here on June 1st. HEART’S DESIRE is coming on July 1st. And Book 3, HEART’S DEMAND–my 40th novel!!!–will be here onAugust 1st. It will be a great summer of sexy, yummy reading.

The 3 novels will be released as e-books and print books. The e-version will be available for all e-readers, but the print books will not appear in stores. They will have to be ordered on-line at Amazon. The covers are beautiful, the stories breathtaking, heartbreaking, dramatic, and thrilling. I think it’s my best work yet.

I hope you’ll spend the summer–with me! And my Lost Lords of Radcliffe. Coming June, July, and August of 2015.

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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


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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