Oct 312014
 

As of this writing, Lisa Beth Darling is 48 years-old and have been married to her wonderful husband, Roy for the last 28 years! They live in her hometown of New London, CT where they have raised two daughters to adulthood. She loves living in New England and can hardly imagine herself being happy anywhere else. She’s often asked: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

In the 4th grade she discovered that she was a writer when she was given her first creative writing assignment. We were to write stories about a baby bird’s flight and read them to the class. She put pencil to paper and was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn’t explain. She knew she was meant to do this very thing, this very simple act of putting pencil to paper and letting her mind free. Everyone read their happy stories to the class. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished they were all just staring at her. The teacher kept me after class told me my story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked me if she’d ever heard of Icarus and did she base my story on him. But she had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As she let Lisa leave class she again told me how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. She asked her why and she had no answer. Lisa never took her advice.

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Oct 272014
 

Meet “Hard-Hearted Hartwell” by Grace Burrowes

Joan had danced with Dante Hartwell and found him lacking many of the attributes she associated with a proper gentleman. He neither gossiped nor flattered nor took surreptitious liberties in triple meter.

In short, despite his many detractors—some called him Hard-Hearted Hartwell—she’d liked him.

Mr. Hartwell was honest, friendly, and kind, which to Joan was a significant improvement over handsome and charming.

One of the lessons we learn as we mature is that the pretty, shiny, eye-catching wrapping paper may not hide the gift we’ll treasure the most. Joan Flynn, from my new romance WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, can’t afford to be choosy—she needs a husband immediately—but she has sense enough to see that Dante Hartwell has a lot to recommend him, despite his plebian upbringing.

Joan knows what it’s like to be judged for her appearance and found lacking. She’s not beautiful in the eyes of most, or in her own eyes, and she tries to compensate by fashioning clothes that make her feel pretty. Dante can see past that, to her kindness with his children and his sister, to her family loyalty, to her honesty.

And yet, Dante is called hard-hearted by the aristocrats who seek to turn a profit by investing in his mills. He’s shrewd, and can afford to be generous only rarely when the livelihoods of hundreds rest in his hands. He’s hard working, even if that means he appears to be less of a gentleman.

Dante is also devoted to his children—he’s building not an empire for himself, but a more prosperous future for them—and yet that means from the outside looking in, he might be judged a distant or indifferent father.

Joan sees though, the children love their father, are secure in his affections, and delight in his company. She sees that Dante’s sister relies on him for everything, and that in his first marriage, Dante made the best of a difficult bargain—one most of Polite Society knows little about.

In short, Dante and Joan set aside what they’re expected to think of each other, and exchange the gift of making up their own minds about each other. Each gives the other the benefit of the doubt, each extends to the other good faith and good will.

Dante is not hard-hearted, he’s determined. He’s not miserly, he’s careful as a man should be when he’s known great want. He’s not a husband of convenience, but rather, when Joan takes the time to see the truth of him, he’s the very best possible gift she might have found under the Christmas tree!

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graceburrowesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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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

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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.

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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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