Top 5 & Contest: Vonda Sinclair


Vonda Sinclair is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Scottish historical romance. Her favorite pastime is exploring Scotland, and taking photos along the way. She also enjoys creating hot, Highland heroes and spirited lasses to drive them mad. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina where she is crafting another Scottish story. Please visit her website at www.vondasinclair.com

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About the photo: How did I end up holding a Eurasian eagle-owl in Edinburgh?


Top 5: Emily Windsor

The celebratory food and drink at Christmas is one of my favorite parts of the season, so this Top Five consists of my perfect festive British spread. I must admit, it was difficult to whittle the list down! Cranberry sauce, brandy butter and sage stuffing all narrowly missed out, and where would we be without pigs wrapped in blankets?

So here is my fave five, not in any order of preference!

Blue Stilton Cheese
Only six dairies are allowed to produce this King of English cheeses, and yet strangely, due to its strict protected status, not one of them is located in the Cambridgeshire village that gave the cheese its name!


Top 5: Ava Bradley

Before we get to Ava Bradley’s Top 5 List of Writing Influences, let’s learn a little more about her.

The author of Edge of Midnight and August Unknown, Ava Bradley loves edge-of-your-seat thrillers, but believes every story is better if there’s a guy who gets a girl in the end. To Ava, a book without a Happily Ever After is like a house without a roof. Ava can be found on the world wide web at http://www.avabradley.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authoravabradley


Top 5 Writing Influences

When asked to list my top 5 writing influences, the list immediately came to mind.


Top 5 & Contest: Nicole Locke

Top Five Author Moments

  1. My grandmother’s closet. I wouldn’t know about romance novels except for the brown paper sacks that lined the bottom of my grandmother’s walk-in closet. She and her sisters were constantly swapping Harlequins, and oh boy did I take advantage. But the best bit (after I got caught reading them) was our chats about feisty heroines and stubborn heroes. This was when I discovered that romances are journeys where readers share in the conflicts towards happily ever after.

Top 5 & Contest: Leila Snow

I find that travel gives us a contrasting perspective to life. It reminds us that all things are relative. We explore different cultures and different ways of life. And we learn that they are just that, different, not wrong or bad, just different. It changes us and rounds us into people we weren’t before we embarked on our adventures. I have lived in five different countries abroad and traveled to many others. So here is my Top 5 List of the Countries I’ve Visited.


Top 5 List & Contest: Erin Nicholas

Top 5 Male Characters You’ve Created

Oh wow! Talk about the hardest question EVER!! I love them all. I truly do. This is just mean… okay… in no particular order (and you have to promise not to tell the others!)

1. TJ Bennett, from Getting Lucky, part of the Sapphire Falls series.
2. “Dooley” Miller, from Just for Fun, part of the Bradfords series.
3. Conner Dixon, from Up By Five, part of the Counting On Love series.


Top 5 List: Winter Austin

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Living in the middle of Nowheresville, Iowa, with her husband, four teenagers, and two crazy dogs, Winter is trying to juggle a career in the agricultural industry while writing deadly romantic thrillers.

Find Winter Austin at http://www.winteraustin.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/w.austin.degressofdarkness/, and on Twitter @WinterAustin



Top 5 & Contest: Elley Arden

Top 5 Favorite Dance Memories

In THE SWEET SPOT, heroine Helen Anne Reed realizes she hasn’t danced since her wedding more than a decade ago. Since then, she’s been inundated with life’s sobering moments—a bitter divorce, raising her daughter on her own, struggling to make her business a success, and her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She doesn’t have much to dance about until baseball player and former ballroom dancer Giovanni Caceres shows up. Helen Anne made me think about my life and the times I’ve had the chance to dance.


Top 5 List: J. Daniels

Today we welcome J. Daniels to Romancing the Book.  She’s sharing a couple Top 5 Lists with us.  But before we get to them, let’s learn a little more about her and her newest release.

J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read.


Top 5 List & Contest: Jennifer Shirk

My Top Five Holiday Foods!

Hi, all! Jennifer here. I’m so happy to be here today on release day of my new Christmas romance, WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH.

One of the things I noticed about my new book is that a lot of it revolves around baking, eating, or drinking lots of hot chocolate. LOL! But isn’t food a great part of the holidays? I definitely think so.  Especially because some of my favorite foods  only come around this time of year.