Monday, May 31, 2010

Spotlight Review: Stormwalker by Allyson James

STORMWALKER - Allyson James
Stormwalker, Book 1
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23469-3
May 2010
Paranormal Romance

Magellan, Arizona and Beneath - Present Day

Janet Begay, a Stormwalker (she can control the power of storms, an ability inherited from her Navajo grandmother) has always known that the day would come when she’d have to confront her mother, a powerful goddess stuck in Beneath (a world under our own from which demons, skinwalkers, and other creatures escaped). Her scary mother gave her a bit of her own power and wants Janet to free her from her prison. Wanting to avoid the situation until she could better control her storm powers, and hopefully have a chance at defeating the scary-as-hell woman who claims her as her own, Janet hasn’t been back to Arizona until now. Her friend Jamison, a shape shifter, recommended Janet’s investigative services to Magellan’s police chief whose daughter Amy disappeared over a year ago. It isn’t long before Janet is being attacked by skinwalkers and harassed by Nash, the local sheriff, an Unbeliever (one who doesn’t think all the “paranormal” activity in the area, or the vortexes, are real). Luckily, Janet’s one-time lover, Mick, a mysterious fire wielder, has just arrived in town to help her. Janet’s mom is nothing if not determined, and if the ruthless goddess is to be stopped and the chief''s missing daughter found, it’ll take every bit of Janet's and Mick’s strengths combined with the aid of the trickster god Coyote to get it done.

Janet has been treated as a misfit by most of her Navajo family her entire life (her birth being the result of a white woman’s seduction of her quiet and unassuming father—a woman who was possessed by her real mother). Her STORMWALKER powers are of the earth, and with their arrival she became a danger to all around her. It wasn’t until she met Mick five years ago that she really started to gain control of her ability; he’s the only person she’s ever known who can siphon off the excess energy of her powers and survive contact with her at her most powerful. Their six-month affair was passionate, and it didn’t take long for them to fall in love. But, he held all the cards, never sharing anything with Janet about who he really is or where he comes from, so Janet got on her beloved Harley and rode out of his life, determined to master her powers on her own and avoid any contact with the only man she’s ever loved.

Mick is definitely not your average guy. Sexy, powerful, protective, and still as determined as ever not to share any information about his past, and Janet’s grandmother warns her that his ability has an evil taint. So, is Mick a safe man to share a bed with? Probably not, but then again, Janet isn’t the type of woman to crave predictability. By the book, always perfectly presented, Sheriff Nash Jones has had it in for Janet since her arrival in Magellan. Is it because the sheriff (who was also Amy’s fiancé) had something to do with her disappearance? Then there’s Maya Medina, the electrician working for Janet on the hotel she bought and is restoring. The fiery and nearly always hostile woman seems determined to dislike Janet, of course she also seems to have it in for Nash, but what does she know about what happened to Amy? Fans of Allyson James may recognize Janet’s friend Jamison Kee from his story, A Little Night Magic in the anthology HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS (October 2009). If you haven’t read it yet, it offers a brief introduction to Coyote and the town of Magellan, as well as telling how Jamison and his mate, Naomi, got together. Fremont Hansen, Janet’s plumber and a Believer, is one of the few in town who reached out to become her friend. Janet’s grandmother, a tough old bird, and her father, the gentle Pete, make brief appearances in this story as well. And of course we mustn’t forget Coyote. The trickster god makes it clear he’ll help Janet and Mick when it suits him, but he’s equally prepared to destroy Janet if she decides to help her mother. I suppose Janet’s mother would be offended if she didn’t get a mention, so I’ll sum her up by saying that in her own twisted way, she does want to be Janet’s mother. However, when you’re as evil as she, the possibilities are horrendous.

If you like Allyson James's ever imaginative, always passionate and action filled tales (and how could you not?) you’re sure to love this book. Look for book two, FIREWALKER, to arrive in November 2010. Sexy, magical, and full of characters who’ll capture your imagination, STORMWALKER deserves a place on your must buy list.

Lori Ann

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Book Giveaway!

LAST CHANCE by Christy Reece

NEVER SAY DIE

McKenna Sloan saved Lucas Kane’s life and then vanished. Lucas moved mountains trying to find her again, and finally McKenna relented—for one fleeting night. The truth is, McKenna’s life is all about the dark, deception-filled world of Last Chance Rescue, and for her, there’s no hope of love or Lucas. But fate, and Lucas’s determination, soon change everything. A kidnapped young woman, a lure to out a killer and the fierce need to bring a criminal to justice combine for one explosive event. For a woman who specializes in staying away from relationships and staying in the heart of danger, this is the most impossible mission of all. Because the odds are deadly, and the passion won’t die.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Perfect 10: The Language of Sand by Ellen Block

THE LANGUAGE OF SAND – Ellen Block
A Perfect 10
Bantam Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-440-24575-9
April 2010
Women’s Fiction

Chapel Isle, North Carolina – Present Day

Lexicographer: An editor of dictionaries

They planned to spend their honeymoon on Chapel Isle. Paul always talked about that summer he spent there; he said it was the happiest one of his life. They talked about going soon, but one thing led to another, and they never made the trip. That was before the fire. Now, Abigail Harker is waiting at Bourne Crossing for the ferry that’ll take her across to the island Paul loved. She’s alone. But she wishes she had died along with Paul and their son Justin.

As a lexicographer, Abigail makes her living with words, but there isn’t one suitable word that will soothe the torment of losing her family. She took the job as lighthouse caretaker on Chapel Isle hoping to free herself from the grief, but when she arrives, it’s to find herself stuck with a year’s lease on a cottage that lacks even the most basic of conveniences. Her first impressions of Chapel Isle are not what she envisioned. Each and every person she has met here has desecrated her name by calling her Abby; and now she’s stuck living in this dilapidated shack with a ghost from 1909.

THE LANGUAGE OF SAND is a phenomenal novel! Although Abigail Harker is perfectly sane, she has a habit of talking to herself and reciting Latin verbs long into the night when she can’t sleep. Abigail’s days have always been based on logic and words, but after the fire, nothing in her life makes sense anymore, least of all the words that usually soothe her fears.

Here, on Chapel Isle, the people are different. They suffer the whims of the sea and the weather, and subsist on incomes derived from fishing and tourists. Denny Meloch, who runs the local ferry, is sweet on Abigail, and the town drunk, Hank Scokes, rammed his boat into the dock, leaving it tilted and uneven, but adding a bit of quirky charm to the town’s gateway. Ruth Kepshaw runs the local diner; Merle Braithwaite, the local hardware store; and a rocket scientist, Bertram Van Dorst, has appointed himself keeper of the town’s laundry. Wesley Jasper is the lighthouse caretaker who died in 1909, and they say he still haunts Abigail’s new home. But the person who drives Abigail nuts has gone missing. Her landlord, Lottie Gilquist, left her in this uninhabitable cottage and is suddenly nowhere to be found.

Abigail’s story is focused and enlightening. Chapel Isle seems to be lonely and desolate, but soon begins to make perfect sense as she learns to use her own strength to conquer her demons. Most of all, Abigail comes to see that all that really matters in life is trust and caring. More than just a story about Abigail Harker, this little island is full of neighborly gossips and overflowing with small town flavor and scenes that are pulsing with life. The dialogue is emotionally charged and the plot intense with drama and mystery, as the islanders try to catch a thief. The story leaves some threads open as we wait for a second novel about Chapel Isle, which follows in 2011. So much is going on here that delights the reader with each turn of the page.

A brilliant character-driven novel, THE LANGUAGE OF SAND is a Perfect 10.

Diana Risso

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gift certificate winner is.....

Congrats to Pam P who wins a $10 gift certificate from her choice of Amazon, BN or Fictionwise.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Q&A with Linda Rettstatt!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Shooting into the Sun (Champagne Books) is women's fiction with a romance subplot. Nature photographer Rylee Morgan has created an orderly, settled life for herself. In addition to her teaching job at the Pittsburgh Art Institute, she is creating a name for herself with her freelance work. When she finds an advertisement that might lead to her estranged father, she takes a photo assignment to the west coast to investigate. With her younger sister, Lexie, is heartbroken after a breakup with her fiancé, Rylee invites her along. The two sisters could not be more different. Lexie lives life by her own set of rules, or lack of rules, and Rylee's plans are further unsettled when Lexie invites a hitchhiker, Josh Bradley, to join them on their journey.

Rylee learns that sometimes the boundaries we construct to keep ourselves secure also keep us lonely.



2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

That's a tough question. I fell in love with my characters in this book, and there are so many scenes that just grab me. If I had to choose one, I'd say Chapter Six, where the trio has made their way to Mackinac Island. Josh, who is familiar with the island, takes Rylee off on a bike to shoot pictures of the sunrise. He also challenges her, and we see Rylee's defenses begin to crumble.



3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As a senior in high school (a long time ago), I harbored the dream of moving to Westport, Connecticut after graduation and becoming a writer. Why Westport? That's where the Famous Writer's School (a correspondence course in writing) was headquartered, and it was something of a writers' mecca at the time. I had the dream, but didn't have the courage, then, to pursue the dream. I eventually became a clinical social worker. About seven years ago, as I sat in my counseling office with no clients to see, I began to write. Mostly, I wanted to see if I could write a novel from start to finish. That's when And the Truth Will Set You Free (2007, Wings ePress) came into being. I haven't stopped writing since. I just contracted my ninth novel for publication and have three more in the wings and three others in progress.



4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

I write primarily women's fiction, but generally with a romance sub-plot. My stories tend to be character-driven. Some of my books started with the title. I then imagined what story that title would tell and the type of character who might tell the story. I like to write about women who are forced to reach deep inside to find inner strength or have to let go of false notions about themselves in order to claim their truer identities.



5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I always find a song that resonates for me with the story I'm telling. If I get stuck, I will go for a drive, listen to that song over and over, and then have a conversation with my character to get past the sticking point. I'm grateful for cell phones because now other drivers who pull up beside my car don't look at me like I've lost my mind when I'm sitting there talking to…no one.



6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Well, first of all, that I was able to write a complete book—that others wanted to read. I know I learn more about myself through every book I write. By pushing my characters to dig deeper into themselves, I have to do the same.



7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I think my greatest influence has been the writing of Elizabeth Berg, followed by Kris Radish, Lisa Scottoline, and Janet Evanovich. Now, you might wonder how the works of Scottoline and Evanovich influence my writing of women's fiction. All of these writers, regardless of genre, create amazing, engaging, three-dimensional characters, and that's what I aim to do as well. The encouragement of my friends and my critique partners keeps me going.



8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is very supportive. They buy my books and encourage their friends to buy them, too. I think they think I'm more famous than is the actual case. And, since I'd hate to burst their bubble, I let them believe that. 



9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love to travel when I can, and nature photography has been a long-time hobby. This made the writing of Shooting into the Sun much easier. I enjoy losing myself in a good book, when I can find the time to read apart from writing, editing, and critiquing. When I'm lounging at home (a rare occasion), I appreciate the company of my cat, Binky. She helps with my writing by sitting up on the back of the chair and batting me in the ear with her tail. Well, sometimes it's a help, reminding me to stop and take a break.



10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

My eighth novel, Love, Sam, will be released by Champagne Books in November, and my ninth novel, Renting to Own, has been contracted by Class Act Books for publication in this year. My contemporary romance novel, Wake-up Call, is currently under the representation of Anita Melograna, with Crosswind Agency. I just completed the rewrite on a new manuscript title Unconditional. I always have at least three works in various stages of progress at any given time. That's my way of waging a war against writer's block!


Thanks so much, Patti. All of my books with excerpts can be found on my website at www.lindarettstatt.com, and everyone is invited to visit my blog, One Woman's Write, at
 http://www.lindarettstatt-author.blogspot.com/. Shooting into the Sun is currently available in a variety of e-book formats, and will be available in Trade Paperback in the coming months.


Linda Rettstatt
http://www.lindarettstatt.com/
Writing for women—stories of strength, love, humor, and hope.

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New reviews this issue: 14

Contemporary Romance
THE LANGUAGE OF SAND – Ellen Brock – A Perfect 10 – Diana – Women’s Fiction

FANTASY ROMANCE

THE DRAGON’S SECRET - Donna MacQuigg – Jani



Historical Fiction
HEART’S DIVIDED – Joanne Sundell – The Quaker and the Confederate, Book 1 – Jani



Inspirational Fiction
THE NARROW PATH – Gail Sattler – Diana
THEY ALMOST ALWAYS COME BACK – Cynthia Ruchti - Deborah



Mystery
REVENGE SERVED CALLED – Jackie Fullerton - Diana



Paranormal Romance
IN THE DARKEST NIGHT – Patti O’Shea – Light Warriors, Book 4 – Courtney
JARED – Sarah McCarty – The Shadow Wranglers, Book 2 – Allegra
STORMWALKER – Allyson James – Stormwalker, Book 1 – Lori
WILDFIRE – Christinee– Leopard, Book 4 – Kathy



Romantic Comedy
THE TWO LIVES OF MISS CHARLOTTE MERRYWEATHER – Alexandra Potter – Robin



Series Romance
MILLION-DOLLAR MARRIAGE MERGER – Charlene Sands – Miniseries: Napa

Valley Vows – Deborah – SD #2016

THE LAST LONE WOLF – Maureen Child – Man of the Month series, Kings of

California, Book 7 – Patti – SD #2011

Suspense/Thriller - THE HYPTNOTIST – M.J. Rose – The Reincarnationist, Book 3 - Kathy


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Favorite Summer Vacation Spot..and win a $10 gift certificate!

I thought I'd break up giving away books for this giveaway and do one for  a $10 gift certificate from either Amazon, BN or Fictionwise.

Question for readers:

PhotobucketWhat is your favorite summer vacation spot?

Post your answers (one entry per person) and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday night!

Good luck!

Friday, May 21, 2010

New TEASE ME winner....

I didn't get any response from the prior winner of TEASE ME by Tracy Wolff, so I've picked a new winner from those who entered.....

Congrats to CATHIE M (CaityMack?)

Please email me at pattfischer@yahoo.com by 6/1/10

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Perfect 10: BARGAINING FOR BABY by Robyn Grady

BARGAINING FOR BABY – Robyn Grady
A Perfect 10
Billionaires and Baby Miniseries
Silhouette Desire #2015
ISBN: 978-0-373-73028-5
May 2010
Series Romance

Queensland, Australia – Present Day

Jack Prescott arrives at the hospital in Sydney as soon as he can, but it’s too late. His sister Dahlia has taken her last breath. Guilt overwhelms Jack. Three years ago, he lost his wife and unborn child...and now Dahlia. His heart has seen better days, and now he only feels defeated and beaten.

Watching Jack from down the hall, Madison Tyler waits patiently. The child she holds is Dahlia’s legacy, her son Beau. Madison promised Dahlia that she would keep Beau safe and hand him over to Jack, but not right away. No, this precious child stays with her until she’s sure that Jack is ready and able to care for his nephew, even if it means she’ll jeopardize her job. She might be the boss’s daughter, but telling her father she has to take time off to accompany Jack to his Outback home will likely cause Drew Tyler to blow a gasket.

Jack Prescott is heir to one of the oldest and largest sheep stations in Queensland. Living at Leadeebrook is a lonely life, miles away from even the nearest neighbor. And now Dahlia’s friend, Madison Tyler, is inviting herself into his home for two weeks! This woman has city written all over her. She belongs in high heels and slinky dresses, never jeans and boots. And as Jack soon learns, Maddy hates his dog Nell, the dust, the heat, and most everything else about his life on the sheep station. He’ll try to be patient before she runs back to Sydney, but in the meantime, maybe he can get to know her just a little. A man would have to be dead not to appreciate her beauty, and Madison makes him feel things he hasn’t felt for a long time, not even with his wife, Sue.

Maddy and Jack end up BARGAINING FOR BABY as they step warily around each other while living in the same house. Maddy has no intention of leaving Beau with Jack one minute sooner than she has to, even if Jack does have sufficient help on the station. Cait, his housekeeper, is perfectly capable of watching Beau, and Snow, his foreman, can run the property, but Maddy wants her time with Beau, too. Even so, she can’t wait to get back to Sydney and her job. Everything on this sheep station makes her a little nervous; she needs to be back under the bright city lights where she belongs.

One of the best stories I have read this year, BARGAINING FOR BABY is full of dynamic characters, palpable emotion, and red-hot passion. Maddy and Jack have a lot of hurdles to leap, and their romance is fraught with pitfalls and problems that seem insurmountable. Jack’s heart is locked up tight; he will never let another woman into his life. Maddy would like to try to break through his defenses, but there’s his supposed fiancée waiting in the background, and the fact that Maddy could never live in this desolate place.

A story that will have you laughing and crying, in the end love wins—it always does. This story is a Perfect 10!

Diana Risso

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SECOND CHANCE winner is.......

Congrats to donnas (poster #2) who wins Second Chance by Christy Reece.
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Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com  no later than 5/28/10 to claim your prize

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Q & A with Selena Robins!

1. Tell us about your newest release.


What a Girl Wants is a contemporary romance for readers who enjoy a spicy, romantic comedy with a ‘friends-to-lovers’ theme filled with witty repartee, unexpected twists, a splash of mystery and red-hot-sex scenes. The heroine (Maddie) is known as “the woman with the black belt in mischief.” Alex (the hero) has accepted Maddie’s pranks over the years and enjoys their friendship, even though he compares her to Lucille Ball on Red Bull at times. Deep down, I think he really likes it…well, most times. Ultimately, What a Girl Wants is about friendship, love, commitment, family and forgiveness.


2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

I enjoyed writing all the scenes, especially the ones that involve the heroine’s mischief making and the hero’s reaction each time. The sexual innuendos, their banter and writing sexual tension are always fun to write. The one scene which is I especially love made me cry while I was writing it and it still brings me to tears when I re-read it. However, I can’t tell you about it because it contains a major spoiler.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


Like most writers, the joy I get from reading is a direct correlation to my passion for storytelling. In the eighth grade I won a short story contest hosted by the Humane Society, and my teacher at the time told me to take my writing seriously. I never forgot his advice and the feeling of creative accomplishment, so whatever job I took, there was always writing involved. I still have wonderful memories of finishing that short story and how much fun it was to read it aloud to my family (ad nausea I’m sure). I’m the youngest in a large Italian family and that was one way of getting their attention. One has to fight for air time in our gatherings.


4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

Anywhere and everywhere. I know that’s an ambiguous answer, however, I think most writers (myself included) really have no idea why certain characters (or storylines) nag at us to write about them. It’s the small things we experience in our lives that happen and then we exacerbate them into a story. It could be something as simple as observing a couple at a coffee shop, or a headline that captures our attention.


5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When I’m writing or editing my work, I don’t read the same genre I’m writing. When I start a new book, I write all the dialogue first for each character, then fill in the action. I also have to re-read the chapter(s) I’ve written the day before three times, before I move on to the next scene. I know that this editing and polishing I do as I go along is a slow process, but I can’t move forward until I’m satisfied that what I’ve written the day before is good to go.


6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That typing the words….“the end” really means…“the beginning.” The beginning of not only starting another project, but learning a whole new side of publishing (marketing, promotion, writing tag lines, blurbs, short bios, long bios).


7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

The different authors who wrote the Nancy Drew series, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Harper Lee, Mario Puzo and Joy Fielding to name a few. I loved their quirky, strong, outspoken heroines and dreamt that someday I too would like to give back to readers the hours of escapism these writers gave me (well, that is my goal and hope I’m accomplishing that for a few readers). Also, my husband has been a huge source of support and influence. He pointed to the open door when I expressed my desire to write a novel (I’ve always written short stories); actually, he shoved me through that door and said, “Just do it.”

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is proud. My parents are both gone now, but my dad was still alive when I was writing my suspense novel (it involves an Italian mob connected family). He told me, “Make your culture proud. I’ll be watching from up there—or down there, whichever place I fly to.”


9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

When I get the time to recharge, I love to read, hang out with family and friends, since I also love to cook and entertain. My husband and I share a passion for traveling.


10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I’m working on a romantic suspense story (the same one I am talking about in question number 8) and also plotting and working on the sequel to What a Girl Wants.


Warm regards,


Selena Robins

http://www.selenarobins.com/




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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Book Giveaway: SECOND CHANCE by Christy Reece

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME


Working for Last Chance Rescue, Cole Mathison has been to hell and back. But being responsible for the death of an innocent man is a hell like no other. Longing for redemption, Cole finds himself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of Keeley Fairchild’s young children. Rescuing the children is his mission—but falling in love with the widow of the man he inadvertently killed was never in the plans. When Keeley’s life is threatened, Cole’s demons must take a backseat to the most important mission of his life. He might never know the heaven of Keeley’s arms, but he’ll never survive the hell of failing to save her.

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Question for readers and a chance to enter this contest to win this book:

The hero's name is Cole. What is your favorite hero's name? Have one that has stuck out at you and you remember after all these years?

Post away...one entry per person. US and Canada residents only.

I'll announce a winner on Wednesday night!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Q&A with Eve Langlais!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Alien Mate, my first sci-fi romance was released on May 14th with Amira Press. It’s a fun, very spicy novella of alien abduction.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

I actually love the first chapter when the super hot alien arrives in our heroine’s living room–naked–and informs her that he’s come to be her leader. She thinks it’s a practical joke til she wakes up on his ship in space--naked. Then the sparks really fly.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have wanted to be a writer since I first got sucked into the world of Nancy Drew back in grade two, but real life got in the way. I finally buckled down in February of 2009 and decided it was time to try and see if I had what it took. I wrote a full length novel titled Take A Chance, and to my surprise, it got picked up and is due to be released June 1st with ChampagneBooks.com .

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

My ideas hit me at the oddest times. Being an 80's music lover, I get a lot of ideas for stories from listening to my nostalgic tunes. For my novella, Lucifer’s Daughter, it was a Honeymoon Suite song that helped me decide what kind of supernatural guy Muriel, the heroine, would end up with. That story comes out later this year with Liquid Silver. Other times I start with an abstract thought like ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if. . . an alien came and wanted to be some woman’s leader’. That’s how Alien Mate was born.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Hmm other than listening to my retro eighties that is? Probably chips. Don’t laugh. If you put a bag of sour cream and onion chips beside me, I write some damned tasty scenes lol.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

The thing that shocked me most was learning writing a great story wasn’t enough. Being naive, I thought once I write it, people would buy it and love it. Not so. The hardest part of writing, and most time consuming, is the marketing. Mind, I’ve made some really nice friends along the way, but for someone who tends to be a homebody and whose idea of fun is curling up with a book, all this socializing and networking can be daunting. And here I thought being a writer would allow me to become a reclusive hermit.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?


My husband was my kick in the butt. For years, I’ve been making up different endings for movies or coming up with dirty story lines off the top of my head. Hubby bugged me for years to sit down and write, telling me I had the imagination for it. I’m glad I did. And before you ask, even after ten years of marriage, he’s still the hottest alpha around and a source of inspiration.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband brags about it constantly, and he’s planning an early retirement, so I’d better get cracking. My oldest daughter who is nine uses the word ‘Awesome’ and keeps asking why I won’t let her read my stuff. {ducking my head blushing} Knowing what I write, I don’t know if I ever will.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love to read and have since I first learned in grade one many, many years ago. When not reading, role play games is another passion. Right now in my spare time, I am playing an online wargame where I’m known as QueenEvel lol. In the summer, I spend a lot of time in the pool with my kids. With no air conditioning in our house, there’s days we rarely come out and when we do we resemble prunes lol.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I’ve already got three more pieces due out this year. Take A Chance which is a fantasy romance with a librarian and a wizard comes out June 1st from Champagne Books. I also have an erotic bdsm short story coming soon from Cobblestone Press and a personal fave of mine, Lucifer’s Daughter is coming sometime soon with Liquid Silver. Other projects are always in the works as I try to keep up with the clamoring voices in my head, so be sure to head on over to my website and see what I have brewing.

I want to thank everybody for popping by and checking out the interview and extend a special thank you to Patti for offering it.


You can contact Eve at: eve@evelanglais.com


Her website: http://www.evelanglais.com/

Alien Mate purchase site http://www.amirapress.com/

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Anthology
INTO THE DARK – Gena Showalter – Jennifer – Paranormal



Contemporary Romance
CHASING PERFECT – Susan Mallery – Fool’s Gold series, Book 1 – Kate
COMING HOME – Mariah Stewart – The Chesapeake Diaries – Deborah
STRAIGHT UP – Deirdre Martin – Patti

Historical Fiction
AMANDINE – Marlena de Blasi - Jane



Historical Romance
A LADY’S GUIDE TO IMPROPER BEHAVIOR – Suzanne Enoch – Carolyn
AN IMPOSSIBLE ATTRACTION – Brenda Joyce – The De Warenne Dynasty, Book 7 – Amy

PROMISE ME TONIGHT – Sara Lindsey – Weston Family series, Book 1 – Amy
SEDUCING THE HIGHLANDER – Emma Wildes – Carolyn
WICKED BECOMES YOU – Meredith Duran – Patti



Mystery
NOT ONE CLUE – Lois Greiman – A Christina McMullen Mystery, Book 5 – Jennifer



Non-Fiction
NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES – Leslie Carroll – A Juicy Journey through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny and Desire – Amy – Historical



Paranormal Romance

BLOOD BORN – Linda Howard & Linda Jones - Jennifer



Series Romance
BACHERLOR’S BOUGHT BRIDE – Jennifer Lewis – Kings of the Boardroom, Book 5 – Patti – SD #2012

BARGAINING FOR BABY – Robyn Grady – Billionaires and Baby miniseries, A Perfect 10 – Diana – SD#2015

HIS ROYAL PRIZE – Katherine Garbera – The Devonshire Heirs, Book 3 – Jennifer – SD#2014
THE TYCOON TAKES A WIFE – Catherine Mann – The Landis Brothers, Book 4 – Patti – SD #2013





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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The winner of TEASE ME is...........

Congrats to Momof1DD who wins the copy of TEASE ME.

Kimberly, please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info!

***If Kimberly does not contact me by the end of the day on May 18th, I will have to give it to someone else***

Chat with Thea Devine tonight!

Author Thea Devine joins us to discuss her book, SEX, LIES, AND SECRET LIVES. Door prize: Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy of one of Thea's books. Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Tomorrow (Wed) night at 9:00PM Eastern time!

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat. When the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you there!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Q&A with Farida Mestek!



1. Tell us about your newest release.

«Margaret's Rematch» is a traditional, Regency-set novel. It tells a story of Miss Margaret Fairfax – a young, handsome girl of independent fortune – who must settle in her new life at Northbrook Hall – the country estate of her brother-in-law – upon her sister’s death. There she faces a major challenge of proving to Mr. Westfield, whose dislike of her is legendary, that she is worthy of his regard, despite some scandalous rumours that had followed her from London. However, when it looks like the matter of his opinion is finally resolved in her favour and his heart is on its way of getting attached, Margaret’s complacency is shattered by the arrival of her deceitful friend, Miss Catherine Stockley, who poses a serious threat to the promotion of their relationship to the next level, as she employs her extensive knowledge of Margaret’s past and her cunning mind to discredit Margaret in Mr. Westfield’s eyes once and for all.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

I would say that my favourite scene is the one on the lake. Margaret and Mr. Westfield are taking a walk, having left behind a most disagreeable party, when Margaret takes an involuntary plunge into the water as she tries to help Mr. Westfield's son send his toy fleet across the lake. The scene though humorous is also serious, because both Margaret and Mr. Westfield finally become aware of the strength of their feelings for each other. It is also very sweet and tender, because Mr. Westfield tries to spare Margaret the mortification by making a complete fool of himself and it is here at the lake that they share their first intimate touch.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always knew that I wanted to be a writer. I've been making up stories and writing all my life and I always dreamt of being a published author.

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

Usually the ideas are just there, in my mind, waiting to be written down. The characters come knocking on my door, demanding to have their stories told. As for information, I check Regency-related sites and blogs and I read a lot. I have hundreds of books stocked for research purposes and I slowly tick them off my to-read list.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Actually, it's more of a nuisance, because I can't write out of order. It's just impossible. Another thing is that I like to read aloud what I've written, especially when it comes to dialogues. In this way, I get the feeling that it's not me but the characters who do the talking. In fact, before starting writing a dialogue I let the characters take over completely. It must make me sound crazy, but it's an excellent exercise and I get to know the characters much better.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I learned that the characters that I create will never be my friends and as such they will never share with me their innermost thoughts and wishes. It happened when I was writing a dialogue and I learned so much new information about one of the characters that I had to wonder why I knew nothing of it before. And then it struck me that I couldn't possibly know, because I am not their friend. In fact, they don't know me at all! They let me tell their story, sure, but they take it upon themselves to guide it as they please, because they know things that I don't, and as such I'm not safe from surprises until the last word is written. Once I've learned that, I understood why characters and stories always get out of my control.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I was always aware that I was an author material and my granny, realizing that I had a certain talent, always encouraged me to write. But, I suppose, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and JK Rowling have been a great inspiration.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

Only a few years ago they thought it was silly to want to be a writer and spend so much time writing, but now that I've completed several books and contracted two, they think that it's really great. They no longer tell me that I should abandon my dreams of becoming a published author and instead tell everyone about my books and ambitions. They even made a huge poster at work to announce the arrival of «Margaret's Rematch» for everyone to see!

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love reading, singing, learning languages, teaching, drawing. In fact, at the moment I'm working on a series of sketches of my characters from «Margaret's Rematch» for a new bimonthly feature «Meet the Character» that I'm starting in May on my blog.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

Well, besides, traditional Regency-set stories, I also write male/male Regency-set stories. My first novella is at the editing stage now and it is due to be released by Dreamspinner Press some time this summer. I'm also revising my newly-completed story and after that I'll start outlining my next project.


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You can learn more about Farida by clicking here.

A Perfect 10: The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe

THE TREASURE KEEPER – Shana Abé
Dell
ISBN: 978-0-553-59122-4
May 2010
Fantasy Romance

England and France – 1782

THE TREASURE KEEPER starts with Zoe Cyprienne Lane’s journal from when she received it from her mother at age thirteen until her fiancé, Hayden, disappears in Paris and she leaves Darkfirth to find him.

Through her journal, you learn many things about Zoe—such as how she watched young Lord Rhys Langford change into a dragon at age thirteen. Rhys also gave Zoe her first kiss, but she discouraged him because his interest made her twin sister unhappy. You also learn one other very important fact, although Zoe never changed to smoke or dragon (so few drákon females do), she discovered she had gifts, one of turning invisible, the other, taking images from another's mind.

At twenty-six, Zoe doesn’t love Hayden. She respects him, and he loves her. So rather than become a spinster, she decides to find Hayden, last heard from when he traveled through France taking a message to the Zaharen Drákon. Other drákon have disappeared since the Alpha leader and council learned of the drákon at Zaharen and their human hunters, the sanf inimicus. Some, including Rhys and a few other drákon, disappeared from right within Darkfirth. With her unique talent, Zoe believes she can find and save Hayden. Starting her hunt in Paris, Zoe stays in an abandoned wing of the old royal residence, the Palais Des Tuileries, and there the misty ghost of Rhys appears and continues to haunt her. Very self-confident, Zoe questions a sanf inimicus, placing herself in extreme danger.

A wonderful mix of history, fantasy, and romance, THE TREASURE KEEPER takes you on a quixotic journey that leads a brave young woman on a journey of self discovery. She will face an unimaginable enemy. Zoe, Rhys, and Hayden are well-drawn, sympathetic characters. Sixteenth century Paris becomes both a romantic and terrifying setting.

Author Shana Abé has written three other stories about the Drákon: THE SMOKE THIEF, THE DREAM THIEF, and the QUEEN OF DRAGONS, all equal in excellence. While each stands alone as a story—there is enough back-story skillfully woven into each tale for easy understanding—you will certainly want to read them all upon reading your first. Skillful writing, excellent characters, a fascinating setting and an outstanding story earned THE TREASURE KEEPER a Perfect 10.

Note: this review was written for the hardcover edition.

Robin Lee

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Book Giveaway: Tease Me by Tracy Wolff!

You can read all about the story by clicking here


How do you enter? Easy, just post if you want it or not....

I'll pick a winner on Wednesday night.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A Perfect 10: THE HARMLESS DECEPTION by Lesley-AnneMcLeod

THE HARMLESS DECEPTION - Lesley-Anne McLeod
A Perfect 10
Uncial Press - www.uncialpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-60174-091-5
May 2010
Regency Romance

Springtime in Regency London

Grace Whitton's father died without a male heir when she was sixteen. Grace and her mother were left with little resource, no family and, apparently, no loyal friends. This left Grace with some bitterness toward her former class, but her mother soldiered on by using what assets they had to buy a millinery shop in London with rooms upstairs. Now that Grace is truly an orphan, she continues to cater to the gentry and merchant classes. She's not particularly enthusiastic about the pair of country bumpkins who enter the shop one day. But Grace is a little off on her assumptions. Tansy Evens and her brother Rufus, Baron Evenswood, may be from the far north of England, but they are not bumpkins. Tansy is a lively young miss eager to make her come-out in town this season. And while Rufus is happy in the country and loath to dress or act the dandy, he's intelligent and prosperous, and much devoted to the little sister he's raised. Too devoted perhaps, as he allows Tansy to wheedle him into a plot against his better judgment. It seems they have neither contacts nor the knowledge of how to go on that would enable them to be welcomed into society. Grace soon finds herself persuaded into going along with Tansy's scheme as well.

And just what is this "harmless deception" the three agree to? Tansy and Rufus need all the help they can get to make a successful entrance into the Beau Monde. It would be much simpler and would harm no one if Grace were to pass as Rufus's wife. . .

Do not think that Grace and Rufus are completely comfortable with the plan...or with each other. Rufus suspects Grace has ulterior motives and doesn't hide his hostility, while Grace finds the handsome baron strangely disturbing. But both of them so wish to give Tansy the time of her life that they are blind to the many ways the scheme can go awry.

THE HARMLESS DECEPTION succeeds on several levels. Ms. McLeod has a convincing Regency voice that readily carries one away to the time and place of the story. She always comes up with a wholly original plot or a fresh twist on a classic one, and this time is no exception. Her people are complex and unique. We're given a deep look into Rufus's character, what his life was like that made him the man he is in the beginning and how he changes again. We see Grace come to terms with her past and her feelings. And the utterly engaging Tansy matures before our eyes. Add good humor, a touch of suspense, several interesting supporting characters, a vivid enactment of a Regency London Season and---not to forget a romance or two---you have a Perfect 10 of a read.

One needn't be an avid Regency fan to enjoy THE HARMLESS DECEPTION; it's a darn good read for anyone. And be sure to check into Ms. McLeod's other titles as well, high quality stories from a quality publisher.

Jane Bowers

Heather Lin winner is..

Congrats to Fedora, who wins the ebook from Heather!
Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Chat with Dianne Castell tonight!!!

Come join us Wednesday night as we chat with author Dianne Castell in the RRT Chat room.


Go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT CHat and then in Mo's Book Buzz chat room. Chat begins at 9:00PM Eastern Time and runs for an hour.

Learn more about Dianne at http://www.diannecastell.com/

Hope to see you there!!!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Q&A with Heather Lin (and a giveaway)!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Scandal is my very first ebook, and I’m so excited about it. Really. I’m like a gushy little schoolgirl whose crush just asked her to prom. It’s a short, contemporary story that’s currently available from New Concepts Publishing, and it’s been given a carnal/erotic heat rating. So it’s great for those who are looking for a quick, steamy dose of romance.

The story itself is about a playboy lawyer named Jackson Montague who sleeps with anything that comes his way. One of these things just happens to be Megan Truitt, but their one night stand turns into more when he's harassed by the husband of one of his lady friends and Megan is hired on as his bodyguard. Will she manage to stay professional around the sexy socialite, or will she become just another victim of Jack’s scandalous behavior?

To find out (and to read a smokin’ hot excerpt) visit:
http://newconceptspublishing.com/heatherlinbooks.html#SCANDAL

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

There’s a part where Megan’s trying to pretend that she doesn’t remember who Jackson is. It’s a cute little tête-à-tête that kind of sets the mood for their interaction throughout the story.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always known I wanted to write. It’s one of the only things I’m naturally good at and one of the only things I can’t stay away from. I’ve tried doing martial arts, horseback riding, dance, voice, soccer, field hockey, and tons of other activities. I started feeling really disappointed in myself because I could never find a hobby I wanted to stick with, but one day it hit me that I’m always writing. It’s such a natural part of my life that I just sort of didn’t count it as a skill. I never thought of trying to make it my career goal until a few years ago when I had a few short stories accepted to websites and anthologies and I realized I might just be good enough to compete with other writers out there.

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

I’m inspired by everything I see: little clips of TV shows or books or other peoples’ lives. Then I start thinking “What if…,” and that turns into a story.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When I’m working on a particularly long story and I need to stay inspired and productive, I tend to pick out a theme song. I banged out Scandal pretty quickly, so I didn’t need one for it, but for the sci-fi/romance novel I’ve been trying to write it’s “Dolphins Cry” by Live. It’s just a little something that gets me in the writing mood.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Well, Scandal is the first one I’ve had published, so I’m still learning a lot. I’m sort of feeling out the ebook industry to see exactly how the market works and how it compares to print. I’m learning how to write blurbs, make promotional items, do these interviews…It’s all very new and exciting. As for the actual writing of Scandal itself, I was excited that I managed to include so many sexy scenes and a twisty plot in a relatively short story.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

My mom was probably the biggest influence. I can always count on her to be honest, and she wouldn’t lie about my writing. If it sucked, she’d tell me, but she’s always been my biggest fan. When I was five, she wanted to enter a story I wrote into a children’s writing contest, so it’s thanks to her that I’ve always felt confident in my writing. Also, my best friend and I spent years writing boy band fan fiction together, and that gave me a lot of practice. It was great for our imaginations and our writing skills. All of my friends have been really supportive. As for authors, I learn something from every book I read. I know how to use dashes, metaphors, humor, etc. all from learning by example.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family thinks it’s great. My grandparents want to know every time I have a story out, and when it’s poetry or articles they want a copy of the journal or paper. My dad and brother just pretend I’m not writing about sex, I think, but they’re glad I’m writing. My fiancé’s been amazing, too. He brags about me whenever we meet new people. I get embarrassed, but it’s hard for me to find a way to say something about it, so I guess it’s a good thing.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I’m really looking forward to going to the beach this summer. I love the beach. I’m also a big fan of shopping, going to the movies, and Starbucks. I’ll be graduating from college soon, and lately my life has consisted of studying, job hunting, and preparing to move. So sleep has also become a huge interest of mine.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I’m not sure yet. I have a lot of projects I’m working on, and there are a few short stories out that I’m waiting to hear back on. The best way to stay updated is by following my blog:

http://heatherlin88.blogspot.com/


A big thank you to Heather for being our guest. She has also offered up a copy of her ebook to one lucky winner/commenter.  Please post away and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday night.

Good luck!!!

Winners!!!

The winner of SOMETHING ABOUT YOU is... CrystalGB. Congrats!! Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info.

And an FYI... the Cynthia Roberts winner from last week is Cathy M. (She has been in contact with Cynthia)

Tomorrow....watch the blog!

Spotlight Review: Chocolate Magic by Zelda Benjamin

CHOCOLATE MAGIC - Zelda Benjamin
Love By Chocolate Series, Book 2
Avalon Books (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-8034-9884-6
April 2010
Contemporary Romance

Present Day Brooklyn, New York

The Chocolate Boutique provides specialty hand made chocolates for its customers, and owner Chloe Brandeau delights in her success. But when Chloe's Aunt Bessie died and left her the apartment building on Butler Street, her troubles were just starting. The building is a money-pit and Chloe has used up most of her savings just to make emergency repairs. An anonymous buyer has been sending out his minions with offers to buy the place, but Chloe promised Aunt Bessie she would never sell and force the tenants out of their homes. Chloe's accountant and friend Sarah believes Chloe needs to meet a man who can help with her finances...she'd be happy to set up some dates from her matchmaking sideline business. Chloe would really like a date for this year's Chocolate Ball, so she agrees to three such meetings.

Meanwhile, the anonymous buyer himself comes to call at the chocolate shop, and Chloe recognizes him right away from his photo on the cover of a business magazine. He's even more handsome than his picture. Chloe is adamant; she won't break her promise. Ethan Behar is just as adamant. He needs the whole block her building sits on, and he's used to getting his way...especially from women.

CHOCOLATE MAGIC is a light, fast read and lots of fun. The battle between two hardheaded New Yorkers is captivating itself; Chloe is an original and Ethan a self made man burned once by love. Her chocolate creations are to die for, and he insists he's not a big chocolate fan. Chloe's blind dates and other secondary characters add touches of humor to this highly entertaining novel.

A word or two of warning, however: have someone hide all the chocolate before you read CHOCOLATE MAGIC. It took enormous will power, but I only ate two dark chocolate kisses the whole time. Yay, me!

CHOCOLATE MAGIC was preceded by Ms. Benjamin's first book in this series, CHOCOLATE SECRETS, still available. I haven't read it, but the current books stands very well on its own.

Jane Bowers