Sunday, January 30, 2011

Q&A with Laurie London...and a giveaway!

We are excited to have first time author Laurie London visiting us today. She's going to answer some questions I posed to her and then it's your turn to ask her questions. She's giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reader. All you need to do is post a question for her.


1. Tell us about your release.

My debut novel, BONDED BY BLOOD, is the first book in the Sweetblood series from HQN. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkblood rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors. Now, Guardian team leader Dominic Serrano will be forced to choose between the vengeance he craves and the woman he can’t live without…

Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her…

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

One of my favorite scenes is at the end of the first chapter. With an unconscious Mackenzie in his arms, Dom emerges from the trees surrounding the cemetery and sees not a car or a truck, but a white motorcycle parked on the gravel. He asks himself, “Who is this woman with the Hello Kitty keychain?”
When I wrote this, I had no idea how he knew about Hello Kitty. I doubt my husband could look at a keychain and recognize it by name. I wondered how and why a man like him knew about Hello Kitty. The reason ended up seeding the events of the second book.

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

I’ve always enjoyed writing, having written my first “book” at age ten about a racehorse, but when my sister became a Golden Heart finalist, the possibility suddenly existed that I might be able to achieve something exciting with my writing too.

4. How did you react when you got "the call" that you'd sold your book?

Actually, I didn’t get “the call.” I got “the text.” The day I was leaving for the Emerald City Writers Conference, my agent called to say we had an offer. I was excited, thrilled, and could hardly believe it was real, but because the deal wasn’t final, I couldn’t say anything. That weekend, I walked around the conference like a blank-eyed zombie. The following week, I was having dinner with a friend when I received a text message from my agent. She was at a cocktail party and had closed the deal with my editor. My friend and I toasted my first sale over Thai food and a pear/mint cocktail.

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

Wearing my noise-cancelling headphones that are turned on, but with no music playing.

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

That other people actually enjoyed reading what I’d written. For so long, I wrote just for myself. When a couple of my stories did well in contests judged by complete strangers, it was an eye-opener for me.

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

My sister is my most important influence. She’s been a member of RWA for a number of years, going to conferences, participating in critique groups, entering contests, and then, selling her book. When I let her read a story I’d been working on, she gave me some good tips and told me it had potential.

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

My husband and kids are thrilled, even though my kids won’t be allowed to read these books. I tease my daughter that I’ll let her read it when she goes to college. My mom, dad, and inlaws are excited for me, however, I’ve advised my inlaws not to read it. They’re pretty conservative and don’t watch sexy R-rated movies, so I think the books would be a little much for them!

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

Like most writers, I love to read and am a member of two book clubs. I also like to cook and when I have time, I enjoy all sorts of craft projects. Until my horse got hurt (she’s better now), I had her with a trainer and we showed in Quarter Horse shows with all the fancy tack and clothes. I’m hoping to show her again this spring.

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

Book two in the Sweetblood series, EMBRACED BY BLOOD, comes out in July.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I’m online at http://www.laurielondonbooks.com/, Facebook www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor, and Twitter www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon. Readers can also email me at Laurie@LaurieLondonBooks.com

Thanks, Patti, for having me on today! I’d love to give away a signed copy of BONDED BY BLOOD to one of your readers.

Book Giveaway:

LIBERTINE'S KISS by Judith James
HQN out now!

Blurb:

Abandoned by his cavalier father at a young age, William de Veres grew up knowing precious little happiness. But William has put the past firmly behind him and as a military hero and noted rake, he rises fast in the ranks of the hedonistic Restoration court. Though not before he is forced to seek shelter from a charming young Puritan woman…







The civil wars have cost the once-high-spirited Elizabeth Walters her best friend and her father, leaving her unprotected and alone. She flees an unwanted marriage, seeking safe haven, but what she finds is something she never expected. When her kindness and her beauty bring her to the attention of William, and then the king, she will have a choice to make. After all, can a notorious libertine really be capable of love?

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Question for readers....what is your favorite historical time period to read?

Post your responses and I'll pick a winner on Tuesday night.

One entry per person, US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winner is.....

Congrats to Booklover1335, who wins the copy of INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane!

Please email me at pattfischer@yahoo.com by 2/8/11.

Another contest to post Sunday and on Monday we have a guest!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Spotlight Review:

A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN – Vicki Lewis Thompson
Wild About You Series, Book 1
Signet Eclipse
ISBN 978-0-451-23247-2
January 2011
Paranormal Romance

Manhattan, New York and Chicago, Illinois – Present Day

Aidan Wallace as Chief Security Officer for the Wallace werewolf pack has been keeping surveillance on Emma Gavin, an author who has been writing books on werewolves. Because of her accuracy at depicting the pack, Aidan’s father, leader of the Wallaces, is getting nervous, but Aidan has seen no sign of any contacts Emma has made with the Weres. Aidan is very attracted to the petite blond whom he has been watching closely for the last three months. He has to continue surveillance as Emma goes on her tour around the country promoting her new book. He introduces himself at her latest book signing and hopes to have his father, who is a good friend of Emma’s publisher, have him assigned as her bodyguard. She has received a call from a fan telling her he is a werewolf and wants to show himself to her. Is it real, or is the fan demented?

After the signing, Aidan takes Emma to a club owned by the Wallaces. It is gorgeous with trees and stars simulating a forest. They dance and are even more fascinated with each other. He must be careful around her because unsatisfied arousal makes him begin to shift. Aidan’s brother, Roarke, shows up and warns Aidan that he is getting too attached to the human when he is destined for a political marriage. He tries to talk Aidan into assigning someone else to watch Emma, but will Aidan take his advice?

Aidan discovers that the son of the Chicago pack leader is the one contacting Emma. The young Theo has always been a problem threatening the safety of secrecy for the pack. Chicago brings more than a book tour for Emma—she finally sees for herself the reality of werewolves.

There are some comical situations in A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN when Aidan is near Emma and his fur begins to grow. Theo has even played some practical jokes that will make readers smile. Emma is an independent woman and Aidan an alpha male. They are likeable, and as their attraction grows, things really heat up! You can expect some very sizzling scenes in A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN as the alpha male growls his satisfaction. Scent has the most appeal in attracting Weres. But what will Emma think when she discovers Aidan’s secret life?

Readers will enjoy the light-hearted and fun story of A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN, which depicts werewolves as very sexy in their human form. Of note are Ms. Thompson’s striking covers for her books with such wonderful art work.

Marilyn Heyman

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Message from Lisa Dale

Dear Readers,

I’ve started a Facebook page. And because I believe in being a good hostess, I’m giving away some great prizes to book-loving friends who come hang out with me!

Contest ends Feb 1. Win:

1. $50 Amazon Gift Card!


2. One signed copy of It Happened One Night



3. One signed copy of Simple Wishes


Here’s how to join the fun!


1. Join my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Dale/158780257466338



2. Tell two of your friends about my new page (by posting a link to it on their walls or sending an email/message).


3. Send an email to Lee@AuthorSoundRelations.com stating the names of the two people you shared my page with. Subject Line: Lisa Dale Contest!

That’s it!

(For those of you who aren’t on Facebook, don’t fret! Even if you're not on Facebook, you can still email two friends about my regular Web site (http://lisadalebooks.com/ ). That counts too!)

THE PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 2 (so be sure to enter ASAP).


Sending you warmest wishes,

Lisa Dale
Slow Dancing on Price's Pier, Spring 2011
http://www.lisadalebooks.com/

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winner is....

The winner of the Roxanne St Claire book is...... SHERRY STRODE!


Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 1/31/11.

Congrats!

Book Giveaway:

INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane

Blurb:

WORTH THE WAIT



Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.



Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.



While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.





What new authors have you discovered recently? Tell us about them and you'll be entered in a contest to win this book.

US and Canada mailing addresses only. One entry per household.

I'll announce the winner on Saturday.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chat with Deb Stover Wednesday night!

Title: Deb Stover chat

Date: Wednesday January 26, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on Chat and then head into Mo's Book Buzz chat room!

Notes: Author Deb Stover joins us to discuss the reissues of her books, A WILLING SPIRIT and SOME LIKE IT HOTTER. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive their choice of either a mass market or Kindle version of A WILLING SPIRIT! Moderated by KatBos.

Monday, January 24, 2011

February releases

RRT has a list of February releases click here

Check it out.

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What are you looking forward to reading in February?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Perfect 10:

CLAIMED: THE PREGNANT HEIRESS – Day LeclaireA Perfect 10
The Takeover, Book 1
Silhouette Desire #2060
ISBN: 978-0-373-73073-5
January 2011
Series Romance

Vista del Mar, California – Present Day

Two months ago in New York City, Chase Larson had a blistering night of passion with a woman he only knew by her first name, Emma. He has been unable to locate her again until the night he attends a party with his stepbrother, Rafe, and discovers that she is Emma Worth, the daughter of the man whose company his brother is about to take over. Chase wants to reconnect with Emma, but she resists. However, he persuades her to go for round two, and their night of passion soon turns into a morning of revelation: Emma is pregnant.

Emma never forgot Chase from their passionate night in New York, but she can’t get involved with any man right now. Her focus is on making sure the impending sale of her father’s company doesn’t displace the townspeople of Vista del Mar. Rafe’s takeover is bordering on hostile, and Chase, as his brother, is part of it and immediately makes him suspect to Emma. An unplanned pregnancy puts her plans to keep Chase at bay on the backburner, as he’s determined they’ll marry. Can a marriage built on distrust and unexpected consequences have any chance of succeeding?

In this first tale in The Takeover series from Silhouette Desire, we are introduced to Chase and Emma. Both had miserable childhoods revolving around dominant, wealthy fathers. Chase has distanced himself from his father and works with his stepbrother, Rafe. Emma is still living in her father’s mansion, but feels stifled by the expectations of being the “Worth Princess” and has focused her energy on charity. Their coming together was purely accidental, but the memory of their night of passion has lingered on for both. The knowledge that Chase is part of “the enemy camp” knocks her for a loop. Learning she’s pregnant with his child throws them both off balance, but quickly Chase makes it clear they must marry. She’s not sure she wants to. It’s going to take every ounce of his persuasion to convince her.

Right from the start, Emma and Chase have a lively banter as they find out their connection to each other. The pregnancy discovery scene is both poignant and funny, and to me is the best part of CLAIMED: THE PREGNANT HEIRESS. This scene alone makes Emma and Chase very real characters that readers will relate to and fall in love with. Their chemistry is obvious, and their hurdles in life have them soon working together to try and make things right between them and the people they care for. There is also an ongoing “saga” with their cell phone ringtones that will bring smiles to many readers. Day Leclaire has done a lot with CLAIMED: THE PREGNANT HEIRESS to make it a beautiful, highly engaging story, and for this reason, I feel it is truly worthy of a Perfect 10 from Romance Reviews Today.

Passionate, emotional and entertaining, CLAIMED: THE PREGNANT HEIRESS is a tale not to be missed as you begin the New Year. Grab this one and put it at the top of your “to be read” pile. You won’t be sorry.

Patti Fischer

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Giveaway:

EDGE OF SIGHT by Roxanne St. Claire

Blurb:

The killer she can't escape . . .
The heartbreak she can't forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.

When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...



Post once if you're interested. I'll announce the winner Wednesday night. One entry per household, US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Good luck!

New Reviews Posted

Romance Reviews Today
Volume1, Issue 2, January 2011


11 New Reviews!

A WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN – Vicki Lewis Thompson – Wild About You Series, Book 1 – Marilyn – Paranormal Romance



AMNESIAC EX, UNFORGETTABLE VOWS - Robyn Grady – Deborah – SD#2063 – Series Romance



CHASING THE SUN – Kaki Warner – Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 3 – Jane – Historical Romance



FIRST LORD'S FURY - Jim Butcher – The Codex Alera series, Book 6 – Robin – Fantasy



IN DEEP – Chloe Harris – Holly – Erotic Historical Romance



MASTER OF SMOKE - Angela Knight – Mageverse Series, Book 7 – Jennifer – Paranormal Romance



RAVISHED BY A VIKING – Delilah Devlin – Jennifer – Erotic Fantasy Romance



SANTA’S SLEEPING BEAUTY - Lisa Fox – Jennifer – Erotic Contemporary Romance – Nibble



SCARED TO DEATH – Wendy Corsi Staub – Jane – Suspense



SPELLWEAVER - Lynn Kurland – A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms – Jani – Fantasy Romance



TO HAVE AND TO KILL – Mary Jane Clark – A Wedding Cake Mystery, Book 1 – Marilyn – Mystery

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Terrie
Owner
Romance Reviews Today
www.romrevtoday.com

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Q & A with K D Grace


1. Tell us about your newest release.

My erotic romance, The Initiation of Ms Holly, is a modern retelling of the Psyche and Eros myth. I was one of those people trapped in a train in the Eurostar tunnel two years ago. With nothing to do but sit and wait in the pitch black, my imagination went wild. A sexy encounter in a dark train with a man whose face you never see is an exciting fantasy, but what would happen if you were never allowed to see your lover’s face? What if all the lust, all the emotions, all the desire that accompanies new love were there in spades, but you couldn’t do anything about it? What if, like Psyche, the only way to see your lover’s face and get the rest of the package is to fulfill certain obligations, certain tasks that would stand you in good stead with his powerful friends.



Journalist Rita Holly never dreamed sex with the mysterious Edward in the dark of a malfunctioning train would lead to a blindfolded, champagne-drenched tango, a spanking by a butch waitress, and an offer of initiation into the exclusive mysteries of The Mount. Desperate to save her threatened job, she agrees to the initiation, scheming secretly to write an inside, career-making exposé on the club. But as she delves deeper into the intrigue of The Mount and gets to know and care about its members, being able to remove Edward’s mask becomes more than just a reward for a mission accomplished, and she soon discovers that her heart may have plans of its own.


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


Wow! Tough choice. There’s a very hot scene on a Harley that I like a lot. There’s a very romantic scene in Edward’s study where he catches Rita snooping around. But my favorite is a scene that involves a frustrated Edward commiserating with his best friend, Alex, about not being able to make love to Rita during her initiation. The two very open minded blokes come up with a fabulous gift for Rita, a DVD of one of her fantasies involving the two of them. I think it’s a very tender scene while at the same time sexy and funny, especially when the DVD ends up in the hands of Rita’s friend, Kate.


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


I’ve never not wanted to be a writer. Before I could write, I told stories and drew lovely little stick figures to illustrate them. Then when I actually learned how to write, no blank sheet of paper was safe.


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


As I mentioned earlier, this story came in part from being trapped in a train and in part from one of my favorite Greek myths. Sometimes story ideas come from dreams or just viewing everyday occurrences from a different angle. I ‘walk’ most of my stories. I’ve gone on long walks and come back with complete stories in my head. My creativity is stronger when I’m walking or vegetable gardening.


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

Probably that I walk my stories, or dig them, or weed them. I have occasionally been known to iron a story, but it’s not my preferred method.

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


I’m surprised how real the characters become to me, how much I feel what they feel, and how much they surprise me. They often do things I never intended them to do, and there’s no arguing with them because they’re always right.


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


I’ve always had friends who encouraged me to write and tell stories. They sort of egged me on. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with several very supportive writing groups. But my biggest encourager has always been my husband. He likes that I write erotic romance. He tells his friends I use him for research.


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


Most have been very supportive. There are a few who have the idea that since I’m a published writer now, wealth and fame can’t be far around the corner. Any day now…Right…? There are a few who think that since I write erotica it’s not ‘real’ writing, but that’s okay. Everybody has to think something.


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


As I said, I love to walk. There are so many lovely national trails here in Britain, and walking is such a national pastime that I can literally step outside my door and walk for miles in spectacular scenery. I’m also an obsessive veg gardener. Every year the veg patch gets bigger and the back lawn gets smaller, but we can usually go from May to October without needing to buy veg at the supermarket. Also my husband and I dabble in Chinese martial arts. I feed most of the birds in the county at the feeders in my back garden. And, at the moment I’m trying to teach myself to play piano. Yes, I know. Don’t laugh


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


I’ve just finished the first draft of my next novel, The Pet Shop, another erotic romance, which will also be published by Xcite books in October 2011. It’s slightly darker, slightly kinkier, and I think even more romantic than The Initiation of Ms Holly. There is also a paranormal romance in the works as well as a fantasy novel, and I hope a few more short stories as well. Enough to keep me out of trouble? We’ll see.


11. How can readers connect with you online?

My website, K D Grace, A Hopeful Romantic is kdgrace.co.uk You can find me there ruminating about something romantic or sexy or just fun. You’ll also find more information about The Initiation of Ms Holly and all of my works, and where to buy them.

Catherine Mann book winner is.....

Congrats to Linda Henderson, who wins the copy of  THE MAVERICK PRINCE!

Please email me by 1/30/11 at pattifischer@yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with Kat Martin!

New York Times Bestselling author, Kat Martin, joins us to discuss her book, AGAINST THE FIRE. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a personally autographed copy of THE SECRET & $10 Borders Gift Card. Moderated by CrazyMo.

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

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Then just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you there for a fiery chat with a legend ;)

Mo

A Perfect 10:

WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST – Eloisa James
A Perfect 10
Avon
ISBN; 978-0-06-202127-4
January 2011
Historical Romance

Pendine, Wales – 1800’s

Linnet Berry Thrynne has ruined her reputation by consorting with the prince. It was only kisses, but the prince says he cannot marry a lowly viscount’s daughter, and the gossip is that Linnet is pregnant. Linnet is beautiful with a voluptuous figure; she is beyond comparison, but now she is considered unmarriageable. Because of her mother’s reputation, even her father and aunt don’t believe Linnet when she says she is a maiden. Her aunt suggests that Linnet be sent to Piers Yelverton as a marriage partner. It is rumored that he is impotent.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Merchant, heir to the Duke of Windebank, is living in Wales. He is in pain from his injured leg, is grumpy and rude; sometimes he is called “the beast”. Piers is a brilliant doctor although a bit direct, and tells his patients the truth about their condition, refusing to use medications when he knows they will not be successful. He has no bedside manners. He has a butler named Prufrock who gives as good as he takes. Piers’s father is anxious for him to marry and produce an heir, much to Piers’s repugnance. Hoping to discourage his father, he writes and tells him the impossibly sterling qualifications he must have in a bride, even telling him he is impotent. This only spurs the duke on.

After much discussion, Linnet’s father and her aunt decide that Linnet must marry the Earl. They are sure that the Duke of Windebank will accept her as a daughter-in-law since she will have a child with royal blood, especially since his son cannot produce his own heir. Linnet ruminates about their plan and decides on her own scheme. After all, she doesn’t really care for men or kissing. She will pretend to be pregnant until she is married. A perfect solution!

WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST is an entertaining and funny story as the reader sees what is ahead for Linnet and Piers. Linnet is so beautiful that she is sure Piers will fall in love with her within two weeks, but he tells her they will not suit. One of my favorite scenes is when Piers takes her to his outside pool. When she jumps in, she is freezing in the cold water and jumps on Piers, clinging to him like a barnacle to keep herself warm. He is insufferably rude, but he keeps a hospital of patients in his home, and patients come from far and wide to see him.

Linnet and Piers deal surprisingly well with each other. His insults don’t faze her, and she gives insults back to him. The dialogue is terrific! And readers will be sure that Piers has a kind heart under all of his bluster. You will love these two characters who get involved in some very heated scenes. Secondary characters, Piers’s parents, Prufrock, and the child Gavan, add to the tale.

Excellent dialogue, good pacing, and memorable characters make WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST a Perfect 10. This reviewer will be looking for more stories by this talented author, and you will, too.

Marilyn Heyman

Monday, January 17, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kat Martin on....Researching AGAINST THE FIRE--a Hot Topic!

Everyone thinks writing an historical novel is all about the research, studying the time frame, the political events, the clothes, the mores of the era, that sort of thing. Authors often shy away from writing Regency or Victorian because of the research involved.


What many readers and aspiring writers don’t understand is that writing a contemporary novel can demand just as much research as an historical. In AGAINST THE FIRE, the second book in my Raines brothers trilogy, the plot deals with an arsonist who is determined to ruin, then murder the hero, Gabriel Raines.

The story demanded I write about fires. Which meant I needed to know about fires. What techniques were used to fight fires; what people, besides the firemen who arrived at the scene, were involved? I learned that time arson is suspected, which turns out to be quite often, the arson squad is brought in. There are set procedures, rules that must be followed.

I did a ton of work on the Internet for AGAINST THE FIRE, using sources like the Dallas Fire Department web site. The police and fire departments in the various cities have wonderful, very helpful sites and often even include photos of the buildings where their offices are located.

Since Gabe was a real estate developer who did inner city revitalization projects, I worked with site maps of downtown Dallas. The street names have to be correct, the areas used as settings should be plausible. Lots of people live in Dallas. I did my best to get things right.

Mattie Baker, the heroine of the story, is an architect, which required me to dig up information on what architects actually did. Luckily my husband was an architectural major in college so he helped guide me in the right direction. A good rule is, use sources near you, people you know who know about the subject you’re interested in.

My AAA Auto Club travel books are a staple when I’m writing--both for historical and contemporary. The Texas book was close at hand, providing info on the countryside and the city of Dallas itself. Of course, I’ve traveled there often, and once I knew I’d be writing AGAINST THE FIRE, I tried to familiarize myself with the city as much as I could.

Though the research can be daunting, writing in a book set in the present has its advantages. I love the freedom it allows me as a writer, the broader us of language, the wider variation in theme and character. Certainly today people act in far less structured ways than they did in the Victorian era. (Or maybe they are just more open about their behavior than they were back then!)

I loved writing Gabe and Mattie’s story, which was a different sort of challenge than I faced in writing AGAINST THE WIND, the first book in the trilogy. Gabe is his own man, macho, bull-headed and sexy as hell. Mattie is the perfect woman for him--even if she doesn’t believe it!

I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE FIRE, then look for Dev Raines’ story in AGAINST THE LAW.

Till then all best and happy reading, Kat

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book Giveaway:

THE MAVERICK PRINCE
Silhouette Desire

Blurb:

The world knew him only as a Texas shipping magnate, lover of the finer things in life…including Shannon Crawford. But when Tony Medina’s true identity was splashed across the tabloids, he could no longer hide his royal heritage. Despite his lover’s furious reaction to the news, Tony had no choice but to whisk her away to his secret island retreat. He claimed he was simply guarding Shannon from the paparazzi. But Tony’s true goal was to win her back…by any means necessary.


Read RRT's review by clicking here.
 
Interested....
 
What romance novel character would you like to be stranded on a desert island with? Pick ONE and tell us about it and why.
 
I'll announce a winner Wednesday night.
 
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Q&A with Jana Richards

Give a big welcome to author Jana Richards as she discusses her latest release, FLAWLESS!

1. Tell us about your newest release.



I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that “Flawless” was released on January 5 from The Wild Rose Press (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/) as part of their Jewels of the Night series. “Flawless” is a romantic suspense set in France during the Second World War. Here’s a blurb:

France, 1942. The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice; help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.

Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses? Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.



I had a great time doing the research and writing for this story. It’s my first historical, and the first story I’ve set outside of North America. I hope to write more stories set in this fascinating time period.



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



One of my favorite scenes occurs shortly after Hunter Smith arrives at the Chateau de Maisoneuve, pretending to be a gardener, but really there to steal the rare, and valuable blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu. Madeleine is being accosted by Nazi General Klaus Dietrich. She is certain he is about to rape her, when suddenly Hunter appears, claiming to be her husband! Everything changes after that. For the sake of the mission, they are forced to live together as man and wife, even though Madeleine suspects Hunter of a betrayal that led to the death of her husband.



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



That goes back quite a long way. I’ve always had an interest in writing and especially in reading. For as long as I can remember I’ve been making up little stories in my head. But I didn’t try putting them down on paper until about 15 years ago. That’s when I read my first romance novel and became totally addicted. In my naivety and supreme ignorance I thought “I could do that!” Turns out publishing is way more complicated then slapping a few words on the page, sending them to a publisher, and then sitting back and waiting for the royalties to roll in. Who knew?



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



Ideas are all around us. Sometimes the lyrics to a song speak to me and give me inspiration. Stories in the newspaper often spark ideas. I clip interesting and unusual stories all the time. For instance, I clipped one story about a man who suddenly woke up after being in a coma for many years. What if his world was totally different when he awoke? What if the woman he thought he was in love with was trying to kill him? You get the idea. You can take a simple news story, ask a lot of what if questions, and you may have the beginnings of a novel.



Or sometimes the ideas are inspired by a direct request from a publisher. For instance, “Flawless” was born when The Wild Rose Press put out a call for stories in the Jewels of the Night series. The only requirement given was that the story be a romantic suspense and have something to do with a blue diamond. The rest came out of many ‘what if?’ questions.



For information or research I mostly turn to the Internet. It’s possible to find out almost anything. For “Flawless” I researched everything from the history of the period, and the French Resistance, to the history of the flashlight (did they exist in the 1940s?) and how to pick the lock of a safe. However great the Internet is for research, I still enjoy reading books on my chosen subject.



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



You mean aside from writing in organized chaos? You’d know what I mean if you saw my desk! But seriously, I guess my writing quirk is that I’m not a writer who can spend only a few minutes a day writing. I seem to work best when I can devote several days totally concentrating on the writing. To that end, I’m looking forward to my writing group’s Book in a Week in January.



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



The promotion! I thought the hard part was writing the books. But I quickly discovered that writing the book is only the beginning.



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



My writing groups have been a source of inspiration and help and cheerleading for many years, first Saskatchewan Romance Writers (http://www.saskromancewriters.4t.com/) and then Lover’s Knot. There have been times when I’ve thought I had enough of this crazy business, and advice or wisdom from one of my writing friends has pulled me through.



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



I think they think I’m a little strange! It might have to do with talking to myself on occasion. But they’ve been supportive and helpful, especially my husband, who is my computer guru and tech support. He even cooks for me!



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



I enjoy gardening, reading, going to live plays, yoga, walks with my dog (I’m crazy about my dog!), travel, and golf.



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



I’m waiting to hear if The Wild Rose Press is interested in my novella “The Girl Most Likely” for their Class of ’85 series, which is a series of stories about graduates headed to their 25 year high school reunion. I’m also working on my WIP “Welcome to Paradise” about a woman who returns to her hometown after her marriage and her career both implode. And in January for my Book in a Week project, I plan to work on a piece I call “Always a Bridesmaid”. This story is meant to be part of a three book series that began with my published novel “Her Best Man” available from http://www.uncialpress.com/ Every book in the series begins with someone being left at the altar.



11. How can readers connect with you online?

Readers can find me at my website http://www.janarichards.net/ I’d also love them to drop by blog at http://janarichards.blogspot.com/ or friend me at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jana-Richards/157005711005866


Thank you for having me. It was fun!

Winner is....

Congrats to Jennie, who wins WHISPER FALLS!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info!

Chat Wednesday night with Marie Force!


Carina Press author Marie Force joins us to discuss her book, FATAL JUSTICE. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of FATAL JUSTICE! Moderated by KatBos.

When? Tomorrow night (Wed) 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. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you there!

Mo

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Q&A with Lucy Felthouse!




1. Tell us about your newest release.


My latest release, Uniform Behaviour, is particularly exciting because it’s the first anthology I’ve edited. It’s an erotic uniform anthology, containing sixteen stories from fourteen authors. The uniforms in question range from soldiers and sailors through to cleaners and waiters! A percentage of the proceeds also goes to Help for Heroes, a UK charity aiding those who have been wounded in current conflict.


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


My story in Uniform Behaviour is called Just Couldn’t Wait and features a journalist who catches sight of a handsome waiter at a dull press party. Let’s just say things don’t stay dull for long! As it’s only a short tale in itself I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll just have to read it and find out what happens!



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



I don’t think there was ever a moment of realisation. Even as a child I was always writing stories and when I wasn’t doing that, I had my nose in a book. So I think it’s something that’s always been there. It’s only since I got older that I realised I was actually good at it and wanted to pursue it.


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


Anywhere and everywhere! Sometimes it’s a situation, sometimes a person, sometimes an item. Other times I’m thinking of a theme for a particular call for submissions, and thinking of the topic itself will give me an idea. I always have a notebook to hand to scribble down my ideas.


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


I’m not sure I really have one. I don’t write anywhere unusual or using a particular pen or anything. Sometimes I write directly to my laptop, other times in a notebook. It depends on my mood. Sorry I couldn’t give a more interesting answer to that question!




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



When I was editing Uniform Behaviour, I realised that I’m not as good a proof-reader as I thought! I’m pretty good, but having had a professional look over it, there were small things that I missed. I definitely need to brush up on my hyphen usage!




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


As I mentioned in an earlier question, I’ve always been a writer. With regards my route to becoming a published author, I guess the person that helped me the most was the one that suggested I should have a go at writing an erotic story. Turned out I was pretty good at it and I’ve never looked back since!



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



Many of them don’t know! They know I write, but none of them are big readers and don’t show much interest. I’m sure they think it’s some silly little hobby. My friends are a completely different matter...



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



I’m pretty geeky – I like messing around online on Twitter and Facebook. I also create websites for people. Away from the computer, I enjoy reading, walking and visiting stately homes and historical places of interest.



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


I’m currently working on several stories for various calls for submissions. But there’s an idea for a longer piece bubbling away in the back of my mind, and I think the time is right for it to come forward. I have some stories coming out in a couple of anthologies from Cleis Press and Ravenous Romance. And of course, I’m always checking my inbox in the hope there’ll be another acceptance email.



11. How can readers connect with you online?



Readers can hit my website, http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/ . From there, they can learn more about me and my writing, see a list of where I’ve been published and connect with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and more! I look forward to making some new friends!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Book Contest:

WHISPER FALLS by Toni Blake
Out now!


Welcome to Destiny, Ohio—where coming home means finding your true heart and maybe even your true love.

 Tessa Sheridan came crawling back home to Destiny after her big city interior design career crumbled. Now not only must she struggle to make ends meet, she has to contend with a biker next door and the roar of Harleys shattering the serenity of her cabin in the woods. Worse still, her sexy bad boy neighbor makes her feel breathless and weak—and shy, petite Tessa knows what a major mistake it would be to get involved with someone so…dangerous.

They say that former teen rebel Lucky Romo has a dark, secret past—that he’s trouble with a capital “T.” Still, Tessa feels all tingly when she sees how well he fills out a pair of tight jeans. And when Lucky invites her into his world, she knows the intense heat sparking between them could lead her somewhere wild and wonderful…and, yes, dangerous!

Want to win a copy? Then post away and I'll draw a winner on Wednesday night!!!

US and Canada mailing addresses only, one entry per person.

Winners!

First up, the winner of the $10 giftcard is... TheresaN!!!

Finally, the winner of the JD Robb book is.... ReneeG!!

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Congrats ladies and please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 1/17/11 to claim your prize.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Spotlight Review:

NO PLACE TO RUN - Maya Banks
A KGI Novel , Book 2
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23819-6
December 2010
Romantic Suspense

Tennessee - Present Day

In the five months since the KGI mission that took him to Mexico, Sam Kelly hasn't been able to get Sophie out of his mind. It's bad enough getting involved with a woman while on a mission, but that he can't forget her, or the fact that she had disappeared by the time he went back for her, is making Sam a little crazy. Then, while enjoying a barbecue with his brothers at his cabin, Sam sees a woman floating in the lake. Her rescue reveals the woman has bruising around her neck, a bullet-wound in her arm, a pregnancy bump…and finally Sophie's beautiful face.

After killing her father, a conscienceless arms dealer, Sophie knew the worst thing she could do would be finding Sam Kelly. A few too many close calls with her father's men and the difficulty of being on the run leave her with little choice. Kelly Group International hires former military personnel and specializes in rescue missions and government work that the government won't admit to, just the kind of help Sophie needs. Having to admit that she lied to Sam as much as he lied to her during their affair is bound to have him believe that she also betrayed him, but for the baby she's carrying, Sophie will do whatever it takes.

With NO PLACE TO RUN, Sophie turns to the one person she believes can keep her safe—and the one person who has the most reason to distrust her. Both had agendas when they first met, but the passion between them was hard to resist. That passion is still strong, yet Sophie and Sam have a lot to deal with now, including the revelation of the lies between them. Growing up the daughter of an arms dealer who despised weakness and had no concern for her welfare hasn't left Sophie with the ability to easily trust, but she is hopeful that Sam is the man she thinks he is. Sam, along with three of his five brothers, runs the Kelly Group International (KGI). They are a close-knit family, and his brothers, Garret and Donovan, play a large part in this novel. Despite the many questions Sam has about Sophie and the story she's telling him, he feels protective of her and her baby.

Though this is the second book in the KGI or Kelly series, NO PLACE TO RUN stands well enough on its own. The novel focuses mostly on the relationship between Sophie and Sam and the interactions within the Kelly family, but they are an interesting family, and you may want to know more about them and how Ethan and Rachel's story (THE DARKEST HOUR, September 2010) came about. A riveting tale of action and romance, don't miss NO PLACE TO RUN.

Jennifer Bishop

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Book Giveaway:

BIG JACK by JD Robb

Blurb:

Note: Previously published in Remember When

In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist...someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to travelling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all-and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for years.



Simple to enter...if you're interested, just post ONCE and I will pull a winner on Sunday night. One entry per person. US and Canada addresses only.

Chat Wednesday night with Allison Brennan!


New York Times Bestselling author Allison Brennan joins us to discuss her book, LOVE ME TO DEATH. Door prize: Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy of LOVE ME TO DEATH! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Tomorrow 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. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu.

Hope to see you there for a spine-tingling, chiller thriller of a night! hee hee

Mo
Mo's Book Buzz

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Spotlight Review:

EXPLOSIVE – Beth Kery Berkley Heat
ISBN: 978-0-425-23671-0
December 2010
Erotic Romantic Suspense

Chicago, Illinois – Present Day

Dr. Sophie Gable is taking a well-deserved week off at Haven Lake when in walks Thomas Nicosia. Thomas works in the same building she does, and she sees him all the time, always feeling there was some kind of attraction between them, but neither of them has had the nerve to make the first move. Now Thomas looks rumpled, is not talking normally, and seems less than his usual well kept persona. When they end up in bed together and he's gone the next morning, she knows something was wrong with him. Could it have something to do with the death of his “brother” and nephew recently? In fact, Thomas's brother, Rick Carlisle, was the son of the man who took him in at the age of ten after both his parents were shot to death. Rick Carlisle was a journalist, and word is he was going to name his father, Joseph, as head of the Chicago mob. Joseph Carlisle is the reason Thomas was not an orphan, and his love and trust in Joseph is unshakeable.

Thomas doesn't know what is wrong with him, but for some reason life seems to be spinning out of control after the death of his “brother”, and the FBI is trying to blame his father for being the leader of the Chicago mob. Joseph Carlisle raised him and can't be the person Rick and the FBI are saying he is. Thomas can't believe Rick had a source naming their father as being a member of the mob; why would he believe that of his own father? For some reason, Thomas is attracted to Sophie and can't seem to keep his hands off her. When Thomas and Sophie are almost involved in an explosion, they return to Haven Lake trying to escape whatever is threatening Thomas.

Beth Kery has written a sort of psychological story about a man who is clearly having some sort of psychotic break with reality. Half the time Thomas doesn't remember what he's done, and Sophie is trying to be the person who brings him back to reality. Handled with attention to detail, Thomas and Sophie's relationship seems to revolve around Thomas and whatever has happened to him to make him forget almost 12 hours of his life.

As Thomas and Sophie spend time at her lake house getting to know each other, they are both aware that the FBI is involved in an investigation of Rick's death. Whatever happened to Thomas has someone after him, and he acts with extreme ups and downs at times, wanting sex all the time. Not that Sophie minds the sex, but her history has her unable to trust Thomas as much as he distrusts her. Is she working with the FBI to get some information out of him? But sex with her is the only thing that calms him down and can get him to think clearly. What could be the secret that his mind is hiding from him?

Secondary characters include the late Rick Carlisle, who was Joseph's son and the instigator of the investigation of his father; Sophie's associate, Andy, who was a psychologist treating Rick before his death; and Joseph, who seems to be at the center of whatever is happening. Is he being unfairly blamed?

EXPLOSIVE is just like the title suggests, one hot story with lots of sex and lust. Thomas is hypersexual, and Sophie is attracted despite his unusual actions. Can they reach a normal relationship, or will Thomas and his history come between them until the mystery is solved? Make sure you're calm and collected when you start reading, because the EXPLOSIVE sex will knock your socks off.

CeCe Johns

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Q&A with Tina Martin!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Secrets On Lake Drive is an emotional story of Monica Smith and Sean Beauvais, two people who are seemingly rivals but may be just what the other needs to have a happy, meaningful and successful life. Secrets On Lake Drive is a novel based on the secrets each person carries. In the end, those secrets may hold them together or drive them apart. Read a longer synopsis and review at http://www.prlog.org/10887490-apex-review-of-secrets-on-lake-drive-tina-martin.pdf. Secrets On Lake Drive is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.


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

I have many favorite scenes in the novel, but one of my favorites is when Monica shows up at Sean’s house to give him a class portrait. She’s so distracted by his good looks and his chiseled abs she temporarily forgets why she came over in the first place. Sean smiles, because he already knows he’s ‘all that’ and to see a woman completely lose her focus because of his handsomeness is appealing to him.



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

The idea of actually writing a book was very intriguing to me. When I realized that I had a knack for writing essays and short stories in a creative writing class in college, I knew that writing a novel would be my next step. So I did it, and I have to say that I love writing and making a story come together.



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

I get inspiration for my stories from everyday life. Plus, I love romance movies, chick flicks and so forth, so I think my knowledge in that area helps to strengthen my stories and develop my characters so much so that readers can connect with them easily.


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

Hmm…I guess that would be listening to music for inspiration to write some scenes in my novels. For instance, if I’m working on a romantic scene, then I would listen to some nice R&B artists like Ne-yo or Musiq.

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

I learned that when I’m very close to a manuscript it’s easy to overlook things so I need to take a break from it and revisit it in order to make sure it’s perfect. I also learned that it’s always a plus to have a good editor on hand!


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

I really do not know or have friendships with a lot of authors, so my influence would come from my husband, sisters and friends who encourage me to continue writing.



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

My family loves the idea. It seems like it’s more exciting for them than it is for me. I still think they can’t believe I am a writer.



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

Traveling. I have family all over the US so I travel a lot, which is awesome, because I have personally visited a wide variety of settings that will be used in my novels, like Virginia Beach for instance.



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

In March 2011, I will be releasing my next novel, Another Man’s Treasure, with Xpress Yourself Publishing. Ask yourself – Have you ever been in love or had a crush on someone who has never paid you any attention until you moved on and found someone else? Now all of a sudden, they’re interested…if so, Another Man’s Treasure is the read for you, but I must warn you…it’s very intense! The release date is March 15, 2011.


11. How can readers connect with you online?

You can read excerpts from all of my novels, find out about upcoming book signings and much more at my website:

Website: http://www.tinamartinbooks.com/

Keep track of the life of an author and my events at:

Blog: http://www.ibetterfindyourlove.blogspot.com/

Check out my publisher’s site at:

Publisher’s Site: http://www.xpressyourselfpublishing.com/

Find me on Facebook:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tinamartinbooks

Check out Amazon.com to read customer reviews, then get your copy today: Click here

And of course, you can email me anytime at: tina@tinamartinbooks.com

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A big thank you to Tina for joining us, and as a treat, here is her book trailer on Secrets on Lake Drive. It's not long, so give a look.

Best Books of 2010...and win a $10 giftcard

So, here we are, already into 2011. Which reminds me, I haven't changed my calendars. Lazy weekend after partying Friday night to ring in the new year. ;-)

As we begin the year, of course our thoughts will have us thinking about last year. How many books did you read? Did your reading tastes change? Find new authors? I am sure we all have an answer to those questions, but the big one I want to know is....

What were your favorite books of 2010?

Answer that question and you'll be entered in a contest to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble egiftcard. One entry per person and I'll post the winner next Sunday night.

Good luck!

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!!

For those of you who came to chat and won a prize, the books will be sent out no earlier than next Saturday.

Happy New Year and best wishes for the coming year!