Thursday, February 28, 2013

Q & A with Linda Jacobs!!!



  Linda is giving away a set of her four books in the Yellowstone series:
Summer of Fire, Rain of Fire, Lake of Fire, and Jackson Hole Journey
           Post a comment to be entered! Winners must have a US mailing address only.


       1.  Tell us about your newest release.
 My upcoming March 2013 release, Jackson Hole Journey, from Camel Press, is Book Four of the award winning Yellowstone Series of novels. Summer of Fire (WILLA Literary Award) is a tale of the heroes who fought the fires of 1988. Rain of Fire (RRT Perfect 10) is what might happen if the world’s largest Supervolcano awakens. (I promise I don’t destroy the world.) Lake of Fire (Spur Finalist) is the prequel to Jackson Hole Journey, a stagecoach era adventure set in Yellowstone in 1900. Note that a 4 Star Review in February 2013 RT Book Reviews suggested that the release of Jackson Hole Journey would have everyone clamoring to read the rest of the series.

Jackson Hole Journey, category Historical Fiction, is about two brothers who vie for the love of the same woman on a Jackson Hole dude ranch during the Roaring Twenties. Against the backdrop of a massive landslide and a flood that wipes out a town, they fight prejudice against their native heritage, while battling those who would destroy their ranching tradition.
Francesca di Paoli, the central female character, leaves post World War I Italy to escape the rule of Mussolini, who has plunged the country into poverty and hunger. When things go bad for her in New York City, she heads west on the train, hoping California will be like her home in Tuscany. In Salt Lake City, she’s put off on the platform, penniless, and is rescued by William Sutton, elder son and scion of the Snake River Dude Ranch in Jackson’s Hole, as it was then called. A fish out of water in this high desert valley, she seeks to find a place for herself.
You can read several excerpts on my website, www.readlindajacobs.com


        2.   Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
I love the complex dynamic of the Sutton family, owners of the Snake River Dude Ranch. Especially the way each member’s character is amplified by the way they react when the owner’s Nez Perce uncle, Bitter Waters, comes to the ranch as he is dying. The series of scenes surrounding the dignified older man’s passing are some of the most poignant I believe I have ever written, inspired as I was by my own father’s recent death. The sense of helplessness, of wanting to be their strength for them, the anger and the willing them not to give up, the difficulty watching, the listening to the ragged breathing and praying for it not to stop, not to stop . . . . and, finally the when it does stop, the vast relief. It’s the second excerpt in Jackson Hole Journey on my site, titled “Night Vigil.”

      3.    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Ever since my mom shared the Golden Book versions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty with me at bedtime, I have found fiction . . . whether I am immersed in someone else’s good book . . . or whether I’m spinning the yarn, to be a magical escape. If you had asked me 10 years ago when I came up with my life goal of writing, I would have said I was about 11, but I found a box in my folks’ house when I inherited the place. Mom had saved all my old school papers, and there was a painstakingly printed essay from second grade in which I scratched, “when I grow up, I want to rite a novl.”
By age thirteen, I’d learned to hunt and peck on Dad’s old Royal Typewriter and started writing novels. In addition to New York, my characters roamed Hollywood, Yosemite and Hawaii. I even featured a Saudi Arabian princess attending college in America (after careful research of Medina and Mecca in the 1963 World Book Encyclopedia.) My largest effort was over one hundred single-spaced, typewritten pages. Eventually, I decided, as many adolescents do, that my mother might be reading my material, so I had a bonfire in the backyard. This is certainly a blessing for posterity, as well as for me. Now, no one will ever know how amateur those works must have been.

For the next twenty years, fiction took a back seat to technical writing. Then, in 1991, I was visiting Yellowstone and the idea of getting back to noveling came to me on a hike. When I returned to Houston where I lived, I joined the Rice University novel writing program under an American Book Award winner, the late Venkatesh Kulkarni. The rest is history.

        4.   How long have you been writing?
As above, I started the serious study of adult writing over twenty years ago. It takes me at least three years to write a book, but sometimes I am working on more than one at a time.
        5.     Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?

When I come up with an idea, I often tend to shout it out. Completely out of context. My husband has grown used to it.

One day, years ago, when I was exiting my health club locker room, I was struggling with a plot problem in Rain of Fire. There was going to be a big earthquake; my characters would be caught in a canyon on horseback, but what would happen to raise the stakes? I thought about killing or injuring one of my main folks, but knew I needed them to be fully functional shortly thereafter for the book’s climax. As I opened the locker room door, it came to me. “Kill the horses!” I said . . . right into the startled face of a woman carrying her gym bag.

So if she, and the rest of you, want to know who that deranged woman was, keep reading.

       6.    What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
This goes along with advice to unpublished writers. I used to think if you read your work over and over, you could continue to find things to change forever. I hear that a lot. “Oh, you can read it and read and you’ll always want to change something.” I found out that at some point, when you have worked enough, you can read your book out loud from start to finish. Smoothly, one sentence flowing into the next and the next, without stumbling, or getting out of breath, and you will find there is nothing more to change. I never call a manuscript ready until that happens, and (advice here) no one else should.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
 
Two influential teachers were the aforementioned Venkatesh Srinivas Kulkarni, and the late Rita Gallagher, co-founder of RWA. Rita taught small groups of romance writers in her home up until she was in her eighties.
Authors . . . over these many years, James Mitchener for landscape, Robert Heinlein for imagination, Ken Follett for building a new world with each book, as I tend to (wastes so much time, but worth it.) Ayn Rand for canvas size, and Nora Roberts for a love story that always seems fresh.
Before I start thanking friend lists, I’ll just thank the most important: my best friend and husband Richard Jacobs. He’s not a bad reader.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
 
Most of my small family did not live to see it. In addition to my parents and grandparents, I had only an aunt and uncle on my mother’s side. I was at my aunt’s house when I got “the call,” so she knew I was going to be published and she read a lot of my work, but she died in 2004. When Summer of Fire, my first Yellowstone novel, came out in June, 2005, Dad had been sick for over six months. I signed the first copy I got out of the first box to him. He read it, shaking his head and saying, “I can’t get over how much better this is than some of that stuff you used to write.” “Well, Dad, we all get better with time.”
When he went to the hospital for the last time, he brought his book with him, calling it his “most prized possession.” When he passed, I took his book to the funeral home, arranged a few quiet moments with the casket, and placed Summer of Fire within its satin folds. I went to the restroom, had a little cry, and when I came back, one of the ladies who worked there was beside Dad. “I’ve got this here . . .” She held out her hands . . . with my BOOK in them! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Did she see me put it in? Did she take it out of there? How dare she . . . “Whe . . . where did you get that?” I quavered.
“The bookstore,” she said with a smile. “Will you sign it for me?”
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I read voraciously in all genres. As a retired professional geologist, I like looking at rocks and landscapes and hiking through them. I love adventure travel, snorkeling, swimming, and staying on the move between New Mexico and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
I am in the planning and early writing stage of a modern day Jackson Hole dude ranching novel that will take on the issues of the twenty-first century . . . wolves, bison, the green movement, and how the last dude ranch in the National Park system manages to survive against those who would shut them down. My last dude ranch will be fictional – I have visited the real one – Triangle X, run by the Turner family since 1926, and inside Grand Teton National Park since 1950.
 
11. How can readers connect with you online?
I’m on Facebook, Linked In, and at www.readlindajacobs.com. I’m getting the word out on sites like RRT, but alas, I am far too verbose to be confined by Twitter.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Winner of HEAD OVER HEELS is....

Congrats to LSU READER!!
She wins the Susan Andersen book!

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

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chat Wed night with..... Alannah Lynne!

Author Alannah Lynne joins us to discuss her book, CROSSING LINES. 
 
Door prize: Two lucky winners will receive their choice of one of the Heat Wave books (SAVIN' ME, LAST CALL, or CROSSING LINES), and one lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card of their choice (Amazon, BN, or iTunes)! 
 
Moderated by Sandi.
 
When? Wed night at 9:00PM ET
 
Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to 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 where we'll be CROSSING the LINE between...behaving and not! LOL
 
Mo

New Reviews Posted!



Romance Reviews Today is pleased to present some great new reviews for your enjoyment.

Only a few days left to enter the February contest for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate.

Only 4  days left to enter the writing contest for cash prizes (see the home page for more information)

Happy Reading!

February 2013

Contemporary Romance
CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE - Molly O'Keefe - 2/2013 - Patti - New!
CRYSTAL COVE - Lisa Kleypas - A Friday Harbor Novel, Book 4 - 2/2013 - Jane - New!
HIP CHECK - Deidre Martin - New York Blades Series, Book 12 - 2/2013 - Patti - New
THE LONG WAY HOME - Mariah Stewart - The Chesapeake Diaries, Book 6 - 2/2013 - Robin
MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE - Jude Deveraux - Moonlight Trilogy, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Jane
POSTER GIRL: Erotic Musings of an ER Physician - Joni McPherron - A Perfect 10 - 2/2013 - CeCe - Erotic - New
RELEASE ME - J. Kenner - 1/2013 - Holly - Erotic
RUSH - Maya Banks - Breathless, Book 1 - 2/2013 - Jennifer - New
SEX AND THE SINGLE FIREMAN - Jennifer Bernard - A Bachelor Fireman Novel, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Carolyn -New
SUMMER AT THE SHORE LEAVE CAFE - Abbie Williams - 1/2013 - Robin
WHEN SUMMER COMES - Brenda Novak - Whiskey Creek Series, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Marilyn

Fantasy
BETWEEN - Kerry Schafer - The Books of the Between - 2/2013 - Jani - New
HAUNTED MOON - Yasmine Galenorn - An Otherworld Novel, Book 13 - 2/2013 - Jennifer -New

Futuristic Romance
NO MERCY - Jenna McCormick - 2/2013 - CeCe - Erotic

Historical Fiction
THE ITALIAN WOMAN - Jean Plaidy - A Catherine de Medici Novel - 1/2013 - Jani

Historical Romance
THE AUTUMN BRIDE - Anne Gracie - The Chance Sisters Series, Book 1 - 2/2013 - Jane
DESTINY'S EMBRACE - Beverly Jenkins - 2/2013 - Robin -New
A DUKE NEVER YIELDS - Julianna Gray - Never series, Book 2 - 2/2013 - Jane
HOW TO ENTICE AN EARL - Manda Collins - 2/2013 - Jani
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED - Victoria Alexander - 2/2013- Robin
ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER - Sarah MacLean - The Fallen Angel Quartet, Book 2 - 2/2013 - Jane
WHEN SHE SAID I DO - Celeste Bradley - Worthington Sisters, Book 1 -2/2013 - Robin

Mystery
DEATH, TAXES AND A PEACH SANGRIA - Diane Kelly - A Tara Holloway Novel, Book 4 - A Perfect 10 - 2/2013 - Patti - New

Paranormal Romance
DEMON HUNTING IN A DIVE BAR - Lexi George - Demon Hunting, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Jennifer - New
FURY'S KISS - Karen Chance - A Midnight's Daughter Novel, Book 3 - 10/2012 - Jennifer - New
GOING UNDER - Lauren Dane - Bound by Magick, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Jennifer - New
SCENT OF DARKNESS - Margot Berwin - 2/2013 - Robin
SOULBOUND - Tessa Adams - A Lone Star Witch, Book 1 - 2/2013 - Jani
THE WATER WITCH - Juliet Dark - 2/2013 - Jennifer - New

Romantic Suspense
KILLING TIME - Cindy Gerard - One-Eyed Jack, Book 1 - 2/2013 - Carolyn
MIDNIGHT ALIAS - Elle Kenndy - A Killer Instincts Novel, Book 2 - 2/2013 - Jennifer - New
THE REUNITED - Shiloh Walker - The FBI Psychics, Book 3 - 2/2013- Jennifer - New
WHEN SUMMER COMES - Brenda Novak - Whiskey Creek Series, Book 3 - 2/2013 - Marilyn

Series Romance
ALL HE REALLY NEEDS - Emily McKay - At Cain's Command, Book 2 - 2/2013 - Patti - HD #2213 - New
BEDROOM DIPLOMACY - Michelle Celmer - Daughters of Power: The Capital, Book 2 - 2/2013 - Patti - New
THE KING NEXT DOOR - Maureen Child - Kings of California Series - 2/2013 - Patti - HD#2209 - New
MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS - Kat Cantrell - 2/2013 - Jennifer - HD #2212 - New
A SEAL'S SEDUCTION - Tawny Weber - Uniformly Hot - 2/2013 - Jennifer - HB #738
A TRICKY PROPOSITION - Cat Schield - 2/2013 - Patti- HD #2214 - New
HOW TO GET OVER YOUR EX - Nikki Logan - 2/2013 - Patti - HK #3

Suspense
THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES - M.J. Rose - 2/2013 - Diana - Paperback release - New
 
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Romance Reviews Today
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Q & A with Regina Morris!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.
 
"Eternal Service" is the first novel in the Colony Series. It is a humorous paranormal romance that involves a group of vampires, codename "The Colony", who protect the President of the United States. In my series, vampires can change their ages based on the blood they consume. Vampires drink a lot of blood and appear in their twenties. They live their life slowly growing older overtime by gradually limiting their consumption of blood. 
 
After 70 years or so they fake their death, move and start over. "Eternal Service" is the story of the leader of the Colony, Raymond. Raymond's boss, the human liaison between the vamps and the President, has decided to retire. His replacement is a human woman named Alex. She's a career-minded woman who has a past that haunts her. She wants true love and a family, but doesn't trust men. Raymond is widowed and still mourning over the death of his wife. He isn't looking for love, but it finds him. The book has a plot against the Supreme Court and the President, as well as a human Secret Service agent who picks up on clues that vampires exist. Can Raymond and Alex find happiness? Together, can they save the President? 
 
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
 
My favorite scene is after Alex attends a cocktail party at the mansion where all the vampires live. Raymond and his son, Sterling, are talking privately. Raymond has noble beliefs and doesn't like his son's philandering ways (especially since his dates are always human women). Raymond is looking for help from his son in terms of how to proceed with a relationship with Alex. Sterling tries to help, but basically just tears into Raymond. Insults are flying, accusations are made, ... but even through all of that you can tell these two characters have a strong family bond. It's a funny scene.
 
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
 
It was just a few years ago. I had just discovered the genre paranormal romance and was reading a book a week. I just couldn't get enough of it. I had a stack of books that I had read several times, a stack of books that were good (but not re-readable), and a few books I didn't enjoy at all and never finished. I thought, "what is in these re-readable books that I enjoyed that isn't in the others?" Fifteen minutes later the entire world of The Colony was in my head. I had to take pen to paper.
 
4. How long have you been writing?
 
Just a few years. The first three books of The Colony are written, although just the first one is published. Book #2 will be out in September and book #3 in the summer of 2014.
 
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
 
I write whatever scene I'm passionate about for that day. This means sometimes I write the ending before the beginning. Since I outline my stories, it's never a concern to keep with the story line. 
 
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
 
How much time is spent promoting your book.
 
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
 
Kerrelyn Sparks is my hero. I love her "Love At Stake" series. Thriller author Jeff Abbott has also inspired me. I first met him before he became an international best-selling author. He's proof to me that it can happen.
 
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
 
They're very supportive and excited. I presented my mother-in-law with a printed copy of my book and she was so excited she had to sit down! It was a priceless moment that I'll always remember.
 
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
 
Photography. I am an amateur portrait and sports photographer.
 
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
 
"United Service" is book #2 in The Colony series. It will be released in September 2013. Sterling is a half-breed vampire. He's the weakest link in the Colony team and he knows it. He jumps at the chance to do some fieldwork involving kidnapped vampire children. A nanny of one of the kids, Kate, teams up with him. She's a purebred vampire. Will Kate be able to accept a half-breed in her bed? Will Sterling set aside his bad-boy ways and win the love of his life? Can they save the vampire children from being murdered by a religious cult?
 
11. How can readers connect with you online?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Giveaway:

HEAD OVER HEELS by Susan Andersen
Note that this is a reissue

Blurb:

Who said, "you can't go home again"?

In Veronica Davis's case, who'd want to—especially when you hail from Fossil, Washington? But now she's back among the kooks and crazies, the small-time losers and the jerks who think she's fair game just because she's in a waitress uniform. The truth is, Veronica's the boss—at least until she can sell the family saloon and skip town again as fast as her pretty legs can carry her—and nobody knows that better than Cooper Blackstock. 

From his place behind the bar, the former Special Forces Marine sees everything. And his undercover agenda has made the feisty boss-lady's troubles his own. And her troubles are considerable, what with a family in turmoil, a pseudo-bartender with dangerous secrets, a murder investigation and death threats. Though the town surprisingly rallies in support, it's still a good thing that Cooper will be there to catch Veronica if she stumbles—if he doesn't start falling himself. 


Interested in this book? Then post a comment.

Good luck!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spotlight Review:

A SEAL'S SEDUCTION - Tawny Weber
Uniformly Hot
Harlequin Blaze
ISBN: 978-0-373-79742-4
February 2013
Series Romance

San Diego, California - Present Day

After the death of their friend and teammate, Lieutenant Blake Landon and his team were given two weeks of leave—the last thing any of them wanted. His leave will be up in a couple of days when Blake meets one of the sexiest women he's ever seen. Yet, after losing his friend and watching the man's family grieve, Blake isn't about to start a relationship with any woman.

Alexia Pierce has just moved back to San Diego to begin a new job, and she's trying to decide what to do about the co-worker she's been dating. On paper they're a perfect match, yet there's no spark at all—something glaringly obvious when she sees the gorgeous man on the beach and her libido takes notice. Alexia was disappointed when Blake left the beach after just a brief conversation, so when she sees him again at a local bar later that night, she decides she's not about to let him get away this time.

Growing up with a military father who cared more about his career than his children has left Alexia with one rule about dating—no military men. In A SEAL'S SEDUCTION, Alexia will learn that there can be advantages to dating a SEAL, but it won't be an easy lesson. Blake is so surprised that Alexia is interested in him as a man and not as a SEAL that he doesn't immediately realize that being a sailor is actually a bad thing in her eyes. The heat between them is enough to singe the pages, and what started out as a one-night fling turns into something that worries them both. But Blake's career stands between them and any type of future they may want.

For a fun, sexy romance, don't miss A SEAL'S SEDUCTION.

Jennifer Bishop

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Winner is....



Poster #13 ... Maureen wins the copy of RUSH by Maya Banks!

Congrats!

Please email your info.  pattifischer@yahoo.com
I am going to send it to  you from Amazon, so let me know print or kindle version.

Spotlight Review:

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED - Victoria Alexander
Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-1707-3
ISBN-10: 1-4201-1707-6
February 2013
Historical Romance

England, 1887

Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, stands with his cousin, Grayson, before the burned remains of their family home, Fairborough Hall. After the death of Gray's parents, his aunt and uncle raised him as a son, so Win and he are very close. For years Win has held a horrible reputation in society as a lady's man, especially after three fiancées rejected the final step of matrimony with him. He turned his wayward ways into managing the family's property and has become an astute businessman. He is determined to rebuild Fairborough Hall to its exact former glory.

Miranda, Lady Garrett, has been a widow for three years, and the architect at the Garret and Tempest firm before that. Her husband John, after seeing her plans, let her do the designs while he, as head of his firm, took credit for them. After all, society's strictures on women in the business would ruin her reputation and shame her family. As youngest of the large Hadley-Attwaters family, it would be a double betrayal as her older siblings see her as a needy person deserving their protection. Her employees know and keep her secret, for Miranda works to ensure their futures. Failure of the company must be prevented for all their sakes. She also pays the mysterious Mr. Tempest, who loaned John money to get the business established. Luckily, since Miranda knows the elusive Mr. Tempest only as an account to send money to, she names him the firm's architect and continues to hide her participation.

With Miranda's arrival at Fairborough Hall, sparks fly between her and her very conservative client who doesn't think women can or should work. Only the fact that his project must be complete by midsummer for the family's annual ball lets him accept Miranda's presence. This year the queen might even attend. Miranda assures Viscount Stillwell she is only a representative of the company to act as a liaison between him as the client, the crew boss, and the architect, the very reclusive Mr. Tempest. At a meeting with the family to approve the contract, Miranda suggests they update the hall with improved heating and plumbing, and even add electricity—all the while keeping the original look and feel of the hall. Viscount Stillwell firmly vetoes the idea, electricity is dangerous! His family overrides his decision. Having been bested (and intrigued) in every confrontation with the representative of Garret and Tempest, Win takes a drastic action and hires an investigator to discover more about the company and Lady Garrett.

The tempestuous contretemps between Miranda and Win create an amusing dance between two smart and strong-willed characters, and the story's setting has an equally interesting perspective on the emergence of the women's suffrage movement. Win, his reputation damaged by three previous rejections and wounded by public humiliation, prizes honesty and is loath to propose again, even if he is inordinately attracted. Miranda's problems, already discussed, create major obstacles to this relationship, and seem to doom it from the start. The Hadley-Attwaters family has shown up in two previous books by author Victoria Alexander: HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS, and SINFUL FAMILY SECRETS.

Robin Lee