Monday, September 30, 2013

Spotlight Review:

DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD – Sugar Jamison
A Perfect Fit Novel , Book 1
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-1-250-03297-3
September 2013
Contemporary Romance

Durant, New York – Present Day

Ellis Garrett gave up being an attorney to concentrate on opening a plus size store, even though business isn't exactly booming. She has spent most of her life being ridiculed for being on the “plush” side and wants to prove that big women can wear beautiful clothing. One day while standing in line, she encounters a blast from her past in the form of Mike Edwards. Years ago, she had a crush on him even though he was dating her sister, and Ellis found them in her bed one night about to have sex. Ellis's smart mouth and what he sees as her lush, sexy body intrigues Mike, but he doesn't recognize Ellis at first, and she doesn't make it easy on him to jog his memory. Now a cop in Durant, he turns up at her shop and asks her out for a date, but she refuses. Why should she date a man who once slept with her sister and clearly is a handoff? Ellis has always been in her sister's shadow, and getting involved with an ex isn't a good idea.

Mike finally convinces Ellis that he didn't sleep with her sister nor has any interest in doing so. The only one he's interested in is Ellis herself, yet she doesn't make it easy for him despite his relentless pursuit. For one thing, Ellis has low self-esteem and can't understand what Mike sees in her. Add in the fact that he is her sister's ex boyfriend, Ellis is also afraid if her sister finds out she will lure him back. But he finally gets the chance to prove to Ellis that his intentions (and attention) are for her and that he finds her sexy and attractive.

Full speed ahead, but watch out for DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD as Ellis and Mike's relationship is rocky from the start. First they're on as a couple, then off, and finally back on. Ellis spends much of this tale lamenting about how no man can find her attractive, even though Mike clearly has the hots for her. Part of Ellis's problems is that she grew up being called chubby and unattractive, especially by her own sister, and it continued into a relationship that ended badly just a few months ago. Yet underneath the layers of her lush body is a pretty woman who unwittingly attracts people to her like moths to a light. Mike tries to convince Ellis of all this, but she doesn't believe him. One word from her nasty sister is all it takes to throw Ellis into a funk. Will Ellis finally realize that Mike loves her body, fat and all, or will her sister take him from her?

Mike has his own family issues, but even his past comes back to revisit him when his father shows up after being AWOL for twenty years. His father wants to make amends, but can Mike forgive him? The absence left scars on Mike, the main one being that he doesn't see marriage and a family as part of his future, but being around Ellis has him rethinking his plan. Yet she continues to resist the idea that they have any future together because she figures he'll tire of her and move on to a skinny, beautiful woman—someone just like her sister. Mike has a lot of work cut out for him in DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD. Will he succeed?

A cute, funny tale that will knock your socks off, DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD focuses a lot on Ellis's body issues, but shows that one doesn't have to be thin to attract good looking men. Readers will fall in love with—and root for—Ellis as Mike feverishly woos her in the spicy and deliciously enjoyable DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD.

Patti Fischer

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Contest....What are you READING?

Tell us what you're currently reading and you'll be entered in a chance to win a $10 Amazon egiftcard!

Good luck... and winner to be announced later this week.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spotlight Review

SOMETIMES A ROGUE – Mary Jo Putney
The Lost Lords Series, Book 5
Kensington Zebra
ISBN: 978-1-4201-2715-7
ISBN: 1-4201-2715-2
September 2013
Historical Romance

The British Isles, circa 1813

The very pregnant Mariah, Duchess of Ashton woke up feeling restless this morning, so she talked her twin sister Sarah into going for a dawn carriage ride. The two ladies and their driver make it up a hill to an old church. From inside, they hear a group of men planning to kidnap the duchess. Sarah hides Mariah and claims to be the duchess. Once the villains are gone with Sarah, the Ashton driver is able to get away to fetch the help Mariah needs.

Rob Carmichael, estranged from his noble family, is a Bow Street Runner noted for his uncanny ability to find and return treasures, be they goods or young maidens. On this fateful day, he happens to be in the neighborhood and planning to avail himself of his old school friend Ashton's open invitation. When Rob arrives at Ralston Abbey, he finds chaos. The duchess is in labor, and her sister has been spirited away. Before long he rides away on a fresh horse to find and bring Sarah home.

Two things will seem obvious to discerning readers: Rob will eventually find and free Sarah, though not without effort and dangers. (And much surprise on his part. Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend may look like a tiny golden chick, but she has the heart of a lion.) Thus far SOMETIMES A ROGUE is already a stirring and very suspenseful story, but there is much more to come, and that takes us to the second thing alert readers will note.

SOMETIMES A ROGUE is the fifth in a series about lost lords . Surely that must refer to Rob also…and it does. Rob and Sarah are literally washed ashore into the last place he wishes to be, the place he grew up. However, he learns his father and brother are dead (good riddance!) and that he is the new Earl of Killington. As such, he faces the enmity of his fierce grandmother, a depleted purse, and several run-down estates.

The heroes of this series were lucky to be educated at Westerfield Academy, which is run by a forward thinking lady. It has been dubbed a school for bad boys of good family , but Lady Agnes is capable of turning boys around. And six of them are friends for life. In this fifth Lost Lords tale, we meet many of the people from the past, one of them the lost lord of the next novel, NOT QUITE A WIFE, coming in May.

Mary Jo Putney writes stories that will grip you and stay with you long after you turn the last page! Her plots are never simple, and the heroes and heroines are complex but honorable with lively personalities and wit, as well as good hearts. Ms. Putney plumbs their depths until we know them well, and she puts them into varied predicaments that call on all their talents, even ones they don't know they have. (Can you tell she's one of my favorite authors?)

Jane Bowers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Q & A and Giveaway with Susan Hanniford Crowley!



1.  Tell us about your newest release.

My newest is When Love Survives which is about two supernatural rescue workers at the World Trade Center in New York City. I love that the heroine doesn't know she has supernatural powers until she has to use them.  I love the fact that shapeshifters can spot their true love on first sight.  It's a wonderfully romantic and touching story.  At least that's what I've been told by people.  It's available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and other fine ebook stores.

Just before When Love Survives came out, Vampire King of New York was released.  King Max is looking for true love, but he has issues in his past that rise to haunt him.  Evelyn isn't in a hurry to be in a relationship again. She was badly hurt by an abusive husband and she doesn't want to be a vampire.  How does he convince her to trust her heart even though it's been broken?  His heart's been broken too and one his lifemate can heal it. It's in the touch. If she says that he's warm, then they are lifemates. What I love about Max is that's he's very sexy and knows when to be gentle!  He risks being encased in ice if she says no.  Vampire King of New York is available in Kindle and Nook.


2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

All my stories start out as dreams.  Usually I get the entire story that way, but the details in some places require research. I read personal accounts in many newspapers from the time of 9/11 to get a many of the details right.  I originally had a timeline in the story, but I eventually took that away. I cried a lot during the writing of When Love Survives. I was amazed by the people who went to help on that day. 

3.  How long have you been writing?


I've been writing since I was 8 years old.  I wrote a series of squirrel stories.  When I was 16, I wrote a spy novel. All the best publishers in NYC turned it down.  Of course, they did not know the author was only 16.

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

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a huge influence on me. She was my first editor when I wrote for her Sword and Sorceress anthology series.  She told me "Susan, authors have to be seen.  Go to a conference."  Jennifer Stevenson was another big influence.  At the Nebula Awards in NYC several years back, she told me that she had read my work and I'm really a paranormal romance author.  I didn't really know what that was, as I had been writing fantasy and some science fiction.  I went to the bookstore and bought 6 paranormal romance books. After reading them, I wrote and had such a blast doing it too.

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?
 
They are proud of me.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
 
I love researching and traveling.  I also collect dragons and sea shells.  I babysit my granddaughter Penelope every chance I get.  She's so funny. 

7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

Before the end is out, I have two and possibly three books coming out--all vampire romances.  I have a online party with The Romance Studio for Halloween, and my own blog Nights of Passion will be having a Spooktacular. 

8. How can readers connect with you online?

I'm online in a lot of places.
My blog:  http://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com/  Nights of Passion blog on Mondays and Saturdays
Twitter: SHCrowley

Now for the contest: One lucky commenter who says "I love the Big Apple," will win one ebook from the two I talked about and in their choice of ebook formats of Kindle, Nook, or secure PDF.  (Secure PDFs cannot be printed out.) The deadline is Saturday, Sept. 28 at noon Eastern Time. This contest is void where prohibited by law. Good luck! 

Winner is............

The winner of RUN TO YOU is............... flchen1!!!!!!!

Congrats! Email me your address at pattifischer@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Q & A with C.D. Hersh



1. Tell us about your newest release.

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is the first book of a shape shifting, paranormal romance series. The shape shifters in our world are not your typical shape shifters. They have extra abilities that will surprise readers. The Turning Stone Society of shape shifters is a society caught in a battle between rogue and good who are vying for control over the world in an attempt to bring peace, each side after its own fashion.

2. What made you decide to write together?

We’ve been writing together for a little over 16 years, starting out with skits and plays for our church. We found we liked team writing. It always gave us something new to discuss. We moved on to romance books because of one Catherine suggested Donald read. While reading he said the male characters did not act or sound like men, and he thought we could write them better.

3. How long have each of you been writing?

We’ve each been writing since we were teens. Neither one of us would show you any of our first works because in Donald’s case they are all gone, and Catherine doesn’t think that hers are good enough. Catherine has over 500 non-fiction articles to her name as a freelance journalist and Donald penned a lot of instruction manuals when he was working for the government. So we both have been writing most of our lives. Now we get to do it for fun and hopefully the enjoyment of our readers.

4. You write as a team. How do you manage to coordinate who writes what?

This varies depending on what we are writing. We have written line-by-line with each of us saying yea or nay. We have also written by reworking each other’s first drafts. For our current series we are plotters. Together we lay out each character’s story arc and what happens in each scene. One of the things Donald always looks for is having two plot lines, one major the other minor, but woven together. Once the plotting is accomplished, Catherine sits down and fleshes out the story. Then Donald critiques each line after Catherine has it on paper. Then, before showing to anyone, we do line-by-line edits together adding the sensory details, visceral emotions, setting, etc where needed.

5. Do you have conflicts?

Throughout this process we have an agreement that anything we are talking about is not about each other’s creative or writing ability, since the discussion of what a character would do can get a little heated. We’ve managed to recognize it’s just the passion about the story and that stays in the office. Once while on a vacation with friends our discussion got heated and Catherine’s friend Barb stopped what she was doing because she heard us arguing. She’d never heard us argue before. J Then she realized we were discussing the book and stopped worrying that something was wrong. Ultimately, Catherine has final say on the female POV and Donald on the male POV.

6. What surprising things have you learned while writing?

Other than I-can’t-believe-I-missed-that editing moments, the amount of time after the author has to spend in promo was a shock.

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

At Donald’s uncle’s 90th birthday party we were talking with him about writing when Donald retired. He said we should just go for it now. We took his advice and the rest is history.

8. Can you tell us about what is coming next for you?

We’re working on book two of The Turning Stone Chronicles and have contracts for the second and third books with Soul Mate Publishing. No release dates yet, but they will probably be out next year.

9. How can readers find more about you and how to reach you online?

Buy our book at Amazon:

Learn more about us at:
Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @AuthorCDHersh

BIO:

C.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) has been released by Soul Mate Publishing.

When they aren’t collaborating on a book, they enjoy reading; singing; theatre and drama; traveling; remodeling houses (Donald has remodeled something in every home they’ve owned); and antiquing. Catherine, who loves gardening, has recently drawn Donald into her world as a day laborer. Catherine is an award-winning gardener — you can see some of her garden on their website.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

Blurb for—The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles)
In the wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.
Rhys Temple always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.
Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for.

Excerpt: The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles):
In spite of putting Rhys off, all Alexi could think about was the comforting circle of his arms. But how could she tell him Baron was a shape shifter?
He’d freak. And God only knew what he’d do when he found out the rest of the secret.
No. She could never tell him.
Alexi threw her keys on the hall table and put her gun and badge in the drawer. She needed to make plans, and she didn’t need him distracting her.
For a moment she stood in the entry and waited, ears straining for any sound but her own breathing.
There was none.


Chat Wed night with......... Karen Hawkins!!!

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Karen Hawkins joins us to discuss her book, HOW TO ENTICE AN ENCHANTRESS. 
 
Door prize: TBA! Moderated by Sandie.
 
When? Wednesday night at 9:00PM Eastern time
 
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 for an ENTICE-ingly fun chat!
 
Mo
 
Author's website:  http://www.karenhawkins.com

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Q & A with Katie O’Boyle!!!



1.  Tell us about your newest release.

Stepping Up To Love is a contemporary romance set in a small city in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. It has a college-town flavor, a soupcon of 12-step spirituality, and a hint of Irish magic. Here’s a quick summary:

When her boss Joel Cushman catches her using the spa shower at The Manse, junior accountant and graduating college senior Manda Doughty comes clean about the alcoholic drinking that has led her into a disastrous relationship with a predatory professor. Joel, who is also a trustee of the college, is faced with more problems than a beautiful, naked woman in his shower. While he’d rather make love all night with funny, brainy Manda, Joel knows his desire for her has no future if Manda cannot stay sober, grow up, and face her problems. While Manda immerses herself in AA, Joel uncovers harassment and embezzlement that threaten the existence of the college his ancestors founded. Can he fix the problems at the college without exposing Manda to public humiliation? Can Manda clean up her mess and trust the love she feels for Joel? 

The odds may not be in their favor, but miracles happen for those who are willing to change their lives and open their hearts.

Stepping Up To Love is available on Amazon at:

2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

Something I had heard about but not experienced for myself before is the tremendous support offered by established Romance authors toward new Romance authors. I don’t know how I could have brought my book to publication so quickly without their encouragement, advice, and feedback throughout the process. I’m proud and excited to be part of this community of authors.

3.  How long have you been writing?

It took me forever to read and write; I think I was twelve when something finally clicked. Then I quickly became passionate about writing. My writing took a backseat to career (a combination of teaching and high tech) for many years. I started writing the Lakeside Porches romances in January 2012, and I’m deep into book three right now. Stepping Up To Love is book one; book two Coming Home to Love is with a publisher for consideration.

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

My eighth grade teacher was an author, and she made the first big push toward making me an author. I’m a member of the Lilac City Rochester Writers group, which includes published authors like Kathryn Shay, Lisa Scott, Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch, all of whom have influenced me. Authors I’ve met at writer’s conferences (like the Maine Romance Writers Retreat) have provided guidance and encouragement. Judges of contests like the Golden Pen and Golden Claddagh have contributed to my growth as a writer, and I am active in two monthly critique groups in Rochester, NY.

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

I think they’re having as much fun as I am! I visited my sister last spring and took a draft of book two for her to read, no obligation. The next morning, I noticed the manuscript open on the dining room table, and she’d already read several chapters. We’ve had multiple celebrations around the release of book one, and they’re planning a book signing when it’s available in paperback (around Valentine’s Day).

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

Reading, of course, both romance and mystery. I love to walk in nature with my camera. Most of my friends are into birding, and we are fortunate to live near Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Finally, I am a classical music fan from way back, and I never miss an opportunity to see Peter Serkin perform.

7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

Since my day job will become part time in a few months, I look forward to more writing time and time with friends and family. I’m focused on book three of Lakeside Porches right now, and there are more romances to come in that series. I also have early drafts of half a dozen romantic suspense novels set at a fictitious high-tech university north of Boston, where I lived for 20 years.

8. How can readers connect with you online?

You’ll find Joel Cushman and me tweeting @Tompkins Falls.
On facebook, look for /katie.oboyle.author
My blog and web page are at http://drkatecollier.wordpress.com/

Many thanks to Romance Reviews Today for hosting me. I enjoyed my time with you!



Book Giveaway: RUN TO YOU by Rachel Gibson!


This releases Tuesday but I have a pre-ordered copy winging its way to me and I am giving it away to one lucky reader (I actually have a review copy now, so don't need two books :) )

Blurb:

There's nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl's day.
Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister—the one with the perfect life—sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride . . . and seduce
Beau's military-issue socks off . . .

The Marine Corps was Beau's escape from his old man's legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering, but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back. The answer: swear off meaningless sex. Oh, and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot . . .

Easy to enter.... just post a comment and you'll be entered. Only stipulation is that it can only be mailed to US mailing addresses.....

Winner will be posted later in the week.

Saturday, September 21, 2013