December 19, 2014

#amreading Christmas Delights a new #romance by Heather Hiestand @HeatherHiestand #RLFblog

Christmas Delights 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather's first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
Heather loves to hear from readers! Visit her website for contact information.

Interview with Heather Hiestand

Why did you write this book?
I have been dancing around the Christmas season in a few of my Redcakes series books and wanted to make sure I had a proper Christmas read to round out the series. When you have books that involve so many baked goods, the holidays are a perfect time of year to embrace! I also wanted to make sure Lewis Noble, my hero, had a happy ending, after being shot down romantically in The Marquess of Cake, Redcakes #1. He's become a reader favorite character. My heroine, Victoria Courtnay, has also had rough luck in romance and I wanted her to have a love story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I've been a romance reader since about 1993. I dabble-read in everything, but primarily read romance. I like books that uplift me and have positive messages. I don't need that much reality in my fiction! Give me true love any day.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Kivrin from Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. This is such a powerful read and makes me cry. Kivrin is a time traveler to the time of the Black Death.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I just did plotting for Trifling Favors, which will be the seventh Redcakes book. I'll be writing that in early 2015. I've also plotted the first book in a new series for my editor's consideration, and I continue to work on another idea when I have time, set earlier in the nineteenth century than the Redcakes series. My next release will be in August 2015. That is Wedding Matilda, the sixth Redcakes book.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she'd be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she'll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it's an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London's famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he's just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party--but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won't be tied down in her father's business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he's never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts--for many holidays to come. . .

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Title Christmas Delights
Genre Historical Romance
Author Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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December 18, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Christine Ashworth author of Christmas Star @CCAshworth #RLFblog #holiday

Christmas Star 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Christine Ashworth.

What is your favorite go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item?
Honestly? A hamburger and fries. Or eggplant parmigiana. Beef panang. Confession time…I like a lot of different foods!
What were you like when you were in school?
In high school, I was impatient with my peers. I was usually in the ballet studio – I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and it didn't include gossiping about football players. Of course, I haven't danced ballet in too many years now.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Both! I grew up in San Diego, and live in the Los Angeles area – I love snow, both watching it fall and getting out in it to build snowmen. But only if I've got the proper clothes, and know that there's a fire and my hubby waiting for me to get me warm.
If you're on Twitter, what's your favorite hashtag to watch?
I love checking in on the #1k1hr hashtag. I almost always make new friends that way, too.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
"The Red Violin". An AWESOME film that I've watched several times now.

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Title: Christmas Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Christine Ashworth
Book heat level: PG13
After a whirlwind courtship, the Christmas season finds plain-Jane-with-a-secret Elle Houston engaged to one of the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament--and falling for the personal chef at her ritzy, pre-wedding resort.
Elle doesn't know for sure if marrying Taylor Collins, superstar, is the right thing to do. Separated by a continent four days before their wedding, Elle is waiting at a private resort as her doubts escalate. Hunky Chef Luc Favreau isn't helping, with his Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate, and his ability to really listen, to really see a girl for who she is, rather than who he wants her to be…

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December 17, 2014

Characters: Writer's Creation or Reader's Interpretation @AndiDowning #RLFblog #amwriting

Dearest Darling by Andrea Downing
Dearest Darling
by Andrea Downing
I see my characters clearly in my head. I hear their voices. I'd know them on the street and I understand them perfectly, what they would do in any given situation. When people ask me, what actor would you have play your hero or heroine in the film of the book, it's difficult for me to answer because I envisage what they look like so plainly, and it's not like any actor I know. So, with all this clarity, all this precise depiction, why do I get the occasional comment in a review that completely contradicts what I know my character to be?
When I wrote Loveland, it was perfectly apparent to me that Lady Alex was the product of a neglected childhood. Her father had made it clear that he hated her, had sent her off for several years to live in a strange country, on a rough ranch, with no one of her own age. He then forced her into a disastrous marriage. Now, with all this behind her, she wanted to be independent—especially of men. She wanted a career. So why was it that a couple of people commented that they thought she was spoilt? Yes, as a member of the aristocracy, she had a maid, wore fine clothes, but did that imply she was spoilt? What happens is that the reader puts his or her own interpretation on the book; one reader might agree with me that Lady Alex was the product of her background with expectations to have these accouterments, but the next reader might have the view that these things make Lady Alex spoilt, that she had expectations beyond the norm. So who is right?
In a way, both of us. A reader can only interpret what she reads from her own knowledge or background of experience. The author must strengthen the characterization enough to get the correct interpretation—the reader is not going to get what is in my mind by osmosis! It has to be down on the page. Perhaps the author must account for the breadth of viewpoints of her readership, the variety of experiences that readers are bringing to the page. On the other hand, I have to ask myself, could I, for instance, have created someone of Lady Alex's background without the necessary props to show exactly who she was?
So, how does the author create a character? First of all, the author shows the back-story of the character—let's call him Charles for now. Charles has a body of experience behind him when the story begins that has helped to shape his character. As the novel proceeds, Charles will act and react to events, and the reader will know his thoughts on these events. When we're in his POV, we'll show his inner conflicts (is he torn between sweet Betty Lou and the glamorous Megan?), the emotions and tensions within him. We'll relate his view on his relationship with other characters in the book; does he hate his father, is he bored stiff by his aunt? And we'll describe his appearance, his quirks and his ticks; he's grown a beard, he plays incessantly with the ring on his finger.
Now comes the reader, Miss R. She gets the back story in drips and drabs so that a picture begins to form. Charles went to a posh school; Miss R thinks that means money in his background—that is, until it is revealed he was a scholarship student. Then her view of him
Loveland by Andrea Downing
by Andrea Downing
changes somewhat. He buys a coffee and his hand shakes and a spill burns him. Miss R. wonders if he's ill or nervous? Meantime, both Betty Lou and Megan are equally likeable and have an equal amount of faults. But Miss R is sitting in NYC and thinks the choice should be Megan, while Mrs. Farmer favors Betty Lou. Now we have 2 different interpretations of what's going on, what's going to happen and what SHOULD happen. Further complications arise when it becomes apparent that Charles hates his father and Miss R. did too, but Mrs. Farmer adored and worshipped hers so thinks ill of Charles. Finally, there's that beard. Is it hiding a scar? Is he playing with that ring because he's nervous or because he wants to remember the beautiful woman who gave it to him?
The author has no control over what goes on in her readers' minds and, at the same time, we don't want to give away the whole story at once. Part of the telling is in letting out the secrets and the story in doses, but in such a way the reader reaches the correct interpretation of the character. And if we don't do that, then, perhaps, we, as authors, have failed.

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Author: Andrea Downing
Genre: western historical romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?
Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.
But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.


He strode back out of the barn to the house. A yellow glow shone through the back window, an inviting warmth, and he edged closer with care. The net curtain hardly gave Emily the requisite privacy for a bedtime routine. She sat on the edge of the bed, back to him, in her nightshift, brushing her hair.
He stood enthralled, transfixed as the brush came down the length of her hair, that wheat-straw hair, plowing lines through it as the brush made its way, and then rose to the top once more to start its path again. It was like silk, waves of silk or satin, and he could only imagine what it might be like to touch it so, to feel lengths of it, have it slip through his fingers, have it fall over his face if she lay above him.

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Andrea Downing
Andrea Downing
Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK. She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit. Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC. She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming. Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west. Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards. Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press 'Lawmen and Outlaws' series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards and placed in the 2014 International Digital Awards Historical Short contest. Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and came out Oct. 8th, 2014, and Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, comes out in February, 2015.


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December 16, 2014

Timeless and Tender Romance: Lauren Linwood @laurenlinwood #RLFblog #Historical

A Bit of Heaven on Earth

As a young girl, Lauren Linwood could barely wait for the library's bookmobile to arrive every Saturday at the local shopping center. She would check out the limit of six books and return them, completely read, the next weekend. Her favorite game was "Let's Pretend That..." – which still helps jumpstart her when she sits down to write today.
Lauren fell in love with history, reading every biography in her school's library, and continued telling the stories of individuals when she became a history teacher. Focusing on medieval and western historicals, with a few romantic suspense and contemporary novels thrown in, Lauren tries her best to steer her characters on the course she plots for them - only to find that oftentimes they have a mind of their own and veer off in new, unpredictable directions.
A native Texan, Lauren lives with her family in a Dallas suburb. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. Follow Lauren's blog, Write Up My Alley, as she saunters through her writing journey, fun facts from history, and life in general.

A Bit of Heaven on Earth

When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in a fierce battle during the Hundred Years' War, their captors demand a hefty ransom from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin's father refuses to pay for his son's release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison. Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited.
With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.
Will the king recognize Lord Aldred's first request of a marriage between Elizabeth and Robert, uniting Robert's estate with Kentwood—or will the temperamental Edward reward Aldred's years of service and honor a dying man's final request?

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Written in the Cards

Written in the Cards

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Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees to the American
West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes under the pen name Lud Madison.
Civil War veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her in an Indian attack, Ben becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man's gunslinger brother swears revenge.
After Ben joins a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, a waiting Maggie interviews him for her next story. Sparks fly as they wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter's promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?

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December 15, 2014

Murder Most Foul: JoAnne Myers @scooterismine #RLFblog #thriller

Murder Most Foul 
Hello Kayelle, and thank you for having me back. I will be awarding two lucky people who comment each a paperback or PDF of their choice. The choices are:
Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Twisted Love, The Crime of the Century, Flagitious, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, or Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.

Murder Most Foul - a detective/mystery

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil's Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.
The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. How far will these lover's go to solve this heinous crime before anymore killings. Determined to find the truth, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death


Jackie sat gracefully in a booth. Wearing a black dress, sparkling gold jewelry, and a low-cut neckline, Jackie appeared ready to satisfy his stomach hunger with a salad and two margaritas and his burning ache with a dress slit clear to her hips. Her hair, done up in a stylish bun, made her look like a Storybook Princess awaiting her Prince Charming.
Her beauty impossible to overlook, Harmon acknowledged it with a proud smile, and greeted her with a passionate kiss. It made their glow of love obvious to everyone in the room. Even an old married couple winked and grinned, remembering their own youth.
Giving their orders in a rush, Jackie and Harmon each filled-in the other with the things they were permitted to say in public.
Jackie's dislodging a bean from a child's ear. The senior she rescued from domestic abuse, and the going away party she threw for a retired co-worker. The big news from Harmon meant the disappointing news he received from the forensic experts, and his upcoming need for a new secretary since Daphne was leaving to become a stay at home bride.
The rest of the time was spent staring deeply into each other's eyes, stroking and clasping hands...and adding some other, well-concealed strokes beneath the table. In a few minutes the food became a secondary issue...all they wanted to do was go home and get into bed...ASAP.

Reviews for Murder Most Foul

5 ***** BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney
Review: The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you're living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you're a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definitely not disappoint!
Goodreads author James gives "Murder Most Foul" 5***** on March 2013
Review: What can I say about this book? I absolutely loved it. It is one of those books that when you start it is very hard to put down. Everything is very descriptive and exciting it will always keep your interest peaked for more. Maybe the only way it could be better for me is reading it aloud to others around a campfire. It is a wonderfull read. Well done JoAnne Myers, well done.
Goodreads author Emily Capeles gives "Murder Most Foul" 4 **** on June 2013

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JoAnn Myers
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Author Bio
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams.
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December 14, 2014

Paranormally Yours 7 Hot Stories @Diane_Saxon #RLFblog #PNR

Paranormally Yours 
Seven of today's hottest paranormal authors come together to bring you a boxed set guaranteed to keep you warm on a cold winter's night. Do shifters make you howl? Or do you prefer the bite of a vampire? Perhaps the controlling hand of a demi-god is more your style. Paranormally Yours has a story—or seven—to set your pulse racing.

The Reluctant Gift by Sotia Lazu

Salina has earned her one-year vacation on Earth, damn it! She's been an exemplary sentinel for her pack, and saved all the universes.
Too bad she hasn't been very effective at kicking Aherin to the curb. She had one little lapse in judgement—sleeping with the annoyingly persistent vampire—and now he just won't leave.
As if that wasn't enough, her holiday plans are spoiled, her world is turned upside down, and she's going to miss out on a yummy family dinner, all because she's kidnapped on Christmas Eve.
By Santa.

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Dreaming of a Wolf by Sofia Grey

Alun was Olivia's first, and he was supposed to be her forever. After a tragic accident steals him away, Olivia wonders how she can ever be whole again.
When he starts talking to her in her dreams, she has to ask herself: is she going mad with grief, or is there still a chance for their forever?

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Red Dawn by Ann Gimpel

Llyr is a whale shifter with a big problem. The seas are dying, poisoned by heavy metal contamination and barrels of trash. In a bold and desperate move, he and his mate Galatea, the Sea Witch, hatch up magic to allow him to spend as long as he needs to on Earth.
Masquerading as a marine biologist, Llyr signs on with a firm whose mission is to save the oceans. When his boss turns out to have malevolent underpinnings, Llyr returns to the sea for answers. With death lurking behind every corner, he and Galatea find themselves boxed into an impossible situation.

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Courting Mortality by Loralie Hall

Eli's spent eternity thwarting the same family curse that granted his brother, Loki, ever-lasting fame. Eli kind of got screwed in that one. His plan to stay single and detached has worked for several millennia. And then he meets Marley. She's making him abandon all his resolutions, except the one that never lets him forget the curse. Falling for her means her death, and he won't let that happen.

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For Heaven's Cakes by Diane Saxon

What he doesn't anticipate is meeting the local pharmacist's daughter - in his wolf form. By day, he renovates the pharmacy, and tries to cajole the lush assistant into having dinner with him. By night he watches Catherine bake her fantastic creations and blossom through her art.
Sleeping on her bed each night in his wolf form isn't exactly ideal, but how does he tell her the wolf she's come to love, is the man she lusts over?

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Uncaged by Christy Gissendaner

Mixed breed vampire shifter, Gabe Moncrief, has made a name for himself in the Cage, an arena where only the strong survive. He's training for the fight of his life--and vengeance--when Rain Pettis appears. As an Elemental - a supernatural being descended from Zeus himself - she holds the key to his future in the Cage.
As much as she loves her brothers, Rain needs to break away from their overwhelming influence to become her own person. Gabe is the only shifter capable of standing up to them. But when Rain learns a secret that tests her loyalty to her family, she has a decision to make. Does she risk it all for love? And can she bear watching Gabe endanger his life within the Cage?

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Pursuing Grace by Anita Cox

Though Grace McGovern just graduated college, she's restless, has no idea what to do with her life and to top it off, she finds herself single and unsatisfied with relationships in general.
Roman intends to claim Grace and make her his mate and part of his pack. He's searched for her for five years and now she's within his longing grasp, apart from one minor problem. She has no idea she's a wolf.
As Grace tries to identify and cope with her inner wolf, she also needs to figure out the unprecedented and undeniable pull Roman has on her. Could he finally offer her the fulfilling relationship for which she's been yearning?

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December 13, 2014

LS Books 7: Flash Fiction Party #FlashFiction @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog

Liquid Silver Books

For the final day of our week with Liquid Silver Books, we're having a Flash Party. Flash Parties are a way to challenge yourself as a writer by being succinct. For this one, use no more than 100 words. Can you do it? Of course. Will you? That remains to be seen. That number of words is little more than a paragraph. Five sentences with twenty words each and you're done. Ten sentences with ten words each, or you could use a different rhythm for your words altogether, as I have done in this paragraph, which is exactly 100 words.

The Art of the Moment

One of the most important elements of any story is the seemingly unscripted moment. You know the one. A word that catches the ear. A sideways glance. Unintended brush of their hands. Happenstance at its best. All very tricky, the writer's sleight of hand. The place in your story where the magic starts. The magic that keeps the reader turning the pages.

Today we're going to flash those magic moments in exactly one-hundred words. Jack meets Jill, Paul falls for Bob, or Judy is smitten with Lizzy. Paint that moment. Let us see that glance, hear those words, or experience the touch that launces our couple on their journey.
Here's how it works. Below in the comments post the title and body of your flash. One-hundred words excluding the title. I recommend Word as your scratchpad. It will give you a word count at the bottom. Then you can continue your flash in subsequent comments. The title is important so your fans can follow your story.

And remember Flash is just like the moment you're trying to create. Unscripted, imperfect, and completely captivating. Kick back, clear your mind, and let go.

Have fun.
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December 12, 2014

LS Books 6: Spotlight on Authors @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #amreading

Liquid Silver Books 
Today we'll have some fun

Spotlight – Author Day

Fight Princess
We asked authors to send us a favorite line from their book(s) … the one that made them love a character more or want to kick them to the curb?
Fight Princess, Full Contact Book 1 by M. S. Kaye
"I'll do whatever I have to do to keep you safe--even if it means losing whatever chance I might have of gaining any kind of affection from you."
Blackout by Allison B. Hanson
"It would probably be better if you just killed me, I'm going to die from embarrassment anyway," he admitted with a small grin.
Dawning of Light, Lightbearer Book 2 by Tami Lund
Her gaze dropped to his lap. Finn shifted uncomfortably. Did she think he was hung like a horse? If her expectations were that high, he probably shouldn't take her home tonight. Otherwise they'd both be disappointed.
Loving Link, Love and Music Book 2 by T.D. Hassett.
"You are so beautiful, I could write a hundred songs about you." Link whispered before pulling her head closer and softly kissing her lips.
Club Belle Tori, Club Belle Tori Book 1 by Michelle Hoppe
"You taste so very good, I could drink from your body all night." His seductive voice washed over her as his lips locked once more to start the dance of tongues again.
Traces, Ghosts of Roseville Book 1 by Betty Bolté
Sometimes our scars help show the strength we've developed through the adversity in our lives.
Wild Side by Laurel Richards
"You know, they say if you apply pressure to a certain spot of the sole, you can stimulate every nerve in the body."
In Season, Children of Nanook Book 2 by Allie Ritch
"Any male who calls you unworthy is a fool."
Lying for Love by Jocelyn Dex
Miles leaned in and kissed her cheek before saying, "You're the loveliest bloated woman here."
(Why do I love this line? Because it makes me laugh!)
Forever Caspia by Michelle Hoppe
"I didn't want to be in your line of fire, Princess. Vases hitting my head, nails scratching my eyes out, or teeth sinking into my arm are not my idea of foreplay." Tiro laughed at his own words and the look of shock now clouding Callista's face.
Aaron's Will, Legacies Book 1 by DawnMarie Richards
Aaron's Will
"…I'm going insane with wanting you. I want you when I wake up, when I go to bed and every horrible minute in between. I want you when you're here and when you're not, when I'm in meetings with the board, when I'm at home eating my dinner. And I'm afraid, Dylan. I'm truly afraid I'm starting to hate you for making me deny it."
Private Encore by Elle Rush
"Did aliens beam off your clothing just before you tripped and fell on his dick?"
Finding Zoe, Atlantic Divide Book 3 by Diane Saxon
"Hi. My son asked me to come today. I wasn't sure if I could make it."
Future Prospect, Love Under a New Star Book 1 by Lynn Rae
There she was, beautiful, soft, and made for touching. So he did.
Tyburn, The Southwark Saga Book 1 by Jessica Cale
"I know enough about you. You're generous and kind, you're thoughtful and beautiful, and I can't get you out of my mind. I would like nothing more on this earth than to take you right here, or anywhere else, for that matter, but I want you to be mine."
Hard Act to Follow
Hard Act to Follow, Shooting Stars Book 3 by K. Vale
"I'm just scared I ruined a great thing trying for an amazing thing."
(I love how hard Greg loves Kyrie, first as a friend, and later with more intense feelings. The problem is he's scared that acting on his desires will screw up their current platonic relationship.)
Drama Queen, Hollywood to Olympus Book 2 by Elle Rush
"Football – that's the one with the brown ball that bounces funny when you dribble it, right?"
More Than Strangers, Safe Harbor Book 1 by Tara Quan
"Don't get all old-fashioned on me now. What I can or cannot handle is my call—in bed and out."
No One to Trust by Sharon Callender
"We can't just instantaneously pick up where we left off." Jenna heard her voice incrementally rising.
Belle Tori Too! Club Belle Tori Book 2 by Michelle Hoppe
"May the saints protect me from idiots and fools, both of which apply to you at the moment," she spat the words at him.
Desire Unleashed, Desire Book 1 by Layne Macadam
Desire Unleashed
"Sorry for what Shane?" She snapped. "Sorry for swearing at me? Sorry for thinking I'd slept with someone else while you were away, or sorry for being a prize jerk?"
Claimed By Love, Wild Hunters Book 1 by Skye Jones
"You're not pathetic. You left everything behind and came somewhere you didn't know anyone, and you did so partly to protect your family. And instead of giving in, you made a new life for yourself, far away from loved ones and while still healing from something terrible. That takes strength. It's not the absence of fear that makes us strong, it's coping with the fear. You did cope with it and you survived. You're a survivor, Kayley."
(The words Luke says that made me fall head over heels are when he comforts the novels heroine, Kayley, after she says she feels like a failure for running away after a violent attack. Him saying this is so important to Kayley. It helps her see things from a new perspective and it was the moment I truly fell for Luke as a hero.)
Cross My Heart, Heart Falls Heroes Book 1 by K.D. Friedrich
"I hate myself. Hate my weakness when it comes to you. Hate how much I want you. How much I still want you. I have no right to feel this way, yet I can't stop this need. Every time I see you … every time I fucking think about you, all I want is to knock you beneath me and bury myself inside you."
(One of my favorite line's that made me ache to wrap my arm's around Pete Cross in Cross My Heart)
A Gentleman's Folly by Daisy Banks
A Gentleman's Folly
"Brass ring indeed, Charles Henry Leverret. I'll turn you into a man of some merit before I'm done with you."
What the Duke Wants, Agents of Change Book 1 by Amy Quinton
(I struggled to find the perfect line/s for my quote. My main character/hero did many things that disgusted me and made me wonder if I was actually going to be able to redeem him in the end. I certainly wished to toss him out many times. In fact, his best friend, Cliff, was interested in my heroine and quite tempting to her. Especially as Cliff is such a charming and likeable character.  Cliff nearly steals the show. In this quoted scene, my heroine, Grace, has just witnessed the hero, Stonebridge (the duke) announce his engagement to another woman (at a ball) the day after they finally slept together!  Needless to say, she is devastated. He spies her leaving the ballroom and races after her. He catches up to her as she's about to exit the ball via a garden gate. The entire chapter is gut-wrenching after everything my hero does and says to fight his attraction to Grace because he feels he needs to do what he's supposed to do - not what he wants... The first sentence is the duke speaking and is written from his POV.)
"How did you think this was going to end, Grace? With a ring on your finger and a wedding at St. George's?"
She squared her shoulders and stood up to his cruel words. God, she was beautiful. A goddess. A light in his world of darkness.
"Contrary to what you might think, Your Grace, I had no expectations of how this would end, at all. However, I was under the mistaken impression that you were not a coward. You, with all your power and privilege, could have anything you want. At the very least, you could have found a way to speak to me today. After last night, yes, I admit, I had thought there might be a possibility. . ." She stopped and shook her head. She laughed to herself, a self-deprecating laugh he hated to hear at the moment. She said something else instead. "I had thought you were a real man." She looked him up and down. "I see I was mistaken."
Then, she turned to leave.
Cliff stood behind her, and he was beyond furious. He gave her a brief, reassuring smile, though, before confronting him. "Name your seconds. . ."
Not For Me, Toronto Book 1 by Laura Jardine
Not For Me
"It's not a job interview."
"No, it's worse. A totally unfamiliar social situation."
Midnight Caller, Moonlight Romance Book 1 by Haley Whitehall
"I am here to service you, my lady. Not myself."
Going Under, Secret Blood Book 3 by Emma Weylin
"I love you too much to stay." ~Tiberius
Ruled By the Moon, Nocturne Book 1 by Naomi Bellina
Damn she looked fine, a smudge of paint on her face and in her hair, still breathing hard from their kiss.
(One of my favorite lines. I had a hard time choosing!)
Nightwalker, A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel Book 1 by Rhonda L. Print
(My favorite line from one of my characters? So glad you asked as it popped right into my head. It's from my debut novel, Nightwalker: A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel and it's spoken by Leah Wolfe to her ex-fiancé when he told her that the affair he had was an accident.)
"An accident?" I asked incredulously. "A fucking accident. You just happened to have a hard on and 'accidentally' fell into her. Is that what you're going to stand there and tell me? Fuck you. Fuck this."
Love Me Not
Love Me Not by Villette Snowe
The kiss was light, and then I paused. "Stop me," I said, "if I hurt you."
Explosive Combination by KaLyn Cooper
Harper grabbed his arm and flipped him onto the bed face down, arms locked behind his back, a steak knife to his throat. His legs were splayed, and her knee nudged his crotch.
"Harper," he choked out, "I'm CIA. I'm one of the good guys."
The Diner by Michelle Hoppe
"I never realized a man could kiss, unbutton a shirt, and unhook a bra, all in fifteen seconds."
Isabel's Awakening, Love and Music Book 1 by T.D. Hassett
"That was very naughty, Isabel. You were told to stay still and not to let go of the bedclothes." He punctuated the last word with a swift slap to her right ass cheek. She felt the quick sting and jerked down into the bed. He rubbed the sting away with his warm palm. "Now stay still this time," he ordered.

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December 11, 2014

LS Books 5: Spotlight on Series @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #amreading

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Everyone should fall madly in love at least once ... a day! Contemporary, paranormal, GLBT, romantic suspense, and more, LSB has over 100 series. Liquid Silver Books ... feed your need to read!

Contemporary Romance Series

Nothing says lovin' . . . like something from the pages of an romance book!
A Retribution Novel by Edie Jo Gibson
A Working Girl's Guide by Allyson Lindt
Shore Feels Right
Atlantic Divide by Diane Saxon
Banshee Exodus by Alexi Raymond
Bits & Bytes by Allyson Lindt
Canadian Heroes by Elise Whyles
Desire by Layne Macadam
Dirty White Candy by Anita Cox
Exposure by Kristin Leigh
Friends and Lovers by Nadia Aidan
Gulf Shore by Annette Mardis
Hot Studs in Construction by Blaise Kilgallen
In Cancun by KaLyn Cooper
Kissin' Cops by Christa Paige
L.A. Love Lessons by PG Forte
Legacies by DawnMarie Richards
Love and Music by T.D. Hassett
Love Around the Corner by Lynn Rae
Pine Lake by Tiffany Marie
Southern Comfort by Lisa Marie
Stripper Chronicles by Karen Monroe
The Double M Ranch by Sherri Thomas
The Racing Romance by Rae Monet
Wounded Warrior by Kristin Leigh

Historical Romance Series

Midnight Heat
Dreaming of the silent adoration of a Mr. Darcy type in a Regency novel? Stop dreaming.
A Cardiff Novel by Danita Minnis
Moonlight Romance by Haley Whitehall
The Solarian Warrior by Rae Monet
The Devane Files by Denyse Bridger
The Princes by Robin Danner
The Southwark Saga by Jessica Cale

GLBT Romance Series

It is not the length of the romance story, but the way he uses ... whoops! Wrong quote!
Amusing Amanda by D.J. Manly
Chronicles of Ylandre by Eresse
Lucifer's Boys by Maire Dees
Seeking Redemption by Cameron Dane
Shooting Stars by K. Vale

Fantasy Romance Series

Something wicked this way comes ... hope he is wearing leather.
Into the Light
A Bonded Fantasy by Mima
Blood Royals by L. Shannon
Captive Fates by Tara Quan
Crystal Keys by Vicky Burkholder
Fairytale League by S.E. Babin
Fate by Emma Sinclair
Icarus Reborn by Bernadette Gardner
Lightbearer by Tami Lund
Lords of Time by Ashlynn Monroe
Love Cursed by Emma Weylin
Orkney Selkies by Rosanna Leo
The Hellfire Club by Belladonna Bordeaux
Zinah by Lila Dubois

Paranormal Romance Series

Of course paranormal romance is make-believe. Now read before we sic the flying monkeys on you.
A Danny Lee Novel by Mara Lee
A Gooden and Knight Mystery by Monette Michaels
Bloodlines by Toni L. Meilleur
Coven of the Wolf by Rae Morgan
Dragon's Disciple by Barbara Sheridan, Anne Cain
Gemini Island Shifters by Rosanna Leo
Ghosts of Roseville by Betty Bolté
Leah Wolfe SINS by Rhonda L. Print
Handlers by Lynn Tyler
Mr. Grey by A.J. Matthews
Nocturne by Naomi Bellina
Northwood Jags by Serena Shay
Orion Authority by Lisa Andel
Out of Bounds by Christy Gissendaner
Pack Mates by Lynn Tyler
Predator by H.E. McVay
Princess of Hell by Eve Langlais
PSI Corps by Xakara
Riding Hood Tales by Nina S. Gooden
Secret Blood by Emma Weylin
Shifters of Hillside by Cherie Nicholls
Snowdonia Wolves by Sofia Grey
Sterling Moon by Colleen Love
The Blood by Alianne Donnelly
The Blood Vine by Christa Paige
The Dark Wolf by Amanda Jayde
The Immortals by Elizabeth Finn
The Malone Brothers by Madison Scott
The McCallan Legacy by Theodora Lane
The Stonegars by J. Hali Steele
The Westervelt Wolves by Rebecca Royce
Time Walkers by Emma Weylin
Wolf Clan Shifters by Ann Gimpel
Wolf Masters by Becca Jameson

Romantic Suspense Series

Everyone has a sexual skeleton in the closet ... and it's often the most interesting thing about them.
Black Rose Erotic Mysteries by Daisy Miller
Burnt Bridge, Alaska by Stacy Ray Phillips
Full Contact by M. S. Kaye
Heart of Justice by Denise A. Agnew
Hearts of Dixie by Jolie Cain
Men of the Jungle by Jerri Drennen
Racing Hearts by Anson Barber
Safe Harbor by Tara Quan
Security Specialist International by Monette Michaels
The Snatcher by Miranda Stowe
Underground Heat by Ann Gimpel

Science Fiction Romance Series

Explore strange worlds. Seek out new life ... with stimulating anatomy.
In Season
Alien Sex Ed by Allie Ritch
Children of Nanook by Allie Ritch
Dealing With the Dead by Tina Holland
Galactic League of Planets by Roscoe James
Love Under a New Star by Lynn Rae
New Humanity by Maria Violante
The Command by Jennifer Leeland
The Limit War by Nico Rosso
The Prime Chronicles by Monette Michaels

Romantic Comedy Series

Behind every satisfied woman is an exhausted man.
Drama Queen
Hollywood to Olympus by Elle Rush
Reigning Men by Lillian Grant
Toronto by Laura Jardine
Whisper Hollow by Kelli Evans

Urban Fantasy Romance Series

When caught between two fantasies, we suggest the one you haven't tried.
After the Crash by Maddy Barone
A Nikki Reece Novel by Mara Lee
Undead Fairy Tales by Tara Quan

Steampunk Romance Series

We know all the ropes when it comes to romantic novels. And how to tie them!
Balloc Manor by Lyn Brittan
The Blackwell Legacy by Nina S. Gooden

Multi-Author Romance Series

Liquid Silver romances have given more pleasure in bed than any mere lover.


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December 10, 2014

LS Books 4: Spotlight on Submissions @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #Authors

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Erotic romance has always been around and could have been popular sooner if Lady Chatterley had been given a pair of handcuffs.

We are looking for a few good men, okay more than a few, and they don't have to be 'good' they have to be hot, sexy, and looking for love. You know the type – the romance hero we know, love, want to cuddle up with . . . or jump in bed with. Take a look at our submissions guidelines and grab your pen and paper, typewriter, or keyboard and start writing, because Liquid Silver Books is looking for romance authors!
Allison B. Hanson, author of Blackout (also writing as Anson Barber)
Allison B Hanson
I first got the email from Liquid Silver in June 2013. I was on vacation with my husband, and we had just gotten back to the hotel after celebrating our anniversary dinner.
I left my phone behind like a good wife who wanted to give her undivided attention to the man she'd spent seventeen years with. But as soon as we walked in the door, I just had to peek.
There it was. My very first contract offer.
After a lot of screaming and jumping around by both of us, we went back out to continue the celebration.
Being away from my laptop, I decided to wait until I got home the next evening to respond. I felt I needed a full-size keyboard to express my gratitude properly.
Unfortunately, by the time we got home we needed to turn around and go to the emergency room to deal with a kidney stone attack. My acceptance of the contract was put off until the next day when I could function somewhat, despite my Vicodin-induced haze.
I am happy to report whatever I might have typed made enough sense to have a contract sent out. And what an easy and straightforward contract it was. For a first-time author, I was happy to be able to understand what it was I was agreeing to without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.
Despite the rocky start to my career, everything else has been painless. My fifth book with Liquid Silver came out on November 17th, and number six will be available in January.
I love the speed in which my books are released, and the ability to predict when edits will begin is very helpful in planning other submissions. This quick turnaround is a rare find in the publishing industry.
My covers are professional as well as pulse quickening. Valerie has a never-ending supply of hot guys just waiting to hover beautifully above my name.
Everyone I've ever had a question for within LSB has always taken the time to get back to me quickly and efficiently. And while there are plenty of jokes and smileys among us, I know my work is being handled with competence and experience.
I am so happy to be part of the Liquid Silver family. The place where I first became a published author will always be home.

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Rosanna Leo, author of the Gemini Island Shifters and more!
Rosanna Leo
I remember the moment so well, the moment I became a published author.
After receiving rejections, as so many authors initially do, I'd finally given myself a deadline. By Jan. 2012, I would get a contract or I would quit writing with the aim to publish. December 2011 came. It almost went. And then, right at the end of the month, I received an email from Liquid Silver Books. I was afraid to read it so I had my husband read it with me. He slowly turned to me and said, "I don't think this is a rejection."
I can't tell you how my life has changed since that moment. The staff at Liquid Silver Books was willing to take me on as a newbie writer and help me. The acquisitions and editorial staff worked so hard with me on my first book For the Love of a God, and have demonstrated the same care with all my subsequent books. So much of what I know about writing comes from their helpful hints and feedback.
Every step of the publishing process has been positive for me with LSB. When it comes to those sexy covers, the graphic arts staff have always listened to me and tried their hardest to bring my characters to life. When I've had questions about editing, they get answered quickly and with honesty. Administrative questions have been dealt with in similar fashion.
Nowadays, so many authors are flirting with the idea of self-publishing, but I know this route is not for me. Liquid Silver Books handles all the details I have no wish to handle. They take care of me and I like that feeling. So much so, I've sent them twelve books now and have other manuscripts planned for the future.
As any writer will tell you, our books feel like our babies. I'm content in the knowledge my babies are taken care of by people who love them as much as I do.

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TD Hassett
T.D. Hassett, author of the Love and Music series.
I was reminded of my first publishing experience while struggling to outline a fourth novel just a few days ago. I stared at the flickering cursor of my laptop. It taunted me to write something, anything. The sound of sleet slapping against darkened windows was distracting my attention. Writing can often be a lonely and challenging activity. It takes a lot of determination to write a book, shop it and wait for feedback. The staff of Liquid Silver Books made the whole process a dream.
It was a chilly October evening just two years ago when my journey into publishing really began. I had submitted my first book to several publishers just a few weeks prior and was not so patiently waiting for word back. The time had come; an e-mail from Liquid Silver sat unread in my queue. My fingers trembled a bit on the keys, anxiety rippled through my body. Was I ready for an answer? With a steadying gulp (of wine), I opened up the message and skimmed the text before eagerly reading that long hoped for line: "Liquid Silver Books would be pleased to offer you a contract on your manuscript for Isabel's Awakening."
I shouted the information to my husband. He was rather shocked since I hadn't told him I'd written a book – much more fun to surprise the family. The message contained some suggested changes I would need to agree to and a copy of the publisher's basic contract. A hundred questions popped into my head and I dashed off a long string of e-mails. The acquisitions editor promptly replied to all of my newbie concerns and an author friendly contract was sent electronically soon after.
Things happened quickly. Within a week an editor was in contact with me and the art department was sending requests for my input on the cover. The manuscript went through three passes (an incredibly helpful process that taught me a lot about writing) and then a different editor completed the fine line edits with me. The deadlines for edits were very reasonable and all of the editors I worked with treated me gently. Suggestions for changes in phrasing were clearly explained. I was really impressed with how detailed the editing process was. My cover proof arrived well in advance of the publication date allowing me to do cover reveal promotion work. I was fortunate to repeat the same smooth process with Liquid Silver for my next two books the only difference being this time my husband knew I was writing and even asked to read the sexy excerpts!
I photocopied my very first royalty check and framed it to always remind me that I was a professional writer and should keep on telling stories. Even though checks arrive each quarter I will always find that first payment special. Liquid Silver Books has been a delight to work with.

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Tami Lund, author of the Lightbearer series and more.
I discovered Liquid Silver Books (LSB) through a Twitter pitch contest. Five different
Tami Lund
publishers expressed interest in Into the Light, the paranormal romance I pitched that day. I spent a few days researching each one, and ultimately decided to send it to LSB. There were several reasons I chose them over the others. I liked the covers of their currently published books, and they had a lot of other authors who wrote paranormal, so I figured I'd be in good company. They'd been around for quite a while, fifteen years, I think, which was a huge positive, given the number of small presses that rise and fall these days. I also researched them on the Absolute Write Water Cooler, and they were one of a very few publishers with no negative feedback.
What I got out of the deal was so much more than I expected. I got a quick turnaround, for one thing. Within weeks, Terri emailed and asked to contract Into the Light. Ninety days later, it was published. That quick!
Once I signed the contract, I was instantly welcomed into one of the most supportive group of authors I've ever experienced. Since that day, I've contracted three books with LSB. Two were published this past summer and the third releases in just a few days! Not only that, but I've also recently joined the family as an editor. So yeah… Given this company is one of my first experiences working with a publisher, I suspect I'm ruined for any future publishers. So I guess I should just stick around… ;)

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Elle Rush
Elle Rush, author of the Hollywood to Olympus series and more.
I can't speak well enough of LSB both as a writer and as reader. They have a top-notch team all around. From the time I submitted my first story to them (and I just sent them my fifth), communication has been prompt and constant. I've worked with a couple of different editors and they are fantastic for both content and line editing.
The marketing team comes up with several opportunities for all LSB's authors and are a lot of help with individual efforts as well.
Behind the scenes, I've never had a problem with royalties and statements and when I have had questions, I've received answers right away.
As a reader, I love that whether I'm in the mood for something hot and dirty, sweet and funny, paranormal or geekily human, I can find whatever I'm looking for.

Lynn Tyler
Lynn Tyler, author of the Pack Mate series and more.
I knew very early in my writing career that I wanted to publish with Liquid Silver Books. I had purchased and read many of their books and knew that working with them would be a dream come true.
When Liquid Silver offered me a contract for the first time, I was beyond excited. I'm pretty sure my husband had to peel me off the ceiling. Working with the staff has been wonderful and has exceeded my expectations.
What really impressed me, however, is Liquid Silver's willingness to go outside the publishing box. Just recently, I approached Liquid Silver with two short stories that related to my ongoing series, Pack Mates. They had never published anything of the sort, but quickly agreed to work with me. It is this flexibility and willingness to take a chance on something untried that will bring me back to Liquid Silver Books time and time again.

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Haley Whitehall
Haley Whitehall, author of the Moonlight Romance series and more.
I started my publishing experience as a historical fiction author and was equally nervous and excited to venture into historical romance. I wanted to share my love of history. After the encouragement of my friends, I wrote my first romance and submitted it. Liquid Silver Books accepted my first historical romance Midnight Caller last year. The interracial romance is the start of the Moonlight Romance series set in the South right after the Civil War.
Liquid Silver Books did not shy away from the racial issues present in my stories or my flawed heroes and heroines. I was most worried about the editing process, but I didn't need to be. The editing experience was a lot less painful than I expected. The editors at LSB understand the importance of keeping an author's voice as well as historical style. With each editing pass I saw my story becoming clearer and better-rounded. I am very thankful to the wonderful editors at LSB for making my books shine.
I was also pleasantly surprised when I saw the cover. I think historical covers are perhaps the hardest to get right. After publishing four historical romances with them I am excited about every one of my covers. They know how to represent the book well while keeping the historical feel. Working with every member of the LSB team from the editors to cover designers to marketing is not only painless but exciting. Liquid Silver Books understands authors and the publishing business and I really feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people and be a part of the supportive LSB family.

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Annette Mardis, author of the Gulf Shore series.
Annette Mardis
Sending out query letters is one of the necessary evils of trying to attract a publisher, and it can be an excruciating process. After the e-mail goes out, there's often an interminable wait for a response. With some publishers, that can take as long as six months. And if the answer is no, some houses simply hit delete, sending the author's carefully crafted, much-sweated-over query hurtling into that big recycle bin in cyberspace.
If the author is lucky enough to get a contract offer, it might take eight months or more to finally get the book published in digital form.
But Liquid Silver Books works incredibly fast and makes the process as stress-free as possible. I received an answer to my query in about two weeks, and my book was edited and published within a few months.
One huge time saver is that LSB asks writers to send their entire manuscript with the initial query. Other publishers might request a certain number of pages or chapters, or no writing sample at all. And then weeks or even months later, if their interest is piqued, they might request a partial or full manuscript. LSB's submissions team eliminates that middle step and is able to evaluate the entire work from the get-go rather than, say, just the first ten pages or three chapters.
LSB also makes it easier on writers by accepting simultaneous submissions.
Once I'd been offered a contract, Acquisitions Editor Terri Schaefer patiently answered all my questions and gave me as much time as I needed to make my decision. After I signed the document, which I found to be straightforward and fair, I was assigned an editor.
I have years of editing experience myself, and I admit I was nervous to be on the receiving end of the theoretical red pen. I wasn't sure what to expect. How much of my story would I be asked to change? Would it still be my book when my editor was done with it?
As it turned out, I needn't have worried. My editor, Ansley Blackstock, made suggestions that I felt improved the story, and she left it to me to do the revisions. She invited me to ask questions, make comments and even disagree if I needed to. The Shore Thing was my first full-length novel, so Ansley helped me smooth out a few rough spots involving point-of-view shifts and "showing" vs. "telling" in the narrative. (And by the way, LSB liked my title, eliminating yet another worry I'd had.) After Ansley and I were finished, the manuscript went to a proofreader and then back to me for a final review before being formatted.
I also was fairly nervous about the type of cover an artist would design for my book. I received a form to fill out in which I described my main characters' physical characteristics and clothing preferences, and then the designer, Valerie Tibbs, took it from there. She very quickly worked up an attractive, eye-catching cover that I'm very proud to have grace the front of my book.
The submissions process was even easier once I became a "house author," and I received a response from Terri even more quickly for my second book, Shore Feels Right, than I had for my debut novel. The editing went quicker, too, because I now knew what LSB was looking for in terms of punctuation, capitalization and other style rules. Once again I was paired with Ansley, although I could have requested a different editor, and with Valerie. As pleased as I was with the cover of my first book, I was even more delighted by my second cover.
I've heard authors under contract with other publishers complain about a lack of response when they have questions or ask for help. Terri and LSB's sales and marketing manager, Michelle Hoppe, bend over backward to be prompt and helpful.
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The camaraderie of my fellow LSB authors is one of the best things about working with my publisher. We share promotional ideas and other information and support each other with reciprocal blog and social media posts, cross-promotions, and idea exchanges. There's an authors' e-mail loop that allows us to communicate with each other and with the house. And there are resource materials available, too.
I've been very satisfied with my association with Liquid Silver Books and plan to submit more manuscripts there in the future.

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