November 30, 2015

Made For Me by @suebeehny #RLFblog #contemporaryromance

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Made For Me by Susan Behon.

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Title Made For Me, Madison Falls Series, Book #3
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Susan Behon
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Sabrina O’Malley can’t stand the sight of Keith Sutton.
At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself. In all honesty, she loves sneaking peeks at the gorgeous, golden-haired construction foreman. It’s easy to forget how arrogant and irritating Keith is when she admires him from afar and can’t hear him talking.
The problem is, he’s always talking. Keith won’t let Sabrina forget her drunken and failed attempt to kiss him. He’s determined to get a do-over and she’s determined to avoid him at all costs. If he has to rile her up to get her attention, and that kiss, Keith is all for it.
Sparks fly when trouble comes to Madison Falls and they are thrown together in an effort to stop it. When Sabrina is targeted and comes under fire, Keith is resolved to keep her safe. To do that, he needs to get past Sabrina’s defenses.
Will Sabrina put her pride aside and give Keith a chance before it’s too late?

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About the Author

Susan Behon, author of the Madison Falls series, enjoys creating a world that brings readers romance, laughter, and a healthy dose of sexiness. Susan graduated summa cum laude with a B. A. in English from Norfolk State University. She currently lives in Ohio with her very own romance hero of a husband and their two wonderful daughters.

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November 29, 2015

The Boys of Summer a new #MMromance by @SarahMadisonFic #RLFblog

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

About the Author

Sarah Madison is a writer with a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dog or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.
Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and The Boys of Summer was the winner of Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards.

Interview with Sarah Madison

Why did you write this book?
I had this image in my mind I couldn’t shake in which one of the main characters, Rick Sutton, is leaning against a Spitfire, dressed in a RAF flight officer’s uniform. I thought it might make a cool dream sequence, but when I began researching the Battle of Britain in order to get the details right, I was appalled at how little I knew of the time period or how much these young men sacrificed. The more I read, the more I needed to know.  I spent over a month immersing myself in WW2 history, finally coming up for air and realizing I had to do justice to their story. Finding a way to give my heroes their happy ending was the hard part, but never fear, I believe in happy endings.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy. I love historicals and romance, too. So if you want to make my day, give me a murder mystery set in the 1800’s with aliens. Actually, that’s kind of hard to find, which is why so many of my own stories have a weird mix of genres.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Oh, I have so many! Lord Peter Wimsey from the Dorothy Sayers novels, and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, for example. Sherlock Holmes. Spock. Amelia Peabody from the Elizabeth Peters novels. The lovely thing about a great character is that they are enduring—people remember them long after the book has been read. The Sherlock Holmes stories are riddled with inaccuracies and frequently told from a passive viewpoint, and yet we don’t care because Holmes himself was incandescent. His presence made the story come alive.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire right now. I’m working on the first in a series of stories set in the 1950s about a couple of agents who investigate paranormal events—kind of like Ward and June Cleaver meets the X-Files. I’ve also got a Regency M/M romance in the works, as well as a contemporary M/M romance involving the sport horse world. I’ve also got paranormal sequels planned for the Sixth Sense series, and my vampire/shifter story, Crying for the Moon. I have LOTS of plans; just not enough time to write!
Please tell us about your latest book.
David McIntyre has been enjoying the heck out of his current assignment: touring the Hawaiian Islands in search of the ideal shooting locations for a series of film company projects. What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, great food, sunny beaches… and a secret crush on Rick Sutton, the hot, ex-Air Force pilot who is flying him around.
Everything changes when a tropical storm and engine failure force a crash landing on a deserted atoll with a WWII listening post. Rick’s injuries, and a lack of food and water, mean David has to step up to the plate and play hero. While his days are spent fighting for survival, and his nights are filled with worrying about Rick, the two men grow closer. David’s research for his next movie becomes intertwined with his worst fears, and events on the island result in a vivid dream about the Battle of Britain. On waking, David realizes Rick is more than just a pilot to him. The obstacles that prevented a happy ending in 1940 aren’t present today, and David vows that if they survive this stranding, he will tell Rick how he feels.

About the Book

Title: The Boys of Summer
Genre: Contemporary/Historical M/M romance
Author: Sarah Madison
Book heat level: (based on movie ratings): R

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This story is available for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press’s site at this time. Other links will be available after December 21, 2015.

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November 25, 2015

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #HolidayReads

A Romance for Christmas  
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift. 

A sweet feel-good holiday romance. It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
About the Book
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Genre Sweet contemporary romance, holiday romance
Heat Rating Sweet
Date Published 10/19/14

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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November 24, 2015

Penthesilia from The Wrath of Aphrodite by @CGWilliamsauth #RLFblog #Mythicfiction

C.G. Williams shares details about the creation of Penthesilia in the book The Wrath of Aphrodite.

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Title: The Wrath of Aphrodite Book 1
Genre: Mythic Fiction
Author: C.G. Williams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In the last year of the Trojan war, Penthesilia, an Amazon war captain, leads a contingent of fierce Amazon warriors to Troy, to ally with the great city against the Achaean forces. She wins victory in her battles with Achaeans and inspires the Trojan army anew. 
Her battles with Achilles are the greatest of all. Who will be the victor? The ruthless Achilles or the merciless Penthesilia? Both born under auspicious signs, both rumored to be the offspring of an immortal, and both matchless warriors, unrelenting in their bloodlust. Victory is within their reach, all they have to do is win the fight. Mortals and Immortals watch breathless for the outcome.During a brief conversation they insult the Goddess Aphrodite, mocking her greatest gift - Love. Furious with these two great warriors, Aphrodite retaliates and sends her son Eros with two arrows imbued with a love so potent and consuming, it will have only one outcome, destruction.
This story unfolds in a three Novella series.

Introducing Penthesilia

This interview is designed to tell readers about your hero or heroine.
Name: Penthesilia
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Themiscrya, the capital of the Amazon people.
Profession: War Captain
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Amazon from Themiscrya, she is multiracial like most Amazons.
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tall, muscular, olive skin, dark, curly hair, usually pulled back. She has scars from battles and a distinct three line scar from her buttocks to her thigh from hunting a wild cat. 
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Tell us about this character, please.
Achilles is the Myrmidon war Captain with the Achaean army. He is a the greatest of the Achaean warriors fighting against Troy and he knows it. Brash and arrogant, he’s been educated by the great teacher Chyron and knows that his destiny of glory is to be made on the Trojan shore. What he does not know is the destiny of his heart is destruction followed by madness, or that his greatest love is also his greatest enemy.
How does your heroine dress?
Penthesilia is an Amazon warrior as such she wears armor into battle. Her hair is usually tightly plaited and secured back as to not make her vulnerable to an opponent. Her helmet is embossed with horse faces that cover her cheekbones, the nose of the horses meet over her nose merging with the protective plate that runs up between her eyes meeting with the skull protector. Below hinged plates with the horses legs nearly touch beneath her lips. When temperatures are cooler she wears a leopard skin beneath her armor to keep warm. She wears greaves, chest armor, thigh protection and carries a crescent shaped shield. She is armed with sword, spear, Labrys and arrows.
When not on the battlefield Penthesilia dresses in simple well made tunics. Not someone who requires much adornment except for a few pieces of prized jewelry here and there like an armlet she took from an enemy.
When she disguises herself to cross into the enemy Achaean camps to do recognizance, her hair is loose and she wears a scullery maids dress.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see her) what characteristic would identify her?
She has a pleasant mellifluous speaking voice and she has a loud, cutting, strident voice she uses in battle, which is quite distinctive.
How educated is this character?
Penthesilia is very well educated. She is the daughter of a Queen and she speaks several languages. She has spent thirty six moon cycles training to be an elite Amazon Warrior. She knows the history of her people and their allies and enemies. She is a priestess of the goddess Artemis.
Is the character book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Penthesilia is well read and she is constantly learning and experiencing new things. She has fought with a variety of enemies and always emerged victorious.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Penthesilia has lived by the highest standards of the Amazon court. She has also struggled to survive in muddy battlefields with only her wits and prowess to keep her alive. 
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
As an Amazon trade is important to the economics of their people. She has never wanted for material items, but wealth is something shared amongst there people and they wish to continue to thrive.
On what special skills does your character rely?
She is a matchless warrior with nothing to lose. The accuracy of her aim is blessed by the Immortals and she never misses.
Are any of her skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
Because her aim is divine her older sister was killed during a hunt when she stepped into the path of Penthesilia’s spear. She would give up everything to have her beloved sister back again.
What kinds of things does your character always carry (in pockets or purse)?
There are some Amazon fetishes for protection of the Goddess, but she doesn’t always carry them. She usually has a knife.
What is your character's family like?
Penthesilia’s mother is from a line of Amazon royalty. Her grandfather is Theseus, one of the great Kings of Athens. Penthesilia’s own father was a gifted warrior who was banished from his kingdom and during his wanderings he fought against Penthesilia’s mother Queen Otrere. During the truce ritual they laid together conceiving Penthesilia. She never knew her father but she was raised as the daughter of a Queen with a tight network of friends and family about her.
Is she close to family?
She is very close to her family and to her sisters.
Does he have children?
Penthesilia has no children, she had neither the time nor inclination.
Is your character involved in his community?
As a warrior to the realm of Amazon her life is dedicated to the protection of her community and people.
How well does she know the neighbors?
She knows the neighboring Kingdoms well, but this is her first visit to Troy. Once there she immerses herself and learns a great deal about the Trojan people and the royal family. 
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
She is a very black and white person at the beginning of the story. But once compromised by the will of Aphrodite, lines become blurred. The only thing she has to hold true to is her sacrifice to the Goddess Artemis. 
How do others perceive your character based upon looks, and is is this assumption accurate?
The Amazon warriors are intimidating and it is an accurate assumption.
Does your character care about what others assume about him?
She cares what her fellow Amazons think of her and she cares about what Hector thinks of her, because she has a deep and abiding respect of him.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why?
She misses her dead sister and would give everything she could to have her alive and with her.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
A king that she vanquished in a terrible war. He was destructive to the sacred Amazon forest and he killed her lover and fellow Amazon warrior Thalestris. 
Can your heroine keep a secret (why or why not)?
She discovers she is quite good at keeping a secret.
What secrets does your character know about people around her that she does NOT share?
It is her own secret that she doesn’t want to share.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
She is drawn back to Achilles repeatedly and she knows her tactical information is complete. It is against her better judgment, she knows it’s madness yet she returns to him.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
The death of her sister hangs over her like a pall. 
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Redemption, cleansing and finally a sacrifice to the Goddess Artemis.
What is your heroine’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Penthesilia’s greatest hope is to honor her sacrifice to the Goddess Artemis. As for her dreams she has not allowed herself any thought of the future other than to kill the enemies of Troy.
What would help your character face hardship and meet any challenge?
Her dedication to her people as a defender of Amazon is where she finds her strength. Doing her service in the greater good of her people.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Bring her sister back.
What is your heroine’s biggest personal flaw?
She lacks empathy at the beginning from being battle hardened. By the end of the story she’s found feelings again.
When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
I think setbacks make her more determined to complete her tasks. Nothing will deter her from making sacrifice to the Goddess Artemis. 
How does your character handle challenges?
She’s extremely adaptable, her minimal warrior lifestyle does not leave room for attachment. And then one day she forms a very deep attachment to someone she should not even be on speaking terms with.
What is your heroine’s breaking point?
Penthesilia broke when she accidentally killed her sister during a hunt. From then on she has only a few things in life she really wants.
How does your character express disappointment?
Penthesilia retreats into solitude.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
Depending on the situation, she can be cold and aloof or if among friends and loved ones passionate and open.
When (if) she lies or is upset, what gives him away?
Penthesilia is one cool cookie. She doesn’t have any tells because that can get you killed on the battlefield. When confronted with her subterfuge and deception she willingly takes responsibility. 
Who in her life has the power to hurt this character the most and why?
Her fellow Amazons because they are her closest people. Hector, because she deeply respects him, he is better than this war without honor and Achilles, if he finds out the truth about her it would be catastrophic.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think C.G. Williams chose to write about me because she was fascinated by brief descriptions left by Homer. She wanted to write my story with complexity and richness of culture that she’d not found in other fictional writings about Amazons. She loves kick ass women that navigate their way through difficult terrain.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish that she’d left private the details of my affair with Achilles.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Any one of the Amazon warriors that came with me, for example Ainia the fastest Amazon to set feet upon this earth. Harmothoe the Amazon who has the gift of communion with animals and Bremusa who is a granddaughter of Hercules and a priestess of the Dark Artemis Hecate.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
My writer loves to write because it takes her to a place outside this physical realm. She can travel deep into imagination and once that stream flows it is epically delightful.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thanks for telling my side.

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Author Bio

Born and raised in Alaska, C.G. Williams first started writing a Vampire horror story in the early 80s on a manual typewriter. From then on C.G. has had fun creating Science Fiction, Time Travel, historical pieces and a kick ass action tale of Amazon warriors. C.G. Williams enjoys fencing, Tai Chi, photography, museums, history, music, biking, hiking and beadwork as it all fuels the creative process. C.G. lives with partner Chris and two cats.

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November 23, 2015

Take Me [Sultry SoCal 3] by @AuthorTBrooks #RLFblog #gayromance

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Sub-Dominant by Sage Marlowe.

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Title: Take Me (Sultry SoCal Series 1)
Genre: Erotic MM Romance
Author: Taylor Brooks
Book heat level: R
   Clint Rodham has spent years being a loyal employee to Elite Imports. Despite being one of their top salesmen, his boss no longer sees him as the golden boy. Now being ostracized for his sexuality, he fights to keep the job that he not only loves, but is a natural at.
   Rick Tanner just moved to Southern California from Kansas. Being a homosexual personal trainer in a small town filled with old-fashioned people who didn’t understand his way of life left him with little career opportunities.
   One hot summer night, Rick is locked on the rooftop and Clint comes to his rescue. As a thank-you, he offers his hero a cold beer. With the California heat rising and desires building, the two find themselves in a storm of passion. Neither of them are able to resist. Neither of them want to. They both want to take what is within their reach, just beyond their fingertips.

Taylor Brooks first fell in love with writing when she penned her first book for Siren Publishing, Take Me. She’s also an avid reader and finds herself drawn to the stories of gay lovers, and finds the passion in such stories absolutely beautiful. This also explains why her genre of choice for her writing is GLBT.
In addition to her Sultry SoCal, Rocky Mountain Man Hunt, and Z Pac Alpha Shifter series, Taylor has many stories brewing inside her head just itching to break free. Stay tuned for more as she strives for exciting ways to tease and please her readers.

November 22, 2015

Sub-Dominant by @SageMarlowe #RLFblog #MM

Today's featured book is Sub-Dominant by Sage Marlowe.

About the Book

Title Sub-Dominant
Genre Erotic Gay Ménage
Author Sage Marlowe
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When relocation agent Eric Swann is assigned to ease young Connor Prescott into moving back to London, he expects the boy to be more enthusiastic—and less irritating. 
Used to roaming freely among his mother’s D-list celebrity friends, Connor is anything but happy when his father decides to put him on a leash—a leash with a far too attractive handler on the other end. Secretly craving a man who knows how to yank his chain and show him exactly where the limits are, Connor does what he’s best at. He manipulates Eric into giving him what he wants, making the man reveal a side of him that Eric himself isn’t ready to accept. 
Trained by one of the quirkiest Dom/sub-teams in the country, Dom Tyler Kane knows exactly how to handle a toppy sub. He keeps Connor on his toes, er, knees, in the bedroom, but when his capricious lover sets his heart on pushing yet another limit, Tyler finds himself not only with a dominant sub but also with a Dom who has yet to accept his true identity. 

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About the Author

Sage is a multi-published author of MM erotic romance novels and novellas and loves exploring the flavours of gay erotic fiction. 

A willing slave to all the fascinating guys who keep queuing up and want their stories told, Sage can almost always be found cooking up the next hot story or daydreaming about new ways of rubbing sexy male bodies together to make the sparks fly.

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November 19, 2015

Publisher Week Day 5: Spotlight on Authors @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #Authors

The authors of Liquid Silver Books bring you spine tingling romantic suspense, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, nail biting paranormal adventure, time travel to unknown worlds, hot alpha males, and so much more. With the flick of a wrist, a twist of the brain, and months of blood, sweat, and tears, they give you romances to treasure for years to come. Liquid Silver Books is pleased to present …

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for the Sexy

Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. People discover you’re a writer and ask the question. “What do you write?” And you, sweet innocent that you are, answer brightly, “I write romance.” Be prepared for the awkward silence, the sidelong glance, even the sneering lift at the corner of the upper lip … and then the dreaded follow-up, “Romance? But why?”
          “But why,” indeed. The thing is, though my answer is simple, it leaves me feeling like I’ve admitted to looking at Playboy, not for the articles, but for the centerfold. (Which I do … but I digress.) The truth is I write romance for the same reason I read it—for the sexy.
          Please note the all-important “y” at the end of the word. Whoever said, “Sex sells,” missed the mark by that single letter. I contend it’s not the sex, per se, with its Tab A inserted into Slot B mechanics, but the sexy—so full of promise and possibility—which has built nations … as well as brought them down.
          Whoa, whoa. Whoa! You say. Are we still talking about romance novels? Yes … and no. We’re talking, in large part, about female sexuality, a topic capable of giving the strongest men the vapors and reducing the most sophisticated women to titter. Not to mention tempting romance authors to complicate the ultimate purpose of the genre, from the sweetest love story to the edgiest erotica—the mass market stimulation of that omnipotent human sex organ, the brain.
          The prospect of crafting a provocative story with the power to set readers’ gray matter aquiver brings me to my computer each morning with a grin of anticipation. Curiously, despite our sex obsessed culture, the sexy in romance is too often overlooked or maligned. But without it, couldn’t readers get what they were looking for from any of the genres romance writers cross into as a matter of course? It is precisely because our mysteries and gothic horror stories and action adventures come with abs and lingerie that the industry generates over a billion dollars a year. A billion dollars!
          Isn’t it time we embrace, as in muscled chest to burgeoning breasts, the very thing that sets us apart? Time to admit to reading and writing these books because of the sexy way they make us feel and the permission they give us to think and fantasize about and, even (gasp), want sex. We can’t hide our books under the blankets and between the leather covers of our e-readers and expect other people not to ask, “Romance? But why?”
          No buts about it, I chose to write romance. Chose it because the opportunity to challenge and stimulate my readers challenges and stimulates me. So, why do I write it? For that one simple word and all it implies, both straightforward and complex. I write romance for the sexy.

Why Does Romance Live Forever?

          Romance is the largest book genre on the planet when measured by public consumption. As in colossal-huge, as in more than 20 percent of a market where the next “big” categories languish in the 6th and 7th percentiles. Romance sells into the billions of dollars each year while its lesser brethren deal in the pedestrian millions. We readers seem to love ourselves a love story.
          But why? Romance is also the most saturated in terms of offerings – a quick search on Amazon yielded 1,005,777 titles, which is about the number of new books coming out each year across all genres worldwide. And let’s ask the obvious question: after you’ve read eight or nine dozen of these stories, what about them is new or fresh? Who doesn’t know-but-know the heroine’s impossible circumstances will be resolved and the main characters will at some point cozy up? Who can’t count on the HEA as a sure thing? No one, that’s who, yet we’re still riveted. How come?
          Critics of the genre have put forth the same rote, dismissive evals for decades… and at this point we have to surmise their criticisms have to do with something other than the actual stories, since discerning readers still choose to read romance novels in droves. Non-discerners are present too, just as they are in all genres; romance’s contingent just looks bigger because… well, it IS bigger. The whole romance pie is bigger.
          But I believe romance’s image has more to do with pedigree than its sprawling, amorphous body of work. Its base – its massive, multi-faceted base – is messy, encompassing sweet inspirational and Regency and paranormal and BDSM erotica, subject matters so disparate they probably shouldn’t qualify as a collective. The category includes more readers from more corners of the earth than Croesus had coins, meaning we romancers can’t make any intellectual or ideological claims to purity. We don’t have it. I wrote a humorous piece on this very subject a few years ago, and take a peek if you seek justification for your own reading proclivities.
          Writer Jenny Trout also offered a compelling perspective in a recent Huffington Post article, one all of us writing romance should take a moment to ingest. I don’t disagree with her, and if we were having coffee, I like to think we would laugh over the absurd marketing characterizations we writers of the genre get to work under. I mean, targeting “women age 22 to 55” is kind of like hunting “wildlife” in Africa. No disrespect here, but are you looking to bag a crocodile or a gazelle, ‘cause there’s kind of a big difference…
          Beyond acknowledging the context in which we write and read, however, we should probably set aside questions of literary integrity and market impact – and let’s be honest: we’re going to anyway. Seriously. These issues, while interesting, change nothing, not our stories, not our drive to write them. They don’t change the appeal of love and intimacy in our narratives; and they sure as hell don’t have any sway when it comes to convincing readers away.
          My publisher, Liquid Silver Books, participated in a Kobo event a couple of weeks ago wherein several of us talked about what draws us to romance, and my colleague Susan Vaughn contributed a spot-on response in my opinion. She said any story able to engage another human being is intellectually stimulating, suggested a good romance read draws you into thinking about all kinds of things, including humanity and your own place in it. “It makes you evaluate who you are and what you need and want. It’s like giving your brain a badly needed hug,” she argued.
          She’s right. And since romance is universal no matter which yardstick you use for measuring, we really do need to put these questions of salience on the shelf. Now off I go to work on that 1,005,778th title…

Why Do Writers Write?

          Why do writers write? Like Stephen King said, it's not for the money, and it's definitely not for the fame. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't turn down a fat paycheck, but I started writing because it felt like something I was meant to do. I hesitated for years before I finally took the plunge and tried writing a book. There were so many excuses...not enough time...not enough talent...or ooh look, there's something shiny! 
          The years passed and every so often, my need to write outweighed my reasons not to. I'll admit it. I wrote fanfiction. I got my feet wet and I enjoyed the feedback. That still wasn't enough. I wrote a few pieces of satire and that wasn't enough either. My biggest obstacle was me. That inner voice that said, "You just aren't good enough to write something as big as a book."  
I love books and to my credit, I think I've read thousands of them. As for romance novels, my addiction to them started when I was thirteen years old and the school librarian wanted to get rid of a bag of Harlequins. It was a treasure trove! I sat on my bunk bed and read the lot of them. As an introverted kid, the stories took me to places and introduced me to people "characters" that were interesting, funny, dramatic, and, of course, sexy. My books were my friends. They still are.
One fateful night, my muse kicked my inner doubt's ass and I woke up wanting/needing to write a book. My hand flew across my spiral bound notebook with story ideas, characters, and dialogue. Some were good, some were bad, some were downright awful, but my new mission in life was to write my own romance novel.  By the way, let me tell you why I will never give another writer a bad review. Writing a book is hard and if you take the initiative to try it, you have my complete and utter respect. Simple words, but true nonetheless. Holy Hell, how did people do it?
Could I do it? Turns out, yes I could, and I did. After many rejections from publishers (those sting no matter how many you get) I finally got a yes. You only need one yes to get your foot in the door. So here I am, a year after wracking my brain, pouring my heart out, and driving my husband crazy with reading revisions to him ad nauseum.
I write romance because I want my readers to feel the same sense of happiness I feel when a love story can take you away from it all. You can live vicariously through the characters’ struggles, immerse yourself in a new place, smile, laugh, cry and come out of it knowing there is always a happy ending.
Without the stacks of money and the overnight fame, was it worth it? Damn straight it was! Why? Because I'm a writer! Through feedback, I've learned that people have read my love stories and enjoyed them. They've laughed at the funny parts, got teary eyed over the sappy parts, and fanned themselves over the steamy parts. That's all I ever wanted.
But, hey, don't get me wrong, buying my books will put a smile on my face too! :)

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She wasn’t prepared for him… Resplendent Ruin, Resplendence Book 1 by Bella J
A quirky foodie and a perfectionist chef creat fireworks in the kitchen… Fire In the Kitchen by Donna Allen
Can love flourish when the only common ground feels like quicksand? Shore to Please, Gulf Shore Book 3 by Annette Mardis
Catch her, kill her, or kiss her? So many choices, so little time. But Carter Jamison has to decide one way or the other what to do about Sabrina Rutledge…Lovin’ the Odds, Gambling on Love Book 2 by Vicky Burkholder
Of all the pubs in all the world, he had to walk into hers…Play It Again, Dan by Tess Delacour
Romance that's the perfect mix of sweet and spicy…Madison Falls Series by Susan Behon
Lust, Laughter, and Happily Ever After…Swept Away by Susan V. Vaughn             

November 18, 2015

Publisher Week Day 4: Thanksgiving Message @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #Thanksgiving

Spotlight on Thanksgiving

Years ago, when my oldest daughter was in kindergarten the teacher asked the kids to tell her what they would have for Thanksgiving dinner if they could decide the menu. She then asked them…How do you cook a turkey? The kids all drew a picture and the teacher made a book for the parents with all the answers. I still have the book and it’s a hit at the Thanksgiving table every year.

Enjoy these samples from the children and grandchildren of LSB authors Susan V. Vaughn and Michelle Hoppe:

Noah - Age 8
Thanksgiving Dinner
For Thanksgiving Dinner we are having Turkey, gravy, pop, sprite, pie, cake, rolls, mash potatoes, beans, and pancakes.
This is how you cook a Turkey
You get a wild turkey or buy one. You make sure it’s not gross, that it doesn’t have blood on it if you shot it. Make sure to take out the bones and heart. You put stuff on it if you want, or just baker it. And that’s how you make a turkey, son.

Thanksgiving Dinner
For Thanksgiving dinner I want: steak, potatoes, broccoli, stuffing, and marshmallow ice cream
This is how you cook a Turkey
To cook a turkey, first buy one at the store so you don’t have to deal with the guts and stuff. Rinse it off and stuff it. Squeeze lemon on top and sprinkle with basil. Put it in the oven at 425 for 45 minutes.

Molly - Age 7
Thanksgiving Dinner
For Thanksgiving Dinner we are having ham, mash potatoes, gravy, meatballs, beans, cupcakes, regular cakes, water, milk, pop, pie, and rolls.
This is how you cook a Turkey
You shoot a turkey, grind the bones. You rip off the feathers and put it in the oven. And you have a perfect turkey, but that’s just my opinion.

Thanksgiving Dinner
For Thanksgiving dinner I want turkey, mash potatoes and gravy – that’s all. Nothing else, well for dessert ice cream sundaes, but that’s all.

This is how you cook a Turkey
To cook a turkey, take out the guts and rinse it off. Stuff it. Put it in the over. Set heat to 250, no wait, 350 and cook for 30 minutes.

Ryan - Age 5
Thanksgiving Dinner
For Thanksgiving Dinner we are having muffins with pancakes, and some pie, and some little macaroni’s, and some pop, and little turkeys, and rice beef.

This is how you cook a Turkey
You whack it with a shovel, then pick it up with a shovel, then you throw it into a car, then shovel out all of the blood and hearts, and throw them in the garbage. Then karate chop it with your bare hands, and throw it at a chicken. Then put it in the oven, walk away, get a knife out, and see if it’s done.

Sooo…what do your little ones want for Thanksgiving Dinner? If you have kids or grand-kids – ask them what’s on the menu and how to cook a turkey! Share in the comments below. Remember - don’t edit them; it’s more fun if it’s in their words.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us!

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November 17, 2015

Publisher Week Day 3: Genre Spotlight @LSB_lsbooks #RLFblog #discount

Spotlight on New Releases

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Western Knight by Julie Murphy

Her father always told her she'd meet her knight in shining armor some day. Maggie just didn't think he'd be an actual 14th century knight resurrected in the body of a thief and possible murderer. Transported from 1375 to 1875, Sir James MacArthur has to find a way to survive a world he little understands while trying to save Maggie, the damsel in distress that has won his heart. Julie Murphy blends history, romance, and a little bit of humor in her new romance novel, Western Knight.
Genre: Western, Historical, Action, Adventure, Time Travel

Resplendent Ruin, Resplendence Book 1 by Bella J

Juliette thought she had love. She thought she knew what it felt like to be loved. And to finally marry her fiancé, Daniel, was a dream she refused to let go of—until Knox Taylor showed up and made her question everything she thought she knew about life and love.
Genre: Contemporary

Saving Agent Tanner, The Spy Who Loved Me Book 2 by MJ Eason

Three years ago, Rachel Weiss walked away from the man she loved and a world of danger she could no longer be a part of. Now, the father of her child is missing and presumed dead, and only Rachel can save him. Drawn back into a world she thought she'd left behind forever, Rachel is in a race against time. Saving Agent Tanner is an edge-of-your seat, romantic suspense novel from author MJ Eason. You'll love this thrilling addition to her romance series, The Spy Who Loved Me.
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Swept Away by Susan V. Vaughn

Captain Jack Reed puts his crab fishing career first, no matter what. Until a chance meeting with the woman of his dreams breaks his concentration. Megan Berry won't be tied down. But when she finds herself stranded at sea with a wickedly handsome fisherman, can she resist her desire? Lust and laughter fill the pages of Susan V. Vaughn's new romantic comedy, Swept Away.
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Adventure

Strange Brew, Secret Blood Book 4 by Emma Weylin

Meet Ozz and Lily. Lily has turned a rundown bar into a success despite her ruined reputation. Ozz is a werewolf who knows Lily is his mate, but he won't claim her because she has no idea that shapeshifters exist. But now Lily's life is in danger and Ozz must save her, even if it means turning her world upside down. Emma Weylin invites you to once again enter her paranormal world in Strange Brew, Book 4 of her suspense-filled series, Secret Blood.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Magic, Witches, Shifters, Wolves, Other Weres

Witch Island by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

A cursed island may not be the best place to start a new job. Roxanne's business is looking up. Her new contract with a reclusive millionaire is just what she needs to save her business. But a sudden storm leaves her stranded on a private island where her handsome and charming host is hiding a sinister secret. Witch Island by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime will keep you on the edge of your seat as Roxanne is plunged into a dangerous and mysterious world where nothing is as it seems.
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal, Adult Fairy Tales, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Magic, Witches

Updrift, The Mer Chronicles Book 1 by Errin Stevens

What if joining your lover's world meant you were cut off from your own? Kate will have to look hard at her man to learn what about him is real, what is illusion, and how—if ever—she can get back home. Errin Stevens brings her fantasy world to life in Updrift, Book 1 of her new paranormal romance series, The Mer Chronicles.
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Action, Sea Creatures

Silken Tide by Danielle E. Gauwain

When Mark's world of power and pretty things gets turned upside down, he must return to his hometown of Silk Cove. Not only does love take Mark by surprise, but a string of unexplained events forces him to face who, and what, he is. Silken Tide is a paranormal tale of the sea, the soul, and a love worth fighting for from romance author Danielle E. Gauwain.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Selkies, Sea Creatures

Pleasures of the Flesh by Cecil Wilde

Starting over isn't easy, especially for Elias, an ex-almost-priest on the run from his own heart. Unexpected help from the kind—and stunningly attractive—Seth gives him the opportunity for a new life and a first love, but with Elias' past never far behind, how long can it last? Pleasures of the Flesh from author Cecil Wilde will be a welcome addition to your contemporary romance library.
Genre: Contemporary, GLBT, LGBT, M/M

Maddy and Wyn, Seeking Redemption Book 3 by Cameron Dane

With a ghost to help and a thief to catch, rivals Maddie and Wyn have to stop fighting long enough to solve the mysteries surrounding them. But that won't be so easy, they've been at dagger points for years. Filled with all the suspense, adventure, and blazing passion you've come to expect from Cameron Dane, Maddie and Wyn, is a welcome addition to her contemporary romance series, Seeking Redemption.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Uniformed Heroes, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings

Perfectly Imperfect Mine, Garrison Brothers Book 1 by Amelia Shea

When Sadie Wallace meets bounty hunter Trey Stone, her "nothing special" life is turned upside down. Instant attraction, explosive chemistry, and a dark secret that could destroy them … falling in love has never been so dangerous! You won't be able to stop reading Perfectly Imperfect Mine, Book 1 of Garrison Brothers, the new contemporary romance series from author Amelia Shea.
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Action, Adventure

Strategic Alliance, The Witchpyre Legacy Book 1 by Vanessa Liebe

Witches and vampires must unite in order to fight their common enemy, the fraklov demons. The last thing Princess Isabelle wants to do is marry Prince Lucian, but the survival of both their races depends on it. Isabelle is determined to fight Lucian every step of the way, and he is just as reluctant to wed. Then they meet... Strategic Alliance is the intensely passionate beginning of Vanessa Liebe's new fantasy romance series, The Witchpyre Legacy.
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Action, Adventure, Demons, Magic, Witches

Not Just a Friend, Toronto Book 3 by Laura Jardine

Maya has a history of falling in love with the wrong man. Case in point … her unfaithful, drug-dealing ex-fiancé. As she finally starts dating again, her first date has her wondering where all the normal guys are. Luckily she has Liam … her friend with benefits. But he's beginning to act strangely, too. Why is he so upset that she's dating again? You'll love this spicy romantic comedy. Not Just a Friend is Book 3 of Toronto, Laura Jardine's contemporary romance series.
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

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