Showing posts with label Rebecca Hunter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rebecca Hunter. Show all posts

May 15, 2016

Stockholm Diaries 2: Caroline a new #contemporaryromance by Rebecca Hunter #RLFblog

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
Rebecca Hunter is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources. 
Rebecca has, over the years, called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they'll never move again. Well, probably not. 
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Interview with Rebecca Hunter

Why did you write this book?
When I wrote Caroline and Niklas’s first story, I didn’t plan on writing a second episode. But after getting the question, “What happens next?” from a reader, I thought it might be fun to explore what happens after their first happy ending.
The chemistry between Niklas and Caroline is clear from the beginning, but practically speaking, they have little in common, and their lives are pulling them in different directions. Stockholm Diaries, Caroline 2 is Caroline’s struggle to answer why they belong together.
But in writing this book, I thought a lot about the question in general: Why do two people belong together for the long haul? For me, a good relationship means both people actively help each other become their better selves—though sometimes the act of helping isn’t even conscious. But sexual chemistry and intimacy are also musts, both in books and in real life!
P.S. Fun fact: The setting for the first surfing scene in Stockholm Diaries, Caroline 2 is from my husband and my surfing honeymoon on Kauai… though the steamy details are fictional, of course! We have our own, private Stockholm Diaries romance insteadJ.
What is your favorite genre to read?
            For many, many years, I only read literary fiction—I was an English major! However, I went through plenty of periods where I felt too busy/too unfocused to invest myself in this kind of book, so I simply wouldn’t read at all. I picked up mysteries from time to time, but each time I’d think, “I don’t like reading about murder, victims and fear.”
            When I finally discovered the romance genre, my understanding of reading shifted. I didn’t have to invest as much time and thought into starting these books; the books pulled me in! Now, my favorite genre is steamy contemporary romance, but I read historical, paranormal, YA, NA… just about everything!
            I’m drawn to romance because I honestly believe that love trumps everything, both in romance stories and in life—this sounds little silly on paper, but I really believe it. Romance for me is about two imperfect people struggling to find each other as well as their better selves. These stories bring happiness and hope, which I can’t get enough of as a reader. I hope that readers to find those things in my books, too!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Ohhh… Derek Craven!
I think he makes the top of many readers’ lists, but for those not familiar with him, he’s the hero of Lisa Kleypas’s historical Dreaming of You. He’s the definition of rough-around-the-edges, so watching him struggle as heroine Sara breaks through his defenses creates a lot of tension. Something that really works in this book is the fact that the characters get together in the middle of the book, so we spend more time on the depth and intimacy of their relationship compared to many historicals.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
            Last summer, I started a series called Stockholm Diaries, Alice. The idea is four short episodes, set in three different cities, as this couple finds their way from a one-night stand to something more. I wrote the first story and then got caught up in other project… until I started getting comments from readers—“I can’t find the rest of these stories.” Oh no! Time to start writing them! Right now, I’m in the middle of their third episode.
            I’m also in the very beginning stages of co-authoring a short non-fiction idea on romance in Stockholm with Kim Golden, to be announced soon!
            When I’m done with these two projects, I’ll write Stockholm Diaries, Veronica, the story of Caroline’s best friend.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A beautiful photographer searching for her own path 
A pro hockey player trying to leave his rough past behind 
After a summer adventure together, Niklas and Caroline face a turning point. Familiar territory opens old wounds they can no longer avoid. They must both choose what is most important.

About the Book

Title Stockholm Diaries, Caroline 2
Genre Steamy Contemporary Romance
Author Rebecca Hunter
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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October 1, 2015

Top Bloggers Sep 2015 @TriciaSchneider #RLFblog

RLF Gems 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 30 day month. Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. 
The Top Blogger for September was Rebecca Hunter. She wins a month of free cover advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year is publisher Liquid Silver Books, which won a year of free advertising.

About Rebecca Hunter

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views) There is a tie for third place. Congratulations to each one!
1 Rebecca Hunter
2 Tricia Schneider
3 Luanna  Stewart
3 Victoria Adams
4 Guy Ogan
5 June Kramin

Honorable mention: Pat Henshaw

Top Chatters for the Month

RLF Top Chatter
Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. It goes to the top three people in that category. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author's).
1 Luanna Stewart
2 Rosanna Leo
3 Milou Koenings

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September 4, 2015

Rebecca Hunter author of Stockholm Diaries, Caroline #RLFblog #NewAdult

Rebecca Hunter author of Stockholm Diaries, Caroline answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Rebecca is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources.
Rebecca has, over the years, called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they'll never move again.
Well, probably not.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
We live in California, so we eat a lot of taqueria food. A lot. My favorite is a carnitas burrito with black beans, extra pico de gallo and guacamole, sometimes split with my husband, sometimes all for myself. If we’re “going out,” I’d choose something with a little nicer atmosphere, but Cal-Mex is definitely our go-to.
Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Hmm… that might be Lisa Kleypas’s Derek Craven from Dreaming of You. We watch Craven struggle hard with his past and the idea that he is incapable of love. He resists Sara as long as he can, but unlike many historicals the couple is happily together by the middle of the book. Craven is clearly devoted to Sara, but the rest of the book is about Derek’s attempts to adjust and to let himself love.
When compared to contemporary romance heroes, a historical hero can be a little more over-the-top, a little crasser or more hardened or melodramatic, his history a little more fantastical. I think this is because a reader like me is more willing to suspend disbelief when the setting isn't connected to anything in my own experiences. This is especially true of Craven, whose past I probably would never accept from a contemporary hero but somehow feel comfortable with in a historical hero!
Describe the perfect vacation.
The answer to this changes rather frequently, but these days I’ve been fanaticizing about week or two in a cottage on a white-sand beach in Hawaii. In front of us would be some sort of hidden break with steady, rolling waves where my husband and I could surf. On the beach, we’d have a canopied swinging futon bed (something I saw on a vacation ad that stuck with me!) where we’d lie and read after a long surf session. Sometimes our two kids are with us on this fantasy vacation, playing in the sand and swimming, and sometimes it’s just my husband and me…
What are your hobbies?
Of course, reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. Beyond that, I love to hike and surf, but most of all, I love to spend time with friends and family doing pretty much anything. I’m an extrovert, but I also thrive on extended periods of time along, a less common combination in a writer if I’m to believe what I read. To balance my quiet hours alone, I make sure to plan in time for walks and coffees, especially with other writer friends.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I read a lot of romance, both for pleasure and for learning, but that’s only a recent development. Before I began writing romance, I read literary fiction almost exclusively. But there were times when I felt too busy or too scattered to invest myself in literary fiction, so during those periods I wouldn’t read at all.
Now, after many years, I’m finally finding my own personal balance! I read both romance and literary fiction regularly, depending on my mood, along with some occasional fantasy, sci-fi, poetry, or mystery that friends recommend. I’ve been a member of a book club for many, many years, and that ensures I read at least one book of literary fiction or non-fiction per month that I didn’t find on my own. Plus, I have elementary-age kids, so I read plenty of middle-grade fiction as well, sometimes more enthusiastically than others.  

About the Book

Title Stockholm Diaries, Caroline
Genre New Adult/Contemporary
Author Rebecca Hunter
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A Swedish pro hockey player with a rough reputation meets the American girl next door in a steamy twist of travel and adventure. Will they be able to overcome his dark past and her uncertain future to turn their sensual nights into something more?
Photographer Caroline Mendoza finally sheds her safe life in Michigan for adventure and a fresh start, and her first stop is Sweden. But Stockholm suddenly becomes more than just a casual stopover when Caroline discovers her reclusive next-door neighbor is ex-Red Wings player Niklas Almquist, whose high-profile alpha bad-boy image, both on and off the ice, has followed him back to Sweden.
While Niklas’s darker side draws her to him, she knows the sensible decision is to move on from Stockholm before she gets too attached. Her time in Stockholm is running out. She must choose between what is safe and what her heart tells her is right. Is she strong enough to take the risk?

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