March 11, 2017

Is It True: @jeanjoachim Dan Alexander, Pitcher #Sports romance #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Jean Joachim, author of Dan Alexander, Pitcher, a sports romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 4 heat level
Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin' as the food she was selling.
Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a vendor at Nighthawks' stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn't deserve a decent guy, does she?
Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs, hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the field everything was falling apart?

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. It's book # 35
this book is part of a series?
Yes, The Bottom of the Ninth series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
you did research for this book?
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Some of the ball players may act like apes, but they have human DNA.
this book has more than one genre?
you speak more than one language?
you grew up where you live now?
you love to read?
you are never late?
you love pizza?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?


Where can we find your book online?

Jean Joachim Social Media

Jean is an award-wining, international best-selling romance author,
with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list in the U.S. and abroad since 2012. She writes mostly contemporary romance, which includes sports romance and romantic suspense.
Dangerous Love Lost and Found won 1st place in the suspense category in the 2015
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital Awards contest. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. To Love or Not to Love tied for second place in the 2014 New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America Reader's Choice contest. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of RWA.
Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in thE
morning, you'll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.
Jean has 35 books, novellas and short stories published.

March 10, 2017

A World of Romance @HoustonHavens #RLFblog #SciFi

Welcome to Houston's world of romance where fantasy becomes reality.

Exposed Ecstasy - Psychic Menage #3

Genre SciFi, Erotic Romance, Menage (MFMM/MFM), PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery
Author Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler; Tessla Reto attempts to escape the Underworld after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. She knows her untimely death is also near if her father, Landen Reto discovers her part in forming the rebels to fight against him. The two men sent to help her get away are killed and she’s rescued by a handsome stranger…or is she?
Faerydae returns to Earth in search of an inner peace his soul can’t find after the death of his friend Chandra Lamar. Instead, he finds himself in an unplanned rescue of a woman that stirs everything he’s fought a lifetime to deny. Can Faerydae stay focused on his goal to expose his past and true Fae bloodline, or will destiny play her hand?
Shomar’s uncomplicated world is tossed asunder when his best friend, Faerydae, shows up with a stray puppy and a woman who steals the heart of his soul the moment he looks at her. Only to discover Faerydae and the woman claim they can’t stand each other, yet his intuition tells him otherwise. Will Shomar be able to win the woman of his dreams or will Faerydae always have her heart?
Will Tessla find her freedom? Will Faerydae keep his, or will Shomar succeed in his plan to expose them to their hidden ecstasy?
Publisher H.A.W.K. Publishing
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Intimate Betrayal - Psychic Menage #4

Genre Scifi, Erotic Romance, Menage (MFMM/MFM), PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense,
Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery
Author Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Kindise Wyatt escapes her Star Rider captor and returns to Earth. With the help of a sexy Old World Mole and his mysterious friend, she's determined to uncover the whereabouts of her lover. Instead, she finds nothing but betrayal and her captor in pursuit.
On the lam after betraying his evil ruler, ex-Dirt Dweller and drifter Jaden Valenti confirms his name is on a hit list. Finding what he believes will be safety amongst the Airbornes, he recreates himself and hides his past until trouble walks back into his life in the name of Kindise Wyatt, the woman he was ordered to assassinate and didn't.
Due to the obsessions of a Fae woman Sori gave up his hard-earned royal title and left his homeland of Elfame. Love is the furthest thing from his mind until he is sent in Jaden's place to pick-up some cargo...human cargo in the form Kindise Wyatt. He feels the Fae magnetism of his soulmate in her. Problem is; she's in love with someone else.
Will Jaden fulfill his orders to kill Kindise and get his name removed from the list, or will his secret be exposed and betray the friendship he has with Sori? Does Sori help Kindise find her lover, or will a love between them have a chance to flourish before a fatal attraction and a determined captor rip their love asunder? Will Kindise find true love or will betrayals at every turn crush the fight out of her? Can she find her inner strengths to keep fighting and lead The Freedom Fighters to defeat the Dirt Dweller elites, once and for all?
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Houston Havens Social Media

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.
Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. rHer novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.

March 9, 2017

Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Hope @GingerMonette #RLFblog #historical #romance

Was Downton Abbey inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? One Sunday night while watching season 2 of Downton Abbey, it dawned on me: Downton Abbey is a copycat of Pride and Prejudice! Now, whether Julian Fellowes really did look to Jane Austen's classic for inspiration, I cannot say, but let's look at some of the similarities.
A houseful of daughters with no heir.
Both storylines are built on the premise of impending doom due to the family's misgivings about the unfamiliar heir. In Pride and Prejudice, Austen placed a cast of five daughters at risk of being "thrown to the hedgerows" should their father die before they are wed. Julian Fellowes chose three sisters for Downton Abbey's cast, but the situation differs in that they seem more concerned for the future of their physical home and the general uncertainty brought about by the new heir rather than their personal futures.
Similar characters.
Both Austen and Fellowes chose a heroine who is an "obstinate, headstrong girl." Downton Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley was never one to hold her tongue. And certainly Austen's Elizabeth Bennet never hesitated to voice her opinion on everyone and everything!
Perhaps the most similar character in the two stories is a domineering matriarch. The outspoken dowager Lady Grantham is one of Downton Abbey's most colorful characters. But I believe Fitzwilliam Darcy's imperious aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, could have given even Violet Crawley a run for her money!
An attempted elopement
Both dramas include an attempted elopement that spawns uproar in the respective families. Readers are aghast when Austen's rogue, George Wickham, runs off with Elizabeth's younger sister, nearly ruining the Bennet family's reputation.
Conversely, Downton Abbey fans cheered when daughter-of-the-manor Lady Sybil and chauffeur- servant Branson finally kissed. But their pairing and attempted elopement was scandalous nonetheless, sending Sybil's sisters hurrying after her and her father into a thunderous outage.
In both stories, the scandalous union became a clever plot device to not only create drama, but to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Would the scandalous pair remain together? How would the scandal drive future storylines and affect the other characters?
A grand estate
In both Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, a grand house is a silent, yet central character. For nearly 200 years women have been swooning over Pemberley, the estate of Austen's heartthrob Fitzwilliam Darcy. And Highclere Castle's gold rectangular structure topped with corner towers and spires is instantly recognizable as the Crawley's beloved family home on Downton Abbey.
These lavish homes set our hearts to dreaming and become a beloved character in and of themselves. But the Austen/Fellowes parallels don't stop there. It is worth noting that the name Downton Abbey is suspiciously similar to Donwell Abbey, the name Austen chose for George Knightley's estate in her classic work, Emma.
An entailed estate with an "unsuitable" heir.
In Pride and Prejudice, the unsuitable heir is the obnoxious rector William Collins, whose marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet is flatly refused. In Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley is a dashing, but lowly solicitor. And although both "unsuitable heirs" go on to propose to other women, in the case of Downton Abbey, viewers are thrilled when the lovestruck hero and heroine eventually marry.
High society characters falling in love with, well, those not so high society.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is downright disgusted with himself for falling in love with Elizabeth Bennet, a woman so decidedly beneath him. And in Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley is incensed that a man in trade will inherit her family home. But in the end, love wins out for both couples.
We may never know if Julian Fellowes was inspired by Jane Austen, but certainly in both cases, the premise has enchanted millions and proven to be a blockbuster success in both literature and film.

Darcy's Hope Saga: Downton Abbey Meets Pride and Prejudice

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War 1 alongside Jane Austen's iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. You'll watch their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
*****90% of reviews are five star!*****
The Darcy's Hope Saga:
Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes
Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey
Genre: historical romance, Pride and Prejudice fan fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher: Spero Books
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Grand prize winner of Char/Meck library's 2015 "Picture This" contest, Ginger Monette lives in Charlotte, NC. When not writing historical romance, she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading--a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.