Review: THE SWIMMING HOLES OF TEXAS

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THE SWIMMING HOLES
OF TEXAS
by
Julie Wernersbach & Carolyn Tracy
  Genre: Travel / Outdoors / Swimming
Publisher: The University of Texas Press
Date of Publication: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 240, 100 color photos
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A Must-Have, So-Much-More-Than a Guide Book – helping Texan families survive the summer (and learn a little too).

I absolutely loved The Swimming Holes of Texas.  Of course, majoring in geography and being a “fun fact” junkie might make me a bit biased.  The comprehensive information about each location, including historical, geographical and geological information, alongside the wonderful photography, serves the reader so much more deeply than the average “travel guide”.  

As mentioned in the introduction, summers are unbearable here in Texas and free time usually includes finding a way to cool off from the heat.  This book is a fantastic guide to the oasis that is the swimming hole.  Don’t miss the “pro-tips” for insider info (so you don’t get caught with your pants down – literally).  And most importantly, I think, the author stresses the importance of taking care of our natural sites.  Clean up after yourselves so that we leave it for others to use.  Kudos for making sure to reiterate that point.  We love our state, hence the motto, “Don’t Mess with Texas”.

Whether you’re a traveler just visiting, or a family looking for a unique place to have fun, you’ll find something to meet your needs in this book. The photographs are fantastic, capturing the magnificence of these unique places.  No matter where you are in Texas, you’ll find a place not too far away to make a day trip worthwhile.

I highly recommend this book, and will be keeping it handy to find a spot to cool off this summer.

 

Nothing beats a natural swimming hole for cooling off on a scorching summer day in Texas. Cold, clear spring water, big old shade trees, and a quiet stretch of beach or lawn offer the perfect excuse to pack a cooler and head out with family and friends to the nearest natural oasis. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or an unforgettable summer vacation, let The Swimming Holes of Texas be your guide.

Julie Wernersbach and Carolyn Tracy highlight one hundred natural swimming spots across the entire state. The book is organized by geographic regions, so you can quickly find local places to swim—or plan a trip to a more distant spot you’d like to explore. Each swimming hole is illustrated with an inviting color photo and a description of what it’s like to swim there, as well as the site’s history, ecology, and conservation. The authors include all the pertinent info about admission fees and hours, parking, and on-site amenities such as showers and restrooms. They also offer tips for planning your trips and lists of the swimming holes that are most welcoming to families and pets.

So when the temperature tops 100 and there’s nothing but traffic in sight, take a detour down the backroads and swim, sunbathe, revel, and relax in the swimming holes of Texas.




Julie Wernersbach, Austin, is the literary director of the Texas Book Festival and a former marketing director at BookPeople, Austin’s largest independent bookstore.
Carolyn Tracy, Austin, is a freelance photographer who works for an animal welfare nonprofit. They are the authors of Vegan Survival Guide to Austin.

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I’ve long heard the claim that the average American reads less than one book a year, but a Pew Poll released last November shows that that’s not accurate—in two ways. First, as I note below, the concept of “books read by the average American” isn’t accurate, as the concept of “the average American” is meaningless on […]

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Review: BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS by Camille Di Maio

BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS
by
CAMILLE DI MAIO
  Genre: Women’s Fiction / Historical / Family
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 334
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This is a story of love in it’s purest form.  It’s about sacrifice and family.  It’s about finding oneself amidst the crisis of your life.  It is truly a beautiful story.
This book cannot be classified into any particular genre.  It’s realistic fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and romance.  Di Maio’s writing has springboarded from it’s already lofty place (with her debut novel, THE MEMORY OF US) with the story of Della Lee.  As the story unfolds, the author skillfully parallels four storylines, weaving them together like an elaborate tapestry to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion.  The characters are wonderful and the descriptions are so fantastic.  I could almost feel the heat on my skin as I read about Puerto Pasar I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed the writing in this book.
Absolutely DEVOURED this book! Best book I’ve read all year. It has history, romance, intrigue and wonderful characters that make you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. What an amazing story this turned out to be. I loved Di Maio’s first book, but this one blows it out of the water! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!
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After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers―about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

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Praise for Before the Rain Falls:
Still wiping away tears! Before the Rain Falls is simultaneously heartbreaking, hopeful, and joyous: a story of complex characters with varied pasts and bright futures. Loved it! – Jennifer B. on Goodreads
This novel takes readers on an emotional, fast-paced, ride through one sister’s journey to self, redemption, and the true meaning of “freedom.” – Nicole W. on Goodreads
There is romance, mystery, and secrets that are kept till the very end that will have you not wanting this beautifully written story to end. – Carol B. on Goodreads
Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 19 years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmer’s markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. The Memory of Us is Camille’s debut novel. Her second, Before the Rain Falls was released on May 16, 2017.

 

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Interview with Jackie Ashenden on her new release DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I chose romance because I like writing about people and their relationships to one another. And I also really like giving people who’ve had tough backgrounds a happy ending with someone who loves them.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Lots of dark emotion and a gritty atmosphere. Plus sexy times!

What projects are you working on at the present?

At the moment I’m writing the first of a hot erotic suspense trilogy about a group of ex military guys who do certain ‘jobs’ for people. Then I’ll be writing the second in a biker series that will be out next year.

Fun Stuff

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Telling someone to ‘hiccup for me’. It only works once though.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

Nothing. I can’t draw to save my life.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

My kids hate me because I refuse to play Monopoly at all. Seriously, a game can take ALL DAY!

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

We don’t have Girl Scout cookies in NZ. But we do have Girl Guides and the chocolate chip Girl Guide biscuits are pretty good.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

Many, many, many times.

This or That? 

Dogs or Cats? – Cats

Tea or Coffee?-  Coffee, always coffee.

TexMex or Italian? – Italian

Chocolate or Vanilla? – Chocolate.

Bond or Bourne? – Bond

Fun Facts about the Author

I used to be a librarian before I became an author and I also used to sing opera – neither of which I do anymore!

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PRAISE FOR JACKIE ASHENDEN

“With a distinct voice and fresh, complex characters, Mine To Take is a sexy, emotional read that gripped me from page one. I can’t wait to see what Ashenden brings us next.”

–Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

“Utterly captivating…with searing sensuality…Ashenden has once again provided series fans with a book to savor and remember.” – RT Book Reviews Top Pick on In Bed with the Billionaire

“Dances on a dark edge and frolics in naughtiness.” – Kirkus on In Bed with the Billionaire

“The sex is dirty-sweet, with a dark lick of dominance and the tantalizing potential of redemption, and an explosive ending provides the perfect closure to Gabe and Honor’s story while setting up the next installment.”–Publishers Weekly Starred Review on Mine To Take

Jackie Ashenden

Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr. Jax, and their two kids and two cats. When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

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THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE 

Critically acclaimed author Jackie Ashenden is back with the first installment in her new, provocative Tate Brothers series—a series about three Navy SEAL foster brothers who inherit a massive empire, including all the passion, pain, and desire that come with it.

THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, May 2, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-12279-7) introduces readers to the rugged Van Tate and the woman he has never been allowed to love.

Nothing about Sullivan “Van” Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him…and the object of Van’s most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father’s ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can’t deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father’s company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he’s the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he’ll do anything to protect her?

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Interview with Janna MacGregor on the release of BAD LUCK BRIDE

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I’ve always loved Regency romances. Who wouldn’t want to ride in a stylish carriage with a matching team of black horses? Seriously, I love creating characters, particularly women, who must live under severe social and legal restrictions while trying to carve out an independent and worthwhile lives. Finding the perfect person to help him or her achieve those dreams is exciting.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My darling mom was an elementary reading teacher. She passed her love of books, especially romances, to me. Some of my fondest memories are the weekends we spent together. She would come home from teaching school all week with a bag full of paperback romances. She and her fellow teachers would swap books constantly. Needless to say, we had a ton of books around our house. My mother loved Regencies. One day, I found a Barbara Cartland novel and never looked back. 

How long have you been writing? 

I attended my first romance reader’s convention, the Romantic Times event in Kansas City, in May of 2013. I enrolled into a Cherry Adair plotting class just to see if I could learn anything about the genre I so loved. The class lasted a day. By the end of my time with Ms. Adair, I had a sketch in my mind of the Cavensham family. I plotted The Bad Luck Bride in a month, and wrote it in two months. Of course, then I had to learn how to edit.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

Let me answer that in two ways. Studying the craft of writing is hard. But, it’s fundamental to the story. For me, learning how to edit was painful at first, but now, it’s one of my favorite parts of the writing process. That’s where the story really starts to become polished and the characters shine. I don’t think you can ever short-change the editing process.

With this book specifically, the hardest was showing Lady Claire Cavensham and her survivor guilt in a sympathetic and realistic manner. Throughout her life, she tries to rationalize why bad things happen to her, but always comes back to the easiest explanation-she is cursed. I talked to a psychologist about Claire’s character, so hopefully, I’ve captured her essence in a way that will resonate with readers.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

Creating scenes and developing the characters. The garden scene where we first see the Alex and Claire together was one of my favorites. I think you really get to see the characters’ personalities and vulnerabilities in that scene. Of course, the carriage scene on the way to the opera is another favorite.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Without a doubt, I have to say Eloisa James, Lily Blackwood/Lily Dalton, and Maggie Robinson. In 2015, I attended a two-week workshop in Tuscany with Eloisa James. I learned not only how to become a better writer, but also the business aspects of writing. That time was invaluable, and Eloisa is such a supportive and giving person. One year, I won an auction from the RWA Beau Monde chapter for a critique from Lily Dalton. She taught me so much about the emotional aspects of writing. I’m eternally grateful to her. I’m a huge fan of Maggie Robinson, too. When I first wrote the book, Maggie graciously read it. She taught me the craft of writing. I am so, so lucky that these talented writers took an interest in my stories and me!

What did you find most useful in learning to write? 

Reading stories you love every day is fundamental to honing your craft. Plus, I entered a ton of contests and received wonderful feedback from the judges.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

Let me answer that in a different way. I’m somewhere in the middle of full-time and part-time. I still have a day job, but I’ve cut my hours there so I can devote more time to my writing. You have to write regularly if you want to get a book finished!

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

Great question! I clerked for a federal district court judge where my job was researching and writing every day. After my clerkship, I taught legal writing and research at my alma mater. Though legal writing and writing romance are vastly different, in many ways they’re similar. A legal memo or brief must follow a certain structure. The same is true with a romance novel. Readers expect to have a fulfilling experience where the characters will go through some type of personal growth that will allow them to have a happy ever after.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read romance! Contemporary, historicals, paranormals, if there’s a powerful love story in it, I’m game. There is nothing more uplifting than a couple who have to work through unbelievable odds to have their happily ever after!

What projects are you working on at the present?

Earlier this year, I finished the second book in the Cavensham Heiresses. This story The Bride Who Got Lucky features Claire’s cousin, Lady Emma Cavensham and Nicholas St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton. It’s scheduled for an October 31st release. I had a tremendous amount of fun writing Emma and Nick’s story. I just finished the third book in the Cavensham Heiresses series. It features Lady Claire’s cousin, Lord Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, and Miss March Lawson, an embezzling sheep farmer. McCalpin meets his match with March, who’s introduced in The Bride Who Got Lucky.

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Praise for Janna MacGregor:

“A delightful debut! Janna MacGregor bewitched me with her captivating characters and a romance that sizzles off the page. I’m already a huge fan!” — New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

“The Bad Luck Bride is a stroke of good luck for readers—the intricate plot, arresting characters, and rich emotional resonance will leave you swooning.” —New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries

“Readers, rejoice! We have a new writer to celebrate. Janna MacGregor writes with intelligence and heart. The Bad Luck Bride is a full-bodied Romance about what it truly means to love, to forgive, and to heal. Plus, it introduces us to characters we will enjoy as they grow and develop. Smart, smart Romance.” —New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell

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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes.

She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. The Bad Luck Bride is her first novel.

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Mix together a Marquess hell-bent on revenge, a seemingly cursed bride, and a forced marriage that might just end in love after all and you’ll get Janna MacGregor’s sparkling debut, THE BAD LUCK BRIDE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; May 2, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-11612-3).  This new Regency era romance finds its heroine, Claire Cavensham, unable to keep a suitor…again.  Claire is convinced her bad luck will never end, that is until Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, steps in and changes everything.  His need for vengeance has him plotting to marry his enemy’s fiancée, but soon he finds himself falling for her.  Once secrets are revealed about the real reasons behind their engagement, will the scandal that ensues prove that Claire truly is cursed, or is their love strong enough to endure it… Readers of Regency romances and love stories alike will find themselves swept up in the tantalizing first installment of the Cavensham Heiresses series!

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse…especially once she realizes that Lord Pembrooke makes her want to believe she’s not a bad luck bride anymore…

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper. The beguiling lady has no business laying claim to his heart. But as a mission of revenge turns into fiery passion, Alexander wants nothing more than to break Claire’s curse…and lead them both to their hearts’ desire.

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Guest Post by Katie McElhenney

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer

Three of my favorite activities are running, reading, and writing. Besides being alliterative, those activities have another thing in common—they’re all solitary endeavors. And while exercising and spending time with a book can be great solo ventures, the same isn’t necessarily true for writing. Unless you’re writing professionally, most of the time you need to be creative about when you fit in your keyboard time; before work, after dinner, in those few precious moments when a child is napping. These times are chosen precisely because they allow for solitude and quiet. Yet, I’m going to make the case for adding community to your writing routine and here’s why:

Productivity

I love walking into places bustling with activity. There is something about the energy that thrives in those environments that is contagious. This is why so many writers flock to coffee shops and shared workspaces. It’s true that those places aren’t for everyone and can get pricey after a while, so it helps to explore other options. Libraries are a great place to work, as are larger bookstores (and you’re surrounded on all sides by inspiration!).

Accountability

Back in school there was no question you were going to turn in that big term paper that was worth 50% of your grade. You had a hard deadline and you didn’t give yourself a choice in meeting it. When you’re writing for yourself it’s easy to get off track with your progress because you don’t have any accountability for your work. Having a community of writers who know your goals and (kindly) remind you of them will help keep you focused and motivated.

Feedback

No one wants to complete a three-hundred-page novel then get the note that your main character needs more of an arc starting back at page twenty-five. This is the kind of thing that happens if you aren’t getting feedback as you go along. Getting other sets of eyes on your work will lead you to a much cleaner first draft. Also, I’ve found that there is value in both getting and giving feedback. If you are reading another’s work critically, you tend to look at your own in that way too. It’s a great way to hone your craft.

 Embracing the social side!

Writing is tough. There are days when the words just seem to fly out of your fingertips, and days when you want to toss your laptop out a window. Having a network of writer friends to commiserate with is essential. Whether this a group that meets weekly at a coffee shop or a forum you check in with online when you need it, having people who understand what you’re doing and have been there themselves helps you rejoice in the victories and power through the bumps in the road.

I know that this isn’t practical for everyone. Life is busy and there are many demands on your time. However, even if you can carve out a little time each week to connect with other writers, you’d be amazed at the benefits you’ll see. Check out sites like Meetup or the bulletin boards at your local library and coffee shops to find groups of writers in your area. Your book will thank you for it!

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Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens).

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The Things They’ve Taken

All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the “what else” that’s out there…

Until one day, the “what else” chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.

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Interview with Brenda Jackson on the release of SEIZED BY SEDUCTION

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I believe in romance and love stories with happy endings.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?  

From writing stories to entertain my classmates in junior high school.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 13.  First got published 21 years ago.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

Romance and women fiction

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

My characters are Black Americans so I share Black love to other cultures.  

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Stories of true love

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Exploring the world of psychic investigators who assist law enforcement and accepting it is real in a lot cases.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

Reuniting with characters I had written about in the past.  Namely the heroine’s parents’ story was written 15 years ago.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Nora Roberts and Linda Howard.  From them I got my love of writing connecting books about families.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?  To write. 

Most useful is my ability to type. I graduated from high school typing close to 80 wmp.  It helped when I made the transition from writing long-hand to typing my manuscript.  What I find least useful at times is spellcheck.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’m a full-time writer. Doesn’t affect my writing since writing relaxes me.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example. 

I worked in management for a major insurance company.  Didn’t impact my writing.  I found a lot of the skills I learned in the business world transferrable to my business of writing full-time. Such as time management and customer service.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Historical romances.

What projects are you working on at the present? 

Currently, I am working on a hero who belongs to the first family I’ve written about in four years

What do your plans for future projects include?

Making another movie from one of my books and moving forward to writing my 125th novel.

WOW!  125? You rock! 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 

I dictate into recording app on phone while driving.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I take pride in naming my hero and heroine.  The name doesn’t have to be unique but I have to get the feel of it fitting the character.  I mostly use baby names books.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

She finally gets to Rest in Peace

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Reading people’s minds

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

Super Woman.  A Super Woman outfit with her lasso.

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Title: Seized by Seduction

Author: Brenda Jackson

Genre: Contemporary romantic suspense

Series: Protectors, #2

Imprint: HQN

On-sale date: April 25, 2017

From the moment his eyes meet hers across the crime-scene tape, ex-con turned bodyguard Quasar Patterson knows he has to see the mysterious Dr. Randi Fuller again. She’s a renowned psychic investigator who can foresee danger for others, but not for herself. That makes Quasar doubly determined to watch over her—the closer, the better—as she’s drawn into a dangerous gang rivalry.

Both her psychic gift and their blinding chemistry tell Randi that she and Quasar are fated to be entwined. Even as they surrender to the heat between them, there’s no guarantee of a happily-ever-after now that an enemy has her in his sights. And claiming a future will take more than Quasar’s strength and skill. If he can’t risk the heart he’s always held in check, they’ll both lose for good…

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About the Author

Brenda Jackson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, including two that have been turned into films—One Special Moment and Truly Everlasting. Brenda is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread. Jackson is an advocate for diversity in romance and was the first African American author to make both the USA TODAY and New York Times bestseller lists in series/category romance genre.

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Interview with Maisey Yates on her new release, SLOW BURN COWBOY

Interview

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always made up stories in my head, and the minute I learned how to write them down, I started doing it. I began writing seriously for publication in 2007, and sold my first book in 2009.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I think my books are powered by dialogue. So I’d have to say the conversations between the people in the book. And also, a lot of talk of food and small mammals.

What projects are you working on at the present?

Right now I’m working on the last book about the Donnelly brothers, in the Copper Ridge series, Christmastime Cowboy.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

I think good books always inspire me to write. In the beginning it was Miranda Lee, Sharon Kendrick, Penny Jordan, Lynne Graham, those great Harlequin Presents authors who make me fall in love with the line, and made me want to write the books so badly. I think reading books by Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas always make me feel inspired. I’m in awe of what they do with language and character. Nicole Helm writes the most wonderful family dynamics, Megan Crane is a master of world building and Jackie Ashenden is the queen of the deep, internal conflict. Reading those books always inspires me to reach for more in my own writing.

What do you like to read in your free time?

The above mentioned authors! LOL. I’m a huge Historical Romance reader. Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt and Julie Anne Long are my favorites. In contemporary Nicole Helm, Jackie Ashenden and Megan Crane (who also writes dystopian romances I love!)

FUN STUFF

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

I have a lot of follow up questions. How many can I eat comfortably? How many can I eat without regard for my well being? Is this a competition? Because if it’s a competition…the most.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Taking a mouthful of water and turning upside down to swallow it. It works every time!

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Samoas. Which I guess are a very divisive cookie. It’s a love or hate thing. I am in the love camp.

This or That?

Winter or Summer? Winter. Summer and I have a limited tolerance for each other.

TexMex or Italian? Italian. Though I’d choose Mexican food over Italian food. Just not TexMex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled. With ketchup and cheese.

About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Find out more about Maisey and her books, as. well as all of her social media links, at her website: http://www.maiseyyates.com.

About the Book

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Title: Slow Burn Cowboy    Author: Maisey Yates

Genre: Western contemporary romance

Imprint: HQN          On-sale date: April 18, 2017

In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy’s best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…

If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn’t. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She’s in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…

He’s been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he’s all man. They’re right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane’s body, but he doesn’t want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she’s got a plan of her own…to show Finn there’s nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.

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