What Do You Think?

What do you think?

A new monthly featured blog from Authors On The Air Global Radio Network.

The Evolution of Romance

Something’s afoot in the romance genre leaving many to wonder if the time is right to introduce a ratings system used by all publishers. Decades ago, a reader could identify which books they wanted to read in this genre by analyzing a book cover and reading the blurb. As times have changed, so has the genre. From new adult to erotica, there are more choices in this genre than ever before in both digital and print.

The latest trend is adding extremely graphic content into novels that, at first glance, appear to be sweet contemporary romance titles. These novels have covers that blend right in with the genre, depicting the love interests in nature settings, small town streets, etc. The blurb supports the cover image, as well, yet nothing indicates that after the plot is exposed and the reader is enjoying the story, the love interests will have sexual relations that are explicit and considered erotic. This leaves the unsuspecting reader with a feeling of discomfort and betrayal. The far-reaching implications of this very intentional delivery of content by publishers is that the reader is now not sure how to navigate the world of romance the next time they search for a book.

Make no mistake, the publishers putting out these books are aware that the content isn’t what the reader is expecting, and are counting on the fact that the reader will feel invested in the story enough to continue reading, but after speaking with other romance writers, as well as readers that are familiar with this genre, that isn’t happening.   While some publishers have attempted to add a heat index rating as a way for readers to select stories, not all have.

 Is the solution then to create a ratings system similar to movie ratings for all books in this genre? Many bloggers have long speculated that this is a much-needed way to match readers to stories, but it continues to be a very controversial topic. Authors argue that a ratings system will put their books in a certain niche that might not attract new readers if the rating is considered too high or low for the story. Others feel that readers are capable of selecting new material on their own, without any additional information, and can simply put a book down that they don’t like. While these arguments are valid, don’t we owe it to readers to be as up front as possible? Tricking readers into new content is not the way to go when trying to create a brand or following. Romance readers make up one of the largest and loyal fan bases in the world. Don’t they deserve the information to choose books in an accurate and honest manner?

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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.

About the Book

 

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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

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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.

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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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Interview with Candace Havens on the release of ALL I WANT IS YOU

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

My whole family reads, sometimes five or six books a week. My dad, probably more than that. I can’t remember not loving books. They’ve always been a big part of my life, as has storytelling. When I was little, they called them lies. Now I get paid to make stuff up. It’s awesome.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

This is a tough one for writers to see in themselves. My books always have a sense of humor. I feel like no matter what’s going on in life you have to laugh as much as possible.

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

Letting go of my internal editor is the most useful tool in my arsenal. That internal editor is the voice in your head telling you it’s probably not very good. The truth is, during the first draft there is no room for editing. So I send that internal editor on vacation and just sit down and write.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’ve got another sexy romance I just turned into my editor and I’m also working on a YA. As soon as I finish the YA, I’m working on a new contemporary romance. It’s a wonderful busy time for me.

 

Fun Stuff

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

LOL I’ve had to teach myself to write anywhere. I do like to have snacks. Usually, these days, sunflower seeds or fruit. It used to be chocolate. I also have to have my headphones on when I’m writing. Even if there is no sound they block distractions. And if I’m home, I usually light a candle or have the aroma therapy thingy (professional term) going. Vanilla and Cinnamon make my brain work better.

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

All of them. Doesn’t’ matter how many, which is why I’m trying to change all those old eating habits.

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

Holding my breath and drinking water upside down. BUT I’ve discovered that some of the breathing exercises from Kundalini Yoga are really helpful for hiccups.

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

A stick figure. I can’t draw. But I’m trying to learn. Right now I’m taking a how to draw comic figures class on Craftsy.com.

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

I’m horrifically competitive. Even when I tell myself it’s just a game. It’s just a game. I always want to win.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

You were really hungry when you were writing these questions weren’t you? YES

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

Never. Not with songs I really love. I have some albums that I always listen to when writing or editing, and I’ve listened to them hundreds of times.

 

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Dogs 100 percent. I’m allergic to cats.

Tea or Coffee? I’m addicted to BOTH.

Marvel or DC Comics? I love me some Thor and some Batman so I’m not picking.

Winter or Summer? Winter.

TexMex or Italian? These are really hard, probably Texmex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

Vintage or New? Vintage.

Bond or Bourne? Why would you make someone choose? That’s like picking a favorite child.

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? Roller coaster. I live in the fast lane.

About the Author

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Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns are syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. She is the Executive Editor, and Editorial Director for the Embrace and Indulgence lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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Website:  www.candacehavens.com

Twitter:  @candacehavens

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candacehavensbooks/

Instagram: Candace_Havens

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Hawke Vance will do whatever it takes to protect the family business, even if it means protecting it from his own father, a man who’s just gotten hitched in Vegas to wife number nine.

Growing up seeing how much chaos wedded bliss creates, Hawke’s sworn never to fall into the matrimony trap. But to get the all-important controlling shares of the company, he does need a wife.

Being caught skinny dipping is not the way ballerina Amy Powell planned to start her vacation. When the hot biker who catches her turns out to be the owner of the house she’s staying in, she’s mortified. But embarrassment soon turns to confusion and a good dose of lust when Mr. Sex on a Stick offers her the money she needs to save her brother if she’ll agree to marry him and play pretend for two months.

Only this game of make-believe quickly starts feeling too real…

Visit the Entangled website for more info and buy links: https://entangledpublishing.com/all-i-want-is-you.html

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Author Val Clarizio’s Favorite Character is…

Re-blogged with permission by http://www.stephany-tullis.com

April 19, 2017

On May 9th, Author Valerie Clarizio is releasing the fifth book in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  Her book is entitled, Missing The Crown Jewels.

Valerie agreed to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. Thanks, Valerie for stopping by and sharing.

VC: My favorite character is Mason Starr, aka, Storm and here’s why!

Storm is an Army veteran trying to acclimate himself to civilian life and normal things. Life in general is not as he remembers from prior to joining the service. Storm is a man of few words and when he does speak he’s definitely worth listening to. His loyalty is second to none. He’s got a big heart and a lot of love to give, but he’s unsure as to how to do that in his present state of brokenness.

 ST: What is his most noticeable characteristic?

VC: His loyalty is second to none.

 ST: What quality does he like most in the opposite sex?

VC: Compassion, kindness, and loyalty.

 ST: Where and when was he happiest?

VC:  Until recently, he thought he was happiest when he was in the Army, but since letting his guard down and allowing himself to love Peyton Crown, he’s discovered he’s happiest now.

 ST: What personality trait does he admire most in a friend?

VC: “Loyalty. I didn’t get a lot of that as a kid.”

 ST: What is Storm’s biggest regret?

VC: Fighting his love for Peyton for as long as he did. He wasted so much time that he could have been spending with Peyton.

 ST: What is his favorite motto or expression?

VC: A job worth doing is a job worth doing well.

ST: What living person does Storm admire the most?

VC: His best friend Coach is who he admires most. He’s fought in battle with this man, and his friend’s devotion and trustworthiness is unsurpassed.

 ST: Who is Storm’s favorite fiction hero?

VC: Robin Hood. He has a soft spot for underdogs.

 ST: What is his most treasured possession?

VC: His crown jewel/true love, Peyton Crown.

 ST: What doe Storm like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?

VC: Besides Peyton Crown, Storm loves the horses. Sassy Girl in particular. Sassy is a great horse and good listener. She understands him and has helped him to acclimate to civilian life.

 BOOK DESCRIPTION: MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS    

After a devastating divorce, Peyton Crown is finally surfacing from a dark hole of despair. She finds herself hoping for a new life with Mason ‘Storm’ Starr, her brother’s best friend. Storm’s intent is simple: hide in the quiet confines of his best friend’s family horse ranch in Kentucky. The perfect place to sort out his life after walking away from the Army, and fight his internal demons. His solitude is interrupted by his buddy’s little sister. The chemistry between them is off the charts, and he willing surrenders the battle. The Crown family begins receiving threats, just weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The overprotective men in Peyton’s life vow to keep 24/7 tabs on her and the family’s prize horse—Prince Bourbonville—a hopeful for the next Triple Crown. Circumstances arise that threaten to keep Peyton and Prince away from the derby, but Storm and her brother Coach are determined they’ll attend, no matter the sacrifice.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique story lines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Author’s Social Media links: 

Website/Blog: https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio/

Facebook Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clarizioscronies/

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/valerie-j-clarizio

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VClarizio

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/100928949465109415957/posts

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/valerieclarizio/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bn6QoD

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-J.-Clarizio/e/B00A87RJVS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8?qid=1476915213&sr=8-8

Key Words:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Steamy, Military, Horses, Horse Ranch

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THE TRAIL TO LOVE A new release from Tina Susedik, that you don’t want to miss! Historical Western Romance

Plotting The Trail to Love with Alli & Emmi

by Tina Susedik

Last year I was approached by Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko to be part of their new project with Soul Mate Publishing. Called “The Soul Mate Tree.” It involves an old, ancient tree that appears to someone who is at their deepest, darkest part of their life. Here is the poem they created:
I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear
To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.
They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.
When I call and you listen, your prize will be great
If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.
Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?
Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.
For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold
And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.

I was incredibly excited to be part of this adventure. They chose thirteen of their authors. Each of us could write in any time period, any genre. Each month from January 2017 to January 2018, one book would be released. The Trail to Love is being released on April 12th.
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A few days after being contacted by Char and Cheryl, I was watching my grandkids. I told them about this new project and how I needed to figure out what I wanted to write. I had never written a western or an historical, so I mentioned that to the girls, Alli, then eleven, and Emmi, then eight.
Alli was in sixth grade and yelled out: “The Oregon Trail. You need to have your characters go from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon.” I figured they must have been studying the Oregon Trail in school for her to jump on this.
For the next few hours those two little stinkers decided on my characters, plotted the book, researched horses, dogs, and clothing – and took notes. Emmi researched the clothing and found all these beautiful dresses from the 1850’s. (The story is set in 1859). I had to explain to her what it was like for the people on the Oregon Trail. It only took her a few minutes to find other clothing.
Here is a note Emmi (third grade) wrote – and I’m writing it exactly as she wrote it: “Sarah’sded husband, peter Nickelson, he died of rasing and the horesnockted him of and he brock his knek.” This was her idea and included her twisting her neck and making a broken neck sound. And – this is exactly how I had Sarah’s husband die.
I had so much fun listening to these two create my story. I have all their hand-written notes – which I’ll never, ever get rid of. At one point, I let Alli read some of the story and she said, “It reads just like a movie!” Man, I love that little girl.
I have dedicated The Trail to Love to Alli and Emmi, but unfortunately, since they are now only thirteen and ten, they can’t read it because of the love scenes. Someday, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they are old enough and realize what Grandma writes.

Author Stephany Tullis Shares Why Aquino is Her Favorite

Re-blogged with permission from http://www.stephany-tullis.com

 I will be releasing the first of six books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky. My book is entitled Missing Pieces. 

I’m interviewing my favorite character today in anticipation that you might enjoy getting to know him. It was hard for me to choose only one of my characters as each is unique and contributes greatly to my overall story. Note that my favorite presented the biggest challenge to me as a writer and perhaps that is why he is so special to me.

Perhaps when you read the justification for my selection and read my book, you will agree with my choice. We’ll see.

ME: My favorite character is Jairo Aquino, aka, Azul and if he really likes you he will allow you to call him Blue. 

I like Blue (notice I call him Blue) because first of all, he is extremely handsome and very tall, so what’s not to like? Secondly, he personifies the mysterious. I like that most people try to figure out who he is and more importantly, what he’s up to before they even know him. No one seems to want to take him at face value. If they only knew, he is what he appears to be–deeply mysterious and complex.

Q: What is Blue’s most noticeable characteristic?

ANS: His hair. It’s thick and slick. In my opinion, his hair is reflective of his personality–uncontrollable, yet precise. Although he wears his hair long on top, his sides are shaped to taper into his beard. His piercing midnight blue eyes are said to be ‘bewitching’. Having thought about it, perhaps both his hair and his eyes make for his attention getting good looks, i.e. his most noticeable characteristics.

Q: What quality does Blue like most in the opposite sex?

ANS: Good looks. Dark hair. Tall, with long legs. Unfortunately, his past has taught him that these qualities alone don’t offer much more than a good night or two, if he’s lucky. Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem to be searching for these same qualities in Chandlerville.

Q: If Blue could change one thing about him/herself, what would it be and why?

ANS: His lack of trust and suspicious nature about people. He believes he developed this characteristic because everyone he has every trusted has bailed out on him, leaving him holding the bag and/or alone. He admits to himself that he feels a jealous twinge when he sees a happy go lucky couple strolling across a beach and an even bigger twinge when that same happy couple is splashed by their couple of kids who precede them on their early morning walk. Sometimes he thinks if he could trust just one person, he might have a chance at happiness.

Q: Where and when was Blue the happiest?

ANS: ? Blue doesn’t recall a time in his life when he was truly happy. He believes he will be happy when he succeeds on his planned business investments in Chandler County. Happiness equals money which dictates status; i.e. success.

ST: What is Blue’s most prized possession? 

ANS: His buddy and best friend Cuba, a chocolate, blue eyed great Dane. Blue feels he can be himself when with Cuba and besides their unusual colored eyes, he feels they have a lot in common. Cuba understands him. He views Cuba as his not so silent partner. They trust each other. Blue would never regard Cuba as a possession and would be quick to let someone who dared to call or treat him as such not to make the mistake again.

Q: What is Blue’s  favorite motto or expression?

ANS: ‘Seize the Day’ a quote from Homer that has driven his life style. Blue believes, develops a plan and then acts. He’s never regretted acting on a decision he’s made because his philosophy is that it is better to act and make a mistake rather than not to act at all. Rachel Blakely, the one and only long-legged pretty Chandlerville lady to catch his eye is not at all impressed with his seize the day mentality.

Q: What  does Blue like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?

ANS: Blue can’t make up his mind about Chandler County and, in particular, Chandlerville, because he’s always lived in big cities, most recently Miami. But the laid back, small town life style has calmed his usually high strung disposition. Cuba loves running free and digging in the dirt without anyone caring. Sometimes when Blue least expects it, a nagging thought surfaces. Can the success he expects to find in Chandlerville possess the other missing pieces from his life? Love, trust, relationship and success might just be a package deal.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: MISSING PIECES     

The partnership she’s petrified to refuse and afraid to accept

As Chandlerville prepares for a series of local celebrations in honor of the annual Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville, Kentucky, chaos ensues threatening to cancel the town’s festivities. Rachel Blakely’s (editor of the Chandler County Chronicles), partnership with ex-NYC socialite, AJ Manning crumbles in the midst of their planning for the town’s Derby-related activities. AJ is the mayor’s wife and Rachel discovers that Fitzgerald Manning, the mayor’s father, has close ties to an unidentified conglomerate of farm investors who may be coercing local farmers to sell their land.

Jairo Aquino, aka Blue, a handsomely, mysterious newcomer is trusted by no one and appears to have an investment scheme of his own. Arriving in Chandler County from Miami, Florida, Aquino has decided to put Chandler County on the map. “His plan was air tight. He just had to find a few missing pieces.” Rachel and Blue continue to cross paths until they reach a point of no return where they accept they can no longer ignore the sizzle of their interactions and their constricted heart strings that cause them to question the true nature of their relationship.  

      Can she trust him? Does he possess the answer key? 
            Or just the key to her heart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.

I published my first novel The Master’s Plan, A Novel in November 2013 (Edition 3 issued in 2016) and my first Christmas novel, 48 Hours ‘Til Christmas, in November 2014. In 2015, I released Love, Peace & Joy: 3 Short Stories.

BLUE LADY (a short story) published in February 2015 launched my first series, The Angelica Mason Series. The first full installment in this series, entitled BLUE LADY’S Sweet Dreams was released July 2016 to be followed by BLUE LADY’S Mission Impossible in 2018.

In June 2016, I launched my second series (B.B.B.) with a novella entitled, Beach Baby Blues (part of an 11 author Beach Anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea). I hope to publish the sequel in this new series, entitled, Baby Boomer Blues by July 2017.

The sequel to The Master’s Plan, entitled, Forgive, Forgotten, Forever is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2017.

I am pleased to partner with my friend and fellow author, PJ Fiala to sponsor the Chandler County multi-branded author series and will soon be releasing two books in this series. Missing Pieces is currently on pre-order with an April 11th 2017 release date and my second book in this new series is entitled Missing Chances and will be released in November 2017. Nine other authors will publish their books in this exciting endeavor during 2017. All books are based on our fictional towns, Chandlerville and Bourbonville Kentucky, ‘where the unbridled spirit of romance roams’.

I live in Georgia with my family where I continue to write professionally and have published on Examiner.com as Atlanta’s Society and Culture Examiner and in various health related peer review journals.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Jacquie Biggar’s Favorite Character

Re-blogged with permission from http://www.stephany-tullis.com

 

On April 25th, USA Today Best Selling Author, Jacquie Biggar is releasing another of the books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  Her book is entitled Missing: The Lady Said No.

I asked Jacquie to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. As you may know by now, Chandler County is a romantic suspense series. So I asked Jacquie  to tell us what’s so special about her favorite character and why! Thanks, Jacquie for stopping by and sharing.

JB: My favorite character is Augustus (Gus) Grant and here’s why!

He’s a 1950’s detective I fashioned after one of my favorite TV shows, Columbo. Gus is a bit klutzy, a geek, and not your normal hero. But, he’s smart, kind, and endearing. Gus runs into an old girlfriend when he’s assigned the case of a murder in his home area of Chandler County.

NOTE: Gus likes to take the lead and insisted on answering my questions himself. Go for it Gus!

ST: What is your most noticeable characteristic?

GUS: (He grins.) “My habit of tapping my fingers while thinking. It annoys the heck out of most people.”

ST: What quality do you like most in the opposite sex?

GUS: “That’s easy. Fidelity. My first wife liked to, shall we say, play the field. She and I were a mistake. If only I’d known then that a relationship involves so much more than hormones.” (His eyes take on a far-away expression.) “That’s the difference with Becky, Rebecca Hayes. She’s faithful to those she cares about. It’s not in her nature to deliberately hurt anyone. She’s a special lady.”

ST: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

GUS: “I would change my need for success.” (He taps his fingers, notices what he’s doing and quits, fisting his hand in his lap.) “I come from a family where second-best was never good enough. I always felt like I had to do better and it cost me the love of my life.” (He frowned and shook his head.) “You know the saying, hindsight is twenty-twenty? In my case that’s never been truer.” 

ST: Where and when were you the happiest?

GUS:  “I invited Becky to the county fair. She wore the prettiest white dress with red roses on the skirt. She told me she’d made it herself. I took her dancing in that dress and it was pure magic.” (A reminiscent light enters his eyes.)

ST: What personality trait do you admire most in a friend?

GUS: “Loyalty. I didn’t get a lot of that as a kid.”

ST: What is your biggest regret?

GUS: (He rubs his chin.) “Walking away from Becky. I could have handled the whole thing better. I’m not very proud of my behavior.” He looks me in the eye. “I just hope she’ll give me a second chance, ya know?” 

ST: What is your favorite motto or expression?

GUS: (He smiles.) “I like to put people at their ease when I interview them and then, just when they think they’re getting off scot-free, I say ‘Pardon me, ma’am, there’s just one more thing.’ Get’s them every time.

ST: What is your greatest extravagance?

GUS: “Hmm, I’d have to say my ’52 Buick.” (He leans forward and places his elbow on the desk.) “She’s a beaut. I’ll take you for a drive sometime. Once you go for a cruise in a Buick, you’re ruined for any other car, trust me.”

ST: What is your most treasured possession?

GUS: (He pulls his badge from the inside pocket of his trench coat and holds it up for me to duly admire.) “Isn’t it a beaut? This says I’m someone, you know? I made something of myself. Something I can hold my head up for.”

ST: What do you like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?

GUS: (He sits back, crosses his arms.) “It’s the same answer either way. I like the closeness of the community and how everyone has your back. At the same time I can’t say I like how everyone knows your business. It’s a catch-twenty.” He shrugs.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: MISSING: THE LADY SAID NO    

The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country

Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder, John Jorgenson, is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.

Complicating matters, Gus’ ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.

Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.

With all the evidence pointing in Becky’s direction, will Gus do his duty?

Or follow his heart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love.

She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-after’s.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

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Interview with Anna Bennett, on the release of…I DARED THE DUKE

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

When I was fourteen, I read Pride and Prejudice, and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Before that, I’d enjoyed reading Greek myths, Grimm’s fairy tales and fantasy novels like A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I always wished for something more.

Then I read Jane Austen for a literature class, and she delivered everything I craved in one book—romance, wit, and poignancy. My mother was (and still is) an avid reader and gave me a few historical romances to try. I was hooked!

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

You know the line from John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars, “My third best friend was an author who didn’t know I existed”? That’s how I feel about Lisa Kleypas! I adore her books for their characters, emotion, passion, and humor. And she once gave an amazing, incredibly inspiring speech at a Romance Writers of America conference that I listened to a half a dozen times–before my first book was ever published. Her stories perfectly capture that glorious, heady feeling of falling in love.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on the next Wayward Wallflower book, The Rogue is Back in Town. It’s the story of the youngest Lacey sister, Julie, who’s trying to protect her eccentric uncle from the rogue who tries to evict them from their house. It has lots of the tropes I love: a wallflower, a bad boy, enemies-to-lovers, and a love triangle. It’s been fun to write!

Fun Stuff!

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

I track my daily word count on a paper calendar, and I swear it’s good luck when the number is a palindrome.

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

One, but I could eat three in the course of a day—I like to pace myself. There’s this new donut shop near me that makes the donuts to order and serves them warm. Sugar and cinnamon with vanilla icing please!

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

Why fight them? Let them run their course. 🙂

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Trefoils

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention. What do you think cats dream about?

World domination

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Tea or Coffee? Iced tea, hot coffee

Winter or Summer? Summer and flip flops

TexMex or Italian? Love both, but will say Italian for mom’s eggplant parm

Vintage or New? Vintage

About the Book

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I Dared the Duke

April 4, 2017

Wayward Wallflowers Series, Book 2

DARE TO FALL IN LOVE

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Author Debbie White Gives Readers the Scoop

Re-blogged with permission from http://www.stephany-tullis.com.

 

 On May 16th, Author Debbie White is releasing another of the books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  Her book is entitled The Missing Ingredient.

I asked Debbie to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. I’m thankful she did and I’m excited to introduce him to you. As you may know by now, Chandler County is a romantic suspense series. So I asked Debbie to give us a heads up on her Missing Ingredients. Thanks, Debbie for stopping by and sharing.

DW: My favorite character is Kari Brinks and here’s why!

She’s strong and independent for one and despite her situation; she digs deep and becomes a survivor instead of a victim of her circumstances.

ST: What is Kari’s most noticeable characteristic?

DW: Her loyalty to not only the people in her life but also to anything she undertakes.

ST: What quality does Kari like most in the opposite sex?

DW: Trust.

ST: If Kari could change one thing about herself, what would it be and why?

DW: She loves to eat, and like many women, she tends to gain a few pounds, so she wishes she had a faster metabolism!

ST: Where and when was Kari the happiest?

DW: Oh wow. Kari has had many happy moments, but one that especially stands out for her is when Jeff presents her with a special gift.

ST: What personality trait does Kari admire most in a friend?

DW: Their ability to sympathize and be compassionate.

ST: What is Kari’s biggest regret?

DW: That she didn’t have any children. But there’s time still…

ST: What is Kari’s most treasured possession?

DW: The Mint Julep!

Kari appears to be such a special person and someone who would make a ‘BFF. I wonder if I’m right. Guess, I’ll have to find out for myself when I read The Missing Ingredient.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: THE MISSING INGREDIENT   

He may have broken her heart, but Kari is a survivor.

Kari leaves in a hurry. She has no idea where she is going—she just knows it has to be far away from Eddie. When an advertisement for the Kentucky Derby pops up on her Google search, something about Louisville and the surrounding area intrigues her. She settles on Lexington as her final destination.

Tired from her long journey, an exhausted Kari stops in Bourbonville for just an overnight stay. But after a burger and a slice of pie at Sadie’s, a diner with décor reminiscent of the 50s, Kari makes a split-second decision to stick around.

She settles into her new town becoming one of Bourbonville’s newest entrepreneurs featuring her exemplary culinary skills.

Jeff has never been quite so bold before. But a little voice in his head tells him to speak to her. He doesn’t know for sure, but his military training leads him to believe she’s running from something. He’s running from something, too.

It’s not long before Kari realizes the Derby isn’t the only race in town with high stakes and her bet is on Jefferson Davies, the owner/operator of Jeff’s Marketplace. Can these two come together and mend their broken hearts while restoring their faith in love, or will it become a recipe for disaster?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Debbie currently lives in California with her husband and two rescue dachshunds, Dash and Briar. When she’s not writing, she’s working in her garden, riding on the back of a motorcycle touring the beautiful wine country they call home or enjoying a glass of wine looking at the awesome views of the valley dotted with vineyards. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue and donates a percentage of all book sales to animal rescue groups. When you purchase one of Debbie’s books, you’re also helping to provide food, toys, and shelter to a furry pet while they await their forever home.

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KEY WORDS : #Contemporary Romance #Strong Women #Second Chance Romance #Small Town Romance #Inspirational Romance #Military Romance #Military Hero