Romance

CINDERELLA’S COWBOY by Roxanne Snopek

About “Cinderella’s Cowboy“ Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten. Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially with men. It’s better for everyone that way. Besides, she’s got a cat. She’s okay. But when playboy-rancher Chad hires her, she’s got a chance to shine. Professionally, at least. Until she learns of his fascination with a mysterious dream-girl, who was actually nothing more than a shy teenager on an ill-advised dare all those years ago. Cynthia knows she’s no man’s dream-girl and never will be. But there’s magic at the ball. Pri...

HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS by Sandra Jones

About “His Captive Princess“ Earned respect is sweet…but deserved revenge is sweeter. Warren de Tracy was assured the Welsh village of Dinefwr would be an easy conquest, as would the widow of its fallen prince. Wedding her will appease the locals and win the respect of his liege, the usurper King Stephen. Instead, Warren is ambushed, taken prisoner by a hooded Welshwoman with skin that glows like moonlight. If he must die at her hands, at least his honorable death will silence the whispers of disloyalty hanging over his name. Princess Eleri has never seen a knight as stoic—and as eager to die—as Warren. She’d love to oblige the bastard, but something in his ocean-blue eyes stays her hand. Plus, suspicion nags at her, for the arrows that wounded him and killed his men are Norman...

THE GIRL OF DIAMONDS AND RUST by Susan Ward

About “The Girl of Diamonds and Rust“ “Maybe this is love. Protecting the part of yourself most important to you and knowing when to let go so that you can keep a small piece of that person alive and real in your heart.”~~Chrissie Parker “He will never need you the way I need you. He will never want you as I want you. He will never love you the way I love you. I don’t care if you are in love with Alan. I am in love with you.”~~Neil Stanton “Just stay and be good to me.”~~Alan Manzone Chrissie decides her fate by choosing the man she will marry. But which love does she pick? The love of a friend, or the great love of her life? Does it matter the turns Chrissie takes? Or will her life be as it should? Can a woman fight her own fate? And is her perfect guy, as perfect as he seems?...

What’s New? A Second Interview With Author Chicki Brown

Since we last met… Have you published new novels or short stories? Tell us about them! Chicki: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life. You Make Me Feel Brand New (novelette) One year ago, personal chef Jan Davis signed her divorce papers after a miserable twenty-five-year marriage. She is single again, and romantic attention is as foreign to her as ancient Carthaginian cuisine. When she meets her new client, sports management agent Mac Sinclair, who is eleven years younger, Jan...

THE DEPOT: WHEN LIFE AND DEATH CROSS TRACKS by Carmen DeSousa

The Depot (When Life and Death Cross Tracks) is a thirteen-thousand-word mini mystery with a ghostly edge by bestselling romantic-suspense author Carmen DeSousa. If you are looking for her full-length novels, please check out her Amazon author page. They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now. As he investigates a supposed suicide by train, he learns secrets of a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case.   Praise for The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks from Amazon readers: “Carmen DeSousa knows how to spin a tale! I have found my newest favorite author! The Depot is an awesome short story but makes you feel like you ...

Downsizing To An E-Reader

My family is filled with serious readers. When together, we collect books, trade books, talk books. Even the little humans among us refuse to go to sleep without their favorite stories being read to them. Recently, during an all-hands-on-deck session to help a family member with a move, while packing up about 20 shelves crammed with books, I got to wondering. Remember how, back in the old days (and by “old,” I mean the pre-Kindle days), the worst part about moving was relocating all the boxes of books? Such a pain that was, transporting those deceptively small containers. Each one weighing more than a Vespa. Nowadays, my garage holds my overflow books. It looks like the Leaning Tower of Inked-Up Pages in there, with a giant stack of cardboard boxes filling up one entire corner. It is a dai...

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Like many writers, I find my creativity fueled by reading the works of other novelists. I read every fiction genre, major or common, except horror (I’m not emotionally equipped for the utter darkness often presented in its pages), and I tend to be the type of consumer who purchases my stack of my weekly reading, one sub-genre at a time. Two weeks ago, for example, my stack was entirely paranormal romance. The week before that, it was Washington, D.C.-based thrillers. At the end of October, every book on my desk had the Civil War in common. This particular week, I’ve been devouring one historical romance after another. A side benefit of cluster-reading a specific sub-genre is that I am able to immerse myself more fully into the “universally accepted” elements that comprise said sub-genre. I...

I am my characters

People often comment on how “real” my characters are and they ask me how I create such believable heroines. I suppose it is because most of my work is grounded in reality. My characters are not me but some of their struggles, particularly with men, come from my own struggles—even if I don’t realize it until after the book is released. Take for instance, Stephanie Cohen in Just Friends with Benefits. Stephanie is an attractive, intelligent, funny and interesting woman but she often refuses to acknowledge what is right in front of her. Rather than take things at face value, she will analyze things Ad Nauseum. And often, she will draw the conclusion that favors her own desires. In a word, she is a bit delusional. I cannot begin to tell you how much time I have wasted wondering what a guy was ...

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

Who says a trip to the hardware store can’t be romantic? Not me! Not any of my friends, either, as it turns out. Over the summer, couple after couple pointed out to me (in unrelated conversations) that once they had settled down, they spent far more time together going out to hardware stores than going out to restaurants. To a one, my friends joked that “date night” had evolved from stolen kisses and candle-lit dinners into Friday night trips to the hardware store, where they would spend hours with sales associates talking about plumbing questions, painting solutions, fencing, and other home-based projects in need of a joint decision in order to move forward. This new style “date night” got me thinking about ways in which a hardware store could increase the in-store romance factor for cust...

The Summer of Curveballs

It’s…September? I keep looking at the calendar to confirm that the summer is really over. I guess the gentle fall of the first leaves, the shorter days, and the perfect weather (by D.C. standards) should be proof enough, but neither my eyes nor my mind wants to believe it. Where did summer go? I ask myself as I sit at my desk, my fingers aching from a lack of keyboard exercise. The best analogy I can think of for the place in which I find myself is this: Have you ever carefully plotted a novel, analyzed the characters, the settings, the conflict and resolution, only to find, when your fingers hit the keys, that the characters had other ideas? And what had been a great idea for a new story had morphed – at lightning speed –  into something you had never considered as the right path to creat...

Just a Matter of Time by LaRhonda Simmons

About Just a Matter of Time: Jade is dating super sexy personal trainer Eli Turner. Eli is the best thing that’s happened to her in a long time and the sex between them is the best she’s ever encountered. The only problem is that Eli is very secretive about his personal life, which makes Jade think he’s hiding something. But no matter how things appear, Jade has no intentions of giving up her prize. Sierra has the perfect life to those around her. She’s married to the handsome Tyler, has a beautiful daughter and owns a successful day spa. But when things get boring in the bedroom and Tyler refuses to compromise, Sierra finds herself craving more. When the sultry Alexis Montague walks into her day spa, she gets more than what she bargained for. Taylor is married to D...

Author Interview: Staci Hart

1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all! When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew that the story would be fairly short, though I was determined to get the word count into a range that would be considered a novel. I researched traditional publishing and found a host of agents to contact, but in the end I decided to self publish. I’m so glad I did. The most difficult thing about self publishing is that you have to self edit. I took advantage of the resources available online, from articles to forums, and I got a number of books (The absolute bible being Self Editing for Fiction Writer...

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