Interview with Sophie Barnes, author of More Than A Rogue

What can you tell us about your new release, More Than A Rogue?

It’s a story of personal growth and overcoming insecurities, reaching for one’s dreams and realizing that it’s okay for goals to change. It’s also about learning to trust again and choosing happiness over expectations.

What books are currently on your night stand?

Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t worry so much about what other people think of you and just be yourself.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I would love to have more time for reading.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family. They are everything to me. When I worry things aren’t working out as well as I want with my writing, they’re always ready to offer encouragement and support.

What scene in More Than A Rogue was your favorite to write?

I think the beginning where Emily and Griffin argue in the garden right after he catches her with Mr. Bale. It’s the conversation leading up to the kiss that puts the rest of the story in motion. I had a lot of fun with that scene.

Sophie Barnes is the author of the new book More Than A Rogue.

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Interview with Molly Fitz, author of Dog-Eared Delinquent

What can you tell us about your new release, Dog-Eared Delinquent?

Dog-Eared Delinquent features an amateur sleuth, her eccentric nan, and—of course—their talking cat who thinks he is lord of everything. In this book, a new arrival in town threatens to reveal our hero’s secret while also revealing a secret underbelly of Blueberry Bay no one had suspected even existed. It’s their most twisted, most dangerous adventure yet.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m blessed with middle-night insomnia, which means I wake up in the middle of the night to read a couple hours each night. I get through about 2-3 books per week that way, which is why this insomnia is a blessing just as much as a curse! My favorite genres to read are Cozy Mysteries, Contemporary Fiction, and Psychological Thrillers. I tend to rotate between the three. For Cozies, I’ve really been enjoying Mildred Abbott’s Cozy Corgi series and am currently about halfway through.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

It doesn’t get easier, but you get stronger.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Let’s be honest here—work, LOL. In addition to writing books both as Molly Fitz and Melissa Storm, I also own six businesses, all related to the publishing industry in some way. This all keeps me very, very busy! An extra hour would be put to fantastic use. Do you have one for me?

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My five-year-old daughter and thirty-eight year old husband along with our six dogs and long-suffering cat. I love my work, but I love my family even more!

What scene in Dog-Eared Delinquent was your favorite to write?

Any scene with Octo-Cat is always amazingly fun to write. He’s such an over-the-top character, but also so perfectly feline. I love that I’m able to give him a voice and make him a main part of the action. One of the most fun scenes in this book is when Nan puts a bow tie on him as part of dressing up for company, and he just goes spastic trying to get it off. It… Um, may be based on true events.

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Interview with Monica Murphy, Author of Save The Date

What can you tell us about your new release, Save The Date?

Save The Date is a fun contemporary romance with a hint of women’s fiction in it. This book isn’t just a romance though – it’s also the story or Caroline, and her friends, and her life choices. She works at a stationery store and helps future brides pick out their save the date cards and wedding invitations. One of her clients happens to be engaged to the man (Alex) who was Caroline’s first kiss when they were kids. All sorts of things happen, including Caroline discovering that Alex’s fiance is cheating on him, Alex asking Caroline to go to Paris with him…this story was a lot of fun to write!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was always a big reader when I was a kid. When I was a teen, I discovered my mom’s stash of romance books in the hall closet. I devoured them. Then went to the used book store in my hometown and bought a bunch more. Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux were my absolute favorite authors in those early years and I often thought to myself after I read them, “I want to write something like that.” Finally, many years later, I started writing, sold my first book (under my other pen name Karen Erickson) in 2006, and the rest is history.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This is such a tough question! Okay, let me see what I can come up with:

The Stand by Stephen King
On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
Paradise by Judith McNaught
A Knight by Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
Any book by Jill Shalvis (I love her all of her books, can’t choose one!)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Stephen King – I’d ask him about his experience as a writer, because he’s done so much, and had so much success. I’d also ask where does he come up with his ideas. So many of us writers get asked that, and it’s hard to answer, but I’d ask him that question anyway because the ideas for some of his books are so INSANE. His brain fascinates me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love immersing myself into the worlds I create. Sometimes I get so into it, I start to feel like the characters I’ve created are actually real. I love the romance writing community. There are so many authors I admire that I can also call my friends! Being able to work from home is pretty great, especially when my kids were younger and they needed me. Being able to write stories about people falling in love is seriously so awesome. I feel pretty lucky to be able to do this.

What is a typical day like for you?

I am seriously all over the place. I don’t always have a steady routine. For instance, right now it’s summer, so my kids are home from school and they’re a complete distraction. Lately I get up in the morning, feed my animals, check my roses (I’ve recently become a bit of a gardener, I seriously feel like my grandma right now LOL), then I start working. Usually working on tasks, answering emails, etc. I start writing in the afternoon, and write best in the evening. I think that’s a hold over from the days when my kids were small and I couldn’t get any writing done until they were in bed.

What scene in Save The Date was your favorite to write?

Oh, I absolutely loved writing the scenes where Alex and Caroline are in Paris. Only because so much of what happened to them, happened to me when I went to Paris back in April. I tried to infuse as many real life details in those scene as possible.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I’m a big believer in no regrets. I encourage everyone to ask for what they want – the worst that’ll happen is you’ll hear no. But a lot of the time, the answer will be yes. You won’t know if you don’t try…

Monica Murphy is the author of the new book Save The Date.

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Interview with Michelle Hercules, Author of Lost Horizon

What can you tell us about your new release, Lost Horizon?

Lost Horizon is a space fantasy romance retelling of the Wizard of Oz set in a futuristic world. It’s Star Wars meets the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is a space pilot cadet who ends up on a planet called Oz. Expect to see the novel’s beloved characters reimagined in unpredictable ways in this coming of age, epic adventure with lots of twists and turns, magic, and of course romance. Lost Horizon is a slow burn reverse harem romance.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been an avid reader, but never in a million years, I thought I could write a book. My writing career began as a fun project, but once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J. K. Rowling. I’d ask if she knew from the beginning all the twists and turns of the series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The ability to create new worlds and characters readers can fall in love (or hate). It’s all about the experience.

What is a typical day like for you?

Take my daughter to school, sometimes hit the gym, and then write the rest of the day.

What scene in Lost Horizon was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene to write was when Dorothy’s space ship crashed in Oz.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Never get too comfortable. Keep moving.

Michelle Hercules is the author of the new book Lost Horizon.

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TBB WEEKLY ROUND-UP

WELCOME TO OUR BOOKWORLD WEEKLY ROUND UP!
 We’ve been blessed by the book fairies this past week We’ve savoured the most varied and amazing stories, each very different and each so incredibly captivating and riveting! We haven’t come up for air, as we’ve discussed at length (as we always do) the latest books that have stolen our hearts.

We've been taken out of our comfort zone with a disturbingly dark and riveting read, we've been wooed and had our hearts tested with a beautiful second chance romance, and we've been fanning ourselves reading a passionate and addictive erotic love story we couldn't put down!
We’ve certainly been treated to a rollercoaster of emotions, and we wouldn’t change a thing!

Be sure to check them out below, plus, take a look at the book that’s currently keeping us glued to our Kindles! Plus we have some amazing SALES, NEW RELEASES and check out what books are coming our way next week!

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Interview with Jesse R. Page, Author of The Darkest Night

What can you tell us about your new release, The Darkest Night?

The Darkest Night is a science fiction novel with elements of military sci-fi, archeological drama, as well as mystery and a slight dash of horror.
As you read The Darkest Night, you will also notice that the main protagonist is a historian and every character seems to have at least a basic understanding of history, both ours as well as the fictional history of the universe. Indeed, behind the scenes is a vast and sprawling world and its history serves as much as a part of the plot as if it was another character. The book is designed for those who have always loved to sit down with a book by Heinlein, Asimov, Clarckson, Card or Zahn or one by Comnene, Gibbon, Tuchman or Thucydides and everyone in between.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

As a young child The Darkest Night was unrecognizable compared to what it is today. It was similar to any story a creative kid would tell with Legos and action figures. My brother, now a brilliant scientist and a chemistry teacher, also was a creative story-teller and we played off each other pitting our creations together in verbal battles (he never quite got to into Legos, he is five years older than me). He suggested to me that I eventually write a book. The idea was something I never really took seriously until I was in college. I never considered myself a good writer, merely from a family of writers. My parents ran the local newspaper, I was in college studying history at the time, and both my brothers had written several creative, if unpublished, works in science-fiction and puppetry short films and skits. As if I needed another reason I remember looking as a Christian at science-fiction author (The Darkest Night is written by a Christian author, but I would not call it “Christian Science-Fiction” anymore than I would call Star Trek “Atheist Science-fiction”) and seeing only C. S. Lewis as a Christian Sci-fi author even though there were plenty of fantasy books, including his better known Narnia series.

As far as direct influences on my storytelling, characters and style I have many influences ranging from television series Babylon 5, which is likely the largest as far as world-building all the way to history and mythology, The Three Musketeers, and others. The main antagonist is a sort of villainous Admiral Yi Sun-Shin mixed with a dash of Horatio Nelson only working for a Fascist government more related the Italian or Spanish scale than the German ideas.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

That is a tough question, I’ve read quite of few good ones. The Bible, my faith is very important to me. If I had to pick a favorite book within it I would say Ecclesiastes.

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian Toll is the best book to begin a study of American history. It talks a great deal about the origins of the U.S. navy and Marines Corps, our first international engagements, Napoleonic Europe, the nature of politics, the foundations of the two party system, etc. etc. etc. It is also surprisingly short for all that it packs in and is the best history book I’ve ever seen for a layman’s reading level.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I greatly enjoyed Hyperion by Dan Simmons, a fact that likely surprises many people who know me. It has some bad language, which I have no problem with done right, as well as some really anti-Christian beliefs, but I can’t deny it is the best written science-fiction novel I have ever read, apart from my own of course.

Cantar de Mio Cid in my opinion is the best of the great epics of European literature over even the likes of Song of Roland and even Beowulf.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

As an independent author trying to find his way with his first book I would invite a guest who’d been down that road and ask him or her to share their experiences. Self-Publishing is almost akin to running your own small business, one that in the initial stages does not produce a whole lot of results sometimes. It is a fascinating business. I think a lot of people, myself included until recently, figured that an author’s job is to, well, be an author. But writing the books is the easy and fun part.

When a single person mistakenly picks up your novel after all that work and leaves a review meant for another series, that is frustrating. But you move on. When twelve publishing houses don’t even bother to reply to you, you move on. When eleven literary agents do not even give a reply, you move on. When the algorithms of Amazon.com leaves your readers unable to review and your book misprinted you move on and you fix the problem.

Through all of that, or what ever problems that author has it is the ones who still have a passion for their work that stand above all the rest. Anyone who is passionate about what they write, their characters, their stories, or in non-fiction the stories people and research, are worth more than gold. Those are the people I love hearing from and asking about how they got that passion, what spurred them to think, write and create.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the subtleties of writing. When a minute detail becomes a key plot point later and you lean back in your chair with a smile. Even if only one person in a hundred who reads it catches it, or another fifty who have read it again, that alone makes all the work satisfying, like hiding a gem inside a bale of straw. That said, that is only my favorite thing. There is very little I dislike about writing. I love the sound of keys striking, I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon (not always caffeinated) the sound of my dog snoring behind me and the rain falling at eleven o’clock when you physically can’t get to sleep until you’ve completed that scene in your head, the characters coming alive on the page, another chapter completed, another page written and that feeling of excitement and anticipation when you come up with a better line.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have no typical day. I really never have. These days, I generally wake up at six, head into the office a half-hour’s drive away, work eight hours in the woods at my job, come home anywhere between five or seven. Then I usually read or write for a few hours and then go to bed. That is the boring average day of Jesse R. Page. I live in a rural county. I like to say that I am a half-hour to an hour from everything and anything, but twenty minutes from nothing.

That is not to say that is every day. My unusual days are quite common, a chance to go to a library or museum of which there are several here in Virginia. I even had a chance to work on the ships at Jamestown for an afternoon. I love traveling and been to three continents and several other countries, even living for three months in Prague. This past hurricane season my mother and I went to see my brother a half a country away in Texas by car. Occasionally over the years ‘I have gone to conferences, taught and created classes, lectured and gone to hear speakers at conferences. And I must confess that my brother an I released a kraken on the unsuspecting town of Lebanon while driving to see my favorite band Renaissance in New York City.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I have several depending on the situation. I am noted for using the word “indeed” a bit too often and I always great people with “greetings and salutations,” and my favorite word is schiltron. Some of my favorite quotes include:
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” -Martin Luther

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” -Leonardo da Vinci

“Under their guidance I beheld the marvels of old Babylon. I marched with the Ten Thousand of Xenophon, I witnessed the conflict around beleaguered Troy which doomed that proud city to pillage and flames. I heard the tramp of the invincible legions of Rome, I saw the victorious galleys of the Eternal City carrying destruction to the Carthaginian shore, and I listened to the lofty eloquence of Cicero and the matchless imagery of Homer. They gave me a vision of the world when it was young and it is almost impossible for those who have not travelled that road to reach a very clear conception of what the world now means.” -Calvin Coolidge

“Doveryai no Proveryai.” -Russian proverb

I could and would go on. But at the end of the day I really only have one; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

The Darkest Night

 

Jesse R. Page is the author of the new book The Darkest Night.

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Hot New Romance Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

Hot New Romance Books For Your Reading List | Summer 2019

No matter what kind of romance reader you are, be it sweet, steamy, suspenseful, historic or funny… we’ve got the perfect additions for your summer reading list! Check out these new romance books from Monica Murphy, Shelly Bell, Sophie Barnes, Kelli Callahan, Sariah Wilson, and Eloisa James. Get ready to fall in love!


Save the Date

by Monica Murphy

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Caroline’s job is to help engaged couples pick the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their wedding. She loves working at Noteworthy and even when she encounters the occasional bridezilla, she enjoys the challenge. That was until one particular bridezilla walks in who’s fiancé just so happens to be the boy Caroline had her first kiss with.

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For His Pleasure

by Shelly Bell

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Cash Turner can’t resist a woman that needs help. It shapes his desires and sealed his fate. Just released from prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Cash needs to stay out of trouble. That means he has to resist the temptation of Dreama Agosto. She is a woman that holds his future in her hands.

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More Than A Rogue

by Sophie Barnes

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Emily Howard has accepted her fate. She is a spinster but won’t let that stop her from wanting to experience kissing. She did not expect Griffin Crawford to do the honors. She also didn’t expect her female relations to find her in his embrace. Now talk of marriage is obviously in the air, but knowing this is not what Griffin wants, she runs. She tries to escape him, her family and the scandal.

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Beast Daddy

by Kelli Callahan

Release Date: June 25, 2019

I was searching for my way home. But then I found an old abandoned mansion in the woods. There were a lot of secrets hidden in these walls. I did not realize I was in the beast’s lair. I should have run but something about him intrigued me. His eyes drew me in. I wanted to find out who he was and why he was hiding.

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The Friend Zone

by Sariah Wilson

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Logan Hunt was set for NFL stardom but then he messed up big time. Now his only option is Seattle’s EOL College-as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits. This is his last chance and he has to follow the rules. No fighting, no parties, no swearing… and no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. It should be simple but there’s never been a rule he has wanted to break more. The deal is “just friends.”

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Say No to the Duke

by Eloisa James

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Lady Betsy Wilde has had a very successful first season. A Duke has proposed but she longs for one last adventure before she gets married. No gentleman would agree to her scandalous plan… except Lord Jeremy Roden. He offers a wager. If she wins the billiards game he will provide the breeches. But is she loses… she is his for one wild night.

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WHAT WE DO IN THE NIGHT (Day to Night Duet #1) by STYLO FANTOME

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‘He was rough and aggressive and dominant. He probably tore his opponents apart in the courtroom, and he was no different in the bedroom.’

It’s been a while (too long judging by our reaction to this book!) since we’ve read an erotica novel and What We Do in the Night was the perfect book to clear off our erotica cobwebs. Wow! We loved this book so much! We inhaled every word, and it wasn’t just the erotica aspect that won us over so convincingly, it was the writing, the story, and the characters, the main and secondary, including one arsehole hero who oozed sex appeal, and a sexy heroine with an innocent beauty.

You'll love discovering what transpires between Ari and Valentine - the spirited innocence of Valentine, her need to relent to control and the unflinching obnoxiousness of Ari who desires control. The magnetic pull between the two, the dramatic effect of the story and the sizzling connection, will leave you begging for more, and as desperate for the next book as we are!

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