The Challenge of Writing For Laughs by Penelope Bloom

By Penelope Bloom

If you’ve never heard of me, I started writing romance in 2016. Since, I’ve penned just under 40 books, and about two years ago, I started diving into the world of romantic comedy. My debut rom-com series was The Objects of Attraction series, which ended up having four top ten bestselling books and has now been translated into over ten languages and even adapted for a mobile game (weird, I know).

So let me tell you from experience that writing for laughs is tricky.

If you want an easy way to imagine the way it feels, just picture yourself at a dinner party with a friend and some new potential friends. Now imagine your lovely (but misguided) best friend points at you and says, “This is Penelope. She’s absolutely hilarious. Seriously, you’ll laugh so hard you’re going to pee yourself. Go ahead, Penelope! Say something funny!”

And that’s kind of what happens when you decide to foolishly call yourself a rom-com author. Even from the first book, there’s an expectation the moment you classify your book as some form of comedy. People walk in the “door” expecting to laugh. And if you’ve never tried being funny on command, it’s a completely different thing than being funny spontaneously.

Growing up, I always felt like I was pretty good at making a little comment in school to get people to laugh. Or I could pick out something a friend said in conversation and turn it into a funny moment. But I had to almost learn how to be funny again when I wanted to inject that into my books.

And that brings me to one of the other challenges of writing for laughs. Not everybody will think you’re funny. Just go to a comedy show and watch the audience. There are always going to be the handful of people in the corners scowling with their arms crossed while everyone else laughs so hard they cry.

I had to learn not to take every review as gospel. Sure, I’d love it if every single person who read my books laughed every time I wanted them to. But that’s just not reality. There are people out there who have probably created hate shrines in their bedrooms dedicated to me, that horrible author who tried and failed to make them laugh.

So in the end, switching from plain old contemporary romance to romantic comedy has been a huge adjustment. I’ve had my feelings hurt from reviews. I’ve missed the mark and written books that weren’t as funny as I’d hoped. I’ve even felt burnt out by the expectation to be funny at times. But I have realized this style of book is what makes me happiest to write.

I love hearing about people who laughed so much in public while reading my books that they got weird looks. Or people who had their significant other come check on them to see if they were okay because they were cracking up while reading in bed. Or people who reach out to tell me I helped them smile at a time they really needed to smile.

I know it’s not much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a really wonderful feeling to know I can bring happiness to people, even in small doses. So writing for laughs is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever tried to do, but it’s also one of the most rewarding.

P.S. If you want to find out if I inspire laughter in you or the desire to build hate shrines, feel free to check out my latest rom-com, My (Mostly) Secret Baby!

Penelope Bloom is the author of the new book My Mostly Secret Baby.

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Interview with Cole McCade, Author of Just Like That

What can you tell us about your new release, Just Like That?

Honestly, Just Like That is a hard book to quantify, even if you just break it down to tropes around coworkers, teachers, childhood crushes, May/December age gaps, grumpy/sunshine. I wrote it last year before COVID-19 kicked off as part of the Carina Adores line of LGBTQIA+ romance, and I’ve never deliberately set out to write fluffy, sweet, internally driven low-conflict romance before. I never really imagined that it’d end up being a book that’s kind of an escape from the world as it is right now, but it’s something of a book about unfulfilled longings and wistful fantasies suddenly turned into reality when a former student at a boarding school returns as a teaching assistant, in training to take over from the very man who used to intimidate and electrify him during the years of a boyhood crush. It’s a story about transformation, about becoming who you’re meant to be, about hope–and I feel like right now, we could all use a little hope.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

This is probably silly, but the game Final Fantasy VII (which recently got a gorgeous remake) made me realize I wanted to tell stories that evoked feeling in others. When I was in high school I saw the first cinematic trailer for the game on TV, and it filled me with this breathless sense of wonder and emotion, and I realized that not only did I want to play a game like that…I wanted to create things that gave others that same sense of their heart-strings pulling too tight.

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

That’s a hard one. I read widely across so many genres and love so many authors, but at the same time I’m intensely private about what I love. But if I had to pick, really, I’d say Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman, So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane, Prey by Michael Crichton, A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole, and Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue.

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

Mary Shelley! To me she’s the mother of science fiction, and there’s so much in the story of Frankenstein and his creation that touches on these complex layered nuances of human fears, hopes, desires, all framed by this inhuman monster. Honestly, I’d want to hear her first-person recounting of the rainy day she spent at Byron’s with her husband, swapping ghost stories that led to the birth of Frankenstein.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It’s probably a cliche if I say “finishing the book.” Even if it’s a relief to finish, though, I think the best part is when I get so caught up in writing that I don’t notice hours passing as I churn out thousands of words at a time, completely caught up in the stories until I forget to be myself. I also sometimes forget to breathe until I get a little light-headed, but, well, autonomous systems kick in sooner or later and remind me my brain needs oxygen to function.

What is a typical day like for you?

No such thing. I’m a human chaos engine and my every day is a wreck. Every time I try to establish a consistent schedule, something throws me off and sends me into a tailspin, so I just…take each day as it comes, and steal what hours I can to write in between putting out the numerous fires burning in my life at any one point in time. I just kind of attract the unexpected, and you never know when I’ll be dealing with exploding plumbing or a neighbor having a meltdown or who even knows what else.

What scene from Just Like That was your favorite to write?

The scene where Summer comes back to apologize to Fox for kissing him impulsively and without permission, the first day he’d seen him after seven years away from his hometown. It’s not just that I think showing respect for boundaries that way is important; it’s that the conversation demonstrated who they really are. Summer is immensely shy on the surface, but he breaks that trope in the conversation to show that he’s got a hidden strength that makes him brave in his own sweet, stubborn way–while Fox, seemingly icy and hardened on the surface, shows that underneath he’s grieving and lost and has completely forgotten how to connect with other people. I like taking character archetypes and breaking them out of their mold, and what happened there resulted in an intimate, revealing moment that really let them start on new footing with each other as equals versus former teacher and student turned coworkers.

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

“Shouganai.” It means “it is what it is,” loosely translated, and it’s pretty much the only way I keep moving sometimes with the endless string of catastrophes that is a life governed by Murphy’s Law. It’s a more complex concept than what it seems on the surface, but it’s basically born of a mindset that knows loss, hurt, and struggle are inevitable, but so is the ability to take a deep breath, re-assess, and rebuild what was lost or taken away. Sometimes I can get pretty bad about dwelling inside my head and blaming myself when things go wrong or I fall out of step with my goals, but when I remind myself of shouganai it’s a reminder that what’s happened has already happened and can’t be changed, so it’s time to focus on what I intend to do next.

Cole McCade is the author of the new book Just Like That.

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Love is Complicated by Anastasia Alexander

By Anastasia Alexander

Okay, I have to admit love is complicated. What makes it work is a mystery. Well, for me, anyway. I know there are experts who claim to know the scientific principles of love. And yes, they can predict divorce within 97% accuracy (John Gottman). But can they predict who falls in love and why?

In science they say who we are attracted to has something to do with the way each of us smell, which is just crazy if you ask me. There has to be more than smell that brings two people together. And if smells are that powerful, why did I fall for a mechanic who is always in a garage sweating? (Does that suggest I like my men rugged and strong?)

When I was single and living in Southern California, I attended one of the how-to-attract-the-right-kind-of-man seminars. It was endlessly fascinating when our fearless leader told us the competition for the right man was fierce in LA. Since there was so much competition, we needed to dress up, wear extra high heels, and put shining stuff on our legs so we would look sexy. What???? She explained that you had to talk a certain way, look a certain way, and how to beat out the competition.

Silly me thought there were endless fish in the sea and if one didn’t work out, you go stand at the bus stop, and another one would come around in fifteen minutes. According to this leader, that wasn’t the way it worked

She explained the stages of romance. In the beginning most relationships don’t make it past the two-week point. There is another critical juncture at a month and a half, and so on.

That insight I appreciated more because I had a lot of “two-weekers.” Apparently after the first attraction, there has to be something more to keep the relationship going.

The relationship “expert” also declared that most couples got married around the year and half point of dating if they were ever going to get married.

At the time, I was getting close to dating my boyfriend for a year and a half. I wasn’t worried that we’d make a marriage commitment. From the beginning, my boyfriend had told me repeatedly that he would never get married, again. I told him that I was the type of girl who did get married.

He would pull me close and nod, hearing me, and I’d rest my head on his chest and think, “Not leaving … yet.”

There was comfort in this contradiction. I knew in my heart-of-hearts that eventually I was going to have to leave, and he knew in his heart-of-hearts, I don’t know what. He’s not the type to live in the future. He likes to stay in the present. He said he didn’t think about it and I almost believe that was true.

So, after the weekend workshop, I asked him if he wanted me to dress up more, wear heels, and have shiny legs. He gave me a curious look. “No. I live in a shop. That wouldn’t work in a shop.”

A week later he asked me to marry him and move out of state. That shocked us both.

(Have you ever noticed at these life-defining moments you learn a lot about yourself?)

After he asked, and I said, “Yes,” I realized that I didn’t after all want to get married. I liked my freedom and to be pinned down into such a big commitment, especially when a person realizes that if it doesn’t work out the government has so much say over your life (who pays who and how much, when you get to see your children, and, of course, even when you can be officially divorced.) I didn’t want to give an institution that kind of power over my life.

The day of our wedding, I was tied up in knots, shaking, and fighting back tears. I loved the man. I wanted to be with the man, but the social meaning of marriage and all the commitment a marriage symbolized seemed stifling.

I looked over at my soon-to-be in his suit, yes, the one and only time I had seen him in a suit, and he was beaming. No nerves. No second guessing. No doubt. Beaming.

As we stood in front of the justice of the peace, my shaking went into full force. My fiancé reached out and touched me, grounding me. We became married in an arboretum with butterflies swirling around us giving God-winks, encouraging us in our new union.

Every relationship has these defining moments. Whether it is a “wedding” or something not so public. These defining moments often make or break the relationship. These moments reveal a lot of about each person and what they really want.

This complexity of emotions is explored in my newest novel, The Sedona Upset. Maggie Chambers and JT Devonshire are engaged, but that doesn’t mean that the complications of trying to merge two lives of two very different people together will be easy.

I invite you on their journey through their complicated ride of love that includes, coyotes, vortexes, hot air balloons, Sedona, the extra drama of reality TV, and maybe some second guessing about their relationship and what it all means.

Here’s a little of what it is about:

Can love survive hot air balloon crashes and vortexes?

Maggie Chambers is the villain of the Millionaire Engagement reality TV show. She shocked the nation by capturing the heart of JT Devonshire, but can she keep it?

Being with JT requires moving to a rattlesnake-infested hundred and eighteen-degree desert of Tucson, Arizona.

It also includes being the outsider in a tightknit community and taking on Dee, the crafty TV producer who has no short supply of meddling tactics.

Is love worth hot air balloon crashes, vortexes, spiritual energy healers, and the ever-present cameras for the most popular TV show?

Anastasia Alexander is the author of the new book The Sedona Upset.

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The Story Behind Full Count by Kimberly Readnour

By Kimberly Readnour

Guess what’s starting back 7/23/2020? That’s right. Baseball! Woot! I’m so ready to watch sports again. I do want my team to stay safe, but if they’re going to allow the boys of summer to play, I’m ready to watch. As we wait for that first pitch to start the long, overdue season, I have another baseball romance to discuss.

That’s right. We’re heading back to Cessna U for Garret and Lexie’s story, Full Count. Friends to lovers anyone? Yeah? Then read on!

Let me back up and start by giving you some backstory about the series. I’ll save how the series came about for Dalton’s book, though. When I first came up with the Cessna U Wildcats idea, Garret’s story was in my head before book one and two were even a thought. I knew Cara’s story had to be told first. Then, the series segued naturally into Noah and Shannon’s story. But Garret’s backstory was in my head before I even penned the first word of book one.

I couldn’t wait to write Full Count. But I also dreaded it. When I was stewing over the characters, Garret’s the one who screamed the loudest to me. Garret’s journey is heartwarmingly sweet, and I knew it would be tough for me to write. Not only is friends-to-lovers my least favorite trope (don’t judge), but Garret’s emotional wounds cut me to the core. I love this character so much! There were so many times I wanted to reach into my computer and hug him.

But hold up. We have another hero in the book known as Miller. Aw, Miller, the adorable stray who made his debut in book one. Since he plays a vital role in book three, I had to introduce him early in the series and found a way to introduce him. I have to admit, planning this entire series has been so much fun. I’m thankful for the opportunity to get to write it.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s Lexie. To be the perfect partner for Garret, I needed a girl who was strong, independent, and compassionate. No one fills that role better than Lexie. She deals with her own hardships but is Garret’s perfect match in every possible way. I love these two together and can’t wait for you to read their journey. As one reviewer said, “It is a beautiful story of family love, sacrifice, guilt, and forgiveness.”

Full Count wasn’t titled by mistake. Garret’s plate starts full, and his journey is sure to give you all the feels. I hope you enjoy this latest addition to the series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy reading, and stay safe!

Kimberly Readnour is the author of the new book Full Count.

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New Romance Books to Read | July 14

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Anastasia Alexander, Claire Contreras, Kimberly Readnour, Willow Winters, Penelope Bloom, Cole McCade, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!

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Must-Read Romance Novels | July 2020

Must-Read Romance Novels | July 2020

Looking for a hot new love story to add to your library? We think you will adore these new must-read romance novels! Don’t miss new books by Meagan Brandy, Nicole Snow, Skye Warren, Jessica Hawkins, Marni Mann, Kylie Scott, Carrie Ann Ryan, J.S. Scott, and more! Enjoy!

Be My Brayshaw

by Meagan Brandy

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The fourth book in the Brayshaw series by USA Today Bestselling Author Meagan Brandy… “You might want to sleep with one eye open.” These were the words whispered to the newest addition to Brayshaw Mansion. I might have overlooked the feisty, rebel blonde had she not placed herself right in front of me. But as soon as she did, something stirred in me and I knew I had to have her.

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The Romeo Arrangement

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: July 1, 2020

He didn’t even bother saying hello. The hot stranger had me dizzy the instant he said we were engaged. Then he chased off the bully on our heels and dragged me back to his place for the night. It’s insane, right? Wrong. You can’t let pride do the talking when you are homeless and on the run. And you definitely don’t complain when Ridge Barnet takes charge.

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Diamond in the Rough

by Skye Warren

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Diamond in the Rough is masterfully written, sinfully sexy, and utterly addictive! Skye Warren proves why she is the queen of dark and delicious romance.” – Giana Darling… I was stepping off a nine hour flight when it happened. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman’s worst nightmare. Now I am trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won’t be hurt…

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Don’t Break This Kiss

by Jessica Hawkins, Marni Mann, Kylie Scott, and Carrie Ann Ryan

Release Date: July 5, 2020

The fifth romance collection in the Top Shelf Romance series… They say a lady shouldn’t kiss and tell, but we’ll bet you’re dying to know whose between our covers… Don’t Break This Kiss includes: Explicitly Yours by Jessica Hawkins, Before You by Marni Mann, Lies by Kylie Scott, and Wrapped in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan.

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Billionaire Undercover

by J.S. Scott

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The fifteenth book in The Billionaire’s Obsession Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.S. Scott… After I was kidnapped while doing a geographical exploration, I thought I was destined to die in a foreign country. But then a mysterious rescuer showed up just in time to save my life. Unfortunately, my liberator is also the co-CEO of Montgomery Mining… my employer. He is definitely a billionaire with an attitude.

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Hands Down

by Mariana Zapata

Release Date: July 2, 2020

Bianca Brannen knows time heals all wounds. Including those unintentionally given to you by your once loved ones. She thought she was ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. At least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before all this, he was just a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

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Books To Read If You Like Elin Hilderbrand

Books To Read If You Like Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is a New York Times Bestselling Author of literary fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. Some of her recent popular releases include 28 Summers, Summer of ’69, What Happens in Paradise, and The Island. If you’ve been on the lookout for some amazing new novels for your summer reading list, don’t miss these books to read if you like Elin Hilderbrand!

A Seaside Story

by C.J. Foster

Release Date: July 6, 2020

After her sister was killed in a car accident, the life of Kate Toscano has been turned upside down. The jet-setting writer for a trendy Las Vegas magazine is now the guardian of her five-year-old, autistic nephew, Jimmy, and has to move back home. As Kate starts her new life, she bumps into John Neal, her old high school flame. After fourteen years apart, their old feelings are rekindled, but not all flames are meant to stay lit.

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Under Scottish Stars

by Carla Laureano

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The third book in The MacDonald Family Trilogy by RITA Award-Winning Author Carla Laureano… Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart has been focussing on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. She soon gets an opportunity to dust off her long-ignored business skills and have a fresh start, when her brother asks her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye. But any hopes of a smooth transition are dashed when she meets the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake.

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A Summer of Surprises

by Judith Keim

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Jill Conroy was tricked into being the housekeeper and cook at the Seashell Cottage over the summer. The same cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects. While she was annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes it’s actually wonderful to be away from New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband.

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Daddy’s Girls

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California decades ago after the death of his wife. Despite starting out with almost no money, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. But at the age of 64, he dies suddenly, and his three daughters inherit the ranch. They all find it impossible to believe that this larger-than-life figure in their lives has gone.

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The Lost and Found Bookshop

by Susan Wiggs

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The latest novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs… “If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?” Natalie always thought that there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about. After a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper has inherited her mother’s financially struggling bookshop in San Francisco. She has also become the caretaker for her ailing grandfather, Andrew.

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Dance Away with Me

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Release Date: June 9, 2020

After one too many setbacks, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small Tennessee town, surrounded by nature, she hopes she can outrun her heartbreak and start to heal. But instead of peace and quiet, she discovers an enigmatic artist that has a craving for solitude. He makes Tess question everything. Has Tess lost herself or found her future?

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Interview with Carla Laureano, Author of Under Scottish Stars

What can you tell us about your new release, Under Scottish Stars?

This is the third and final book in the MacDonald Family series, centering around Serena MacDonald Stewart, whom we met in the first two books but remained a little bit mysterious. Since the death of her husband five years before, she’s devoted herself completely to her two children, to the detriment of her artistic pursuits, her personal life, and her sanity. When she returns to the Isle of Skye to help oversee the family hotel in her brothers’ absence, she clashes with hotel manager Malcolm Blake, who opens her eyes to all the things that her safe and carefully managed life has been missing.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

That’s difficult to answer. I’ve always loved books, and I’ve written stories since I knew how to write. I finished my first, predictably terrible novel at sixteen, but it took another nineteen years to actually get published. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an author. I guess I can thank my mom for all the time she spent reading to me as a preschooler!

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

You might as well ask me which is my favorite child! Let me see if I can break it down into categories to make it easier…

Favorite Childhood Novel – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Favorite Romance Novel – Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
Favorite Fantasy Novel – The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
Favorite Inspirational Novel – Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
Favorite Mainstream Novel – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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

I’d love to interview Beth O’Leary, British author of The Flatshare and The Switch. Her books are such a sweet spot of brightness amidst a booklist that is trending darker and more serious, and from what I can tell from her social media, I think she’d be as delightfully entertaining as her writing. I’d love to ask her inspiration for her books (two of my favorites of the last two years) and if she purposely set out to write uplifting books for our tumultuous world.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being finished! That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the writing process (sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t) but I typically put away my book when I’m done and then pull it out a couple of months later to do the first round of edits. I love that first readthrough. I’ve forgotten enough of what I’ve written that it’s like getting to see it through a reader’s eyes for the first time. There are, of course, always things that need to be changed, but there’s something miraculous about the first time I get to read the complete story. It’s a bit like holding your baby for the first time—you forget the process of childbirth when you see the results!

What is a typical day like for you?

Lately, there’s no typical, due to having everyone home on quarantine and for the summer. But during the regular school year, I get up early, make lunches, drop my two sons off at school, and then drive home. (I call this my commute.) I then do my Pilates workout (my apparatus is in my office, so it stares at me accusingly if I skip it), make a cup of tea, and sit down at my desk with my breakfast while I read through emails and plan my day. If I’m actively writing a new book, hitting my predetermined daily word count comes first, which normally takes me between two to three hours. Otherwise, I’ll spend that time editing or plotting a new book. Then I’ll break for lunch and go back to the computer to do marketing and social media tasks. After that, it’s time to pick up the kids from school, make dinner, do chores, sometimes play a game with the family, then bedtime for everyone! No matter what, my day ends with a cup of tea with my husband on the sofa after everyone has gone to bed. Even if we’re not talking and instead reading or watching TV, it doesn’t feel right to end that day without that little time together.

What scene from Under Scottish Stars was your favorite to write?

Pretty much any flirtatious scene between Serena and Malcolm! The romantic tension was so fun to write, especially since Malcolm loves to get under Serena’s skin. But I have to say, the epilogue that wraps up the stories of all the characters in the trilogy was really satisfying as well.

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

“What’s the worst that can happen?” (Given the way 2020 is going, maybe I should rethink this.) Seriously, though, I can overthink, overanalyze, and worry, and this question always helps me reframe the situation. My dad would always follow up with the statement “they can’t eat you” which used to drive me nuts as a kid, but now makes me laugh. Put in that perspective, there’s really no reason to be overly concerned about anything!

Carla Laureano is the author of the new book Under Scottish Stars.

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Interview with Meagan Brandy, Author of Be My Brayshaw

What can you tell us about your new release, Be My Brayshaw?

My love for romance novels is what drove me to write my first one!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My go to reread is Emerge by SE Hall! A few others are Our Worlds series by Lindsey Iler, and Forever Red by Carina Adams.

What scene from Be My Brayshaw was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene would definitely have to be when the main character receives a gift he never expected.

I can’t say what it is or why it’s so important, but once you get to that spot in the story you will see why!!

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

You will never know if you don’t try! ALWAYS push for the things you want. Working hard might just get you there!

Meagan Brandy is the author of the new book Be My Brayshaw.

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The Story Behind The Romeo Arrangement by Nicole Snow

By Nicole Snow

Writing rarely goes as planned. Some books need major time and energy to be whipped into shape. Other times, you just hit a groove with a book that brings together everything you love. My latest and greatest romance novel, The Romeo Arrangement, definitely falls in the second category, and it shows!

Surprise chemistry, a pretend love scheme, harrowing suspense, comfy small town feels, and one wildly funny mad rooster. That’s just a taste of what’s happening when one high-stakes fake engagement gets way too real.

Grace Sellers is at the end of her rope. She’s lost her home, her father’s worryingly sick, and every stitch of sanity holding her life together is about to be unraveled when she hits the road for a new life. Grace has lost her faith in wishes by the time she’s cornered at a bar in Nowhere, North Dakota, by a brute looking to finish her off.

Then an unexpected Romeo steps in. The handsome stranger. The man who declares her his fiancee. The beast with an exasperated butler who runs off the bully, and then practically drags Grace and her dad back to his large ranch for the night.

It’s too good to be true. And it only gets crazier when Grace finds out who her mysterious hero really is, and it’s officially time to freak out.

Ridge Barnet, billionaire heartthrob, moved to small-town North Dakota to escape the Hollywood limelight and start over after a tragic case of revenge. The pretty stray he picks up one stormy night at his favorite bar threatens to wreck his low profile.

Too bad fate could care less. Soon, he’s doubling down on his Romeo scheme to save Grace’s life while fighting back a very real obsession that with dynamite potential to upend his life.

If there’s one thing I’m hooked on as a writer, it’s the deep dive for love. Throwing two emotionally scarred characters together in their darkest hours always makes the chemistry extra intense, the fight so much more satisfying, and the Happily Ever After that much sweeter.

Ridge and Grace go through the ropes without mercy. We’re talking a relentless gauntlet with everything on the line and a fierce attraction that won’t be denied. But of course I threw in lighthearted comic relief and everything sweet-as-pie about small town life. And when the fireworks hit and these two hearts meltdown, it’s a beautiful frenzy.

I’m insanely proud of the vivid punch The Romeo Arrangement packs and I hope you’ll agree! Don’t miss this romance thriller while it is free with KIndle Unlimited!

Nicole Snow is the author of the new book The Romeo Arrangement.

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