Interview with Kirsten Fullmer, Author of Hometown Girl Memories

What can you tell us about your new release, Hometown Girl Memories?

I wrote Hometown Girl Memories for several reasons. Many of my readers have requested a man for Winnie, the town matriarch and beloved, elderly, widow. What a great idea, as well as a huge challenge! I also wanted to write more about Tara and Justin, the leading lady and man from book one of the series. They are fun characters who come very natural to me; maybe because their relationship reminds me of my husband and I. As the book formed in my mind, featuring Winnie and Tara, it became a tale of women supporting each other through all the stages of life and love. Winnie remembers her college days in 1968, her lost loves and friends, while Tara deals with the modern day problems of juggling her relationship with Justin, motherhood, and her career. I’m very happy with how the book came together. It’s a tale of loss, love, and laughter, across the years.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I had to retire early due to health problems, at which time I began traveling full time with my husband for his work. I had hours alone, with nothing to do, far from friends and family, and yet limited space for craft projects. (I had to come to terms with that issue, lol) I read a lot of romance novels, my favorite genre, but I was frustrated with female characters who were saved by millionaire men. I was also frustrated by kick butt women who were super warriors and stronger than any human. I had to wonder where stories about all the normal women are, the women who are successful in their own right and struggling to fit romance into their busy lives? I started writing to create the books I wanted to read.

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

Tisha by Robert Spect
Mrs Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
The little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

I would invite Laura Ingalls Wilder (can I do that if she’d dead?) because she didn’t start writing until she was older, like myself. I loved her books as a child, and I read them my kids when they were young. Now I look forward to reading them to my grandkids. They are timeless. I love her easy, descriptive writing style, and I would ask her what prompted her to write and how her books were received at the time.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love to create Characters who come alive and do their thing as I write. My characters are very real to me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Coffee, post to social media, word games or puzzles to wake up my mind, review writing from the day before, begin writing! Some day involve packing up and moving cross country, writing has to wait.

What scene in Hometown Girl Memories was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in this book was near the climax of the story, where Tara confronts her husband. She doesn’t realize that her three friends find themselves overhearing the whole conversation. Of course, the friends are torn between revealing that they are there and waiting to see what will happen. The whole scene felt very real, emotional, and was fun to write.

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

Move forward, being calm, confident, and assertive (stolen from Cesar Millan)

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Interview with Monica Murphy, Author of Holidate

What can you tell us about your new release, Holidate?

It’s a fun, romantic Christmas story that has all the elements a holiday loving reader will want: a heroine who loves Christmas, a hero who hates Christmas yet his family owns a Christmas tree farm, a meddling mother, supportive friends, holiday events, gingerbread lattes…I could go on and on!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m currently reading SHADOWS by Kristen Proby which comes out at the end of the month. Marni Mann’s BEFORE YOU is my next read – and it’s coming out in a little less than two weeks. This is why it’s nice having author friends. They send their books to you before they’re out!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Stick with it and believe in yourself! All those dreams you have now? Keep going, you’re going to make quite a few of them come true! (I wanted to be a writer in my late teens, so my teen self would be really happy to know I made that happen!)

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

Reading. I don’t have a lot of time to read lately and I need more!

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

I love being with my children. They make me smile, they make me laugh, they make me annoyed, but that’s okay. I take the good with the bad. They’re getting older, they’re going to leave the nest soon, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible.

What scene in Holidate was your favorite to write?

This is a tough question – there were so many scenes that were fun to write! There’s one in particular where my heroine Candice is having a bad night, so Charlie takes her back to his tree farm, and tells her she can pick one item from the store that’s at the farm. She loves Christmas, so she’s so touched that he’s letting her be her holiday-loving self, and that he’s trying to cheer her up. This is a pivotal moment in the book, and writing it made me emotional! Candice lost her mother when she was a child, so she has some unresolved issues with the loss of her mom. Charlie sees that and he’s trying to help her in the best way he knows how. It’s actually very sweet.

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Books To Read If You Like Clarissa Wild

Books To Read If You Like Clarissa Wild

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Some of her popular releases include the Savage Men, Unprofessional Bad Boys, Indecent Games, and The Company series. If you’ve been craving some sexy new romance novels, we think you will love these books to read if you like Clarissa Wild!


Book’em Piper

by Danielle Norman

Release Date: October 8, 2019

The third book in the bestselling Iron Badges Series by Danielle Norman… I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and the only light in my dark was the boy next door. Liam Kane was my hero and I was his sunshine. He was my first and only crush. He looked after me when I couldn’t. But then he disappeared from my life. Now, after all these years he’s back and we’re on opposite sides of the law.

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Don’t Fall For Him

by Lexi Madison

Release Date: September 21, 2019

After since my ex cheated on me I have been trying to pull my life back together. I even went as far as relocating temporarily to keep some distance. When my grandparents throw a party for their 50th wedding anniversary, I know I have to go back. I don’t want him to see that I am still alone and hurting. So, when I run into an old friend of my brother’s, Ian Black, I asked for a little favor.

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Foolish Riot

by Karen Renee

Release Date: September 24, 2019

The fifth book in the Riot MC Series by Karen Renee… Patricka “Trixie” Baker is no stranger to being used and abused. The night she met Homer “Roll” Rolland she dedicated herself to infiltrating his life. She is a fixture in the Riot MC but she still isn’t part of the family. She refuses to be anyone’s fool and won’t waste any more of her youth on him. She is determined to change but Roll is hiding secrets that force him not to commit.

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Close Match

by Tracey Jerald

Release Date: October 3, 2019

Evangeline Brogan is a part of Broadway royalty and commands the stage. But then one night everything changed. A lifelong secret has been revealed and she wants to find out the full story. She is willing to do whatever it takes, even if she has to leave everything she knows behind.

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Desperate to Touch

by Willow Winters

Release Date: October 8, 2019

The second book in the Hard to Love romantic suspense series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters… Even though my heart knew better, I ran from him. He chose a life of crime and I didn’t want any part of it. I just wanted him. As soon as danger bled into my life, I left. I should have known he would come for me. He still has that same temptation in his eyes but now his gaze is harsher. He is no longer the boy I fell in love with.

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Perfect Strangers

by J.T. Geissinger

Release Date: September 29, 2019

Since tragedy struck two years ago, author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a single word. Still heartbroken, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at her friend’s apartment in Paris where she hopes to heal and find her muse. Instead, she finds James, the stranger who ignites an all-consuming passion inside her.

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Interview with Lexi Madison, Author of Don’t Fall For Him

What can you tell us about your new release, Don’t Fall For Him?

Well, what’s hotter than finally having someone you thought you could never have? I mean, I think all of our teenage years involved a friend of our brother’s or sister’s or cousin’s, who we wanted but was totally off limits. This book is really about getting to experience that moment.

I love stories that make you feel like you’re falling in love, right there with the characters. Where your heart clenches and you get that stomach flip every time the characters interact. ‘Don’t Fall For Him’ has ALL of that. It’s a fun, sexy, butterfly-inducing tale, of two total opposites who are totally meant to be together.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mom! She always loved to write but she never took the ‘leap’ toward her dream. She still has a dozen manuscripts sitting in her desk at home that she’s never published. I know that she regrets her fears of never ‘going for it’ and so I hope that my love for reading and writing and my willingness to ‘leap’ into it will help inspire her, just as she has inspired me in so many ways!

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

Top 5 books? JUST FIVE??? Okay fine! I would say the list goes as follows (in no particular order)

– The Deal by Elle Kennedy

– Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

– On Dublin Street, Samantha Young

– Buttons & Lace, Penelope Sky

– Radiance, Grace Draven

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

Omg! I think I would choose LJ Shen! I would say ‘WOMAN, TELL ME EVERYTHING!’

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The adventure that comes each time you put fingers to keyboard. I get to fall in love for a living, that’s freaking awesome!

What is a typical day like for you?

OMG, is it crazy to say, a total mess??? I mean, I wish I had some sort of system or organization but I don’t. It’s one messy day to the next. Sometimes I am writing late, sometimes early, sometimes it flows, sometimes it doesn’t.

What scene in Don’t Fall For Him was your favorite to write?

Without spoiling it, it’s when Libby meets with Ian at the coffee shop and they’re just talking, but there is so much great back and forth.

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

Accept the chaos. Thrive in the chaos. Nothing in life is easy or perfect and if you can get through the chaos and learn to embrace it, you can handle ANYTHING!

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Interview with Karen Renee, Author of Foolish Riot

What can you tell us about your new release, Foolish Riot?

Foolish Riot is the fifth book in the Riot MC series, but it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. It began as a short story, but Roll and Trixie had too much going on for a short story. It’s full of suspense, some angst, and readers tell me it gives them “all the feels.”

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Many people and things inspired me to become an author. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and there’s nothing better than capturing it in words. My parents always said I needed to have a day job, but when I read the works of Lewis Grizzard and Erma Bombeck, I realized being a full-time writer was possible, it would just have to happen within the realm of journalism or advertising. As it turned out though, I only started publishing after leaving the communications industry, but that’s the funny way life works out sometimes.

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

If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground by Lewis Grizzard; The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling; Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley; and Beard Science by Penny Reid.

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

I would have to say Lawrence Block. I would ask what he thinks of the changes that have taken place in the publishing industry. Where he gets his inspiration for his plots, and whether the character T.J. is based on a real person he knows or not. {Mainly because I love T.J.!}

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is hitting the “writer’s high” or the zone where your fingers are not your own, your thoughts are pouring onto the screen or paper and you never know what the characters are going to do next.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days are anything but typical lately! I tore my ACL and my meniscus back in April, so I have physical therapy in the mornings twice a week, and I cram in as much writing as I can during the afternoons after that. Depending on the muse and/or where I’m at with a work in progress, I might get another thousand words in at night.

What scene in Foolish Riot was your favorite to write?

The scene in chapter 15 when Trixie gets away from Roll and the entire Riot Motorcycle club. I love a good chase scene, and there aren’t enough of those in romances. Trixie knew she would be chased, so she is forced to take numerous back roads to evade the men who want to protect her. The bonus is that it forces her to call on a close friend who is the heroine of my next book.

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

Not really, but if pressed, I would say “One day at a time, one thing at a time.” Very little about publishing {even self-publishing} is fast. Yet, there seems to be no end to the number of things I want to get done each day, so I have to pace myself and keep that perspective.

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New Romance Books to Read | October 8

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 Willow Winters, Tracey Jerald, Danielle Norman, Karen Renee, and Lexi Madison, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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The Story Behind Close Match By Tracey Jerald

By Tracey Jerald

How many times have you ever looked at a celebrity and thought, “Wow, I bet they have a perfect life.” But I’d be willing to challenge you they’re merely playing a role when the spotlight is on them.

After all, nothing is perfect. Certainly nothing about life or love is.

Perfection, or the lack thereof, was the jumping off point for Close Match. This story is more than just a love story; it’s more than just a journey. It’s a rebirth that requires two individuals to grow separately even as they learn to love one another while life tests their emotional bonds.

And their wounds.

We’re taught “close” isn’t good enough. So, with that, I approached the idea of love, the idea of being “perfect” for someone. It led me to ask the question of whether there indeed was such a thing as a perfect match for two people?

When I write, it’s little things that start to come together. When I was online earlier this year, a woman responded to a public post dealing with body shaming. What snagged my attention was her comment that while she might be thin, would anyone be willing to trade because she’d be gloriously happy with one of their less than perfect figures so she could live since she had Stage 4 cancer.

Another day, my 73-year-old mother was practicing her performing arts dance routine in my home office. As she twirled, it reminded me of all the times she took me to Broadway shows when I was a child.

And so, Evangeline Brogan was born – a star who on the outside had it all. She is a charming, dynamic beauty who puts the love of family above everything else in her life. When long-held secrets threaten everything, she’s left more vulnerable than she’s ever been under the spotlight.

But what kind of man would get her attention? Would it be someone from her world, someone who would understand her emotional burden? Linnie sneered at me, and her co-star, when we introduced her to one.

Along the way, Linnie’s life intersects with that of Montague Parrish. Arrogant and protective, Monty’s wary of the woman who appears to seamlessly ease her way into his family’s life from stage left. But if Monty’s mind is suspicious of Linnie’s, his body is all too ready to accept her.

The things that bring them together may be the catalyst for what ends up driving them apart. After all, lies have a way of doing that, even when the only person you’re telling them to is yourself.

In this book, you’ll go from the bright lights of New York City to the comfort of a horse farm in Virginia. You’ll see their strength; you’ll feel their weakness. And in between, you’ll realize that that love comes to anyone.

Even those of us who are just close.

Tracey Jerald is the author of the new book Close Match.

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Books To Read If You Like Erin Nicholas

Books To Read If You Like Erin Nicholas

Erin Nicholas is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance novels. Some of her popular recent releases include Boys of the Bayou, Boys of the Big Easy, and Billionaires in Blue Jeans series. If you’ve been on the lookout for some sexy new romances, check out these books to read if you like Erin Nicholas!


Bad Love

by Piper Lawson

Release Date: October 2, 2019

I made a bet that I could make 10,000 women happy. I bet my family’s legacy on it. Marketing queen, Kendall Sullivan is the only hope I have of saving the ting I care about most. She doesn’t have time for my playboy ways. But I can’t get her out of my head. What happens when I only want to please her?

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Charlie

by Elin Peer

Release Date: September 26, 2019

The first book in the new Cultivated series by bestselling author Elin Peer… I used to have a major crush on Charles in college. He was the reserved, mysterious, and unattainable guy that got tangled up with the wrong crowd. As the heir to one of the largest business dynasties in the US, he was a target for the cunning cult leader O’Brien. Now I have to get him out.

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The Plus Ones

by Kayley Loring

Release Date: September 20, 2019

I can admit that I used to be an immature and entitled ass. But love changes people. I’ve seen what true love can do and I want that for myself. Somehow I am the only single guy left and Roxy Carter is the only single girl. The only time she hasn’t been a loudmouth was that time we were making out at our best friends’ wedding. It’s been five years and she still refuses to talk about it. She’s going to have to talk to me now.

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Hate the Game

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: September 23, 2019

Talon Gold is great at football but terrible at love. He’s obsessed with scoring but refuses to play by the rules. He is cruel and relentless but also brilliant and intoxicatingly attractive. Everyone wants a piece of him but it seems Talon only wants a piece of me.

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The Price of Scandal

by Lucy Score

Release Date: September 27, 2019

Emily had a perfect life but it quickly turned to disaster. Her trust fund brother is looking for a handout, her father is more like a board member than a dad, and her mother thinks she should just give up being a CEO and meet a man with a prenup and a yacht. And of course, there was that misunderstanding witnessed by Miami’s paparazzi.

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The Hold Out

by Mickey Miller

Release Date: September 26, 2019

I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up to be the in-home assistant of an NFL superstar. All of his previous assistants quit after a week and after meeting him I can understand why. He’s brooding, impatient, and demanding… He’s also way too sexy for his own good.

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Interview with Lucy Score, author of The Price of Scandal

What can you tell us about your new release, The Price of Scandal?

It’s hot and hilarious! The Price of Scandal is a female billionaire romantic comedy with a badass, science nerd mogul heroine, a swoony crisis-managing hero, a free-range St. Bernard, drag queen brunch, and all the fun and heat of Miami.

It’s the first of the four Bluewater Billionaires books written by my talented, beautiful, hilarious author pals Claire Kingsley, Kathryn Nolan, and Pippa Grant. Four female billionaires written by four contemporary romance authors!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Right this second I’m reading Maya Hughes’ Shameless King and Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Be who you are, not who you think others want you to be. Also, buy better hairspray and wear more sunscreen.

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

I should say writing, but I’d definitely spend those sixty minutes reading!

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

Besides tacos and romance novels? Good people. I get to work with Mr. Lucy and every single day I also get to interact with a positive circle of author friends and amazing, generous readers. It’s such a supportive, happy community. It’s kind of the best thing ever.

What scene in The Price of Scandal was your favorite to write?

I have so many favorites in this book! But the whole story started with the “meetnude” scene when Emily comes home from a very bad day and finds a naked stranger in her tub. While she’s hurling insults at him and calling security, he’s suavely promising to make all her problems go away… and drinking her scotch. Every time Emily and Derek are on the page together, the ereader screen starts to steam up.

Then there’s the drag queen brunch when our four, female billionaire BFFs are eavesdropping on the table full of romance novelists plotting books next to them. I was snort-laughing out loud writing that scene.

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Interview with Piper Lawson, Author of Bad Love

What can you tell us about your new release, Bad Love?

I’ve always wanted to write a story about a super sexy bet – so Logan and Kendall’s hot office-y romance was perfect. A reckless player with a heart of gold, a single mom with dirty fantasies, and the wager that makes their chemistry explode…it checked all the boxes for me as an author and a reader! Plus as my readers know, I love writing smart banter, electric tension, and characters you wish were your friends IRL. This book has ALL of those in extra doses.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve loved reading indie romance since the early days of new adult angst lol. Those raw, emotional books got me through a lot of tough times. I fell in love with the stories from authors like Ilsa Madden-Mills and Penny Reid and Kendall Ryan, but I also loved the freedom to do things any way I wanted. Five years in, I’m even more obsessed with the writing AND the business side of the journey.

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

Oooh, I have so many favorites across genres. My fave romance books are the co-written series by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen, but especially Him. I cannot read that enough times. Also, anything by Christina Lauren. For YA fantasy, which is my go-to when I’m not reading romance, I’m obsessed with Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series. I just finished it this summer and am gearing up for a binge re-read… 😉

What is a typical day like for you?

Most mornings I get up about 7, make coffee, then work out. Some of my best writing ideas come from that time! Then I try and get my words in before lunch but if not, they spill over into the afternoon. That’s the most important priority, always. I try to keep marketing pretty tight–it’s usually an hour or two in the afternoon. I’m not a huge social media person so I find it pretty easy to stay focused.

What scene in Bad Love was your favorite to write?

Either Logan and Kendall’s first kiss – which is the most ridiculously sexy first kiss I’ve ever written – or the scene where he follows her into the bathroom at work after their meeting, which I won’t explain for spoilery reasons! I loved their chemistry and how totally opposite they were, but how they taught each other so much.

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

“Do all things with love.” It’s hard to go wrong with that.

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