Swoony and hilarious! This book was 5 Star GOLD!

 ‘That man, the considerate thoughtful man, is far too dangerous for my heart.’

Boss Man Bridegroom was everything we were hoping for and more. We have been so intrigued by Rath since meeting him in The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister where we cried tears from laughing at his bromance with Bram Scott. This was followed by Diary of a Bad Boy where we fell even more in love with the enigmatic Rath and once again cried laughing from the hilarious carry-ons of Bram, Rath and Roark. This series is without question our favourite by Meghan Quinn. This series is GOLD!

This series can be read as standalone's, however, once again we urge you to pick all three books up because Meghan Quinn has proved once again that she really is the queen of romantic –HOT- comedy. Why do we love her romcom’s so much? Well, because this Author has no filter, there’s funny and then there’s ‘Meghan Quinn funny’. Meghan Quinn is an author who writes natural flawless humour with no social modesty. Just the way we love it! This is a series we can re-read over and over because we fell in love with every single character and their hilarious shenanigans. This series is a must-read and once you meet these characters you’ll know why!

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Interview with the Authors of Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection

What can you tell us about your new release, Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection?

a. Response from Dakota Willink: My book in this anthology is called The Sound of Silence. This story was inspired by something I wrote for a SOVAS Award-winning and Audie nominated audiobook anthology, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, produced by Blunder Woman Productions. I took certain elements of my personal story and made them into a fiction novel about a domestic abuse survivor.

b. Response from Sonya Jesus: It combines my love for criminology, science, and romance in one.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

a. Response from Sienna Snow: Currently on my nightstand are signed paperbacks of M. Never’s Decadence After Dark Series. It is a deliciously twisted love story that I can’t get enough of. I’m rereading them for the third time.

b. Response from Jo-Anne Joseph: I actually don’t have a book on my nightstand, I’m more of a devour, return to shelf kind of reader if it’s a riveting read. More thought-provoking reads that cause me to pause now and then, are usually wherever I am.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

a. Response from Pepper North: Learn all you can about everything. Crafting intriguing books requires believable characters, locations, and interactions. Live life and be observant. Each bit of life experience will find its way into your writing to enhance it.

b. Response from Cayce Poponea: Boys lie like rugs, wait for the grown man.

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

a. Response from Elizabeth Knox: I’d read. Sadly, I don’t read very often but I need to get back in the habit of it. When writing became my job, I somehow shifted into working more versus splitting my time equally.

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

a. Response from Patricia D. Eddy: I’m the most fulfilled when I’m giving a voice to people who so often don’t get one. Those with anxiety, depression, invisible illnesses like MS, Fibro, etc. Those with scars who don’t think they are worth loving any longer. For a long time, I saw myself as broken. Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD made me feel like I could never be accepted or loved or…normal. And then I realized that normal is a myth. There is no “normal.” We’re all broken in different ways, and that makes us no less perfect. Broken doesn’t mean busted. It means we’ve lived and survived and grown and learned and healed and maybe broken again. Our scars make us who we are, and we ALL have value.

What scene in Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection was your favorite to write?

a. Response from Crimson Syn: My new release is Insidious Love. It is the second book in my Bleeding Heart series and it is part of my darker trigger-filled romances. My favorite scene to write was Chapter 8, where Jake Cavanaugh is fighting with himself and whether or not to kill Rose Blackthorne or keep her for himself. There’s a very intense sex scene that involved a weapon. His struggle and the intense need between them was an interesting piece to write.

b. Response from Sierra Hill: In Precious Gems, my romantic suspense, I wrote my first ever murder scene! I’ve never killed anyone off before and I have to say it was liberating! Ha!

Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection


Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection is the new romance collection from Dakota Willink, Crimson Syn, Sierra Hill, Sonya Jesus, Elizabeth Knowx, Sienna Snow, Sin Silverfall, Pepper North, Jo-Anne Joseph, Patricia D. Eddy, and Cayce Poponea.

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Interview with Nancy Warren, Author of The Great Witches Baking Show

What can you tell us about your new release, The Great Witches Baking Show?

Well, the title’s a bit of a giveaway that this book is a spoof/homage to the fabulous Great British Baking Show and all its spinoffs. I absolutely love those baking shows. I get so involved in the contestants and how they’re doing and worry about the ones who are struggling. I choose who I think should win star baker and then hope the judges agree with me. I love baking which definitely helps. Writing a paranormal cozy mystery series within the framework of a competitive baking show really worked as you’ve already got the close group of people, in a gorgeous English country setting with baking. I just needed to add the murders and the witches and I was done:) It’s been so much fun to write.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Like most authors I think I started with a love of reading. Then I was inspired by a couple of excellent school teachers and finally, one day, read a book and had that aha moment when I thought, “I think I could do this.”

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

Pride and Prejudice, which I know is everyone’s favorite book, but I can’t help it. It’s my favorite too! Next in line are the rest of Jane Austen’s novels, then I think Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Still Life by Louise Penny and Venetia by Georgette Heyer.

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

I’d probably interview Louise Penny as I love her Inspector Gamache series of mysteries. We’d talk about writing mysteries and building a successful series set in Canada (we’re both Canadian). I’d also want Charlaine Harris on the show to talk about writing paranormal mystery and then I’d get Helen Fielding on the show as she’s so funny.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Honestly? It’s reading a review where someone not only loves your book but gets what you were trying to do, or sees something in your work you didn’t even realize was there. Second to that is writing The End. Then there are the moments when you’re so in the zone it’s not work, it’s this joyful practice where you can’t type fast enough to get all the ideas down. That doesn’t happen nearly often enough, but when it does it’s such a gift.

What is a typical day like for you?

I try not to have typical days as I get bored very easily. I always walk my dog, try to get some exercise, write my words for the day, check social media and then do some cooking or reading. I love to travel so I write all over the place.

What scene in The Great Witches Baking Show was your favorite to write?

The baking scenes were fun. I had to make up the challenges and the various things contestants came up with, then describe them. I really felt the pressure and imagined the cameras were on me while I was trying to bake this complicated pie. It was really stressful! Second to that, the scene where Poppy, my heroine, discovers a dead body is quite fun.

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

Be kind, be courageous and don’t take yourself too seriously.

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Interview with Kevin Pettway, Author of A Good Running Away

What can you tell us about your new release, A Good Running Away?

It’s a story about two friends, Sarah and Keane, mercenaries who are on the run from their old commander because he wants Keane dead. While there are loads of harrowing experiences, magical creatures, and mysterious goings-on, the heart of the story is the friendship between the two main characters. How it gets tested, what happens when it cracks, and how their faith in each other allows them to overcome obstacles they never could have alone.

Also, there is a lot of really funny cussing.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Tolkien and Zelazny were my favorite authors growing up, and while they were both formative for me, it was really the books I didn’t like that pushed me to write. I wanted to read lighter-toned books that left me feeling happy and glad that I’d spent the time, instead of bummed out that my favorite character died. Again.

A series of classes with Mike Stackpole at Dragon*Con gave me the confidence to write my initial—and all my subsequent—trunk novels, and the writers’ community that has materialized around the Superstars Writers’ Conference in Colorado Springs allowed me a springboard to create the Misplaced Mercenaries books, of which A Good Running Away is the first. It was there that I met my publisher, Cursed Dragon Ship Publishing, whom I love more than air.

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

My first favorite book was Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which represented my introduction into the very idea of fantasy. It was an enormously eye-opening (and fun!) experience for me. I will admit that part of what I loved was the fact that my dad thought it was worthless. He’s a bit misogynist, and hobbits are the most un-sexist people in fantasy. Male or female, they all spend their time barefoot in the kitchen.

Next were The Belgariad, a five-book series by David Eddings. I used to fall asleep reading these and then continue the book in my dreams. The next night I’d have to go back a few pages to reorient myself because the words in my dreams didn’t quite match up anymore with the actual story, and I couldn’t be sure which was which.

The big one was Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber trilogy. These books set my brain on fire. Deeply mysterious with an accessible – and unreliable – narrator, cosmos-altering magic, and petty family squabbles was both fascinating and relatable. Corwin’s family was a lot like mine. (Feel free to send condolences if you’ve read the books.)

Watchmen changed my world. Moore and Gibbons created a seismic shift away from what comics had been into a whole new realm. Although there had been plenty of stirrings before, this was the first major effort by a big comic publisher to shove funny books into the hands of grown-ups. It was amazing. It was seminal. It had exploding space squid.

The last one on my list is a webcomic called Oglaf. No long-form storytelling here, just funny-as-hell inanity and prurient filth, which I can get behind. For all its dirtiness, this comic is extremely clever with humor that walks up to your face and smacks you in the back of the head out of nowhere. It made me want to draw and and learn how to tell better jokes in my writing. For this reason, I am now strictly a writer.

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

(The sound of an interview screeching off the road and crashing into a tree.)

You can’t just drop a question like that on me! What’s the name of my show? Is it PBS or cable-access? Podcast? There are WAY too many variables for a compulsive outliner like me to answer this.

Okay, let’s figure it out.

First, eliminate all the above possibilities. I gave up a career here, so it has to be worthwhile. My show is on Oprah’s OWN network, and my first guest is Jesus. Or Keanu Reeves. Either way we’d talk about me for the first fifteen minutes, and then I’d throw them a question about their current projects. Fade to video of kittens pouncing on sleeping people’s faces.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Controlling both sides of the argument. That, and not having a boss come and tell me that I’m going to the bathroom too often. Also, dogs in my office. I love that.

Writing creates a very specific kind of chemical release in the brain that leaves me calm and happy for the rest of the day. That’s cool. Not writing makes my eye twitch and gives me headaches and a case of the jitters. That’s not cool.

Whenever I’m at a party now everyone wants to talk to me about being an author. Instant invite to the cool kids’ table. People you never thought would have given you the time of day suddenly want you in their orbit. It’s like being rich, except that you’re also poor.

So, I’d say my favorite thing about writing is not having headaches, jitters, and twitchy eyes.

What is a typical day like for you?

The first thing I’d do if I won the lotto would be to build a castle with room-to-room wifi. It seems obvious now, but back in castle-building days no one realized that solid stone would be so bad for your signal. Everything was hardwired back then, if you can believe that.

Lena (the wife) and I took a trip across country recently, ending up in the mountains of North Carolina. I stayed in the hotel room and wrote while she took sculpting classes from a traveling instructor. Being from Florida, it took several days there to convince me that I might not, at any point, simply fall the 8,000 feet or so back to sea level and die, despite that entire distance being occupied by solid stone.

I’m sorry. What was the question again? Oh, right. I don’t know. I haven’t had a “typical” day yet.

What scene in A Good Running Away was your favorite to write?

That’s tough. In general, I like the talky stuff because it’s more dramatic. But specifically…

I loved anything with Sarah talking. Keane blabs all the time, and Sarah is the action hero, but Sarah’s quiet confidence and softness come out when she’s comfortable and happy, and I dug that a lot. She was an accomplishment.

I also really liked the Eli and Harden scenes. Those two old assholes have a seriously complicated relationship that I could have spent a year exploring. The fact that they are also the villains of the piece introduces golden opportunities for humor that I felt worked particularly well.

But one scene that was my favorite? Well, it isn’t a scene exactly, but it was fun.

From the beginning I knew that Keane was going to be a lively character with a “colorful” vocabulary. But it was important to me that his words transmit more than mere vulgarity. (Not that I don’t love me some vulgarity, but it wasn’t enough all by itself.)

Most of the cursing, therefore, tells you a little bit about the world the characters inhabit, the characters themselves, or more commonly both. Curses needed to be interesting little daubs of paint on the background canvas of the book’s setting. More than that, they needed to be funny, because otherwise, what would be the point?

So, in a separate document, I wrote curse after curse after curse. As creative and filthy as I could. As I wrote, I received comfort and amusement in the thoughts that I might one day make actual money from what I was doing, and by how much my parents would disapprove.

I might have some issues around that.

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

Get comfortable saying “no” to people. Nothing in your life will make you happier than using this one tool to discover what is really important to you and what isn’t.

Never assume you’ve beaten the machine. I was told this a looong time ago by a friend who was teaching me to ride a motorcycle, but it stuck with me and I use it in almost every aspect of my life. The idea is that as soon as you think you’ve learned everything there is to know about something, that’s when it’ll throw you and kick you in the ass. Doing this forces you to acknowledge that there is always more to learn, you can always improve, and that you should never stop examining yourself for your own flaws.

Avoid sugar. It’s just not good for you. Unless you’re cooking for an extreme diabetic who will go into a funny coma at the dinner table. But you still shouldn’t eat it. I’m just saying, I wish someone had told me before I became an extreme diabetic.

Learn to read upside down. People are a lot less careful with their credit card numbers when they think you can’t properly see them. This isn’t really a philosophy or anything, just a bit of helpful advice from me to you.

And finally, don’t be too literal in your interpretation of interview questions. You have no idea what an interviewer might have meant by, “Who is your favorite author?” It could be anything. It probably has to do with pudding and leather straps. Do you really want to get mixed up in that?

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Interview with Kitty Thomas, Author of The Escape Artist

What can you tell us about your new release, The Escape Artist?

Ari, the hero, first showed up as a minor side character people kept thinking of as “The Viking” in another book I wrote. (Note: These are standalones, and for new readers I recommend The Escape Artist first.)

A lot of my readers loved him. A few people asked for an Ari book. I don’t really take requests so I just put that on the back burner. I didn’t know of anything I could do with this guy that could sustain a whole book. He was just too “nice”. Not that I didn’t like him, but I didn’t know how I could write a book of the kind I write that would be compelling and keep reader interest with him.

But then I found Claire, and everything changed. Claire was kept captive for a while by a psychopath intent on killing her after he was done with all the other unspeakable things he’d done to her. But she escaped. Since then she’s lived a sort of half-life for a few years, too traumatized and always looking over her shoulder to really live. She basically finds the guy (or stumbles upon him), captures him (with some unsuspecting help and her trust fund), and goes about torturing and breaking him down with the plan to kill him. She thinks if she can do this, she can be free and happy.

But she’s got the wrong guy. So… with this plot I found I definitely had a way to make Ari “intense” enough for my readers to go along for a whole book that isn’t just puppies and kittens and frolicking lovemaking in a field of lilacs. Ari and Claire meet in the most twisted way, but they are each the other half of a complete whole, and despite everything, they belong together.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure because I wanted to write since I was little. But I know I was super into the RL Stine Goosebumps books when I was a kid. My first novel-writing attempts were a few very Goosebump-type books when I was twelve. I wanted to be RL Stine.

What inspired me to write the type of books I write now though were things like Story of O and Nine and a Half weeks… these dark erotic books that decided to moralize to you at the end with “Oh this is so bad and wrong… we can’t be together because society…” ugh. no. I wanted these women to end up with the guy. Who cares how twisted it was? They were both made complete by their arrangement, and really it’s nobody else’s business but theirs.

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

It would be impossible for me to tell you the top five books I’ve ever read. And I know this is where people break out the “look how smart I am” books, listing “literary masterpieces” but I like what I like and this is what I like: (I can’t even narrow down the top five books for the past year. But here are my top 6 for the past year):

1. You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. Technically that’s two books, but it’s a series, so I’m counting it as one.
2. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (a long time favorite)
3. Merciless by Willow Winters
4. Total Exposure by JA Huss
5. Hold by Claire Kent
6. Wall Street Titan by Anna Zaires

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

At this point, most authors in my genre that I truly love, I’m in contact with. So I don’t sit around imagining what I would ask them because we talk. So if I had a show, I’d just host my author friends. I’d bring in several and we’d just talk about whatever came up. But I hate TV, so… I wouldn’t have a talk show, literary or otherwise.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting reactions from my long-time readers. Some of them are in my Facebook group and they’ll get into messenger with me and I get play-by-play reactions to things which is always nice. Because by the time you get to release day, you’ve gone over it so many times you think it’s awful. And you are so far beyond the point of initial excitement about the story, so it’s nice to live vicariously through the readers who are getting to experience the book in that way. I can’t really read and enjoy the story until about 6 months after release, when it feels “new” again.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a night owl, so I’m rolling out of bed around 10 am. I try to get breakfast, cleaning, and exercise all in first so it gets done, and so I’m not living like a hobo. I listen to audiobooks while I’m doing all that. Then I dig in to whatever I’m working on. Though I’m too busy right before book release and into release week with all the work I have to do for promo to write new stuff. But I tend to get a lot of ideas during that downtime. I got an idea this morning that might have to be bumped to the top of the list. I have to make myself leave the house and be social because I just always have so much to do and my work is more compelling to me than most of what is going on in the world outside my door.

What scene in The Escape Artist was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene is when Ari turns the tables on her and she first realizes that she tortured an innocent man, and now… he’s got her. It’s kind of a relief in a way because taking him and torturing him wasn’t what she thought it would be. It’s broken her down even more, and she can never function in the real world as a normal person again after both the things that have happened to her and the lines she has crossed. By this point she needs someone to just take everything away. And Ari obliges.

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

I try not to boil my life down to pithy T-shirt sayings. So maybe that’s my philosophy.

The Escape Artist


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New Romance Books to Read | January 21

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 Kitty Thomas, Dakota Willink, Kristen Proby, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!

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Must-Read Romance Novels | January 2020

Must-Read Romance Novels | January 2020

Have you been searching everywhere for some hot new romance novels for your reading list? You won’t want to miss our picks for the must-read romance novels of January! Check out these latest releases by Aly Martinez, Riley McKissack, Lauren Blakely, Stephanie Fournet, Nicole Snow, and Penelope Sky. Enjoy your new books!


by Aly Martinez

Release Date: January 4, 2020

Ramsey Stewart has branded my soul in ways time could never heal. At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend. At thirteen, we had our first kiss. At sixteen, we were in love and planned a future together. But t seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing a boy that assaulted me. He told me to move on and start a new life. But I can’t give up on Ramsey.

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Deadly Autumn Winds

by Riley McKissack

Release Date: December 26, 2020

The new romantic suspense novel in the Men of the Badge series… In the North Georgia Mountain community of Hawks Peak, women are being kidnapped. Dispatch operator Maddie Quinn has received the calls and has noticed a pattern. They are similar to killings that took place in other places she’s lived. Is the killer targeting those close to her? Or is she actually the target? Detective Sam Morris is determined to find the killer and stop him from killing again.

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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: January 13, 2020

The second book in the Boyfriend Material series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… I was given an offer to test the sexy scenes from romance novels and I jumped at the opportunity. I have to admit I’ve always been curious. Do buttons really fly off when you rip off a guy’s shirt? Is staircase nookie really that hot or does it leave you with a big bruise on your back? It’s time to find out as I embark on Project Romance Novel Scenes Research.

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Kind of Cursed

by Stephanie Fournet

Release Date: December 12, 2019

All the women in Millie Delacriox’s family are cursed… kind of. Birth control just doesn’t seem to work for them. Going to the altar knocked up is basically a family tradition. Twenty-four-year-old Millie refuses to let that happen to her. She decides that a life of celibacy is her best defense. At least until she’s done raising her brothers and sisters… but then she met Luc Valencia.

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Accidental Shield

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: January 1, 2020

The new book in the bestselling Marriage Mistake series by Nicole Snow… I didn’t plan on waking up hitched to the husband of the century. Or for one little misadventure to erase every memory of us. No sweet nothings, no vows, no honeymoon. But every time I see Flint Calum, I have to wonder how I got so lucky. His flashing eyes and SEAL perfected body aren’t why I’m dizzy. It’s the bittersweet way he smiles when I poke at my past. Something is wrong.

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by Penelope Sky

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The third book in the Betrothed series by New York Times Bestselling Author Penelope Sky… I lost the one thing that matters to me. I lost my wife. I am the only one to blame and I will sacrifice my life, my pride, and everything else for the woman I love. Whether she loves me or not.

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Interview with Aly Martinez, Author of Release

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

Release is an emotional new standalone about second chances and love that can stand the test of time. After after spending twelve years in prison for killing the boy who assaulted Thea, Ramsey is finally coming home. Bitter and angry, he’s cornered by Thea—the one woman he claims to hate, even though she’s never stopped loving him.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

After my twins were born, I discovered a newfound love for reading romance. I devoured as many books as I could get my hands on from authors like Kristen Ashley and JR Ward. It wasn’t long before characters of my own started chattering in my head, leaving me no choice but to bring them to life on paper. Now, finding the courage to publish took me a little while longer. But 20+ novels later, here we are.

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

Oh wow, this will be quite the eclectic list. Of course, I love Romance, so Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley, Look the Part by Jewel E Ann, Lover Awakened by JR Ward, and November 9 by Colleen Hoover are among my favorites, but I have to say, my favorite book of all time is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius By Dave Eggers. In a lot of ways, the combination of humor and tragedy in that book molded my own take on what I like to call “catastrophic romance”.

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

Hands down, no questions asked, JR Ward would be my first guest. And I’d love to ask her how she is able to keep all of her many, many characters’ voices so distinct throughout the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Starting a new book, when the ideas are so fresh and new. It’s truly one of the biggest thrills. Also, typing the “The End” after months of hard work. It’s bittersweet saying goodbye to the characters, but that’s a high like no other.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 5 AM and play mom, wrangling my four kids to school. By 8 AM, I’m thoroughly caffeinated and ready to roll. I’m not the fastest writer, so I work from 8-5 every day. My daily goal is 3,000 words and I’m very protective of my Monday-Friday workweek. But I don’t work weekends and I take a month off after every book so it all evens out.

What scene in Release was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the flashbacks to when they were kids. The love/hate relationship Ramsey and Thea had in the early years made me laugh so much.

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

For my author life, my motto is just sit down and write. The words might suck and it might feel like pulling teeth, but eventually, I always catch a flow. For my personal life, my motto is: Everything is better with wine. 🙂

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Interview with Lauren Blakely, author of Sex and Other Shiny Objects

When an editor of mine returned a recent book to me, she wrote a margin note along these lines. “When the hero flipped the heroine from her back to her hands and knees with the scarf still on her wrists, I had my husband test that on me. Just to make sure it worked. So make sure the scarf is loose enough on the heroine’s wrists so you can pull it off.”

That, in a nutshell, is the inspiration for my new romantic comedy Sex and Other Shiny Objects.

Do the sexy scenes in romance novels truly work? That’s what the heroine does in my book — tests them out. She takes on a project at the request of her book editor bestie to see if the sexy scenes in sexy books truly work. After all, how many times have you wondered if buttons truly fly when a heroine rips off the guy’s shirt? Or if bathtub sex is as effective as the books make it seem?

Peyton sets out to learn the ins and outs of all those scenes in Sex And Other Shiny Objects! I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it! I mean, as Peyton had testing the scenes!

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Interview with Stephanie Fournet, author of Kind of Cursed

What can you tell us about your new release, Kind of Cursed?

Kind of Cursed is my first romantic comedy and my first multicultural romance. Most of my novels deal with some serious themes—and in that way, this one is no different—but even with those themes, there is so much laughter. I have to give Penny Reid credit for showing me how to blend comedy with heartbreak and loss. Millie Delacroix, my main character, is dealing with her own heartbreak and loss, but she is resilient, self-deprecating, and awkward at all the wrong moments. I laughed a lot while I wrote her story.

On top of the fact that she has recently lost her parents and is caring for her much younger siblings, Millie believes that she bears a family curse—one that will wreck her life if she sleeps with anyone, which means sex is out for the next ten years.

Millie thinks she can handle a decade of celibacy until Luc Valencia, the hot, compassionate, and virtuous Mexican-American contractor turns up in her life. With a kitchen remodel, a house full of kids, and whole lot of sexual tension, Millie is kind of cursed.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve wanted to write since I was seven. I’ve wanted to write romance since I was about twelve. But what really got me to finish my first novel, Fall Semester, was not getting a promotion I was gunning for at work. That disappointment became one of the best things that ever happened to me because I poured a ton of energy into my writing, and I haven’t stopped. Ironically, a few years later, I got that promotion. Timing is everything.

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

Hmmm. This is a tough question, and the answer is mutable. In no particular order, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and I’m going to cheat and count the Outlander series as the last two.

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

I’ve been asked this question before, and my answers are the same. I’d invite Penny Reid, and I’d ask her if we could be friends.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Falling in love along with my characters is absolutely the best thing about writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

My day starts way too early: 4:15 a.m. I meditate, go for a run or work out with the best girlfriends in the whole world (shoutout to my Vault Vixens!). Then I go to work at a high school where I am Academic Dean and Director of College Counseling. I love my students and faculty dearly. Go, Blue Gators! After work, I come home where Gladys and Mabel, my two dogs, greet me at the door and beg for snacks and dinner and more snacks. Then it’s a a quick yoga session and a dog walk around the block before sitting down to write as much as I can before it’s time to make dinner with my husband. This is usually enhanced by some piano jazz and the occasional glass of wine. If I’m still awake at nine p.m., it’s a miracle.

What scene in Kind of Cursed was your favorite to write?

That would have to be the Cha-Cha-Moo-Moo soccer game scenes in Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen. Writing eight-year-old Emmett was a lot of fun, but I also really loved writing the texting scene between Millie and Luc as they watch—or fail to watch—the soccer game.

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

There are absolutely no exceptions and no excuses. I’d literally have to be unconscious to miss a day of writing.

Stephanie Fournet is the author of the new book Kind of Cursed.

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