A Conversation with Amity Hope, Author of THE RULES OF PERSUASION (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Amity! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. Growing up, I hated my name. Amity Hope (Hope is actually my middle name) was too unique at a time when all of my friends had “normal” names. Sometime after high school I decided my name wasn’t so bad.
  2. I have two teenage sons who I love spending time with.
  3. I am a completely mediocre cook (and that might be too generous of a description) but I absolutely love to bake.
  4. I adore classic cars—though I really don’t know much about them—and love visiting car shows.
  5. My ideal day would be spent sitting on my deck, lost in a fantasy novel.

Oooh, I’m with you on #3—I’d rather bake over cooking any day!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

It all started with a water tower…There’s a water tower in my town that I’ve always thought would be sort of easy to climb. How fun would that be?! Never mind that I’m a complete rule follower and afraid of heights. The idea eventually led to living vicariously through my characters, after giving them reason to climb, of course. Obviously there’s a lot more to the book than that, but it all stemmed from the tower.

I like that! I’ve been known to check out water towers for climbability—and I’d never do it myself either. But knowing that it’s possible? Opens up possibilities…

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was quite young, I created picture books, which is laughable as I have no artistic ability whatsoever when it comes to drawing. When I was in middle school I was already reading Stephen King (without my mom knowing) and Danielle Steel. My tastes have always been fairly eclectic. I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember, it was just a matter of finding my niche.

Didn’t everybody read Stephen King in middle school? 😉

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I love reading young adult fantasy and have wanted to try writing it for quite some time. I have several projects in the works, but a young adult, dark fantasy is currently filling up my days.

Sounds great—can’t wait!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I rarely reread a book, but right now I’m rereading Graceling because it’s been a very, very long time since I first read it. I loved it the first time around, and still adore it.

That’s on my TBR—maybe I should bump it up…

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Welcome to late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules

just made to be broken.

Perfect! Thanks so much 🙂

 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

Thank you, Amity!

 

About the author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

 

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The Rules of Persuasion
by Amity Hope
Publication Date:  August 14, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

 

1)    Take things slow (her rule)
2)    Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.   

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A Conversation with Molly E. Lee, Author of LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Molly! What 5 things should readers know about you?

1)    I’m totally grateful for all the support and can’t thank you enough for reading!

2)    I’m obsessed with Daryl Dixon, Deadpool, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.

3)    I’m a military spouse with two awesome toddlers and a stubborn English bulldog.

4)    I sometimes can’t get into a character’s head unless I find the perfect set of songs for them on Spotify.

5)    I have a moto-boot buying problem…

LOL, I hear the first step is admitting that you have a problem… (though, really, can buying shoes ever really be a “problem”?)

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The inspiration came from collaborating with my amazing editor, Stacy Abrams. We wanted to see if we could capture one epic moment in time and dig deep into how life-changing those instances can be. The Grad Night series was born!

A series, you say? Can’t wait to see where else you’re going with the idea!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book in second grade. My teacher assigned the project and gave us these little blank hardback books. We had to write and illustrate the stories. Mine was about a little girl who finds some magic seeds and grows an entire crop of aliens. I was instantly hooked on the creative process, and I’ve never wanted to be or do anything else since.

That’s fantastic!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m currently working on the next books in the Grad Night series, and I’m so excited to show readers what is happening at other times in the party!

I’m also working on the next two books in my Love on the Edge series, which is adult adventure-romance.

Wow–sounds like you’re busy! Lots to look forward to!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m currently devouring the A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES series by Sarah J. Maas, and I seriously can’t get enough of it! I’m slightly obsessed. The characters are phenomenal and the action and romance is insanely good. This series will be on my re-read as often as time allows list 🙂

That series is definitely on my TBR. I keep hearing awesome things!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Love in the Friend Zone. One epic party. Endless ways to fall in love.

Perfect! Thanks so much 🙂

 

About the Author:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult Contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

 

Website: http://www.mollyelee.com

Twitter: @MollyELee

LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE
by Molly E. Lee
Release Date 8/14
Published by Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary

 

The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

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A Conversation with Patty Blount, Author of THE WAY IT HURTS (with a giveaway!)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Patty!

Thank you so much for hosting me!

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

Well, I love books – reading them, writing them, collecting them, lending them. I love to talk about books. I am drawn to strong, feisty characters who do what has to be done, even when it hurts. I’m a huge supporter of women’s rights and honestly, don’t understand why everybody isn’t. Our country was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all, so why is this such a difficult concept to practice? I just don’t understand. I have two children, both sons, who tell me they’re proud of me and that’s everything to me. Oh, I love chocolate – like love it the way a country singer loves his truck. I’d write songs about it if I could sing.

Songs about chocolate? I’d go for that! 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

If you open the cover of the book and read the dedication, you’ll understand this. Kimberly Sabatini, author of TOUCHING THE SURFACE, is an online friend I’ve never met in person. But we connected in a real way – first on Twitter, and then on the YA Outside the Lines blog. There’d been a number of public debacles involving social justice and people deleting their accounts after being called out for whatever comment they’d made that incited the public. Kimberly and I found ourselves on the same side of an issue – that calling out somebody online can way too easily cross over into harrassment. I decided to write a story in which call out culture and a viral tweet play a significant role after our discussions.

Nice!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing all of my life. I think writing is a natural progression from loving to read. Reading is my superpower. I can read entire novels in a matter of hours. I owe that to my mother, who taught me to read before I began school. As a shy and quiet kid, books became my friends, my escape, even my tutors. I never thought I had any real talent at it, tough. It wasn’t until a dare from my oldest son, who was in seventh grade at the time, that I tried to do it professionally.

A dare, huh? Interesting (and obviously effective) motivation!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m working on a companion book to Some Boys called Someone I Used to Know. Like Some Boys, this novel deals with rape and rape culture. Unlike Some Boys, this story focuses on how surviving a sexual assault impacts an entire family.

Sounds like a fantastic read—can’t wait!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. I’m about 12 books into the series so far and I find myself approaching circumstances in my life as if Jack or Mel Sheridan might walk in at any moment. I kind of wish Preacher would show up and cook for me. I’m truly immersed in the small mountain town Robyn’s created. The characters are larger than life, the love stories incredibly satisfying and the whole inter-connectedness of it all just addictive.

I love it when you can just immerse yourself into a fictional world like that!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Oh, what a great question. I should know this, since Twitter plays a big role in this story.

“Feelin’ so much pain, but the words still come out wrong. It can’t get worse; this is the way it hurts” @RIDE_OUT Are you #KrisVsEli?

Perfect! Thanks so much, Patty!

 

About Patty Blount:

Native New Yorker Patty Blount is the award-winning author of several critically acclaimed internet issues novels for teens as well as a few adult contemporary romances. She is inspired to write by such greats as Judy Blume, JK Rowling, and Gayle Forman. In fact, Judy Blume is the reason Patty elected to write under her real name…so she’d appear on shelves next to her idol. Patty adores writing; she’s written everything from technical manuals to song lyrics (see THE WAY IT HURTS, coming August 2017). Patty wants you to know she loves chocolate…really, really loves chocolate.

When not crushing on actors Gilles Marini or Sam Heughan, Patty can be found sitting in traffic somewhere on the Long Island Expressway, listening to audio books or talking wildly to herself about plots and characters. Prone to falling madly in love with fictional characters, Patty suffers frequent broken hearts when they all invariably prefer the heroine to her… go figure. When she’s not writing, Patty loves to watch bad sci-fi movies and live tweet the hilarity, and scour Pinterest for ideas on awesome bookcases. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that, sadly, lacks bookcases.

 

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Title: The Way It Hurts
Author: Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 352 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1-492632-788
Digital ASIN: B06XR172ZD

 

Synopsis:

There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program–and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

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Excerpt:

Elijah took my hands. “Okay, look. Maybe you’re right. Maybe these people are taking this whole battle thing way too seriously. If you’re scared, then we’ll stop. No more posts except for appearance information.”

“So no more battle of the sexes, no more make Kris scream?”

He held up his hand. “Swear to God.”

“Okay.” I sighed in relief. “You’d really do that?”

He leaned closer and repeated the vow. “I promise, Kris.”

And just like that, I forgot why I was mad at him. I couldn’t talk, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even blink because I was afraid he’d let go. This was the part of him I adored. I clung to him for a long moment, and when his gaze drifted to my mouth, I wondered if—hoped—prayed—he’d finally kiss me.

And then, Etta’s voice suddenly spoke inside my head. “Well, my God, darling, it’s the twenty-first century. What on earth are you waiting for? You can kiss him.”

I could. Yes. Yes, I could just lift my head and lean in and kiss Elijah Hamilton like it was a normal, ordinary occurrence.

Right. Like kissing Elijah Hamilton would ever be ordinary?

I’d watched him kiss that girl at the mall and was sure I’d memorized all the steps in his routine. He’d move in, grip my face between his hands, run his thumb along my jaw, and finally, glide his arm down around my body, pulling me against his own, all the while, peeking through his lashes to see if I enjoyed it.

I wasn’t sure when I decided—even what made me decide. I just touched my lips to his and waited.

It took a second or two. But then there was a sudden, tiny squeak from him, and I felt the pulse in his wrist leap under my fingertips.

And then, his hands were in my hair, angling my head just the way he liked it, his tongue brushing against mine, so soft it might have been my imagination…except imaginary kisses were never so intense. He kissed me like I was a song he wrote, lips wrapped around every word until it hummed with hidden meaning and promise, and his hands held me the way they held his guitar—like the music would stop if he let me go.

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A Conversation with Kimberly Bell, Author of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) with a New Release Review and Giveaway!

He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both.

Welcome, Kimberly! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. Hearing what readers think about my books, even the criticisms, is the coolest thing in the world.
  2. If you tweet at me, I will absolutely tweet you back.
  3. I think romance is found in the little ways another person shows they pay attention.
  4. If I ever meet the Jamie to my Claire, I’m going through the stones and not coming back. Sorry if I’m in the middle of writing a series when that happens.
  5. I was a romance reader long before I was a romance writer and I try to remember that with everything I write.

LOL—I sincerely hope that if #4 does happen, you’ve at least just turned in the final copy on your latest book 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Amelia and Julia were already in my head, but it wasn’t a book until the idea of a hero that really had nothing much to offer except himself kept coming back up. Nicholas doesn’t have a title or a fortune, but what he does have is a lifetime of loving Amelia for who she is.

Sigh…and that makes him AWESOME.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started writing about three years ago. I’ve always loved historical romance, and if I can write a book that makes someone feel the way the Amanda Quick historicals made me feel when I read them, I’ll consider myself a success.

Excellent motivation 🙂

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year? 

I just finished the first five books I contracted two years ago, so this year is about taking a short breather and then starting the next three-book series I’ve got in mind. (Hint: The first one features Jasper’s twin-sister Ruby).

Wow! After five books, I guess you deserve a breather 😉 (And—yay, Ruby!)

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far? 

I have a very neglected TBR pile, so I just now got around to reading Jo Beverly’s Too Dangerous For A Lady. I love the spillover of the effects of the French Revolution on English society, and the nonchalant confidence of her hero and his friends.

Oooh, that does sound good! (Adds to TBR pile…)

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

I’d probably cheat and steal someone else’s words–in this case a Goodreads review by a woman named Amy: “Kimberly Bell’s start to her Tale of Two Sisters series is everything I could want in a romance novel. Romance, adventure, and shenanigans abound.”

LOL—works for me! Thanks, Kimberly!

 

Kimberly Bell writes historical romance from her cabin in South Lake Tahoe or the beaches of Southern California (it’s a super tough life).
She’s a pretty hardcore introvert that loves dogs, cheeseburgers, and occasional day drinking. She also spends way too much time on twitter because she thinks she’s super hilarious and she’s trying to get that rumor to catch on.
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SCANDALOUS
Tale of Two Sisters #1
Kimberly Bell
Releasing July 25, 2017
Entangled Select
 
A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…

None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.
The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next
door.


Such a fun read!

The characters in this new series (Tale of Two Sisters) are a whole lot of fun. Of course I loved Nick and Mia–yeah, a conversation could have resolved much of their problems, but somehow Ms. Bell made it seem believable that they took so long to figure that out–but their supporting characters were just as much fun. Given the series name, you know that Mia’s sister Julia has to get her own story (next? Please next?) but I’ve also got high hopes for Nick’s BFF Jasper (*cough* Julia’s story *cough*) and Jasper’s twin sister Ruby…so much to look forward to!

This was my first book from this author, but definitely not my last. I really enjoyed Ms. Bell’s sense of humor and her unique take on family life and friendship in Victorian England (I agree, it is such a shame that Prince Albert met Victoria before Julia. Though I know Ms. Bell will more than make it up to her in her own book. Did I already suggest Jasper as the one to help her get over the loss? Yes?) and cannot wait to see what the rest of this series brings!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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A Conversation with Tonya Kuper, Author of ENIGMA (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) with a giveaway!

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Tonya!

Thank you for having me visit!

🙂

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • SFF nerd
  • Mom of 2 boys
  • Loves music (a lot of alt rock)
  • Adjunct professor teaching Writing YA Lit Writer’s Workshop
  • Can’t resist chocolate

I’m with you on that last one 🙂

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

My publishing house wanted a book loosely based on Schrodinger’s cat experiment theory (quantum physics), told in dual point-of-view, with an alpha male. I read about quantum physics, wrote a synopsis, the first chapter, and made up the rest as I went. I based my main character in 2013/14 on Kat McNamara, now the star of Shadowhunters on Freeform.

Yikes—quantum physics? That’s awesome, though—sounds great!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I stared writing the summer of 2009 after reading a ton of YA fiction. A couple songs actually sparked a scene to play out in my imagination as I cleaned my house. I was always a reader and never set out to be an author.

Huh…inspired by housework…that’s definitely a new one!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m starting a secret YA project this summer! Hopefully it will sell relatively soon.

A secret project? Sounds great—good luck!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m about to dive into The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I just received it last night and read the first page today. This gonna be good!

Sounds great—hope it lives up to your expectations!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Romantic scifi with a motorcycle-riding guy, a scifi nerd-girl who can manipulate reality, & kickass action.

Perfect! Thanks again, Tonya!

 

About the author:

Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She’s a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.

 

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Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2)
by Tonya Kuper

Publication Date:  July 3, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

 

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

 

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

 

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

 

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Conversation with Annie Seaton, the Author of HER OUTBACK COWBOY (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Annie! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I am determined to be a successful writer.
  2. I am passionate about my career and put in long hours each day to write the best stories I can.
  3. I love taking photographs of nature.
  4. I am the owner of the naughtiest dog in the universe. His name is Toby.
  5. I love to travel around Australia with my husband in out caravan (trailer)

Hmmm…I’m not sure about #4…mine might give him a run for his money 😉

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The inspiration for Her Outback Cowboy came from a camping trip out to the Pilliga Scrub when our children were small. I listened to the farmer and his wife tell me about their romance and how they met on a working holiday. She went back to England, and he came home to the farm. Many years passed but I always remembered their story. We went back out there last year and I took beautiful photos of the outback sunsets and paddocks, and as I did, the idea for a story set out there was born.

Nice! I like how little things in real life can lead to the most amazing story ideas 🙂

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I have wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.  When I was four-years-old, my mother took me to a library and my love affair with books was born on that day. My mother always encouraged me to read, and the love of reading grew into a desire to write my own stories. I finally started writing six years ago, and I haven’t stopped! I have written twenty-seven books in that time and am fortunate to have been signed by both an American, and an Australian publisher.

That’s fantastic! Twenty-seven books? Amazing!

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Oh, lots and lots!

Books 2,3 and 4 in the Prickle Creek Series are underway. Her Outback Christmas will be out in October this year, and Books 3 and 4early in 2018.

I have just completed the galley proof check for Diamond Sky, which is available in print in Australia and New Zealand, and e-book in the rest of the world on 27th June. It s Book 3 in the Porter Sisters series

I have just signed a contract with one of the big five publishers for two romantic suspense books. Whitsundays, a historical novel, will be published in September 2018, and Undara a year after that.

Awesome! Can’t wait 🙂

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I have just started reading The Chocolate Tin by Australian author, Fiona McIntosh, and I am loving it. It is reminding me of the setting of Downton Abbey, one of my favourite TV series.

Oh, mine too! I’ll have to add that to my TBR!

If you had to “”sell”” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Glamour of the city, or a hot cowboy! What is there to choose!

LOL—I like it!

 

Meet the Author:

Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Annie lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with Toby, the naughtiest dog in the universe, and two white cats. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. In 2014 Annie was voted Author of the Year and in 2015 was voted Best Established Author in the AusRomToday.com Readers’ Choice Awards. Readers can contact Annie through her website annieseaton.net or find her on Face Book, Twitter and Instagram.
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About the Book:

The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.
After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.

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A Conversation with Loree Lough, Author of THE MAN SHE KNEW (By Way of the Lighthouse #1–with a giveaway!)


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Welcome, Loree! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I love gardening!
  2. I love baking!
  3. I can identify a whole bunch of animal tracks in the woods!
  4. I have a great family!
  5. I’d rather ‘be writing’ than just about anything!

Nice list! I love taste-testing home baked goods; just saying… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

For some reason, I kept hearing stories about how difficult it is for the newly released—men and women—to return to normal lives. From reuniting with family to finding a job, they meet obstacles of every variety. Now, I’m no Pollyanna…I realize some of these people are hardened criminals that will return to their old ways and probably end up right back in prison. But some of them honestly want to leave that life behind, and do everything in their power to start fresh and stay on the right path. So I wrote a story featuring a guy like that, who made a stupid mistake—and paid for it—and wanted little more of life when he left prison bars behind than to prove himself a changed man.

Great idea—fantastic inspiration!

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Years ago, I made a living writing articles for newspapers and magazines. More than 2,500 articles to be precise. I was hired by a local county to write a series of articles that would inform residents which method of solid waste management would be most economical and environmentally friendly. I spent lots of time with the chief engineer of the county, visiting nearby states/counties to see what was and wasn’t working for them, and why. It was determined, based on this scientific research, that filtered incineration would accomplish those goals. So I wrote all eight articles, not knowing that, behind the scenes, the county executive and his board had already sewed up a deal to develop a landfill. When the articles began appearing, they were altered, to make it look as though the research favored this method of disposal. When I saw them, I demanded that my byline be removed from the articles (but not the check!). This wasn’t the first time a publication changed salient facts to appease an advertiser or others. So I had to ask myself…if I was going to participate in writing what amounted to be fiction, why not write a novel? So I did. The result was Pocketful of Love, published in 1994. And although I’ve written a hundred or so articles since, my focus has been novels and novellas, ever since.

Wow—I have to say, that’s the first time I’ve heard that particular motivation! I like it 🙂

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Later this month (June, 2017), my next novel will be released, 50 Hours (based on a screenplay by Kevin O’Neill). After that, the 2nd and 3rd books in Harlequin Heartwarming’s “By Way of the Lighthouse” series will be released. I have several irons in the fire, so who knows what’ll happen next!

Sounds great—can’t wait!
What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, and I’m loving it. Such music in his words!

Oooh, yes—I loved that one!
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

The Man She Knew: He paid the price and did his time; doesn’t he deserve a second chance?”

Perfect! Thanks so much, Loree!

About the author:

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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A Conversation with Mallory McCartney, Author of BLACK DAWN (with a giveaway!)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Mallory! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Thanks for having me! 🙂 So, five things readers should know are,

  • Before being an author, and wife, I will always be an ultimate fangirl 🙂
  • I have two dachshunds, Link and Lola, who basically take up my social media and I love them to bits!
  • I adore musicals, like, a lot. You can often find me driving around in London blaring Disney or Phantom of the Opera (whoops 🙂 )
  • My favorite authors are Sarah J Maas, Laini Taylor and JK Rowling
  • I drink way too much coffee and love, love, villains

Doesn’t everybody do #3? Just maybe not around London… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Black Dawn’s inspiration came from several different things. The original manuscript I wrote for my cousin when I was about to start high school, we had talked about different fantasy worlds for years, and the story started with Emory’s character coming to life in my mind first. After I had finished that manuscript, I left it alone for seven years. I went to high school and then college, then I took a year to travel through Australia and New Zealand. After my husband and I got married we were walking our dachshunds one afternoon and talking about our favorite authors and writing in general, and it came back into conversation. I will never forget that feeling, when the idea blossomed again in me, and I started rewriting the book the next day. The characters that we see in Black Dawn, their inspiration I pull from some life experiences I have personally gone through. But in my mind, they have always had their own voices. I get inspiration from music, and mythology. The world of Kiero I pulled different inspiration from climates that I have travelled too, and spun them into my fantasy world.

Very cool!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Writing has been something I have loved to do since public school. I did take a break as I said above for a while, but started again three years ago and haven’t stopped. My teachers in public school and my English teachers in high school were a huge inspiration to me. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support from my family, and my friends. Not once did anyone waver when I told them I wanted to be a writer, and I will always be grateful for that. Writing is a rollercoaster, and having a solid support system to me is key.

Yay for teachers!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Oh, thank you for asking me this!! I am working on several projects right now! In the next year, we can expect to see Renegade: A Black Dawn Novella be released this coming fall, which is the prequel to Black Dawn. Also, in February 2018, Queen to Ashes which is the second book in the series will be released.  There will be four books in the Black Dawn series, and I am also working on an upper YA separate series, the first book called Defiant, which pulls inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and Spawn.

Fantastic! So much to look forward to!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I am currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, and right now I am terrified!!! I only have about a hundred pages left, and I adore Sarah’s worlds, and her characters, especially Rhysand. This book is exceptional, and an emotional rollercoaster, one that I will be sad to end!

Those are always the best books—when you want to get to the end and dread it, all at the same time!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

If I had to sell Black Dawn in a single tweet it would say, “Love. Loss. Betrayal. A long-lost Queen battling a Mad King. Welcome to the world of Kiero, where nothing is as it seems.”

Awesome! Thanks so much, Mallory! 

 

About the Author:

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

 

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Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Publication Date:  February 14, 2017
Publisher:  Clean Reads Publishing

 

The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows…

 

 

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A Quick Conversation with Katee Robert, Author of FORBIDDEN PROMISES (The O’Malleys #4–with a release day review and giveaway!)

Welcome, Katee! We’re so glad you’re with us today to answer some quick questions about Forbidden Promises and The O’Malleys series!

How much of each of the O’Malleys’ stories did you know when you started the series?

Not much! Haha. I knew every bit of Teague and Callie’s story, and a dose of Carrigan and James, but the rest of the series was really up in the air. I knew the order of the books beyond the second one, but that was it. I even had Keira paired with Liam originally.

Hmmm…yeah, I could totally ‘ship them 🙂 I AM a fan of Liam.

 

How much of the series has developed as you continue writing?

The biggest change that altered the series was Dmitri. He didn’t exist before I started drafting the second book, and then he just sort of become this huge presence that slowly took hold within the series as the opponent the O’Malleys had to come against again and again. Once he showed up in book two, I realized that Cillian’s heroine was Dmitri’s half-sister, and so on. I also didn’t reckon on Jude MacNamara. He was 100% a surprise at the start of Forbidden Promises.

Ahhh…but he’s definitely the BEST kind of surprise! Man bun and all 😉

 

But…if you’re coming up with their stories as you go along, isn’t that kind of risky? What if you write yourself into a corner…or two…or three? (This is a worry that would keep me up at night…though of course, I’m not Katee Robert!)

The biggest corner I painted myself into was actually in Forbidden Promises. I knew Sloan left Boston behind, and I knew she found her guy in the new place, but I couldn’t figure out how that would work out and keep the tone of the series. It was far too large of a coincidence to have a random hit man occupying the house next door, so I started toying with ideas of who he could be. In the end, it hit me right between the eyes—what if the MacNamara family we keep hearing reference to didn’t actually die out? And what if the last surviving son had made it his life’s work to eliminate the Sheridans the same way his family was eliminated? Talk about kismet! I even foreshadowed it in the earlier books on accident. It’s kind of funny how the mind works sometimes. My writer brain knew how Jude would tie in before I did.

That’s awesome! I love how that ended up working out so well…though you could have told me that it was all planned from the beginning and I totally would have believed you!

 

 

About Katee Robert:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
ASIN: B01KT7YSJM
ISBN-13: 9781455597031

 

Synopsis:

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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Excerpt:

“I won’t hurt you, Sloan. I promise.”

There was no logical reason for her to trust him, but he’d been careful with her up to this point. Perhaps he’d be careful with her with what came next. She nodded mutely, watching as he rolled on a condom that he’d retrieved from his pocket. Her body hummed in anticipation and trepidation, but she didn’t let it show as he moved back to join her on the bed.

Jude palmed her between her legs, his big fingers exploring her. It didn’t seem possible that he could spark pleasure with a few specific touches, but it didn’t take much to have her relaxing, letting him once again take the lead. He kissed her neck. “Feels good, huh?”

“Well, I—oh.” Her eyes went wide when he pushed a second finger into her. It stretched her, the feeling not entirely pleasant at first, but he merely waited, pulsing the slightest bit, until pleasure took hold once more. She clutched his shoulders. “Kiss me again. Please.”

“You don’t have to ask twice.” He took her mouth like he owned it—like he owned every part of her. Jude slid between her legs, his body rubbing deliciously against hers. His hard length slid through her wetness, creating a friction that sparked a tide of desire deep inside her. Again? I couldn’t possibly…

He nipped her bottom lip and then soothed the slight ache with his tongue. “Ready?”

There was no mistaking his meaning. She nodded. Despite the earlier orgasm and how good it felt to have him moving against her, she was so incredibly empty. Instinct had her hooking a leg around his hips and arching up to meet him, needing more, so much more.

Jude reached between them, and then he was at her entrance. He kissed her, tongue twining with hers as he pushed into her, just a single inch. It was too much and not enough and she couldn’t help but thrash, pinned in place by his big body, overwhelmed by her helplessness and what he was doing to her. “Jude, I—”

“Shh. I’ve got you.” He rolled, taking her with him. One second she was on her back, finding it hard to breathe, and the next she was straddling him where he sat with his back against the headboard.

Sloan looked down, daunted by the sheer size of him. “I don’t know if this is going to work. You’re too big.”

He laughed, deep and full-throated, the sound rolling through her like the tide. “You can take every inch of me, sunshine. I promise you that.”

 

Review:

Oh, this series.

Ms. Robert gives us the most impossible scenarios–makes us want to see couple together that are made up of the last two people on earth who should ever be together, makes us think that an HEA is going to be impossible, and then somehow still manages to deliver one. I have no clue how she does it, but OMG, does she ever have me hooked.

Jude and Sloan’s story is no exception. These two are all wrong for each other–never should work–but yep, they totally do. I mean, I knew she’d get them together somehow in the end, but even at 85% still wasn’t sure how she’d ever manage it…which is exactly how she keeps me turning the pages like an addict.

I see what you did there, Ms. Roberts. And yes, your not-so-subtle hints about who the last two single O’Malleys are going to be hooking up with is going to have me hitting that “to-read” button oh-so-fast…

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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Other Books in The O’Malleys Series”

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

THE WEDDING PACT

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION (Coming soon!)

 
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A Conversation with Michele Summers, Author of SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Michele! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Hmmmm, okay, here goes:

  1. I’m very stubborn. Yep. Like a dog with a bone stubborn. I dig my heels in and won’t give an inch when I think I’m right. According to my kids, I always think I’m right. But in my stubborn defense, I will apologize if proven wrong. Not happily, but I do it anyway.

 

  1. I hate to be photographed. No, hate is probably too mild. I detest, loathe, abhor, (take your pick) being photographed. It literally pains me to pose for pictures. Not sure why, but it probably stems from my childhood, standing with my eight siblings for what felt like days while my dad fiddled with lights and cameras to take our family photos. An exercise in complete torture. Any pictures you might see of me have been taken under extreme duress. 😉

 

  1. I’m fascinated with power tools. Recently I gave my kitchen a facelift by painting my wood cabinets and tile backsplash, but it needed to be sanded before painting and I couldn’t possibly do it all by hand. After buying my first power tool, an electric sander, I was hooked. (Kitchen turned out fabulous, I might add!) Next up: Circular Saw!!!

 

  1. I’m basically a homebody even though I love to travel. But these days it takes a lot for me to pack my bags and head to parts unknown or otherwise. I enjoy spending time in my home and love it when both my kids are around for family dinners and hanging out. Don’t get me wrong, if someone offered me tickets to Paris or Florence, I’d blow this Popsicle stand, but not for long…because there’s no place like home.

 

  1. I love basketball. Let me restate that: I love college Specifically UNC basketball as in 2017 National Champions basketball!! I’ve been watching my Tarheels since way before Michael Jordan (GOAT) made his first jumper in high school. As a child, I used to shoot baskets with my two brothers, and we’d fight over which UNC player we were pretending to be. I taught my son how to shoot a free throw and used to beat him at the game Horse. (He was probably five at the time…I’m very competitive. Don’t judge.) I’ve seen more national championship games than I care to count. And probably know more college basketball stats than most coaches. And like a true Tarheel who bleeds Carolina blue, I’ve proudly passed this passion down to my son and daughter. It’s hard to live in North Carolina without catching the basketball fever. GO HEELS!

 

I’m with you on #2. Pictures are the worst!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Mostly my imagination. Sweet Southern Trouble was the very first book I wrote and prior to writing it, I used to play around with different scenarios in my head, wondering if I had the nerve to actually write a book. At the time, my son talked football non-stop (still does) and I started asking him questions about different quarterbacks and coaches and he inspired me with his answers. Learning how hard these guys worked to play ball, I thought it would be funny to see how a big, tough football player would deal with a snack-sized kindergarten teacher. On the outside they appear as complete opposites, but they discover common ground as fierce competitors.

Love it! You never know where inspiration would come from 🙂

 

How long have you been writing and what or who inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing for about ten years. In the beginning, I wrote on the sly…late at night while everyone slept. No one person inspired me to start writing. I basically challenged myself to see if I could do it.

That works too—awesome!

 

What are you working on right now?

A fun new series set in Miami about a family of brothers, all professional athletes in different sports, all strong-willed, stubborn, and damaged in some way by the sins of their father. And all coming up against their biggest challenge: protecting their hearts from the women who butt heads and lock lips with them and who keep tempting them to fall hopelessly in love. Look for the Silver Starrs series in late 2017.

Sounds great! Can’t wait 🙂

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because who doesn’t love a strong woman who won’t compromise her beliefs or convictions? Not even for the only man she ever loved. I’ve read this book at least once a year, ever since I was fourteen and my older sister read it aloud to me, while sitting on the beach one summer. My first romance. This one never gets old.

I agree! Every time I read it again, I notice something new.

 

If you had to sell your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

What happens when a snack-sized, trash-talkin’ kindergarten teacher competes with a smokin’ hot, tough football coach? A real throw down!

Perfect!

 

Thanks for having me! These questions were lots of fun!

Thank you for coming, Michele! Good luck with SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE—I can’t wait to read it!

 

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

 

 

Title: Sweet Southern Trouble
Author: Michele Summers
Pub Date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781402293641

 

An ambitious Southern belle

Marabelle Fairchild knows she’s a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she’s a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn’t expect? A smokin’ hot football coach to throw her off her game…

 

A reclusive NFL bachelor…

NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh’s most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career…not his playboy status. He doesn’t need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal—in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancée to ward off unwanted advances.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

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