A Conversation with Kari Lynn Dell, Author of TANGLED IN TEXAS (with a giveaway!)

 

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

  • I am, in person, one of the least romantic, most logic-bound people you’ll ever meet. We don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day. My husband hates watching movies with me because I insist on pointing out plot holes and illogical character arcs, but I am incapable of just letting it go.
  • I am currently, simultaneously addicted to astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson’s podcast Star Talk and binge-watching the first season of Glee. I love me some show tunes and theories of relativity.
  • Ninety-nine percent of the scenes in Tangled involving Delon’s rehab were written from personal experience. I studied sports medicine in college and worked as a clinic-based athletic trainer in South Dakota and Oregon, spending my afternoons, evenings and weekends on the sidelines of local high school practices and games. Ask me about any sport, I’ve probably watched a thousand or so hours of it. Mornings I worked in the physical therapy clinic rehabbing athletes, just like Tori.
  • Also like Tori, I am obsessed with big rigs and would love to climb in and do a cross country road trip. Especially with someone who looks like Delon and has a chocolate stash. I would settle for my husband, though, who actually owns a commercial driver’s license. But sadly, not a truck.
  • I grew up as a rodeo rat, hanging out behind the chutes while my parents were competing. Beni Sanchez is a conglomeration of all the wise-beyond-their-years cowkids I’ve known. And been.

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

It all started with the George Strait song, I Can Still Make Cheyenne, about a professional cowboy who has been dropping in and out of a woman’s life as his rodeo schedule allowed. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKXdnBGIcm0 ) Finally one day he calls to say he’s coming home and she tells him not to bother, she’s found someone new. I love that song. And it got me thinking—what kind of guy would take off for weeks and not even call, and what kind of woman would put up with him? What would happen if their paths cross again, years down the road when they’re both older and wiser and life has knocked them around some? My imagination took it from there, and Delon and Tori were born.

Oooh, I love that song too! Awesome inspiration!

 

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

I started writing in the late ‘90s. We were living in Oregon and I was working as an athletic trainer at Pendleton High School, so I had summers off. I’ve always done a lot of reading—anything and everything—but romance has been one of my mainstays. As a rancher and cowgirl it was natural for me to gravitate toward western romances, but what I found wasn’t the world I live in. The characters didn’t look the same or talk the same as the cowboys and cowgirls I knew. In many cases the rodeo or ranch setting was a backdrop, not a central part of the plot. So with an entire summer vacation stretching ahead of me, I decided to write my own. Much to my surprise, I was good at it—and I got hooked.

 

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

I am currently working on the fourth book in the Texas Rodeo series (due spring 2018), what I call Shakedown in Texas on the good days, and This Damn Book the rest of the time. It stars Wyatt, the best friend of the hero of the first book, Reckless in Texas, and Melanie, the lifetime BFF of the heroine of the same book. Which makes things complicated right off the bat because, as one character points out, “You two hooking up would be like dating your best friend’s sister.” And it just gets weirder from there.

My next release will be Tougher in Texas which is currently available for pre-order at all of the usual online outlets or your local indie bookstore. I don’t like to play favorites, but I have to say, Shawnee (who you meet in Tangled) is my favorite heroine to date. Imagine Melissa McCarthy as a cowgirl, at her outrageous, sarcastic best. Then throw her together with Cole Jacobs, who was diagnosed as autistic at the end of Reckless in Texas and treasures nothing more than his safe, predictable routines. Wow, were they fun to write.

I bet—and they sound like even more fun to read!

 

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

The last book I read was The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and it was awesome. A great study in how to write a story that is very narrowly focused on the hero and heroine, especially for a someone like me who loves her secondary characters and sub-plots. As for what I’m currently reading—I am banned from my To-Be-Read pile until I survive the release of Tangled and get through the first draft of Shakedown.

That sounds like a plan! Maybe I should ban myself from my TBR until the end of the semester…? Nope, not that strong. 😉

 

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

Pro bronc rider Delon Sanchez lost everything when his knee was shattered. One person can help him get it back—the woman who broke his heart.

Perfect! Thanks so much, Kari Lynn!

 

 

Kari Lynn Dell is a ranch-raised Montana cowgirl who attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, her son, and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on her lawn, Glacier National Park on her doorstep and Canada within spitting distance. Her debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was published in 2015. She also writes a ranch and rodeo humor column for several regional newspapers and a national agricultural publication.

 

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Title: Tangled in Texas
Series: Texas Rodeo, #2
Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Pub Date: February 7, 2017
ISBN: 9781492631972

 

It took 32 seconds to end his career.

But it only took 1 to change his life.

Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for Delon Sanchez’s life to end. One minute he was the best bronc rider in the Panhandle and the next he was nothing. Knee shattered, future in question, all he can do is pull together the pieces…and wonder what cruel trick of fate has thrown him into the path of his ex, the oh-so-perfect Tori Patterson.

Tori’s come home after her husband’s death, intent on escaping the public eye. It’s just her luck that Delon limps into her physical therapy office, desperate for help. All hard-packed muscle and dark-eyed temptation, he’s never been anything but a bad idea. And yet, seeing him again, Tori can’t remember what made her choose foolish pride over love…or why, with this second, final chance to right old wrongs, the smartest choice would be to run from this gorgeous rodeo boy as fast as her boots can take her.

 

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A Conversation with Becca St.John, Author of THE GATEHOUSE (Lady Eleanor Mysteries #2)

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

Happy Valentine’s Day, Becky! My favorite holiday.

Thanks for having me and for giving me the opportunity to share my love and my work.

My pleasure 🙂

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I would be crippled without yoga. Something happened over a decade ago, when I stepped out of bed I could barely walk. No problem now, as long as I do my yoga. But if I skip it, for too long, there’s a price to pay. Probably should see a doctor but if I can fix a problem myself, that’s what I’ll do.
  2. Imagination shoots me into the clouds, meditation keeps me grounded. Spending so much of my time ‘imagining’ the lives of characters, I have to do something to come back to reality. Mediation does that. It clears my mind and takes me back to the basics. But that doesn’t always mean sitting in silence for hours. Swimming, kayaking, even doing the dishes are great times to meditate.
  3. Travel is my ‘down-time’ ~ In 2015 I went to 12 countries 75 days and will be going to 8 countries in the same amount of time this spring. There’s a very good chance, after this next trip, I’ll retire from travel, at least physically. Mentally, I will go back to remote and so may my characters!
  4. Shhhh, this is a secret. Don’t want to get carted off as a crazy woman but … Whether they are there or not, I leave gifts for elves and faeries and love the whimsy of it all. Sometimes it’s good to step back into childhood, honoring dreams and make-believe.
  5. Before moving to Florida, I lived in the mountains of Wyoming and had a labyrinth in a willow copse on my property. Loved walking that labyrinth. It was special.

But…why wouldn’t the elves and fairies be there? What do you mean by “make believe”? 😉

The labyrinth sounds fantastic!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The Gatehouse popped into my mind on a drive from San Diego to Los Angeles. I was riding in the car with another author who used to work in a school for the deaf. She talked about some of her teaching experiences and students who made it big. We discussed my next book for the Lady Eleanor Mysteries. The two conversations merged and whoosh, a whole new book emerged. It was a domino toppling moment that wasn’t nearly as random as it would seem. I had always been fascinated by deaf culture, even wrote, and produced, a play in deaf sign. We had to laugh, as I started to tell her my new idea she would say, “but why this?” or “why that?”  I’d scratch my head and answer, “I don’t know yet, the story is only just coming to me, right now, this very moment.” It works like that sometimes.

That is such an interesting story—I love it!

(And a deaf sign play—how cool! I took ASL I and II as my language in college, and loved it!)

 

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

Reading and writing have always been part of my life. So much so, that I didn’t think much of it. Just did it. Used writing to help earn a bit of cash in college, but never thought of it as a career. My family is full of writers and editors, so my efforts were not worth noting. But then the romance genre found me (really, it found me, I’m certain of it) and I found home.  “This is me,” I thought early in my romance reading career, “this is what I want to do, want to write.” And that was it.

I totally believe that romance finds you—you won’t get an argument there from me!

 

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

Right now, I’m preparing to travel and research for my next book in the Lady Eleanor Mysteries,.

Fantastic!

 

Here’s a short excerpt from The Gatehouse (book 2 in the series) with a hint to where my travels are taking me, what the next mystery will be, and whose heart will need mending:

Edmund diverted the conversation. “What were you speaking to Lady Eleanor about?”

Bentwood frowned, tilting his drink, coating the sides of his glass. “She’s going to the Far East with us. Spot of bother over there, sister missing, worrisome.”

“Egad! Missing? Who?” exclaimed Sir Michael.

The whole table turned. “My sister, in the Far East. Going to locate her. Taking Lady Eleanor.”

“Never!” Sir Michael gasped.

“Need a woman. Lady Bentwood would go charging off on her own, if I didn’t have a sensible, logical woman to stop her.”

Sir Michael snorted. “Lady Eleanor is just as likely to lead the charge. No, don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

“She’s agreed,” Lord Bentwood told him. “We leave in the morning. That’s why I’ve been so keen to get out of here. Just got word.”

“Your sister’s probably just gone off with some fellow, don’t you think?” Sir Michael drummed his fingers on the table. “Probably no more than that.”

“Her husband is there, looking for her,” Bentwood looked down at his drink, wishing his wife adored him the way his sister loved her husband. But his wife loved another man. Always had. “Cece is crazy about him. She’d not run off.” But Lady Bentwood would, given half a chance. He was certain of it.

🙂

 

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

As   usual, I have three books on my side table:

  1. Lord Scoundrel – which I’ve read multiple times and will, most likely, read many more times
  2. Married to a Bedouin – about a gal who married a Bedouin and lived in Petra back in the 1970’s.
  3. I study theology. The third book is related to that study and something I hold quietly dear.

An interesting mix!

 

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

Devilishly handsome and deaf, a gentleman tries to protect his love from a killer he cannot hear.

Fantastic!

Thanks again for visiting, Becca, and happy Valentine’s Day! <3

 

About the author:

An Accidental Writer ~

Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in an ancient (I swear it was haunted) hotel on a frightfully stormy night straight from a clichéd novel full of howling wind and creaking floors. The night drove me to a bookcase full of dog eared romances. Sleepless turned to fascination. Hooked I read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet until my own tales begged to be written.

 

About the book:

He can’t hear the murderer’s step but knows that all he loves is in danger …

Moments before his marriage, Christopher Sterry’s twin brother is murdered. One would expect Christopher to become the next Earl of Longford. No one would be surprised if he married his twin’s almost-bride, Helen Grove. She is, after all, his closest friend and confidante.

Except Christopher is deaf. The world outside Longford Manor believes that a deaf mute must also be a half-wit brute, unfit to be earl and, most certainly, capable of murdering his brother. He is the prime suspect – especially since he found the body.

Helen waits at the altar while her groom lies murdered in the folly. But there is no time to mourn. Christopher is in danger and so, it appears, is she. Ignoring her own risks, Helen crosses into the line of fire to protect the new earl. And in championing his cause, she comes to realize that it was not the dead twin she’d loved, but the deaf one.

Lady Eleanor solves crimes more thoroughly than any male magistrate. So when Christopher, her godson, is condemned without evidence, she sets out to prove both his innocence and his competence as earl. If she fails, Christopher will die… or be returned to an asylum worse than hell.

Book 2 ~ Lady Eleanor Mysteries ~ Regency romantic mystery with a touch of Gothic.

Book Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen Rock


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Cowboy to Keep
By Karen Rock

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…

Launch – Note from the Author

Best of all, this novel is the prequel to my ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOYS series that starts November 1, 2017. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOY series chronicles the lives and loves of Jack’s ranching family, the Cades (hot-tempered, passionate rough-riding rebels) and their neighbors, the Lovelands, (laconic, stubborn, gritty loners), with whom they’ve feuded for over a hundred years. They are loyal, strong and determined cowboys who work hard, play harder and love forever. I know you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have!

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Dani’s 10 Tips to Running a Dude Ranch

Howdy all! Dani Crawford, stable manager at the Mountain Sky Dude Ranch outside of Denver, Colorado has learned a lot on the job and she’s ready to share her tips to running a dude ranch…

1. Carefully plan your horse line-up. Keep horses that don’t like each other apart, pair the right horse with the right human and always put the gassy horse in the back- lol.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This is a tale of secrets, judgement, redemption, mystery, suspense and romance. , . . This was a very enjoyable book to relax with.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Excerpt

Jack rolled his eyes skyward and his chest rose and fell. “Ma’am. I have no quarrel with you. Let me have my gun and I’ll be on my way.”

Dani blew out a breath. “Kick it over here.” He did, and the Glock skidded to a stop at her feet. “Don’t move unless you want your head blown off.” At his nod, she snatched it up and straightened, her rifle still trained on the trespasser. “I could shoot you. It’s the law.”

“But you won’t.” He lowered his arms and crossed them.

Bookworm Nation – Review

“I really enjoyed this one. I I thought the plot and setting were a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed the characters of Dani and Jack.”

I Am A Reader – Things Bounty Hunters Hear

Jack’s been chasing criminals since bond jumpers gunned down his little brother two years ago. He wants retribution, but most of all he wants redemption since he blames himself for not protecting his sibling like he should have, as an older brother. Life on the road is hard, but he won’t quit until he takes as many lowlifes off the streets as possible so that no families have to suffer as his have. Here’s a sample of what he hears every day on the job:

1. “You’ve got the wrong guy.”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Dani’s stomach fluttered at Jack’s appreciative look, then he strode down the hill. When she hustled after him, he stopped at the base. “What are you doing?”


“Going with you.”

“Sorry, sweetheart, it’s too dangerous.”

With Love for Books – Review

“Karen Rock writes about a beautiful ranch with stunning horses situated in a former mining area. There are many places for a criminal to hide, both on and close to the premises, and while Jackson and Dani visit them because they’re looking for someone, I could still enjoy the vivid descriptions of the amazing countryside, a combination I liked a lot. A Cowboy to Keep is an original love story. It’s filled with suspense and at the same time it’s really romantic. I loved this fabulous story with many unexpected twists and turns.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Interview

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Karen: Hmmmm… there are so many good ones that I wish I had… I would love to fly. Sometimes I really, really wish I could make myself invisible. Also, it’d be fun to morph into different animals, like dolphins or eagles, and get to see their worlds. But, if I’m true to who I am, my superpower would be storytelling because I believe in the power of stories to uplift us and transport us from our everyday lives. I’m a big believer in hope and positivity and faith and I hope my books give that to my readers.

Urban Book Reviews – Review

“The book was intense. Sweet, hot, and intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading it. Karen Rock has created two characters that will never be forgotten. An emotional attachemwnt occurs once the book is read. Once, one reads this, it will be hard to let go. Addictive, well-written, and highly engaging. Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers worldwide.”

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Jackson’s 10 Tips to Courting a Cowgirl

Howdy! Jack here. Tracking bandits is easier than chasing cowgirls. When I first lady eyes on Dani, my heart about stopped beating. Of course, she’d pulled a gun on me for snooping around the dude ranch, so that might have been a contributing factor. Still, I knew right then and there I wouldn’t rest until I’d swept her off her feet and into my arms. I don’t love often, but I love hard and I knew she was the only woman for me. Here are my tips on how best to court a strong, gutsy cowgirl like Dani:

1. Don’t leave home without your wranglers and your cowboy hat. And a little face scruff never hurt none, neither.

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

“Thought you were waiting for my signal.”

Dani’s voice was breathy.

“If I waited any longer, I’d be drawing social security.”

“Ha-ha,” she said slowly, so Jack understood exactly how funny she thought him, and, contrarily, wouldn’t suspect that she really did find him amusing.

No more flirting.

Brooke Blogs – Review

“A Cowboy to Keep was such an enjoyable book. Between Dani’s past catching up to her, the chase for Smiley, and even more twists and turns, you will find yourself staying up late to finish this one. I liked the suspense and I really liked the romance. It was tender, sweet, and believable. If you like sweet, wholesome romance plus suspense, then you will enjoy A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock.”

Okie Dreams Book Reviews – Review

“If you’re looking for a terrific contemporary romance with a good dabble of suspense mixed in, pick up a copy of A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock. It’s a great read and the perfect prequel story to what promises to be a stellar new series: Rocky Mountain Cowboys.”

Falling Leaves – Excerpt


Jack. When he smiled, Dani couldn’t help smiling. When his face turned sad, something inside her broke a little. She wished she’d met him years ago, before she’d gone left instead of right, taken the wrong turns that kept her from ever traveling beside him.

But she had him for now and she’d make the most of it.

Paulette’s Papers – Jackson’s 10 Tips to Tracking Down a Criminal

Hey all. Jack here. I’ve been tracking bond-jumpers since my brother’s murderers skipped out on their court appearance. This cowboy’s picked up a few tips for tracking down criminals:

1. A little menace goes a long way in persuading reluctant witnesses to talk.

Getting Your Read On – Review

“In addition to romance, this book has a bit of danger, mystery and suspense to liven things up. . . . It’s hard to resist a good cowboy story!”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

All her feelings for him—hot and beautiful in her heart—dissolved on her tongue, strange, new and inexpressible.

He twined his fingers in hers, his thumb circling the center of her palm, slowly, and Dani disintegrated.

Becky on Books – Interview

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I’m a huge fan of westerns, especially ones with renegade heroes like Jack Cade. Those dark, conflicted cowboys tempt the good gal in all of us who hope to tame these strong, fierce men. I was also inspired by the idea that sometimes the person who most needs to forgive us for our past mistakes is ourselves. Both Jack and Dani have troubled pasts and their path to love requires them to confront, and forgive those mistakes before they can be ready for their happily-ever-after. I always want my characters to earn their happy endings and when Jack and Dani finally get there, it’s all the sweeter for the challenges they overcame.

Book Reviews – Review

“I loved this story by Karen Rock. . . . If you love cowboys, horses, and adventure, you will love A Cowboy to Keep.”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

And then he pulled back, his eyes on her, his expression a silent question she couldn’t answer. Instead, she reached up and kissed his scar, wanting him to know that it made him beautiful to her. How much he meant to her. How every atom of her wanted to be here with him.

He angled his head and kissed her once more, slowly and tenderly.

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Review

“FANTASTIC!!! Another fantastic read by Karen Rock. This story not only had the chemistry between Dani and Jackson but had tons of twists and turns some that I didn’t see coming. “

Mel’s Shelves – Reasons to Vacation on a Dude Ranch

The first time I learned about dude ranches was in a funny movie titled CITY SLICKERS with Jack Palance, playing a tough as nails cowboy, and a three city boys, comedians Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby and Daniel Stern, who are hopelessly out of their element after they sign on for a cattle drive. Watching the grandeur of the West, the freedom and sense of independence life on the range can give, I’ve always known two things:

1. I would someday visit and/or live out west and I would write a book set here.

Lola’s Reviews – Review

“If you’re looking for a great slow building romance with a well done, but subtle suspense element I would definitely recommend this book. There was so much I enjoyed about this from the realistic and interesting main character to the wonderful setting, the suspense element which kept me on my toes and wondering about people their motivations and some side characters that made the story complete. The romance feels real and these two were so great together. This might be my favorite book by this author yet and if I am correct this is the first book in a new series!”

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Interview

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite chapter is always the Happily-Ever-After chapter. I put my characters through quite a bit before we reach the ending and it makes the final scene the sweetest of all because we know that the hero and heroine have truly earned that joy. It’s that smiling through tears part of the book and I can’t wait to write those scenes!

Don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway below, if you haven’t already…

A Cowboy to Keep
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 7th 2017 by Harlequin

Can’t stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she’ll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy’s arms…

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About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.

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A Conversation with Karen Rock, Author of A COWBOY TO KEEP (with a giveaway!)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome, Karen! Thanks so much for visiting!

Hi, Becky! Thanks so much for having me on your blog today.

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

I’d want them to know that I’m a huge reader, too, and read a book every week to two weeks. My favorite author is JoJo Moyes and if you haven’t read ME BEFORE YOU, please grab a copy today. It’s amazing. I’m also obsessed with cooking shows and my new favorite is THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF! Another thing to know about me is that I’m a huge softie when it comes to animals and especially my pets. I treat them like my children and can never understand when people say they don’t have feelings like we do. Growing up, I filled journals with short stories, poems and always knew I wanted to be a writer.  The last thing to know about me is that I love meeting new people and making friends. If you ever see me at a book signing, please stop by and say hi!

Sounds like a plan 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I’m a huge fan of westerns, especially ones with renegade heroes like Jack Cade. Those dark, conflicted cowboys tempt the good gal in all of us who hope to tame these strong, fierce men. I was also inspired by the idea that sometimes the person who most needs to forgive us for our past mistakes is ourselves. Both Jack and Dani have troubled pasts and their path to love requires them to confront, and forgive those mistakes before they can be ready for their happily-ever-after. I always want my characters to earn their happy endings and when Jack and Dani finally get there, it’s all the sweeter for the challenges they overcame.

Exactly! Sounds great!


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

I’ve been writing since I was a young teenager when my mother gave me a journal for Christmas. At first I thought it was a terrible present- who wanted a book with blank pages? Then, I began writing in it, first to vent but then to express myself. Eventually I began writing short stories and poems, but never made the leap to penning a full novel until my sister-in-law, Joanne Rock, a Harlequin Desire author, encouraged me to try. Eventually, we decided to co-author a YA romance series together. When I made the jump to writing adult romance, Joanne was right there and she’d stayed with me every step of the way. I would not have my career without her 🙂

Fantastic! I love the role your family has played in your writing 🙂
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m currently working on FALLING FOR A COWBOY, the second book in my new series: THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOYS which begins this November with A COWBOY’S WAY. This series chronicles the lives and loves of two feuding ranch families: Jack’s family, the Cades, and their neighbors, The Lovelands. These tough, fierce, independent  cowboys work hard, player harder and love forever. FALLING FOR A COWBOY focuses on Jack Cade’s younger brother, Jared, a pro-football player who returns to the family ranch nursing a sports injury and discovers his best friend, world champion barrel-racer, Amberley James, has kept a huge secret from him. Due to a genetic condition, she’s now nearly blind and has given up on life, something Jared won’t accept, Growing up, they’d never let each other quit on a challenge and he won’t let that happen now. He has an ingenious plan to get her back in the saddle and competing again. What he doesn’t plan on are his new, romantic feelings for Amberley, feelings he suspects she’s starting to return.  If they’re not careful, they might lose their friendship; falling in love might be their greatest challenge of all if they dare to take the risk.

So much to look forward to—awesome!
What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur, which is full of beautiful poems about love, relationships, breakups and self-discovery. There were so many great lines that I’d love to share. Here’s one of my favorites: “Love like it’s the only thing you know.” Wow. That just says it all for me.

Yep, that’s pretty perfect 🙂
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

I’ll share this line from Katie’s Clean Book Collection blog who kindly reviewed A COWBOY TO KEEP: “The underlying chemistry is undeniable and so swoony–the harder they try to deny themselves the pleasures of love, the more the flames ignite. It’s like trying to put out a grease fire with water.”

Love it! Thanks again for being here, Karen!

 

About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.

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A Cowboy to Keep
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 7th 2017 by Harlequin

Can’t stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she’ll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy’s arms…

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February 4th: Launch
February 5th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
underneath the covers
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Bookworm Nation
February 6th:
I Am A Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
With Love for Books
Reading Is My SuperPower
Urban Book Reviews
Mythical Books
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Hearts & Scribbles
Brooke Blogs
Okie Dreams Book Reviews
Falling Leaves
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Paulette’s Papers
Getting Your Read On
Thoughts of a Blonde
Becky on Books
Book Reviews
Heidi Reads…
February 9th:
Fire and Ice Book Reviews
Mel’s Shelves
Lola’s Reviews
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Anny Books
February 10th: Grand Finale

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A Conversation with Amy Andrews, Author of PLAYING THE PLAYER (Sydney Smoke Rugby #3)

Don’t miss my review of PLAYING THE PLAYER here.

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

Thanks so much for having me! I’m not a quilter but am in total awe of such creativity!

🙂

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • I’m an Aussie
  • I’ve written over sixty books
  • I can still do the splits despite my advancing age and fear of dislocation
  • I love books that make me laugh.
  • I try really hard to write my men like men, not like how women wished men would be!

As much as I enjoy the fictional aspects of book boyfriends, I do appreciate #5—realism makes them so much better!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

My editor and I have brainstormed all the books in the rugby series so they’re a combo of our ideas. Linc’s story was inspired by my desire to see an unashamed manwhore fall and fall hard.

As I completely share that desire, I can only say THANK YOU.

 

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

I wrote my first book at 22. So that was 25 years ago!! I wrote for 12 years before I was finally published, though. But that’s okay, I consider it my apprenticeship, where I honed my craft and got used to the idea that not everyone is going to like my books! What inspired me? Temporary unemployment and a freezing cold English winter. I wanted something to do that didn’t involve getting off my electric blanket!

LOL, as someone who’s lived through many Western New York winters, I can totally relate to that inspiration!

 

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

I’m working on another 3 rugby books for this year – Ryder, Bodie and Donovan. As well as a couple of multi-author continuities – an Aussie fire fighter and a bull rider.

Awesome! Can’t wait 🙂

 

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

I’ve just been glomming Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbour series and loving it. I like how they’re low drama but still emotionally intense and her heroes are yummy!

Sigh—so, so true! Such a fun series!

 

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

Hot rugby manwhore meets born again virgin #wondercock v #armourplatedpanties It’s love or nothing & all bets are off #sportsrom #smokinhot

Perfect! Thanks so much, Amy!

 

About the author:

Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 50+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia, Momentum Publishing, Escape Publishing and Tule. She’s sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acerage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

 

Synopsis:

After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.

Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.

Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.

A Conversation with Abbie Roads, Author of HUNT THE DAWN (Fatal Dreams #2–with a giveaway!)

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

  1. I love animals. All animals. Even snakes despite the fact that they scare the crap out of me.
  2. I’m a vegetarian. But I also don’t judge people who want to eat meat. It’s a personal choice for me, one that goes along with loving animals.
  3. I’m a country girl. I grew up surrounded by fields of corn, wheat, and soy beans. I feel most comfortable in wide open spaces and could NEVER live in a city. <shudders at the thought>
  4. I’m a very deep introvert. Most of the time when people meet me they have no clue how introverted I am. I know how to fake extrovert pretty well. But after I’m social, I need a rest and recovery period or else I start to get grumpy.
  5. I am so in love with my husband. After 22 years of marriage I feel like I’m the luckiest girl alive to have my guy. He’s my best friend and my biggest supporter.

I’m with you on #3! And #4, actually. And awwwwww for #5. So sweet! 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I started writing this book way back in 2011 and worked on it for two and half years. At one point I trashed the version I’d written and started over from scratch re-writing the whole thing. So my memory is a bit fuzzy…

Books don’t come to me fully formed. They come in pieces and parts as I’m writing them. One of the essential elements to this book is Lathan’s ability with “Scent Memories.” Let me explain a bit about how it works.

Each time we form a memory, our brains automatically link the scent in the air with that memory. It’s unconscious. For example, every time I smell Eternity cologne I think of my high school boyfriend. I certainly don’t want to think about my high school boyfriend, but my brain does it automatically.

Before I started writing HUNT THE DAWN, I played around with the idea of scent memories. Asking myself what if… Until I came up with Lathan’s ability to see other people’s scent memories.

Very cool! Now I’m even more anxious to read it!

 

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

Right now I’m working on Book 3 in the Fatal Dreams Series. For those of you who’ve read or are going to read HUNT THE DAWN, it’s Thomas’s story. As with all my characters, Thomas’s life has been full of misery. But when he meets Heleena… Life takes a sudden and unexpected turn.

April 2017, Book 1 of the Fatal Truth series releases—SAVING MERCY. I’m super excited about this new series. It’s still dark and dangerous, but the flavor is a bit different. Cain Killion is the son of serial killer who falls for his father’s only surviving victim. Mercy Ledger is the girl who lived while her whole family was murdered. The two are drawn together through their shared pain at the hands of Cain’s father. But the past isn’t easily buried.

Ooooh, they both sound GOOD! Can’t wait!

 

What authors and/or books inspired you?

Thomas Harris and his Hannibal Lecter series have been a huge inspiration to me. I admire how he can make such horrible things happen to his characters, all the while writing it in such a beautiful way that it almost reads like poetry to me.

J.R. Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood books have impacted how I write. Her books are heavy with male point-of-view. Reading this gave me permission to let my heroes have free reign in my books.

Nice choices! (And the first one is definitely not typical for romance authors!)

 

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

I just started listening to Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel while I’m getting ready for work in the mornings. I don’t have much time to sit and read books, so listen to them.

I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m loving Astrid’s combination of strength and vulnerability. And her attraction to Luke is scorching hot!

I hear you with the audiobooks! I listen in the car, though—it’s NPR in the AM. Asa Maria Bradley’s new to me—I’ll have to check her out!

 

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

I’m stealing part of this from a review because to me it perfectly encapsulates everything I want my novels to be:

Hunt the Dawn is dark, gritty, disturbing, creepy, sexy, sweet, humorous, and utterly wonderful! An un-put-downable read.

Perfect! Thanks so much, Abbie!

 

About Abbie Roads:

Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. By night she writes dark, emotional novels, always giving her characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. Her novels have finaled in RWA contests including the Golden Heart. Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series of dark, gritty romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

Out of darkness and danger

You can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery—he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he’s never offered another human being: himself.

Dawns a unique and powerful love

Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death—if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart.

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

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

  1. Kind of OCD about a lot of things: for instance, kitchen has to be clean or I can’t go to bed. My kids refer to me as the cleaning Nazi.
  2. I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers and I’m third to the youngest.
  3. I know all the words to Bruce Springsteen’s Rosalita, yeah, the Boss rocks.
  4. I’m obsessed with notebooks and pens, even though I rarely use them since most of my work is done on the computer.
  5. I’ve never seen Star Wars or any of its sequels. Couldn’t pick Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker out of a line-up.

OMG, I am so with you on #4! I love notebooks and pens! And yeah, almost everything I do is digital. Makes no sense, but true.

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I think it first started with the kids, because I’d been dealing a lot with my own active kids and my sister’s five boys. And I thought it’d be funny to see how two people with no children get thrown together taking care of someone else’s kids and how they cope.

And…somehow I want to read it even more now! Awesome 🙂

 

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a fun series set in Miami where I lived for over 20 years. It’s centered around three brothers, all athletes in different stages of their careers and how they find love in women who are basically their complete opposites. The first will hopefully be released summer of 2017.

Sounds awesome—can’t wait!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Linda Howard and her early works inspired me because she was the first contemporary author I read.

Nice!

 

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

Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. Very typical Anne Tyler that I love. She’s great at turning funny family situations into something much deeper and more meaningful.

Hmmm…haven’t read that yet. I’ll have to check it out!

 

Sell your book in a single Tweet: Fun, funny, sexy and satisfying. Sweet Southern Bad Boy, romance designed to melt your heart.

Perfect! Thanks, Michelle 🙂

 

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 Bad Boy
Series: Harmony Homecomings, #3
Author: Michele Summers
Pub Date: December 6, 2016
ISBN: 9781402293610

 

HE’S GOT SOMETHING SHE WANTS

When Katie McKnight gets lost location-scouting for her father’s TV studio, she stumbles upon the perfect setting for their angsty new teen vampire series—a remote barn house unfortunately occupied by a grouchy, disheveled, and incredibly sexy man who instantly mistakes her for the new nanny. Should Katie tell him the truth, or get her foot in the door?

SHE’S GOT EVERYTHING HE NEEDS

Bestselling author Vance Kerner doesn’t just have writer’s block—he’s been run ragged ever since he was saddled with taking care of his brother’s three kids, an adopted kitten, and a runaway mutt. The last thing he needs is a teen drama defiling his property, but with fascinating and unconventional Katie underfoot charming the entire Kerner household, Vance is finding it harder and harder to say no.

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A Conversation with Paige Tyler, Author of WOLF UNLEASHED (SWAT #5–with a giveaway!)

There’s a second giveaway–and a short guest post from Paige and an excerpt–here!

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

  1. I do all my writing with my husband. We’ve been a writing team for over ten years, and so the voice you’re getting when you read my books are unique because it’s the blending of two completely different styles and personalities.
  2. Hubby is retired military, so we moved around quite a lot. (New Jersey, South Korea, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Washington State). All that moving gave me a great appreciation for the amazing world we live in, and the amazing people in our military. The camaraderie and joking on the SWAT Team comes from the experiences I had in my husband’s military units.
  3. The only thing I love more than getting a new book out there and seeing it on the shelf is getting a chance to talk to readers about the stories they love—mine or anyone else’s. So, if you ever see me at a conference, grab me for a convo. I love to talk books!
  4. While I’m mostly focused romantic suspense (with a touch of paranormal here or there) these days, in the past, I’ve written just about everything there is. Erotic, sci-fi, time-travel, contemporary western, historical western, paranormal, suspense, contemporary, etc. I wandered around for a few years before settling on my current brand. But I wouldn’t change that for the world because it allowed me to experiment and grow as a writer.
  5. My first book was written by hand in a notebook. It was a historical/paranormal/suspense inspired by The Little Mermaid movie. It was horrible and is still sitting in a box somewhere in our attic.

LOL–#5! I love it!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Wolf Unleased is the story of how Alex Trevino, a dog-loving werewolf from the Dallas PD SWAT team falls for dog-loving veterinarian Lacey Barton. There’s crazy mad chemistry between them from the beginning, but Lacey has some issues in her past that keep her from committing to any guy. She’s going to have to work through it in this story, because Alex is frigging amazing!

There’s nonstop excitement through the whole book that will keep you up all night. Seriously, you won’t be able to put this book down! There’s a deadly drug on the streets of Dallas, girls going missing from the local college, and a dog fighting ring all thrown into the mix! Oh yeah, and there’s also the minor issue of Alex trying to hide the fact that he and every member of the Dallas SWAT team are werewolves!

The inspiration for this book came from my love of dogs. In one of the earlier SWAT books (Book 2 – Wolf Trouble), the SWAT team rescues Tuffie, a pit bull mix that had been abused, shot, and left for dead. In that story, Alex was instrumental in saving Tuffie’s life. So, when it came time for Alex to get his story, it simply made sense it would revolve around Tuffie. That also set up the cute meet with a veterinarian, who just happens to be the heroine of the story!

Okay, now I’ve GOT to read this! (Adding to TBR right now…)

 

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

We’re working on the third book in my SEALs of Coronado SeriesTexas SEAL. It releases in January, but is available for pre-order now. After that, we start the seventh book in my SWAT Series. There’s no title for that book yet, but it’s due to the publisher on the 15th of January, so we should get moving on it. In between those books, I’ll be doing the edits for Book 6 of SWAT and Book 7 of my X-OPS Series, which are already with my publisher.

So next year, my fans will be able to get their hands on three new SEAL of Coronado books, Book 5 (Wolf Unleashed) and Book 6 (unnamed right now) of the SWAT Series, Book 6 (Her True Match) and Book 7 (unnamed right now) of the X-OPS Series, and at least one book from my Dallas Fire and Rescue Series.

Oh yeah, and just for fun, I’m working on a serialized New Adult Series (is that redundant?) with two other amazing authors—Mary Frame and Donna Michaels. It’s going to be a three book set that follows three sorority sisters through their adventures and romances at college. I’m really excited to be writing in something that has such a completely different style than I’m used to.

Wow, you’re busy! It’s a lot for us to look forward to 🙂

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

First on the list would have to be Suzanne Brockmann. Her multi-book Troubleshooters Series, with multiple POVs, plots that weave from one book in the series to the next, and action/thrills/suspense all had a huge impact on how I write. I was very fortunate to get a chance to meet her in person a few years ago at RT in New Orleans, and I just about had a fan-girl meltdown! She’s not only a fantastic writer, but a really cool person as well. My hubby and I had drinks with her and her hubby during the convention, and it was one of the highlights of RT!

As far as other authors, I would have to put Johanna Lindsey on the list. Her alpha-male heroes and feisty heroines are the essential role models for the characters I love to write. Then just to change it up, I’d throw in Lissi Harrison, the author of the first set of Monster High books. Those stories are epic when it comes to teaching us to see people as more than a first impression.

I LOVE the Troubleshooters series! One of my all-time faves! (New TS book coming out soon too—woot! Okay, so it’s in seven months. But still–it’s coming!)

 

 

What are you currently reading?

That would be the Imperfect Series by Mary Frame. It’s a new adult series that just speaks to me! I eagerly await the next book in the series and jump on it the second it comes out, even if I have writing deadlines!

That’s a new one to me! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

 

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

Hunky werewolf meets beautiful female veterinarian. Love, adventure, and romance ensues—no shots required.

Perfect! Thanks again, Paige!

 

About the author:

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines they fall in love with. She lives with her very own military hero (a.k.a. her husband) and their adorable dog on the beautiful Florida coast.

 

Social Networking Links
Website: www.paigetylerauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaigeTylerAuthor/
Twitter: @PaigeTylerAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2300692.Paige_Tyler

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Title: Wolf Unleashed
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT, #5
ISBN: 9781492625988
Pubdate: December 6, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM

Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.

 

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A Conversation with Samanthe Beck, Author of HARD COMPROMISE (Compromise Me #2)

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

I’m thrilled to be here, Becky! I feel like it’s a good fit, because I love to read too, and while I have never quilted, I sleep under one on pretty much a nightly basis.

LOL! Perfect match, then! 🙂

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • I like to tell people my husband and I met in a Turkish prison, but the truth is we met in law school.
  • I love wine and chocolate, but if I had to choose one for the rest of my life, I’d choose wine.
  • I’ve lived in Georgia, Puerto Rico, Maryland, New York, and London, but my favorite place is where I live now—by the beach in Malibu, California.
  • I can name all the U.S. Presidents. Well, not the future ones, sadly, but past and current? No problem.
  • Hard Compromise is my…(doing the math…doing the math)…eleventh book! Holy crap, even I can’t believe it.

Eleventh? Awesome, and congrats! (And—Turkish prison = law school; they’re similar, surely?)

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

My heroine, Laurie Peterson, made an appearance in Compromising Her Position, (Book 1 of the Compromise Me series), and gave her relationship-addict best friend Chelsea some advice about guarding her heart. Ultimately, the advice wasn’t very good, but Laurie honestly believed what she said, and even at the time I was writing the story, I kept thinking I’d love to push Laurie into the path of a guy who would call her on her bullshit, and prove wrong all her cynical beliefs about herself and relationships. Sheriff Ethan Booker turned out to be that man. Boy, did he!

LOL, are you ever right about that! Phew! (Review coming soon, BTW 🙂 )

 

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

I always wanted to write romance, so naturally I became a lawyer. 🙂 After thirteen years grinding away in a career I didn’t love, I’d paid off the student loans, and the second mortgage, and my husband and I decided to start a family. I found someone talented and enthusiastic to replace me at work, and I transitioned into full time mommy and part time aspiring author. (I was clearly a rookie parent because I thought, “Oh, I’ll have plenty of time to write while I’m home taking care of a baby)!

I made my first sale to Entangled Publishing in 2012, and my debut book, Private Practice, released in 2013. That makes my journey sound really fast, but, in truth, I submitted manuscripts for two years before hearing the word “Yes”! (I heard “no” many times, with respect to several submissions that will never see the light of day). I’m living, breathing proof that you should never give up on your dream!

Fantastic! Inspiring, even with all the NOs along the way…(and LOL re: your rookie parent optimism. Yes, SO MUCH TIME. Ha!)

 

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

I’m switching between series right now. Currently I’m working on book 3 of my Love Emergency series, Emergency Attraction. This is Sinclair’s story, for those in the know, and that poor girl is getting hit with the hottest, sexiest most devastating mistake from her past. I can’t wait for you to meet him!

After I finish Emergency Attraction, I’ll be working on the third book in the Compromise Me series. This is Arden’s story. Readers meet her in Compromising Her Position, and get to know her a little bit more in Hard Compromise. I have a hot doc lined up for her, and a whole lot of naughtiness!

They both sound great—can’t wait!

 

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

I just finished Robin Bielman’s Once Upon A Royal Christmas—yep, I let Robin put me in the Christmas spirit early this year—and I absolutely ADORED it.  She delivers everything you want in a holiday story. It’s a sweet, sexy, heartwarming treat, complete with a royal ball and some Christmas magic.

I agree! It was a fun read 🙂

 

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

It’s a one-night stand ten years in the making! #toohotforjustonenight

Prefect! Short and sweet…and true!

 

About the author:

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

 

About the book:

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

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A Conversation with Jus Accardo, Author of INFINITY (The Infinity Division #1)

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

Thanks for having me! J

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I could never live in a place without dogs. Did it for 6 months after I got married. Was miserable!
  2. I think everyone should read PostSecret every Sunday.
  3. I’m a World of Warcraft junkie.
  4. Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be either an author of a chef (unless you count that week I wanted to be a jockey)
  5. I always have a book with me when I leave the house!

A jockey! LOL…

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I’ve always been a huge fan of alternate reality stories. I loved the TV shows Sliders and Fringe, and wanted to put my own spin on things.

Oh! Me too! Sliders was awesome.

 

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

I’ve always loved to write. Stories, poems—but I think I’ve been doing it seriously since 2010. As far as inspiration, I have to say above all else, my parents. Right from day one, they always said you can do anything you want. They burned it into my brain at an early age.

Mom and dad for the win 🙂

 

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

Right now I’m working on book two in the Infinity Division series. Each book is part of the series, but can also be read as a stand-alone. This one will follow Noah and…someone 😉

Book 2—yay! (But not telling us who’s with Noah–:( )

 

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

I’m just catching up on the White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter. I’m just about to start book 3, Queen of Zombie Hearts. Loving them!

They’re on my TBR too!

 

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

I’m kinda in love with the tag line: Two families. One device. Infinite possibilities.

Nice!

 

Keep reading to find out even more about Jus and her latest book, INFINITY!

 

 

About the Author:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

 

INFINITY
The Infinity Chronicles #1
by Jus Accardo

There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:

One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.

Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.

Three: Everything she knew was a lie.

Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:

One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.

Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.

Three: Someone wants her dead.

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