Friday, August 12, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! BLIND SPOT BY KATANA COLLINS (new release!)



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Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.




BLIND SPOT
by Katana Collins
Entangled/ Embrace


SUMMARY:   I’m used to going for the easy things in life. 
The easy A in school. 
The easy lay in bed. The easy life my trust fund affords me.
Until I met Shelby.
Never in my life have I found retro T-shirts and ChapStick so damn sexy.
She's exactly what I never knew I wanted.
And she's anything but easy.
But suddenly, easy is overrated.
Only one damn problem... For Shelby, hating me is easy.
For the first time in my life, I have to work for something. And though
she may not be easy...she'll be worth it.


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Friday, August 5, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! HURRICANE KISS BY DEBORAH BLUMENTHAL



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one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.




HURRICANE KISS
by Deborah Blumenthal


SUMMARY:  For sixteen-year-old Jillian McKay, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means a long car ride with her neighbors--including River Daughtry, the former star quarterback of Harrison High. The guy who was headed to glory until suddenly he disappeared to a West Texas juvenile detention center. Once cocky and flirtatious, he's now silent and angry. When their evacuation route is gridlocked, River is the first to recognize the danger they're in. Together he and Jillian set out to seek shelter in their abandoned high school. As they wait out the storm, they confront the past and realize survival is about more than just staying alive--it's about fighting for yourself.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY BY KATE MCMURRAY

  
A romance writing career is a strange confluence of passion and business savvy, creativity and practicality, love and strategy.
           
I don’t think there necessarily has to be a conflict between writing and business, but it can often feel like there is.

We put a lot of hours into our books. Writing is hard work. We make sacrifices to get it done, be it missing a TV show or foregoing housecleaning or losing time with our kids. So we spend all this time with these characters, in this world we’ve created, but then when the book is done, we have to sell it. You have to detach yourself enough from the work to care about it but endure peer and editorial feedback, to put together a marketing plan, to send the book out for review.

I do think it’s possible to love what you do through the whole process, though, and to do it without losing your mind.

I’ve written quite a lot in the last ten years, particularly since I started pursuing a career as a writer. I’ve written books I loved. I’ve written stories that were intensely personal for me. And I’ve written books that were a real struggle, even a few that my heart wasn’t really in. Not everything I write makes it to publication, but one thing I’ve learned is that, when my heart isn’t in it, readers can tell. I wrote something last year, and one of my beta readers—who has read everything I’ve ever published—sent the manuscript back and essentially said, “What the hell is this?” Because she could tell it wasn’t up to my usual standards.

I appreciated being called on that. Because it showed me that I’m a better writer when I’m really invested in my stories. When I care about the characters. When the stories resonate with me emotionally. If I’m just going through the motions, readers can tell.

I think to be a writer, you have to love it. It’s too hard and there’s too much working against you if you don’t. Which I don’t say to discourage you, just to say that writing romances is not a ticket to easy money.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve written so much or because my training as an editor has thickened my skin, but I’ve found that I can love something while I’m writing it and disconnect enough from it to accept criticism during the beta and editorial process. (Reviews are… a different issue.) It helps to know that the aim of a good editor is to make your work better, so if they’re pointing out issues, it’s so that I can fix them before the book is released. It’s like putting a coat of gloss over a piece of furniture.

And if you love writing, you can love the whole process, all of it. I’ve been reading romances since I was a teenager, I still read them all the time, and I love the genre. I love talking about romance novels, especially ones that aren’t mine. And that’s part of my marketing strategy. I love attending romance-related events, everything from RWA/NYC meetings to local author readings to big conventions, because talking to other romance authors and fans inspires me. Being among what I’ve come to think of as my tribe makes me want to write more. I really love this community, I love these books, and thinking about that inspires me to write.

This is why it doesn’t work to write to trends. Sure, if, say, stories with bear shifters are suddenly hot and the book of your heart features a bear shifter, then now is a great time to get it published. But at the same time, no one knows what the next big thing is. Maybe you want to write something completely at odds with what’s currently on the bestseller lists, and that will be the next thing to catch on. It’s hard to know. But if you’re writing a bear shifter story because they’re trendy and not because your heart is really in it? Readers will be able to tell.

Write what you love, is the bottom line. Embrace it. Feel it. Weave your passion throughout the process, from writing to editorial to marketing. If you love what you do, it’ll come across in the way you present yourself online and in person. And if writing what you love makes you happy? There’s nothing better than that, is there? ♥


Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America; and as Vice President of RWA/NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at www.katemcmurray.com



Friday, July 29, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA BY K.M. JACKSON


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ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA
The Flirty Fashionistas, Book 1
K.M. Jackson
Samhain


SUMMARY:  Manhattan fashion maven and magazine editor Melinda Mitchell shuns the social media spotlight. That is, until a tipsy girl’s night out ends with her first Facebook account and a friend request from none other than her secret high school crush, Nolan Parker.

When Nolan lost his chance at the big leagues, he signed on with Doctors Without Borders and never looked back. Now he’s back home to help out his ailing father. Running into Mel at his fifteen-year high school reunion rekindles old feelings he thought he’d buried for good.
Intrigued by Nolan’s irresistibly sexy profile, Melinda heads to the reunion with her best friend to see if the picture matches up to the man. Their instant attraction flares brighter than the Manhattan skyline.

Although the tough fashionista and accomplished ex-jock rub each other the very right way, a few stumbling blocks will decide if the heat between them is a symptom of forever love, or a past that should be left where it belongs.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

SUMMER READING WITH ROMANCE AUTHOR URSULA RENEE



RWA/NYC members share their summer reading lists.
So pull up a beach chair, breakout the sun tan lotion 
and open a book (or tablet)!




From Ursula Renée:  It is hard for me to pick five books that are must reads for the summer. Therefore, I will list five authors, who I feel you will enjoy, no matter which book of theirs you choose.


1.      Karen Rose writes romantic suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Her characters are relatable and the plots grab the readers and hold on to them until the satisfying end.

2.     Sherrilyn Kenyon has the ability to take an antagonist from one story and delve deep into his history, allowing readers to discover that there is a reason for every action. By the time she is finished, the readers are not only rooting for the antagonist turned protagonist, but they have shed a tear or two for his pain. Readers should be warned that the topics can get a bit deep and are sometimes hard to handle. However, in the end, the protagonist gets a happily-for-now.

3.      Shonda Rhime’s YEAR OF YES is a must read book for anyone who wants change, but is too afraid to take the first step.

4.     Beverly Jenkins interweaves fiction with history to produce African-American historical romances that make readers crave more. Her heroines are strong and determined to move forward despite the challenges they have faced, while the heroes are strong, yet sensitive to the woman’s needs.

5.   I’ve always liked an alpha male and Julie Garwood has never failed to produce one, or more, in her novels. Even though I own the hardcovers, I’ve purchased ebooks copies of her contemporary novels so I can reread her books whenever and wherever I am. ♥



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ursula Renée writes interracial romances set between World War I and the 1960s. Her novels include SWEET JAZZ and A BOOKIE’S ODDS. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and The Historical Novel Society. When she is not writing, Ursula enjoys drawing, photography and stone carving. For more information go to: www.ursularenee.com.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

SUMMER READING WITH ROMANCE AUTHOR DEL CARMEN



RWA/NYC members share their summer reading lists.
So pull up a beach chair, breakout the sun tan lotion 
and open a book (or tablet)!



FROM DEL CARMEN:  This summer I plan to soak up the sun and get lost in books outside my comfort-zone genre.  Check these out:


1.    WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING by Kristin Newman
An “old maid” explores the world, falls in and out of love, and says no to marriage and kids without apologies.

2.    DRUM SPEAKING: TALES FROM AN INNER CITY GRIOT by Kevin Alberto Sabio
A collection of short stories with a multitude of diverse tales in the tradition of the talking drum.

3.    SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino
A struggling writer discovers that she is the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel so the quest is on to find the author and reveal his identity and their past.

4.    A VILLAIN FOR VANESSA by Alice Orr
Book 4 of the lively Riverton Road romantic suspense series, where new mysteries are discovered.

5.    BLACK WIDOW BITCHES by Victor Cass
The “War on Terrorism” spirals out of control and engulfs much of the globe.  To the rescue, is America’s –and the world’s!—first all-female combat infantry division. ♥


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Del Carmen writes erotica in the hopes of exposing more of herself.  She’s published with Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance and Riverdale Avenue Books, as well as Cosmopolitan for Latinas and Penthouse magazines. Visit her at mydelcarmen.com.




Saturday, July 16, 2016

SUMMER READING WITH ROMANCE AUTHOR CHLOE BLAQUE



RWA/NYC members share their summer reading lists.
So pull up a beach chair, breakout the sun tan lotion 
and open a book (or tablet)!



Chloe Blaque’s Summer Five include:

1. SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler
2. GRAPES & WINES by Oz Clarke
3. FIRST COMES LOVE by Emily Giffin
4. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by J.K. Rowling
5. SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole ♥




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Chloe Blaque writes non-fiction culture pieces by day and contemporary romance by night. Her heroines are all smart, passionate, career-driven women and her heroes are all bad boys who can’t get enough. Sparks fly when they crash into love all over the world, always when they least expect it. When Chloe isn’t writing, she can be found sipping red wine, reading someone else’s lusty novel, and pounding the pavement in her hometown of New York City.

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