Friday, September 9, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! LOVE AND THE ECONOMY BY CAROLYN GIBBS



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LOVE AND THE ECONOMY
by Carolyn Gibbs


SUMMARY:  Just when Andrea Elliot thought life was getting back to normal after the divorce, her ex, Daren is moving back home, and she just started to date again. Daren still loves Andrea, and sees their new living arrangement as his opportunity to make things right. Can Andrea put her pride away and let him?


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Friday, September 2, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SECOND CHANCE WITH THE CEO BY ANNA DEPALO (NEW RELEASE!)



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SECOND CHANCE WITH THE CEO
"The Serenghetti Brothers"
by Anna DePalo
Harlequin Desire




SUMMARY:  Teacher Marisa Danieli needs a headliner for her school fundraiser. Her best bet? Cole Serenghetti, former star hockey player turned CEO of his family’s construction empire. Sure, she had a disastrous high school crush on the guy, but business is business…Until it turns into funny business—and posing as a couple. This time, the feelings are red hot and made worse by the fact that Marisa’s ex-fiancé is dating Cole’s ex-girlfriend! Is Marisa’s fundraiser coup about to backfire or is this second chance with the CEO the real deal?


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Friday, August 26, 2016

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! DOWN WILL COME TIGER BY KAT SIMONS



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 DOWN WILL COME TIGER
by Kat Simons


SUMMARY:   Ten years ago, tiger shifter Joseph Bennett lost everything to a human serial killer. His only thoughts now are of revenge and death, his emotions shut down so he can stalk his prey. Then she appears in the dead of night and changes everything. Joseph hates the changes, hates the returning feelings, and most of all, he hates the woman who started it—even as he can’t stay away from her. She cracks him open, and after all these years, he has no idea what monster will emerge from his black soul. He only knows that keeping her safe matters.

Socialite Paige Williams has remained silent about her brother’s crimes for years. When she meets Joseph, she knows she can’t keep her secrets any longer. But going after her brother comes with huge risks, because if he catches her, she’s dead. Her only hope is the emotionless tiger shifter whose presence sooths her battered soul and helps her find her inner strength. She never expects to fall in love with him. As a killer stalks them, passion ignites a fire between them, fierce and hot. And when the flames part, they’ll either emerge whole…or dead.


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Friday, August 12, 2016

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



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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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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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