Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015 New Releases!

Those Cassabaw Days (The Malone Brothers) 
Cindy Miles

A bond that not even time can break… 

As kids, Emily Quinn and Matt Malone were thick as thieves in the tightly knit community of Cassabaw Station. Then Emily's world crumbled into tragedy, and she was sent away. She's just returned to run a beachside café she now owns. A free spirit…with a guarded heart.

But while this town still feels like home, Matt is nothing like the boy she remembered. He is a man lost to shadows and doubt. As he helps Emily restore the café, however, their childhood bond reignites and unfurls into bittersweet longing. Now they face the greatest test of friendship…love.

My Way Back To You
Pamela Hearon

Married too young, divorced too soon? 

Jeff Wells hasn't seen his ex-wife, Maggie Russell, in years. Yet as they reunite to settle their son into his college dorm, Jeff discovers the attraction between them is still present—and very strong. Yet so are the reasons they shouldn't be together…

Still, what's the harm in giving in to their desire for a few days? No expectations, no strings. But the affair is so passionate, soon Jeff wants more. He wants what they used to have, only better. First he needs to convince Maggie this is their second chance at love and not simply a repeat of the past.

To Love A Cop
Janice Kay Johnson

 She's sworn to protect her heart 

After what Laura Vennetti and her son have been through, she's avoided all contact with the police. Then her son brings detective Ethan Winter into their lives. Despite how appealing—and gorgeous—he is, it's safe to say Ethan isn't her dream man.

Immediately, though, Laura can see how different he is from her late husband. Ethan is thoughtful, considerate and a good influence on her son. Add in the intense attraction between her and Ethan… The temptation to give in is irresistible. To her surprise, Laura feels the wounds of the past healing, making her wonder if she could love this cop forever

Nights Under The Tennessee Stars (Heartache, Tenessee)
Joanne Rock

Heartache—the best place to heal 

Erin Finley heads home to Heartache, Tennesee, after the perfect guy turns out to be anything but. She throws herself into running a vintage store with her sister and surrounding herself with the comforts of her small town. Then one rainy night, TV producer Remy Weldon shows up and almost sweeps her off her feet!

Remy sees more in Erin than she sees in herself. Quirky, beautiful and capable, he needs her for his antiques show—and for himself. Because Erin is the first star Remy's found in the very dark night that has become his life. And she might just be able to lead him into the dawn… 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

We Are Proud To Announce ...

On March 26, the Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for the prestigious RITA and Golden Heart awards. We are THRILLED to announce that there are FOUR Superromances in the running! 

Starting with June
by Emilie Rose
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell and Karen Reid, editors

The Sweetest September
by Liz Talley
Harlequin, Superromance
Megan Long and Wanda Ottewell, editors

Her Kind of Trouble
by Sarah Mayberry
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

Once a Family 
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Harlequin, Superromance
Paula Eykelhof, editor

Bravo, ladies! We'll be cheering for all of you at the RWA National Conference in New York this July!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Write Where the Muse Is ... by Dana Nussio

I want to be like Barbara Cartland. Okay, let's admit it. Plenty of us writerly folk would love, just for a day, to live the lavish writing life of the late British author once deemed the "Queen of Romance."  In case you don't remember her,  Dame Barbara was the author of more than 700 books, many she dictated to her secretaries while relaxing on her fancy sofa. Funny, I don't envy her that unbelievable number of books (couldn't even imagine that), her millions (though a few couldn't hurt), the pearls and furs (not my cup of tea)  or even her white Rolls-Royce (well, maybe just one ride). But that writing setup she had going . . . now that I might like.

I know. Authors have different schedules and locations for writing. And though Barbara's spot was immensely successful for her as she dictated stories dressed-up in pink clothes, a little dog at her feet, her writing plan might not work for another author like me. First off, I don't have a dog. My two kitties would vote no if we tried to introduce a slobbering puppy to their house now. Secondly, getting all dressed up to doesn't exactly help me get my creative groove on. On weekends, I prefer to write in flannel PJs with my cat, Leo, trying to wedge his ample body between my tummy and my  laptop. (Yes, he's very cute, but a bit annoying when I'm on deadline.) 

But more important than either of those challenges I would have with the Cartland method, I'm not sure I could even write books if I had to tell my stories out loud. For some reason, my stories just don't come to me in the perfect, straight-forward way they must have for Barbara Cartland to be able to dictate her books. I generally bang out a few pages, typing as fast as I can to get the  main idea of the scene on "paper," and then I go back and flesh it out.  I even write some scenes entirely in dialogue and then go back and paint the pictures. 

Truth be told, I do much of my writing at the local Biggby Coffee franchise (a Michigan-based company) each afternoon after my day job . I might love the place because the owner is a friend, he employed all three of my daughters all through high school, and he has allowed me to host my annual Girls' Night Out Book Signing there for seven years now,  but it's more than that, I swear. :)  Why would I need to sprawl on a fancy chaise to when I can sit on a hard chair and sip lattes? Both of those things help me to stay alert, which is critical for a gal who would become Sleeping Not-So-Beauty, with keyboard imprints on my face, if given access to any sofa at that time of day. 
But my favorite part about writing in a coffee shop is that I get to be enveloped by all of that delicious white noise, courtesy of the background music and those folks talking around me but not to me. White noise is the best, and they offer that stuff for free! For some reason, all of those things meld really well, helping me to find my muse.

So maybe we writers all have to find out own way, trying out times and locations until we find what works for us. Then when life changes, we might have to adjust. We must do whatever it takes to get the stories in our heads on the page where they belong. Barbara Cartland did what worked for her, and I do what works for me.

Still, if anyone's offering, I would appreciate my ride in the Rolls right after I'm off deadline. I'll put in my order now.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baked With Love!

I love small family bakeries. There’s something about a business whose goal is to make something good to eat for you to take home that strikes me as pure and honest and down-home. Whenever I pass a bakery, I have to restrain myself from going in and buying everything in sight, not only because I know all those goodies are delicious, but also because those goodies are a labor of love, made by people who don’t make a lot of money and work long, grueling hours.

It’s one of the reasons why I set my latest book, A RECIPE FOR REUNION, in Georgette’s Bakery, a small-town roadside bakery. Georgette Caruthers started the business in Everville, New York, with her husband over fifty years ago. The little bakeshop outside of the main part of the community welcomes travelers and provides the townspeople with good food and friendship. But with her ailing health, Georgette needs help to keep her legacy running.

There’s only one woman she trusts with her recipes—Stephanie Stephens, a talented baker in her own right. Unfortunately for Steph, Georgette’s grandson Aaron has plans for his grandmother’s business, and she can’t count on him to make her a part of them. If Georgette’s is going to keep running, they’ll have to learn to work together.

Baked goods aren’t just yummy for your tummy—they can be nostalgic, healing, inspiring, therapeutic or even punishing, if you’re someone who eats as a form of self-destructive behavior. Something you won’t learn about in the book is that Georgette is extremely protective of her recipes because she considers them a form of power. She knows what every person in town likes, what they go for first when they’re feeling sad or happy or just plain hungry. The goodies people buy from her tell her a lot about what is going on in their lives and what kind of mood they’re in. And as Everville’s self-proclaimed grandmother, she feels it’s her duty to use this knowledge to help others.

In the spirit of helping and healing and bringing joy, she’s shared one of her most popular recipes with me. Included below is Stephanie’s own take on the recipe—the addition of ¼ cup of cocoa to turn the recipe into super-chocolatey chip cookies. I hope you enjoy!

I’m giving away one signed copy of my March Harlequin Superromance, A RECIPE FOR REUNION. Just comment below for a chance to win! Giveaway ends Friday, March 27, 2015 11:59 p.m. EST. Residents of Canada and the US only.
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