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Have You Met: Avon Addict Merle

Have you met Avon Addict Merle yet? She’s come by today to share five things about herself that we probably don’t know! Welcome, Merle… 1) What is the very first romance novel that you read? I’m actually relatively new to romance — I only started reading it a year ago! My very first romance was Courtney Milan’s Unclaimed. I adored it so much I went out and bought all of her books immediately afterward. 2) Favorite place to find new books? There’s a large used bookstore here in my city called Gardner’s, and I LOVE wandering through their large romance section to find all sorts of goodies. 3) Who are your must-buy authors? Courtney Milan, of course; Tessa Dare; Theresa Romain; Simone St. James for her utterly perfect Gothic ghost stories; Elizabeth Loupas, who writes stunning historical novels; and N.K. Jemisin, for truly unique and exciting fantasy books. 4) Do...

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Writing Erotic Romance – Second Drafts And Other Messes

This post has adult content. If you are under the age of eighteen years old and/or sensitive to adult language/situations, please do not read this post. You’ve conquered NaNoWriMo and have written a fast first draft of your story. Now what do you do with this steaming pile of word feces? There are some writers who claim to write perfect first drafts, first drafts that make the angels sing and editors weep with wonder. These writers can usually be found drinking by themselves at conferences. Publicly, we pretend to be happy for them. Privately, we know they can’t be trusted. Because every writer tweaks SOMETHING. Maybe this tweaking happens immediately after the first draft of a sentence or scene or chapter is written. Maybe this tweaking happens after the entire first draft of the story is written. The timing doesn’t matter. Once we change something – a word, a scene,...

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Sinful Rewards 5-Ordering Dinner In Another Language

The dear wonderful hubby and I travel quite a bit. We often don’t know more than a couple of courtesy words in the local language, which makes ordering food an adventure. We’ll point at something another patron is having. Once my hubby mooed to tell the waiter he wanted beef. (grins) I’ve clucked to indicate chicken. Sometimes we simply choose things at random. Many times we have no idea what we’re eating. Bee, the heroine of Sinful Rewards, had a similar adventure when she had a lunch at a French restaurant. Here’s a bit of the scene *** The waiter returns, the hoity-toity bastard addressing me in French, knowing I don’t understand a word he says. I read his face. He gazes at me as my mom gazes at the customers she serves, waiting for their orders. I glance down at the menu, having no idea what it says. He...

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Review + Giveaway: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover

NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER The Rules of Scoundrels #4 Sarah MacLean Adult Historical Romance 384 pages Avon Romance Available Now Source: eARC from publisher for review THE STORY By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking-in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart. MY THOUGHTS Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, the...

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Nov 25 - Post

Sinful Rewards 5-This Series Is An Addiction

Fresh Fiction shares… “SINFUL REWARDS 5 is a beautiful, touching, tender book; I really experienced Bee’s pain and conflict, and rejoiced when she was free and happy. How wonderful when an author infuses a character with so much life, that she is able to make us care so much about a fictional character that we wish we could hug Bee and console her. Superb!” You can read the full review here *** Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: Nicolas Rainer, Chicago’s most sought-after billionaire bachelor, has finally decided what he wants, and that’s Bee Carter in his arms, forever. He shows up unannounced on her doorstep and kisses her until her toes curl and her body burns. Nicolas wasn’t the sexy man Bee expected to see this morning. Hawke Masters, her tattooed former marine, is riding his customized chopper toward the condo building, anticipating an equally mind-meltingly erotic...

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Nov 25 - Post

NaNoWriMo Day 24 – Let Those Fingers Fly

Day 24 – It’s Monday and that always means dragging teens out of bed after a weekend of doing nothing and too little sleep. The day started off with a bang with my oldest being late to school (again) and chasing the youngest out the door. It’s funny to realize “work” is a vacation from […]

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5 Things with Katharine Ashe

Katharine Ashe is the award winning author of adventurous, bestselling Regency romances from Avon! But her newest novella, in the anthology At the Billionaire’s Wedding, is a romp in contemporary romance. Here, she shares with us five things you probably didn’t know about her. 1) Did you have a nickname growing up? “Katie, Katie, the Paper Cup Lady”. One day in 1st grade I was innocently sitting cross-legged on my fuzzy blue Cookie Monster mat at snack time, when my teacher asked me to pass out the paper cups for juice. Someone called me that name, and it stuck, swiftly morphing into “Katie, Katie, the Big Fat Lady”, and so on. I’m proud to say that (after decades of therapy) I have finally gotten over this trauma. But if I could remember which nasty kid made up the name, I’d hunt him down and… 2) Do you celebrate when you...

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Review: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4) by Sarah MacLean Historical Romance Released: November 25, 2015 Avon Reviewed by Tori Favorite Quote: “People believe what they wish to believe.”  Lady Georgiana, our heroine, fell from her lofty social pedestal when she bore a child out of wedlock and was forced to disappear from Society. She has come to terms with this and found her own way to get back at those who snubbed her while cheering her demise. For years, Georgiana has played the London ton for the fools they are by offering them a jewel encrusted rope with which they could hang themselves. But now the time has come for her to take her place in Society again; opening herself back up to the scorn and ridicule she knows will be heaped upon her in order to secure her child’s future. Our hero, Duncan...

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Guest Post with Author Megan Frampton and Giveaway

Meet Megan Frampton, author of The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior. Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son. Places to find Megan: | Site | Facebook | Twitter | Thanks to Ramblings from this Chick for inviting me here today! I love to ramble. And ramble, as anyone who’s read my books can attest. One of the things that I like about writing, in fact, is that I can get deep inside my characters’ heads and just—ramble. About what they’ve eaten, what they think about the clothing they’re wearing, what they think about the very attractive duke who’s interviewing them for a position, what they think about how they’re behaving, and how they feel about what they’re...

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Can’t Wait Hunted Series Prequel by Jennifer Ryan

Synopsis: From the All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy Anthology comes Jennifer Ryan’s story of Caleb and Summer. Before the Hunted series they had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten… Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for – saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s help, he plans a surprise Christmas proposal she’ll never forget – because he can’t wait to make her his wife....

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