Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Day in the Life of… Maya Rodale

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Maya Rodale romance authorMaya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction.

Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

 

 

A day in the life of Romance Author Maya Rodale

I spend my days writing historical and contemporary romance novels—and taking breaks from fictional worlds to peruse the internet and chat with readers. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook or right here!

I am a morning person, which means I rise early, drink a cup of strong tea, read the news and make a to-do list for my day.

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I also do yoga in the morning. This picture is not me and not something I can do...yet!

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Then I go write in a cafĂ© (but only if it’s nice out). Otherwise, I write in bed or at my desk. I usually take my laptop, rather than pen and paper as the heroines of my historical Wallflower novels would do.

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I take breaks to walk my dog, @LadyMissPenny

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In the evenings, I go out on the town in New York City! My adventures out on the town inspired my Bad Boy Billionaire romances. However, I don’t stay out too late—see above about being a morning person!

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The third installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern day heroine writing historical romance novels based on her romantic misadventures with the bad boy billionaire.

Jane Sparks had it all…almost.

Everyone knew that Jane Sparks had been dumped by her high school sweetheart and fired from her job, which is why she was really looking forward to attending her high school reunion as a successful romance novelist with her hot billionaire boyfriend as her date. But a violent encounter with her ex-boyfriend changes everything.

Duke Austen was the luckiest guy in town…almost

Duke Austen is a blue-eyed charmer with a bad boy reputation and ambitious plans for his future—after two failed startups, this tech entrepreneur is about to celebrate the $20 billion IPO of his company—but it no longer matters when the woman he loves has been hurt. Stranded in his apartment during a hurricane without electricity, they must rebuild their trust…and fall in love all over again.

Just when they have it all figured out, Jane and Duke are forced to decide what matters more: facing her past or celebrating his successful future.

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In the third novel of Maya Rodale’s charming Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger…

Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight-in-shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future—that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. He definitely shouldn’t start falling in love with her.

When Prudence’s dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her—even though in doing so, he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman {Blog Tour}

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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her Secret Wishes series includes Kissing the Maid of Honor, RITA Finalist Her Accidental Boyfriend, and Wild About Her Wingman. In July, 2014 her first single title paranormal romance, Veiled Target, will be released. She loves to connect with readers. Learn more about Robin and her books and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

Places to find Robin:

Site: http://robinbielman.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobinBielman
Goodreads: hhttp://goodreads.com/robinbielman

Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones {Cover Reveal}

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists. collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-front

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published
more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at
www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

Right now on Lisa's Facebook page there are a TON of contest counting down to the Release of Rebecca's Lost Journals in Print and for the $.99 Sale of Escaping Reality - so stop by Facebook and enter to win.

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My Hunger - Inside Out 3.2
An Inside Out Novella in Mark's POV

While Chris and Sara have traveled to Paris to avoid the chaos of press and police after the tragic night we’d shared, I have stayed to face the reality of what has happened. But there is no peace to be found in facing the truth, and no truth to be found in the confessions that have been made and retracted. I am a Master, all about control, and yet right now, facing great tragedy, I feel as if I have none. With my club and my relationships of the past in the spotlight, I find sanctuary in the one place I’ve promised I will never be again, but cannot seem to resist. Her arms.

***Mark and Crystal's story begins in the novella Master Undone

My Control - Inside Out 4.1
Mark's POV novella

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.

Also in the Inside Out Series:

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Orphan Station by John Ken {Book Blitz}

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About the Author

John Kent was born in Kingston, Ontario. He started reading at a very young age and started writing ten minutes after. He grew up on a farm where he envisioned aliens and dragons around every corner. He also has a habit of giving every animal in his growing flock an inner monologue complete with their own accents.

You can find John on Twitter and on his website. 

Those on Orphan Station were hardened officers, working to ensure the safe and efficient transition of passengers traveling from Earth to the new colony in the Eta Cassiopeia star system.

They certainly weren’t prepared for the arrival of Selene Sotana.

When her father died, the military men of Orphan Station became Selene’s family, the corridors of the station her playground. There, Selene could be princess or cosmonaut, destined for greatness as she found new ways to save the universe from space pirates and aliens.

Selene’s life was perfect until the day the captain called on her to save a real ship. Could she be the hero of her dreams? More importantly, could she keep her secrets from the passengers she saved?

 

Orphan Station by John Kent
Published:
March 9, 2014

Currently available via iBooks and Lulu.com
Coming soon for other ebook formats.

Excerpt:

Selene waited a few seconds to jump from one corrugated grate to the next, listening to the echoes of her footfalls reverberating down the hall. It ran the length of Orphan Station. Lights blinked on as she arrived in a section and dimmed as she left for another. The hall was otherwise silent, the thrumming of the station’s machinery muffled from the public section.

Imagining herself bouncing across an asteroid, Selene counted aloud to thirty, then huffed as she leapt and landed on another grate. She was a miner, slicing through the rocky crust to gather altite, the most important mineral ever known to man. It would save Earth from its dismal existence and she, Selene Sotana, was the only person brave enough to step into the void of space to mine it.

She paused again, tucking her hair into her tattered shirt before hiking the man-sized jumpsuit higher on her shoulders, but not before her left foot caught in the voluminous pant leg and tripped her up. She threw her scarred hands out to break her fall as she crashed to the floor. “Son of a—” she hissed at the pain that lanced across her palms, then bit her lip to force herself to silence.

Selene stood, wiped her bloodied hands across her pants, and continued down the wide hallway until she came abreast of a double-wide air lock door crisscrossed with yellow emergency tape. She stepped closer to peer into the darkened bay, then squeezed her misty eyes shut as she caressed the Savir Sotana embroidered on the jumpsuit she wore. “Papa,” she mouthed, her throat too tight to release sound.

Selene frowned as the small creature following her darted closer, its tiny metal legs clicking on the floor. She sighed as it nuzzled its metallic nose against her leg, and knelt to brush its back. Her breathing slowed and her furrowed brows relaxed as her petting produced coos. “Shush, Spike. Don’t let the people hear you,” she whispered as she patted his metallic backside. He puffed his chest out before arching his back, as if he were more a cat than a dog.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Great Scots Blog Tour

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About Paula Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

Learn more here: Website, Twitter, Facebook

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Excerpt:

She did not scream as his eyes fell upon her again. She remained motionless, save for her bosom rising and falling hard beneath his hovering shadow. Her eyes were deep, rich mahogany—the color of warmth and gloriously huge and sparked with terror.

He brought his finger to his lips, begging her for silence before he moved away and disappeared into the castle.

Amelia bolted to her feet. Her heart beat a riotous litany in her breast. Clutching her chest, she counted out nine breaths in an effort to get a hold of herself. On the tenth, her eyes darted to David.

“I was dreaming,” she said, more to herself than to it. She had to have been, for no mortal man could scorch a soul with the heat of his gaze alone. Like sapphires caught between light and shadow, his eyes had glittered as they moved over her, scalding her nerve endings, robbing her senses. A dream.

But his scent still lingered all about her. She inhaled, filling her senses with the fragrance of dew and leather. She pulled in a deeper breath, closing her eyes this time. Who was he? A guest who had arrived early, mayhap? A very bold guest, carved from the gold God used to pave heaven’s streets.

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About Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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Excerpt:

Sorley the Hawk slept naked.

His bare-bottomed state was glaringly apparent, even to Lady Mirabelle MacLaren’s innocent eyes. She should have known that a man with such an inordinate fondness for pleasures of the flesh would take to his bed unclothed. Still, it was a possibility she should’ve considered before sneaking into his privy quarters. She hadn’t expected him to be in his room so early of an e’en. She’d hoped to catch him unawares, surprising him when he strode inside.

Now she was trapped.

She stood frozen, her heart racing as she glanced around his bedchamber. Even in the dimness, she could tell his quarters were boldly masculine and entirely too sumptuous for an ordinary court bastard. Exquisitely embroidered and richly-colored tapestries hung from the walls and the floor was immaculate, the rushes fresh and scented with aromatic herbs. A heavily-carved and polished trestle table held the remains of what had surely been a superb repast. Several iron-banded coffers drew her curiosity, making her wonder what treasures they contained. Above all, her eye was drawn to the large curtained bed at the far end of the room.

There, atop the massive four-poster, Sorley was stretched out on his back, one arm folded behind his head.

That he was nude stood without question.



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