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Q&A: Linda Winfree of ALL I NEED

All I Need Linda Winfree

Author of some of the steamiest and most riveting Romantic Suspense stories, Linda Winfree, has been so kind as to answer a few of our burning questions! Check out our interview below and don’t miss All I Need, out now!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Open Range
  2. Independence Day
  3. The Mummy
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Grease


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).


  1. In Open Range, it’s so hard to choose only one scene – I adore the small scene where Sue is changing and Charley is cleaning mud from the carpet and catches a glimpse. My favorite though is the “I love you” scene where Charley tells Sue he won’t be one of her disappointments.
  2. Independence Day gives you not one, but three romances. Although it doesn’t end happily ever after, I adore the entire relationship between the President and First Lady.
  3. In The Mummy, I am in love with the obvious attraction and push-pull between O’Connell and Evie. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene because every scene with them is amazing.
  4. Jurassic World has some of this same romantic push pull between Owen and Claire. They want each other, are complete opposites, and don’t really want to want one another. I love how Claire, without being stupid, refuses to let Owen go it alone. Favorite scenes – atop the water fall, when Claire prepares herself for going into the wild and after the pterodactyl attack, when Claire saves Owen and they finally kiss.
  5. I know – you’re thinking my Grease couple is Danny and Sandy. Nope. Rizzo and Kenickie. They are amazing together, even when they are breaking one another’s hearts. Favorite scene? The Ferris Wheel.

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Daughters of the Bride Susan Mallery

We get to pick the brain of a Women’s Fiction legend and author of some of our favorite books to curl up with after a hard day, Susan Mallery! Check out our Q&A (and, by the way, we have never agreed more wholeheartedly to anything than her stance on jeans) for some really fun answers! Susan’s latest book, Daughters of the Bride, is out right now!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?


I’m going to change this question to “five of your favorites,” because I don’t really have five specific favorites. These are a few of the movies I’ve watched recently that made my heart sigh.


  • Love, Actually
  • Terminator (not kidding)
  • 16 Candles
  • Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Juno


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).


Love, Actually

My husband and I watch Love, Actually every year during the Christmas season, and it gets me every time. Like with my latest book, Daughters of the Bride, it has several intertwining storylines that all come together to one beautiful, happy ending.

One scene that immediately springs to mind is when Colin Firth, a writer, sees his Portuguese housekeeper in a romantic light for the first time. They don’t speak the same language, but in this scene, they have a conversation that transcends the language barrier. He’s writing outside, the old-fashioned way, with a typewriter and a stack of pages, and when she brings him coffee, half of his pages blow into the lake. (A reminder to every writer: back up, back up, back up!) They both jump into the water, and what ensues is one of the funniest, most touching scenes of the movie.

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Exclusive Excerpt: L.A. Witt’s HIATUS

Hiatus L.A. Witt

Fans of M/M Romance, we’ve got a  taste of something special just for you! We fell in love with this emotional little sneak peek into L.A. Witt’s Hiatus the minute we jumped in. And now? You get to too! (Congrats!)

I couldn’t decide if I should take off my wedding ring or leave it on.

Lying in a small, borderline shitty hotel off the interstate in Amarillo, waiting for Nate to text me, I turned the gold band over and over between my fingers.

Cam had stopped wearing his almost immediately. No one asked him questions if he showed up without it. His clients were used to him not wearing one—he never wore his ring or his watch while he was working.

I worked in one of those offices where people noticed. A coworker had come in without his wedding ring once, and the whispers had started flying before he’d even reached his desk. Turned out he’d smashed his hand on something over the weekend. He’d wisely removed the ring before his finger had swelled up too much. A week later, the ring was back on, and when he brought his wife to the Christmas party a few months later, people finally stopped speculating about trouble in paradise.

If I didn’t wear mine, people would notice. And I really, really didn’t want to talk about it.

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Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of tea, and a Q&A with the amazing Crystal Jordan? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on Gatlinburg Getaway, out right now!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

The Fifth Element

Sweet Home Alabama

The Princess Bride

Pride and Prejudice (2005 film)

Four Weddings and a Funeral


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

The Fifth Element: Diva Song/fight scene:

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Exclusive Excerpt: Em Petrova’s KICKIN’ UP DUST

Kickin' Up Dust Em Petrova

Western Romance fans, we have something special just for you! When Danica loses her brother and Brodie loses his best friend, they consider a piece of themselves lost forever. Until they find each other. Two childhood friends come together in the wake of war and loss. The amazing Em Patrova is heating things up in this exclusive excerpt of Kickin’ Up Dust, out now!

Danica could almost feel her ovaries exploding as she drank in the image of Sergeant Brodie Bell. He must have packed on fifty pounds of solid muscle since going off to war with her brother. His arms were roped, his biceps bursting from his T-shirt sleeves. And mother of pearl, the way his jeans hung on his hips could make a girl go a little crazy.

Her nipples were two tight buds, and she feared he could see them distending her top, since she hadn’t bothered with a bra after her shower. All day long the torture device had dug into her shoulders and chafed her sides. Someday maybe she’d fabricate and patent a bra made for cowgirls. One a girl could rope and ride in without discomfort.

She watched Brodie’s face change as they stared at each other.

“You lost the braces.”

Oh hell. Was that all he saw when he looked at her? That she no longer had buck teeth? In school they’d called her Easter, because someone said her teeth resembled the Easter Bunny’s.

“Yeah, Pup. What of it?” She shot him a grin, quite aware of how perfect her problem area was now.

A ghost of a smile tipped the corner of his lips but he didn’t let it reach his eyes. Those were the deepest brown, nearly black. Cool, calculating almost. She could easily see how battle and probably the latest events had changed him.

“That nickname can’t rile me anymore. What do you think they called me in boot camp?” He extended his forearm, where a cute little black puppy was tattooed. Its jaws were wide open, and blood dripped off its fangs.

She noted the veins snaking over his arm and felt her nipples tighten further. What was the matter with her? This wasn’t the time for lust or the person to lust over. Matt was dead, and Brodie had the horrifying job of delivering his belongings to her parents.

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Q&A: Robin Lovett of RACING TO YOU

Racing to You Robin Lovett

You know what’s better than gushing about Romance? Reading other people gush about Romance—especially when it’s an author that really knows her stuff! Check out our Q&A with the brilliant Robin Lovett, author of Racing To You! You’re not just in for a treat of excellent taste, Racing To You is out right now!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Roman Holiday is an all-time favorite. Audrey Hepburn is wonderful, and I love spending a day touring Rome with her and Gregory Peck on a Vespa. I first saw it as a teenager when I was home sick from school—best sick day ever!


Shakespeare in Love makes me laugh and cry every time. Notting Hill for the adorable, hopeless romantic in Hugh Grant, and Bridget Jone’s Diary because she’s so awkward yet gets her man anyway. And I enjoy a good sports romance with sexy humor, so I have to add Wimbledon.

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Q&A: Ralph Josiah Bardsley of THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S TRUTH

The Photographers Truth Ralph Josiah Bardsley

We are so happy to have Ralph Josiah Bardsley as our guest today! One of our favorite M/M Romance authors, Bardsley’s so good at capturing emotion it’s hard to bring one of his books with you on the subway. There’s just too much to wistfully sigh at—which is great at home, less so on public transportation. But it’s also exactly why we just had to know more about him and The Process! Check out our QA below and don’t miss The Photographer’s Truth, out now!

What would you say is the easiest part of writing?

For me, the easiest part is the first draft.  I give myself a lot of leeway during this part of the process – I let my imagination go wherever it wants to.  That’s also where I have the most fun.


What’s the most difficult part?

The editing process is definitely the most difficult process for me.  Some writers love that phase – honing the language, cleaning up grammar and plot.  While I respect the focus and the effort it takes, it doesn’t come naturally to me.  Thankfully, I’ve got an amazing editor at Bold Strokes Books by the name of Jerry Wheeler who makes that process much smoother.


What love story stands out in your mind as the most compelling?

In general, I like a love story that requires the characters to struggle with their own demons as part of the process of falling in love.  Specifically, Mary Renault’s The Charioteer is my favorite love story. It is set in WWII and the characters are at war – both in the literal sense and within themselves.  Another more recent love story that I found absolutely compelling was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  But have a box of tissue and a glass of wine handy if you read that one – you’ll need it.


Are there certain moods or scenes that are easier to write for you?

I’ve been told that I write descriptive scenes well – that I can make someone feel as if they’re walking down a street in Paris or Boston.  I’ll be honest; I think my best scenes tend to be the ones that take place in Boston.  Though I haven’t lived there for years, I spent most of my twenties in the city and everything about it is still absolutely visceral in my memory.

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Guest Post: Roxy Mews on Tiny Houses and Romance

Love Shack Roxy Mews

Itty bitty super small teeny tiny houses. The “Tiny House” phenomenon hit my radar a couple years ago when I was looking for ways utilize every square inch of the house I currently live in.

My family is bursting at the seams of my home, and I was looking for ways to carve out an office space for myself. It all started with a search for a fold away desk.

Then I fell down the Pinterest pit. (If you want to see how far down the rabbit hole I fell, check out my “Tiny” boards.) Then I went to YouTube and didn’t emerge for days. I scared the crap out of my husband. He’s seen me fall down research holes before, but this one was different. I couldn’t stop.

Funny thing was, I wasn’t looking to write a book about it, I was just fascinated. So like every other writer I know, when something overwhelms my brain, I had to put the knowledge to use. I grabbed a paper and pen and started jotting down ideas.

My Tiny Houses, Big Hearts series erupted from my brain and landed on a pad of paper from one of my favorite authors. Then I put it aside. For all of ten minutes before I opened up a new document and started writing.

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Q&A: J.L. Merrow of BLOW DOWN

Blow Down J.L. Merrow

You know what’s a great sign that we’ll love a book? When an author has great taste in pretty much everything even vaguely Romance related.

Okay, so we’re biased. But we second every single favorite of the brilliant J.L. Merrow, author of Blow Down.

Even Deadpool? Especially Deadpool.



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Now, this is a tough one as I’m more of a sci-fi/action movie gal. But here goes:

  1. Deadpool. The romance between ‘Pool and Vanessa is so touching: a real meeting of souls. His crazy matches her crazy. Morena Baccarin is drop-dead gorgeous, which never hurts—and get this: she is (unbelievably) 37 to Ryan Reynolds’ 39. How often do you see a leading man pushing forty paired with a lady only 2 years younger?
  2. The X-Men What do you mean, there’s no actual Professor X/Magneto romance?
  3. The Hobbit: the love story between Aidan Turner’s Kili and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel is so sweet and fraught with external conflict and tragedy. Poor loves. And great to see a height difference that goes against society’s norm when the guy is not insanely rich/powerful.
  4. Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes The subtext is very rapidly becoming the text!
  5. Hellboy. He’s a demon from the fires of damnation: she’s a pyrokinetic out of control. It’s a match made in Hell.

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Guest Post: “Living in a Fantasy World” by Missy Jane

Born of Magic Missy Jane

One of the biggest decisions I make when beginning a new book is setting. A lot of times characters will pop into my head half-formed. I’ll know a physical trait or two, maybe their name, but not much else. What do they wear? When do they live? What type of city, village, town, are they in? All of these questions are vital to the flow of a good story, but often elude me when I’m gripped by the plot or one very stubborn character.

When I decided to write a gargoyle story I had no idea it was going to be fantasy. I love to ready fantasy and have written a couple of other books (unpublished) that can qualify as fantasy books. However, I hadn’t considered setting one of my romances in a completely fantasy world yet. My previous paranormal romances are in urban settings, one contemporary and one post-apocalyptic. So when my Gargoyle Masters opened their mouths and began speaking I knew they needed a setting to match their speech patterns.

Writing in a fantasy world provides a lot of creative freedom. I’m able to create my own map of the world, my own languages and modes of transportation, my own forms of clothing and customs. I absolutely love it. Though there is a fine line of creative freedom and downright ridiculousness, I’ve tried very hard not to cross into something that would completely change the feel of my story. My gargoyles are large, sexy, protective males, whose sole purpose had been to protect the human kingdom in which they were created. The introduction of women they can’t seem to live without really throws them for a loop.

Book one in the series, Born of Stone, introduced my gargoyles and matched two of them up to women who needed to find their inner strength. However, book two, Born of Magic, matches two of the brothers up to women who already know how strong they need to be in the world dominated by men. They go toe to toe with the gargoyles with no problem and prove themselves to be more than worthy mates. The two books have a different feel for this reason, just as the gargoyles are each unique in their own ways.

About Born of Stone:

Guarding a kingdom takes mere strength. Guarding their hearts takes something more.

As his month-long guard duty comes to an end, Master Wynnston should be looking forward to well-deserved time away from the king’s castle. Instead, he feels strangely reluctant to leave. When Zephara of the Pastelle race arrives, he realizes why.

The stunning, silver-eyed ambassador is the woman his heart, body, and soul have been waiting for. She’s also a powerful wizard who will endure the test of the Twenty. Wynn has never been afraid to woo a strong woman, but winning and keeping Zephara’s love will test him to the limit.

Meanwhile, pure chance has finally led Master Kephas to find the runaway Princess Theodora. But before he can return the frightened, skittish beauty to her father, he must win her trust—and her heart.

Physical strength will do Wynn and Kephas no good as they face their challenges. And two women will search deep within themselves for the strength, courage—and tenderness—to bring two powerful men to their knees.

Warning:  If you’re looking for ugly stone creatures, move along—you won’t find them here. If you like hot, protective, males who aren’t intimidated by strong, assertive females, settle in and turn the page.

Missy JaneMissy Jane is the alter ego of a married mother of four who was born and raised in Texas. She spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making, alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters, sexy Archangels, and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she’s always right.

Excerpts from Missy’s paranormal and erotic tales can be found at ,, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.