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Guest Post + Excerpt: Lindsey Frydman’s Top 5 and THE HEARTBREAK HYPOTHESIS

The Heartbeat Hypothesis Lindsey Frydman

It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)

  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 


An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.

My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”

“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.

“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.

Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Guest Post: Cindi Madsen on Her Very First OTP

Operation Prom Date Cindi Madsen

In my new release, Operation Prom Date, my heroine Kate is all about fandoms and shipping and OTPs (One True Pairing, if you’re not sure what that is). It’s basically the couple that you read about or watch on TV, and you start yelling at the characters to kiss already. The couple that makes you a little crazy, to the point where if someone disagrees with you or tries to say they should be with someone else, it might get ugly.

Here’s a small excerpt from when they first talk about ships:

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”

“‘Ship’ them?”

“I want them in a relationship. Like I’d put them in a ship together so they’d be forced to see they’re perfect for each other, bribe the writers to get them together, ship them. Partnership, friendship, please-God-put-them-in-a-relationship-already ship them.”

“Oh-kay.”

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Guest Post: Vanessa Vale of FIGHT FOR HER on Summer vs. Winter

Fight For Her Vanessa Vale

The Vale household is divided! I like summer. The hot weather, sunshine, pools, green grass, flowers. Sundresses. So does Vale child #2. My husband and Vale child #1 like winter. They like skiing and bundling up. Snow. They’d rather be cold and turn the heater on than be hot and turn on the AC. The compromise should be spring, a little of both. In the Wild West where we live, winter always wins. April is the 2nd snowiest month and it’s a hot mess (and I don’t mean it’s warm). I’m ready for flowers and Easter dresses and yet I’m still slogging around in boots and my puffy coat. There’s only one answer to this: Hawaii. It’s never too hot or too cold. It’s just right… all the time. My winter/summer family agrees, so we should move. As I look out the window right now and see it snowing, I’m considering packing my bags.

Are you a fan of summer or winter? Both?

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Guest Post: 5 Favorite Romantic Suspense Reads from Lea Griffith

Flash of Fury Lea Griffith

Thank you, EverAfter Romance, for letting me chat about my 5 Favorite Romantic Suspense Novels. I cut my teeth on romantic suspense. My mom was a voracious reader and I used to sneak into her closet and read her romances. From her historical to her suspense, my love of romance developed in a walk-in closet when I was probably too young to be reading them, lol! But read them I did and of course I have favorites. Let me share, yeah?

 

5. All the Queen’s Men, Linda Howard

Linda Howard is one of my all-time favorite authors. She gives epic emotion, action and suspense and wraps it all up in a neat, tidy bow by the end. Her reads are fast-moving and HOT. John Medina, the hero of AtQM, more than meets the HOT criteria, and his heroine, is more than a match for him. It’s got all the things I love in a rom suspense and her writing is beautiful.
4. Naked in Death, J D Robb

Oh, the things I could say about this book. JD Robb outdid herself when she penned this futuristic romantic suspense that revolves around a tough-as-nails cop and the man who takes her heart. This makes my list at #4 because Roarke is my all-time favorite hero. He’s got it all and I loved reading about him as much as I loved reading about Eve Dallas. Robb keeps you hanging on while weaving a believable, and accurately depicted, tale of murder, police procedure, and a romance that blooms in the middle of bloodshed.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Guest Post: Paige Tyler’s Favorite Character From HER TRUE MATCH

Her True Match Paige Tyler

That’s easy. It’s Trevor Maxwell, the snarky, occasionally inappropriate coyote shifter whose been showing up in the X-OPS Series here and there.

Trevor was originally only going to have a bit part in Her True Match, even though his book is coming up next in the series. But then he got involved in checking out a possible hybrid research facility in Maine, and from there, things got a little bit out of hand.

Much of this had to do with the fact that the Department of Covert Operation (DCO) needed to get one of their agents into a psychiatric facility to see if there were some evil people up there trying to cook up a new batch of hybrids. The critical issue at hand here is that the DCO thought the best way to get someone deep inside the facility was if that person needed to be committed. When it came to finding someone who could pull off that role easily, it was Trevor.

Not too sure what that says about him.

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Guest Post: “Nice Guys Shouldn’t Finish Last” by Amber Mitchell

Garden of Thorns Amber Mitchell

There’s something undeniably steamy about a bad boy in fiction. He’s aloof, always keeps you on your toes, but usually deep down, he’s got a heart of gold. And while I love me some bad boys in books, today I want to talk about another archetype because while the hero in my debut YA fantasy Garden of Thorns is definitely steamy, he is not a bad boy. In fact, he’s actually a good guy and sadly, nice guys usually finish last, even in fiction.

Good guys tend to get pushed to the side in narratives. True, there are plenty of novels with the friends-to-lovers trope but oftentimes, when that mysterious new guy strolls onto the page, the reliable guy friend gets shelved because predictability doesn’t always make for great tension. But I was determined.

When I sat down to create Rayce, I wanted him to be a good guy. While I love the romantic tension of opposites attracting, I wanted him to be undeniably likable and knew he would have to be in order for my heroine, Rose, to give him a chance. Since she had spent so many years as a slave in a burlesque show, under the tyrannical rule of a man, Rayce had to be kind, caring, and unwavering in his belief that he can help the world. What I needed was a healer.

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Guest Post: Linda Broday on the Stellar HEA of TEXAS REDEMPTION

Texas Redemption Linda Broday

Sometimes a story comes along that sets you back on your heels and makes you think about how fate (or God if you will) often gives you a second chance. This story was Texas Redemption and it showed me just how strong the power of love is. And how much you ache when it’s a love you can’t claim.

This is the kind of story that ties your stomach in knots and you see no way to a HEA. But hold on. Don’t give up.

Brodie Yates (Shenandoah) first met Laurel James during the Civil War in a brothel. She was only fifteen or sixteen but they fell in love. He promised to go back and get her but the war got in the way. Then at war’s close, he’s hunted for being an infamous rebel spy. Laurel waited for him but had to conclude that he’d either been killed—or that he didn’t want her.

Desperate to escape the brothel where she’d been taken at fifteen after being kidnapped, she enlists the help of the cook. They make their way to Redemption, Texas where she can hide from those who are looking to take her back. Her family lives near but she’s too ashamed to go to them. Even though it wasn’t her doing, her soul is stained. She and her friend open a café and she becomes engaged to the town mayor. She burns with determination to find redemption and respectability.

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Guest Post: “Wonderful World of Words” by Heather McCollum

Thee Beast of Aros Castle Heather McCollum

Thanks for having me on EverAfter Romance to celebrate the release of the first book in my new Highland Isles series, The Beast of Aros Castle! I’m Heather McCollum, and I am a Word Nerd. I love words, history, and writing romance. I often lose myself in etymology: the study of the origin of words.

As a writer, there are millions of words from which to choose. Yet the wrong word, or the right word said by the wrong person, can completely throw a reader out of the world I’ve created. Nooo! Therefore, I must choose wisely when writing.

The word “wow” was first used in the 1510’s. It was a Scottish exclamation to show astonishment and has apparently stood the test of time. In my Scottish romance, set in the year 1522 when King Henry VIII was still on his first wife, it would be historically accurate for my Highlander to say “wow, lass, ye look lovely, spread naked across my bed.” But how many of you would stop and wonder whether he would really say “wow”? That word could completely throw you out of the scene (and this could be a scene you really don’t want to miss!).

Then there are the cuss words. In the late 16th century, the F-word was not considered a swear word, but a word to describe, in a straightforward way, sexual intercourse. It first showed up in a manuscript written in the early 1500’s by a monk writing about his moral-lacking abbot. The word became increasingly thought of as crass and was considered taboo by the late 18th century. The word “swive” was defined the same way as the F-word in the 16th century, and considered just as crass.

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“Why Being a Rake is a Total Bore: The Incredible True Confession” by Ingrid Hahn

To Covet a Lady's Heart Ingrid Hahn

Mistress Hahn was supposed to entertain you today, but she sent me an urgent message begging for help.

The timing could not be more perfect. I have been longing to set the record straight on a number of matters pertaining to what is really involved in maintaining a less-than-sterling reputation. I most certainly am not soliciting your sympathy. I simply wish for you to understand that it’s not as effortless as it seems.

Carousing. Everyone uses that word. Does anyone know what it actually entails? Making merry is all well and good. Lively company is a fine thing. To a certain extent. But a man reaches a certain age, and the lure of a good book by the fireside with a fine glass of wine becomes more appealing. I know. It was a strange realization for me, too. At the age of eighteen, nothing sounded more dull. At twenty-five, I was more compassionate toward the old men who found pleasures in such things. A few years later—I won’t say how many—and I became that old man myself, decades earlier than anticipated. Or I would liked to have done, had I not had a reputation to maintain.

 

Which brings me to what it takes in maintaining one’s reputation with women. Let me think. All right, I won’t lie. I can’t find any downside to this one. If a woman seeks my company with certain expectations of what I might provide for her…never mind, let’s skip this one.

 

Horseflesh. You must have an intimate knowledge of all the fastest horses in the country. You must be able to detail who owns which animals, who bought which horse when and for what price, and all the particulars therein. I myself like horses very much. Not so much as my dear friend, the Earl of Corbeau, but I do like them. But sometimes a man wants to enjoy the company of his animals without being surrounded by young Corinthians in their finest, carefully appointed plumage who want the opportunity to try besting you to prove themselves.

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Guest Post: Heather Van Fleet’s Top 5 Obsessions

Reckless Hearts Heather Van Fleet

Just what we needed: A list of really tempting things to distract us all weekend from a Romance author we love.

We’re sharing the wealth with these obsessions from Heather Van Fleet.


5. Pretty Little Liars

I was late to the game when it came to this show. My oldest daughter, who loves it to pieces, kept pushing it on me, wanting to talk end games and ships and what not. So, toward the beginning of last year, I believe it was during spring break, I sat down and watched every single season and episode of this series just to make her happy. In the end, my eyes were bleeding from all the twists and coupling off, but…color me addicted. I’ve not read any of the books in the series (shame on me, I know) but I’d say this is good enough for a middle-aged Mama like myself.

4. Outlander
Not sure if I’m more obsessed with the show, or with Jamie, but hey…I’m on this bandwagon for life. These books and the TV show have turned into a pop culture phenomenon and I, personally, can’t get enough of it. Every Saturday night, I sneak out of my house and drive the ten minutes to get to my parents’ house just so I can watch the show with my equally as obsessed Mom. We curl up, eat some popcorn, and turn off all the lights just to get the theatre ambiance whenever we’re watching. Every week is a surreal experience that I keeps me coming back for more, though I know what’s about to happen. Most of all, it gives my mom and me time to just hang.

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