Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne

Q&A with Tawna Fenske!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of this story together?

The Hook Up is the final installment of my First Impressions series, which makes this the second full series I’ve written for Entangled Publishing (though for the record, they’re all standalone books that can be read in any order). Now that I’ve completed two series, I can honestly say that the last book has been my favorite to write in both instances. It’s a combination of hitting my stride with all the characters and really feeling comfortable in the world I’ve created, plus it’s fun to pull all the loose ends together in one big finale.

Most frustrating?

Ex-Navy man turned video producer Ty Hendrix is the hero of this story, and there were times I wanted to grab him by by the ears and shake him. The lousiness of his childhood left him understandably reluctant to get involved with a single mom, but during the black moment when he walks away, I was shouting at my computer, “you get back in there, you big wuss.” Luckily, he more than makes up for it in the end.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

All I have to do is turn to my right and see which books are most dog-eared on the bookshelf. Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters is one of my all-time favorites for its blend of heart and humor and the endearing multiple viewpoints. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander has been one of my favorites for twenty years, and I’ve loved watching it come to life in the TV series. I’ve adored Kurt Vonnegut since high school, and my copy of Player Piano is so dog-eared it’s practically in shreds. Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation is one of my favorite romantic comedies written by one of the goddesses of my genre, so I tip my hat to her quirky humor and heat. Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams is another favorite I’ve literally read hundreds of times, and it breaks my heart every single time.

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Elizabeth Michels’ Top Summer Reads

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The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Fallon St. James: The Mastermind

When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn’s life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.

Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows…even as Isabelle’s friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light.  But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life’s work—or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.

Now onto the guest post… Elizabeth Michels shares her most anticipated books of the summer! 

Summer is finally here! The sun is bright in the sky and a lounge chair by the water is calling my name.  Today I’m filling my beach bag with my sunglasses, a drink with a tiny umbrella in it, and some great books.  Here are 5 books I’ve been looking forward to reading all spring!

image1When I see a book with the name Amanda Quick on the cover, I always know I’m going to find a great story inside.  In THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, we go to a 1930s Hollywood hideaway where the secrets are plentiful.  When a beautiful actress is found dead at the bottom of a pool, it’s a young reporter’s job to discover the truth.  Add to this an actor who isn’t all that he seems, powerful men determined to cover up the messy details, and a hotel owner whose livelihood hangs in the balance, and you have a page turner for sure! I can’t wait to dive into this one!


image4In A STARDANCE SUMMER, Emily March takes us Glamping with Grannies! Are you already as hooked as I am?   Good!  A career-driven woman takes some time to sort things out in her life at Stardance Ranch in Colorado.  While enjoying the great outdoors she meets the owner of the resort and a romance begins, until his ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene.  I’m really looking forward to escaping into this world of glamour-camping this summer!


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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster

Q&A with Jennie Marts!

 We ask Jennie Marts the tough questions!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of this story together? I loved the ending where I got to bring everything together and tie up all of the fun parts of the story. I really love happily ever afters!

Most frustrating? The parts I had to cut. ☹ This book came in long and we needed to cut out some sections and that’s always hard.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

  1. Can I count the Harry Potter series as one book??? Because I could read those forever. They are my favorite books. I love the idea of an average kid getting a chance to go to magic school and be a wizard and the writing is just out of this world.
  2. One of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich—she’s my favorite author and those books always make me laugh.
  3. The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. This book touched my heart and changed me in profound ways. I loved this book.
  4. Outlander- this one is nice and chunky and takes a long time to read and lets you live in the world of Claire and Red Jamie for a long time
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg- I love the small town worlds that she builds and the feel good feels of all of her books.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Exclusive Excerpt, Giveaway

GIVEAWAY/EXCERPT: A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns

First in a fresh contemporary romance series from award-winning debut author Debbie Burns.

Every heart has a forever home.

Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She’ll do anything for them—even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who’s in way over his head. She’ll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy’s human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned.

When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn’t expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it’s not just animals Megan is adept at saving—she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything…even lead to their forever home.


Check out our exclusive excerpt below!

Working to suppress the shivers traversing her spine, Megan switched the travel mug of sweet-scented mocha to her free hand and tucked her half-frozen one into her coat pocket. She tried not to focus on how much warmer the shoulder was that was rubbing against Craig’s upper arm as they meandered the darkened streets of Webster Groves.

“I wish it were still Christmas so you could see it,” she said. “I always feel like I’m in a snow globe because the houses are done up so cute.”

“It’d be colder if it were Christmas. It’s mid-March, and I can’t feel my toes.”

“I told you that you needed a jacket.”

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Guest Post

Teri Anne Stanley’s Go-To Books

I love to go to book conferences…readers, writers, librarians…all members of my tribe. I’m incredibly awkward on most elevator rides, but at a book con, I can sit down with total strangers and chat for hours and never run out of topics. For example: At a recent conference, a reader asked me what my go-to books are.

I said it depends on what I need to go-to the book for, but it made me think about books I’ve re-read and why they appeal to me.

I’m sure my mother could chime in and tell you all which children’s book I read over and over again (Are You My Mother rings a bell, but I’m not sure if that was mine, my brother’s or maybe my mom’s favorite (because it was relatively short)).

The first chapter book I remember reading over and over again was Charlotte’s Web. I still have my little paperback copy, with a baked bean label for a cover (I don’t know why. It fit, and I thought it looked good). I would read that book, and (spoiler alert!) cry like crazy every time that stupid spider died. I saw the movie not too long ago and cried. Why on earth do I like to read/watch things that make me cry? Who knows? I’m sure there’s some sort of cathartic something-or-other there.

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Q&A with Zoe Forward!

We interview Zoe Forward, author of the new paranormal romance THE WAY YOU BITE!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of THE WAY YOU BITE together?

I love the aaha moment when everything in the story clicks. Something happens in the plot that makes everything work. In this book it was realizing the heroine is a fighter who values above all her independence to make her own decisions in her life, not something that was allowed in the antiquated society of centuries old vampires. This need directed all her actions from when she thought herself pureblood vampire and plotted her escape from her dictatorial father and fiancé to when she discovers she’s half werewolf and fights to have freedom within the wolf world.

Most frustrating?

Having to take advice from wannabe authors like my cat who thinks he can write better than me by walking across my keyboard. Or, my ten month-old who thinks smashing the keys is great fun.

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Q&A with N.J. Walters!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of this story together?

I love watching Ezra and Sam come together, seeing how they interact with one another when they first meet and then later as their relationship grows. I find my characters always surprise me.

Most frustrating?

I always find the middle of the book the most frustrating. Even though I’ve written many, many books, I still worry that I’ll never finish the story, but somehow I always do.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

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Guest Post

A Tour of London with Liz Jacobs!

Nick Melnikov doesn’t know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he’s in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn’t expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it’s both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way.

Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he’s been nursing for a while . . .

When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Now onto the tour!

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Exclusive Excerpt



We present you with not one, not two, but THREE excerpts from the new novella collection NOT MY FIRST RODEO 2 by Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Sarah M. Anderson. Keep reading!


Joe turned over onto his side, wishing he could fall asleep. Crime in their little town was generally the mild sort, and armed robbery was a total anomaly. But it wasn’t the seriousness of the crime keeping him awake. It was Cassidy, in his bed, dressed in some flimsy pink pajamas.

Bringing her here might have been a mistake. In the office, it had seemed perfectly sensible and platonic. They’d always been friendly. But sitting with her on the sofa as she got tipsy on a little bit of whiskey was something else. She brought out his protective instincts. She brought out more than that, too. When she’d looked up at him and said that she trusted him today…something had changed. He’d felt it, like a thump to the chest. There was something about the way she’d looked into his eyes. Nothing was completely platonic. They were two people of roughly the same age, single, and damn, she was pretty. Even during the stress of the day, she’d managed to crack a few jokes. He admired that.

He flipped over to his other side and closed his eyes, focused on slowing his breathing, and tried to lull himself into sleep. If only he could shut off his brain.

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Exclusive Excerpt, Guest Post

Five Difficulties of a Coach/Player Relationship

Coach/player relationships hit about a thousand of my buttons, which is why I was so excited to write one in Coach’s Challenge. I have a thing for any kind of forced proximity romance (snowed in a cabin! Marriage of convenience!), and the secrecy inherent in the Coach/Player dynamic makes it super hot. But, as the title of the book suggests, it’s also not the easiest – and here are some reasons why!

  1. Alone time is hard to come by. Especially in the ECHL – hey, you’re on a bus with a lot of other guys, in a locker room with a lot of other guys, staying in a hotel with a lot of other guys….you get the picture. Throw in the adrenaline rush post-game and how do you find the perfect place where you won’t be interrupted to indulge in some sexy hotness? It’s one thing in your own locker room, but if you’re away in some strange state, in a city you’re not familiar with and an arena that isn’t yours…those dark corners aren’t always easy to come by! Also, hockey players wear a lot of gear. If you’re secret boyfriend is a goalie, you’re gonna have to wait a few minutes for him to get all that gear off before anything sexy can happen.
  2. Locker Rooms aren’t made for trysts. Seriously, it’s all hard benches, cold floors, lockers and smelly equipment. Not exactly the most conducive to a sexy moment, right? Showers are all right there in the open and everything, too. You’re going to have to be pretty creative. Besides, let’s say you work something out and find a way to get it on…then you’re going to be stuck having inappropriate thoughts about the many uses of skate laces during the pre-game speech.
  3. A coach’s job is to offer both praise – and critique. While this is great for a player’s on-ice development, relationship wise? It can be a little tricky. If you’ve got a coach with some strong opinions – and who’s used to shouting them out in the moment – then that might lead to some complications in intimate situations. Hearing a critique of your passing techniques is one thing…but no one wants a diagram about their bedroom skills and how they can be improved when they’re in the middle of things.
  4. Hockey has some of the most unintentionally dirty lingo in sports, and that might lead to some embarrassing interruptions when you’re not really in the mood for an audience. Because your teammates might hear the coach telling you why he wants you to “get it in deep” and not think anything about waltzing right in and interrupting you.  
  5. If you’re a coach, you’re going to be watching your secret boyfriend playing hockey in a lot of situations…both good and bad. And if you’re a hotheaded coach, you might take exception to the guy on the other team who just tripped your boyfriend on the ice. Especially when he has the puck, and a clear lane to the goal. And if your boyfriend gets that game winner in OT that wins your team a championship? You can’t really kiss him senseless without everyone knowing what’s up.

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