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The First Romance Chris Cannon Ever Read | The Dating Debate

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The first romance I read, which is still one of my favorites, is Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie. Here is the opening paragraph.

The man behind the cluttered desk looked like the devil, and Nell Dysart figured that was par for her course since she’d been going to hell for a year and a half anyway. Meeting Gabriel McKenna just meant she’d arrived.

I love Jennifer Crusie’s snarky, smart heroines with their relatable problems and the heroes they square off against. The banter is always great, and the way the characters react seems realistic. There’s no insta-love. Usually it’s more insta-irritation because the characters get under each other’s skin.

I love writing my own snarky banter, and I aspire to create quirky characters like Jennifer Crusie’s. She always gives her characters some real life hobby or interest, which makes them seem more real. I was curious about the Clarice Cliff pottery mentioned in Fast Women and did a little investigating, which lead to several purchases of Clarice Cliff, The Art of the Bizarre reproductions on ebay.

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By a Charm and a Curse | Jaime Questell

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Falling in Love at Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic Isn’t Easy

In my novel, By a Charm and a Curse, Emmaline King is suffering from a curse that has petrified her skin, rendering her unable to feel anything except a brutal cold. One of the conditions of the curse is that she’s now tied to the carnival, unable to stray too far from its confines.

Benjamin Singer has traveled with and worked for the carnival since he was five years old. And though he knows better than most the benefits of the magic that keeps the carnival performers and workers safe and happy, he’s tired. But he and his best friend have a plan – they’re going to leave the carnival behind and strike out on their own.

It is the absolute worst time to fall in love.

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Sara Baysinger’s Book Boyfriends! | The Vanishing Spark

I have. A. LOT. of book boyfriends. And it was hard to choose a favorite. But here they are, the top five, and I’m listing them from my fifth favorite to my absolute #1 favorite.

WARNING: I tried hard not to give away spoilers, but it was hard to say what I loved about my book boyfriends without doing so. Though I tried to be as vague as possible, read at your own risk!

 

Marcus from The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Marcus was my book boyfriend all throughout high school and college. I’ve since progressed in my thinking, and looking back, he’s not really that great. I remember even while I was reading the series (all 10+ times I’ve read it!), there were some red flags in the way Marcus acted, but since my reading was limited in my Christian high school, I just thought that was the way men were, and had a right to be. Plus, this is a historical fiction, and the controlling way Marcus acts probably lines up with the way the culture was in Ancient Rome, where women didn’t have any rights. THAT said, apart from his controlling, condescending nature, Marcus is all shades of swoonworthy. Attractive, humorous, rich, and with a lot of power in society. And those four features are what I used to fashion Kalen Rydell with. Fun Fact: Kalen used to have the exact same characteristics as Marcus, but like I said, I’ve since progressed in my thinking and transformed him into what a real gentleman should look like. 😉  

 

Maxon from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Who else likes the innocent boy who’s never touched a girl? I love Maxon’s innocence, and I love how he doesn’t expect the women to fall all over him, even though he’s the prince and they’re at the palace for him. Like Maxon, Kalen is in a high position in society, and women basically throw themselves at him, yet when Lark, a slave, enters his estate, he doesn’t expect her to act like that at all.

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My Love Affair with Paranormal Romance | Tawny Stokes

My love affair with paranormal romance started, as it always does, with a few talented women. To know when it all started, we’d have to go back… way back to 2005.  

Nope wait, I think we need to go back even further. To 2001 when a little-known Canadian author named Kelley Armstrong published her first Women of the Otherworld book called “Bitten,” which was turned into a TV show a few years ago. It was really my first introduction to an action-packed, paranormal-being populated world with a female lead and a really incredible hot male hero.  She had the best forum for writing on her website, and I visited often and got a lot of advice and information there.  Kelley even blurbed my first published book “Hell Kat,” which Kensington Publishing published in 2005 under my pen name Vivi Anna.  I think Kelley is one of the most underrated authors out there.  

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Top 10 Reasons You Need a Fake Fiancé! | Anyta Sunday

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Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes…to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.

Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one…or three hundred.

Sometimes, one diabolically grinning Gemini is all it takes…to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.

It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…

But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.

He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.

What can he say? It seemed like a good idea in the moment . . .


TOP TEN REASONS YOU NEED A FAKE FIANCÉ

Hey guys,

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! Today’s pretty exciting for me as the third book in my Signs of Love series is making its ways to readers’ Kindles. Gemini Meets Capricorn is the story of Wesley, a flirtatious & adventurous Gemini and Lloyd, a rule abiding & down-to-earth Capricorn.  But rules or not, Lloyd’s helpful nature comes to the rescue when Wesley needs a fake fiancé to prove to his mum that being gay is not just a phase…

A fake fiancé can come in handy in quite a few situations – and I’ve got the top 10 right here for you! Enjoy!


No. 10 – to make someone jealous

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Alexis Hall on Original Ideas | How to Blow It with a Billionaire

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Be careful what you wish for . . .

Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it’s not a fairy tale, it’s my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we’re trying super hard to live happily ever after.

He’s everything I want, need, and can’t resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Except he’s still got his rules and he’s still got his secrets . . .

But if there’s one thing Caspian’s taught me it’s that you should never settle for less than you’re worth. And I’m worth his trust. I have to show him that I see him. That I’m not afraid of his passion, or his power, or his past. And that I won’t settle for less than everything.


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Y’know what’s overrated? Originality.

It’s probably not quite true that there are no new ideas. After all, the number of possible ideas is presumably infinite, although the lion’s share of that infinite potentiality would most likely be made up of nonsensical nonstarters like fire made out of eggs or a rock opera about the agricultural revolution set to the music of Fleetwood Mac. And every so often a new idea will turn out to be genuinely cool (I wouldn’t entirely want to lay money against someone making the Fleetwood Mac crop rotation jukebox musical work) but I think what’s always puzzled me is the notion that the merit of an idea should be assessed on the basis of its novelty rather than on the basis of its, well, merit. I mean, yes, there are certain things that I’m well-aware are a bit overplayed. I own enough zombie-themed board games that I am not in any especial hurry to rush out and buy another zombie-themed board game. But I don’t think I’d ever actually declare myself to be done with zombies.

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Putting the “Perilous” into “A Perilous Passion” | Elizabeth Keysian

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I just threw everything into this book that made my heart skip a beat. I had to have a hot but humiliated hero, with a huge amount to prove. I wanted a vulnerable but resourceful heroine, with a shady past, a domineering mother, and a kind-hearted maiden aunt with a soft spot for a gypsy healer. I wanted villains too, oodles of them, so I created a nefarious smuggling ring under the control of a coldly calculating traitor who could, if not foiled, betray Regency England straight into the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In fact, I wanted my hero to be like a Jane Austen version of James Bond. Imagine 007 in breeches, and you have the resourceful Rafe Pomeroy, Earl of Beckport. He’s not as fickle as Bond but equally seductive, and he displays a touch more humour, combined with a dash of gallantry.

And he wears a tricorn hat. I don’t know what it is about them, but these three pointed hats on a handsome man just make me MELT. I guess I fell in love with Dick Turpin on TV when I was a kid—for those who don’t know, the character was based on a real-life highwayman back in the 1700s, who became a bit of a folk hero. I adored the romantic image of the dashing highwayman, holding a swooning damsel in his arms as he courteously relieved her of her jewelry.

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GIVEAWAY: How To Blow It With a Billionaire by Alexis Hall 

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Be careful what you wish for . . .

Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it’s not a fairy tale, it’s my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we’re trying super hard to live happily ever after.

He’s everything I want, need, and can’t resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Except he’s still got his rules and he’s still got his secrets . . .

But if there’s one thing Caspian’s taught me it’s that you should never settle for less than you’re worth. And I’m worth his trust. I have to show him that I see him. That I’m not afraid of his passion, or his power, or his past. And that I won’t settle for less than everything.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN 1 OF15 FREE EBOOK DOWNLOADS OF HOW TO BANG A BILLIONAIRE! Click the book cover below.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.

He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.

 Find Alexis online! Website | Facebook | TwitterGoodreads | Amazon | BookBub

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How Reading/Writing Romance Keeps Me Sane | Carmen Falcone

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“Where do you find time to write?”

I always get asked that question. My family members and friends know about my crazy busy life with work, two kids and also a unique situation. My family lives in Brazil and my husband’s family is in Switzerland, so we don’t have an emergency support system to drop off the kids on the weekend. Ever.

Anyway… I write because I love it. But, thinking back to when I was unpublished… I also wrote because I loved it, and from a very young age, I read. Reading—romance in particular—is what has kept me going through so many things in my life.

Nowadays, even as a writer, reading romance is even more important. I love to shut off my self-editor button and get lost in a world where going to Target by yourself isn’t considered a luxury! A world where the hero has his own private jet, the heroine has magical powers, and in the end, everything is okay. No, wait, it’s better than okay—wonderful, inspiring, awesome. Yep. When it comes to romance, I’m not a fan of cliffhangers.

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Season Vining’s Favorite Unlikely Heroes in Romance

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We all love a good underdog. In romance that means the guy who is a jerk or too damaged for a relationship, the man who seems unredeemable or heartless. These characters bring forth the deepest emotions, sometimes empathy and hope, but more often anger and hurt. We want to cheer for them, but often they make it impossible.

Somehow, through trial and error, they become the hero we want them to be. These are my favorite characters. Nothing shows love and devotion like a man willing to turn himself around, face his fears, tear down his walls, and give in to the notion of finding his soulmate. Let’s take a look at a few of the guys who’ve made a big impression on me.

 

  • Snape in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Snape is the ultimate anti-hero. He’s cruel to our favorite wizard, he’s shifty, we don’t trust him. And in the end, he sacrifices himself to protect the son of the woman he’s loved—always. Snape got us right in the feels.

 

  • Nix in Mercy by Debra Anastasia

Nix is dark and damaged. He’s a badass who hides behind his ink and stays anonymous in his line of work. All of this in the name of love for a girl who doesn’t know he exists. I’d say that’s dedication.

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