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Q&A with A.M. Rose! | Road to Eugenica

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

Romance movies are some of my favorites, and if I had to pick my top five they would have to be the ones I could watch over and over and never get tired of. While this isn’t a complete list here are a few of my favs:

Ever After

The Princess Bride

10 Things I Hate About You

She’s the Man

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

And not necessarily in that order.

What’s your favorite scene from each one?

This is almost as tough as picking out my favorite movies.

For Ever After it is a tie between this scene where Danielle has decided to go for a swim and Leonardo di Vinci nearly walks right into her because he’s wearing these shoes he invented that look like boats. She screams. He falls into the water. Which of course leads to her spending some time with the Prince. Their back and forth banter is charming and I get sucked in each time I watch it. “Why do you irritate me so?” “Why do you rise to the occasion?” – Love this!

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Q&A with Amber Hart | Wicked Charm

Amber Hart, author of WICKED CHARM, stops by the blog to answer our questions on all things romance! Let’s dive with in…

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

I adore Sweet Home Alabama. I’m a sucker for southern allure and this movie is full of it. The accents. The sweet tea.The sprawling plantation houses. I love the main character—her spunk and how she grows into herself. She ends up accepting where her heart is meant to be, but not without digging her heals in and fighting it first. Aren’t we all a little like that sometimes?

Blue Crush is all about the waves and sun and beach, but also the unbreakable friendship of three women, and the unyielding determination to pick oneself up after falling. Sure one of the characters finds a man, but I really respect that her real love is surfing, the passion that fuels her.   

Pride and Prejudice is an all time favorite of mine. The romance is swoon-worthy, and I can’t help but fall for a man with a rough exterior, but who’s really soft inside, and a woman with a fiery spirit.

I love that Twilight is all about firsts. First time at a new school. First time making lasting friends. First romance.

The Proposal is so incredibly funny. The characters, the unusual situation they get themselves into—needing to fake a marriage so that she can stay in the states—makes for a great real love story.


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

Sweet Home Alabama: “Well for starters, you can get your stubborn selfdown here and give me a divorce.” This part cracks me up. It shows her spunk and determination to head straight into her past with a will of lead.

Blue Crush: There’s a scene where she’s in the ocean, lying on a surfboard, facing a giant wave. Time seems to slow down. She knows this is it—the acumination of her fears and dreams. She has a choice. She can turn around…or face it. She jumps on her board and goes for it, not knowing what the outcome will be. Scared and hopeful. She risks it. To me, this is what it means to truly live. To head right into it bravely.

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Q&A with Molly E. Lee! | Love Between Enemies

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.


Today we have Molly E. Lee, author of LOVE BETWEEN ENEMIES, on the blog to answer our burning romance questions! Let’s get started. Molly, what are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? What’s your favorite scene from each one?


Deadpool


The love Wade has for Vanessa is amazing. This scene—this one look he gives her…I strive to write that look. He does this various times throughout the movie. He’s basically just being a total swoon-worthy anti-hero throughout it, and I have a weakness for sexy anti-heroes (I’m equally obsessed with Loki). Wade has one thing he values above all others (even immortality) and that is the woman he loves!

Last of the Mohicans

This is one of my favorite movies of all time (my adult series is Adventure Romance, so a lot of that can be related to movies like this). The relationship between these two characters is intense, undeniable, and totally sparking with chemistry! The added stakes of a volatile historical period only up the pace and flesh out the relationship! LOVE IT!

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2

Seven years! It took seven years of friendship and fights and trails before Ron and Hermione finally succumbed to their love! LOL I love this scene! And they are a huge inspiration for any friends to lovers trope, much like book one in the Grad Night series—Love in the Friend Zone.

Wonder Woman

I’m in love with this movie, but one of my favorite things is the multiple times Steve steps aside so Diana can do her thing. He never falters to defer to her as the stronger of the two, and that is a huge step for a male lead. It makes his character totally endearing, and I absolutely try to convey that in my stories—writing male characters who are capable of handling strong, independent women. Zoey, in Love Between Enemies, is incredibly smart…so smart she intimidates most of her peers. Not Gordon. He is her match, even if they are always battling.

Crazy Stupid Love

I love this dynamic between these two characters. She puts him in his place, and he’s totally blown away by her. They make each other laugh and that is a quality I value in my books. The couple has to be able to laugh with each other and at each other!


FIVE BOOKS

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

Harry Potter (especially if they created one massive tome with all seven books within one binding), and that’s because every time I read this series, I learn something new about craft, storytelling, character development, pace, etc. Also, it’s just an incredible story. One I never get tired of.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Derting is an instant click author for me—I don’t even need to see the blurb—but I’d pick The Body Finder because it was a book I picked up while my husband was deployed, and it offered me such a sense of escape and comfort in a high-stress time in my life.

House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. I love the way he uses rich language and culture to breathe life into these pages.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas. Because I’m totally obsessed with this series right now, and I’ve already re-read this one twice. It’s just a great read and it offers an awesome escape.

On Writing by Stephen King. This is my absolute go-to when I need inspiration for writing or a brush-up on craft.


BOOK BOYFRIENDS

Who are your book boyfriends? What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

Rhys from A Court of Thrones and Roses is my current Book Boyfriend. He’s confident, strong, compassionate, and challenging. I love male leads who are able to not only love their strong female counterparts, but push them when they need it. Gordon from Love Between Enemies is definitely not afraid to push Zoey when she needs a shove, and he’s also the first one to support her when she starts doubting herself.


FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):

What was the first romance novel you read?

Oh, this is so hard. I’m not 100% sure, but I do remember the first non-college assigned reading that got me back into the obsession of buying books like they were going out of style. All the heavy assignments killed that for me for a couple years because we were being tasked with reading nearly five to six books a week, plus the other class load. I loved it, but it ate away at my pleasure reading time. BUT—the first one I read once I had free time was Twilight.

What do you remember about it?

I remember reading it and thinking “wow, I’ve missed paranormal romance.” I’m pretty sure I read it in once sitting and was devastated I couldn’t immediately read the next one. It sent me to the bookstore, though, where I picked up three more young adult novels to devour.

What did you like most about it?

I liked the hot, broody immortal going after the totally awkward girl.

What did you like least about it?

That I had to wait so long for the next book 😉

Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

I have done a couple re-reads on the series. It’s always fun to go back and catch things you missed because you were trying to read it as fast as possible. I still feel the same way about it as I did then. I’m grateful that it got me back into focusing on reading just for me.


SNAPPY CHAT

Darcy or Wentworth?

Darcy

Christian or Gideon?

Gideon

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Rochester

Spock or Kirk?

Han Solo 😉

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise

Angst or humor?

Gah! Both! I NEED both! LOL

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

Wine or beer?

Wine

Cake or pie?

Cake

Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?

Clean-shaven

Blue-collar or white collar?

Doesn’t matter as long as the person behind it is genuine

Jeans or a suit?

Jeans

Car or motorcycle?

Car

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Thank you so much for having me! It was so fun chatting with you!!


molly-leeAbout Molly E. Lee:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

Find Molly online! Website | Twitter | Facebook | Author Street Team/Facebook Group | Instagram | Pinterest | Snapchat:  mollyeleeauthor | Goodreads | Newsletter


Love Between Enemies - 500pxAbout Love Between Enemies:

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.

 

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Q&A with Monica Murphy! | Pretty Dead Girls

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About Pretty Dead Girls:

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

Now onto the Q&A with Pretty Dead Girls author, MONICA MURPHY!


FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):

What was the first romance novel you read?

A long time ago, Silhouette (now Harlequin) had a teen line, and it was called First Love from Silhouette. The book I absolutely 100% adored (I don’t know if it was my first romance, but it was the most memorable) was called LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Elaine Harper.

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Q&A with Danielle Ellison! | The Sweetheart Sham


In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now. 


We had Danielle Ellison, author of THE SWEETHEART SHAM over to the blog to answer our burning questions about all things love & romance. Now, on with the Q&A!

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Q&A with Amanda Ashby! | The Heartbreak Cure

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How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…


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

Love Actually

Dirty Dancing

Princess Bride

Valley Girl

Sense & Sensibility

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Q&A with Heidi R. Kling! | Where I Found You

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Heidi R. Kling comes over to the EA blog to answer our questions about romance and her new book WHERE I FOUND YOU. Now, on with the questions!


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

Titanic

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare in Love

The Holiday

Love, Actually

(Scary how fast I typed those out)

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one:

Oooh!!! Titanic: I think it’s when Jack pulls Rose’s dress sleeve into the secret room and confesses how much he loves her.

R+J: kissing under the water in the pool. Come on!

Shakespeare in Love: when he’s so in love and inspired he can’t write fast enough

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Q&A with Ally Matthews! | Offsetting Penalties

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Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.


We had Ally Matthews, author of OFFSETTING PENALTIES, on the blog to answer our burning questions! Now, let’s jump in!

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

Sixteen Candles Spoiler Alert (highlight to reveal) The ending of Sixteen Candles. It was so wonderfully awkward and romantic at the same time for Jake to pick up Samantha after her sister’s wedding and give her a birthday cake after her family forgot her birthday. 

For The Princesss Bride, my favorite scene is where Buttercup pushes Wesley down the hill, and when he says, “As you wish,” she realizes who he his. Of course, I can’t help but judge her a bit for not recognizing who he was immediately. 

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Q&A with Sara Jade Alan! | A Beautiful, Messy Life

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Hi Sara! Welcome to the blog! To start with, what are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements and what are your favorite scenes?

Clueless: Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone have such a great onscreen dynamic. I love watching their characters’ mutual annoyance fall away over the course of this movie as they realize the mutual respect and love that’s there. One of my favorite scenes is the moment we’ve waited for the whole movie—the scene on the stairs when they first kiss:

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Q&A with the authors of CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY’S ARMS

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Whether it’s a lonely spinster finding passion at last…an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman reaffirming the love that keeps him whole…a lost and broken drifter discovering family in unlikely places…a Texas Ranger risking it all for one remarkable woman…two lovers bringing together a family ripped apart by prejudice…or reunited lovers given a second chance to correct past mistakes…a Christmas spent in a cowboy’s arms is full of hope, laughter, and—most of all—love.

The six authors participating in this anthology are: USA Today bestseller Leigh Greenwood, USA Today bestseller Rosanne Bittner, New York Times bestseller Linda Broday, RITA finalist Anna Schmidt, New York Times bestseller Margaret Brownley, and USA Today bestseller Amy Sandas.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Leigh: I’m not sure I have one.  When I was married and the children were young, it was sometimes Christmas.  We would get up early, have breakfast, after which I would hand out the gifts.  Or it could have been Thanksgiving.  My mother and my older son have birthdays three days apart (Nov. 22nd, 25th), so Mom and other relatives would come over for a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner with the best china, crystal, and a fancy tablecloth we bought somewhere in Europe.  Cleanup was a group affair.    

Rosanne: My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the swing bench on my porch with lots of teddy bears and covering them with a Christmas design afghan in red, green and white.  It’s so cute, and a warm greeting for everyone who comes to the door.

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