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Q&A with Joya Ryan!

Thank you so much for having me! I’m excited to be on the Ever After blog!


What was the first romance novel you read?

The first romance I ever read was “Eternity” by Jude Deveraux. My aunt gave me a box of her old romance novels when I was thirteen and I loved the cover. I started reading and decided right then that I needed a rough and dirty country man loyal to his family.

What do you remember about it?

I remember how the heroine was strong. She was met with such struggles in a situation she knew nothing about, yet even when she was discarded by the man she loved, she still found a way to survive and even thrive.

What did you like most about it?

I liked that the hero and heroine needed each other. They both struggled and were different people, yet found a way to make the other stronger.

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Q&A with Amber Garza! | YA

Amber Garza, author of the new YA novel I’M NOT IN THE BAND, stops by EverAfter to answer some of our most pressing questions! Read on!

What was your favorite aspect of pulling all of this story together? I always like the resolution, when the couple finally ends up together.

Most frustrating? I struggled a little with adding enough conflict in this story. I had to rewrite a lot of those scenes and add in more angst and problems.


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

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman – Alice Hoffman is my favorite author of all time. Her writing is gorgeous. It’s poetic and beautiful, and I’m in awe of it. And I love this book. I’ve read it multiple times. It’s such an interesting story that delves into the idea that we never really know those around us.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This is my favorite love story! It drew me in from the first time I read it and I could read it again and again. Such a powerful romance. It’s a book I think about often. I love how it ended the way it began. I still sometimes take it off the bookshelf and simply re-read that last paragraph. It makes me cry every time.

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Q&A with Jennifer Blackwood!

We present you with a Q&A with author Jennifer Blackwood! We asked everything from her favorite romantic reads to what book first introduced her to the romance genre!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? The Proposal, Ten Things I Hate About You, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, She’s the Man, and The Notebook

Describe your favorite scene from each one! 

I’d rather just show you guys:

The Proposal

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

She’s the Man

Ten Things I Hate About You

The Notebook

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I always try to think about what would make for great romantic moments in my books. I can’t say I had any of these particular scenes in mind while I was writing book, but I definitely turn to rom coms if I feel like I’m hitting a roadblock.

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GIVEAWAY and Q&A with Larissa Hardesty!

Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.

Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed. 

He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.

Now onto the Q&A with the author of KISS ME, KILL YOU, Larissa C. Hardesty! 

What was your favorite aspect of writing this story?

I loved writing KISS ME KILL YOU for so many reasons. But if I had to pick just one, I’d say creating my own book boyfriend. I LOVE Paul. I loved writing him and writing from his POV. Getting into his head was so easy. I hope my readers enjoy him as much as I enjoyed writing him.

Most frustrating?

The most frustrating part of this process has to be finishing the book right when the paranormal YA market flooded. I had so many rejections that said, “Love this, but I can’t sell it right now.” headdesk But persistence paid off, and the book is so much better now, under my editor’s guidance.


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

I’m going to go with the five books I reread regularly.

  1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. I love all the books in the Pern universe, but this one was my first, and the protagonist is a musician.
  2. The Magic’s Pawn trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. I’m cheating a bit here, but not really, because they have been compiled into a single volume. LOL. This book kept me up until all hours in high school. It’s got magic, and Companions (like psychic magical horses), and a love story that rips out your heart and stomps on it before putting it back in your chest. Which sounds horrible (and it is), but it is also amazing.
  3. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. This is the HOTTEST couple in romance. Bones is so open with his feelings, and Cat just keeps pushing him away. I read this whole series every year. LOL.
  4. Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love all of Jennifer’s books, but this is the first time I’d read a love triangle where I really thought the protagonist could go either way. I finished reading this book not sure which way I wanted her to go, which was kind of fun!
  5. I have so many books I could put here, but I’ll put another I reread a lot for two reasons. First, I reread it a lot, so I know it holds up. But second, it is really long. Like, REALLY LONG. By the time I finish rereading this one, the others will seem fresh. LOL. It’s To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey. This is an epic high fantasy with elves and magic and snarky unicorns, but most importantly, a reluctant hero who is also accidentally a badass.

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Interview with Gloria Craw | Atlantis Reborn

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

It’s hard to narrow my extensive list of favorites down to five, so I’ll just mention the first five that come to mind.

“Silver Linings Playbook.” I’m a sucker for two damaged people leaning on each other to heal and falling in love in the process. Plus, I could watch Bradley Cooper eat cereal all day and find it riveting.

“Moonstruck.” It’s over the top fun, passionate, and ultimately very sweet.

“Pride and Prejudice” the Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightly version. An absolute classic.

“The Proposal.” I want all of the clothes Sandra Bullock wore in the movie and Ryan Reynolds.

“The Decoy Bride.” It’s hilarious and everyone talks in a thick Scottish accent. I watch it at least once a month.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Darkest Corner | Q&A with Liliana Hart

TheDarkestCorner-cvrSometimes the dead do rise…

Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Deacon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known–what’s known as The Day of Destiny–a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

Check out an exclusive excerpt: 

A man’s life was at stake, and Wolffe had already been through more than most. It was going to be traumatic enough for him to wake up in a different country, surrounded by faces he’d never seen before, and unsure whether he’d been captured by the enemy. Fishing through the lies to get to the truth would take time. Deacon knew exactly how Levi Wolffe was going to feel.

“Fuck me, this is a never-ending battle,” Axel complained. “There’s no way we’re digging this thing all the way out of the muck.” “All we’ve got to do is uncover the handles on the sides,” Deacon said.

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Q&A with Lauren Hawkeye

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

  1. Stranger Than Fiction 
  2. Cruel Intentions 
  3. Pretty Woman 
  4. Crazy, Stupid Love 
  5.  A Walk to Remember 

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I actually try not to read books or watch movies from the same genre when I’m writing. I prefer to keep my ideas fresh, though every romance book or movie is, of course, filed away in my memory, contributing to characterization and plot!


Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

My top five book boyfriends… hmm. This list is always rotating, but right now I would have to say:

  1. Bren from the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, because he’s an alpha male, but not a stereotype
  2. Mac from Natural law by Joey W. Hill, because there is something so beautiful about the way he gives up control to the right woman—and only the right woman.
  3. Wyatt from Caught Up in You by Roni Loren, because he’s not at all what he seems to be on the surface.
  4. Alex from Tempted by Megan Hart… I’ve never been able to put my finger on why I love this character so much, but I do. Maybe because he challenges the hero to admit what she really wants and who she really is, but in the most delicious of ways?
  5. Daemon in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because only Katie could bring out his true self.

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Q&A: Kelley York on Veronica Mars, Howl’s Moving Castle and Other Good Things in Life

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

  1. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV series, so when they managed to kickstart a movie to kind of “wrap up” the series, I was stoked. Especially because it meant—FINALLY—Logan and Veronica getting their happily ever after.
  2. Romeo + Juliet (1996 version). Because, wow, what an amazing interpretation.
  3. Everafter: A Cinderella Story. This movie. Just…THIS MOVIE. Perfect in all the ways.
  4. What Dreams May Come is a movie that absolutely wrecks me on so many levels.
  5. Do animated movies count? Please tell me they do. Tangled is my fave Disney movie. Eugene and Rapunzel, all the way.

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The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

Check out our interview with author Jamie K. Schmidt down below! 


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

  1. Krull
  2. The Matrix
  3. Tin Cup
  4. Conspiracy Theory
  5. Untamed Heart

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Q&A with Anna Brooks | Love, Me

In honor of her new release of Love, Me, we’ve brought Anna Brooks onto the blog and asked her the tough questions. Like, you can only read one book for the rest of your life so what will it be? Those tough questions.

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What was the first romance you ever read?

I don’t remember the name of it, but it was one my mom was reading by candle light. I leaned over to try to get a sneak peek of the words on the page and my hair caught on fire. My mom and I ran around screaming as she hit me on the head with the paperback until the fire went out.


What’s a book you could read a million times and never get tired of?

Knight or At Peace by Kristen Ashley. They’re my go-to rereads.


Who are your favorite film and television couples and why?

Favorite television couple is Dan and Roseanne Conner from Roseanne because they’re so real. Favorite film couple is Quincy and Monica from Love & Basketball because their second chance love story was the first one that hooked me. I tend to be a sucker for those… hence why a lot of my books are second chance.

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