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Q&A: Brenda Huber of DEMON OF VENGEANCE

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Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of coffee, and a Q&A with the amazing Brenda Huber? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on Demon of Vengeance, out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

Wow, let’s see…  Off the top of my head, I’d say Dracula Untold, Safe Haven, Sweet Home Alabama, Robin Hood (the Kevin Costner version), and The Princess Bride.  ( I also love The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Sabrina with Harrison Ford.)

 

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

I liked the whole movie, but I particularly love the final scene in Dracula Untold where Vlad finds Mina and recites the poem.  The whole scene speaks to me.  How he’s held her in his heart all those centuries.  The way he looks at her.  As if he’s in awe, as if he’s suddenly found his soul.  And as they walk off, the moment is filled with possibility and danger.  Like their story is only just beginning.

In Safe Haven, I like the scene where they get a ride home in the police car, and Alex pushes Katie up against the tree and kisses the daylights out of her.  You can see she’s finally really letting go of her past and actually beginning to look toward the future with hope.  Besides, come on!  Josh Duhamel is sexy as all get out in that scene!

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Q&A: Flo Fitzpatrick of SCARECROW’S DREAM

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This has been such a serious pick-me-up to an otherwise bleary-eyed how-much-caffeine-is-too much Hump Day. Check out this amazing Q&A with Flo Fitzpatrick, author of the amazing paranormal romance, Scarecrow’s Dream, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES

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

August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Myers, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore)

Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour)

A Good Year (Russell Crowe/ Marion Cotillard)

The Lake House (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

and The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes/ Robin Wright.et al!)

 

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

August Rush: Favorite romantic scene happens when Jonathan and Kerri meet for the first time on a rooftop overlooking the arch in Washington Square Park and he sings a few lines from “It’s a Marvelous Night for a Moondance.” (I melt during this scene.) But the scene between Jonathan and his “son” Freddie Highmore playing guitar with each other without knowing the relationship is brilliant and immediately makes me cry. 🙂

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Q&A: Abigail Baker of THE REAPER’S SACRIFICE

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So, what’s the drawback of being the site curator? Sometimes we spend more time reading the posts than getting them ready to go live. I know. Poor us. At least we know for sure this Q&A from The Reaper’s Sacrifice author, Abigail Baker is incredibly worth the wait! And unlike our Q&A, The Reaper’s Sacrifice is available everywhere, no wait needed!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

  • The Breakfast Club because the tension between Bender and Claire is a hair’s breadth between a first kiss and a slap to the face!
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman. The film oozes gothic sex appeal. And those costumes? I hate clingy clothes, but, you know, I would squeeze into one of those dresses to hear a man tell me, “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”
  • Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Knightley is the perfect Lizzie. What? You think Jennifer Ehle was better? Don’t think I won’t cut you. I just want to hold Macfayden close and tell him his hands are cold.
  • The Crow. I realize this one isn’t a romance, but the idea that Eric returns from the dead to avenge his and his beloved’s murders is, to me, beautiful. I mean, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Besides, Brandon Lee? Swoons. RIP, sweet man.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Ok. I know it was cheesy and Costner gave up on his British accent ten minutes into the movie, but I was an impressionable teenager when it came out. I can sing the Bryan Adam’s song if you’d like… “Look into my eyes…you will see… Oh, everything I do…I do it for you…” No singing? Awkward? Ok, I’ll stop.

 

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

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Q&A: Sacchi Green of ME AND MY BOI

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We’re so excited for this one, guys. One of the most talented and respected queer writers and editors has stopped by to answer a barrage of questions from us. Welcome Sacchi Green, editor of Me and My Boi, out today!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

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

Since I write for and edit lesbian erotica anthologies, my preference is for GLBTQ-themed movies, but, since there aren’t all that many of those to choose from, some of my choices are more of a mainstream nature.

  1. Bound: A thriller with a romantic core. Violet (Jennifer Tilly), longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), and enters into a clandestine affair with alluring ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon.) There are plenty of memorable (and often violent) themes, but my favorite part is the extended sex scene between the two women, which I’ve discovered was directed and “choreographed” by Susie Bright, the well-known feminist writer and sex educator. I’ll just say that she made sure they got it right.
  1. Cloudburst: Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker) are a longtime couple separated when the daughter of Brenda’s character (who is blind) forces her mother into a nursing home—until Stella springs her from the place and they head for Canada where they can be legally married. Every scene deserves to be a favorite, especially those where Stella displays a vocabulary worthy of any sailor (which is pretty much every scene), but my favorite is possibly when Stella tries to describe a seashore sunset to her blind lover.
  1. Always: Everybody is straight in this movie, but that doesn’t keep it from being gripping. Pete Sandich is a daredevil aerial forest-fire fighter. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda (Holly Hunter) but won’t give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together. In a crucial scene Dorinda takes a plane up by herself to rescue trapped firefighters, but almost doesn’t make it back, until Pete’s spirit, left temporarily on earth for this very purpose, guides and strengthens her, as well as encouraging her to take advantage of a new potential love that has entered her life.

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Q&A: James Lear of THE SUN GOES DOWN

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Today we take a small peek into the mind of James Lear, the brilliant author behind The Sun Goes Down, out today! Get a glimpse at what influences and inspires one of our favorite erotica writers.


FAVORITE MOVIES

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

Now, Voyager with Bette Davis, which is the ultimate romantic wish-fulfilment/self-denial movie.

Showgirls, which is an anti-romantic movie with a lot of romantic elements in it.

Brokeback Mountain, which is incredibly depressing but does feature a very persuasive love story.

Cabaret, which I found intensely romantic as a young man

If…, the Lindsay Anderson movie about a revolution in a boys’ boarding school, which includes a great love theme between two boys.

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one!

Now, Voyager: the scene when Charlotte descends the stairs on the boat for the first time, we see her fantastic shoes first then pan up to take in the whole transformation. It’s probably my favourite scene in any film, ever.

Showgirls: the scene in which Nomi has sex in a swimming pool. It’s berserk.

Brokeback Mountain: the scene in which the two men are reunited for the first time after their initial affair, and they can’t keep their hands off each other. They have a passionate kiss just outside the house, as I recall.

Cabaret: the dialogue goes something like ‘Fuck Max!’ ‘I do!’ ‘So do I.’ I thought that was really exciting and daring at the time.

If….: There’s a scene in which the pretty younger boy watches the older boy (played by Richard Warwick, one of the most beautiful men ever in a film) in the gymnasium. It’s really intense.

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Q&A: Anne Calhoun of UNDER THE SURFACE

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Today we take a peek into the mind of Anne Calhoun, author of the ever-so-steamy Alpha Ops series! Her latest installment, Under the Surface, is out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

Persuasion

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Bridget Jones’ Diary

Sense and Sensibility

Bright Star (a romance with a very unhappy ending, but gorgeously filmed)

Describe your favorite scene from each one.

Persuasion: The scene where Wentworth hands Anne up into the carriage when he sees she’s tired. So thoughtful, and he can’t bear to look at her afterwards.

Pride and Prejudice: The scene where Darcy scurries to catch up with Elizabeth after the wet shirt scene. We see how far he’s come, that he’s willing to be caught in such an undignified situation but then go after her.

Bridget Jones’ Diary: the fight scene between Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy. It’s ridiculous to watch these two Cambridge-educated men scrabble around in an attempt to hurt each other. So funny.

Sense and Sensibility: When Colonel Brandon staggers in, soaked to his skin, carrying Marianne, then collapses to his knees with exhaustion. “Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.” So controlled. So in love.

Bright Star: the scene where Keats and Fanny Brawne are sitting together, touching each other’s hands.

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

Not a one!


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Q&A: Victoria Roberts of KILL OR BE KILT

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Okay, as huge pun fans, all it took was the title of Kill or Be Kilt to for us to get ridiculously excited for this Q&A with the amazing Victoria Roberts! But Victoria’s answers make us nerd out in the best way possible. Love a good Scottish Romance?  Kill or Be Kilt is out now!


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

There are a lot of movies that I favor, but here’s a few that come to mind in no particular order:

  1. Romancing the Stone. I love the fact that Joan Wilder is a Romance novelist. This movie always makes me smile.
  2. Titanic. This movie was epic. After Jack died (he could’ve fit on those boards with Rose), I loved that she did all those things he wanted to do with her. *sniffle*
  3. Love Story. I adored Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in this film. This one tears at the heartstrings.
  4. Pride and Prejudice. I’m rather fond of the 2005 version with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightly.
  5. The Holiday. Every aspect of this movie was great. Who wouldn’t want to escape to a cottage for the holidays and fall in love?

Everyone has a favorite couple in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?

I am totally addicted to the new TV series Lucifer. My “ship” couple is definitely Lucifer and Chloe. Even the devil can be vulnerable, and I love that a woman makes him that way. I’m praying (no pun intended) for a hook up between those two and that love conquers all.

What was the first Romance novel you read? What do you remember about it?

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Q&A: Carly Phillips of DARE TO TAKE

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Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of coffee, and got to interview the amazing Carly Phillips? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on DARE TO TAKE, out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

Not a big movie buff … I like romantic comedies more … Overboard, Cocktail (eons ago), Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Sixteen Candles and yep, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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

See?I like the comedy scenes in Overboard and Sixteen Candles and that’s what I remember. So pass LOL!

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

Nope. Like I said, not a big movie buff.


FIVE BOOKS

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

Kristen Ashley – Mountain Man – because … early Kristen Ashley!

Harper Sloane – Axel – because it was raw and gritty and real and stayed with me.

Lexi Blake – any of the main Sanctum books because she can tell a serious story with humor and everything else.

Sophie Oak – any (because she’s Lexie Blake too) – and over the top hysterical erotic romance.

Lainie Reese – Table for Three – because it’s just so hot and I loved it the insta-love erotic romance.


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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?

I should duck here because I don’t typically collect book boyfriends. I’d probably go back to the books I listed and find their heroes because if I loved the books, it’s a guarantee I love the heroes. For me, a hero has to be larger than life, put the heroine first, have a bit of a savior/alpha complex, and make the heroine feel more important than anything. I try to infuse my heroes with a touch of all of that without going over the top and giving the reader a true emotionally deep story.

Tyler Dare in Dare to Take definitely wants to save Ella when she’s stranded, he’s Alpha, he’s got a lot of emotional baggage that drags him down and prevents him from giving into a relationship without a lot of internal fighting but he tries to let her know she’s all that matters.

 

Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?

Oh … TV … I was a huge Alias fan and Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn were it for me.  That show had everything and they loved each other but couldn’t have each other for so many various reasons, it tugged at my heart. Just love them and miss them!

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Q&A + Excerpt of NOBODY BUT YOU by Jill Shalvis

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We’ve got a gift basket’s worth of treats today on EverAfter! We’re thrilled to bring you a mini-Q&A with the lovely Jill Shalvis, a mouthwatering excerpt of her book, Nobody But You, releasing March 29th, 2016, and a giveaway for the Cedar Ridge series! Are you hyped?! We’re so hyped!


1. What’s the funniest “meet-cute” you’ve ever written?

Possibly Jacob and Sophie in Nobody But You.  After all, our poor seasick Sophie ends up throwing up practically ON Jacob.  Maybe not traditionally “cute” … or okay, not cute at all … but definitely memorable.

2. Do you have a favorite (or current) book boyfriend? If so, who and why?

My current boyfriends are movie boyfriends.  Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth.  What can I say, I have a thing for the Chris’s.

3. Describe what readers can expect from a Jill Shalvis romance in 140 characters.

Hot guys, fun, sexy, humor, hot guys, love, girl power and as it can’t be said enough, more hot guys.

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Q&A: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell of STRONG SIGNAL

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Thanks for having us on Ever After! Strong Signal releases Monday, and it’s about a deployed soldier who strikes up an online relationship with a video game streamer. Readers had some questions about Strong Signal and the co-writing experience, so we compiled their questions to answer for a blog post.


How did you come up with the idea?

S: I think the original kernel of the idea came up months ago when we were discussing streamers and cam girls. I totally forgot why we were discussing this, but it led to us going on Twitch and watching a streamer named Kaceytron (who basically spends her entire stream lampooning the stereotype of ‘sexy gamer girl’, and silly dudebros not understanding that she is trolling them).

So I was like “Megan, you have to write a story about Kacey!”, and after a month or two it came up again and were both so excited about the notion that we decided to take the plunge and write it together as a gay romance. We couldn’t find any super popular openly gay streamers besides Sky Williams, so we thought that would be interesting to explore when coupled with the rampant homophobia and sexism in gaming, and the tendency for gay internet figures to be fetishized.

How did you think you might be a good fit to write together?

M: Well, we were fans of each other’s work before we became friends. So there was always a mutual respect for each other as writers. I think that’s the number one necessity for co-writing–respect. We first thought our personalities meshed well in regard to being pretty easy-going and not egotistical. And as far as the writing style… we just kinda went with it.

How did writing work? Were you each responsible for one character? And if that’s the case, how did dialogue work?

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