Posts in the Contemporary genre

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I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I Was THREE! A True Story From Amanda Adams

Crash and Burn Amanda Adams

I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I was THREE! (A true story.)

I’m a romance author. Which means, I’m a romance reader. Since I was about three years old. Too young, you say? I beg to differ. I distinctly remember sitting on my mother’s lap as she read stories to me, stories that made me believe in Happily-Ever-After and the power of true love to conquer evil.

Three. Years. Old. I read other things later. High Fantasy with dragons and knights and sorcerers. Thrillers, with spies and detectives and murder. I read how-to’s and self-help and biographies of famous people I admired. I read history books and literary fiction because I had to. I read a few classics just to see what all the fuss was about – and must admit I hated most of them. I read Mark Twain and Shakespeare (who I actually rather enjoy, once I get used to the way his words work.) But nothing held my attention, not for long. Nothing but romance.

I keep coming back. Different genres. Different time periods. Sweet stories. Sexy stories. Any kind of story as long as I got my Happily-Ever-After at the end of the journey. Why? Was it because they were the first stories I heard? Did they somehow shape my psyche for the rest of my life?

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Guest Post

Guest Post: Movies That Made Vanessa Vale a Romance Fan

Ride Me Dirty Vanessa Vale
  1. A Room With A View– LOVE this movie. It’s set pre-WWI England and getting kissed is serious business. So a stolen kiss is life changing. And the ending… God, I want to go to Florence and have a room with a view with the hero.
  1. Romancing The Stone– Cheesy 80’s, but the plot is quintessential romance novel. It follows the W plot outline and is perfect to use as a guide to write from.
  1. Sixteen Candles– Yes, I’m of the age where Jake Ryan was the BOMB. The hair, the plaid shirt, the Porsche. Again, the ending? I was 13 at the time and I dreamed of a guy doing that for me for my 16th birthday. I still am!!
  1. Dirty Dancing– Again, I’m showing my age, but in high school, this was hot stuff. I related to Baby because I couldn’t dance to save my life (I still can’t), but she won Patrick Swayze. Oh yeah.

I’m seeing my trend is all set in the 80’s. Yikes! But they’re classics and as I watched them as a teenager, set my path toward romance. What are your favorite romance movies?


Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances featuring unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

Vanessa Vale can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and VanessaValeAuthor.com.

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Cover Reveals

COVER REVEAL: TROUBLE by Avery Flynn

We love a good Contemporary Romance and we love Avery Flynn, so we’re just a little overjoyed to share this cover with you! Don’t miss the cover to the next in the Bad Boy Homecoming series.


And before we dive in, here’s a little about Trouble by Avery Flynn:

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from award winning author Avery Flynn.

Brains and a badass attitude. That’s all troublemaker Leah Camacho took with her when she left Catfish Creek. She’d promised herself she’d never go back, but when the invite to her tenth high school reunion arrived along with the chance to show everyone who doubted her what a success she’s made of herself, she couldn’t resist. However, when she discovers a 15-carat, stolen diamond in her rental car’s glove box, there’s only one man she can turn to for help—the same sexy, stubborn domineering man who’d smashed her heart all those years ago.

Sheriff Drew Jackson knew a long time ago that Leah Camacho was nothing but trouble and has sworn to never get caught up in her again—no matter how damn sexy she is or how badly he’d failed to forget her. But, when the woman who test drove his heart right into a concrete wall rolls into Catfish Creek with some serious bad guys on her tail, it’s up to him to keep her safe—even if that means guarding her hot bod 24/7 without giving into temptation or losing his mind.


Drumroll, please:

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Exclusive Excerpt, Guest Post

Guest Post + Excerpt: Lindsey Frydman’s Top 5 and THE HEARTBREAK HYPOTHESIS

The Heartbeat Hypothesis Lindsey Frydman

It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)

  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 


An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.

My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”

“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.

“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.

Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Q&A

Q&A: A Snappy Chat with Brooklyn Skye

A Moment of Madness Brooklyn Skye

YES, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies counts.

We’ve got a fantastic treat for everyone today! Bask in the glow of this short and sweet Q&A with the brilliant Brooklyn Skye, author of A Moment of Madness!


Darcy or Wentworth?

Definitely Darcy.

(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)

Does Pride and Prejudice and Zombies count? If so, I loved Sam Riley in that movie.

 

Christian or Gideon?

Gideon

 

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Heathcliff

 

Spock or Kirk?

Spock

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise. I watch it every morning as I’m writing, so maybe that’s why I’m partial to it.

 

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Cover Reveals

COVER REVEAL: ON THE LINE by Stina Lindenblatt

I’ve got to be honest, we’re a little thrilled about revealing this one. We love Stina Lindenblatt, and do you know what we love almost as much as her? A good belly button. Welcome to Ice Hockey Romance, the belly button capitol of the Romance cover world. And this particular cover might be our favorite. Fill your eyes with this beauty below and don’t miss On The Line, out November 7th, 2017!


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Q&A

Q&A: Cathryn Fox of PRIVATE RESERVE

Private Reserve Cathryn Fox

Rough news week? (When is it not?) Ease back into the small mercies of the world with the wonderful Cathryn Fox, author of Private Reserve!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

I have two favourite romance movies, Addicted to Love, and When Fools Rush in.

In Addicted to Love, I love when Meg Ryan is talking about what love is. It’s crude but funny.

In When Fools Rush in, I love the moment when Matthew Perry asks Salma Hayek to marry him, and says, “You are everything I never knew I always wanted.” Sigh…..

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release? No, not really. But I think it’s the moment when the other person realizes what love is, and that they are in love and those are my favourite scenes to write.


FIVE BOOKS

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Q&A

Q&A: Debbie Mason of STARLIGHT BRIDGE

Starlight Bridge Debbie Mason

You ever just have a moment where your whole day is saved? Well, Debbie Mason just saved ours! We’re basking in the glow of this incredibly fun Q&A, and now you can too! Don’t miss our interview or her latest book, Starlight Bridge, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

Love Actually, The Notebook, Sleepless in Seattle, Gone with the Wind, and Serendipity.

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

David and Natalie had the perfect meet-cute scene in Love Actually.

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Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: SWEET VICTORY by Gina L. Maxwell

Sweet Victory Gina L. Maxwell

Ease on back into the daily work grind with this fantastic excerpt of Gina L. Maxwell’s Sweet Victory. (Seriously, we’re blushing vicariously with this one.


Xan’s body had tensed more with every minute he listened. Then Caldwell insulted Sophie, making Xander’s blood boil and his fists curl tight. The only thing she could do to stop the sale was get married, and the snide bastard flat out told her he didn’t believe for a second it would ever happen, now or ever.

What a bunch of bullshit. Xan would bet Sophie had men panting after her on the regular, and if her relationships didn’t last, it was probably because they couldn’t hold a candle to her raging fire.

That wouldn’t be the case if they ever got together, at least not in the bedroom. He would match her flame for flame until they incinerated everything around them. He’d been on the verge of letting those torrid images get the best of him again when the cruel words of her uncle smacked him back to the present.

“…the only way to acquire the trust is through a legitimate marriage. Considering your track record with men, I think we both know what the likelihood of that is.”

Fucking hell! To hear him speak so callously to a woman—his own niece—brought back painful memories of growing up hearing his father berate and belittle Xander’s mother. It’s why he often got involved in situations that were none of his business. He couldn’t stomach witnessing a woman being bullied.

Xan was going to make the tosser choke on his own words.

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Q&A

Q&A: Nina Croft of FALLING FOR THE BAD GIRL

Falling For The Bad Girl Nina Croft

“Humorous angst” is possibly the best mashup we’ve ever gotten for one of our tricky “yes” or “no” questions, and you know who gave us that answer? Nina Croft, the legend. She’s back for a Q&A and with a new book we love: Falling For The Bad Girl!


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).

Notting Hill – I love the scene at the end, at the press conference, where he begs her to reconsider.

 

Dirty Dancing – when they dance to I’ve Had the Time of My Life… I’ve watched that scene so many times.

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