I need to start off by letting you know that I’m writing this while wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Darth Vader rollerskating with an old school boom box on his shoulder. It’s true, I geek out way too hard on things. I already have my tickets to see Star Wars, I have a life-sized cardboard of Dean Winchester in my office along with a bazillion romance novels, Dr. Who Legos, a Kermit the Frog lunchbox and a Wonder Woman apron.
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Growing up, a weekend treat or a sick day comfort food was a bowl of noodles. And noodles could be prepared in a multitude of styles. Since I’ve been sick over the last several weeks leading up to release day, I decided to talk about my noodle obsession.
Not only am I dedicating this post to noodles, but I recorded a video. About noodles. Watch, share my noodle obsession, and maybe try some new noodle dishes.
Asa Maria Bradley’s newest release, Viking Warrior Rising, hit shelves and e-readers this week! Featuring a fabulous viking hero and well developed mythology, we are sure you’re going to love it! We’ve got an exclusive excerpt for you that we think you’ll enjoy. Make sure and get your copy of Viking Warrior Rising today!
“Move over Highlanders…the Vikings are coming!”—Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Protector series
Immortal Vikings are among us.
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
I think my favorite military movie in the past 10 years has been Zero Dark Thirty, the movie about the search for Osama Bin Laden. Even though it’s not a romance, to me it has all the ingredients of a great romance. A difficult situation, a hard-nosed covert military operative, and a balls-to-the-wall analyst—Maya—who lives and breathes her work.
I used to be a research scientist on the faculty at UCLA, and studied the healthcare system. I developed complex statistical models, wrote policy reports, and spoke at symposiums. Governors and members of congress read my work.
But, I quit to write romantic mystery novels. My sensible friends told me not to do it. Once you step out of academia, it’s nearly impossible to find your way back. It’s like throwing a PhD out the window.
You’ve likely heard that women like to read about bad boy heroes — guys who are ruthless, commanding, and bend the rules for their own gain. But is there any scientific proof that real-life women prefer guys who are, as Sean Bean says, “a bit of rough?”
Actually, yes. An article in Psychology Today describes an experiment where self-described bad boys (encompassing the “Dark Triad personality traits of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellism”) were presented to a group of women who rated the Dark Triad types higher than the control group.
While real-life women who are also romance readers might argue whether we’d like this Dark Triad guy in person, there’s no doubt that we do love bad boys (in romance). Here are three books featuring said bad boys available for free from EverAfter’s app:
Towards the end of last month Anchor, the final book in M. Mabie’s The Wake Series, was released and for many romance readers this moment was by far the highlight of 2015. The Wake Series is a series of contemporary romances that follow Casey, Blake and significant secondary characters, highlighting both the harsh realities and celebrated pleasures of life.
(Readers, please note, this series is not for the faint-hearted. If you enjoy questioning every thought, decision and judgement you have ever made, and if you are willing to push your own boundaries, then this series is for you, changing you in ways you never thought possible.)
This series is about flaws, imperfections, mistakes and heartache. Paired with determination, belief, persistence and perseverance, M. Mabie writes about Love. All encompassing, life changing and heartbreakingly beautiful LOVE.
Bait introduces us to Casey and Blake. If they had met in different times of their life, this meeting would have been perfect and faultless. Unfortunately timing isn’t in their favor and readers are drawn into a tumultuous journey of forbidden love that is imperfectly perfect.
The newest book in the Chaos series by Kristen Ashley, Walk Through Fire, released today! We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the new book showcasing the first time Millie and Logan meet! We hope you enjoy and get a copy of Walk Through Fire today!
The flame never dies…
Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off…
Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man…
At a party, in a house, twenty-three years earlier . . .
He started it. He’d been checking me out since he got there ten minutes ago and not hiding it. Then he’d come right to me and started it.
I liked that.
I also liked that he’d approached, not wasting a lot of time.
But mostly, I liked how incredibly cute he was.
Cute and edgy.
Holding my cup of beer in hand, I stared up at him.
God yes, he was cute. So cute.
But cute in a way that my mother would not curl up at night, safe in the knowledge her daughter had excellent taste in men. In other words, I wasn’t talking to a well-dressed guy who I would soon learn had a life mission he’d decided on when he was a boy, this being astronaut or curer of cancer.
This deal alert for Kristen Ashley’s Fire Inside is at a perfect time. On Tuesday the newest book in the Chaos series, Walk Through Fire, hits shelves! Kristen’s heroes are usually taciturn and dirtily sexy, and Hop, from Fire Inside, definitely fits that description! She’s got a really distinctive voice, and if you read a sample and find it’s for you, she’s got a very long backlist on which to binge.
Here’s the blurb to entice you to pick up a copy today!
Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…
For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.
I’m not at all similar to the heroines I write. In real life, I’m an introvert, I hate confrontation, and in my perfect world, we’d all either get along or else someone would lock us in a room until we did. But let’s face it, for the most part, introverted heroines who don’t confront the hero and who get along with everyone are boring. (Now, locking two people in a room, I could work with that…)
So it’s not too much of stretch to say my heroines are often the exact opposite of me. I will confess to having a massive inner snark monster, however, and I think it’s that part of me that gives birth to my heroines. I love writing a character with spunk.