Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
Guest Post

Guest Post: E_Bookpushers Finds Romance at the National Book Festival

For the first time, the National Book Festival, held in Washington, D.C., had romance authors as part of its program. E_Bookpushers, a romance fan, filed a report of the event, sharing her experience during the Festival. Thanks, E!


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Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins

Last Saturday, as part of my Labor Day weekend, I decided to attend the National Book Festival. It is an annual event formerly held on The Mall, but returning for the second year to the Washington D.C. Convention Center. Despite living here for a couple of years and loving books, this was my first time attending, because for the first time it included authors I wanted to see. This year, the National Book Fest included Romance! I read across several different genres, so each year I would scan the list of programs and attending authors, and sigh in disappointment. I am sure you can imagine my joy when I looked at the line-up this year and noticed a “Romance Pavilion.” Now I was slightly disappointed to see we had the very last timeslot and were opposite a couple of other events romance readers would probably enjoy, but Romance was finally in the house!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: Sally MacKenzie’s WHAT TO DO WITH A DUKE

What To Do With A Duke Sally MacKenzie

Sally MacKenzie writes some of the most scintillating historical romance out there, so were were thrilled when she agreed to share this excerpt of her just-released What To Do With A Duke, the first in her new Spinster House series…especially since it features match-making cat!


Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosingor fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

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Morning Bites

What’s the Longest Romance Series You’ve Kept Up With?

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Hopelessly devoted to the In Death series.

Devoted in Death, the forty-first book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series, releases tomorrow.

Forty-one books. 41. There are probably non-readers out there who will never read forty-one books in their entire lifetimes.

Robb’s series is one of the longest, certainly, but there are plenty of other long-running series out there.

If you follow a long-running series, which one is it, and how many books are in the series? Have you ever thought about stopping the series? Why did or didn’t you?

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Morning Bites

New on Netflix: Love at First Fight

Just arrived on Netflix for its streaming subscribers is Love at First Fight (Les Combattants in the original French), a French romantic comedy that also has tips for preparing for the Apocalypse. Because of course. Here’s the synopsis:

Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud’s summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn’t asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It’s a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both.

We’ll be sharing some cool films with romantic elements that you might not have been aware of from time to time, and if you do watch this one (or one of the others in the future) we definitely want to know what you thought.

Meanwhile we will be over here contemplating how we’d eat a raw sardine. Blech.

Caturday

We LOVE Caturday!

What’s better for a leisurely Saturday than snuggling up with a book? The addition of a cat to the book/lazy afternoon combination!

It's hard to pick who's cuter!
It’s hard to pick who’s cuter!

In honor of how much we love Caturday (don’t you?), we present a very cute kitty (oh, and model Andre Hamman is there, too), and encourage you to share pix of your favorite feline (hot guy optional, but encouraged).

Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: Candis Terry

Truly Sweet Candis Terry

Candis Terry’s Truly Sweet is the fifth book in her Sweet, Texas series, and as you might expect with a series set deep in the heart of Texas, the music that inspires Candis to write is firmly set on the country side of things. So don your cowboy hat and get your best dancing cowboy boots on and join Candis as she shares her playlist for Truly Sweet. Thanks, Candis!


How do you make your playlists for your books?

Usually when I’m writing a scene I see it like a movie in my head (scary, I know). Most of the time it comes with a soundtrack, and the lyrics of the song usually match what’s going on in the scene. Or sometimes a song will come into my head that will set the mood for a scene. It’s all very spontaneous.

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Guest Post

Guest Post: “On Brotherhood” by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange Shannon Stacey

Shannon Stacey’s Heat Exchange launches Shannon’s Boston Fire series, a trilogy whose heroes are all firefighters–and whose heroines whose sparks set the men ablaze. Shannon talks about why series are so compelling to readers and how the bonds of community can be just as strong as the bonds of family. Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!


Like many of my fellow romance readers, I love series. I love getting to know a family or a setting and seeing recurring characters as they live out their happily ever afters. And, as both a reader and an author, one of my favorite things when it comes to series is exploring the complicated and intense relationships between men. Sometimes those men will be brothers (and cousins) like those in my Kowalski family series.

But other times, a series will explore more of a brotherhood—men (and women) who become a family through a common emotional bond rather than by blood It’s the kind of relationship I’m exploring in my new Boston Fire series, which is centered around firefighters. When men not only live and work together, but go through life and death situations together, their bond can rival that of their nuclear families, which is a fascinating dynamic to explore. And my Boston firefighters will really be shaken up in the third book of the series, when a female firefighter joins their “brotherhood”.

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Giveaway

Giveaway: Win a Set of Christine D’Abo’s 30 Days Challenge Cards!

30 Days Christine D'Abo

In Christine D’Abo’s 30 Days, her heroine is set on a sexy journey to move on from the memory of her ex-husband who passed away two years. Think P.S. I Love You but with more sex! Looking for something to spice up your life in the bedroom? Take the 30 Days Challenge!

Enter to win the exact same cards Alyssa uses on her journey to a second chance at love and sexual satisfaction in 30 Days at the bottom of the post!

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Morning Bites

When Was the Last Time You Were Lost in a Good Book?

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Yes, we’re totally distracted by all of this.

At lunch, one co-worker mentioned she was reading something so engrossing she missed her subway stop. Not to name names, but we’ve also heard of people staying up WAY past their bedtimes, taking extra-long baths, or picking the slow supermarket line so as to get in some more reading.

When was the last time you were willing to do almost anything to get to continue reading your book? What book was it, and what did you end up doing? Did you miss your subway stop? Emerge from the tub like a prune?

Guest Post

Guest Post: “Five Tips for Surviving the Old West” by Anna Schmidt

The Drifter Anna Schmidt

Anna Schmidt’s The Drifter, part of her Last Chance Cowboys series, offers a hero “who trouble follows,” he admits, but the heroine just can’t keep her distance from him. Anna’s here to share her tips on surviving the Old West (it’s more than just putting on that leather vest, fyi). Here’s Anna jumping into the saddle to spur us into some Old West knowledge.


Anna Schmidt’s Five Tips for Surviving the Old West

  • Be prepared! The Boy Scouts mantra notwithstanding, possibly the biggest mistake newcomers to the frontier made was in not learning enough about the terrain, the weather, the hazards, etc. Many came West with the arrogance so common among those leaving a cosmopolitan area and headed for something more rural and unsettled.

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