Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Guest Post: Amanda Bonilla’s Top 5 Favorite Assassins

Shadows at Midnight Amanda Bonilla

Amanda Bonilla’s deadly assassin Darian returns in the fifth book of the Shaede Assassin series, Shadows at Midnight. Amanda is somewhat of an assassin connoisseur, and she’s here to share her Top 5 Favorite Assassins (because everyone has that list, right?). Is your favorite lethal weapon here? Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!

I’ve always been fascinated by assassins, the way they can sometimes be portrayed as gray area characters. The complexity of putting the character’s conscience on hold to carry out a hit while later retaining his or her humanity enough to interact with other characters always has a way of drawing me in. In the Shaede Assassin series, Darian has spent the past five books working her way from cold and apathetic to a deeper and more relatable character. In SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT, she’s got to hold on her to tough edge if she wants to save the people she cares about. And now that book 5 is out in the world, I thought I’d share my list of top five fictional assassins:

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Guest Post: “Reflections on Families in Romance” by Katy Regnery

Crazy About Cameron Katy Regnery

Families are a big part of romance, especially in contemporary series. Today we’re thrilled to have Katy Regnery with us to discuss her thoughts about families in romance! Take it away Katy!

Recently, I was asked why I felt that “brother” or “family” romance series are so popular; specifically, series like Carly Phillip’s Dares, Bella Andre’s Sullivans or my Blueberry Lane Series, which takes place in Philadelphia and—to date—includes the English and Winslow Brothers’ nine stories. And while I do believe that women are drawn to the young, sexy, wealthy, talented men we write, I also believe the answer goes much deeper.  What women love even more than the brothers themselves is the world the brothers inhabit: beautiful fantasy worlds we create that are still based within the framework of reality.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Guest Post: Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee, and Sami Lee Discuss TROPICAL HAZE

Tropical Haze Sami Lee

Today we have authors Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee, and Sami Lee talking about their experience and favorite parts of writing their Bandicoot Cove continuity, which is available in Tropical Haze!


Sami Lee:

There’s nothing like holidaying with good friends, but the next best thing is writing with friends—especially when you write stories set in such an idyllic place as Bandicoot Cove, where love and passion can sweep characters… or readers… away. Lexxie, Jess and I had such fun with this series, and we’re so excited that it will now be offered as a digital box set! Today we thought we’d share our favorite snippets from each of our stories:

My favorite part of Moonlight Mirage isn’t even one of the (hot!) love scenes. It was this moment at the groom’s buck’s party when Mitch’s iron control finally unraveled completely. A man who’s always prided himself of being the responsible one actually commits physical violence for the first time in his life because he’s jealous of the heroine’s relationship with a character I loved so much I wrote him his own story in Unforgettable Summer.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Morning Bites

Does Your Reading Taste Change with the Seasons?

The best advertisement for wearing a sweater.

It’s FALL! Time for sweaters, cider, pumpkins, and — sniff! — to put away your open-toed shoes.

Does the new season mean that your reading tastes change, too? Do you put away all those “beach reads” in favor of something a bit more substantive?

Does your reading taste change with the seasons?

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Katee Robert Recaps the Premier of SCREAM QUEENS

Scream Queens Logo

I’ve been excited about Scream Queens since I heard that Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the roll of the Dean. I mean, she’s Scream Queen royalty. If she agreed to the show, it HAS to be great, right? Yeah, the two-hour premier didn’t disappoint. It’s campy horror at its finest. I had to take some time to really think about it, though, because they threw everything but the kitchen sink at us.

This year seems to be the year of the campy horror television shows. MTV’s Scream has really pulled it off, and it’s impossible to avoid comparing the two, especially since they’re giving such heavy nods to past horror movie franchises. As Scream’s horror guru Noah says—the only way a slasher TV show would work is if viewers are invested in the characters.

But first, let’s get to the set up.

Fair warning – spoilers abound!

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Guest Post: “Redeeming a Villain” by Meghan March

Beneath These Scars Meghan March

Who doesn’t love a story of redemption? Especially when its the bad guy turning good and getting their Happily Ever After! Today Meghan March discusses how she pulls this off!

He’s the guy you love to hate. Not just your run-of-the-mill bad boy, but a bad man. The villain. So how do you redeem a character of that nature and get readers on board with giving him a happily ever after? Well, in the case of Lucas Titan, the villain we originally met in Beneath This Ink, it was actually some of the most fun I’ve had so far in my writing career. There’s something about a guy with an underhanded motive who is willing to blur the line between right and wrong that made the words fly from my head to the page. Because let’s be honest, don’t we all want to know why the bad guy does what he does?

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Guest Post: “Real Talk about the Modeling Industry” by Serena Yates

The Model Serena Yates

Today Serena Yates joins us to share parts of her research and the inspiration behind her newest release from Dreamspinner Press, The Model! Serena is also generously giving three lucky commenters on this post their choice of an e-book of their choice from The Workplace Encounters series or a $5 Amazon/All Romance eBooks gift card! Be sure to comment by September 30th for your chance to win!

Real Talk About Modeling and the Inspiration Behind THE MODEL

Writing about types of different blue collar jobs for this series has been an exciting adventure for me. And while being a model might not be the first job you think of when hearing “blue collar”, it is one of the jobs that requires absolutely no education. You are either discovered and end up making a career of it, however long, or you are not. No amount of studying can make you a fashion model.

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Morning Bites

It’s Your Last Day on Earth: What Do You Do?

Don’t let the world end until I’m done with this book.

According to some mystical calculations, this is the day the world ends. So if that is true, what are the five things you would have to do if this was to be your last day on earth?

Some suggestions:

  1. Wear age-inappropriate clothing because, damn it, you like sequins!
  2. Tell your relatives what you really think of them and their constant Facebook-posting.
  3. Sit in the bathtub and read your e-reader without worrying about protecting it from the water.
  4. Eat raw cookie dough.
  5. Toss your keys off a bridge.

What would you do?

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Guest Post: Yasmine Galenorn on Returning to an Old Series

Night Shivers Yasmine Galenorn

Today we have Yasmine Galenorn talking about how it felt to return to her Indigo Court series for her latest novella, Night Shivers. We’re excited to have her and hope you’ll pick up a copy today! Be sure and leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of Night Myst, the first book in the Indigo Court series!

When I finished writing NIGHT’S END, I really thought I was done with the series. I brought the Myst story arc to a finish, and added an epilogue so people wouldn’t feel like they were left hanging. The epilogue happened twenty-five years after the end of the story arc. For months now I’ve had people asking me for more—they want to read more about what happened to Cicely and the others. And each time I have said, “Sorry, I’m done with the story and I left it it a good ending.”

So imagine my surprise when a new idea for the Indigo Court world suddenly popped into my mind. I realized — now free from the story arc of the battle against Myst, and free to take the series in any direction I want — there are other stories I can tell. Stories that I probably couldn’t get published in traditional ways. So, I decided to write a novella set one year after the end of the last battle.

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Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Excerpt Tour!

The Legend of Lyon Redmond Julie Anne Long

For almost 8 years, readers have eagerly followed the epic love-story-that-never-was of Lyon Redmond and Olivia Eversea throughout Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green novels. Now, FINALLY, readers will find out what really happened to separate the two lovers and if they can overcome the heartbreak and betrayal to reach their Happily Ever After in The Legend of Lyon Redmond out on 9/29! Before we get there, though, let’s relive Lyon and Olivia’s story up until now. Follow along the Pennyroyal Green Excerpt Tour where today we have an excerpt from A Notorious Countess Confesses

Vicar Adam Sylvaine visits Olivia Eversea

When they’d reached a row of benches tucked among a series of rosebushes, he stopped abruptly.

“Olivia, I did come here for a reason today.”

Her eyes widened. “You should see your expression, Adam.” She sounded so calm, so wryly amused. As though the worst she could experience had already taken place, and nothing else would ever cause more than a ripple in her composure. “So very, very somber.”

“Something that once belonged to you has been entrusted to me. I should like to return it.”

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