Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
Guest Post

Guest Post: “Reinvent and Rebuild” by A.J. Pine

One Life A.J. Pine

Sometimes I write with a theme in mind, and sometimes the theme emerges from the story while I’m writing. In the case of One Night and One Life (my Only You series), I didn’t have a theme at the outset. It just kind of came about as I wrote, and now that both books are complete, I’m really thrilled at how both books dealt with some important issues; how they have resonated with readers; and how there’s a steady thread of rebuilding from grief through both novels. But don’t worry, folks. These books are romances (stand-alone companions) too. So you’ll get your HEA, but my characters are definitely going to make you work for it—maybe by shedding a few tears along the way.

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Morning Bites

The Ripped Bodice Kickstarter

There’s a just launched Kickstarter campaign for The Ripped Bodice, “the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States,” which plans to open March 2016 in Los Angeles. Imagine walking into a bookstore where nobody judges you for the books you choose to read. How much would you pay for that?!?

 

Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Guest Post: Yasmine Galenorn Shares Some Allergy-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn

Next week Yasmine Galenorn’s new Whisper Hollow series kicks off with the release of Autumn Thorns. However this week she has stopped by EverAfter to share some allergy-friendly holiday recipes just in time for the holiday season! They sound absolutely delicious! Let us know in the comments if you have any other recipes to share or try these out!


Without a doubt, for those of us who have food allergies and intolerances, the holidays are a difficult time. Holidays are usually celebrated with food — lots and lots of good tasty food. But when you can’t have gluten or dairy or other common ingredients, it can feel like you’re being punished during holiday parties. Even though we all know that’s not the case, the feeling of being separate—different—from everybody else can cast a pall over the fun.

This is especially true when we are dealing with people who do not believe that food allergies are serious, who don’t believe that food intolerances are very real and detrimental.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: Sara Richardson’s SOMETHING LIKE LOVE

Something Like Love Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson’s Something Like Love will hit shelves and e-devices next Tuesday, but before then, Sara’s stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist for Something Like Love as well as answer our questions! Pre-order your copy of Something Like Love today!


IT’S GONNA BE A WILD RIDE
Ben Noble needs to do some damage control. Fast. His heart has always been in ranching, but there’s no escaping the spotlight on his high-powered political family. Now the only thing that can restore his reputation is a getaway to the fresh air of Aspen, Colorado. Not to mention that the trip gives Ben a second chance to impress a certain gorgeous mountain guide. But Paige Harper is nothing like the shy girl he remembers . . . she’s so much more.

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Guest Post: “Special Powers Can Come in Handy” by Corrina Lawson and Robin Bielman

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One of the things we love about writing paranormal romance is the fun we get to have in creating characters with abilities above and beyond mere humans. Who hasn’t wished they could fly or read someone’s mind? So we thought we’d list some of the great things about Alec and Beth in Phoenix Rising and Hugh and Tess in Veiled Target, two of the novels from the Five Past Midnight boxed set.


Corrina says…

My hero and heroine in Phoenix Rising are a firestarter/telekinetic and a telepath. This comes in handy not only in fighting the bad guys but everyday, normal activities as well.

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Q&A

Jay Crownover Announces Surprise Novella LEVELED and Answers our Questions!

In a surprise announcement, Jay Crownover is releasing a novella, Leveled, to kick off her Saints of Denver series, which is a spin-off of her Marked Men! In Leveled, fan favorite Lando gets the HEA he so richly deserves! This is also Jay’s first M/M book!

Leveled releases on November 2nd, and if you pre-order today you can get your copy for $1.99 (normally $2.99)! There will also be an excerpt of the first Saints of Denver novel, Built in the back of Leveled!


We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.


FIVE BOOKS

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

  1. Catcher in the Rye: Because it’s the best book ever
  2. 1984: Because it makes me feel smart
  3. Lord of the Flies: Because I don’t ever want to be ‘That Guy’
  4. Ritual Sins: Because it’s my favorite book and has the best anti-hero ever in it.
  5. Motorcycle Man: Because Kristen Ashley is queen and she should be on any and all lists

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Morning Bites

Crimson Peak: A Gothic Romance?


Crimson Peak opened this past weekend, and reviews are saying it’s visually amazing, and is more of a Gothic romance than a horror movie (as the initial trailers might have intimated). Plus it’s got Tom Hiddleston’s hindquarters on display, so that’s a bonus.
Have you seen it? Are you a Gothic romance fan? If you weren’t before, are you interested in reading some books in the genre? If you are, what books are your favorite?

TV Recaps

Recap: Indian Summers Episode 4 (1×4)

Indian Summers 4The Viceroy Cometh! Truthfully, I wondered if we were ever going to meet the big man in charge in Indian Summers, but here we are in the 4th episode and he arrives in style played by Patrick Malahide (long-time PBS viewers will remember Malahide from George Eliot’s Middlemarch where he played Rev. Edward Casaubon).  He babbles on to Ralph about the situation back in England and how happy he is to back in India. And he really wants to meet Madeleine! Cynthia has kept him well informed about Ralph’s love life. He reminds Ralph he’s now 30, it is past time for him to stop having fun, to settle down and find a wife.

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: A MCCLENDON THANKSGIVING by Sean D. Young

A McClendon Thanksgiving Sean D. Young

Tomorrow, A McClendon Thanksgiving by Sean D. Young is released and Sean stopped by to answer our questions and share her playlist for this book. Order your copy of A McClendon Thanksgiving today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

I love music and as I’m writing the story, certain songs come to me.  I immediately start a list for the book soundtrack.  Sometimes I can hear a song and think this would be excellent for my soundtrack.   Once I’m done writing the book, I try to put the songs in order to tell the story in song.

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Aural Pleasures: Ally Broadfield’s SAY YOU’LL LOVE ME

Say You'll Love Me Ally Broadfield

Today Ally Broadfield’s Say You’ll Love Me was released and Ally’s stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of Say You’ll Love Me today!


There’s nothing else that can evoke emotions and reactions the way music can, and I almost always have music playing when I write. Once I’ve created the playlist for the book I’m working on, I listen to it whenever I write.

1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

Almost immediately after an idea comes to me for the premise of a new book, a song that fits the story and the main characters will pop into my head, so that’s how my playlist starts. For Say You’ll Love Me, that song is “All I Ask of You.” After that, I add the songs that go on the playlists for all of my books, and then pick another handful of songs that feel right for the plot of each book.

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