Posts Tagged ‘contemporary fiction’

Guest Post

Guest Post: “All Roads Lead To Home” by Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay Jaci Burton

Coming back home—it’s something I do often when I go to St. Louis, the place I was born and raised. And though I don’t live there anymore, there’s always a sense of “home’ when I travel there. I have lifelong friends there, and family who will always welcome me home.

When I began my Hope contemporary romance series, home was the feeling I wanted to convey. The Hope series is centered around the small town of Hope, Oklahoma and the people who inhabit it. The series isn’t based on a particular set of characters or specific family, but rather the town itself, allowing me the opportunity to branch out and share a sense of community, of how the town itself is home to so many different characters and the lives they build there.

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Fitness Fridays

Introducing “Fitness Fridays” featuring Sally Kilpatrick

Richard Simmons Meme

“Writing a novel is a long-distance run of the imagination and the will, an arduous exercise, a quest, requiring stamina, discipline, confidence, patience, courage, technique, and perhaps not a small amount of cunning in order to compete with that most problematic opponent of all, oneself.” —George C. Chesbro from his essay “In Search of a Novel” in Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America 

When I read this quote the other day, I thought, “Self, your most problematic opponent really is yourself.” So far I’ve found the discipline to finish well over three novels and to do three-quarters of the training needed for a marathon, but I can’t seem to keep myself from eating things I ought not.

If only I craved brussel sprouts as deadline food! If only I could convince myself that a huge glass of water would wake me up just the same as as a jumbo java. Alas, no.

Thanks to the awesome folks here at EverAfter, I’m going to be blogging once a month about my continual quest to get healthier. I’m going to work on my “cunning” and share any helpful hints I find along the way. Since I am, as always, learning as I go, please feel free to ask me questions. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does and then blog about it.

For my first post, I’m going to share with you some of my basic strategies:

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Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal: FEARLESS by Kimberly Kincaid

Today we’ve got a very special treat for you, the cover reveal to Fearless, the second book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Rescue Squad series! Fearless won’t be out until July, but the first book, Reckless will be out in February! Order both books today with the links below.

Reckless Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
Fearless Links: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo

Before the reveal though we have the blurb for Fearless

The Temperature Is Rising…

Firefighter Cole Everett’s life revolves around the firehouse. Committed to saving lives–and to the guys who always have his back in the most dangerous moments on the job–Cole’s focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new “guy” is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a whole lot curvier in all the right places…

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: UNSUNG by Shannon Richard

Unsung Shannon Richard

Shannon Richard’s Unsung pairs a jilted bride with a tattooed country musician, and their one-night stand leaves some permanent consequenes. Awkard! Shannon is here to talk about music, Unsung, and real-life musical inspirations for her heroes.

Music is a MASSIVE inspiration for my writing. A lot of times I will hear a song that inspires a scene…or sometimes even an entire book.

With Unsung there was a new kind of inspiration when it came to the musical world. The hero is Liam James, and he was conceptualized with two specific musicians in my mind: Kip Moore and Eric Church. Both men are country musicians (like Liam), they both rock scruffy gloriousness on their faces (also like Liam), and there is just something about their Southern demeanor and general badassness that I’m rather found of (again, like Liam).

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Guest Post

Guest Post: “Small Town Romance” by Ophelia London

Kissing Her Crush Ophelia London

I love romances that are set in small town—I love reading them and I love writing them. Maybe because I was born and raised in a small town, and it always seems to bring back lovely memories of my sweet little coastal hamlet in Northern California. Once I moved to the “big city” of Dallas, when it came time for me to do the writing part, I knew I wanted my books to be set in small towns. No question.

There’s just something about them. The whole vibe is different. It’s a calmer way of life—at least in my memory. Not to steal from Cheers!, but everybody knows your name. There are quaint neighborhoods where you can hang on the porch and holler to your neighbors across the street. You’ll find lemonade stands, and dudes dressed in all white selling snow cones. Puppies and children can run free, and the cast of The Vampire Diaries lives next door.

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: ONE KING’S WAY by Samantha Young

One King's Way Samantha Young

Today Samantha Young’s newest novella, One King’s Way, part of her On Dublin Street series, released! Samantha has stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist for the novella as well as her thoughts on music and how it shaped her book. Pick up a copy of One King’s Way today!

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: BITTERSWEET CREEK by Sally Kilpatrick

Bittersweet Creek Sally Kilpatrick

Today we have Sally Kilpatrick sharing her thoughts on how music has shaped her books as well as her playlist for new release, Bittersweet Creek! Pick up a copy today!

I get really excited when it’s time to talk playlists. I don’t think I’ve written a novel yet that didn’t have a soundtrack, and the musical selections of my characters are often a little. . . odd. My first novel, The Happy Hour Choir, began as a “what if” from an old hymn: what if your name was Beulah Land but you didn’t behave yourself like a perfect Christian? Hijinks ensued.

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