Posts Tagged ‘fantasy romance’

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Guest Post: “Five Romantic Dates to Go On in The Mystik World” by Brenda Drake

Going on dates is the fun part of a budding relationship. But going on dates in the Library Jumpers’ Mystik world holds so much wonder and beauty, I thought it would be fun to give Arik some ideas on where to take Gia on their first date.

The Spanish haven of Santara with its lush, green grounds and beautiful flowers and sweet fruits is my first pick for Arik and Gia’s date. The castle was built into the side of a mountain. Arik and Gia could hike the long, winding trail that leads to the top of the mountain. At the crest, they could view all of Santara while enjoy a picnic of empanadas filled with meats and fruits. Afterward, they could fly down the mountain

Mantello Haven in Italy is where Gia’s great-grandfather is from. The castle is stately and the village is quaint with winding roads and many shops. There are festivals, wine making, and a unique bookstore. Arik and Gia could have fun eating bake goods while strolling through the many shops. They could sit at one of the outdoor cafes to eat and watch the many plays and puppet shows performed on the street.

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Guest Post: “Cat Fisa’s Five Rules for Surviving in the Kingmaker World” by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire Amanda Bouchet

It’s a dangerous time to be the Kingmaker—a human lie detector and the most coveted diplomatic weapon in the realms. In Breath of Fire, the second book in The Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy, Thalyria is heading toward all-out war, Cat is now officially out of hiding, and her secrets are out, too. Some key Olympian Gods as well as her warlord lover, Griffin Sinta, are all telling her it’s time to kick denial in the butt and start taking responsibility for the kingdom, so continuing to ignore that pesky, world-shaking prophecy about herself is getting harder to do. The problem is, when you’re a runaway princess just about everyone wants to capture, kill, or use, actually getting around to ruling the world can be tough. It’s hard enough just to survive.

So what’s a girl to do?

Learn how to hide. Know how to fight.

Cat is adept at both. In fact, when hightailing it to safer ground isn’t an option, she can melt enemies with magic, turn their own powers back on them, and hit just about any target with a knife. When it comes to protecting the people she cares about, she can be unapologetically violent and forget to even blink an eye at the ensuing bloodshed. And when situations really get sticky, whether her foe is human, mage, or beast, Cat follows some rules of survival that have served her well over the years.


  1. The Gods can be trusted—usually.

If an Olympian shows enough interest in you to dole out magic, gifts, or even advice, take it. It’s extremely rare, definitely not to be ignored, and might not make any sense at the time, but things like that have a way of working themselves out—once you understand what’s going on. When Gods dabble in the lives of men, anything can happen. Cat’s philosophy on this one? Take the magic. As for the rest… Wait, see, and hope for the best.


  1. If you think an adversary has more magic than you do, bluff like there’s no tomorrow—there might not be.

Bravado goes a long way in any battle, especially when the magic in Thalyria is so powerful and vast that, frankly, you never know what an enemy might be able to throw at you in a fight. Elements? Creatures? Something conjured from thin air? The good thing is, your foes don’t know what kind of magic you’ve got in you, either. If they think you can pound them into the dust with a single thought, they might be less likely to try to burn you to a crisp. Cat’s viewpoint? Make them run away first. It’s better than doing it yourself.

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Exclusive Excerpt: THE ROMAN by Sylvain Reynard

The Roman Sylvain Reynard

We don’t toss around the word “gripping” that often, but for this excerpt of Sylvain Reynard‘s The Roman, we are more than willing to make an exception! Seriously, we might have stopped breathing a little toward the end. But you won’t have to hold your breath for long. The Roman releases December 6th!

Raven wished she had one of William’s relics. Commander Borek had seen to it that her sister Cara received medical attention, but he hadn’t done so out of compassion. He’d done so because he feared the Curia.

Raven needed to bolster her defenses.

“Commander Borek.” She lifted her voice, evading the soldier who was supposed to carry her.

The commanding officer ignored her.

“Commander Borek,” she repeated, louder.

He turned his head in her direction, as did the remaining members of their party.

“We need to leave,” he growled. “Or you’ll end up dead.”

“I need a sword.” She extended her hand.

He stared at her incredulously. “No.”

She took a few limping steps in his direction. “I’m not afraid to fight. What if we encounter ferals?”

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Exclusive Excerpt + RAFFLE: FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY by Kathy Lyons

For The Bear's Eyes Only Kathy Lyons

Look, when I say we can bear-ly handle this excerpt from Kathy Lyons’ latest, I’m not just being insufferable. We are so excited for For The Bear’s Eyes Only, which is incredibly lucky, because it’s out right now! Get a taste of the book right here:

He stared at her and shook his head. “You think because I’m not fur and claws right now that I’m tame? That I won’t tear right through you if you try to Tase me again?”

She held up her bare hands, spread wide. “I don’t want to hurt you. I want to talk to you. Come home with me. Please. There are…things we need to talk about.” She’d almost said more. She’d nearly told him about how much her bear was right now pulsing with want. How his scent was oddly compelling even at its worst. About all the confusion that he created inside her. But she was on an open mic with Mark on the other end. She just couldn’t force herself to be that vulnerable with another man listening in. So she swallowed the full sentence and settled for pleading.

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Exclusive Excerpt: A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spears

A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear

Does this post really need an introduction? Is it even possible to resist an excerpt from a book that has it all? It’s a Holiday book. About beautiful hot-headed shapeshifting jaguars. Who protect other shapeshifters as a job.  It’s amazing! Don’t you dare miss A Very Jaguar Christmas from Terry Spears, out now!

A man raised his voice several feet away and Everett and Howard turned to see what the matter was. Everett didn’t recognize the redhead, but Demetria was facing him down, hands on her hips, frowning at the guy. No matter how many times he observed her, Everett still saw her as an incredibly sexy brunette, curvy, with killer moves, a quick temper, but a loving heart—where kids of all ages were concerned. She hadn’t dated since Matt had died in the Costa Rican rainforest, and Everett didn’t think she’d ever get over his death.

Her long hair pulled back into a ponytail, she focused her darkened brown eyes strictly on the man in front of her, her body posture balanced. She looked ready for action.

Everett wanted to help her out if she needed his assistance, but he knew that stance. She was a wild cat, ready to take down the big male who was giving her grief. All the agents were highly trained, so no advantage to Demetria there. And he was ready for her reaction, so she couldn’t surprise him. Because of his size and weight, he most likely would have the upper hand. That meant Everett was tensing and getting ready to charge in and protect her—whether she needed him to, or wanted him to, or not. Who would know until after the altercation ended? Everett didn’t want to see her hurt.

Hell, a dozen guys were probably just as ready to protect her, but he didn’t have eyes on anyone else—just Demetria and the redhead.

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Guest Post: “If My Life Were a Romance Novel…” by Ashlyn Chase

My Wild Irish Dragon Ashlyn Chase

If my life were a romance novel, it would have to be in the chic-lit subgenre. I used to say my life was one big romantic comedy—or more accurately, the blooper reel! Fortunately, I’m now living my happily-ever-after, but it was wild ride to get here!

I won’t go all the way back to my ‘too young to know what I was doing’ marriage. At least I got an adorable daughter out of it.

I’d probably start with the guy who helped me pick up the pieces after that. Too bad I was in no mood for anything serious. He would have been a good guy to wind up with—and he had a boat. But no, for a few years there, I sabotaged anything that looked like it might be appropriate.

For instance, I was the Monday morning entertainment before the shift change at my hospital. (I was an RN in a psychiatric hospital.) And you thought the patients were crazy… Another unit always invited me over for lunch to hear my latest weekend escapades (i.e. dating disasters.) That is, until I began dating the head nurse’s son! No more lunch invites. They didn’t want to know…

Later, he told me his mother tried to warn him away from me. She called me a ‘heartbreaker.’ Heartbreaker? Me? I thought I was always the one getting my heart broken. Well, it was shortly after that that I met the guy I call Mr. Amazing. My wonderful husband of 22+ years. Sorry, head nurse’s son…you knew it wouldn’t last. Didn’t you? Your mother sure did.

So, anyway…my wonderful husband and I were set-up (without our knowledge.) A mutual friend tried to get us to agree to a blind date, knowing we’d be perfect for each other. We both refused.

Not one to be discouraged, she planned a ‘night out dancing.’ That wasn’t unusual. What was unique about this time, however, was that instead of ‘the gang’ showing up, it was just she and her boyfriend, Mr. Amazing and me. They picked us both up, so we met in their back seat, checked each other out, and thought, Hmmm…

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Saving Her Angel Missy Jane

Stop everything, because we just bonded hardcore with Missy Jane. Mostly because we’re Gene Kelly nerds, but also? Because she’s amazing! We’ve loved featuring her on EA in the past and now we’ve got a fantastic Q&A to add to the pile! Check out her answers below and don’t miss her latest book, Saving Her Angel, out today!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Gone with the Wind

Singing in the Rain

Anchors Away (yes, I LOVE Gene Kelly)

French Kiss

The Princess Bride


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

I absolutely love when Rhett sweeps Scarlett off her feet and carries her up the stairs.

My favorite scene is when they first meet and she rescues him from the screaming fans.

I love the part when Frank Sinatra is talking to the girl from Jersey just like him.

The best and funniest part of this movie is when Meg Ryan is spying on Timothy Hutton and falls over the dessert cart.

There’s no way I can pick a favorite scene from Princess Bride. It’s inconceivable!

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How Amanda Bouchet Celebrates Release Day

A Promise of Fire Amanda Bouchet

For the longest time, release day for A Promise of Fire seemed like it would never come. Now it’s zooming toward me, and I’m starting to understand that feeling of utter excitement mixed with sudden bouts of queasiness. It reminds me of the nervous anticipation I felt eight years ago before my son was born. I was beyond ready to get that baby out. I was also terrified—it was all so new and intimidating! I imagine subsequent releases will feel more like when my daughter, now three years old, was born. Sure, I knew more-or-less what to expect the second time around, but that didn’t make it any less daunting or elating. Now, having my “book baby” come out is throwing me back into the same kind of emotional turmoil—ridiculously happy but with nerves hopping constantly in my belly.

I have a feeling I’ll be a happy-nervous wreck on release day, so I’ll definitely need to get out of the house! I live in Paris, France, but I grew up in New England, and my family is still in the northeast. My kids and I will be in Vermont on release day, visiting my father and step-mother. While my parents’ house is well off the beaten path, they’re lucky to be fairly close to Hanover, New Hampshire, the home of Dartmouth College. They often attend lectures, film festivals, and other events on the campus that keep them from feeling too isolated in their rural area. Despite the time I’ve spent in Vermont, I’ve never actually been to Hanover. I’d like to gather everyone up for a multigenerational outing—my parents, myself, and my little ones—and go to New Hampshire on release day. Unfortunately, my husband will already be back in France, his vacation over.

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Deal Alert: Kennedy Layne, Melinda Leigh, and D’Elen McClain

We are so close to the weekend we can taste it, so how about a celebratory Deal Alert? Don’t miss these amazing titles from Kennedy Layne, Melinda Leigh, and D’Elen McClain!

Red Starr Box Set: Vol 1 by Kennedy Layne

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes a thrilling hostage rescue series that will lead you down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense…

Starr’s Awakening (Red Starr, The Prequel)

Catori Starr has been lost in a crippling grief since losing her husband, Red. Since learning he went MIA on a rescue mission abroad, she has existed more than lived. She’s a shell of who she used to be. Restarting Red Starr HRT is a last-ditch opportunity to overcome her pain–and keep her husband’s legacy alive. With a team of cherry-picked men, she must now decide if she’s willing to set aside a years-old grief to begin a new life filled with the potential of fated dreams…or deadly peril.

Hearths of Fire (Red Starr, Book One)

Neal Bauer tried returning home once before and he found that some things aren’t meant to be. When a local cult invades the town of Hearth and draws a family friend into their way of life, he has no choice but to try again. He hadn’t expected the dormant fires of a past love to resurface, but is it possible to rekindle their smoldering passion when it could all be taken away by a sinister faction who has other plans for their future?

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The Reaper's Sacrifice Abigail Baker

So, what’s the drawback of being the site curator? Sometimes we spend more time reading the posts than getting them ready to go live. I know. Poor us. At least we know for sure this Q&A from The Reaper’s Sacrifice author, Abigail Baker is incredibly worth the wait! And unlike our Q&A, The Reaper’s Sacrifice is available everywhere, no wait needed!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  • The Breakfast Club because the tension between Bender and Claire is a hair’s breadth between a first kiss and a slap to the face!
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman. The film oozes gothic sex appeal. And those costumes? I hate clingy clothes, but, you know, I would squeeze into one of those dresses to hear a man tell me, “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”
  • Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Knightley is the perfect Lizzie. What? You think Jennifer Ehle was better? Don’t think I won’t cut you. I just want to hold Macfayden close and tell him his hands are cold.
  • The Crow. I realize this one isn’t a romance, but the idea that Eric returns from the dead to avenge his and his beloved’s murders is, to me, beautiful. I mean, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Besides, Brandon Lee? Swoons. RIP, sweet man.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Ok. I know it was cheesy and Costner gave up on his British accent ten minutes into the movie, but I was an impressionable teenager when it came out. I can sing the Bryan Adam’s song if you’d like… “Look into my eyes…you will see… Oh, everything I do…I do it for you…” No singing? Awkward? Ok, I’ll stop.


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

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