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I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I Was THREE! A True Story From Amanda Adams

Crash and Burn Amanda Adams

I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I was THREE! (A true story.)

I’m a romance author. Which means, I’m a romance reader. Since I was about three years old. Too young, you say? I beg to differ. I distinctly remember sitting on my mother’s lap as she read stories to me, stories that made me believe in Happily-Ever-After and the power of true love to conquer evil.

Three. Years. Old. I read other things later. High Fantasy with dragons and knights and sorcerers. Thrillers, with spies and detectives and murder. I read how-to’s and self-help and biographies of famous people I admired. I read history books and literary fiction because I had to. I read a few classics just to see what all the fuss was about – and must admit I hated most of them. I read Mark Twain and Shakespeare (who I actually rather enjoy, once I get used to the way his words work.) But nothing held my attention, not for long. Nothing but romance.

I keep coming back. Different genres. Different time periods. Sweet stories. Sexy stories. Any kind of story as long as I got my Happily-Ever-After at the end of the journey. Why? Was it because they were the first stories I heard? Did they somehow shape my psyche for the rest of my life?

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Guest Post: Movies That Made Vanessa Vale a Romance Fan

Ride Me Dirty Vanessa Vale
  1. A Room With A View– LOVE this movie. It’s set pre-WWI England and getting kissed is serious business. So a stolen kiss is life changing. And the ending… God, I want to go to Florence and have a room with a view with the hero.
  1. Romancing The Stone– Cheesy 80’s, but the plot is quintessential romance novel. It follows the W plot outline and is perfect to use as a guide to write from.
  1. Sixteen Candles– Yes, I’m of the age where Jake Ryan was the BOMB. The hair, the plaid shirt, the Porsche. Again, the ending? I was 13 at the time and I dreamed of a guy doing that for me for my 16th birthday. I still am!!
  1. Dirty Dancing– Again, I’m showing my age, but in high school, this was hot stuff. I related to Baby because I couldn’t dance to save my life (I still can’t), but she won Patrick Swayze. Oh yeah.

I’m seeing my trend is all set in the 80’s. Yikes! But they’re classics and as I watched them as a teenager, set my path toward romance. What are your favorite romance movies?


Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances featuring unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

Vanessa Vale can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and VanessaValeAuthor.com.

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Guest Post: Grace Goodwin’s Top 5 Happily Ever Afters!

Mating Fever Grace Goodwin

So, like me, you’re a romance fan? It’s my one undeniable weakness. Show me a sappy movie, a heart-melting book or let me hear an emotional song about love and I’m a goner. Sold. Sign me UP.

Which means, over the last…ummm…few years, I’ve read, watched, seen and heard a LOT of stories about love, falling in love, losing love, finding love, making love. Love is in the air, isn’t it? Isn’t it always?

Now, I combine my two favorite loves, science fiction and romance, in the Interstellar Brides series. In Mating Fever, our sassy, smart, little-bit-crazy heroine gets a bit more than she bargained for when her assigned mate is a Beast suffering from Mating Fever. Beauty and the Beast? Yep, you guessed it, one of my favorites.

But make Beast a hot, protective, sexy-as-hell alpha male in outer space? Yes. I DID do that. Sorry. (Not Sorry!)

But I digress. Top 5 BEST HEA’s ever? Here’s my personal list. What’s on yours?

1 – Beauty and the Beast (Yes, I saw the new movie. LOVED it.)

2 – Blay and Qhuinn in Lover At Last by JR Ward – I cried for an hour… (*warning – it’s a gay vampire romance, and one of the best love stories I’ve ever read…especially if you know their history in the previous books. Explicit scenes – including a M/M/M/M/F scene may be a bit much for some readers.)

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Guest Post: A Guide to Vampires from Juliette Cross

The Black Lily Juliette Cross

The first time I saw the 1980s flick Lost Boys, my teenage heart raced with excitement and was thoroughly stolen by the dark and broody Jason Patric. From that moment on, I was hooked to the vampire romance. And while there have been dozens of adaptations of the beautiful monster—from sensual to beastly to kickass to sparkly—they all possess this indefinable allure we can’t resist. Though our favorite vampires fall under more than one category, let’s break it down and look at the different types and why we love them.

  1. The sensual seducer. This falls into the category of Lestat or another of Anne Rice’s vampires who lure their prey to the dark with sensual promise, then bleed them dry. This vampire’s ageless beauty and magnetic power is potent. The victim of their seduction can lead to either their death or the most powerful love of all. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the count’s powerful hold over his beloved Mina pulls her into his dark embrace, exactly where she longs to be.
  2. The wounded monster. The one who is haunted by a tragic past and heartbreak and who uses his power to seek vengeance on his enemies. I can’t help but think of Dracula Untold in which Vlad III (played by the lovely Luke Evans) becomes the monster to save his family and his people. Of course, it has tragic results, but he pounds his enemies into dust—literally—for what they’ve done.
  3. The sparkly protector. Okay, okay. Let’s talk about it. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga introduced a brand new kind of vampire—the sparkly, vegetarian type who prefer to live nobly among humankind. Whatever you may think of the series, one thing is for certain. Meyers developed a unique, original vampire who, in my humble opinion, is a heroic, noble kind of beast. And I find him delicious, especially when Edward is fighting off temptation and losing. 😉
  4. The kickass warrior. Hell yeah. This happens to be my favorite. You can find him in any number of fabulous book series. Dmitri and Viper in Nalini Singh’s The Guildhunter series, Lucan and fellow hotties in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, J.R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and on and on. These guys are super alpha and deadly as ever. There is no subtlety to their allure. It’s a punch to the gut that melts right down into your panties. These vampires make for one sexy, action-packed, intense love story.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Guest Post: Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan on Writing Dual Timelines

My Darling, My Disaster Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan

When we decided to tackle a dual timeline for My Rogue, My Ruin (MRMR) and My Darling, My Disaster (MDMD), we were so excited for the chance to write about two different couples falling in love under their own sets of circumstances, but over the same course of time. We had no idea what we were signing up for, but the challenge of making each story stand alone and yet having each one thread into the other was equally intriguing. We were especially delighted to write Gray and Lana’s story, and their belowstairs, secret master-servant relationship.

That said, doing a dual timeline story opened up a whole can of worms we did not anticipate. First, we created a document which included all of the days and hours we had to play around with for Gray and Lana to develop their relationship. In other words, if Lana was attending to Brynn as her lady’s maid in MRMR, she couldn’t be canoodling with Gray in MDMD. And since we know that our savvy romance readers would hold us to task, we had to be extremely careful to make sure those timelines were carefully aligned.

The second challenge we encountered were the few overlapping scenes. A couple of these scenes were relevant to both books, so we simply had to include them. While MDMD has a couple scenes drawn straight from MRMR, they’re from a totally different perspective—which was so fun to write. For example, one scene from MRMR shows Gray being a complete jerk. But in MDMD, the scene is shown from Gray’s perspective and the reader is given valuable insight as to why he’s being such a pain in the arse.

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Guest Post + Excerpt: Lindsey Frydman’s Top 5 and THE HEARTBREAK HYPOTHESIS

The Heartbeat Hypothesis Lindsey Frydman

It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)

  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 


An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.

My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”

“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.

“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.

Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”

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Q&A: Tristan MacDougall from A STAR TO STEER HER BY

A Star To Steer Her By Beth Anne Miller

Love a man with a sexy accent, a good sense of humor, and a surprising wealth of knowledge on sailing? Meet Tristan of A Star To Steer Her By!


Beth: Tristan, thanks for taking a few minutes of your time in Puerto Rico to chat with me on the phone.

Tristan: I’ll always make time for you, Beth. (said in delightful Scottish burr).

Beth: swoons Thanks, Tristan. So, can you tell the readers a bit about yourself, where you’re from, that sort of thing?

Tristan: Sure. I’m twenty-one years old, and I’m from just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. I’m currently working as a deckhand on a schooner that runs a semester-at-sea program. We’re at various ports-of-call throughout the Caribbean for the next six weeks or so and then we head up the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. to New York.

Beth: Sounds pretty heavenly to be in the Caribbean right now, given the cold weather in New York.

Tristan: Aye, it is.

Beth: What’s it like to work with students who have never been sailing before? Do you get frustrated with them when they don’t know what they’re doing?

Tristan: I love it. I grew up sailing with my parents, and since I learned it as a lad, it’s always been second-nature to me. It gets a wee bit frustrating if students tend the wrong line, or aren’t paying attention, or sit around idle when there’s clearly work to be done, but for the most part, they all take to it really well, and I love watching them learn to love being out at sea. There’s nothing like being in a squall, with the ship flyin’ across the water and the wind tearin’ at your hair.

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Guest Post: Cindi Madsen on Her Very First OTP

Operation Prom Date Cindi Madsen

In my new release, Operation Prom Date, my heroine Kate is all about fandoms and shipping and OTPs (One True Pairing, if you’re not sure what that is). It’s basically the couple that you read about or watch on TV, and you start yelling at the characters to kiss already. The couple that makes you a little crazy, to the point where if someone disagrees with you or tries to say they should be with someone else, it might get ugly.

Here’s a small excerpt from when they first talk about ships:

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”

“‘Ship’ them?”

“I want them in a relationship. Like I’d put them in a ship together so they’d be forced to see they’re perfect for each other, bribe the writers to get them together, ship them. Partnership, friendship, please-God-put-them-in-a-relationship-already ship them.”

“Oh-kay.”

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Guest Post: Vanessa Vale of FIGHT FOR HER on Summer vs. Winter

Fight For Her Vanessa Vale

The Vale household is divided! I like summer. The hot weather, sunshine, pools, green grass, flowers. Sundresses. So does Vale child #2. My husband and Vale child #1 like winter. They like skiing and bundling up. Snow. They’d rather be cold and turn the heater on than be hot and turn on the AC. The compromise should be spring, a little of both. In the Wild West where we live, winter always wins. April is the 2nd snowiest month and it’s a hot mess (and I don’t mean it’s warm). I’m ready for flowers and Easter dresses and yet I’m still slogging around in boots and my puffy coat. There’s only one answer to this: Hawaii. It’s never too hot or too cold. It’s just right… all the time. My winter/summer family agrees, so we should move. As I look out the window right now and see it snowing, I’m considering packing my bags.

Are you a fan of summer or winter? Both?

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Guest Post: 5 Favorite Romantic Suspense Reads from Lea Griffith

Flash of Fury Lea Griffith

Thank you, EverAfter Romance, for letting me chat about my 5 Favorite Romantic Suspense Novels. I cut my teeth on romantic suspense. My mom was a voracious reader and I used to sneak into her closet and read her romances. From her historical to her suspense, my love of romance developed in a walk-in closet when I was probably too young to be reading them, lol! But read them I did and of course I have favorites. Let me share, yeah?

 

5. All the Queen’s Men, Linda Howard

Linda Howard is one of my all-time favorite authors. She gives epic emotion, action and suspense and wraps it all up in a neat, tidy bow by the end. Her reads are fast-moving and HOT. John Medina, the hero of AtQM, more than meets the HOT criteria, and his heroine, is more than a match for him. It’s got all the things I love in a rom suspense and her writing is beautiful.
4. Naked in Death, J D Robb

Oh, the things I could say about this book. JD Robb outdid herself when she penned this futuristic romantic suspense that revolves around a tough-as-nails cop and the man who takes her heart. This makes my list at #4 because Roarke is my all-time favorite hero. He’s got it all and I loved reading about him as much as I loved reading about Eve Dallas. Robb keeps you hanging on while weaving a believable, and accurately depicted, tale of murder, police procedure, and a romance that blooms in the middle of bloodshed.

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