Monday, May 15, 2017

MARVELOUS MAY with HARLEQUIN & SHARON KENDRICK




THE SHEIKH’S BOUGHT WIFE
By Sharon Kendrick

Marry a sheikh in return for a hefty financial reward? Jane Smith, a shy researcher, normally would have laughed in Zayed Al Zawba’s handsome face. Except it’s only for six months and the money will rescue her sister, who’s caught up in debt.
Sheikh Zayed will do anything to inherit Kafalah’s neighboring oil-rich lands. Even if he has to wed plain Jane, though he’ll never long to consummate a marriage with her. But Zayed never imagined that Jane’s frumpy clothes were hiding such delicious curves, or that her quick mind and untouched beauty would tease and tempt him beyond his wildest imagination.


SHARON KENDRICK began telling stories at the age of 11 and never stopped. She enjoys writing fast-paced, feel-good romances, as well as music, books, cooking and eating. She lives in England with her two children.



THE SHEIKH’S BOUGHT WIFE
By Sharon Kendrick
April 18, 2017
$5.25 U.S.; 224 pages

ISBN-978-0-373-060610



THE SHEIKH’S BOUGHT WIFE by Sharon Kendrick
1)      What is your favorite part about writing The Sheikh’s Bought Wife?
I felt very fortunate with this particular story because it almost seemed to write itself.  Both characters came to me fully formed and were eager to tell their story.  I must add that this does not happen very often!

2)      What was challenging about writing this book?
The challenging part was in making an outrageous and misogynistic hero come good at the end.  Also, it was crucial to the story that Jane really did fall in love with Zayed, because he is the kind of man she despises.  But then she gets to know him…

3)      How would you describe the relationship between Zayed and Jane?
I would describe Zayed and Jane’s relationship as tempestuous.  He is a playboy and she is a prude.  He loves sex and she’s never had sex.  They are both distrustful around each other but then the layers begin to get peeled away and what you are left with is a red-hot love-affair which was never intended to happen.

4)      How did you come up with their names? Do they mean anything specific?
Character names are very important to me and this book was no different in that respect.  One of the meanings of Zayed is “in abundance” and I thought that was very appropriate because he certainly has lots of things in abundance….sex appeal, money & land, for starters.  The one things he’s never had is love.

Jane was chosen specifically because the heroine is plain – but of course, by the end of the book we discover that she is the most beautiful woman in the world in the eyes of her Sheikh!

5)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I sometimes spend weeks mulling over an idea and once it has grown I try to add to it.  I go and watch films and read books and magazines.  Whichever country I use (or invent) for the story, I then try to immerse myself in it.  Often, I use only a fraction of the things I’ve researched but the knowledge I’ve gained helps inform my writing.

6)      How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
I write four books for Harlequin every year, for the best-selling Presents imprint.

7)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I would be a potter!  I absolutely love working with clay.

8)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
When I was about seven years old my teachers always used to read my stories out loud.  I discovered that writing was the thing I was best at – and, even better – I loved it.  I still do.

9)      What is your favorite thing about writing romance?
I love creating characters and conflict and inventing a different world every time I write a book.  Bringing two warring lovers together for a dramatic and mutually satisfying ending to their story is a great feeling. 

10)  What book are you currently reading right now?
I’m reading THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, by Maggie O’ Farrell – who is the most superb writer and comes from Ireland (where my mother was born).  I am also reading ITALIAN IN 30 DAYS, because I’m supposed to be learning the language at evening class.  I’m not very good but I try!


How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.

  • Know what’s out there in the market-place, and before you start writing – read, read, read.  If it’s your first book I’d advise doing a brief chapter breakdown – Chapter I is where your hero and heroine meet and Chapter XII is where they profess their love for one another and everything gets ironed out.  All you have to do is work out what happens to get them to that place and if you have some structure to refer to, you’ll stand less chance of becoming a victim of the dreaded mid-book slump.
  • Make sure you know your characters inside out.  How many brothers and sisters does your heroine have?  How did the hero used to spend Christmas when he was a little boy?  If your characters feel real, then they will come over as real to your reader.
  • Lastly, be able to describe your story in a single sentence – the “elevator pitch”.  This will help to focus you on what you’re trying to say when you’re writing.       

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Into the Hall of Vice (Bastards of London, Book 2) by Anabelle Bryant


I read INTO THE HALL OF VICE by the indomitable Anabelle Bryant several weeks ago, and at the time I wasn't able to put into words what I felt about the book. Sometimes things just get in the way. Now that I am back from a very inspiring time at the RT Booklovers convention, I feel the need to share a book that should be represented. First of all, Ms. Bryant's writing is superb. This author is a wonder at spinning a web to entrap the reader, and this story is one of her finest. So whether Anabelle Bryant is a new name to you, or you have read her tales in the past, THE BASTARDS OF LONDON series is a must read.

Despite his meager beginnings, Cole Hewitt has what many crave, good looks, money and power. Part owner of London's infamous Underground gaming hell, Cole may seem to have it all, but the one thing he actually craves, love. Bastard born and thrown into the streets by the peer father who wanted nothing to do with his by blow, Cole sets himself a high bar now after struggling to survive. On the outside it appears that Cole has it all, but he himself doesn't feel that way at all. Seeing his business partner find the love of his life give Cole pause to reflect on what he doesn't have, Cole's heart is still empty and wanting.

Once Lady Gemma Amberson, The Duke of Kent's sister, leaves off her mourning attire that has clouded her persona for the past two years, she is now determined to find out what exactly happened to her father. His death still fresh on her mind daily, was not a completely clear, and Gemma is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

A chance meeting between two strangers is enough to spark a fire between Cole and Gemma that begins a tumultuous journey of adventure and heartache... Which will win? You must read INTO THE HALL OF VICE by Anabelle Bryant to find out! 


~KIMBERLY~

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marvelous May with Harlequin and Martha Kennerson




ALWAYS MY BABY
by bestselling and award-winning author
Martha Kennerson

China Edwards is an ambitious environmental attorney who pursues every goal with drive and dedication, and having a baby is no different. No husband? No problem. She’ll find the perfect donor. Then, after one spontaneous and passionate night with bachelor Alexander Kingsley, these two longtime friends are left with an unanticipated benefit that throws China’s future plans into turmoil.
China’s bright, legal mind and friendship are indispensable to Alexander and his multibillion dollar oil firm. However, the possibility of her moving on makes him realize just how deep his feelings actually run. After their all-business relationship takes a wildly erotic detour, Alexander is drawn into a company scandal that rocks his life. With trust in tatters, can an unplanned bundle of joy lead them to become the family they never expected?

MARTHA KENNERSON is a bestselling and award-winning author who believes her current blessings are only matched by the struggle it took to achieve such happiness. She has enjoyed a successful career in executive management for more than 20 years and lives in Texas with her family.


    ALWAYS MY BABY
    By Martha Kennerson
April 18, 2017
$6.50 U.S.; 224 pages

ISBN-978-0-373-864997





ALWAYS MY BABY by Martha Kennerson
1)      What is your favorite part about writing for Always My Baby?
The best part of having the opportunity to write Always My Baby was having the ability to showcase a real friendship between China and Alexander. Even when things start to change between them, and their lives start taking them in different directions, safe guarding their friendship remains their priority.

2)      What are the traits you admire most in China and Alexander?
I admire China’s ability to wrap the vulnerability she thinks her love for Alexander brings out, in her confidence and independence.

3)      How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
It typically takes me two months to create the story and two additional months to make final edits.

4)      What else do you love to do besides writing?
Other than writing, I love spending time with family and friends enjoying good food and music.

5)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
I’ve always written in some form or another throughout my professional career. Only in the last five years have I been able to bring my desire to write romance to fruition.

6)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
I enjoy writing contemporary romance because all the places I can take the story. I love the creative freedom it gives me.

7)      What are a few of your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations?
I have an eclectic taste when it comes to my choice in books. I’m a big fan of romance and mystery. As far as recommendations goes, for all things romance, you can’t go wrong with any of the Harlequin novels; there’s something for everyone. When it comes to mystery, I’m a big fan of Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.
8)      What book are you currently reading right now?
I don’t read for pleasure while I’m working on my own book. However the book I finished just before I started my current project was Sister Betty says I Do by Christian Comedienne Pat G’Orge-Walker.

9)      What future projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on the third installment in my Kingsley of Texas series.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers?
The one piece of advice I’d give new writers is to write. Just write. Don’t worry about anything other than telling your story.





Martha's Tips for Aspiring Writers

Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
·    Write the story you want to tell. Don’t chase trends.
·  Find some good editors: developmental, copy and proofreading.
·  Research the many ways to get your book published and follow the best option for you; traditional      or self-publishing.
·    Create a marketing plan: build your website, grow an email list and use social media strategically.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Marvelous May with Harlequin and DELORES FOSSEN

 Welcome to May and Harlequin's fabulous selection of reads for the month! Here's the wonderful, Delores Fossen and her May title, LUCAS... 
LUCAS
By USA Today bestselling author
Delores Fossen

A Texas Lawman will do anything to protect his son – even if it includes reuniting with the boy’s on-the-run mother…

Lucas Ryland has always had a way with the ladies. That is, until Hailey Darrow dropped him after a single night of passion. Then he discovered her unconscious body in a wrecked car with a fake ID and enough money to disappear. Unbeknown to him, the one who got away was leaving town with his baby…

Now Hailey is out of her coma, but still in danger. However, hiding her at his Silver Creek ranch ignites old passions and introduces new threats. Lucas must use every protective instinct in his arsenal to keep Hailey and their infant son safe. And to keep his body from remembering how good it felt to hold her in his arms.
LUCAS
By Delores Fossen
April 18, 2017
$5.75 U.S.; 256 pages
ISBN-978-1-335-720955


LUCAS by Delores Fossen
1)      What is your favorite part about writing LUCAS?
LUCAS is the 12th book in the Lawmen of Silver Creek series so I really enjoyed visiting with all the cowboy heroes from the previous stories. It was like going home to a family reunion.

2)      Is there anyone who you based Lucas and Hailey off of, or who you drew your inspiration from?
I was inspired by Rayland Givens from Justified. I thought he had that edge that I wanted Lucas to have.

3)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
LUCAS is my 88th published Harlequin, and I’ve written 12 other books. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I think for now it’s BRANDED AS TROUBLE, an HQN that comes out July 1st.

4)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but I didn’t begin writing seriously until my kids were old enough to start to school.

5)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
It’s fun to “build” the ranch where my cowboy heroes and heroines live. And, of course, the best part is creating happily-ever-afters for them.

6)      What is the biggest misconception about your genre?
That the books are easy to write and all the same. They’re very different, and they’re definitely not easy. It takes a lot of work to pull a story together.

7)      What are a few of your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations?
I have SO many favorite books and authors. I love B.J. Daniels, Julie Miller and Lori Wilde. I also read Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

8)      What are your future projects are you working on?
I’m working on three new HQN books for my Wrangler’s Creek series. They’ll be out in 2018.

9)      Do you have any tips for people suffering from writer’s block?
I think it helps to make a schedule and then stick to it. That way, I know what I’m supposed to be doing every day.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write as much as you can and experiment with various ways to do the same scene. That’s how to learn the best way to tell the story.

PLAYLIST FOR LUCAS!
·         Song Playlist: A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love story.
·         Austin - Blake Sheldon
·         Come a Little Closer - Dierks Bentley
·         Let's Be Us Again Lonestar
·         Don’t Cry - Guns N Roses
·         Blue Ain’t Your Color - Keith Urban
·         You're The Love I Want to Be In - Jason Aldean
·         I Won’t Give Up - Jason Mraz
·         Stay - Rhianna 




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guest Review: No Getting Over a Cowboy (Wrangler's Creek #2) by Delores Fossen




Delores Fossen does it again with No Getting Over A Cowboy, book #2 in her Wrangler's Creek series! Ropes you in from the very beginning of this story! What a hysterical beginning to a super fun read. I have never laughed so hard at the beginning of a story before.

We met our hero Garrett Granger in book #1 of the series, Those Texas Nights, but his opening scene in this book happens when he drives up to the Granger Ranch property and sees lots of activity around an old derelict house built by his great-grandfather approximately 100 years ago but hasn't been occupied for many years. The author's description of this ancestral home, Z. T. Granger House starts the laughter ball rolling with her description of Garrett's reaction to many women swarming the house and property and a little girl "poking at that cow shit with a stick" with this, "Garret had always thought of the place as more of an ancestral eyesore than an actual house. But hell in a big-ass handbasket, it was his eyesore. Or rather his family's." It seems our heroine, Nicky Marlow, recent widow and single mother, has rented the dilapidated house for a year to use as a widows' retreat. Uh Oh! Not if Garrett can stop it!

As we read further we discover that Nicky has many secrets she wants to keep from everyone, especially Garret who, by the way, just happened to have deflowered her in this very house 17 years previously. And as you can guess Nicky's secrets become exposed one after another as she and Garrett find they can't resist their attraction to each other. Add in Nicky's super cute daughter who will win your heart and lots of new and returning lovable characters to enhance the storyline.

You'll want to read this story filled with great characters,a super storyline and lots of action and fun.


~MARGIE HAGER~

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp



Oh how these second chance romances get me all giddy when they are done right, and trust me, Candace Camp's A PERFECT GENTLEMAN, is done so right. 

Finding out on your wedding day that your new husband has no intention of really having you as a true wife and on top of that, insulting you with snide remarks would assuredly have you running from said husband. Such is the case with American heiress Abigail Price, who had stars in her eyes when she stood at the alter marrying  Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, whose family is in dun territory and has need of Abigail's money.  The very young Abigail, eager to get away from under her oppressing father's thumb was all too willing to start her new life with her handsome new husband when Greame's words cut her to the core and have her flee back to America.

Saved by his wife's money, Graeme continues on his merry may, basking in the almost single life for a few years, until word reaches him that his wife has returned to English shores. Now it SEEMS that the earl has been enjoying his continued bachelorhood, but that's the fun of it, has he really enjoyed it? 

Abigail Parr is not the same girl who ran away from her husband. This grown up Abigail Parr is a force to be reckoned with and her husband, the earl, had better stand up, or get out of the way. Oh, and there is so much more to the tale that Graeme needed to save his family from debt. As the reader delves into the story the plot thickens with deceit as well as greed. Now years later, it's like Abigail and Graeme actually see each other for the first time, but will all that will be discovered be for the best? Read this book to find out, silly! 


~KIMBERLY~

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

When a Highlander Loses His Heart (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts #4) by Julie Johnstone


Author Julie Johnstone is just one of those writers who stays with you  the more you read her tales of love and adventure. This fourth story in the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series, WHEN A HIGHLANDER LOSES HIS HEART, is delightful tale and a must read.

Highland warrior, Graham MacLeod has many times allowed his emotions to overrule his actions. Abducting Isobel Campbell, who has been convent raised since she was a girl, begins a domino effect of mishaps that will prove to cause trouble for both Graham and Isobel.

All she ever wanted was the love of her family, but when Isobel discovers betrayal from her own blood, she is devastated. Wanting to use Isobel for his own gain is a mistake that Graham does not take lightly, for the more he comes to understand this lass, the more he realizes that she is not a means to an end, but a beginning that can enrich the lives of all involved. Keeping Isobel out of the hands of his enemies becomes paramount and in that while their feelings for one another transcend all the strife around them...


~KIMBERLY~