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Monthly Archives: August 2016

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

Interview with Iris Blobel

Why did you write this book?
The story is set in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the most southern state in Australia. A most beautiful place. I went there a few years back and imagined how it would be to live in this city, how to adapt as a “non-local”, and bit by bit I wrote the story of two sisters moving there. Obviously, I added a little romance into the story as well – so I added Mark and Zach.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Crime and romance
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jack Reacher
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve just finished a book which is set partly in Melbourne, partly in New Zealand. I loved writing the story and re-visiting the places we went to when we travelled through NZ last year.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger.
Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.
Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.
But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.
Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?

About the Book

Title New Beginnings
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Iris Blobel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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A former teacher, Lynette gave up her career in education a
few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfil her childhood
dream. She writes contemporary women’s fiction, often involving romance with
suspense or a supernatural twist. She claims ‘Killing Jenna Crane’, a romantic
thriller and ‘Unworkers’ a modern ghost story/women’s fiction are her personal
favourites to date. Her latest release ‘The Nightclub’ is a romance packed with
suspense.

Cocktails and Lies

Genre Cozy Mystery
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When Hannah’s house is burgled, she gains as much as she
loses: she meets Jan, her reserved Dutch neighbour and successful antiques
dealer, and Callum, the detective in charge of the case, then finds some hidden
letters to her dead grandmother that take her on an emotional journey of
discovery.
As Hannah juggles the attentions of the two men now firmly
in her life, she works to uncover the secrets of the past, only to find these
encroach on the present in unexpected ways.
And then there are the two men in her life, both vying for
her attention, both hiding things from her and each other. What does Callum
really know about Jan? What is Jan hiding from everyone? And what did her
grandmother—whose house it once was—hide from the world?
As if Hannah doesn’t have enough mysteries to solve, her
best friend Rachel enlists her help in solving her marital crisis, while her
pleasure-seeking mother seems intent on finding her a husband.
With so many skeletons rattling the door of Hannah’s house,
can she unravel these mysterious threads and reveal the truth, changing her
life forever?

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The Nightclub

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Trying to make a living for her teenage sister and herself,
naïve Laura Hamilton accepts a job offer as a hostess at an infamous nightclub.
As she struggles to survive in a world of sex, drugs and corruption, she
certainly doesn’t expect to find her own knight in shining armour in the club’s
owner, Julian. But will he really save her from a future as a fallen woman? And
is he involved in the criminal organisation that threatens not only her sister’s
life, but will change her own fate forever?

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About the Book

Title: When He Woke
Genre: Erotic Menage Romance
Author: Taylor Brooks
Book heat level: R
     Matt Caynor’s whole world turned upside down two years ago when a car accident left his partner, Aaron Mayburn, in a coma. For months he remained vigil by his bedside, hoping for a miracle the doctors told him would never come.
     Steve Pierce met Matt three months ago and took an instant liking to him. After a whirlwind romance the two find themselves falling in love and planning for a future together until a phone call comes in from the hospital that changes everything.
     When Aaron wakes from his coma, Matt is forced to let go of the man he’s falling in love with to be with the one he thought he’d lost. With each passing day he finds himself walking a tightrope between gratitude and despair, not knowing that he might just be given everything he wants. If only he’s brave enough to take it.

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About the Author

Taylor Brooks first fell in love with writing when she penned her first book for Siren Publishing, Take Me. She’s also an avid reader and finds herself drawn to the stories of gay lovers, and finds the passion in such stories absolutely beautiful. This also explains why her genre of choice for her writing is LGBT.
In addition to her Sultry SoCal, Rocky Mountain Man Hunt, and Z Pac Alpha Shifter series, Taylor has many stories brewing inside her head just itching to break free. Stay tuned for more as she strives for exciting ways to tease and please her readers.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Inside the Lines by Ally Bishop.
About the Book
Title Inside the Lines
Genre Erotic romance        
Author Ally Bishop
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
What happens in love might destroy you…
Or remake you all together.
I make a living offering men and women their ultimate fantasies…as submissives of the mysterious Mistress Hathaway.
I’ve never surrendered to anyone. That’s not the way it works. Or rather, not the way I operate.
But when the gorgeous Fin MacKenzie shows up in my life, he throws everything out of balance.
Now I’m not sure who I am anymore, and I’m questioning everything.
What woman can turn away from a gorgeous Scotsman, especially when he sets her body on fire and her heart ablaze?
I have to stop it…us. I can’t keep going like this. It will ruin everything I’ve worked so hard to build.
Who am I if I surrender to him? Worse yet, who am I if I don’t?
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Publisher Scarlet River Press
About the Author
When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.
That’s what I tell people all the time. And it’s true.
I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind — I’m not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I’m one of THOSE people). I imagined new worlds, emotional conflicts, and HEAs while I waited at stoplights or wandered the grocery store. But here’s the thing: I didn’t just dream it up and write it down — I critiqued what I read. I knew when ideas were good, and when they stunk. I ran writing groups, judged creative contests, and eventually got two graduate degrees in writing. That’s right: I love it that much.
So here I am, years later, writing kickass heroines and devastating good guys, along with some mystery and vampires thrown in (I promise: THEY’RE COMING). And what’s really cool? I do what I love. Wanna write a success story for your life: I promise you, that’s it. Do what you love. And hopefully, you can make a living at it too. That’s the golden ticket, Charlie.
And chocolate doesn’t hurt, either…
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Meet Hermann Weiss from Viking.

Author Bio

L.A. Sartor is a bestselling, award-winning author. She  began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at L.A.’s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them. As an adult, she writes suspense and action-adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she’s had a contracted adaptation!  She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date.  L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey. 
Titles published:
Dare to Believe (2012)
Stone of Heaven (May 2013) Carswell Adventure Series Book One
Be Mine This Christmas Night (Holiday 2013)  Star light ~ Star Bright Series Book One
Forever Yours This New Year’s Night (Holiday 2014)  Star light ~ Star Bright Series Book Two
Viking Gold (July 2015) Carswell Adventure Series Book Two
Believe in Me This Christmas Morn  Star Light ~ Star Bright Series Book Three
The Prince of Granola (A romantic comedy coming 2017)

About the Book

Title  Viking Gold
Genre Romantic Adventure
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Norway is the land of Vikings and myths, and deep in a fjord, a sunken Nazi plane filled with gold.
Which is exactly the kind of adventure Abby Carswell and Hermann Weiss relish undertaking. Enough so to make them push aside their misgivings over their enigmatic new business partner.
Abby, an adrenaline junkie, barely avoids death’s scythe on every quest she undertakes. Hermann knows he can’t continue to watch the woman he loves put herself deliberately in harm’s way. He wants her to choose the power of their love over her need to beat the odds.
But first they have to survive this hunt for Viking gold which has turned deadly after they discover the treasure has mythic qualities and is coveted for its power. Their quest becomes a battle against an evil whose tentacles may run deeper than this single expedition.
Live The Adventure ~ Love The Romance

Introducing Hermann Weiss

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Hermann Weiss     
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Germany
Profession: Engineer/Inventor, oh, and add treasure hunter, which I love, not for the money but for the adventure.
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Looking in a mirror is not something I do often, but describing myself would be tall, dark blond with blue eyes. Abby says I have a stubborn chin, I prefer the word strong. The other day a young woman wanted my autograph, Abby gently broke it to her that I wasn’t Chris Hemsworth. I’m not quite sure the lady believed my wife, though I can’t see the similarities.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Abigail Carswell, or Abby/Ab for short. She is truly my other half.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for having me as your guest today. I’m the youngest of two boys. My father was the brilliant engineer and founder of Weiss Engineering in Germany. My elder brother and my father perished in a quest to find the famed diamond sword in Viet Nam’s Son Doong Cave. People blamed it on my father’s equipment, but I refuse to believe that. I rebuilt the business and far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Engineering is my life’s blood, but treasure hunting is my soul. My heart belongs to Abby Carswell.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Wealth gives one opportunities, but it doesn’t bring happiness or love or give one intelligence. It’s a tool.
What past event causes you the most fear?
Abby’s capture and near sacrifice in the Yucatan. Outwitting an immortal took every ounce of belief in myself along with Tori and Reid. I still shudder when I realize just how close to failing we were.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
Self-preservation. But only when there is nothing else I can do to solve the problem, and that has happened twice. I like, in fact often feel compelled to be in control. Self-preservation can take many forms, it doesn’t necessarily mean flight. Although it did with Abby.
How do you express disappointment?
With silence and withdrawal. I pull into myself. I don’t want to be around anyone. Even those whom I love.
How emotionally expressive are you to others?
You’re asking fairly uncomfortable questions here, at least for me. (Interviewers note: Hermann said this with a devastatingly wicked smile.)To those I trust and love, emotion comes easily. Germans can be of two disparate camps, either very emotional or not. There are four people in my life with whom I can be completely honest and open. My wife, Abby, her twin, Tori. Tori’s husband Reid and Alfred Choy. Each of these took time and tests to earn my trust, thus my ability to share emotions.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
Abby. I nearly walked away from her while we were on our quest in Norway because she was always looking for that next adventure, taking chances that were in my opinion, way too risk-laden. I thought leaving her would be the only way to hide my fear of losing her in some God awful way. I was wrong.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
I was introduced in Stone of Heaven, Book 1 in the Carswell Adventure Series. Viking Gold continues with Victoria (Tori) who is now married to Reid Hunter. But Viking Gold is really it’s own book, about what love it, putting those you love above yourself and of course the treasure hunt. It’s really full of twists and turns. L.A. Sartor can pen our stories any time.

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Today’s featured book is A Heartwarming Holiday by Mel Curtis, et al.

About the Book

Title A Heartwarming Holiday
Genre Contemporary
Author Melinda Curtis, et al
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
This holiday season, warm your heart with 15 connected sweet, clean, wholesome holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 15 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
There are five connected books in A Heartwarming Holiday. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, Maine, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, Christmas, Actually.
A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters.
Book 1: Once Upon a Holiday by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart; Melinda Curtis: Three former college roommates start a business to bring the magic of the holidays to everyone in Christmas Town.  
Book 2: Holiday Heroes by Leigh Riker, Tara Randel; Cari Lynn Webb: Three former Navy SEALs come together to restore an outdated resort.
Book 3: 24 North Pole Lane by Carol Ross, Amy Vastine Cheryl Harper: Romance is being delivered to 24 North Pole Lane this holiday season.
Book 4: Magic Moments by Tara Taylor Quinn, Shirley Hailstock; Liz Flaherty: Three different times, three different stories. They all bring magic to Christmas Town.
Book 5: Nutcracker Sweethearts by Dana Mentink, Roz Denny Fox; Amie Denman: As the stage production of the Nutcracker unfolds in Christmas Town, three couples find love with the help of a little holiday magic!
If this boxed set appeals to you, look for our previous holiday anthology: A Heartwarming Christmas.

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We are 15 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who have a fondness for holidays, wholesome romance, and working together.

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