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Category Archives: Romantic Comedy

A romance which is humorous or light-hearted. May include Chick Lit.

Is It True: Perfectly Skeptical by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Linda O’Connor, author of Perfectly Skeptical, a romantic comedy. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Perfectly Skeptical (Perfectly Series novella) ~ Dr. Brianna Scott looked forward to sleeping away her staycation, until a lucky windfall meant an upgrade to palm trees, an ocean view…and the sexy Dr. Matt Gaelen. She’ll play and have fun, but can a holiday fling really turn into a soul mate for life? Doubtful.

Matt has no radar for sniffing out gold-diggers and protecting his heart. Until now. Brianna is more turned off than turned on by his wealth. What are his chances of getting her to overlook it? Dubious at best.

Improbable and uncertain, iffy and unlikely – the typical path to love.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Genre: romantic comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. There are 6 Perfectly Series romantic comedies in addition to this novella.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, but it’s a standalone story.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No! I love writing too much to lose sleep over it. :)
you did research for this book?
Yes. I did some research about Little Cayman Island. I’d like to say I actually went there, but it was only online.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No – just humans.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes, it’s also a medical romance!
you speak more than one language?
A smattering of French, but it’s pretty rusty.
you grew up where you live now?
No, I grew up in a small town.
you love to read?
Absolutely yes!
you are never late?
Nope!
you love pizza?
Yes.
you love sushi?
Yes.
you have a pet?
No, no pet. I had my hands full raising 3 sons.
Where can we find your book online?
Perfectly Skeptical, a Perfectly Series novella, will be featured in the Tropical Tryst Boxed Set. Escape with 25 brand new and exclusive sexy reads from NY Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors. This set is perfect for romance lovers of all kinds. Offering up passionate and enticing tales, set in hot and tropical settings, this collection will feed your need for summer sexiness! Available for pre-order for only 99 cents. Release date Aug. 1!

Bonus: Visit www.tropicaltryst.com for special pre-order giveaways and join the Tropical Tryst Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TropicalTryst/) for updates and a chance to win Tropical Tryst swag!
Publisher https://books.pronoun.com/tropical-tryst/
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tropical-tryst

Linda O’Connor Social Media

Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at the local home décor store. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D ). She hangs out at www.lindaoconnor.net
Laugh every day. Love every minute.
Website http://www.lindaoconnor.net
Blog http://www.lindaoconnor.net/news-muse-and-interviews/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaOConnor98
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LindaOConnorAuthor
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/795688.Linda_O_Connor
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Linda-OConnor/e/B00S7CNLEA
Newsletter http://www.lindaoconnor.net/contact/

Raving Beauty: Just You and Me boxed set by @VickiBatman #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Vicki Batman, author of “Raving Beauty”, a romantic comedy short story in the Just You and Me boxed set. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?

It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Genre: romantic comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. I’ve had 35 shorts and essays and 2 books pubbed.
this book is part of a series?
no
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. lol. I lost sleep when I was the beauty pageant contestant.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I asked a friend about her ankle surgery. I asked myself about being a former beauty pageant contestant.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No pets or supernatural people. However, the hero is mega annoying according to the heroine.
this book has more than one genre?
No. Mine is romantic comedy, but others in the boxed set are of other genres.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. Does shorthand count?
you grew up where you live now?
Yes.
you love to read?
Yes!!! OMG, reading is my bestest friend.
you are never late?
No. I am hardly ever late.
you love pizza?
Yes. Unfortunately, my fav Italian restaurant closed and no more fav pizza. Sigh. Have to look elsewhere.
you love sushi?
No. I want my fish cooked.
you have a pet?
Yes. Two adora-poos, Champ and Jones.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

Vicki Batman Social Media

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if?”

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html
Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Newsletter: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Is It True: The Wedding Date by ZrinkaJelic @Firetulip #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Zrinka Jelic, author of The Wedding Date, a Romantic Comedy. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Nerissa (Neri) Runic, in her late thirties, single and overweight is deemed unmarriageable by her family. So she fabricated a story about dating Mark Warren, a sexy doctor and the gym owner she’s been ogling for months. She thinks none of her lies will come back to haunt her. When her mother RSVP s to the cousin’s wedding invitation on her behalf including a Plus One, Neri has no choice but to attend…or come clean and face her family’s scrutiny.

Frustrated with everyone trying to fix him up on a blind date, Mark Warren lied about dating an elusive redheaded member of his gym who caught his eye months ago. Only, he fully intends to turn this lie into truth. Once he musters enough courage to approach her, that is.

With hardly a month before his cousin’s wedding, he hopes his mother would reply to the invitation, declining his attendance. But getting out of this obligation is out of question. She expects him to reply with ‘happy to attend with a guest’.

When they find out they are forced to attend the same wedding, Mark and Neri must practice their ‘relationship’ in an effort to fool their families into thinking they are a real couple.

But the thin line between pretending and the real deal is easily crossed.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, I have five full length novels one novella and couple of short stories and a poem published prior to releasing this book.
this book is part of a series?
No, this is a stand-alone title.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
On occasion
you did research for this book?
True. As with every book I’ve written.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
True, there’s a dog named Tag in the book.
this book has more than one genre?
True, or could be true, it’s a romance and a comedy.
you speak more than one language?
True, my mother’s tongue is Croatian, but I’m from a costal part that has its own dialect which is very similar to Italian, but converted to our grammar. So I can converse in Italian, if you’re not in a hurry.
you grew up where you live now?
No, I grew up in the town of Zadar, in the province of Dalmatia, (yes, where the original Dalmatian dogs were bread, back then called Canis Dalmaticus and the early breeds looked different from what you see today).
you love to read?
Yes, of course. I only heard Danielle Steel say she doesn’t read when she’s working, which is always, for fear she writes something she read in another author’s book into her own.
you are never late?
Not true, or rather used to be true, before I had kids. They really have no concept of time.
you love pizza?
Yes and no, depends on the pizza.
you love sushi?
Vegetarian only, used to like fish, but not anymore.
you have a pet?
Unfortunately, no. Me and half of my and husband’s family are allergic to cats. Dogs are expensive to keep, and so are cats. I hear horror stories from my coworkers who are paying astronomical sums in veterinary bills. I don’t know how they can afford it.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Date-Zrinka-Jelic/dp/1545394024/

Zrinka Jelic Social Media

Zrinka lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction–which leans toward the paranormal–and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic’s love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but that’s about the only break they get.

Website/Blog http://forromanceloversonly.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/Firetulip
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/zrinkajelicauthor
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Zrinka-Jelic/e/B007AIQCMU/

Vicki Batman is helping Romance Lives Forever Blog celebrate
Cancer Awareness Week 2016.

  • 150
    stitches and staples
  • Right
    fibula, tissue and vessels removed and transplanted to jaw
  • Skin
    graft from right thigh to calf
  • Left
    chest muscle removed and grafted to jaw
  • One
    titanium plate
  • Five
    drains
  • Trach
    tube
  • Nasal
    feeding tube
  • Three
    oral surgeries
  • 58
    hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments
No one knows how Handsome got cancer. He had an occasional
cigar. Worked out. Ate great. Lots of stress. Yet ten years ago, he was
diagnosed with throat cancer. The doctors discovered it had spread from base of
tongue to lymph nodes in his neck. He had chemo and was nuked–literally.
What we didn’t know at the beginning of this year was the
radiation caused bone decay in his left jaw because of poor circulation. Dentists
couldn’t diagnose the shadow on the x-ray until we met an oral surgeon who instantly
recognized the problem and recommended hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments. It
was just like what you think-Handsome was put in a tube and dived for three
hours every day. The tissue improved, but not the bone.
The oral surgeon removed two back teeth. But ultimately the
jawbone crumbled in a thin spot. Surgery became the only recourse and would
take ten hours. His fibula, surrounding tissue and vessels were transplanted to
the jaw. A graft from his thigh would replace this area. The doc was
optimistic; however, the transplant didn’t work as the blood supply failed-the
culprit: radiation. So back to surgery the next day and a chest muscle replaced
the rejected bone.
Out of surgery, he had five drains, a cut from ear to ear.
He couldn’t eat because of infection to his mouth; so he had a feeding tube
through his nose. A tracheotomy because of the swelling. He stayed in the
hospital for eight days.
Being a strong guy going in, he started to walk, sat up, learned
how to talk with the trach which was removed when he was discharged. For twenty
hours a day, he was tethered to a feeding system until the tube developed a kink
two days before scheduled removal and was extracted in the emergency room at
the hospital.
Since, he has had a swallowing test and therapy to improve
his swallowing. He lost thirty pounds and through a high calorie diet, has
regained fifteen. There’s a slight limp in his right leg. And a wicked scar on
his chest.
I won’t lie to you–this has not been easy.
After surgery, I said to my sons how I didn’t want Handsome
to undergo anything like this again. But we don’t know what life will bring.
Seventy percent of all cancers are random mutations. My hope for you is to take
care of your body. Don’t smoke. Eat well. Lessen your stress. And exercise.

Temporarily Insane

Temporarily Insane, a romantic comedy mystery: Bad job. Wrong
love. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one
might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan
Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds
temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up
dead.
Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo
who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place.
When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a
suspect.
Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is
murdering auditors before death strikes again?

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Stressing the Heroine from Been Searching for You by Nicole Evelina.

Author Bio

Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.   
Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.  Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.
Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association.

About the Book

Title: Been Searching for You
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG-13
Annabeth is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates. In fact, she’s been writing to hers each year on her birthday since she was 16.
Now, at 34, she’s still holding out hope of finding Mr. Right even though he’d be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust, thanks to a traumatic experience years before that’s left her unable to commit.
When Annabeth meets a handsome literature professor named Alex on her 34th birthday, she thinks her quest may finally be at an end. Things don’t quite go as planned, so Annabeth resolves to do everything she can over the next year to find the unknown recipient of her letters.  But blind dates, Meetup events and online singles sites have nothing on what fate has in store for her when a co-worker unexpectedly quits and Annabeth finds herself working in close quarters with both Alex and her long ago ex, Nick. Fighting her attraction to one and loathing for the other, Annabeth is forced to face all of her old insecurities while keeping an eye on a scheming frienemy who may derail her hopes and dreams.
Written in the tradition of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kim Gruenfelder’s A Total Waste of Makeup, and Melissa Pimental’s Love By The Book, this romantic comedy shows that love on the sweet side can exist for the modern girl, if only she’s willing to trust herself and search hard enough.
Been Searching for You was the winner of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.

Stressing The Heroine

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Annabeth actually attends a party in the second scene of the book. It’s a celebration of Chicago’s top singles and she’s there to support her best-frienemy, Mia, who is one of the honorees. It’s a swanky affair at the Drake Hotel downtown, with white table cloths, champagne, roses, and guests in chic finery.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
It’s her 34th birthday and she’s feeling down and a little bitter because she’s single yet AGAIN in addition to being a year older. She crosses her arms and scowls. But when she spies a handsome stranger talking with her other best friend, Miles, all that changes. She’s interested and more than a little nervous, wiping sweaty palms on her dress and drinking a little more for liquid courage.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
She’s shy, so she sticks with the people she knows.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
She likes to drink. Tonight she’s enjoying champagne.
How much drink is her usual?
She can have three before being drunk, but she usually tries to stay around two when she’s in public. At home, all bets are off and she drinks as much as she wants.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Annabeth is an introvert, so she’d be there to hide. When she’s had too much of Mia, which happens easily and often given Mia’s larger-than-life personality, Annabeth will go get some fresh air to clear her head and put her attitude right again. Mia would be the one to drag her back to the party.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She sticks with the group she came with unless someone particularly catches her interest, as Alex does.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
If it was someone she knew, she would try to break it up before it came to blows and even if it did, she’d get between the opponents. If it was a stranger, she’d stay out of it and probably snark about it with Mia.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
No, Annabeth would likely be the first to leave. Mia would be the one to be tossed out.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Same answer as above.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
Annabeth is a rule follower. She’d be so nervous and upset even if she was innocent because she doesn’t like to be called out. However, as we see in a scene where her boss blames her for the behavior of a subordinate, she will fight back if she feels gravely wronged and that doing so upheld the idea of fairness.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Depends on the kind of scream. If it’s a call for help, her first reaction would probably be to go give aid. If she felt like that would put her in danger, she’d call the cops. If it was a horror movie scream, she’d run the other way – girlfriend ain’t stupid. If it was a love scene kind of scream, she’d roll her eyes and make a grossed out face. She’s probably heard that from Mia enough times to last the rest of her life.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
“Oh my God! Is that really happening?”
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She’d look around for help or go for her phone to call the cops if it was a violent situation. Filming it would never cross her mind.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
She’d stick with them to the bitter end unless they do something to cross her. She’s very loyal.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Ha, this actually happens in the book. The person from her past is her ex, Nick. I won’t say how they have to interact because it’s a little bit of a spoiler, but she does her best to remain calm and professional, even though on the inside she’s screaming, shouting and crying. But that only lasts so long. When this situation is a repeat one, she eventually loses her cool and tells him off.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
This kind of happens in the book as well, although Annabeth isn’t yet directly involved. In the book, she just rolls her eyes and lets the person, Jenna, do what she’s going to do. If Annabeth had been Jenna’s boss or somehow otherwise directly involved, she would have tried to teach her ways to improve what she’s doing and be a mentor. You kind of see this a little in her working with Nick, where she is much more corrective of him than he deserves, although she still managers to hand him his butt on a plate.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
See below.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Her father’s. She’s very much a daddy’s little girl. He’d remind her how special she is and how strong she is and that she can triumph over anything.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
That no matter what happens, her family will always be there for her. She’s very close to her parents and sister, so she’s had ample opportunity to feel their love and support.

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Today’s featured book is The Fish Fry Fiasco by Laurel Richards.

About the Book

Title The Fish Fry Fiasco (A Cassie Wynn Mystery, Book 2)
Genre Humorous Romantic Mystery
Author Laurel Richards
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Cassie and Mitch are back, and their new PI firm, Chase Investigations, has its first big case. Roman Ricardo, owner of Roman Tackle and the sponsor of one of the biggest fishing tournaments in town, has been murdered. Someone slipped a lethal amoeba into Roman’s nasal spray. Now Mitch and Cassie have to figure out who did it, and their list of suspects grows as they investigate the people who last came into contact with the victim. With Mitch’s dad in town, they have some extra help, but father and son don’t exactly see eye to eye. Will Chase Investigations be able to catch the killer?

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About the Author

Laurel Richards is a fiction author with a passion for shifters, space travelers, and other memorable characters. She has gathered inspiration from lots of different sources throughout her life and is here to share her imagination through storytelling. Laurel writes sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and funny mysteries, with various degrees of romance mixed in. You can find Laurel at http://www.author-laurelrichards.com.

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Spring Into Love 
Marcia James author of “Love Unleashed,” one of eleven
novellas in the Spring Into Love eBook boxed set answers five easy questions to
help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Marcia James writes hot, humorous romances featuring heroines
you can root for, heroes to die for, and funny dogs. She finaled in 11 Romance Writers
of America contests before selling her first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command.
In her eclectic career, she has directed submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled
nonprofit events, and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of
dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying
“researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband
and hero of many years.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
From childhood, my favorite comfort food has been meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, followed closely by chicken and dumplings.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
I prefer to eat several appetizers (usually interesting things
like steamed edamame or pork belly tacos) vs. getting a full entree. The exception
is when I’m at an Italian restaurant and want to take part of a pasta dish home
for yummy leftovers. I also enjoy Mexican and Asian dishes.
Describe the perfect vacation.
I love any relaxing vacation that offers wine tastings, gourmet
restaurants, and an opportunity to play video poker at a casino. That’s why we’ve
visited Napa Valley, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Scottsdale, AZ numerous times. I’m not
a beach person. I’d prefer visiting the mountains, like Breckenridge, CO, to a Florida
beach vacation.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
For research, I read articles and books, but I also talk with
people who are in the professions my hero and heroine have chosen or who have knowledge
of some aspect of my work-in-progress. For example, I’ve spoken to crime lab techs
for my comic romantic suspense, At Her Command. And I’ve interviewed several sex
therapists for Sex and the Single Therapist, the first in my “Dr. Ally Skye”
funny romantic mystery series. My next novella, “Racing Hearts,” is the
first in a series about a therapy dog training facility, and I’m arranging to watch
the classes at a local facility that trains dogs for people with emotional, health,
and disability challenges.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The hero in “Love Unleashed” is a radio DJ with the
on-air nickname of “Rabid Ron” Hart. So I imagine he’d enjoy a ringtone
of the wolf-howling chorus from Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”

About the Book

Title: “Love Unleashed” in the Spring Into Love boxed
set
Spring Into Love: 11 Hot Contemporary Romances for 99 cents!
From sensual to spicy, this boxed set of eleven contemporary
romances includes best selling, award-winning, and USA TODAY multi-published authors.
If you like variety in your romance books these eleven authors
provide your heart’s desire from sweet and funny to deadly and sexy…
  • Happy Endings – Chantel Rhondeau
  • Tasting Los Angeles- Kimmie Easley
  • Taming Romeo – Rachelle Ayala
  • Consolation Prize – Abbie St. Claire
  • Sweet Ride! – Bonnie Edwards
  • Liveon ~ No Evil – Stacy Eaton
  • Everybody’s After Love – Lyssa Layne
  • Betrayed – Jade Kerrion
  • Finding Forever- Michele Shriver
  • Love Unleashed – Marcia James
  • Kiss Me, Dancer – Alicia and Roy Street

Genre: Contemporary romance

Author: Marcia James
Book heat level: R
His best laid plans…Ron Hart has a scheme to win back the woman
he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy dog named Charlie, and an
offer she can’t refuse.
Her hidden desires…Cara Wilson has secret fantasies, and her
ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy
urges so tightly leashed.
Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

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Stones
Genre Humorous Women’s Fiction
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Desperate housewife seeks closure with first love about secret
baby on the eve of their son’s wedding.
When Julie Paver’s husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta,
she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens
their twenty-five-year marriage, because now if Matt isn’t out of town negotiating
a merger, he’s spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding
second-in-command. Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting
with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny
is unaware he’s the father of Julie’s son, and Julie contemplates revealing the
secret to him on the eve of their son’s wedding. But would such a walk down memory
lane be worth the cost? Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo — in
the midst of a hurricane — and elements collide to create the perfect storm in a
coming-of-middle-age crisis.

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Interview with Marilyn Baron

Why did you write this
book?
I wanted to feature a heroine of a certain age because I’m not
getting any younger and I believe people don’t just want to read about twenty-somethings.
This book was originally called, The Colonoscopy Club, so right away you know what
age I’m talking about. In Stones, I take a humorous look at a woman who can’t seem
to get closure in her life. My central character Julie has issues. Even her issues
have issues. Stones is about how Julie deals with those issues and features the
themes of first loves and second chances.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I write in a number of genres—from historical romantic thrillers
and suspense to paranormal and women’s fiction—and I love to read a variety of genres.
Among my favorite genres are thrillers, literary fiction, and romantic suspense.
I have read a lot of amazing YA lately.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gabriel Allon in the Daniel Silva books.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love movies and I watch a lot of TV. Some of my favorite TV
shows are Castle, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The
Bridge, and Downton Abbey.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently finishing Book Three of my Psychic Crystal Mystery
Series. Book One is Sixth Sense; Book Two is Homecoming Homicides. Book Three is
called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.
I have a new women’s fiction book coming out this year in The
Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) called The Widows’ Gallery.
I’m very excited to be participating in this series. Lobster Cove is a quaint and
quirky fictional town on the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. Participating TWRP
authors write stories across all lines as long as they’re set in Lobster Cove.
Here’s the blurb for The Widows’ Gallery:
Four recently widowed women meet on a Mediterranean cruise, bond
over the Renaissance masterpiece, The Birth
of Venus
, in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint
venture to open an art gallery in the quaint, quirky, coastal town of Lobster Cove,
Maine.
Please tell us some fun
facts about your latest book, Stones.
The Colonoscopy Club (Now the published novel Stones) finaled
in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title
category.
I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months during my junior year
in college, where I studied Art History, Italian, English, Mythology and Religion.
Part of Stones is set in Florence. The story is also set in Atlanta, Miami, and
Palm Coast. I was born in Miami and currently live in Atlanta and I own a beach
condo in Palm Coast. My central character owns an upscale jewelry boutique called
Stones, hence the name of the novel. I love jewelry, which is why I chose that career
for my heroine. My birthstone is an emerald which is why I wanted an emerald necklace
on the cover. A priceless emerald medallion is also featured prominently in the
book.
In Stones, Julie is planning her son’s wedding and in real life,
I’m planning my daughter’s wedding.
The first line and my favorite line of the book is “Thank
God for lint.”
The book will be officially released September 26. Right now
it’s only available in paperback. It was released early in paperback in time for
my appearance on a panel at the Decatur Book Festival Saturday August 30 from 10:00
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. called “Tackling Sensitive Issues in Fiction.” Additional
information about the event is available on https://www.facebook.com/events/623254154448358/
If you’re in the Atlanta area over Labor Day I hope you’ll attend the presentation/book
signing.

Author Bio

Significant Others
Marilyn is a finalist in the 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Published
Maggie Award for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
for her book Significant Others.
Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s
a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia
Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She
writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal.
She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy
Romance and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and
Hot Tamales at www.petitfoursandhotamales.com.
She serves on the Roswell Reads steering committee.
She and her sister, Sharon Goldman, just released a play about
Alzheimer’s called Memory Lane. You can find out more about Marilyn’s books and
short stories and listen to a medley of the music from Memory Lane on her Web site
at www.marilynbaron.com or view it on
YouTube at http://youtu.be/Hgi_mIdt5MA.

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Bug Stuff and Other Stories 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy,
and fun. Today’s guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal
to order when you dine out? Your favorite “I know it will hit the spot”
item.
A really great burger. I call it meat for the week.
What were you like when
you were in school?
Incredibly shy. Hard to believe now, isn’t it?
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I never
have enough snow to build a snowman; so stay inside with a huge bag of Cheetoes, great movie on TV, and doing needlepoint.
What is your favorite
quote?
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid
in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used
up, totally worn out and screaming Woohoo, what a ride!
What was the last movie
you watched (home or theater)?
The Thin Man

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Title: Bug Stuff…and Other Stories
Genre: romantic comedy
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
From sassy writer gal, Vicki Batman, comes three romantic comedies
sure to tickle your fancy. “Just Desserts”: a political dinner gone disastrous
brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate.
“Bug Stuff”: An accountant unites with his co-worker
to exterminate a pesky adversary. “With This Ring”: When a wife forgets
the all-important little black dress, everything turns into something utterly romantic
and unforgettable in the end.

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Publisher: Vicki Batman
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