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Spotlight on Dianna Love
Author Spotlight / August 25, 2012

Are Readers Feeling Alienated at Book Signings? by NYT Best Seller Dianna Love With so many books going to electronic format, readers now have their favorite fix with the click of a button for every type of story from both debut authors and best sellers.  But what’s happening to the book lover’s special keeper shelf of signed novels by favorite authors? It’s empty, because E-Fans have nothing to ask an author to sign. I’ve noticed a trend over the past two years: E-book readers who did attend signings often apologized for not buying the print edition. Some asked to have their e-reader device and/or covers signed. Other fans would slink up looking embarrassed, apologize for buying an electronic copy and ask to have a piece of paper autographed. They actually apologized! I was appalled that ANY reader should feel the need to apologize for purchasing a book, regardless of the format.  I instigated dialogue online with readers about this and discovered that E-fans often do feel alienated because many bookstores now require the reader to purchase the new release at their store in order to attend a signing, reading, or author event.  That’s understandable since bookstores need to cover expenses,…

Fresh Pick | CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
Fresh Pick / August 25, 2012

May 2012 On Sale: May 15, 2012 Featuring: Verity 352 pages ISBN: 1423152190 EAN: 9781423152194 Kindle: B007Y7UVHE Hardcover $16.99  Add to Wish List Young Adult, Young Adult Historical Buy at Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival…

Dianna Love Is Sky High
Author Guest , News / August 25, 2012

New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane thrillers and urban fantasy, including a best selling collaborative series with #1 NYT bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon.  In early 2013, Dianna will release a new romantic thriller series – Slye Temp.  When not touring the country on her motorcycle, Dianna lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle instructor husband and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. Visit her at her website and Facebook.   Dianna’s latest book is THE CURSE, Belador Book 3, September 18, 2012.  

Nicola Marsh | Writing a Category Romance
Author Guest / August 25, 2012

I love category romance (or series romance as some readers call it.) I love the tightness of the stories (having to pack so much into fifty thousand words), the glamorous settings and the guaranteed happily ever afters. So imagine my excitement when I heard about Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence series, featuring the type of category romances I love to write and read.  Fun. Flirty. Contemporary. After writing 32 romances for Harlequin, I tried my hand at an Indulgence and once I started the story flew from my fingertips. I love taking tropes (eg. Marriage of convenience) that readers love and putting a modern spin on it. That’s what I’ve done in NOT THE MARRYING KIND.  Matched an independent, brazen LA party planner who specializes in divorce parties with a reformed Vegas bad boy and made them marry for convenience.  Or inconvenience as I like to put it. I hope readers have as much fun with Poppy and Beck as I did creating them! USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair. She’s had 32 books published with Harlequin Romance and Presents series, a fun, flirty contemporary mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD with Entangled Publishing (nominated for Romantic Book…

Debra Kayn | Losing Myself in Category Romance ~ Win a Copy RODEO REBEL
Author Guest / August 25, 2012

Give me a story in a contemporary setting, with a sexy man whose life is turned upside down by a strong woman, and I can lose hours of time reading the story. When the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing announced they were going to be releasing trope driven category romance books with new voices, fresh dialogue, all for the price of $2.99, they filled a need for my budget and book buying habits. I’ve watched the Indulgence books release each month with excitement. Jennifer Probst, author of THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN, sailed to the top of the charts with every Indulgence author cheering her on. Such exciting times, and proves that category romance books are alive and needed. You can imagine my happiness when my book, RODEO REBEL, book 4 of the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series was offered a contract with Indulgence. I can tell you that the editing was top notch, the support from my publicist very much appreciated, and the continual support from the authors at Entangled Publishing continues to astound me. And, every month I’m first in line to buy every single Indulgence book that’s released. Then I promptly lose hours of time while I read them!…

Christie Craig | The Value of Laughter
Author Guest / August 25, 2012

“When things go right, laugh; when thing go wrong, laugh harder.”—My Grandmother I come from a long line of southerners who believe humor is not only an expression of joy, but a damn good coping mechanism.  Laughter soothes your spirit when some stress gremlin tries to steal your joy out of life. A prime example of this was my aunt’s funeral.  She was an amazing, strong-willed lady who loved to … love.  She’d been divorced three times and married four. To the same man.  My uncle, also a strong-willed individual, had passed away a year earlier. Heavy clouds clung to the morning of my aunt’s funeral. We sat in that room with her casket, listening to my cousin talk about how much his mom would be missed. When he stopped to catch his shaky breath, lightning stuck. Literally, lightning struck the funeral home. The pews shook, the power went out. Overtaken by silent blackness, the loudest thing in the room was our grief.  Clearing his throat in the darkness, my cousin said, “Wow.  Mom and Dad must be back together again.” Laughter filled the unlit room like renewed light and we found an emotional reprieve in the humor. I not…

Fresh Pick | LOVE IS MURDER by Sandra Brown
Fresh Pick / August 24, 2012

June 2012 On Sale: May 29, 2012 608 pages ISBN: 0778313441 EAN: 9780778313441 Kindle: B007JJSIU4 Hardcover $24.95  Add to Wish List Romance Suspense, Romance Anthology, Suspense Buy at Something for all suspense readers Love Is Murder by Sandra Brown Heart pounding stories of romantic suspense Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romantic suspense today. Go on vacation with Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire’s “bullet catcher”-bodyguard Donovan Rush-who may have met his match in the sexually charged “Diamond Drop.” Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child’s pitch-perfect “I Heard a Romantic Story” puts a whole new spin on Love Is Murder. Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers-these 29 all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night. An incredible collection of page-turning thrilling romantic suspense stories! Previous Picks

Susan Connell | Romancing The Beach
Author Guest / August 23, 2012

I live twenty minutes from Palm Beach, a fifteen mile long island on Florida’s south east coast. My husband and I drive over there at least once a week. We don’t go for Worth Avenue’s high end shopping, or to dine at glitzy restaurants, or for a drive-by of the opulent mansions. We go for the beach. Ahhh…the beach. Perfectly tended, life guard protected and still public. Besides all that, it’s the nearest patch of salt scented real estate to our home. So good for planting our beach umbrella (red with a Campari logo), setting up our sand chairs and indulging in our weekly ritual of people watching. (Okay, my husband goes to swim, so let me tell you about the guys.) You would be amazed by the cross section of male society I’ve seen there. A mosaic of men – all shapes, all sizes, and all ages. Oooh, baby let the show begin and set it to the sounds of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and German. By the way, I’m still not getting the appeal of Europeans in mini-Speedos. Nor do I gaze fondly upon American men in Jams. (Excuse me, sir, the 90’s called and they want their…

Fresh Pick | NOWHERE TO RUN by Nancy Bush
Fresh Pick / August 22, 2012

August 2012 On Sale: July 31, 2012 Featuring: Liv Dugan 384 pages ISBN: 142012501X EAN: 9781420125016 Kindle: B007C7369Q Paperback $7.99  Add to Wish List Mystery Private Eye, Suspense Buy at Fan favorites in suspense week continues Nowhere to Run by Nancy Bush Some Secrets When Liv Dugan ducks out of work for lunch, it’s just an ordinary day. When she returns, she stumbles onto a massacre. All her colleagues at Zuma Software have been shot. Only luck has left Liv unscathed, and that might be running out… Will Follow You Liv suspects the shootings are tied to her past-and to the package she recently received from her long-dead adoptive mother. Sensing she’s being followed, Liv jumps into a stranger’s car and orders him to drive. Her “hostage” complies, listening carefully as her story unwinds. Skeptical at first, he ultimately begins to believe all Liv’s fears are justified… To Your Grave Together, Liv and her unlikely confidant try to uncover the truth about her adoptive family, her birth parents, and her troubled childhood. Because somewhere in Liv’s past is a secret worth killing for, and a nightmare she can never outrun… An intense, emotionally gripping thriller that will keep you…

Linda Lael Miller | Scholarships for Women
Author Guest / August 22, 2012

Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women program is open. The 2012 program is now accepting applications through close of business (5 p.m. MDT), September 4, 2012. Educate a woman, and countless generations to come will benefit from the investment Can you tell us about your Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women? Full information is available on my website——but here’s an overview: each year I give away $10,000 in special scholarships, based on essays explaining the applicant’s goals, what the money will be used for, etc. A number of people read the entries very carefully—in fact, each one is read several times, to assure that the awards are fairly given. I began the program several years ago, as a way to give something back—and I still fund it personally. At this point, I’ve given away something like $75,000. Having been a single mother myself, I have a special place in my heart for women raising children alone—I was very poor in the early years and I know the struggles and the heartache involved well—though we also consider women who are older, and want to change their lives for the better. Over the years, I’ve received a number of graduation photos and…