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Patricia W. Fischer | Paying it Forward
Author Guest / April 19, 2014

When I started writing my first book WEIGHTING FOR MR. RIGHT, I never set out to write a series. One of my goals was nothing more than to fulfill my dream of being an actual published (fiction) writer. I wanted to walk into Barnes and Noble, pick up my book off the shelf, hold it up, and scream, “Yeah! I wrote this!” and have people applaud. (Or the manager would call the police and I’d be escorted out of the store.) Then, I realized that whatever I wrote could potentially cause change in someone’s life and it gave me pause, because I’d read a book that changed my life for the better. A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR What book? A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Devereux. When I picked up that book for the first time in 1992, I really needed it. I sat in the middle of a horrible relationship and I’d hit rock bottom in my faith in humanity. Despite working two waiting table jobs and working up to seventeen hours a day, I sat up late for three nights to read this book. The character Douglas spoke to me. She was in the middle of her…

Fresh Pick | JET by Jay Crownover
Fresh Pick / April 19, 2014

Fresh Pick for Saturday, April 19th, 2014 is JET by Jay Crownover #FreeForAllSaturday Jay Crownover rules! Marked Men #2 William Morrow June 2013 On Sale: May 28, 2013 400 pages ISBN: 0062302418 EAN: 9780062302410 Kindle: B00CGZXRRU Paperback / e-Book Add to Wish List New Adult Buy A Copy Kindle Powell’s Books Indiebound Jet by Jay Crownover With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire. Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships. Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will…

Sarah Ballance: The Lure of Dark History in Romance
Author Guest / April 19, 2014

I’ll be the first to admit a book set during the Salem witch trials doesn’t exactly scream romance. For that matter, the setting doesn’t even whimper romance—at least not at first glance. I mean, there were hangings and rotting jail cells and constant fear—not just of the evil that supposedly lurked among the people of Salem, but of being accused of so-called affliction and being sent to die. This fear was tangible. It lived and breathed among these people as if it were one of their own, and I admit my initial draw to Salem had a whole lot to do with its dark history. And I felt guilty. Separated by both time and distance, my interest in the Salem witch trials wasn’t purely for entertainment value, but I have to admit the cinematic appeal was there. The events themselves are so absurd that it’s hard to equate them with reality. How could something like this happen? It seems unfathomable, but history is sadly full of these atrocities. There’s no doubt they exist, but do they belong in romance? The answer is a resounding yes, and here’s why. When I began researching the Salem witch trials for my Sins of…