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Eve Pendle | A Wild (flower) Time
Author Guest / July 4, 2018

Hi, Eve Pendle here. I’m a UK based historical romance author. And I’m going to talk in this post about English spring flowers. What on earth, I hear you ask, have flowers got to do with historical romance? Well, quite a lot, actually. Because almost every historical romance character would have seen and known wild flowers. Why? 🌸 In the past walking was a much more common pastime than it is now. If you didn’t have a horse, or couldn’t ride, you walked. Think of Lizzy Bennet in P&P with her petticoat two inches in mud from her walk to Netherfield. In our cars now, we’re moving fast and we’re detached from seeing the plants that surround us. Walking, or even riding, you’re much closer to the ground and at a slower pace. So all the spring flowers would be familiar sights, and flowers were as much a definition of the time of year as the weather. Walking was also a much more popular pastime as an activity for its own sake and was a respectable way for men and women to be together alone. Again, think of Lizzy and Colonel Fitzwilliam walking together in P&P. 🌸 There were a…

Ella Carey | Real Life Characters in search of an Author
Author Guest / July 3, 2018

  I’m coming to the conclusion that as writers, we have little choice in what we write. I find that once a story is with me, it takes hold and the characters take on a life of their own. I feel compelled to write their story. If I don’t, then they will still niggle me anyway. This was how it was with my novel, THE THINGS WE DON’T SAY. Consciously, or not, I find I am drawn to the stories of women who somehow, did not fit in with the world in which they found themselves. With my three French novels, the inspiration was the life and famous abandoned apartment of the Parisian Belle Époque courtesan Marthe de Florian, with SECRET SHORES, it was Sunday Reed, a leading figure in the Australian art world, along with Joy Hester, an unsung Australian artist, and with THE THINGS WE DON’T SAY, I became drawn in by Vanessa Bell. Vanessa Bell was Virginia Woolf’s sister. Vanessa was an artist who painted most days of her life and a central figure in the Bloomsbury group, the famous group of artists, writers and intellectuals who fascinate me for their avant garde views, for the way…

Declare Your Independence
Cozy Corner / July 2, 2018

Guest writer: Rebecca Adler First, a big howdy to y’all from Texas. Second, a big thanks to the lovely Kym Roberts for this opportunity to share all the exciting new cozy releases hitting the shelves of your local and virtual bookstores during the month of July. As a heat wave blazes its way across the country this week, I encourage you to declare your independence from the humdrum of work and responsibilities. Stake out those well-deserved hours, minutes, or even moments, of relaxation and repose by engaging your problem-solving skills in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by reading a delightful cozy mystery. Whether you choose a title from a beloved author, discover a new favorite series, or both, this week’s new releases will make you glad you asserted your right to relax and solve a wonderful whodunit. THE CORPSE AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE by Carola Dunn Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #23 A casual outing to the Crystal Palace in London takes a mysterious and murderous turn in The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, the latest mystery in Carola Dunn’s beloved Daisy Dalrymple series. April 1928: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is visited in London by her young cousins. On the list of…

Author Spotlight / July 2, 2018

Harmony Harbor book #6  Digital/Print “This series is turning out to be a wonderful ride. It’s heartwarming, romantic and funny.” Romancing the Readers Wedding Planner Rule #1: Never, ever fall for the groom There’s nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That’s why being a wedding planner is her dream job – until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She’s had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks down the aisle without her. As a secret service agent, Logan’s already married – to his career. A wife was never in his plan, until he finds out he needs to marry the woman he’s been protecting. He takes his latest assignment in stride, but when he sees Jenna again, he can’t deny the attraction sparking between them. Can he really say “I do” if it means saying goodbye to the woman of his dreams? Buy SANDPIPER SHORE: | Kindle | | iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Powell’s Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Ripped Bodice | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR