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Author Reader Match | S.L. Hannah
Author Guest , MatchMaker / August 31, 2018

WRITES: Strong women, in first person present tense so that you are in their head the whole time life is unfolding. Romantic suspense with high heat level and a lot of action to pump up the intensity, in and out of the bedroom. ABOUT AUTHOR: Born in Poland, but growing up in Canada, Hannah moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. Hard Trigger is an action-packed adventure with a female James Bond–type character that is sexy, savvy, intense, and unapologetic. S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, her garden of succulents, and her feisty little dog-boss. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world. WHAT IM LOOKING FOR IN MY IDEAL READER MATCH: A reader that is not looking for a “typical” romance. My relationships are complex and my heroes have issues that I dare explore and day jobs that I am often uncomfortable exploring. Loves James Bond and has always wondered why there was never a Jane Bond… WHAT TO EXPECT IF COMPATIBLE: A telenovela-style pacing that is full of twists and turns and hot sex. A heroine that is complex and doesn’t “need” a man. An author that will always push…

MK Meredith | Top 5 Reasons For A Seaside Romance
Author Guest / August 28, 2018

Hands down one of the most romantic places on earth is a rocky coastal shore or the never-ending line of a sandy beach with white capped ocean waves as far as the eye can see. Add in a sexy as sin hero, working to win over the woman of his dreams, and you have the makings of a happy ever after that will stick with you long after…well…the after. Not that you need convincing, but just in case you haven’t pondered it, here are my 5 top reasons for dallying in a seaside romance! The call of seagulls. The song of these birds has always been an iconic coastal melody for me. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about the sound, but their call leaves me feeling renewed, content, and full of wonder. A feeling of hope and curiosity about what is around the next bend, a feeling that each new day will be filled once again with beauty. I know, I know…it sounds a bit hopelessly romantic, but these are my 5 top reasons. So hopelessly romantic is what you get. Romantic walks along the rocky cliffs. I would say midnight walks…like you might think on…

Marie Bostwick | Fierce Beyond 50
Fierce After 50 / August 24, 2018

The latest from Marie Bostwick’s Fierce Beyond 50! Gruyere, Canadian Bacon & Corn Frittata This healthy frittata recipe will make your dreams come true. Not only is it 4 WW points, it is beautiful, easy, & seemingly indulgent with a little help from Canadian Bacon, Gruyere, and summery corn. Buon appetito! COPING WITH SUDDEN HEARING LOSS A couple of years ago, I lost all hearing in one ear due to a condition called Sudden Sensorial Hearing Loss. My purpose in writing this post is simply to use my experience to help others by spreading the word about SSHL. HEALTHY SUMMER COCKTAILS When the temperatures are blazing, there’s really only one thing to do (besides crank that AC): make refreshing low calorie cocktails! Here are four delicious recipes, most with only 3 Weight Watchers points. HOMEMADE ICE CREAM RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE With a grand-darling visit on the horizon, I reflected on the simple joys that I enjoyed with my own grandmother. Making homemade ice cream is right up there. Here are a few delicious recipes that will take you down memory lane. Join Marie Bostwick at Fierce Beyond Fifty, a lifestyle blog for women who are ready to seize and celebrate…

An Interview with Ashley Weaver
Interviews / August 22, 2018

About Ashley Weaver ASHLEY WEAVER is the Technical Services Coordinator for the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She lives in Oakdale, Louisiana. Amory Ames WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM Your newest mystery – AN ACT OF VILLAINY – involves actors and the theater world. Was that especially fun to write about? It was incredibly fun! I have always been fascinated by the theater world. There’s something so magical about being transported to another place through the actions of the people onstage. I liked the idea of inserting Amory and Milo into the sphere of bright lights and entertainment and then incorporating a sinister element. A theater is, after all, an excellent backdrop for a dramatic murder mystery! I love the level of detail you put into each “Amory Ames” story, like with the perfume trivia in your most recent book THE ESSENCE OF MALICE. How much research is involved with each book you write? Some books, like THE ESSENCE OF MALICE, require more research than others. I didn’t know much about the various…

A Sister, a Reporter and a Fund-raiser Walk into a Cozy Mystery Series …
Author Guest / August 20, 2018

Conventional wisdom tells storytellers to write what we know. I prefer to write what I want to know more about. For fiction to be compelling, it must be grounded in fact. Since I spend about 50 percent of my writer’s life doing research, I’d prefer to invest that time in learning about things that interest me. That was part of the impetus behind my Sister Lou Mystery cozy mystery series featuring a Catholic sister as the amateur sleuth. [Note: She’s a sister, not a nun. Sisters work in and with the community whereas nuns are cloistered.] I was born and raised Catholic, which means there are things that I know that I don’t understand. There are things that I do, but don’t know why I do them. And I can’t help thinking there are things I should know and should do, but am ignorant of. Writing my Sister Lou Mystery series gives me an outlet for my research into Catholicism. This research is embodied in my amateur sleuth heroine, 63-year-old Sister Louise “Lou” LaSalle. She’s a Catholic sister with a doctorate in Philosophy who left higher education to serve as a member of the congregation’s leadership team. My Sister Lou…

Patty Blount | Top 5 Favorite Young Adult Novels/Authors
Author Guest , Top 5 / August 17, 2018

Angie Thomas – THE HATE U GIVE is probably the best YA written in the last ten years. First, let me say straight up, I’m a white woman who’s never experienced racism. I’ve experienced sexism. But the closest I’ve come to experiencing real racism was listening to someone call Italians “dirty” while at a book fair. No one has ever called the police on me for sitting in a Starbucks or working out a gym. My first response to “Black lives matter” was “All lives matter.” Then I read this book and it changed my mind. It opened my eyes to the kind of fear people of color face on a daily basis. I’ve never feared the police. They’re heroes, right? But sometimes, they get it wrong. And when they get it wrong, people die. Only nobody punishes them. Nobody stops it or does anything to prevent it from happening again. Instead, they put blame on the dead. They shouldn’t have been where they were, worn what they wore, said what they said. Angie does an incredible job of presenting all the ugly sides to racism in this novel. Main character Star has a cop in her family – in…

Author Reader Match: Jacqueline Friedland
MatchMaker / August 17, 2018

Writes: Plot-driven historical fiction chock full of flawed characters yearning to be saved. Picture a complicated, brooding widower, a poverty-stricken teenager, an overly-entitled heiress, and a strong-willed runaway slave. Each is somehow able to bring light into the lives of others in ways that also help them to find their own redemption. About Me: Forty-year-old attorney-turned-author seeking readers for historical fiction about a heroic abolitionist in the antebellum South. Characters in this tale attempt to navigate the complicated social hierarchy of Charleston, South Carolina twenty years before the Civil War. When a young woman arrives in Charleston from England, destitute but relieved to be free from the troubles she left behind on the other side of the Atlantic, the reader will be treated to a fresh look at American society. Readers must be in the market for accessible prose and page-turning plot twists, surprising moments of love, deception, caution, and hope. Those uninterested in corsets and old-fashioned Southern balls need not apply. What I am looking for in my ideal reader Match: You are, above all, interested in a riveting story that will keep you turning pages. Your favorite books cross many genres but would include books along the lines…

Kathy Lyons | Rejection Therapy
Author Guest / August 16, 2018

Ever hear of Rejection Therapy? Guess what it is: You eat lots of weird foods to find out what your body rejects most violently. You say “no” to at least one person a day. You go through your own closet and “reject” clothing by throwing it out. At least 28 pieces a day. Once there’s nothing left in your closet, you start on your things. It’s a quick way to a minimalist lifestyle. You do something daily where you know you’ll get turned down. Eventually getting told “no” won’t scare you, and you can start living life boldly. Answer: D – It is indeed a way to make yourself casual with being told “no.” The whole closet thing is a different technique where you discard 28 things a day for 10 days. It’s actually quite liberating, but that’s not where the idea for this book came from. In Sliding Home by Kathy Lyons—August 13, 2018 Brazen release—my good girl heroine is putting herself through rejection therapy as a way to get bolder. She realized she’s become too timid in her life and this is her way of forcing herself to embrace life. Of course, she expects to get rejected by…

DESPERATE GIRLS by Laura Griffin
Author Guest , Excerpt / August 16, 2018

Desperate Girls is here! I’m so thrilled by the book reviews coming in, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly. “Intensely suspenseful…. Griffin pulls out all the stops in a phenomenal twist ending that will leave readers stunned.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED review “DESPERATE GIRLS by Laura Griffin is a keeper; I know because I carried it everywhere with me until I’d finished it. It has chills, thrills, action, and romance.”  — New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard Desperate Girls is the first book in my new Wolfe Security series. It is a spinoff off my Tracers series, so longtime readers will see some familiar faces. I had so much fun writing Brynn & Erik’s story, and I hope you’ll enjoy it! To celebrate Desperate Girls, I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card, so please drop by my contest page to enter: http://lauragriffin.com/contest/ Happy reading! Laura   Buy DESPERATE GIRLS: Amazon.com | Kindle | BN.com | iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Powell’s Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Ripped Bodice | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR From DESPERATE GIRLS Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals,…

Krystal Ford | Book reviews of My Top Five Contemporary Romances
Author Guest / August 14, 2018

MY OXFORD YEAR, by JULIE WHELAN If you’re a poetry fan Why I loved it: The novel starts off going right down the old troupe: young student, Ella, sleeps with handsome professor, Jamie, both want to keep it casual since Ella is going back to the united states at the end of one year to pursue her life-long dream of working in politics. But as the novel progresses, Ella starts falling for Jamie and things are revealed that takes the novel in a new direction. It’s smart, fun, romantic, and poetry and humor are sprinkled throughout the novel. Fun fact: Ella, just like Megan in Love, Across the Divide, is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or choose love. ONE PLUS ONE, by JOJO MOYES What if your knight-in-shining-armor was a geek in a BMW? Why I loved it: This contemporary opposite attract story is the perfect trifecta of hilarious, sad and sweet. I loved the messy lives of the main characters, Jesse is a single mom struggling financially to survive and raise her two children, Ed is a wealthy tech geek who’s life…