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Jenny Hartwell | Title Challenge: MY SWEET ENEMY
Author Guest / February 9, 2021

Thanks so much for having me on Fresh Fiction! My debut romcom, MY SWEET ENEMY, just came out yesterday, so I’ve been eating celebratory chocolate cake and toasting with some bubbly. I’m thrilled to continue celebrating here with you all! My enemies-to-lovers romcom features a sweetheart chocolatier and a stiff MBA competing in a reality contest for a position at a luxe chocolate company who find the only thing tempering their insta-hate is their heart-melting attraction. Bitter rivalry, sweet attraction! Oo la la! And here we go with the title challenge. M-My inspiration: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired this story of a gourmet chocolate company that offers 5 social media applicants an internship and a competition between them with the winner getting a high-level job. Y-Yummy treats: I adore chocolate, and there are a lot of scenes where the characters are eating truffles, chocolate bars, and other confections. My research at two local gourmet chocolate companies (with samples) was pretty amazing. * S-Stuck in a walk-in cooler: In my favorite scene, the hero and heroine get stuck in a walk-in cooler together and have to snuggle to preserve body heat. Why wear a sweater when a hunky man will…

Laura Brown | Author-Reader Match: ABOUT THAT NIGHT
Author Guest / February 9, 2021

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Laura Brown! Writes: I write romances featuring characters with hearing loss. ABOUT THAT NIGHT is an unplanned pregnancy romcom between a hearing heroine and a Deaf hero. Izzy never caught the name of her one-night stand, due to her newbie ASL status. A year and half later she finally finds him, in the role of her new boss. She not only has to figure out how to tell him about the son he doesn’t know he has, but also navigate their agency’s no dating policy. About: A homebody by nature, I love curling up with a good book. Coffee dates are a must. As I’m Hard of Hearing, ASL knowledge is a bonus. Besides books, my conversations will include my three cats, kid, and the current state of my out of control TBR list. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: *Fan of the unplanned pregnancy trope *Enjoys a diverse cast *Funny bone intact *Enjoys some realism mixed into the fantasy and comedy of romance What to…

Garrett Leigh | Exclusive Excerpt: UNFORGETTEN
Author Guest / February 9, 2021

Gus Billy didn’t throw up. He swallowed the pills I gave him and drank the tea, and when he was sufficiently buzzed, seemed to remember he hadn’t eaten since the mini doughnuts I’d forced on him that morning. How does he even live? I’d put away at least six sandwiches since then. “What do you want?” I asked, trying to ignore how much I was enjoying seeing him stretched out on my bed. “I can order something?” Billy shook his head, eyes hooded and heavy. “No. I don’t want you spending money on me, and I don’t have any. There must be something in the cupboards. I just remembered I bought other stuff that’s not in the fridge.” “What did you buy?” “Can’t remember.” “Okay…do you remember where you put it?” “Nope.” Truth be told, he could’ve bought a hundred different things and stashed them in my kitchen cupboards before I noticed. It wasn’t like I ever looked. Curious, I rolled off the bed and sloped downstairs. The fridge was as bare as I’d left it, but a scout of the corner cabinet revealed a squirrel store of baked beans, Super Noodles, and tins of tuna. I couldn’t imagine how…

Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup: SCOUNDREL OF MY HEART by Lorraine Heath
Author Guest / February 9, 2021

Enemies to lovers… opposites attract! How can these two possibly fall in love? We trust Lorraine Heath to take us on a wonderful journey in SCOUNDREL OF MY HEART. And this recipe for Strawberry Delight is the perfect treat for them to share together… And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another wonderful recipe!  SCOUNDREL OF MY HEART is an enemies to lovers story. He finds her irritating. She considers him a scapegrace. He dreams of owning a club. She dreams of inheriting her grandmother’s cottage by the sea. He needs funds to see his dream to fruition. She needs to marry a duke to gain her inheritance. He wants to ignore her. She needs his help to gain the duke’s attention. He betrays her. She wants her revenge. But when his father is found guilty of treason, and Lord Griffith Stanwick’s family loses everything, including their place in Society, he takes a detour through the darker corners of London and emerges a changed man, a man to be reckoned with. A man Lady Kathryn Lambert desires. Soon she must decide if giving up her inheritance is worth a chance at love. While it’s not a historical recipe and…