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Sue Moorcroft | 20 Questions: SUMMER AT THE FRENCH CAFE
Author Guest / May 13, 2022

1–What is the title of your latest release? SUMMER AT THE FRENCH CAFE 2–What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book? Kat loves her life in France, but this summer’s tricky – even before she gets involved with the mysterious Noah. Sunny, romantic commercial fiction underpinned by contemporary conflicts to make the reader wonder if everything can possibly come right for Kat. 3–How did you decide where your book was going to take place? Travel was difficult when I was researching and writing the book, but I’d set JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS there in the past, so had a library of photos and memories to work with. 4–Would you hang out with your heroine in real life? Definitely! Kat’s a hardworking, valiant heroine, and I have huge sympathy with her when she appears to be overlooked by those who should know better. 5–What are three words that describe your hero? Mysterious, hot, determined. 6–What’s something you learned while writing this book? How to run a book cafe. 7–Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done? Mainly, I write a first draft and then a second (and maybe a third). However, where I know a first…

Sahara Kelly | 20 Questions: THE RASCAL
Author Guest / May 13, 2022

1–What is the title of your latest release? Hi there, Fresh Fiction readers! Right now, I’m celebrating the release of THE RASCAL, the first in my new series of Regency-set historical romances! 2–What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book? If you’re getting worried that historical authors are running out of titled aristocrats, perhaps you might like a different variety of Regency hero. He’s intelligent, handsome as can be, and has found a home for himself in London, under the wing of an eccentric wealthy lady. But Mr Fitzallan Wilde has one fatal flaw…he’s a bastard! And he’s determined to keep his heart firmly locked away, until he is forced into the role of Good Samaritan and everything changes… 3–How did you decide where your book was going to take place? The Regency is almost like my “second home”. I was born and raised in England, not far from Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, Hampshire. My first book was a Regency historical, and I’ve been blessed with many readers who have enjoyed the many historical romances I’ve written over the years. So yes, setting a book in that time and that place? I’m very happy there. 4–Would you hang out…

Films and TV Shows Similar To My Book WHEN THE DAY COMES by Gabrielle Meyer
Author Guest / May 13, 2022

The genre for my new story, WHEN THE DAY COMES, has a lot of readers talking. Is it time-travel? Dual timeline? Science-Fiction? Historical fiction, times two? Or, is it a little of each one? The story is about a woman named Libby who is born with a gift. She lives in 1774 colonial Williamsburg and when she goes to sleep there, she wakes up in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. Back and forth she goes, every day, with no time passing while she’s gone. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose which life to keep and which to forfeit forever.   Since it’s hard to pigeonhole WHEN THE DAY COMES into one genre, I thought I’d share four similar movies and television series to give you a taste of what the story is like. Outlander Outlander is a popular series that follows Claire Randall, an English woman who was a nurse in WWII. Her life is turned upside down when she travels to Scotland with her husband to try to reconnect with each other and with his family history. There, she accidentally falls through a portal in a stone and ends up in 1743 where she meets, marries, and…

Jennifer Vido | Jen’s Jewels Interview: THE HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews
Author Guest , Interviews , Jen's Jewels / May 13, 2022

Jennifer Vido: What inspired your new release, THE HOMEWRECKERS? Mary Kay Andrews:  I was watching one of those DIY reality television shows and the title The Homewreckers came to me. Not coincidentally, we’d just purchased a fixer-upper beach cottage on Tybee Island, Ga, where the book was set, so I had the title and the research, and very quickly, the plot started to come together.   Jen: What is causing angst in Hattie Kavanaugh’s personal and professional lives? Mary Kay:  Hattie is guilt-ridden because she fears that the over-budget money pit of a house she’s been restoring with her father-in-law’s construction company will bring the company to financial ruin, but on a deeper level, her emotional life has been on hold since her husband’s death, seven years earlier, in a hit-and-run accident. Faced with the possibility of romance, she’s deeply conflicted.   Jen: When Mauricio Lopez offers Hattie a starring role in a beach house reality show, how does she react? Mary Kay:  Hattie tells Mo she has zero interest in show business, and just wants to do her job, restoring old homes.   Jen: What does Hattie think of her male cast mate? Mary Kay: Hattie’s first response is…

Kimberlee Turley | Exclusive Excerpt: CIRCUS OF SHADOWS
Author Guest , Excerpt / May 12, 2022

Auction Scene from chapter XIII © 2022 Marcella.  https://www.instagram.com/mariamarcelw/   # Chapter XIII excerpt#   For the entire morning, Gracie could not be found without a gaggle of women around her. And she took a circuitous route wherever she went, further hindering his chances of finding an opportunity to deliver a private apology. Jack had considered giving up until Harris and Gracie entered the big top, her small hand tucked in the crook of his elbow. She wore a pale pink dress trimmed with white bows and black ribbon. In her free hand, she carried a black umbrella. If Gracie could forgive Harris enough to let him escort her to the auction, it seemed reasonable that she could overlook whatever Jack had said to offend her yesterday and last night. Squaring his shoulders, Jack marched in after them. The tent was filled with a brown fog from the fine dirt kicked into the air by the patrons who’d come for the auction. Jack signed his name to a wooden bidding paddle while the Colonel stamped his hammer to close the sale of a gilded mirror. The small herd of auction attendees stirred a little in the break before the next…

Kelsey Kicklighter Interview – Fairy Tales and the Fae
Author Guest , Interviews / May 12, 2022

Faye, your female protagonist, is half-faerie. As a writer, what is your fascination with all things fae? (I ask as somebody who is more interested in vampires and werewolves). Honestly, my obsession with the fae started when I was about four or five…with the movie Thumbelina. I know I burnt through at least one of those VHS tapes. But it wasn’t enough. I started searching for books on faerie tales–I was very much a library kid. I got hooked on the old school stuff, especially The Six Swans, East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, and The Ballad of Tamlin. I liked that the fae weren’t really heroes or villains, but somehow both. And that to survive them you had to be very, very clever. But I’m also a fan of vampires and werewolves! Anything mythological or lore based, I’m usually 100% in.   How would you describe Faye? Faye is first and foremost, a protector. That’s who she is at her core. She has a good head on her shoulders but has a tendency to make rash decisions when the fate of those she loves is hanging in the balance. She tends to shield herself with sarcasm and…

Jenn Burke | 20 Questions: OUT OF THE ASHES
Author Guest / May 12, 2022

1–What is the title of your latest release? OUT OF THE ASHES. It’s the third book in the Ashes & Dust trilogy.   2–What is it about? It’s the culmination of the story that started in book 1, when someone was threatening to expose the existence of Toronto’s paranormal community. Evan, a vampire PI who deals with chronic depression, and Colin, a creature known as a phoenix who can control fire and magical energy, thought they found out who was behind everything in book 2, but this one throws a few curveballs their way. They’ve got to work with former enemies to truly solve the mystery – but first, they have to deal with the repercussion of Colin’s decision at the end of book 2 to dissolve their forced bond against Evan’s wishes. There are lots of up and downs in this one, but a very firm happily ever after!   3–What do you love about the setting of your book?  Toronto is such a great mix of diverse settings. You’ve got the old-fashioned, touristy promenade of the Distillery District, industrial areas that make for great locations for out-of-sight paranormal shenanigans, and lakefront beaches for quiet moments. In this book,…

Elizabeth Heiter | Sniffing Out Danger
Author Guest / May 11, 2022

When an out-of-town captain and a rookie K-9 handler team up to stop a bomber, the results are explosive…   I adore writing romantic suspense with lovable, courageous K-9s in the mix. My K-9 Alaska series has featured a Combat Tracker dog who had to retire early from the military, a therapy rescue dog, a Victim Specialist K-9 with the FBI, and a dual-purpose police K-9. I enjoyed writing those K-9s so much that I’m working on two more stories in that series, featuring a narcotics detection K-9 with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and a search and rescue K-9 who does work with the FBI. But before those books release (sometime next year), I paused to be part of the K-9s on Patrol multi-author series. While all of my K-9 Alaska series heroes and heroines are big animal lovers, Ava Callan from SNIFFING OUT DANGER has no experience with dogs and never wanted to work with a K-9. She sees being paired with a K-9 instead of a human as a punishment for being the newbie who doesn’t fit in when she moves from Chicago to what feels to her like middle-of-nowhere Jasper, Idaho. But as soon as she…

Jennifer Vido | Jen’s Jewels Interview: SUMMER AT THE CAPE by RaeAnne Thayne
Author Guest , Interviews , Jen's Jewels / May 11, 2022

Jennifer Vido: What inspired you to write SUMMER AT THE CAPE? RaeAnne Thayne: I have been fascinated for a long time by the unique relationship between twins. I was interested in exploring what happens to one twin when their “womb-mate” dies. Factor in another older sister who was not part of that twin relationship and I wondered how the dynamics of a family would change with the death of one of the twins. A big subplot of this book involves glamping, something that definitely appeals to me. I love the outdoors and camping, escaping the hectic pace of life in the outdoors, but I must admit I’m of a certain age where I also enjoy my creature comforts. LOL. Glamping seems like a way to have the best of both worlds.   Jen: The novel is set in the fictional town of Cape Sanctuary. From where did you draw inspiration to create this welcoming place? RaeAnne: I live in the mountains of Northern Utah, far from the ocean, but when my family vacations, we tend to head to the coast. Two of our favorite places are Cannon Beach, OR and the Monterey/Carmel-by-the-Sea areas of Central California. When I was trying…

Laney Hatcher | 20 Questions: NEANDERTHAL SEEKS DUCHESS
Author Guest / May 11, 2022

1–What is the title of your latest release? My debut novel and Smartypants Romance title is called NEANDERTHAL SEEKS DUCHESS. It’s a historical romance re-imagining of Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, written in Smartypants Romance’s new Out of this World imprint. 2–What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book? Quirky wallflower tries to avoid scandal in London but meets a mysterious gentleman who shakes things up instead. 3–How did you decide where your book was going to take place? London felt like the obvious choice, so I went with it. 4–Would you hang out with your heroine in real life? Definitely. Jane is a loyal and dedicated friend whose quirks and unique personality make her someone I’d love to hang with. 5–What are three words that describe your hero? Unconventional, brooding, swoony 6–What’s something you learned while writing this book? I really wanted to accurately display and translate the friendships between the Knitting in the City ladies (Penny’s series) to the London embroidery ladies (my series). And I think what hit home while I was writing NSD was that whether you’re in modern day Chicago or 19th century England, true and lasting friendships are rare and precious. 7–Do…