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Jade Lee | Monday Musing Tennessee
Author Guest / April 8, 2014

I leave for a writer’s retreat on Wednesday. It’s a week at a Tennessee cabin with fellow writers Cindy Dees and Elizabeth Hoyt. I’m sure those on FB will see all sorts of interesting #Squidge pictures there. So here are a few interesting musing in (what is to become) my standard format. 1. We found this cabin a) while hiking. Elizabeth Hoyt broke her ankle and Cindy and I carried her to the door and met a god of a lumberjack who nursed her back to health. b) by googling “random cabin somewhere to hide and write.” Also known as drink and talk about fantasy men c) cabin choices are always filtered by superimposing Starbucks locations in a 2 mile radius. No retreat is possible without mochas. d) at the Brenda Novak auction Answer: D In truth, the idea of retreat in Tennessee sounded so good, we just bid without looking too closely at it. We’re not exactly sure how rustic it will be. Fortunately, there is a Starbucks nearby, so at least we’ll have coffee. Also…(A) did happen, but only in Elizabeth’s …um… nighttime musings… (And OBVIOUSLY, the god of a lumberjack was Mr. Hoyt. And she reminds me…

Monica Murphy and Maya Rodale | Dueling Billionaires
Author Guest / January 20, 2014

It’s time to vote on the TWO dueling billionaires, which one do YOU prefer? Matt Deluca SAVOR by Monica Murphy A billionaire hero is the ultimate fantasy. He’s rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, which means he can pretty much take the heroine wherever she wants and give her whatever she wants. They’re driven, successful and they usually dress well. I imagine they smell pretty damn good too. He’s a protector, he’s smart and when a billionaire decides to pursue a woman, he usually does whatever it takes to make her his. That’s sexy. Three reasons Matt Deluca is the best billionaire 1. He’s a billionaire (duh) 2. He used to be a professional baseball player (sexx-ay) 3. He owns a winery (all the wine you could ever want!) SAVOR A Billionaire Bachelors Club Novel BY Monica Murphy Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss-the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley-and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s…

Cleo Coyle | Billionaires Can Be Murder (with Recipes)
Author Guest / December 3, 2013

Wonderful reviews are coming in for my new culinary mystery Billionaire Blend. Kirkus honored it with a Starred Review, RT Book Reviews named it a Top Pick among December’s Mysteries and Thrillers, and Publishers Weekly called it “a highly satisfying mystery.” But what matters now is what you think. (Read the First Chapter by clicking here.) As the book opens, single-mom Clare Cosi is working hard to keep her landmark coffeehouse running smoothly. She’s still struggling in a difficult economy to make ends meet, hold on to her employees, and keep her historic Greenwich Village shop from falling apart. Then boom! Her shop really falls apart. Some nut sets off a car bomb on the street outside, badly damaging the century-old coffeehouse. Forced to close and lay off her beloved employees, Clare is devastated and makes a wish for her problems to be magically solved. But she soon finds out… Some wishes come with a price. When that car bomb ripped through her shop, Clare saved the life of an anonymous customer, one who turned out to be billionaire tech-whiz Eric Thorner, the most successful developer of smartphone and game Apps in the world. After Eric recovers from his wounds,…

Paula Altenburg | Ten TV Shows that Top my List
Author Guest / November 29, 2013

I’m not really much of a television watcher. I have commitment issues. If I get into something in the evenings, it tends to be episodic and funny and no-strings-attached. I like the Big Bang Theory for that reason. If I miss an episode I can catch up with no problem. I’ve tried to make Black Widow Demon, the second book in my Demon Outlaws trilogy, standalone for that reason. Nobody likes the middle book in a series. And nobody likes having to read books in order. My husband is the TV junkie in the household. It’s a good thing I’ve got him or my brain might turn to total mush. He watches Discovery and Oasis, and I tune in and out between reading and Facebook because I like looking at the pretty HD images. Now that I’ve discovered NetFlix, however, that’s all starting to change. I can binge watch at leisure. Mind you it’s Canadian NetFlix so my choices are limited, and that’s just as well. Thanks to social media, my attention span is shot. But I do have my favorites. My Demon Outlaws series is set in a dystopian future with a Wild West setting. Because of what I…

Ann Lawrence | Christmas in Savage Bay
Author Guest / November 23, 2013

Every year, I stock up on holiday books, and I’ve always wanted to write one. Well, I finally have! CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY will be released (ebook only) on December 1st. The story is not only my first holiday book, it is also Book 1 in my Savage Bay Series. I’ve created a small fictitious village in Connecticut for my series called Savage Bay . . . where all the men need taming and the women are up to the task! I love all the traditions of the holidays, so I made Kara Sinclair, star of CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY, a homebody who loves the holidays too. She loves every strand of tinsel and every cookie on the plate. I paired Kara with Reed Savage who returns to Savage Bay to confront his past. He’s Vagabond Guy. He lives out of a suitcase. I hope you’ll pick up the book and see how Kara “tames” Reed! But when Kara first meets Reed, she’s not sure if her attraction is real or just the result of too much wassail! One thing she knows for sure, the kiss she shares with Reed under the mistletoe is just about perfect! I’ve put the…

MJ Flournoy | A Matter of Trust
Author Guest / November 22, 2013

What’s in a name? Funny you should ask. Apparently where my characters are concerned, it’s everything. I try not to obsess over selecting my characters’ names and for good reason, I almost always get them wrong. You see, my characters talk to me, at me, or not at all. It’s the not at all that causes the problem. When my characters don’t talk to me, they don’t talk to each other and the story doesn’t get written. Some people might call it writer’s block, I call it aggravating. I had this great idea for a romantic suspense novel, but the hero would not talk. It didn’t matter how man writer’s tricks I used, he refused to budge. Not one line of dialogue would he utter. In my mind’s eye I could see him standing bare-chested, arms folded across his muscular torso and glaring at me. I glared back and challenged this impressively built hot hunk, “What gives, we’ve got a story to write, you’ve got a heroine to seduce, come on Jack, get a move on.” His eyes narrowed in that dangerous way that causes a woman’s blood to sing. “Make me,” they challenged. Not to be out done by…

Cynthia D’Alba | Welcome to Texas
Author Guest / November 14, 2013

Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. Thanks to the Fresh Fiction gang for having me here today to celebrate the release of the second book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series, TEXAS TANGO. For the first time in my writing, I put a teenager into my story. GULP. That did certainly stretch my imagination. I have no children. I haven’t been around a teenager in a long time. Heck, I haven’t been a teenager in a long time. However, I had a lot of fun with Noah, my fourteen-year-old. TEXAS TANGO is the story of a widower Travis Montgomery (who has no children) and Caroline Graham, a transient doctor who moves around fulfilling short term contracts. Noah is her younger brother but she doesn’t really know him. She was eighteen when he was born and off at college. Their parents are Christian missionaries who have spent the majority of their time in foreign lands. Caroline was raised by her grandmother, Mamie, as was Noah. Now their primary parent figure, their grandmother Mamie, is close to death. Noah is concerned about her and what’s going to happen to him. In a nutshell, he is an angry teen. Here’s the first introduction to…

Katherine Garbera | Traditions!
Author Guest / November 4, 2013

It’s safe to say that most if not all of my traditions revolve around my family and food. My earliest memories are of sitting in the kitchen at my grandmother’s house with my mom and her talking, laughing and eating. I like to linger at the kitchen table when I have friends and family over. There is something that just feels so right about it. I can still remember the sadness and sense of loss I felt the year my grandmother died. My mom and sisters and I helped pack up her house and we were drawn to the kitchen and her pots and pans and her cookbooks. We split the cookbooks up and I found that the cookbooks were a link to her. She’d written all sort of notes on recipes and left her own variations on pieces of paper in the books. Whenever I use one of her recipes I feel like she’s right there in the kitchen with us, giving us kisses and telling us how wonderful we are. One of those recipes is a traditional Italian Christmas cookie. They are called struffoli. They are little bits of fried dough coated in honey and sprinkles. Now my…