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Twilight fanfic Scores again…BEAUTIFUL BASTARD out in time for Valentine’s Day
News / January 10, 2013

Seriously, Twilight is the only canon out there which provides fodder for fanfic? What HAVE I been missing? Here is news about the latest fanfic reworked into erotic fiction. THE OFFICE, no, not the office on television in its last season, but what looks like an erotic twist on a Harlequin Presents: young intern / assistant clashes with her boss. It’s tried and true for Harlequin so probably will be a smashing success for Gallery Books as well. read more on Hollywood Reporter An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the…

Cover Reveal – Ruthie Knox
News / January 5, 2013

Hello, everyone! I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the cover for the final title in my upcoming Camelot series with Loveswept: FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. I hope you love it as much as I do! I’ve been really gratified to see each of the covers the Random House design team comes up with for this series — all of them sexy and intimate, but with that spirit of fun that infuses all three of these stories. The Camelot series consists of a hundred-page novella and two full-length novels set in the Midwestern college town of Camelot, Ohio. It revolves around the three Clark siblings — Amber, Caleb, and Katie — and contains a number of hot security guys, extended-family shenanigans, banter, angst, and of course the occasional steamy scene, just to keep things interesting. Here’s a handy cheat sheet so you can keep the stories straight: I’m looking forward to sharing these books with romance lovers everywhere. Happy reading! XOXO, Ruthie Along Came Trouble – Description and Excerpt on Ruthie’s Website | Preorder from Amazon | Preorder from Barnes & Noble | Preorder from iTunes | Add to Goodreads Flirting with Disaster – On Ruthie’s Website | Preorder from Amazon…

Our Reviewers Pick Their Top 5 Books of 2012
Author Spotlight , News / January 3, 2013

Best Genre Fiction of 2012 With the advent of 2013 the reviewers at Fresh Fiction were asked to make a list of our favorite 2012 books.  As a group we reviewed approximately 2,000 books making choosing a top 10 a huge challenge.  We love our books and get pretty attached. So after much arm wrestling, hair pulling, and attempts at bribery, we’ve settled on letting our reviewers have their own top 5. So, here are some of our reviewers’ selections for the best genre fiction of 2012. Jessica Dunn # of books reviewed 2012- 61 Genres: Romance (Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Erotica), YA For someone who averages a book a day, I found it extremely difficult to narrow down my top pics. I have favorite authors whose series I have followed over many years but then I began reviewing for Fresh Fiction six months ago. As a result, I expanded my genres and tried new authors. As a result I found authors like Lori Wild and Sarah MacLean whose books had characters I was invested in.  For a book to become a favorite I need to be drawn in, feel where the character is coming from, and be taken along their…

Holiday Greetings from Lucy Monroe
News / December 1, 2012

I hope your Holiday season is off to a great start! This is always a special time of year and I’m so blessed that I get celebrate Christmas with my new grandson who finally made his arrival in Mid-November. He’s beautiful and I’m so in love. I’m also excited for my two rereleases coming out this month. SILVER BELLA (Samhain Publishing) will be released on December 4th and THE BILLIONAIRE’S PREGNANT MISTRESS (Harlequin Special Releases) will be released on December 17th. As a special “Thank You” to the readers both publishers have discounted the book for a limited time. You can check out the specific details on my website. SILVER BELLA THE BILLIONAIRE’S PREGNANT MISTRESS  Kindle To stay up on all the latest news follow Lucy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or visit her blog.

Dianna Love Is Sky High
Author Guest , News / August 25, 2012

New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane thrillers and urban fantasy, including a best selling collaborative series with #1 NYT bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon.  In early 2013, Dianna will release a new romantic thriller series – Slye Temp.  When not touring the country on her motorcycle, Dianna lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle instructor husband and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. Visit her at her website and Facebook.   Dianna’s latest book is THE CURSE, Belador Book 3, September 18, 2012.  

Robin Lee Hatcher’s Contest Honors Caregivers’ Hearts Of Gold
News / February 24, 2012

Bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher knows it truly takes a heart of gold to provide loving care to those who need it. That’s why, to celebrate the Valentine’s Day release of her new book, HEART OF GOLD, she’s sponsoring a national contest that recognizes caregivers—professional and volunteer—for all they do. “Being a caregiver is a difficult job, so I’m excited for this opportunity to recognize and thank those who give so generously and lovingly of themselves,” said Hatcher, who knows from firsthand experience what sacrifices a caregiver makes. Hatcher cared for her ailing mother, as well as relied on a family member for her own care after suffering a fall in 2010. The idea for Hatcher’s contest came from the pages of HEART OF GOLD, her 35th novel. In the inspirational romance from publisher Thomas Nelson, a southern belle uprooted from Virginia during the Civil War is transplanted to the rough- and-tumble, gold rush town of Grand Coeur in Idaho Territory. There she finds her greatest satisfaction serving as a volunteer caregiver to the ill and injured—and conveys a strong message about accepting others. The Christy Award-winning novelist invites anyone who has a special caregiver in their life to nominate…

Barnes & Noble in Firewheel Town Center To Host Release of New Mystery
News / January 12, 2012

Set in Austin, Hill Country, UNDERCURRENTS is the second volume in the popular Detective Craig Rylander Clover-Mystery series. Barnes & Noble in Firewheel Town Center will host the first North Texas release party with the authors, George Arnold and Ken Squier, Friday, January 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. according to Katy Hastings, the store’s community relations manager. UNDERCURRENTS: The Van Pelt Enigma, set in Austin and the Texas Hill country, chronicles the further adventures of the Austin Police detective sergeant beset with doubts about his own job performance and who is suddenly thrust into the crosshairs of an international assassination ring run by descendants of the Romanoffs, the last Czars of Russia. Believing his team is investigating a local arson murder and a likely-related car bombing, Rylander reluctantly accepts help from the Texas Rangers, FBI, Interpol and the CIA, all of whom believe the local cases are traceable to a psychopath, Felix Pavlovich, head of the assassination ring and pretender to the throne as Czar of a new Russia. Gholson likens the book and series to the work of P.D. James, Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke. “The authors, George Arnold of Fredericksburg and Ken Squier of San Antonio,…

THE BUNGALOW is a Pulpwood Queen 2012 Book Club Selection. See Sarah Jio at Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, TX
News / January 12, 2012

“The Bungalow is a story as luscious as its exotic setting. Ms. Jio has crafted a wartime story of passion and friendship, loss and mystery. – Karen White, author of The Beach Trees “[U]nabashedly romantic . . . thanks to Jio’s (The Violets of March) deft handling of her plot and characters. Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this gentle historical love story.” -Library Journal “Engrossing…this mystery-slash-love story will have you racing to the end.” – Redbook “Mystery meets romance in this absorbing debut novel by Sarah Jio” – Woman’s Day In the most transporting fiction, setting speaks with a voice all its own, beguiling readers onto unforgettable journeys. In her acclaimed debut novel, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, Sarah Jio chose Bainbridge Island, surrounded by the moody waters of the Puget Sound Basin, to cue her “engrossing” (Redbook) story of people whose closely held secrets collide with their search for second chances. In her highly anticipated follow-up, THE BUNGALOW (A Plume Original/January 2012), Jio imagines an island with an entirely different tale to tell. Bora-Bora’s South Pacific shores have served as muse to Paul Gauguin and inspired a host of passions. As the Second World War escalates, Anne Calloway forgoes…

Bouchercon 2011 Spirits of St. Louis and 2011 Anthony Awards
News / September 19, 2011

Some of the Fresh Fiction team attended the annual Bouchercon, held in St. Louis this past weekend (9/14-18/2011). An interesting and fun gathering of people who love mysteries and crime fiction: readers, authors, publishers and bloggers all congregated in the gateway to the west. The highlights of the con included: It’s always fun to pass Robert Crais on the escalator. Love his Elvis and Joe Pike books. Did learn that “pike” is not exactly what one would hope in Icelandic but I got a smile every time I’d see a “I Love Pike” button. Getting up early on Friday morning for a breakfast with Charlaine Harris was worth all the lost sleep. Listening to Val McDermid, I was jealous, they started her off with a bloody mary, none for us in the audience, but she knows how to capture the attention of the crowd and to entertain. The interview with lifetime honoree Sara Paretsky was enlightening. My first time to see her in person. I didn’t realize she was one of the founders of Sisters in Crime, a great organization of writers who help libraries and readers. Her backstory on V.I. Warshawski just cemented my love of the series. We…

NYT bestseller speaks at National WWI Museum 9/20 –LIVE online
News / September 13, 2011

New York Times bestselling writing duo, Charles Todd, will be speak at the National World War I Museum on Tuesday, September 20th at 7 PM. The event will be broadcasted online live from the museum. Charles Todd will discuss how investing in research has made possible two outstanding series with two individually unique characters. Both Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard Inspector who has returned from fighting and suffers from shellshock, and Bess Crawford, a young nurse serving in The Great War, offer readers a chance to revisit a pivotal event of the Twentieth Century. Sometimes it is fiction that makes a period more accessible to the casual reader and yet offers a student of the era a new perspective. The New York Times Book Review wrote, “the tragic sweep of Charles Todd’s historical mysteries grows more expansive with each successive novel in his stunning series.” Through complex characterization and writing that is “…graceful and evocative of bygone times and places,” (Miami Herald) Todd skillfully examines the human psyche and “raises disturbing issues of war and peace that still confront us today” (Orlando Sentinel). Reviews for their most recent novel, A BITTER TRUTH, are just as stellar: ASSOCIATED PRESS: “A Bitter…