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I have always been enamored of all things Scottish. I’m not sure what it is. The intriguing history and inherent romance of wild heather and windswept moors, perhaps? The castles and incredible scenery, certainly. And the Scottish men in kilts don’t hurt, either 😉 When I first started writing highlander novels, I did a great deal of research on kilts. I didn’t know much to begin with (except how good they looked on the handsome Hollywood...

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We all have a tendency to read books that are safe and similar to things we’ve enjoyed before. Going outside our comfort zone can be surprisingly exciting. And a good shake-up of our usual reading habits helps keep us from getting into a dreaded apathetic slump. A truly bonkers sci-fi romance is healthy for every insatiable reader. Extraterrestrials, spaceships, and alien planets here we come! Here are some of the signs that you’re ready for ...

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Continuing with WWII fiction in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we’ll focus on stories that illumine some fascinating but lesser-known people and events in the war, most based in historical fact. We begin with THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict.  In pre-WWII Austria, beautiful—Jewish–actress Hedwig Keistler catches the eye of the wealthiest man in Austria, arms dealer Fritz Mandl.  Knowing that marriage to the powerf...

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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 JENNIFER KINCHELOE! About: Adventurous historical mystery author seeks readers for a humorous, romantic romp through 1900s Los Angeles. The series features a brilliant, naïve, disowned heiress who gets a job as a police matro...

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I’ve been published for fourteen years and put out a lot of books – over 70 at last count. Across those 70 books I’ve written the odd pet or two but it seems, in the last few years in particular, I’ve written a lot of pets that have tended to take over the story. In No More Mr. Nice Guy there’s a cockatoo called Shakespeare with a very loud mouth and very poor timing. In Playing With Forever, a tear away Great Dane called Tiny takes cen...

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We’re joined today by Fresh Fiction reviewer Helen Williams, with a wonderful author recommendation!  The first time I read a book by Susan Stoker was two years ago.  I have been hooked from that moment on. The thing that made me continue reading her novels is her style of writing for her female characters. I like the fact that they find themselves in hopeless circumstances but they continue to fight and not give up. These women go throug...

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While I was writing my first book, I started running around the lake five minutes away from my home to expel energy. The lake is my ‘happy place’—the place I go to unwind and relax, to rejuvenate and to generate ideas. Sometimes, when I wasn’t running, I would sit and watch the hub of activity occurring around me. Birds swept the sky and huddled together on the water. People drifted idly in canoes and kayaks, families picnicked on the law...

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Every reader has favorite authors, even writing teams. Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke are a personal favorite of mine because, with each new release, their writing style evolves. Case in point … their latest book, The Two Lila Bennetts. The storyline is told in alternating viewpoints. The protagonist, Lila Bennett, is a multilayered character with a complicated life. Everyone makes mistakes, right? Well, so does Lila and the choices she makes ul...

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Welcome to Fresh Fiction! We’ve been featuring the books you’ve worked on for so long, and we are so excited to learn more about the editors behind the books, as well as How to Write a Romance! Can you introduce yourselves, tell us how long you’ve worked at Avon, and your all-time favorite romance novel? Erika Tsang (ET): I’m Erika Tsang, editorial director of Avon Books. I just celebrated my 17th year here. My all-time fa...

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Thanks for stopping by Fresh Fiction! Can you tell us a bit about The Bookish Life of Nina Hill? TBLONH is about a millennial girl who works in a bookstore, loves her cat, her planner and her trivia team, and whose life is ticking along nicely until suddenly it all gets complicated. Nina Hill is wonderfully nerdy, and as the title suggests, bookish! We’re big fans of bookish people – real and fictional. What made you decide to make Nina s...

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Dorothea Benton Frank at Gwinnett County Public Library.
Guests / September 5, 2006

Dorothea and Faye Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Along with our own Faye during an author visit at Gwinnett County Public Library near Atlanta. Joining the Tuesday night Book Club, Faye has a copy of the latest Low Country novel, FULL OF GRACE. Good reading! Ah, you look lovely as usual, Faye! The rich atmosphere of South Carolina, Hilton Head and Charleston, is brought vividly to life by Dorothea Benton Frank, a South Carolina na...

Harry Hunsicker
Guests / August 13, 2006

Harry Hunsicker Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Plano Mystery Book Club meets on the second Monday of each month at the Preston Park Barnes and Noble. The guest for August was Harry Hunsicker, famed Dallas author of the Lee Henry Oswald thrillers set in the steamy underbelly of Dallas. Uh, that would be near the Trinity, right? Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

Even some of Daniel Silva’s friends are in the FBI, CIA and…
Guests / August 5, 2006

Even some of his friends are in the FBI, CIA and… Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Dressed in a dark navy suit with starched blue shirt, Daniel Silva is admittedly a “formal” kind of guy. Standing before a crowd of nearly sixty (yes, I counted them, or estimated by rows plus the standees) avid readers, he took questions about his choice of villain, his childhood and life in Washington, D.C. A former journalist Silv...

Faye, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mindy
Guests / August 2, 2006

Faye, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mindy Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Gwen took this picture outside of the Berkley Party on Friday, 7/28. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

Penguin Publishing Party
Guests / July 30, 2006

IMG_0630 Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Check out the spread at the Penguin party! Not bad. Hobnobbing with authors, editoral staff, publicists, agents, booksellers and more. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

Bettina Krahn and Faye
Guests / July 30, 2006

Bettina Krahn and Faye Originally uploaded by freshfiction. Friday night was filled with the publishers’ parties. We hit a couple of them before we crashed for the night and the long drive home. Bettina Krahn is one of Faye’s favorite authors attending the Penguin Books party in Atlanta. Here you can see Faye and Bettina enjoying a moment! Don’t miss other pictures from the parties and panels on Friday, July 28th on Fl...

Meg Cabot
Guests / July 28, 2006

IMG_0539 Originally uploaded by freshfiction. The Thursday Luncheon speaker was Meg Cabot. A bit fuzzy — our photographer was WAY BACK — but as usual entertaining and educational. Check out the rest of the photos, we’ll be adding text as we get a chance. Another big day ahead. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

Marriott Marquis Lobby
Guests / July 27, 2006

IMG_0380 Originally uploaded by freshfiction. For the RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference, we traveled 14 hours to Atlanta Georgia for the fun and adventure of meeting over a thousand romance writers. We’ve entered a “few” of the photos from the first day. Check it out! Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

Let’s mix it up! Romance Writers in Atlanta!
Guests / July 27, 2006

Check our our raw footage of the yearly Romance Writers of America conference at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. The Fresh Fiction crew will let you know about some of the happenings. You can see our photos at Flickr — just click on the badge at right or visit our RWA Atlanta photo album. Details to follow!!! Our Photos Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors....

July is a month of Book Signings in Dallas — WILL CLARKE
Guests / July 21, 2006

I’m so late, but hey, it’s still the same month! Got a chance to go with the DFW Tea group to the the Will Clarke launch of his latest — THE WORTHY, A GHOST’S STORY — at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble in Dallas. A very healthy crowd of people were there to greet Will and get their mitts on the latest. Although, this book was actually written ten years ago it is very in the vogue. THE WORTHY is the story ...