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Jen: What inspired you to write Meg & Jo, a contemporary retelling of Little Women? Virginia: I think we need stories about strong women and families pulling together in tough times. There’s so much warmth and joy in Little Women! When I first read the book—my grandmother gave a copy to my sister and me when I was about ten—I wanted to go live with the March family and act in plays and write a newspaper and all the rest of it. But as I ...

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My new release is HIS REASON TO STAY, the first book in my Ellis Family Saga series. Award-winning wildlife photographer, Elijah Ellis, has come back home due to the tragic accident that killed members of both his and his best friend Tabitha Brodie’s family. Despite their grief, Eli hopes that he and Tabby can pick up their familiar friendship. He’s never forgotten the way Tabby makes him feel—full of hope and a sense of home—but she seem...

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“Don’t look right now, but Miller just pulled up next to your car.” My eyes widen. “He did?” “Yes. And I need you to take me home, but I don’t want to make it awkward if he’s wanting to talk to you, so I’m going back inside the school. Text me when it’s safe to come out.” “Okay.” I’m nodding, my stomach full of nerves. “Also, you’re full of it. You are so into him. If you use the word inconsequential one more time ...

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Now through the end of the year, some of our reviewers will be sharing their top reads of 2019! First up, Debbie Wiley…  2019 is winding down and it’s time to reflect back on the year’s reading. I read a wide range of genres, to include a mixture of cozy mysteries, urban fantasies, children’s books, nonfiction, historical fiction, comics/humor, and graphic novels. 2019 included releases from a lot of my favorite authors, like J.D. Ro...

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Drake and Cami have met before as an Enforcer for dragon shifters, it’s his job to put out and hide evidence of fires caused by dragons. In this role, he saved her life but had to wipe her memory of it. What brings them back together is the very thing that will keep them apart. Drake is dying. . . *** “How are you feeling?” she asked. That sultry voice, no longer scratchy with smoke, filled the room, caressing his skin. Drake battled with h...

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1–What’s the name of your latest release?  The Viking’s Captive 2–What is it about?  A hot hunk-o-Viking gorgeousness steals a foreign princess for his jarl…only to fall in love with her himself. And when he finds out she betrayed him by failing to tell him that she’s not actually the princess. . . 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Brave 4–What makes your hero irresistible?  He’s a Viking, but a stron...

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Never Enough is book one in the Meet Me in Montana series. I have had the idea for this book floating in my head for a few years. I went up to a PBR event in Tacoma, Washington and was able to get a behind the scenes tour of what happens during an event. I was so inspired I went back to my hotel and wrote for two days straight. When I got home the words kept flowing and two weeks later Never Enough was written.  What are my favorite traits for ...

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Welcome to Fresh Fiction, JN! Please tell us about yourself and your latest novel, IN RHYTHM. Hi! Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here! I’m a native New Yorker raised in the Bronx. I’m a wine and music lover, wanderlust-er like my characters, and when I’m not dancing (many times rocking out in my bedroom solo), you can find me spending time with friends and family or cheering for my favorite baseball team. I’m also a wellnes...

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1–What’s the name of your latest release?  My latest release is Seconds to Live. This is book one in my new Homeland Heroes series. 2–What is it about?  When cybercriminals hack into the US Marshals’ Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses’ personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started,...

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Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-ReaderMatch” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Cookie O’Gorman! Writes:  ADORKABLE is a YA contemporary romance filled with laughs, swoon and tons of heart!  17-year-old Sally asks her best friend Becks to be her fake boyfriend for a month.  The problem: She&#...

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Ever wonder what it takes to make your author looks so glamorous on the cover?
Guests / June 27, 2005

I stumbled across Sigrid Estrada Photography when I should have been working this weekend and was reminded of all the great back cover photos I’ve seen in past years with the copyright of Sigrid Estrada. And check out the great travel photos! Wow, I wouldn’t mind the ones with flowers on my walls. I’ve got to find out if she sells her prints. Ah, well. Also follow the link to the Salon article — the fact she iron...

Naughty Girls in town…
Guests / June 23, 2005

Sorry about the delay, but I wanted to get the books finished before I posted and I’ve had a hellacious (good ole southern term I’ve picked up) week. So without further ado — our pictures from last week’s Naughty Girl tour… Back row (from left): Kelley, Sandi and Jackie Charnier (manager of Vista Ridge Waldenbooks, Front row (from left): Julie Leto, Julie Kenner, Shari Shattuck, Gena Showalter. The “N...

Finally an Answer to my copyright page question
Guests / June 22, 2005

This may be of no interest to anyone but myself, but I’m going to share it anyway. We’ve talked many times as a group about ISBN numbers, Wal-Mart’s involvement of the evolution of UPCs and copyright pages and what info you can glean from the bits listed there. While researching an unrelated matter on the web (isn’t that always how the most interesting things are discovered) I found the following: Q. I would like...

Do you need a Brawny Man?
Guests / June 20, 2005

I really think I’m insulted by this — or at least it has definitely put me off buying Brawny towels. Have you SEEN the “innocent escapes” from Brawynman.com? Good grief, it’s enough to make you barf. The shirt has to go and his sensitivity? And they spent TWO years researching what women really want? I’d just take a man using a brawny towel to do the cleanup!! Okay, enough with the ranting….enjo...

What I’m Reading
Guests / June 20, 2005

Let’s see, what have I read this past week? I had a really busy week so didn’t get as much reading in as I usually do. In audio, I’m still working on Left Behind book 3: Nicolae in the car. I’m about halfway through it so far. At work, I’m listening to lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati. I had been listening to LitC in the car and N at work but I had to swap them out. There’s something wrong with the t...

Bookaholics habits
Guests / June 18, 2005

Today I’m sorta babysitting my husband, the pain shot/ mini surgery didn’t go so well yesterday so we’re taking turns watching for any loss of movement, etc. Or, in other words, I really can’t concentrate on anything other than doing my hourly checkups on him. Plus being a good wife, I keep him company watching old movies. But I digress… I was musing on my bookaholic habits; I have a book or two for the odd...

Thank you Sara and Family
Guests / June 16, 2005

Had a great time at the cookout Wednesday evening. As always the food was plentiful and delicious, and the discussion lively. Thank you for always being willing to open your home to us. I came home and decided to stay awake a little bit longer and finished First Date by Karen Kendall. It was a light hearted read, without a lot of different characters and settings. It would make a great read for a harried person who didn’t have a l...

What are you reading?
Guests / June 14, 2005

Time for that wonderful weekly update! LOL In paper, I finished Vickie Taylor‘s Carved in Stone this weekend and it was quite good. I like that hers is a very different premise for a paranormal romance. Never before reading this would I have thought of a gargoyle as a sexy hero. LOL I’m looking forward to Book 2 in the series. Also in paper, I started Madeline Hunter‘s Lord of Sin this weekend. So far so good. She alwa...

Literary Book Club reading — COURTESAN
Guests / June 14, 2005

You know when you read a book and it doesn’t make you feel good, it just feels like a chore? Or you’re educating yourself or something “worthy” like that? Well, trust me, COURTESAN is such a book. I can see it being read by the women’s book club where everyone pretends literary ambitions. So an exotic locale — Paris at the turn of the 20th century (I’d do it the French way but I haven’t fi...

Reading Update
Guests / June 12, 2005

Being on summer break from school has helped my reading a lot! During the school year the house suffers because of the hectic schedule, and now it’s suffering because I can’t tear myself away from my reading pile. Since last I updated I finished Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe. I’m told that this author had veered into stories that were very focused on conservation issues. Sweetgrass was not that type of book. It was a...