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Yaffa S. Santos | Exclusive Interview: A TASTED OF SAGE
Author Guest / May 19, 2020

Welcome to Fresh Fiction, Yaffa and congrats on your debut novel hitting stores! Please tell us more about yourself and your book, A TASTE OF SAGE. Thank you! A TASTE OF SAGE came to be as I combined my interests in the romance genre and cooking. It was also important to me that there be some aspect that extends beyond the five senses. I started with Lumi, my main character, and an idea of the journey I wanted for her, but not as much of a clear idea of how she would get there. Little by little, I added the other characters and conflicts. That was the fun part. Will you talk a little bit about your journey into publishing? What has been the most surprising thing about becoming a published author so far? I queried for about two years on and off before I connected with my agent. What surprises me the most is how much there is to learn about how publishing works, though I’m making progress every day. In addition to being a contemporary romance, A TASTE OF SAGE is also a love letter to FOOD! I was obsessed with the descriptions of food throughout this novel…

Beth K. Vogt | 4 Reasons Why Sister Relationships are So Complicated
Author Guest / May 15, 2020

“Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it’s your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.” Lisa See, author When I was younger, I was all about trying to fix what was wrong in my life. Smoothing out the rough edges. If I couldn’t fix my flaws, I’d figure out a way to hide ’em. As I’ve aged, I’ve accepted the messiness of life. Sometimes we fall, Humpty-Dumpty-style, and break, and the pieces don’t fit back together again. As an author, I love to delve into complicated relationships. Family relationships. Friendships. Does he-doesn’t she romantic entanglements. You want to try to unravel some problematic relationships? Try to understand the bonds between sisters. Some sisters are each other’s designated best friends, with their phone numbers on speed dial so they chat with each other multiple times a day. Some sisters are so hostile toward one another that they haven’t seen or spoken to one another in years. And some sisters are an oil and water mix of the…

Sarah Ballance | Author-Reader Match: FINDING MR. RIGHT NEXT DOOR
Author Guest / May 12, 2020

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 Sarah Ballance! Writes: Finding Mr. Right Next Door, a smoldering friends-to-lovers firefighter romance filled with banter, swoon-worthy moments, kitchen fails, dating disasters, and hilariously inappropriate comments from a grandma who tells it like it is. About: Sarah Ballance is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children. . . and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled Publishing and enjoys long quarantine-inspired walks from one end of the house to the other, dodging the dog’s overzealous morning zoomies, and removing the used coffee pods her husband leaves in the machine. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Must be able to laugh at yourself, even (okay, especially) in the bedroom Must tolerate relentless banter from adoring friends Must love takeout (real food stands no chance in…

Janine Rosche | Title Challenge: THIS WANDERING HEART
Author Guest / May 12, 2020

Who wouldn’t love to read a nice contemporary on-the-road romance right now? Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and set your eyes on the horizon with my debut novel, This Wandering Heart. The first book in the Madison River Romance is a second chance love story with what may come across as a too-good-to-be-true hero (I make no apologies) and a relatable heroine with conflicting desires and a haunting history. Take a trip with Robbie and Keira as they revisit their past and hope for a future filled with wonder, wilderness, and a whole lot of wandering. Teacher of geography, Keira Knudsen, has never seen a road she didn’t want to drive or a land she didn’t want to visit. With a History of childhood abuse, she finds safety in Isolation and solo travel where no one can control or harm her anymore. But none of her high school students would ever guess she is the popular, yet anonymous, Social Media influencer Kat * Wanderfull. Guided by her decade-old road Atlas that doubles as her journal, she visits rustic locations, old cities, and National Parks. Unfortunately, to make her Dream come true, and finally Escape her past once…

Kwana Jackson | Exclusive Excerpt: REAL MEN KNIT
Author Guest / May 12, 2020

It was then that Kerry walked by the back kitchen opening, and she paused at the doorway. “Errol! What are you doing here?” she said, stepping into the main lounge. The boy brightened at the sight of Kerry, his entire face opening up and his demeanor changing as he smiled at her. But then, as if remembering his mission, he quickly sobered. “Hi, Miss Kerry. I just wanted to come by to say how sorry I am about Ms. Joy.” Kerry stepped forward and took the boy into her arms in a hug. “Oh, Errol. Thank you so much. That is so kind of you.” Errol pulled back and unclenched his fists from the bag he was holding. He looked up at Kerry with a sad longing in his eyes and Jesse could see he was debating a question. “Will the shop be open again for us kids to come in for a lesson?” Kerry looked around at Jesse and his brothers, then back at Errol. “Errol, I’m not sure. The family has to do some figuring out about that.” Errol let out a breath and looked at Jesse. The boy nodded soberly as if he fully understood, despite his…

Naima Simone | 20 Questions: RUTHLESS PRIDE
Author Guest / May 8, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Ruthless Pride 2–What is it about?  Ooh, it’s like Dynasty meets. . . well, what’s the hottest show you can think of? That. It’s Dynasty meets that. 🙂 Fifteen years ago, hedge fund owner Vernon Lowell disappeared with millions of his clients’ money, leaving his son, Joshua Lowell, to clean up the pieces of their family and the financially devastated clients. Joshua has done it, but now determined reporter Sophie Armstrong intends to dredge up his dark past with an article, along with rumors of a secret child. He will do anything to protect his family from pain and the possible ruin of the company he’s worked so hard to save. But he didn’t count on battling his fierce desire for her as well. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Determined and independent.  4–What makes your hero irresistible?  He’s incredibly loyal and self-sacrificing. And an artist. A repressed one, but still. Oh, and did I mention he’s hot? A friend of mine calls him Stern Daddy Blake Carrington. LOL! 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  Joshua is the person his family and employees look to for…

Yahrah St. John | 20 Questions: SECRETS OF A FAKE FIANCEE
Author Guest / May 5, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Secrets of a Fake Fiancee 2–What is it about?  Spunky personal assistant Morgan Stewart is eager to claim the family denied to her. She’s been living incognito as her brother Dane Stewart’s assistant while learning all she could about the Stewarts. Morgan reveals her true identity as Henry Stewart’s illegitimate daughter at Dane’s wedding reception and is rejected. Sexy playboy Jared Robinson witnesses the interaction and although he has his own family drama with his MIA brother, he’s intrigued by the fiery Morgan and offers her a deal she can’t refuse: pretend to be his fiancée to help him gain the respect of the board of Robinson Investments. Instead, the couple fall head over heels in love. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Spunky 4–What makes your hero irresistible?  She is irresistible because she’s just wants to be loved and I think readers can relate to that. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  At first, Morgan is fiercely independent, but when she needs advice, she turns to her half-sister Fallon, a character you’ll find in book #2 of The Stewart Heirs series, His Marriage Demand. 6–What…

Sarah Morgenthaler | Author-Reader Match: THE TOURIST ATTRACTION
Author Guest / May 5, 2020

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 Sarah Morgenthaler! Writes: My debut is THE TOURIST ATTRACTION, the first in a series of sweet romantic comedies set in the small, quirky Alaskan town of Moose Springs. Where the moose run amuck and the locals are just trying to survive the tourist season. About: I’m a cheerful geologist turned romcom author seeking enthusiastic readers for an armchair vacation to the beautiful Alaskan mountains. Outdoor lovers a bonus! If you enjoy too many Instagram pics of my dog Sam and a Twitter-obsessed author who always forgets to post on Facebook, you’re the reader for me! I’ll provide the book, you provide the hot cocoa. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Must love adorkable heroines on the vacation of a lifetime Must love perpetually grumpy diner owners with cute dogs Must love blind border collies wearing pajamas Must love small-town characters with big personalities Must love sweet romances with lots of laughs Most of all, must love moose! What to expect if we’re compatible: Fun flirty dialogue…

Brenda Jackson | Exclusive Excerpt: CLAIMED BY A STEELE
Author Guest / May 5, 2020

Dear Reader, It is with bittersweetness that I write Gannon Steele’s story because he is the last brother of those “Bad News Steeles.” He is the last and the youngest, so you wonder what about his older brothers impressed him the most. Was it their player ways or their ability to recognize when they’d found that special woman who was destined to share their lives forever? Gannon is in a quandary. Now that he is the last of the “Bad News Steeles,” he wants to take it to the limit and enjoy life with women to the fullest. But on the other hand, he doesn’t want to miss the opportunity of recognizing that woman who might be his soul mate. Has he met such a woman? Is Delphine Ryland the one? There must be a reason he feels emotions around her that he’s never felt for another woman. Or is it a fluke? From the very beginning, I knew Gannon’s story would be special because it would also be the ending of a family of men and women who thought they never wanted to find love but found it anyway. Join me in giving Gannon his chance to find love….

Cathryn Fox | Author-Reader Match: HOOKED ON YOU
Author Guest / May 1, 2020

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 Cathryn Fox! Writes: Hooked on You is a sexy romantic comedy set in the port town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where you can discover amazing restaurants, distilleries, artisan shops, and hot lobster fishermen! About: Introverted extrovert seeks a fun-loving reader who loves books, embellished stories, dining and dancing, and will bring me food when I’m on a deadline. Must have a sense of humor. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: -Loves small town. -Is open to trying new foods. -Loves cows. -Doesn’t mind living with a houseful of hot fisherman. -Can clean out a pumpkin and race it across the water. -Might not understand mathematical computations but listens intently, anyway. -Must love a hot hero who wants to do right by the town, and his girl. What to expect if we’re compatible: -sexy books that give you all the feels. -A fun newsletter with FOXY swag giveaways. -Heroes who have a sense of humor. -Heroines who will always challenge the heroes. -Fun readers group–FOXY FICTION. -A huge…