Fresh FIction Box Not To Miss
Elia Winters | Exclusive Interview: HAIRPIN CURVES
Author Guest / July 31, 2020

Hi, Elia! Welcome to Fresh Fiction! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your new book, HAIRPIN CURVES. Thanks for having me! HAIRPIN CURVES is a frenemies-to-lovers road trip romance. Megan and Scarlett used to be best friends, but a falling-out after high school has kept them apart for the last seven years, and now they’re headed to Quebec on a road trip for a mutual friend’s wedding. Along the way, they of course discover a lot about each other and themselves.  There’s something so fun about a road trip romance! Have you ever gone on an epic road trip like Megan and Scarlett? Definitely. I grew up doing road trips, because my family had moved to Florida and left most of our extended family in Massachusetts. My parents didn’t fly, so we drove. We did more than the FL-to-MA trip, too: Jonesborough, Tennessee for the National Storytelling Festival; Parris Island, South Carolina for my brother’s Marine Corps graduation; St. Louis, Missouri to visit my sister, etc. As an adult, I’ve continued the road trip tradition, although I don’t have any aversion to flying (when it’s not a pandemic). My husband and I have driven to Quebec a number of…

Annabeth Albert | Exclusive Excerpt: HIGH HEAT
Author Guest / July 27, 2020

Hi! I am so thrilled to be here on one of my favorite blogs with an exclusive excerpt of HIGH HEAT, my new release. This is book two in my Hotshots series about smoke jumper wildfire fighters in Central Oregon, but each book is designed to stand alone as well.  HIGH HEAT centers around an injured smoke jumper, Garrick, trying to recover from serious injuries and his sexy new neighbor, Rain who barrels his way into Garrick’s life, complete with a lost dog who needs them both.  In the exclusive scene that I’ve brought Fresh Fiction today, Garrick has agreed to help Rain get in shape to meet the wildfire fighter fitness standards. They’re out for exercise in the park and just starting to dance around a mutual attraction. . . Read on to see the sparks starting to fly! *** Needing to change the subject, Garrick pointed at the paved trail that wove through the park. “If we follow this, we’ll hit various obstacles, including pull-up bars. I plan to make you do most of them.” “At your command.” Rain’s dark eyes sparkled, almost like he knew precisely the effect his flirty tone would have on Garrick. “Sit-ups.” Stopping…

Jayce Ellis | 20 Questions: ANDRE
Author Guest / July 14, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release? High Rise: Andre 2–What is it about? One-night-stand turned employer-intern turned omg I think I’m in love. 3–What word best describes Andre? Confused. Poor baby is so confused. 4–What makes Marcus irresistible? He’s so focused, and he knows what he wants. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help? For Andre, his friend Fiona. For Marcus, his boy Jake. 6–What do you love about the setting of your book? Honestly, I love the familiarity of it. I can go out and scout the locations, and they’re places that are comfortable, welcoming, where you don’t have to feel on edge the entire time. It feels more like home. 7–Are you a plotter (follow an outline) or a pantster (write by the seat of your pants) Plotter all day long! I tried pantsing once, and after a tantrum to rival that of any two-year-old told “no,” realized the error of my ways. 8–What is an ideal writing day for you? On my balcony with either my papers or laptop, a cup of Earl Grey tea in hand, at 6:00 a.m., for two and a half hours of uninterrupted work. Summer…

Cole McCade | Exclusive Excerpt: JUST LIKE THAT
Author Guest / July 3, 2020

“You don’t want me, Summer,” he said firmly. “I’m quite old, used-up, and I don’t even know how to be with someone anymore.” “I don’t think that’s true,” Summer murmured. “Isn’t it?” Silence, before Summer said slowly, “Maybe I’m wrong. . .  I’m probably wrong. Or maybe you were a good enough teacher that I can figure some things out. But either way, I think you shut yourself away while you needed to…but your protective walls turned into a cage when you didn’t need them anymore, and now you can’t find your way out.” Shut yourself away while you needed to. The simple memory of just why he’d shut himself away cut deep, digging down to a tiny pain that lived at his heart. He’d made it tiny deliberately, so he could compact it down into a thing so small it could fit in the palm of his hand, all of that agony crushed down into nothing so that he could never touch too much of it at any one time, its surface area barely the size of a fingerprint. And then he’d tucked it away, burying it down where he couldn’t reach it. But those simple words threatened to…

Renee Dahlia | Author-Reader Match: HER LADY’S HONOR
Author Guest / June 24, 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 Renee Dahlia! Writes: Renee writes romances featuring women who seek personal success and stumble across love. Some of her books are historical, some are contemporary, and nearly all of them feature LGBTIQ+ characters. In Her Lady’s Honor, WWI veterinarian Nell agrees to deliver her boss’s horse to his home in Wales because she doesn’t know what else to do with her life now the war is over. When her boss’s wife dies in mysterious circumstances, she stays to help her boss’s daughter, Beatrice, figure out what happened. Beatrice has a big heart and reminds Nell about what is important. Love, family, and that money can’t solve all your problems, although it certainly helps. About: Book loving author, who is really just a reader who writes to satisfy her creativity, seeks other readers who want to squeal about their favourite authors, argue over why secret baby is the worst trope (or is it misunderstandings/miscommunication?), and who love a little mystery with their…

Annabeth Albert | 20 Questions: CONVENTIONALLY YOURS
Author Guest / June 2, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Conventionally Yours! 2–What is it about?  This is my gamer road trip rivals to lovers story about two tabletop gaming frenemies forced to take a cross-country road trip together to a huge convention. Along the way, they discover the true depth of their feelings for each other. Also, they confront everything from car trouble to hotel rooms with only one bed! 3–What word best describes Alden?  Perplexing.  He’s driven, determined, complicated, smart, stubborn, and also deeply loyal, moral, and good in a crisis. And he’s good at driving Conrad up a tree! 4–What makes Conrad irresistible?  He’s handsome in a boy-next-door way, but he’s also funny, helpful, kind, principled, spontaneous, and resourceful. And he’s everything Alden has never realized he needs. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  I love the secondary characters in this book. They have a pretty strong cast of characters, from friends like Jasper and Payton to the Professor whose car they are driving and who functions as sort of a surrogate grandpa for the group. Alden’s moms are also important to the story, as are people they meet along the journey. 6–What…

Philip William Stover | Strawberry Roses
Author Guest / May 29, 2020

Author Philip William Stover joins us today with this fun video blog! Check it out, and learn more about his book below.  THE HIDEAWAY INN by Philip William Stover Seasons of New Hope Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters. No one in the charming river town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, needs to know that Vince Amato plans on flipping The Hideaway Inn to the highest bidder and returning to his luxury lifestyle in New York City. He needs to make his last remaining investment turn a profit…even if that means temporarily relocating to the quirky small town where he endured growing up. He’s spent years reinventing himself and won’t let his past dictate his future. But on his way to New Hope, Vince gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and his past might be the only thing that can get him to his future. Specifically Tack O’Leary, the gorgeous, easygoing farm boy who broke his heart and who picks Vince up in his dilapidated truck. Tack comes to the rescue not only with a ride but also by signing on to be the chef at The Hideaway for the…

Chelsea M. Cameron | Title Challenge: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Author Guest / May 26, 2020

The Girl Next Door is a romance about coming home, even when that’s not in your plan. Iris Turner has to move back in with her parents after burning out in the big city, and she’s none too happy about being back in her small Maine town. That is, until she locks eyes with Jude Wicks, who just happens to live next door. Jude is a lobsterwoman, rides a motorcycle, and is full of all kinds of intrigue for Iris. Her plan is still to leave as soon as she can, but they say life happens when you’re busy making other plans. T is for trust your instincts. H is for hot sexytimes! E is for even more sexytimes! * G is for get the girl! I is for Iris! That one was easy. Too bad I didn’t have a J in the title. R is for remember your past, but don’t let it consume you. Jude learns this one for herself. L is for LOBSTER! Obviously. They play a huge role in this book.  * N is for not every failure is bad. Iris learns this one the hard way. E is for even strong people need support. X…

Kevin van Whye | Title Challenge: DATE ME, BRYSON KELLER
Author Guest / May 22, 2020

D is for Dare. Everything in this book starts because of the dare that Bryson Keller accepts. A is for Anticipation. Kai starts to anticipate the time he spends with his fake-boyfriend. T is for Truth. Kai desires to live his truth. E is for Empathy. Kai is surprised by how empathetic and understanding Bryson Keller is. * M is for Music. Both Kai and Bryson connect over their favorite band. E is for Embarrassed. Kai blushes a lot, a fact that Bryson finds cute. * B is for Bryson Keller. The swoon-worthy love interest. R is for Romance. This is a gay Rom-Com. Y is for Yearning. Being a closeted teen can be lonely. S is for Sexuality. This is a coming out story. O is for Open. Kai and Bryson slowly open their hearts, and themselves, to each another. N is for Now. Kai decides to live in the ‘now’ with Bryson. * K is for Kissing. ‘Nuff said. E is for Endure. Kai and Bryson endure trials & tribulations for their happy ending. L is for Life. Kai’s life is forever changed by the dare. L is for Love. This is the story of two boys falling…

Allie Therin | 20 Questions: STARCROSSED
Author Guest / May 21, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release? Starcrossed 2–What is it about? It’s the middle book in my Magic in Manhattan trilogy–not a standalone, but part of a 3-book romance series where two men from different classes fall for each other, fight to be together–and save 1920s New York from some very dangerous magic. 3–What word best describes Rory? Loyal. It’s hard for him to trust, but when he does, it’s for life. 4–What makes Arthur irresistible? He’s hiding a very soft heart under his playboy facade and always puts the safety of others above himself. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help? Arthur always turns to his best friend, Jade. Rory doesn’t ask for help, even when he needs it, because he’s had to rely on himself for a long time. But maybe with Arthur and the crew in his life, he’ll eventually learn how. 6–What do you love about the setting of your book? New York is a city I visit often and there’s so much to love–the diversity, the history, the food, the architecture. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 1920s, if I’m honest. I love the…