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Bitter Legacy by CB Clark @cbclarkauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome CB Clark, author of Bitter Legacy, a new Romantic Suspense.

Why did you write this book?

The plot of my recent release came from hearing of terrible tragedy. Fires in sawmills are a big concern. With clouds of highly combustible sawdust clogging the air and piles of kiln-dried lumber in the yards, explosions and fires are not uncommon.

These devastating disasters provided me with the idea behind my latest story. The hero and heroine are combative owners of a multi-million dollar lumber mill, the town’s main employer. What would happen if the sawmill was destroyed by a fire? What if someone deliberately set that fire? The owners must work together to find the arsonist and save the town by rebuilding the mill. Can they find love amidst this tragedy?

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read all genres of fiction, but my sweet spot is romantic suspense.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Eve Dallas, the heroine in J.D. Robb’s romantic suspense novels is a strong, independent woman with a surprising soft side.

What are you working on at the moment?

Bitter Legacy is my third romantic suspense novel. I’m working on a fourth book where the heroine escapes from an abusive husband whom the police suspect is responsible for the murder of a wealthy publisher. With the help of a ruggedly handsome homicide detective, the heroine tracks down the killer and finds love.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’ve submitted another romantic suspense to my publisher. If that manuscript is accepted, it could be published within the next year. I’d like to try and release two books a year, but my daughter just had identical twin boys, so that could be a challenge.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will she and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZVR5LJ/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-legacy-c-b-clark/1126254341?ean=2940157509132
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bitter-legacy-4
The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5061-bitter-legacy.html
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bitter-legacy/id1231855938?mt=11

CB Clark Social Media

CB Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia. ‘Bitter Legacy’ is her third romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. ‘My Brother’s Sins’ and ‘Cherished Secrets were both released in 2016.
Blog https://cbclarkauthor.wordpress.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/cbclarkauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cbclarkauthor/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15029617.C_B_Clark
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

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More Beginnings by Iris Blobel @_iris_ b #RLFblog #RomanceWelcome Iris Blobel author of More Beginnings, a new Contemporary Romance.

Why did you write this book?

More Beginnings is the second book in the Beginnings series. A few years ago, I travelled to Hobart in Tasmania and instantly fell in love with the city. Despite Hobart being a capital, it is small compared to other major cities in Australia, so I thought about characters moving from Sydney. It snow balled from there: the first book New Beginnings tells the story about Sophie and Mia Levesque’s move and their new start. I loved the characters, so Sophie’s neighbour, Zach, was given his own story as well.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like a good mystery or crime story. After all these years, I still love the Jack Reacher stories by Lee Child.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I’d say Jack Reacher. But there’s also Jax and Sawyer from Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. And I looooove Ivan from “If You Could See Me Now” by Cecelia Ahern

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently polishing the last Beginnings book “Fresh Beginnings” for re-release. At the same time I’m adding the final touch of a book which is mainly set in New Zealand – something different for me, and I cannot wait for it to be released.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I have to be really patient and take it one step after the other. As mentioned before, I’m hoping to re-release “Fresh Beginnings”, release my NZ story, and finish my “Fermosa Bay” trilogy. Exciting times ahead!

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?

Publisher Iris Blobel
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071F7FPQ9/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071F7FPQ9/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071F7FPQ9/

Iris Blobel Social Media

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

Website https://www.irisblobel.com
Blog https://www.irisblobel.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/_iris_b
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IrisBlobel
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067254.Iris_Blobel
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Iris-Blobel/e/B00FNFP3LI/
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/bQ68rL

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Drakon's Prey by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRWelcome NJ Walters author of Drakon’s Prey, a new Paranormal Romance.

Why did you write this book?

Drakon’s Prey is the second book in the new Blood of the Drakon series. A drakon is the son of a dragon and a human woman. I started this series with the premise of four drakons, all half brothers (same drakon sire, different mothers). They are 4000 years old and they have an enemy who will stop at nothing to capture and control them. Not only do drakons have great wealth, but their blood will cure all disease and prolong the life of the human drinking it. This is Tarrant’s story.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance. No surprise there. I love all kinds of romance—paranormal, historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. I also like nonfiction and tend to read a lot of self help/spiritual books as well.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

That’s a tough one. There are so many. Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series is right up there. She’s tough and smart, but has a tender side, which she shows very reluctantly. I’ve read the entire series and am always waiting for the next book.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on another drakon book for the series.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Lots happening in the coming months. My new publisher, Entangled, will be rereleasing my entire Samhain Publishing backlist (over 30 books), which was taken down with Samhain Publishing closed. I also have a new drakon book—Drakon’s Plunder—on July 3rd.

I’m thrilled to be part of an incredible anthology—Blue Collar: A Boys Behaving Badly anthology. My story is “Roadside Assistance.” It is available on June 13th, and can be pre-ordered for only 99-cents on Amazon.

The remaining three books in my Dalakis Passion vampire series will be rereleased between now and the end of the year. And there will probably be more.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.

When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.

He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-prey.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Drakons-Prey-Blood-Drakon-Walters-ebook/dp/B06Y13T99M
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-prey-nj-walters/1126093512;jsessionid=D585F1F184B630316A6D61EF1964024D.prodny_store02-atgap09?ean=9781633759336

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-prey

NJ Walters Social Media

NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

Website http://www.njwalters.com
Blog http://njwalters.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/NJWalters
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters
Newsletter https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/awakeningdesires/info

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Amorous Redemption by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceWelcome Faye Hall author of Amorous Redemption, a new Historical Romance.

Why did you write this book?

Amorous Redemption came about because of the stories I was told of my great grandmother’s family and the station, Inkerman Downs Station, they took ownership of upon migrating to Australia. There was some real controversy about her marriage and this was my take on that.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Historical Romance

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

My all-time favorite fictional is Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just been contracted for my eighth book, Heart of Stone, so am waiting for edits to start. In the meantime I’m writing my seven book series about the sins of humanity.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Heart of Stone should hopefully be out later this year with Beachwalk Press. It is an intriguing tale of an Australian slave trader who falls in love with an Irish slave.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Historical romantic western

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

In Faye Hall’s Amorous Redemption, Phoebe Porter’s family needed her dead if they were to gain control of her substantial cattle station and vast fortune. She ran away from her home desperate to save her life, but she ran straight into the arms of the bounty hunter that had been sent after her. She fought against him the whole journey from Ravenswood back to her home but eventually all she could do was surrender her heart and body to him.

Publisher Red Sage Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/

Faye Hall Social Media

Faye’s passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800’s. Each of her novels brings something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of her books tells of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder. These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland. Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their nine children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

Website http://www.faye-hall.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/FayeHall79
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fayehallromanceauthor/
Pinterest https://au.pinterest.com/fayehall79/pins/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6882637.Faye_Hall
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/

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Raving Beauty: Just You and Me boxed set by @VickiBatman #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Vicki Batman, author of “Raving Beauty”, a romantic comedy short story in the Just You and Me boxed set. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?

It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Genre: romantic comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. I’ve had 35 shorts and essays and 2 books pubbed.
this book is part of a series?
no
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. lol. I lost sleep when I was the beauty pageant contestant.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I asked a friend about her ankle surgery. I asked myself about being a former beauty pageant contestant.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No pets or supernatural people. However, the hero is mega annoying according to the heroine.
this book has more than one genre?
No. Mine is romantic comedy, but others in the boxed set are of other genres.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. Does shorthand count?
you grew up where you live now?
Yes.
you love to read?
Yes!!! OMG, reading is my bestest friend.
you are never late?
No. I am hardly ever late.
you love pizza?
Yes. Unfortunately, my fav Italian restaurant closed and no more fav pizza. Sigh. Have to look elsewhere.
you love sushi?
No. I want my fish cooked.
you have a pet?
Yes. Two adora-poos, Champ and Jones.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

Vicki Batman Social Media

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if?”

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html
Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Newsletter: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

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Gallowglass by Jennifer Allis Provost @parthalan #RLFblog #urbanfantasyWelcome Jennifer Allis Provost author of Gallowglass, a new urban fantasy.

Why did you write this book?

I originally set out to write this book almost ten years ago. I was researching Celtic myths when I came across a book written in the seventeenth century called The Secret commonwealth of elves, Fauns, and Fairies, which was notorious because the author—one Robert Kirk–had supposedly angered the fairies by revealing their secrets, so they captured him and imprisoned him in a tree. (For real. Go ahead, Google it. I’ll wait.)

Anyway, I couldn’t stop thinking about Robert, wondering if he was really stuck in the tree or if he got to wander around Fairyland, and eventually I decided that he’d become the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin, her gallowglass. And here we are today.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Does R2D2 count?

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m finishing up the sequel to Gallowglass, Walker, and working on the fourth installment of my epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan. I’ve also got a Secret Project brewing, which has supernatural elements I’ve never worked with before. Exciting times!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Walker (Gallowglass #2), Golem (Parthalan #4) and the aforementioned Secret Project.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.

After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancée sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.

In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.

As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.

Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?

Publisher Bellatrix Press
Amazon http://amzn.to/2qaTKuM
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gallowglass-jennifer-allis-provost/1126185405?ean=2940154110164

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gallowglass-4

Jennifer Allis Provost Social Media

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Web and blog https://authorjenniferallisprovost.com//
Twitter https://twitter.com/parthalan
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/copperraven
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/jennallis/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2975887.Jennifer_Allis_Provost
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Allis-Provost/e/B003LXSUFU/

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Fate's Mission by Laurel Richards @Laurel_R_books #RLFblog #SFR #scifiToday’s featured book is Fate’s Mission, a sci-fi romance by Laurel Richards.

A love that was fated. A truth that can destroy a man’s faith. And a conflict generations in the making.

When a historical discovery threatens his religious Order, Brother Reinn jin Domarr is sent to investigate. What he finds is a hotbed of political intrigue, assassination attempts, and religious warfare. Someone doesn’t want him to uncover the truth, and he or she is willing to kill to protect a terrible secret. In the midst of danger, he finds his soul mate. Isibel is a woman on a mission to save her people from enslavement, and she has her own enemies. Soon their fates collide, and they face a battle that has been brewing for centuries. Will love and faith be enough to save them?

Fate’s Mission’s Genre Sci-Fi Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Indie http://www.author-laurelrichards.com/p/fates-mission.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071P22TR2/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fates-mission-laurel-richards/1126407500
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/fate-s-mission
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1237300194
CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/6887697

Laurel Richards Social Media

Laurel Richards is a fiction author with a passion for shifters, space travelers, and other memorable characters. She has gathered inspiration lots of different sources throughout her life and is here to share her imagination through storytelling. Laurel writes sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and funny mysteries, with various degrees of romance mixed in.

Website http://www.author-laurelrichards.com/
Blog http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6035139.Laurel_Richards/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/Laurel_R_books
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/LaurelRichards
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/laurelrichards
Google+ https://plus.google.com/118269442385691046045/posts

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Is It True: Unexpected by Valerie Ullmer @valerieullmer #RLFblog #GayRomance #ContemporaryPlay Is It True with today’s guest, author of Unexpected (A Unexpected Novel Book One), an MM Contemporary Erotic Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

A chance meeting will change their lives forever…

From the moment he entered the dark taproom, Caleb Hunt found himself drawn to the handsome man who sat alone at the end of the bar, away from the crowd. His interest in the dark-haired, muscled adonis took him by surprise, not remembering when he’d felt such hunger from a simple glimpse. Unable to stay away, he quickly found an open seat next to him and slid into it. When Ronan turned his ice-blue eyes to Caleb and introduced himself, his warm hand sent shivers of desire through his body and he was enthralled.

Ronan Scott’s boring Friday night had taken a turn for the better when Caleb took the seat next to him. Over the next few hours, he found Caleb easy to talk to and at the same time, he found that he couldn’t tear his gaze away from the beautiful man. Caleb captured his attention in a way that no other had for as long as he could remember. Taking a chance, he leaned forward and captured Caleb’s lips with his. And with the simple kiss, Ronan understood that Caleb would become an essential part of his life.

As Ronan and Caleb explore their new relationship and integrate their lives together, they realize that not everything will be so seamless…

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, this is my 6th
this book is part of a series?
Yes, the first in a trilogy
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes, during the revisions
you did research for this book?
Yes
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No
this book has more than one genre?
Yes, Gay Contemporary Erotic Romance
you speak more than one language?
No, I don’t
you grew up where you live now?
No, I grew up in a small town, now I live in Denver, CO
you love to read?
Yes!
you are never late?
Yes, I don’t like to be late if I can help it
you love pizza?
Yes
you love sushi?
Yes
you have a pet?
Yes, a Black Lab/Rottweiler mix named Maddie.
Where can we find your book online?
Publisher Valerie Ullmer
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Novel-Book-One-ebook/dp/B072HNSD72/
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Valerie Ullmer Social Media

Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary romances with strong alpha males and brilliant, beautiful heroines. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She’s addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character driven romances.

Website http://www.valerieullmer.com/
Blog http://www.valerieullmer.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/valerieullmer
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/valerieullmer.author
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/valerieullmer/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15293708.Valerie_Ullmer
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-Ullmer/e/B01FSWMI9A/
Newsletter http://www.valerieullmer.com/newsletter/

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Is It True: The Wedding Date by ZrinkaJelic @Firetulip #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Zrinka Jelic, author of The Wedding Date, a Romantic Comedy. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Nerissa (Neri) Runic, in her late thirties, single and overweight is deemed unmarriageable by her family. So she fabricated a story about dating Mark Warren, a sexy doctor and the gym owner she’s been ogling for months. She thinks none of her lies will come back to haunt her. When her mother RSVP s to the cousin’s wedding invitation on her behalf including a Plus One, Neri has no choice but to attend…or come clean and face her family’s scrutiny.

Frustrated with everyone trying to fix him up on a blind date, Mark Warren lied about dating an elusive redheaded member of his gym who caught his eye months ago. Only, he fully intends to turn this lie into truth. Once he musters enough courage to approach her, that is.

With hardly a month before his cousin’s wedding, he hopes his mother would reply to the invitation, declining his attendance. But getting out of this obligation is out of question. She expects him to reply with ‘happy to attend with a guest’.

When they find out they are forced to attend the same wedding, Mark and Neri must practice their ‘relationship’ in an effort to fool their families into thinking they are a real couple.

But the thin line between pretending and the real deal is easily crossed.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, I have five full length novels one novella and couple of short stories and a poem published prior to releasing this book.
this book is part of a series?
No, this is a stand-alone title.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
On occasion
you did research for this book?
True. As with every book I’ve written.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
True, there’s a dog named Tag in the book.
this book has more than one genre?
True, or could be true, it’s a romance and a comedy.
you speak more than one language?
True, my mother’s tongue is Croatian, but I’m from a costal part that has its own dialect which is very similar to Italian, but converted to our grammar. So I can converse in Italian, if you’re not in a hurry.
you grew up where you live now?
No, I grew up in the town of Zadar, in the province of Dalmatia, (yes, where the original Dalmatian dogs were bread, back then called Canis Dalmaticus and the early breeds looked different from what you see today).
you love to read?
Yes, of course. I only heard Danielle Steel say she doesn’t read when she’s working, which is always, for fear she writes something she read in another author’s book into her own.
you are never late?
Not true, or rather used to be true, before I had kids. They really have no concept of time.
you love pizza?
Yes and no, depends on the pizza.
you love sushi?
Vegetarian only, used to like fish, but not anymore.
you have a pet?
Unfortunately, no. Me and half of my and husband’s family are allergic to cats. Dogs are expensive to keep, and so are cats. I hear horror stories from my coworkers who are paying astronomical sums in veterinary bills. I don’t know how they can afford it.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Date-Zrinka-Jelic/dp/1545394024/

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Zrinka lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction–which leans toward the paranormal–and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic’s love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but that’s about the only break they get.

Website/Blog http://forromanceloversonly.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/Firetulip
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/zrinkajelicauthor
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Zrinka-Jelic/e/B007AIQCMU/

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Is It True: Day for Night by Stacey E Bryan @StaceyEBryan #RLFblog #Paranormal #ComedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Stacey E. Bryan, author of Day for Night, an urban paranormal comedy. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Day For Night is a Los Angeles-based urban paranormal comedy. Rife with pop references and scathing commentary on L.A., we follow main protagonist Rae Miller, a 38-40 something wannabe actress who has recently been voted off her reality TV show, as she languishes at a crossroads. She barely has time for self-pity, though, when the unthinkable happens: she witnesses an alien abduction in broad daylight!

Worse, Rae soon discovers that aliens aren’t the only otherworldly beings inhabiting the world, and after escaping a terrifying almost-abduction herself, she succumbs to a sexy Nosferatu’s silky assurances, becoming undead in order to up her alien Ultimate Fighting skills.

While not a strict romance, Day for Night does contain romantic elements. While Rae juggles constant male attention, only one person truly has her heart, although he refuses to have sex with her. I would say the heat level stabilizes at “smoldering” for most of the novel with one brief hot scene which, I although I used the rating PG13, the language that passes between them is definitely R.

Rae is not your usual protagonist since she’s somewhat older and also mixed race, two topics that are significant for anyone living in L.A. and/or trying to survive in The Biz. Some of her life is behind her, and she’s not quite sure how that happened. She’s also resentful that her love-life has stalled, and the dating scene is not only unfulfilling but, she discovers, downright dangerous!

The title Day for Night was taken from Truffaut’s movie title in order to reference the Hollywood environment, although “day for night” comes to mean something very different for Rae after her “Hail Mary” transformation into something…other.

After all, we all have a little bit of Rae inside us: when faced with the incomprehensible, in all likelihood, what would the average person do? Come on, be honest. They’d thank God for Jack Daniels and denial!

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Yes. My first published book. But then, who doesn’t have several other novels stuffed away into drawers and boxes? It’s probably best that those never see the light of day.
this book is part of a series?
Yes. It’s standalone, but I feel like I left enough elements hanging somewhat that a few folks might be thinking, “Lucy, you’ve got a lot of ‘splaining to do!”
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes, I lost some sleep and pulled my hair out and went crazy sometimes.
you did research for this book?
Yes. Small facts throughout like the names of the moons of Jupiter, what the chemical make-up of chlorophyll is, the definition of antimatter. Stuff that’s good for Jeopardy!
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes. Some characters are definitely not human, and some of them are even yearning to be human.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It’s an urban paranormal comedy peppered throughout with romantic, mystery, and action-adventure elements.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. I can speak passable Spanish, having studied it from age 9 throughout college. It’s a crime, though, that I’m so rusty at it.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. Born in San Francisco, grew up in the San Fernando Valley, lived in NYC for a while, then came back home. On a side note, scarily, I left NYC right before 9/11 happened.
you love to read?
Yes. Reading is almost like breathing oxygen. I need it in a way that makes me super-glad that I never started smoking or took up gambling.
you are never late?
No. I’m often late. It seems to happen when I say to myself, “Oh, I’m making good time with this,” and invariably jinx myself.
you love pizza?
Yes. I think pizza’s one of the best things ever invented in the history of Earth.
you love sushi?
No, I do not love sushi, and I never will.
you have a pet?
No. I only have the memory of my beloved black cat, Mr. Smith, who acted like a dog and followed me everywhere.
Where can we find your book online?
Publisher: Vagabondage Press
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Night-Stacey-Bryan/dp/069272611X
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/day-for-night-stacey-e-bryan/1123844322?ean=9780692726112
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/day-for-night-5
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/638135

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Stacey was a tomboy growing up, fond of gymnastics, climbing trees with Mr. Smith (her cat) and reading. While on vacation with her family when she was 13, a broken toe resulted in an inability to wear high heels when she got older (or at least not for very long), further alienating her from accepted feminine standards. After receiving her English degree at UCLA, she worked at a dude ranch, for a resume writer in Beverly Hills, in the classified ads department of The Reader, and eventually ended up captioning for the hearing impaired. She has written about tortured artists, suicide, and anorexia nervosa, but has found that light, humorous writing is a lot more fun, thus the foray into aliens and vampires in a Los Angeles setting. When she moved to New York, she found her husband in Brooklyn, and they eventually moved back to L.A. where they both write between bingeing episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and True Detective years after everyone else has already seen them.

Website/blog: https://staceyebryan.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StaceyEBryan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacey.writes.9999/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275816.Stacey_E_Bryan
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Stacey-E.-Bryan/e/B01G0SFL7M/

 

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