Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April 1 - Susan Mallery Launches Her Fools Gold Series and Chasing Perfect

Fools Gold Cast of characters

April 1st many things are happening on Susan Mallery's Facebook page. Her Fools of Love contest ends tomorrow and she's celebrating the launch of Chasing Perfect which takes place in Fools Gold, CA.

Heroes? The new men of modern romantic fiction are about as sexy as socks

Here's an interesting article on romance........

Something’s gone wrong with romance writing.

Where once manly Rhett Butler battled the flames of Atlanta to rescue
Scarlett O’Hara or a rugged Heathcliff tore the earth from Catherine Earnshaw’s
grave, readers now find New Men so wet you could wring them out and about as
heart-thumpingly sexy as socks.

As for the heroines, they are invariably so exhausted by disease,
divorce or family dysfunction that their hearts can’t skip a beat, let alone
thud with passion. Rare are sassy survivors such as Moll Flanders or vixens like
Vanity Fair’s Becky Sharpe.

With so much depressingly limp romantic fiction on offer, it’s no
surprise that a growing number of thirty-somethings have begun indulging a
secret passion for a genre we thought was dying: Mills & Boon, the longtime
home of stereotypically intense male leads and swooning females.

Rest of article here

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Romance Writers of America Announces New Education Initiative

Romance Writers of America Announces New Education Initiative

On April 1, RWA will be launching its new education program, RWA University – the culmination of months of work by members of the Board of Directors and the RWA office staff. The information that will go live that day and in the weeks and months ahead is just the beginning of what we plan to be a living, growing, robust education program. Be sure to check back often to see what new information we’ve added, and please share the word with your fellow RWA members. Also, we want to know what you think: what we haven’t covered, suggestions for other sources of information on the topics, etc.

This pilot year of the program will focus on the various publishing avenues, so we’ll be going over details of large print programs, small press, digital, subsidy, vanity, work for hire and self-publishing. RWA U is a self-directed program, meaning you can read through the available information at any time after it’s posted. We plan to have industry professionals give presentations online, and lots of links to other sources on the sub-topics will be available. We’ll also run periodic RWR articles on these topics as well.

We are constantly brainstorming new ideas for RWA U and have big aspirations for the program. It may grow slowly at first, but we’re just getting our feet wet. We have other exciting educational offerings in the works, things that will help the members of RWA in their endeavors to build bigger and better romance writing careers for themselves.

I hope you all enjoy and find benefit in RWA U.

Trish Milburn, Chair
RWA Education Task Force

Friday, March 26, 2010

Debbie Macomber Wins Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

Debbie Macomber, the best-selling author of the Cedar Cove series (set in a fictional town on the Kitsap Peninsula - Port Orchard, Washington), and over a hundred other books, will be awarded the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award by Romance Writers of America (RWA) later this summer at the annual conference.

From the Romance Writer's of America Website

One of the highest honors RWA bestows is the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to the romance genre. To qualify for the award, the recipient's career in romantic fiction must span a minimum of 15 years. Recipients must in some way continue to promote the romance genre, teach romance in fiction, or publish romantic fiction. In 1994 a new requirement was added, that recipients must maintain active RWA membership. Authors are nominated for the award by RWA members and selected by the Board of Directors.

2010 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is the best-selling author of the Blossom Street series, among her other popular books and series. Debbie sold her first manuscript, Heartsong, to Silhouette Books in 1982, and she now has more than 100 million copies of her books in print worldwide—with her novels translated into 23 languages. RWA will award Debbie Macomber the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award on July 31, 2010 at the 30th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Romance Writer's of America Announces RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

Today the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the finalists for both the 2010 RITA Awards and the 2010 Golden Heart Awards.

The RITA nominees were from romance fiction published in 2009, selected from more than 1,000 novels and novellas that were submitted in 12 categories. The winners will be announced at an ceremony during the RWA conference in Nashville, Tennessee on July 31st.

Author Elizabeth Aston and Writing Jane Austen


I’m the daughter of two Jane Austen addicts, who, instead of naming me after one of my numerous great-aunts, decided to call me after a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels. My father’s favourite was Fanny Price, from Mansfield Park; my mother liked Emma best, but both of them adored Elizabeth Bennet. . . which is why I spell my short name Lizzy with a ‘y’ and never with a ‘ie’ at the end!

After such a beginning, it’s no wonder that I also became a passionate Jane Austen fan. I studied English at Oxford University, and what could be more enjoyable than drifting in a punt on the Cherwell, reading Jane Austen as the sun flickered on the river through green leaves, knowing that it counted as work?

Now I live in Malta, a Mediterranean island full of history, and I also spend part of every year in Italy. With copies of all the Jane Austen novels wherever I am, needless to say.

Book Description:

Georgina Jackson's first novel was a "searingly grim read"--critically acclaimed and award-winning, though it was hardly a bestseller. Struggling to get past the first chapter of her second book which is almost past its deadline, Georgina panics when she gets a vague but urgent-sounding email from her agent: "RING ME."
She's certain it's bad news.

So when Livia tells her about a potentially profitable commission, Georgina is shocked. Even more surprising, however, the commission isn't for her next book, but rather for the completion of a newly discovered unfinished manuscript of a major nineteenth century author! Skeptical at first about her ability to do the job, she is horrified to learn that the major author is in fact Jane Austen.

Torn between pushing through somehow and fleeing back to America, Georgina relies on the support of her financier-turned-scientist roommate, Henry, and his quirky teenage sister, Maud, a serious Janeite who has just escaped the rigidity and enforced structure of boarding school. When she suddenly finds herself in a financial crisis, the only way for Georgina to get by is to sign the contracts and finish the book. But how can she overcome her big secret--that she has actually never read Jane Austen!

Filled with the humor, misunderstandings, rich characterizations and romance of Aston's previous novels, Writing Jane Austen is destined to rocket Aston right into the 21st century!

Elizabeth Aston Q&A:

What gave you the idea for Mr Darcy’s Daughters?

I’m an insomniac, and I often listen to audio recordings in the early hours. Listening to Prunella Scales reading Emma (a great recording!), I fell to musing on the fact that Mr and Mrs Knightley’s children would grow up Victorians, and what a different world that would be. How and what would their children be like? Naturally, this led to reflections on the offspring of my favourite couple, Darcy and Elizabeth. Unlike the Bennets, their daughters would be rich, and high in the rigid pecking order of English society. What if Mr and Mrs Darcy had, like Lizzy’s parents, five daughters . . . ?

Pride and Prejudice was published in 1814. Twenty years on makes it 1834. So how come Mr Darcy’s daughters are young women in 1818?

That’s because my time frame is based on the original version of the book, First Impressions, which Jane Austen wrote in 1796/7. To me, Jane Austen is very much a product of the eighteenth century, her clear mind and satirical eye not that impressed by the turbulent emotionalism of the Romantic movement. Others have the same idea – the recent film of Pride and Prejudice was set in the late eighteenth century.

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy don’t appear as characters in your books – why is this?

Because I would never use the main characters from another novel in a book I wrote.

So which Jane Austen characters are in your books?

You can see the list in characters. I found it very interesting to speculate on how these minor characters from Pride and Prejudice might have changed and developed. Some readers take issue with my portrayal of Mr (Col.) Fitzwilliam twenty years on, but this was the time when men were becoming more interested in family life, and more controlling in the domestic arena, so I saw him turning into the kind of paterfamilias that became more and more common as the century went on.

Do you try to write in Jane Austen’s ‘voice’?

Even if I wanted to, it would be impossible! And I don’t want to. I’m not in any way setting out to mimic Jane Austen’s style or write a pastiche.

Why not?

For one thing, Jane Austen’s glorious, perfect narrative voice isn’t in keeping with the way we write books today. It’s a matter of fashion as much as anything else: modern editors would say that anything written in Jane Austen’s style was ‘tell, not show’ and full of ‘authorial intrusion’!

So why write sequels to Pride and Prejudice?

I don’t. My books are variations on a theme by Jane Austen – five sisters and the world of the Darcys. That’s one reason why I set them in London and abroad, and after the period of Jane Austen’s novels.

You put some scenes and incidents in your books of a kind which you’d never find in Jane Austen – you have a foot fetishist, and one character is called a sodomite, which people today find very offensive. And another character is into flagellation. Why?

Sodomite was the word used in 1818 for a homosexual, and, like it or not, homosexuality was a crime and could carry the death penalty. Would Jane Austen use the word? Of course not, because when she was writing, decorum decreed that there were whole areas of experience and behaviour which would never find their way into print in a novel published for a general readership.

It doesn’t mean she didn’t know the word – that’s her eighteenth century upbringing again! David Noakes’s brilliant biography (my favourite) shows what she would have read and known about subjects like this – I loved finding out from his book that Mary Bennet was the name of the local whore in Jane Austen’s village.

After all, Jane Austen famously never mentions the Napoleonic wars, yet with naval brothers, she knew all about it. And there is that sly reference to flagellation in Mansfield Park, where Maria Crawford declares, “Certainly, my home at my uncle’s brought me acquainted with a circle of admirals. Of Rears and Vices, I saw enough. Now do not be suspecting me of a pun, I entreat.”

So why don’t you follow the same rules of decorum?

Because I’m writing as an historical novelist in the twenty-first century, and I can therefore choose a broader canvas.

Are you working on another Darcy novel?

No. I've taken a break from the nineteenth century, and my new book, Writing Jane Austen, set in the present day, is out next spring.

I've loved writing the six books about the Darcy family, set in the early nineteenth century, but for my next book, Writing Jane Austen, I felt it was time for a change, and I wanted to take a new look at Jane Austen, from a contemporary perspective.

It's been huge fun telling the story of my anglophile American heroine Georgina, who's lively and intelligent and determined, just like her predecessors in Jane Austen's novels, but who has more on her plate than finding a husband as she's landed in what is, to her, the bewildering world of 21st century Austen mania. The addicts and academics alarm her, the landscapes seduce her, the books enchant her, and, as in all the best stories, she wins through against the odds and, along the way, finds her heartsease with a charming English hero.

Can you sum up what you hope the reader gets from reading your books?

In the words of my favourite review from the Chicago Sun Times: “Great characters, great comic moments, great romance.”.


The author is being very generous and giving away three copies of her book. To win, please email her and tell her why you want to read this book and come back here and leave your email address so I can contact you. Contest ends April 30th. Thanks to Bobbie at Simon and Schuster for donating the books for this contest and to Elizabeth for joining us at Romance Author Buzz.

Elizabeth Aston's website

Author's Page at Simon & Schuster

Flood-Damaged Louisville Library Needs Books, Author Susan Mallery Helps

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery donates books and money to the Louisville Free Public Library, to help them rebuild their collection after a 2009 flood. Louisville, KY, March 25, 2010

Late next week, Louisville Free Public Library staff members are expected to move back into the Main Branch, nearly eight months after a flash flood caused extensive damage. Although the cost of repairs have been covered by flood insurance, metro capital improvements, and help from the Library Foundation, the Library still needs help to rebuild its collection, according to New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.As part of the promotion for her next book, Chasing Perfect, due in stores on April 27, Mallery asked her readers to nominate their favorite library to win a free copy of one of her books. A fan of Mallery’s Facebook page nominated the Louisville Free Public Library and told Mallery about the flood damage the library had suffered on August 4 of last year.

“As soon as I heard that the library had lost 50,000 books to the flood, I felt compelled to help,” Mallery says. “When I was a child, librarians fostered a love of reading in me and guided me to books that surprised me, educated me, enthralled me and, book by book, expanded my concept of the world. Because of libraries, I am a writer.”Mallery has sent a donation of books to the library, as well as a donation of cash to the Library Foundation to help purchase children’s books in honor of the librarians who touched her life.“It is so heartwarming to know that people care,” says Martha Geier, Manager of Collection Services. Geier says that Mallery’s books circulate very well with the library patrons.

How to HelpWith books:Library staff members are still going through the inventory list to determine exactly which books were destroyed and to determine the needs of the collection. Classics are always in demand, Geier says, as are popular children’s books. A wish list has been created on with some of the titles that the library needs. To find the wish list, go to and click on “Gift & Wish Lists” at the top of the page, then search for “Louisville Free Public Library” in the right-hand column.With money:Often, because of library discounts, donations of money go farther than donations of books. The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation is happy to accept donations on behalf of the library. These donations are tax-deductible. To donate online, enter an amount in the space provided in the middle of the Foundation’s home page and then click the Donate button.

To donate by mail, send a check to:The Library FoundationLouisville Free Public Library301 York StreetLouisville, KY 40203

Award of Excellence Finalists

2010 Award of Excellence Finalists

Colorado Romance Writers is pleased to announce the following Award of Excellence finalists! Winners will be revealed at a CRW event held in May/June, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

Short Contemporary
She Thinks Her Ex Is Sexy ~ Joanne Rock
Brenda Chin, Harlequin Blaze

The Doctor’s Surprise Family ~ Mary J. Forbes
Susan Litman, Silhouette Books

The Savakis Mistress ~ Annie West
Suzanne Clark, Harlequin Mills & Boon

Twin Seduction ~ Cara Summers
Brenda Chin, Harlequin Blaze

Marriage Reunited: Baby on the Way ~ Sharon Archer
Lucy Gilmour, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical

Long Contemporary
Summer at the Lake ~ Linda Barrett
Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin

Madison’s Children ~ Linda Warren
Kathleen Scheibling, Harlequin

He Calls Her Doc ~ Mary Brady
Kathryn Lye, Harlequin

Simon Says Mommy ~ Kay Stockham
Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin

The Christmas Stranger ~ Beth Cornelison
Allison Lyons, Silhouette

Single Title
All of Me ~ Lori Wilde
Michele Bidelspoch, Grand Central Publishing/Forever

Tangled Up In Love ~ Heidi Betts
Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press

Loves Me, Loves Me Not ~ Heidi Betts
Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press

Healing Luke ~ Beth Cornelison
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Sweetheart Knitting Club ~ Lori Wilde
Lucia Macro, Avon

Romantic Suspense
Black at Heart ~ Leslie Parrish
Laura Cifelli, NAL-Signet

Under Fire ~ Jo Davis
Tracy Bernstein, NAL, Signet Eclipse

Pitch Black ~ Leslie Parrish
Laura Cifelli, NAL-Signet

Make Her Pay ~ Roxanne St. Claire
Micki Nuding, Pocket Star Books

Fade to Black ~ Leslie Parrish
Laura Cifelli, NAL-Signet

Erotic Romance
In The Flesh ~ Livia Dare
Kate Duffy, Kensington Zebra

Fatal Exposure ~ Lia Slater
Diana Carlile, The Wild Rose Press – Scarlet Rose

Sex Drive ~ Susan Lyons
Audrey LeFehr, Kensington Aphrodisia

Secret Ties ~ Opal Carew
Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press

Forbidden Heat ~ Opal Carew
Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press

Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic
Time for Eternity ~ Susan Squires
Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin’s Press

A Highlander of Her Own ~ Melissa Mayhue
Megan McKeever, Pocket Books

Dyad Quest ~ Ann Hinnenkamp
Shannon Combs, Cerridwen Press

Secret Life of a Vampire ~ Kerrelyn Sparks
Erika Tsang, Harper Collins, Avon

Desire Untamed ~ Pamela Palmer
May Chen, Avon

Mainstream w/Romantic Elements
All the Right Reasons ~ Sandy James
Amanda Hilton, Bookstrand

Mayhem in High Heels ~ Gemma Halliday
Leah Hulten-Schmidt, Dorchester - Making It

Scandal Sheet ~ Gemma Halliday
Leah Hulten-Schmidt, Dorchester - Making It

To Hell in a Handbasket ~ Beth Groundwater
Tiffany Schofield, Five Star

The Lost Hours ~ Karen White
Cindy Hwang, NAL-Accent

Fit to be Tied ~ Robin Lee Hatcher
Sue Brower, Zondervan

Healing the Boss's Heart ~ Valerie Hansen
Melissa Endlich, Harlequin – Steeple Hill Love Inspired

A Bride in the Bargain ~ Deeanne Gist
David R. Long and Julie Klassen, Bethany House

Shadows on the River ~ Linda Hall
Krista Stroever, Harlequin – Steeple Hill Love Inspired

Breach of Trust ~ DiAnn Mills
Karen Watson, Tyndale

Highland Warrior ~ Monica McCarty
Kate Collins, Ballantine Books

A Duke to Die For ~ Amelia Grey
Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc.

Mastering the Marquess ~ Vanessa Kelly
John Scognamiglia, Kensington Zebra

Stranger's Kiss ~ Mary Blayney
Shauna Summers, Random House - Bantam

If He's Sinful ~ Hannah Howell
John Scognamiglia, Kensington Zebra

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RWA Announces 2010 Awards

In a RWA "Alert" in my email inbox, came this announcement, RWA announcing after a recent board meeting the following awards.

2010 Award recipients as follows:

RWA Emma Merritt Award: Jennifer Crusie.
RWA Service Award: Madeline Hunter.
RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award: Eileen Hutton, VP, Associate Publisher, Brilliance Audio (retired).
RWA Librarian of the Year Award: Jennifer Lohmann, Durham County Library.
RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award: Debbie Macomber.
RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year Award: Gail Link, Barnes and Noble, Wilmington, DE.
RWA Veritas Award: Gwenda Bond, “Romancing the Recession,” Publishers Weekly.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Susan Mallery Contest, Ends April 1st

Dear Reader,

April 27 is fast approaching, and I am so anxious to get CHASING PERFECT into your hands! To help pass the time more quickly, I’m holding the “Fool for Love” contest. Have you ever been a fool for love? Tell me about it! Make me laugh, make me groan, and remind the world about the overwhelming power of love. True romantics will do anything to chase that perfect feeling. Love!

You can email your story to me, post it here on Facebook, or even Tweet me, if you can tell the tale in 140 characters or less. I’ll share your stories on my website in Dear Reader letters and on Facebook. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a free copy of CHASING PERFECT just as soon as I receive my author copies. The winner will be announced on April 1.

In fact, April 1 will be a big day here Facebook. We're celebrating April Fool's Gold Day! Lots of surprises in store, so mark your calendars now and be sure to check in on April 1!

Happy reading!

Susan's Website

Man Shortage in Fools Gold California - Wine Country Town, Census Reveals

Preliminary census results have revealed what residents of Fool’s Gold,California have long believed to be true: Fool’s Gold, which bills itself as The Land of Happy Endings, is suffering from a shortage of men, and no one knows why.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lucy Monroe offers Reader's At Home Conference

Harlequin Presents and Brava author Lucy Monroe is attending The Romantic Times Conference this year. I've heard from some that it is great fun. For her readers and fans who cannot attend, Lucy is having a blog party which will introduce you, possibly, to some new authors. Prizes galore!

Every day there will be multiple authors visiting and guest blogging, with new blogs posting every 3 hours between 6 AM and 6 PM. And cover models? We've got 'em - with behind the scenes action as well as hero inspiration. There will be daily drawings for multiple prizes, including dozens of signed books, a B&N gift card, a t-shirt, 3 prize tote bags filled with books & goodies (donated by Sue Grimshaw from BTRB and Becke Martin), free online subscriptions to Affaire de Couer magazine and 2 more Swag Bags given away each day. What could be better?

To be eligible for daily "door prizes" you need to register for the conference. However daily "blog post" prize winners will be drawn daily from all the comments made on all the posts (as per my normal blog prize policy - each comment is counted in the drawing). Two ways to win lots of very cool prizes!

Stop over to Lucy's Blog and check it out!

Lucy’s Blog

Monday, March 15, 2010

Q&A With Author Jill Shure and Chance to Win Night Glitter


Jill Shure, a New York native, majored in Language and Fine Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduating, Shure moved to Washington, D.C., and worked on Capitol Hill. After three years, Shure headed for Southern California where she attended graduate school in San Diego for teaching. She then pursued writing and worked with screenwriter Howard Browne and later on with novelist Joan Oppenhiemer.

Shure has written several novels from Young Adult to a Psychological Suspense Thriller. Her first script, The Levy's Tomb, was optioned by a 20th Century Fox executive. Shure became a finalist in both the Austin Heart of Film Screen Writing Competition and twice in The Academy of Motion Pictures' Nicholl Fellowship. Shure also studied screen writing at UCLA, and with such notable gurus as Syd Field and Linda Seger.

Her fiction harvested awards at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference and twice at the San Diego State Writers Conferences from editors at Berkeley Putnam and Harper Collins. Jill's writings appear in The Love of Friends (Berkeley Putnam 1997). In 2002, she won the prestigious Ben Franklin Award for Popular Fiction for her novel, Night Jazz.

Jill’s website:

Book Description:

In Night Glitter, Jill Shure’s long-awaited sequel to her Ben Franklin Award-winning novel, Night Jazz, the story of Jeri Devlin continues. It’s 1932. The Great Depression has left Jeri and Lex bankrupt and Lex fighting for his life against a deadly illness. While Lex convalesces, Jeri becomes embroiled in a murderous game of cat-and-mouse with two mobsters hell-bent on revenge. Alone and desperate, Jeri is forced to flee New York and travel west to the dazzling world of Hollywood. Jeri soon discovers that Hollywood’s glamour cloaks a soul-stealing darkness hidden just below its glossy surface. There, Jeri comes face to face with her ancestors, finds sanctuary in a brothel, and is forced into servitude with a movie star diva intent on hiding ruinous secrets of her own. Alone and conflicted, Jeri must find a way back into the arms of the man she loves.

Q&A with Jill Shure

Jill, I would like to congratulate you on your March release Night Glitter.  Is there a back story to Night Glitter?

Jill:  With NIGHT JAZZ, I discussed it with a friend of mine, a former editor at Bantam Books in New York. And we both came up with the title, mostly because the novel was based on The Jazz Age. NIGHT GLITTER just kind of fell in with the story moving out to 1930's Hollywood, during the movie industry’s golden age. My companion book, NIGHT CAPS, just sounded so great because it’s full of drink recipes with names which relate to the characters in my “Night” novels.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you.

Jill:   I do both. I usually have a really good opening, and from there, I bound along for a short while. Then I break it all down into outlines and try to create a working plot. A lot of that plot is tossed aside as my brain works things out. So I guess I do it both ways.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

Jill:   I’ve been writing for years. I started working with a young adult author years ago so I tried my hand at that and got my first agent. I loved that novel, but it was never sold. It was called The Downfall of Catherine DaVinci. In fact, I may try to resurrect that book, if I ever find the time.

What are you currently working on?

Jill:  Mostly promoting the “Night” books. But I also have a new mystery series coming out. The first in that series is called A Clause for Murder. It’s a rude, hilarious mystery with a big romance blended in. I’m also doing a cookbook and another book for the “Night” series, which will be the last in the trilogy.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

Jill:   That’s a killer question. I’m all of them. But I guess I’m Jeri Devlin and Betsy Ross, my latest heroines. Unfortunately, admitting this means more funny looks after people read my books and discover the sexy passages.

What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?

Jill:   The best thing is when the work just takes off, and I’ve solved a major plot problem or written something I know is exceptionally good. That’s the absolute best. And the hardest parts are I don’t like what I’ve written that day or when I can’t make a decision. Because that’s what writing is: making a million decisions. Say it this way or say it that way. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Describe a day in the life of Jill Shure.

Jill:   I’m a coffee fanatic and have at least one cup to start. I work out every other day. I make calls, send emails, write blogs, then head out for a public place where I can write. For those few hours, I’m unavailable and get to focus on my work.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

Jill:   Writing is wonderful. So is reading. I’ve been happily married for 25 years. And I’m crazy about animals.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?

Jill:   I’d like them to recall a favorite passage. Or how I made them laugh. And I hope that one of my books will always be a favorite.

What are you currently reading?

Jill:   A Michael Connelly mystery. My husband has been reading him for years but I just discovered him. And Lisa Kleypas is next on my shelf.

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

Jill:   That my books will pull them in and move like lightning. I really think your readers will enjoy them. Also, that I am so happy to have been welcomed into the romance blogosphere, and I’m thankful for the friendships I have made here. Your support means so much to me, and I am forever grateful.

Jill, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

Jill:  Thank you! It was a pleasure.

For a chance to win a copy of Night Glitter, Night Jazz, and Night Caps, leave a comment on this post, and/or become a fan of Night Glitter on facebook and leave a comment here saying you did so (if you do both, you have double chances). Don’t forget to leave your email address in case you’re a winner. (US only, please.)  Don't Forget to leave your email address and please check back at the end of the month to see if you've won!

Jill Shure’s Facebook Page

Night Glitter Fan Page:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Janet Chapman's Tempt Me If You Can - Blog Tour and Giveaway

Thanks to Sara Reidy at Pocket Books and Simon and Schuester, I have the pleasure to offer New York Times Bestselling author, Janet Chapman's, Tempt Me If  You Can.

BLOG TOUR BEGINS MARCH 30TH, book winner will be announced after the tour.  For a chance to win a copy of Tempt Me If you Can become a fan of Janet’s on Facebook, post a comment here and don’t forget to leave your email so you can be contacted if you’re a winner.  Contest is limited to US readers.

TEMPT ME IF YOU CAN: -  Book 2 of the Sinclair Brother Series
(Ben Sinclair and Emma)


When an anonymous letter stuns shipping magnate and confirmed bachelor Ben Sinclair with the news that he has a teenage son, he's determined to make good on the past. But Emma Sands doesn't trust him. The beautiful, fiery blonde has raised her nephew in the peaceful woods of Maine since he was five, and just because fifteen-year-old Michael is the spitting image of his tall, handsome father doesn't give Ben the right to march in and change their lives forever. Or so she thinks, until his return mysteriously unearths a dangerous small-town secret. With Michael's help, Ben will do whatever it takes to prove to fiercely independent Emma that he can be the fearless protector she never knew she wanted...and the passionate lover she always thought she could resist.

Janet Chapman's Bio:

New York Times Best Selling authorJanet Chapman is a native of rural central Maine, where she lives in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband and two sons. Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company. The winner of the Pearl Award for Best New Paranormal Author and a two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, she is the author of four other enchanting time-travel romances set in modern-day Maine –

Janet's Website

Janet, I would like to congratulate you on your February release of Tempt Me If you Can. Can you tell us about the book?

Janet: Thanks, Marilyn. Tempt Me If You Can is partly about a man's right to know he has fathered a child. I touched on this subject in Charming the Highlander; in that story the heroine was wrestling with the question of telling the father at the time of the birth, whereas in this story that decision was made fifteen years after the fact, and we are seeing the results. The book is also about setting down roots, hopes and dreams fulfilled and denied, and of course, how love has the power to make those dreams come true.

Is there a back story to Tempt Me If You Can?

Janet: Not really; the back story is as simple and as common as a young boy unknowingly leaving a young girl pregnant, and returning as a man to deal with the consequences.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you.

Janet: I usually live with my characters in my head for a few months (okay, sometimes years), and have only an opening scene when I sit down to start writing. Thankfully, my characters take it from there, and I often feel like my readers, rushing to turn pages to see what happens next!

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

Janet: I wrote and stuffed books in the closet for about five years (at least ten books) before I decided I should probably try to sell one of them to justify all the time I spent in front of my computer. So I started going to conferences and workshops, and two years later I got an agent; then I got another agent, and sold within two weeks! It's hard for me to believe, but I've been published for just over seven years. Whew! Where did that time go?

What are you currently working on?

Janet: I'm starting a new paranormal series with a hunky and powerful new wizard (you will meet Mac in the last two books of my Midnight Bay Series, coming out next December and January) set in Spellbound Falls, Maine. But for my Highlander and Midnight Bay fans, don't worry; you'll see the MacKeages and Gregors popping in and out of Spellbound Falls.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

Janet: I LOVE men, and so I guess I have a thing for all my heroes ;-) I think Michael MacBain (Wedding the Highlander) is the most romantic; his son, Robbie, (Tempting the Highlander) is just downright perfect; Ethan Knight (Stranger In Her Bed) is quite yummy in a laid-back sort of way. But the one I had the most fun writing has got to be William Killkenny (Dragon Warrior, Dec. 2010). You just wait until you meet him!

What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?

Janet: I love being that proverbial fly on the wall, watching all these people play out their lives. Believe it or not, for me writing is a spectator sport. As for the hardest thing about what I do; I come home from my studio mentally exhausted from dealing with all my characters' problems all day!

Describe a day in the life of Janet Chapman.

Janet: I wake up writing. Usually it's at 3:00 a.m. (not on purpose; THEY wake me up.), but since I'm scared to death of the dark, my poor husband has to walk me to my studio. When I'm on a deadline, I write until around 2 or 3:00 p.m., then stumble home, eat something, and fall into bed at 7:00. When I'm not writing, I'm camping deep in the mountains someplace (in a camper, not a tent), hunting, fishing, or just playing tourist down on the coast.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

Janet: That just like you, I don't always agree with some of the decisions my characters make, but I do believe they're being made by everyday, ordinary, imperfect people.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?

Janet: Just a minute; I need to stop laughing. Retire? Do you think there's ANY hope these imaginary people will leave me alone some day? The very first time I sat down at a computer and wrote "Chapter One" the damage was done. Once you put the voices in your head down on paper, they become REAL and there's no going back. So let's be honest here; when I DIE, I'd like my readers to pick one (any one) of my books off their shelves and give it another read, only this time picture me sitting in my studio living vicariously through my characters.

What are you currently reading?

Janet: I'm laughing again! You want me to read AND write? At the same time? Okay, I do read, but not fiction when I'm writing. I read mostly non-fiction; new-age and spiritual stuff, anything to do with physics (hey, I LIKE numbers and theories, and quantum physics actually ties into that spiritual stuff), biographies (Einstein, of course, and John Adams and other cool people), and an eclectic assortment of magazines. I also soak up the Discovery, Science, and History Channels. Anyone watch American Loggers? I camp up there where it's being filmed.

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

Janet: Yes. Thank you so much for all the lovely letters you send me via my website. I will admit that there are days I wonder why I do this (days my characters are usually throwing hissy fits), and I'll open my website email and there will be a letter from someone that punches me right in the heart; and I'll wipe away my tears, take a deep breath, and turn back to my work computer and wrestle my story back from my characters. I started out doing this for ME, but somewhere along the line you all started sitting on my shoulder, cheering me on.

Thank you. Thank you!

Oh, and I swear to every one of you; I am writing as fast as I can!

Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

Janet: Oh, no; thank you, Marilyn! I'm not very internet savvy, but I am coming to see how blogging allows my characters to continue on long after the book is closed.

Until later, keep reading!



Thursday, March 04, 2010


Congratulations to Bctegirl who won Susan Mallery's The Sparking One for February's contest and for getting back to me.

Cherry, you won Devil in the Blue Suit and I've emailed you twict.

Carfty Patti, same for you, you won Debbie Macomberss Home for the Holidays and again I've emailed you as well.

Please, please email me at your details with your blogger name and the prize you won.  I'm soon having surgery and want all of the winners to have their books.  March 12th, for those of you who have contacted me, your books have been mailed.

Thanks to all for entering.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Lucy Monroe Talks About Moon Craving

Lucy Monroe gave a great interview on Paranormal Romance Blog.

Moon Craving (A Children of the Moon Novel)

Book Description:

If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…

Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…

Lucy Monroe gave a great interview on Paranormal Romance Blog.

Moon Craving Book Trailer

Lucy Monroe's website

Lucy's Blog


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